borscht's past comments

  • -1

    borscht

    Non-Japanese may get paid more per month but I bet they don't get twice yearly bonuses, either. When speaking to a Japanese co-worker, he automatically added in two bonuses to my salary, which per month was higher than his but per year worked out about the same. Because my employer assumed I would stay a year or two and then quit.

    At a non-construction white-collar job. And I'm not from a 'lesser' Asian country. Those poor folks probably get paid a lot less.

    Posted in: There are many businesses that pay different levels of wages for Japanese and non-Japanese employees. The government should establish a system to continually support foreign workers and check their wages.

  • 5

    borscht

    Dying alone isn't the problem; it's severing ties with family back in Japan or your home country. The first example, the 70+ man, hadn't communicated with his family for 20 years. Another example is the Long Stay Foundation warning people that they may not have a home to come back to. This article addresses more the 'getting back to Japan' problems, than actually dying alone.

    Posted in: Dying alone among concerns facing Japanese retirees abroad

  • 1

    borscht

    If the government can determine who is liable in an accident with auto-autos, they can either promote or destroy the project. But the liability issue has to be addressed.

    • If the non-driver/passenger is liable, no one will buy one even if it is safer.

    • If the car manufacturer is liable, they'll stop making them if they determine the legal cost is greater than the (safety / marketing) benefit.

    • If the software manufacturer is liable, it will delay auto-autos until the software people are 110% positive accidents won't occur. Long delays with lots of testing.

    Posted in: Gov't eyes self-driving car guidelines by end of FY 2017

  • 1

    borscht

    I think Abe, rather than be concerned about how the Orange One thinks of him, should think of how "foreigners" will react to 80,000 people made homeless by a nuclear accident eight Eight! years ago who are still in "temporary" housing. That fewer volunteers showed up for a nuclear disaster in a relatively isolated place with nearly no public transportation vs being in the middle of one of the largest population centers in the country with zero chance of being radiated to death is, um, not very surprising. But several friends from here drove many hours with clothes, medical supplies, food, etc to get as close to the refugees as possible then turned around and drove home. Total travel time was probably twelve hours in one day.

    Posted in: Fewer people volunteered in wake of 2011 tsunami than 1995 quake

  • 1

    borscht

    Maybe Kagoike was just trying to Make Japan Great Again? He definitely seems to suck-up to the "right" people - city officials willing to accept 200 million (70 in bribes....er, "consulting fees") and Abe.

    Posted in: Osaka kindergarten hands out copies of statement slurring ethnic Koreans, Chinese

  • 1

    borscht

    I don't live in a crowded Tokyo place, but I saw two masks littered on the ground just today. At a bus stop. So I'm sure Mr. I-Have-a-Cold touched straps and seats whilst spreading his viruses. Too bad he doesn't know F-Zero because we Japanese know our manners.

    Posted in: Masking season

  • 1

    borscht

    Watch for Service Zangyo to appear about, oh, 3:00 PM on the last Friday of the month for about two to four hours.

    Posted in: Abe hopeful 'Premium Friday' will boost consumption

  • 3

    borscht

    Wow. Those are really messed up. They need a diagonal red slash through the No pictures but holy mother of god:

    "No washing inside tub" could be interpreted as "Don't go all Carmen Miranda by wearing fruity hats." Or, conversely, "Please wear a fruity hat in the tub."

    "Shoes off" and "Shoes ok!" is the same picture. And they aren't shoes, they're geta. In a shop? Japanese people take their shoes off when they go shopping? I've never seen it.

    Four have the same picture for four different things: being able to use or not use a credit card and what appears to be a bank transfer (?) As it is in Kanji, a writing system unfamiliar to most of the world, that makes no sense if they are trying to communicate with "foreigners."

    I'm amazed Iwate has no JET program ALTs running around that could easily have mentioned the confusion.

    Posted in: Iwate Prefecture uses samurai pictograms to help educate and inform foreign tourists

  • 3

    borscht

    Quoting information given to the government in 2012, NHK added that the bid committee member was told by the club that it would “fix things” and thinking the issue was resolved, opted not to mention the policy in documents prepared in English.

    If you "assume" things will eventually maybe be changed in the future, no need to tell anyone about the actual real situation. Omit the unpleasantness. Get the approval. Case closed. Oh, wait, the International federation isn't Japanese; they might want to know the truth. Oops.

    Posted in: Confusion over 2020 Olympic golf venue dates back to bid

  • 10

    borscht

    I believe there were Childlren in Chiba long before Tokyo was chosen as an Olympic site. I love how politicians are forcing changes (some good, some questionable) because of the impression foreigners would have of lovely unique safety Japan.

