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    borscht

    If there are concerns about cost may I suggest a wad of used newspapers in a charcoal-carrying bucket? If they start building the hydrogen flame now, costs will balloon beyond belief. Just trying to keep the Olympics under 12 trillion yen, sorry.

    Posted in: Tokyo 2020 organizers mulling high-tech hydrogen torch

  • 4

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    Family came to visit for about 14 days. We spent 11 days seeing the sites tourists often see in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. We spent another 3 days with Japanese friends, neighbors, and students. A year later my family still talks about the people and nary a word about the sites. So, I'd have to go with visit people as Haaa Nemui says.

    Posted in: What are some must-see places or must-do experiences you would recommend to visitors coming to Japan?

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    borscht

    I take it Japan Expo is like the Comic Cons in the world? Or just the photographer concentrated on the cos-play people?

    Posted in: Japan Expo in France

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    borscht

    Is Dentsu allowing servants to leave early today?

    Posted in: Abe meditates as Japan punches time clock early for 'Premium Friday'

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    borscht

    I believe one problem with this train is that it is in the wrong country. If it were in France, Spain, China, or Italy passengers could take a two-day trip to some place exciting, see some amazing architecture/historical buildings or natural beauty while sipping fine wines. Here, you get to go to Shimonoseki. I've been there. Once was good,

    If the train went from Fukuoka (which isn't that far from Shimonoseki) to Kyoto, so the passengers could at least hop on a bus to Kiyomizudera, Kin and Ginkakuji (and other toursity places) while sipping fine saké, it would make more sense. Not at that price, though. Plus, it should be at least four days. But then, who can get four consecutive days off from work? Even if they leave at 3:00 on Friday.

    However, there are at least 2,000 people willing to shell out that amount for a nice ride.

    Posted in: Hotel-style train unveiled

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    borscht

    Primary residence would be a newly built house my family and I would help design. A second home would be a machiya or older farm house. And if I ever needed to go to Tokyo or Osaka, I'd have a conveniently located apartment on an upper floor for the views and to get away from the noise. There, did I answer all the choices?

    Posted in: If money were no object, would you buy an apartment, existing home, or have one built to order in Japan?

  • -2

    borscht

    Why are Japanese workers viewed as non-productive? What encourages low productivity?

    From wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_hour_worked

    • 1. Norway

    • 2. Luxembourg

    • 3. The United States

    Japan's rank:

    • 19. Barbados

    • 20. Italy

    • 21. Japan

    From Time (2015): http://time.com/4621185/worker-productivity-countries/

    • 1. Luxembourg

    • 2. Ireland

    • 3. Norway

    Japan's rank:

    • 18. Canada

    • 19. Iceland

    • 20. Japan

    Posted in: There’s an atmosphere at work that you have to work long hours and you shouldn’t leave the office on time, resulting in a lack of sleep and making it difficult for workers to keep up productivity.

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    borscht

    I know this is my third post on this topic but I watched the video and the woman doesn't skillfully remove the cap and label from a PET bottle. We see her remove the cap then - cut to something else - cut back to her removing the label. She could've fumbled with the label for hours for all we know.

    Posted in: Japan's 'zero waste town' attracting foreign visitors

  • 2

    borscht

    Because of this article, I had to look up YouTube videos about towns doing similar things. One small town in the US is doing this: recycles about 80%, or doesn't burn as much garbage as before.

    San Francisco. With, I believe, three categories: compostable, plastic, and metal.

    https://youtu.be/Cg3OA1s8-SI

    Posted in: Japan's 'zero waste town' attracting foreign visitors

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    I think this article needed to tell us exactly how they are reducing their waste to almost zero. They recycle or use 80% but how: arts and craft projects? Or was 80% of their waste foodstuffs and they started composting it instead?

    I know there's a video; the article should be able to stand on its own.

    I hope other places start similar programs, especially in the US where creating waste (and buying way too much) seems to be a way of life.

    Posted in: Japan's 'zero waste town' attracting foreign visitors

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    borscht

    If the gov't and its mouthpieces wanted Japanese workers to "add a new richness" to their lives or "spend quality time with their family and friends" and that the Japanese economy "regain vitality" why don't they enforce labor laws about working hours, overtime, and eliminate service zangyo?

    If all workers ALL mind you, are allowed (allowed?) to leave work at 5:00 EVERYDAY without being bullied by their bosses, imagine the richness and quality time they could have. Imagine how much they could spend to revitalize the economy.

    If the goal is to add this quality richness and spend money, why not legally create and enforce a four-day work week? Sorry, too radical too quick too ... proven to be effective (Denmark, Sweden, et al)?

    Posted in: Companies showcase ideas on how to spend 'Premium Friday'

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    One company I asked laughed and said no, they weren't going to participate. Why? It's just two hours a month. We have customers to talk to and paperwork to finish. I fear many companies will say the same thing.

    The OLs, however, especially the married ones with kids, want it to happen so the company is going to allow women with children to leave early on Premium Friday. (They already have the ability to leave at 5:00.)

    Posted in: The Japanese government and business community kick off the "Premium Friday" campaign this week to get people to spend more money by allowing them to finish work at 3 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. How successful do you think this campaign will be?

  • -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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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