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Posted in: Osaka declares COVID medical emergency with 878 new cases See in context

Ricky SanchezToday  12:33 pm JST

"Medical Emergency" what does that even mean?

It means the establishment don't want to pay even one cent to help the hoi polloi.

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Posted in: Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators See in context

Toasted HereticToday  10:50 am JST

Well, speed up the escalators, then! Japanese escalators move at the glacial speed of a lame sloth, unlike those in London or Singapore.

Who cares about those transport hell holes?

Amen to that.There's nothing like being manhandled onto a packed train during rush-hour in London or the likes...

Oh, wait a minute. That's not de rigueur in most overseas 'Hell holes'. I wonder why not?

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Posted in: Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators See in context

Fighto!Today  07:01 am JST

People need to be ordered not to run up or down escalators?

There are some really dumb people in this world.

YOU said it.

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Posted in: Woman reported to police for not looking right in a suit; turns out she’s a crook See in context

HiroToday  07:09 am JST

Is wrong to steal from old people.

Just old people, then. Righto.

Japanese business ethics 101; Stealing? What stealing?

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Posted in: Osaka governor requests stronger anti-virus steps amid resurgence See in context

NipponGloryToday  11:23 am JST

so many big negativities and slanders against the Governor of Osaka. Together with guidance from Tokyo, the numbers of covids will decrease from today. I firmly and clearly state this.

Just need to get that testing figure under control (read 'lowered') and everything will be just fine...

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Posted in: Review: Once more unto the breach in 'Godzilla vs. Kong' See in context

snowymountainhellMar. 31  10:21 pm JST

This final cut is much different from what previewed Jan. 29. Is it worth seeing on IMAX?

Enjoyed the IMAX days, Saw a lot of Nolan's work in IMAX, and the cinematography made it worth it.

Those days are gone for me, I believe.

This one? HD with a cup o'tea was just fine, methinks, me hearties. Besides, you'd have to wait until mid-May in Japan; HW Godzilla scuppered, once again.

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Posted in: Review: Once more unto the breach in 'Godzilla vs. Kong' See in context

Just seen it- I wont give any spoilers or a pre-empting review, except to say it's certainly a very different kettle of fish (or titans) to the first two in this series.

Anybody else?

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Posted in: Review: Once more unto the breach in 'Godzilla vs. Kong' See in context

starpunkToday  01:09 pm JST

The Japanese do a much better job at this. Maybe they do it in a more campy way but it's fun. Hollyweird mucks up everything anymore.

Granted, the old Japanese movies were great fun, but Shin Godzilla? Utter tosh; Took itself way too seriously, and most of the movie was faux techno-babble that even my Japanese friends couldn't make head nor tail of.

King of the monsters wasn't half bad, best not to mention Roland Emmerich...

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Posted in: Yellow sandstorm blankets part of western Japan See in context

Fighto!Today  05:45 pm JST

Send the cleanup bill to the Commies, along with the Covid bill. They are certainly doing their utmost to wreck Japans clean air and nature.

That made me laugh- Thanks for the chuckles.

When I first came to Japan, I spent a year in Yokkaichi...Then I came up for air in Osaka...

I'm not sure what my lungs would make of clean air anymore.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 376 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,026 See in context

YubaruToday  06:35 pm JST

I care about the numbers down here in Okinawa, more than I do in Tokyo. Per 100,000 people, Okinawa has been running No.2 for almost everyday this week.

Not so fast, buddy; Osaka has reclaimed its bragging rights to No. 2.

As the song goes, "The only way is up, baby"...

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Posted in: British citizen arrested for dumping bento trash in mailbox See in context

BertieWoosterMar. 24  07:49 pm JST

There used to be trash cans in public places, but then, after 9/11, they took them away, worried that "terrorists" would plant bombs in them. That's not a joke. Conbinis didn't suffer from the same neurosis and they generally, still have trash cans. It's about time the public trash cans returned. There is a need.

Not true here in Osaka: There were bins everywhere up until about 2008, funnily enough the time of the global financial crisis.

I wonder, could there be a possible link between the two?

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Posted in: Yokozuna Kakuryu retires after missing fifth straight tourney See in context

vanityofvanitiesMar. 24  04:45 pm JST

Rules to promote to Yokozuna must be stricter. Kakuryu was not qualified.

  Think you're getting your K's mixed up: You mean Kisenosato was not qualified, just a pity promotion to try and regain Sumo as part of日本人論。That worked out well. didn't it.

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Posted in: It's official: Spectators from abroad will not be allowed at Tokyo Olympics See in context

ClippetyClopToday  11:41 am JST

There are no Olympics scheduled for 2022 fella, so no countries or fans will be participating.

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 mayhaps?

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Posted in: It's official: Spectators from abroad will not be allowed at Tokyo Olympics See in context

BurakuminDesToday  07:19 am JST

Foreign fans banned - yet somehow the Games will be "a celebration of humanities victory over the virus"?

It will sadly be remembered as the worst Olympics ever.

Another possible contender for the worst Olympics would have been the 1940 Olympics in, wait for it, Tokyo of all places.

Luckily that particular absurdity was sensibly cancelled.

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Posted in: Travelers entering Japan have to install location confirmation app, Skype on smartphones See in context

anon99999Today  07:35 pm JST

I hope this will and should apply to all athletes, officials and others coming to the Olympics...

...Visitors to the Olympics will have to add this to the other joys of the Olympics here.

Not to worry; It's just been announced there will be NO international spectators at the Olympics. One reason was to protect the Japanese people...

