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Wanted: Gregory Pitt

Wanted: Red bloated rugby watching Welshman with deteriorating teeth : Reward US$5000


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A reward of US$5000 has been put out now for the whereabouts of Greg Pitt, a former stalwart of the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand.

According to those hunting him down he has been sentenced to 18 years in jail by the provincial court in Trat Province – but presumably because he has money and this was private prosecution, he has not yet seen any prison bars.


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6 Keio Students arrested for Gang Rape & Other Stories 

Trouble at Keio University

How to teach English in Japan


The Japan Today news story follows below:

By Jonathan Barlow

The soap opera that is Keio continues.
I taught at Keio High School in Fujisawa and some of my students had committed crimes as well. One was hanging out at Pachinko and it was rumored that his father beat him. The police were aware of it. At Keio the administration seems quite intimidated by the parents . You see it’s a private school and the parents pay the bills. We couldn’t fail students, I was told by the future head teacher. That was part of the problem there!

Four of my former students ended up getting kicked out of Keio for shop lifting at convenience stores.

The grade I taught, grade 8 at that time, was notoriously bad. Female teachers who had formerly taught them said they were regularly in tears.

I didn’t find them so bad. They weren’t…

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Prostate Cancer doesn’t get the Airplay it Should 

If you are a man, and nothing else kills you, prostate cancer will. Prostate cancer is not sexy or cute to talk about, as some other issues are. So perhaps because of that it doesn’t get much coverage. But prostate cancer doesn’t care. It will kill you nonetheless. If you have a man in your life that you love , who is over 40, spread awareness of prostate cancer.

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Who you calling Brainwashed?

I find it interesting about the brainwashing that goes on. Of course we don’t call it that. We call it marketing or advertising. Hakone is very popular. Much, much more popular than Izu. Is it a better place to visit? I’m not sure. I like both. But there is NO comparison. Hakone is so much more popular.
In N. America, and especially in the USA, the conservative myth that we should all be self-made, and pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, is exactly that ; a myth!!! Even the president pretends to be self- made when he is nothing of the sort!
Would Trudeau ever be prime minister had Daddy not been before him. I’m not saying Trudeau is bad, I think he’s relatively good as prime minister. We are all rather brainwashed.

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More on Minpaku

From the Mainichi Daily News

Japan has moved a big step closer to allowing private lodgings, or “minpaku,” to be made available to travelers across the country with the Cabinet’s endorsement of a bill that would allow people to rent out vacant rooms in private homes for up to 180 days per year.

Up until now, permission under the Inns and Hotels Act was required when operating a minpaku facility, like Airbnb, in an area outside a state-designated special strategic zone. But there has been a constant stream of operators failing to get permission and illegally providing such accommodation. A survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare found that just 2 percent of operators in metropolitan areas had obtained the necessary permission.

The new legislation would allow people to run minpaku facilities after notifying the prefectural governor. The government apparently hopes that the number of legal operators will increase as a result, alleviating a shortage of hotels stemming from the rapid increase in the number of travelers to Japan.

But there are some points of concern.

Minpaku facilities vary greatly both in nature and purpose. These facilities should be distinguished from each other in how they are handled, but the legislation doesn’t necessarily do that.

There are cases in which homeowners rent out empty rooms in their own homes, as well as others in which empty homes in underpopulated areas are rented out with the aim of revitalizing the area. These small-scale, “face-to-face” minpaku facilities have the potential to boost cultural exchange and encourage young people to travel, and we hope they will be actively promoted.

However, under the new legislation, providers of minpaku lodgings are requested to provide explanations of the facilities and ask for guests to cooperate in noise prevention in foreign languages. But are blanket regulations on such face-to-face facilities necessary?

At the same time, it remains uncertain how far authorities can go in cracking down on violators in cases where operators acquire large numbers of apartments and operate minpaku businesses.

Moreover, is there a way of cracking down on businesses that operate minpaku facilities beyond the 180 day limit? If the situation is left unaddressed, inns and hotels that are not permitted to operate in residential areas will be left at a competitive disadvantage.

Trouble with other residents is also an issue. For minpaku lodgings where the owner is absent, a business registered with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport is supposed to manage the facility. If shuttles carrying large numbers of foreign travelers are constantly blocking roads, or if the manners of those staying in the facilities are poor, then it could stir up sentiment causing people to reject foreigners in general.