    It seems the changes can't be made because they're good ideas; only because Oh No! What will Foreigners Think‽

    Posted in: It's a conflict between the freedom of expression and choice, and the healthy upbringing of youths. I'd like to decide whether to go full steam ahead with the measure based on the opinions of residents and users.

  • 7

    borscht

    He had been tipped by outsiders to succeed their dictator father, but reportedly fell out of favor when he was caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport in 2001

    I just read a BBC article about Kim Jong Nam's death stating the above is not true. Kim Jong Nam, according to the article, was never considered by anyone as a successor to his father because of his illegitimacy and Kim Jong Nam's grandfather didn't even know he existed until he was a teenager. Plus Kim's father's second or third wife was really pushing for Kim Jong Un (or his older brother) to be the successor. Also, Kim Jong Nam wasn't interested in the job.

    From the BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38974682

    Posted in: Police looking for clues over murder of N Korean leader's half-brother at airport in Malaysia

  • 16

    borscht

    English learning

    That implies learning. English teaching will occur but learning is up to the student.

    As for lying to students at a young age - Hitler and Stalin would approve. Parents should not. If young people are told X is true by their teachers and as the young people grow older they discover that X is partially true or an outright lie, young people will lose respect for the teacher (a known liar) and the government ("guiding" the teacher to lie.)

    It would be much easier to teach "Here is a map of Japan (including some islands currently controlled by South Korea)." Then, when students are old enough to understand geopolitical posturing, explain "Here is a map of Japan. These islands are disputed. What is Your opinion as to who should control them? And why?"

    Never gonna happen.

    Posted in: Earlier English education, territorial claims in new curriculum guidelines

  • 0

    borscht

    How does one "accompany" an under-age artist online?

    Posted in: Official 2020 Tokyo Olympic mascot to be decided in summer 2018

  • 1

    borscht

    When the policeman called one of his relatives, that relative came to believe the policeman was somehow the victim of some crime, and reacted by contacting the police for help.

    Here we see the vague-ness of the Japanese language at its finest. In English would he not say, "I'm getting married, come to my reception." Or, since he wanted to keep his wife secret, maybe he said, "There's a reception. Please come." Or what else? What would invoke Crime! Call Police! On the part of his relative?

    Posted in: Married policeman punished after trying to marry another woman

  • 0

    borscht

    If stores want the customer to have an emotional and personal experience while at the store, they should look back to the 1950s and earlier.

    My parents went to certain stores because the clerk/owner knew them. Greeted them by name. Made suggestions based on past purchases. Pointed out sales or new products they might enjoy. And, sometimes but not often, gave them cheaper items for free. "Ah come on, Mrs Borscht Sr, your money's no good here." I could even just say, "Put it on our account," and the clerk would say, "Sure thing, Mr. Borscht Jr."

    All, I might add, without Apps, Engineers, Data Banks (except what they had in their heads), or tablet computers. The clerks were the most important part of the sales transaction.

    Posted in: Struggling retailers seek silver bullet in Amazon era

  • 0

    borscht

    Mickey Mouse Santa Claus

    From the list, I'd have to go with Other although Dracula is up there.

    Posted in: Who would you say has been the most famous fictional character of the past two centuries?

  • 2

    borscht

    "Troublesome" can be interpreted many ways. I choose to interpret it as the man wants a quickie, gets it, and the woman is just the vessel he used instead of his right hand. No emotional attachment. However, it seems men don't get the sex just as much as the women so I'm off on that, too.

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  • 4

    borscht

    And the TV network probably told them to walk on the tracks for a "clever" photo shoot / scene.

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  • 1

    borscht

    The court will decide the basis of the suspension on this risk.

    No they won't. They'll decide it on the basis of whether the school is right or not to expell someone who didn't break any rules. And they will side with the school because the judges are like you - they fear something that might happen but probably won't.

    Posted in: Japanese woman suing nursing school after being suspended because of her tattoo

  • 1

    borscht

    kombini demands various skills, including people skills

    Not related to the gist of the article, which I find the manager to be deplorable, but the quoted sentence made me laugh. Stocking shelves is a skill? Registering parcels (scanning it) is a difficult skill to acquire? And people skills? Repeating the same things over and over in a robotic monotone is hardly a people skill.

    Every place I've worked, when I announce that I am quitting, has asked me to find my replacement. When a Japanese employee does the same thing, they are not required to find their replacement as far as I know. This finding your replacement when you're sick is sick itself.

    Posted in: Worsening labor shortage taking toll on sick workers

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