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I leave Work on Time
Japanese TV drama about leaving work on time strikes a chord in country where overwork claims hundreds of lives

Last month, as Americans tuned in to the final episode of Game of Thrones, Japan was indulging in its own television fantasy world.

In this one, a woman dares to leave work at 6pm sharp.

The determination of Yui Higashiyama, a 30-something project manager who wants nothing more than to get out of the office and into her favourite bar for happy hour, rocks the fictional web design firm where she works.

A conniving supervisor and overachieving co-workers try to foil her plans.

When her team faces a seemingly impossible deadline in Episode 9, she puts aside her steely commitment to work-life balance, dramatically declaring, “I will work overtime!”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 67041.html

Here's an episode that isn't polite enough to have engrish subtitles.
https://en.yii.jp/v_play/bXZfNzEyLW5tXzE=.html
If it comes to netflix, I will watch it.

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I don't often, although I have some colleagues who always seem to. It's a game I don't choose to play, plus I don't have to play it.
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After record 16,927 dementia patients went missing in Japan in 2018, expert urges community support

As the number of people with dementia who were reported missing continues to rise in rapidly graying Japan, an expert in the field is underscoring the importance of community-wide support.

The National Police Agency said Thursday that the number of people with dementia who wandered from home and were reported missing reached a record 16,927 last year, up 1,064 from the previous year and nearly doubling since police began collecting such data in 2012.

Of the nearly 17,000 people who wandered off in 2018, 197 could not be found by the end of the year, while 16,227, including those reported missing in 2017 or earlier, were located, according to the police data. The remainder includes cases where a search request was withdrawn for some reason.

With around seven million elderly people in Japan expected to be suffering from dementia in 2025, when all baby boomers will be age 75 or over, the government approved a new program Tuesday on dementia that focuses on delaying the onset of symptoms and slowing the progress of the illness as well as helping patients live more comfortably.
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Anaxagoras wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:18 pm I don't often, although I have some colleagues who always seem to. It's a game I don't choose to play, plus I don't have to play it.

That’s the key right there.

I think life in Japan would be hard if I had to play by Japanese rules.

Occasionally, one runs into foreigners determined to be more “Japanese” than the Japanese. To each his own I guess. But the older I get, the more I’m starting to realize life is too short for unnecessary bullshit. Thankfully, I don’t have to deal with it as often as these days.
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I find reminding them "who won the war" smooths things over.






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Saw a documentary recently regarding the events of July and August 1945 and (perhaps predictably enough) when young Japanese peeps are asked about the significance of the dates of the bombings, none of them know shit about it.

I'm wondering just how close to reality that little drama play actually is.
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Rogue slug blamed for Japanese railway chaos
A power cut that disrupted rail traffic on a Japanese island last month was caused by a slug, officials say.

More than 12,000 people's journeys were affected when nearly 30 trains on Kyushu shuddered to a halt because of the slimy intruder's actions.

Its electrocuted remains were found lodged inside equipment next to the tracks, Japan Railways says.
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Sounds like a short story from the never-was-a-kiddy-diddler ACC.

Synopsis: Our brave crew has done everything superhuman to prevent the bad guys from obtaining a ride to Earth, yet one of the little bastards is stowed away hiding out as a piece of electrical wiring. When Earth is reached and they try to open the hatch...

Yea, I laughed too.

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Buddhist Robot Mindar Preaches at Temple in Kyoto

We’ve had robots conducting funerals and helping people find spouses. Well, it seems that they are now preaching at Buddhist temples.

At the Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto, a robot is preaching the teachings of Buddha. The humanoid’s name is Mindar and she’s inspired by the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy Kannon Bodhisattva.

Created by Tokyo based A-Lab Co, Mindar stands a bit over six feet tall and weighs 130 pounds. Her body is made of aluminum while silicone is used for the face and hands. The realistic (and a bit creepy) looking humanoid mouths every word of the sermon.

https://yellrobot.com/buddhist-robot-mindar-kyoto/
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Indeed. Why are peeps so fascinated by this bullshit? It is unworthy of such attention unless/until it starts thinking on it's own.

Then, I'm interested.
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Animatronics. Like at Chuck E Cheese.