Depending on the circumstances in each area, the upper limit on the number of days in which visitors can stay could be reduced under local ordinances. If lodgings in apartment complexes and other such locations draw complaints from locals, and even small-scale, face-to-face minpaku facilities end up being restricted as a result, then that is a problem.

The proposed legislation will be debated in the Diet in the future. Deregulation that merely focuses on increasing the number of foreign travelers to spark economic growth as domestic consumption reaches a plateau is not acceptable.

Whether minpaku facilities are used by foreigners or Japanese, we should strive to make them places that promote mutual understanding and which coexist with communities.

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Here`s why Work Life Balance is a Mirage

I remember the first time I heard the term “work-life balance”.

I was at a personal development event and the speaker talked about being able to separate work from life and seeking balance. I remember being utterly confused and dumbfounded.

Wtf? I didn’t get it. Isn’t it all life? Meaning isn’t work a freaking HUGE part of our lives? They’re not two separate things, I thought to myself. I went up to the speaker afterward and brought up my concern with him about the concept and he just kind of gave me a cheesy smile and patted me on the back like a kid in elementary school and told me “That’s interesting. Thanks for coming.” If I knew how to put an angry face emoji into this blog post you would see one right here.

As time went on, I became a leadership and personal development coach and now it was me on stage and I decided that I wasn’t going to just be a parrot and repeat the same bullshit everyone else was. I wanted to challenge this whole notion of separating life and work, because it’s all connected.

You see to me the problem is not work-life balance, the problem is the concept that there is work and then there’s life; that they’re two separate things.

We spend anywhere from 40-60 hours of our LIVES at work on a weekly basis. That’s at least 2,000-3,000 hours a year, which translates to 83-125 full days of our lives spent at work a year! Multiply that by the 40 years that the typical adult will spend in the workforce and you have a staggering 9–13 years of our lives spent at work. Are those years not part of our life?

There is no such thing as work-life balance, it’s nonsense. The whole concept was created by a CEO who almost killed himself (stress-related heart attack) because of how much time he was spending at work.

The real issue is learning how to design and live our lives in a holistic and purposeful way.

When my clients tell me that they’re struggling with work-life balance, we don’t discuss time management, we discuss purpose and passion. We talk about what drives them in life and what their ideal life would be like. We start off with their purpose and vision for themselves and then reverse engineer their careers, family, health, spirituality, finance, and relationships. We do it in a way that all the separate areas of their lives fit into their greater purpose and vision. We do this, so they can live out their best possible lives with no regrets.

I’m not here pontificating an idea, I did this myself. About two and a half years ago, I dug deep looked at my life and decided to redesign it to chase after my absolute best life possible. I left my well-established job and career, moved to a new country, launched two businesses in two different countries and languages (one of which I didn’t know when I launched), and have never been happier.

To me, the term work-life balance doesn’t exist. I do what I love, love what I do and I always stay true to my purpose and vision in life. I hope that every one of you who are reading this can do the same.

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Heavier penalty to be imposed over unauthorized private lodging

Heavier penalty to be imposed over unauthorized private lodging


Japan’s cabinet approved on Tuesday a bill to impose a heavier penalty for unauthorized private lodging business amid concerns about possible problems such as noise and garbage in residential areas.

The government compiled the bill to promote its bid to get tough on unlicensed private lodging operators, while encouraging deregulation in the sector to address the shortage of hotels and inns in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The bill to revise the Travel Agency Act allows the government to impose a fine of up to 1 million yen ($8,800) compared with the current 30,000 yen.

The revised law would allow prefectural governments to conduct on-site inspections of those operating private lodging business without authorization and suspend the business if necessary.

Licensed lodging operators could face a heavier fine of up to 500,000 yen compared with the current 20,000 yen when they fail to abide by such rules as keeping records of lodgers, according to the bill.

Japan changed regulations in April in the private lodging business, called minpaku in Japanese, so that individuals seeking to rent vacant homes or rooms can more easily obtain permission for the lodging service.

As part of deregulation in the minpaku business, the government is planning to submit a new bill to the Diet that would allow private lodging businesses to operate without onerous paperwork.

According to an October to December survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare that covered some 15,000 rooms that were advertised online, at least around 30 percent, or 4,600 were operated without permission.


From the Japan Times.co.jp