Looks like Japan is returning to its 鎖国 policy of yore.

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Posted in: Athletes anticipate duller Olympics but still with a glint of gold See in context

It's just been announced there will be no international spectators at these Olympics: Dull doesn't even begin to describe the situation...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 237 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,065 See in context

AkulaToday  05:28 pm JST

Numbers continuing to fall. 

You mean testing numbers, right?

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Posted in: No. of people out and about in Tokyo up despite extended virus emergency See in context

AgentXToday 06:26 am JST

Worth noting is that if you feel threatened, you have the option to board up in your own home until cases are down to zero...

Worth noting? According to whom?

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Posted in: Police call for Premier League cooperation to tackle racist abuse See in context

boToday  01:15 pm JST

There is no place for racism in sport.

A tad facile, wouldn't you say?

There is no place for racism. Period.

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Posted in: World's biggest wealth fund puts Kirin Holdings on watch list over Myanmar link See in context

mmwkdwMar. 4  10:48 pm JST

 Asahi Super Dry is probably the best of the Standard beers

Kirin Ichiban Shibori used to be a far better beer. Then, during the financial crisis in 2007-2008 they changed it from 5.5% to 5% with absolutely no announcement (as well as increasing the price), and its never been the same since; Lost all its balance, just to save a few yen. Kirin Classic is a good brew, if a little light and Heartland (only in bottles) is probably their best current effort.

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Posted in: Next 'Star Wars' series to hit Disney streaming service in May See in context

@snowymountainhell @Toasted Heretic

If  Jodorowsky had made Dune, it would probably be proscribed now, as He's probably more (in)famous for his rape scene and claim of its genuineness (for publicity or no) in 'El Topo' than anything else.

Imagine how that would go down today...

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Posted in: Next 'Star Wars' series to hit Disney streaming service in May See in context

Toasted HereticToday  04:04 pm JST

Sounds great, television has never been in better hands.

Brings to mind the hideous 'Watchmen' TV show, NOT sanctioned by Alan Moore, even when asked, 

Grumpy Alan famously doesn't like any adaptations or further iterations of his work.

That goes for the comic book prequels and sequels as well as the critically acclaimed, award winning series that has irked a few purists.

I'd be grumpy too, if I'd written what Alan Moore has and, thanks to greedy publishers and movie companies, received very little for the movies and TV show.

Award winning? Acclamation and awards are for success, not necessarily quality.

Taking the antihero of the novel and turning him into the accidental villain- real imagination at work there.

Kind of an anti-reboot.

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Posted in: Next 'Star Wars' series to hit Disney streaming service in May See in context

factcheckerToday  03:23 pm JST

When the risk assessment allows them to.

Like Disney did with 'John Carter' and 'The Lone Ranger', that nearly bankrupted them?

I could go on, but let's face it, TV is low risk compared to movies- You get what you're given.

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Posted in: Next 'Star Wars' series to hit Disney streaming service in May See in context

I see that Marvel and Disney have also been jumping on the bandwagon of 'Let's just re-imagine (nearly said rip off...) other people's works, who are in no position to challenge them , money in mind and no respect to the creator(s).

Brings to mind the hideous 'Watchmen' TV show, NOT sanctioned by Alan Moore, even when asked, and the recent WTF 'The Watch': Head in hands for Terry Pratchett.

When will this real lack of imagination stop (if ever)?

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Posted in: Quake knocks out 20% of Japan's refining capacity See in context

Robert CikkiToday  09:53 am JST

Maybe situations like last weekend should make the companies think in the long term, prepare and have backup strategies.

You do realise we're talking about Japan here, don't you?

'Backup strategies'; Don't think you'll find those words in Japanese business lexicography.

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Posted in: Aso wants G-7 to focus on digital currency at finance talks See in context

Aso also referred to the debt relief program for developing nations 

Can't see Japan dipping its hand in its pocket much for that, when they completely ignore the increasing poverty and debt in Japan, and continue to allow people to flounder without tangible support, even before the Covid-19 crisis hit.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 412 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,570 See in context

@Mr Kipling

Again, you offer nothing to back up your claims; just your opinion.

And yet these test sites are all using the same PCR tests as Tokyo Metropolitan Government-designated medical institutions, but somehow you seem to think its okay to dismiss their results because they are not officially sanctioned (ten times the price) and they use a standard disclaimer?

I would imagine in a country with a general mindset like Japan, that a lot of people who test positive at these test centres but don't have serious issues, don't go on to official centres to be retested, but sweep it under the carpet for fear of shame; your idiots, as you put it so eloquently.

As for 'dubious online tests', The FDA in the US has started authorising them: A little late to the game after the UK, which has been using online testing for quite some time. Probably in a year or two the Japanese government will be doing the same. Always the bridesmaid.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 412 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,570 See in context

Mr KiplingToday  08:20 am JST

Oreio..... It means exactly that.

Aren't we they expert, with no cited evidence. Medical institutions can report the cases, but it's the up to the government whether to use the figures in the official count, or not. Just saying it does count them doesn't make it so.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20201228/p2a/00m/0na/027000c

"Private COVID-19 test centers popular in Tokyo, but not obliged to report results to gov't"

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 412 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,570 See in context

Mr KiplingFeb. 9  11:11 pm JST

Covid-19 cases have to be notified BY ALL CLINICS.

Notified doesn't necessarily mean tallied.

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Posted in: Nara asks visitors to stop feeding the deer See in context

ZackFeb. 4  05:21 pm JST

4 people to hammer down a sign???

I think you meant to say ONLY 4 people: This is Japan, you know.

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