Calling it a robot is a stretch.
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Why can't you heathens grant even a clunky, primitive robot a modicum of deserved spirituality? :(

I will pray for you.
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https://apnews.com/c7be109d7ce84db2aba7eddc3fc8a854

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YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Japan’s culture of cute makes no exceptions for poop. It gets a pop twist at the Unko Museum in Yokohama near Tokyo.

Here, the poop is artificial, nothing like what would be in a toilet, and comes in twisty ice cream and cupcake shapes, in all colors and sizes.

“The poops are colorful and come out nicely in photos,” said Haruka Okubo, a student visiting part of the museum devoted to all-important selfies. “The shape is so round and cute.”

In Japan, little poop-shaped erasers with faces and other small items have long been popular items collected by children, and sometimes older folks. As elsewhere, scatological jokes are popular and bodily functions discussed openly: a recent morning variety show by public broadcaster NHK featured tips on how to deal with farts.

Visitors to the museum get a short video introduction and then are asked to sit on one of seven colorful, non-functional toilets lined up against the wall.

Music plays as a user pretends to poop, then a brightly colored souvenir “poop” can be collected from inside the toilet bowl, to be taken home after the tour.

A ceiling-high poop sculpture in the main hall erupts every 30 minutes, spitting out little foam poops.
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What happens to celebrities in Japan if they are caught taking drugs?

Why Japan Is So Strict About Drugs
If you’re in Japan, keep this mantra in mind: Never do drugs in this country. Ever.

As previously reported, actor and musician Pierre Taki was arrested earlier this week on suspected cocaine use. What happened next seemed inevitable. Sega pulled Judgment, a PS4 game in which Taki voices a character. Walt Disney Japan said it was considering replacing him as the official Japanese language voice of Olaf in Frozen 2. Taki’s television shows were cancelled, and Sony Music stopped sales of his music.

Pierre Taki has not been convicted of any crime, but Japan is a country with a conviction rate of over 99 percent.

The United States is hardly perfect with its drug laws. Numerous lives have been ruined by its zero-tolerance policy. American celebrities, however, have long appeared to play by different rules. This is not true in Japan, where if the rich and famous are caught with illegal substances, it’s not a speedbump on their careers, but a stop sign.

Taki’s is a story that has played out countless times over the years in Japan, with arrested celebs booted from TV and sales of their music ceased. For example, when musician Suzuki Shigeru of the seminal rock band Happy End was arrested in 2009, his recordings were pulled from store shelves.

That same year, pop star Noriko Sakai was also brought up on drug charges, destroying her goody two-shoes image. Initially, Sakai fled the authorities, ditched her mobile phone, and then dyed and cut her hair, perhaps to avoid having to take a drug test that might come out unfavorably. Authorities found a small amount of stimulants at Sakai’s apartment. She turned herself in and was given a three year suspended sentence. Her albums were pulled, her TV commercials stopped airing and her clothing line was no longer carried in stores.

This isn’t mere ostracization or punishment. All of these are examples of what is called jishuku (自粛) in Japanese, which means “self-restraint.” This is not unique to Japan; people all over the world feel self-restraint. But in Japan, companies and media conglomerates feel it acutely and quickly. They are not required to take these actions but do so because they are expected to. Sega’s official statement about pulling Judgment actually contains the word jishuku (as in 販売自粛 or hanbai jishuku, meaning “restraining oneself from selling”).

Japanese society is built on very high expectations. The expectation is that if some has broken the law, a company should not profit from that person’s work. The taint of crime, especially drug-related, is seen to reflect on the larger group. Making money off an alleged criminal is certainly not a good look in image-conscious Japan. What complicates thing is that in the case of Pierre Taki, he’s not the only person involved in making Judgment. He’s not even the star of the game. There is a great deal of collateral damage in jishuku. Companies know that, which explains why they always apologize for any trouble their decision causes, for whatever that’s worth.
Kinda bizarre, isn't it, that they would stop selling a game that was made by who knows how many people and how many man-hours of work it took to create, because one guy involved was suspected of taking drugs. Now that is social pressure. They are not legally required to do this. It's just a social expectation.
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Yeah.

We have talked about the whole issue with smoking. Professional Star "Waiting to Get Out of This Slave Contract to Go to the MLB" players have had to apologize for smoking when "underage." In a manga I read to improve my [Self-abuse--Ed.] reading, two characters get suspended for a rather minor issue: riding a motorbike. Their mothers bow to each other and apologize for their individual failure in responsibility which led to the other's daughter getting in trouble.

Why am I lecturing you? You know all about "face" and all of that.

So there are MANY examples where voice actresses are OBLITERATED from credits, DVD/BlueRay releases when long after a series is done they are found to have used a drug or whatever.

Despite the article you quote's claim about how it is in Japan, many of the "celebrities" are not seen in the same indulgent light as they are in FREEDOM. If they were male politicians it would be different. The reason the actors and actresses do not get a "free pass" as they do in FREEDOM is because Japanese traditionally look down on such professions despite the public fawning.

The basic attitude to J-Pop and voice actors is: they are utterly replaceable.

In the rain.

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Meanwhile:

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in Japan nothing is sacred.

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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
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Woodcuts by Ray Morimura:

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I really like the first one.
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Why doesn't Anax apologise more? Why is there little if any self abasement?

Some of us notice.
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For Doctor X's "friend"

変態!!!
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嘘だ!



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P.S. あのう、ちょっと、幾らですか?

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So just a quick observation about the difference between bicycle culture in Japan (my own personal observations apply to the Tokyo/Yokohama area):

A lot of people ride bikes here. I think it's easier to get around on a bike for a few reasons. First one is, you can ride on either sidewalks or streets in Japan. Some wider sidewalks even have notional bike lanes although pedestrians tend to not notice.

The second reason is that most people don't wear helmets. On a recent evening on my way to the train station after work I counted the number of bicyclists I saw with and without helmets. There were at least 6 people not wearing helmets for everyone who was. The main exception being mothers with small children in a child seat (for the child that is). There was also one guy I saw who looked like he was on a racing bike wearing racing clothes who wore a helmet. The casual riders however did not for the most part.

Third reason is that bikes don't get stolen here (much). If you park it somewhere it will still be there when you come back.
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School issues are No. 1 reason behind youth suicides in 2018, Japanese government white paper finds

School-related matters led to more suicides last year among youth aged between 10 and 19 than any other issue, the government said Tuesday in its annual paper on the topic.

Of 568 people in that age bracket who took their lives last year, 188 were attributed to school-related issues, followed by health problems at 119 and family issues at 116, according to the 2019 white paper on suicide prevention measures.

The results, which included cases of multiple identified motives as written in suicide notes or elsewhere, underscores that school affairs play a key role in the lives of young people.

The suicide rate for people aged below 20 rose 0.2 percentage point from the previous year to 2.8 in 2018, hitting a record high since the data was first logged in 1978, a government report showed Tuesday.

Across all age groups the rate, which represents the number of suicides per population of 100,000, stood at 16.5 — down for the ninth consecutive year and marking a record low — according to the paper. Still, the figure is higher than in other advanced countries.

While the overall number of suicides in Japan fell for the ninth consecutive year in 2018 to 20,840 — slipping below 21,000 for the first time in 37 years — the figure for those in the 10- to 19-year-old age bracket has been roughly flat since 1998.
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Word is that it was arson.
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Good thing he did not have a gun.

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The perpetrator claims kopjiwreighckt violations.

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Holy shit. I actually saw this story earlier but it said 1 dead at the time. Now almost 30?
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33 dead now. May rise more
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I fear the building must have been a death trap for him to kill so many with just gasoline.

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Very sad and tragic. I hope this leads to some improvements in conditions for those working in anime/manga industry. From what I read it's an industry with notoriously shitty working conditions.
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So beyond notorious that few can "move out from the parents," and I think there was a voice actress who was eating tissues or something.

Anyways, it appears this was a "death trap" in that they guy set fire to the front of the building and there were no other exits.

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Well, fuck :(
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No other exits? That's crazy. Fwiw, the building where I work has a fire escape on every floor that leads to an outside stairway.
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Re: Japan

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Take my words with a scoop of salt since I have not had time to read the Japanese Original, just short reports which may or may not get the details correct. Anyways, the suggestion is that there was one entrance with a spiral staircase which caused everyone to try to run to the roof. Makes no sense to me, and I would not be surprised if there are a lot more details.

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Re: Japan

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It's being reported that the building "met fire safety standards" although that seems a bit hard to believe.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005883492

Only one exit? (not counting windows)

No emergency fire escape route?
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