The most ludicrous thing about this situation is that out of all the businesses that we needed to take a break during the coronavirus situation, this is the one.
My company received money both from the national government and Tokyo Metropolitan to close, which we did, but in reality we could have carried on safely with sensible social distancing/hygiene measures. There is no possible way to do this safely in the sex business - it would have made far more sense to support them to close than it did to support mine!
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”Kono later said he would resign, if only he knew the procedure.”
Thanks @Bungle, that made my morning!
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Nice - and it's a really good book!
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Quite refreshing to see a genuine expression of confession and remorse.
"I am sorry for hurting the victim", not "I'm sorry if my actions hurt the victim" or "I'm sorry if the victim was hurt".
And "I was aware that the woman was adamant in her rejection of my advances" not "I thought she wanted it" or "I was drunk and can't remember anything".
(Not that this in anyway excuses his actions, just a little surprised)
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Smart idea, nice to see an old-fashioned industry being creative in tough times.
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Because the 98-99% are Japanese People, mostly born here WITH a japanese nationality!
Japanese Nationality is the key word.
We all understand the legal basis on which foreign residents are being excluded. Nobody is saying that it is illegal. What I'm saying is that it is:
Utterly ineffective in controlling the spread of the virus, if Japanese people are still going in and out of the country. In other words THERE IS NO POINT TO IT from a disease control perspective;
Unnecessarily spiteful in the way that it was enacted. They literally stranded people overseas;
Damaging to Japan's reputation in the international community, and contrary to developed country norms;Downright immoral, given all of the above.
Yes, Japan has the legal right to do this, but it doesn't make it right.
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@Monty - the VAST majority of business travelers in and out of Japan are Japanese. They are currently able to travel, and some people ARE taking business trips. If your logic made any sense at all, Japan should stop everyone from traveling overseas. (And I recognize that it is difficult/impossible to stop citizens from RETURNING home, but you can certainly stop them from leaving)
The "foreign" population here is 1-2%. How on earth does it make sense to restrict their travel, whilst allowing the other 98-99% to travel freely? More to the point, what kind of decision is it to literally strand people away from their homes for months on end, whilst allowing other people to come and go as they please?
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I have every sympathy for the poor woman, but none whatsoever for the doctors in this case. They have very clearly broken the law, not in attempt to help the victim but to make a quick buck. 1.3 million yen for an afternoon's work? Not bad.
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Forcing others to wear mask is an over reaction to a disease that has an extremely low death rate, especially if your young and healthy.
That's exactly why these people are dangerous morons. They have NOT been forced to wear masks, they have been recommended to wear masks. Most people are complying, which is their decision. A few people are not complying, which is also their decision.
To gather a load of people together to protest against being asked to wear a mask, not forced is childish and irresponsible. That they were initially planning to do this on the Yamanote line is reprehensible.
Even if it is just a cold, why on earth is it OK to intentionally spread that around? Most people are just trying to go about their business, get to work etc safely and responsibly. We don't need idiots like this trying to impose their opinion on the rest of us. Because that is what they are doing.
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@Toshiyori - that’s not correct.
The letter was sent to Democratic and Republican national, congressional and senatorial committees.
Individually artists might not complain if a campaign they like uses their song, but collectively they are demanding that both sides ask permission.
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@expat - many small businesses that close voluntarily (including mine) received 500,000 from Tokyo Metro government twice already. It was called a "cooperation fee". My (limited) understanding is that hostess clubs, soaplands etc were specifically excluded from those payments. Hard to know why that would be the case given that those businesses have significantly more likelihood of transmitting infections than mine does, but there you go.
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@drlucifer - not sure why the "if you had bothered to read the story" attitude. I don't doubt that they were dubiously handed the contract - perhaps you could have bothered to read the part where I said "raises legitimate alarm bells"
As to the issue of why an advertising company - well, they aren't only an advertising company, they do all sorts of things. Why not local governments? Well, one reason is that local governments appear to be unable to distribute the individual 100,000 yen payments in a timely manner.
I'm certainly not sticking up for the contract process, about which I only know what I have read in the news, which does not sound good. But it is not strange to outsource big jobs like this (which, of course, is why this cabal of companies have gotten together to bid for the work in the first place)
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Well we now know why the stimulus payments are so foggy. 50/50 chance the people will never see their payment.
You say that, but my company's SME support claim was processed and paid in full quickly and efficiently. There was nothing foggy about the process, or the administration of it.
In fact, the whole thing was completed before I even received the application form for the individual stimulus money. It would appear that Dentsu is doing their job significantly faster than the government.
Also worth noting: there may or may not have been impropriety in the bidding process (and certainly the fact that there were half-a-dozen intermediary companies raises legitimate alarm bells), but Dentsu are being paid to perform a service. They aren't being given the money for nothing, which is what a lot of news stories such as this are implying.
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Many Japanese organizations (especially government-related ones) seem to misunderstand the likely effects of their complaints. By complaining about this, they have created a news story where none existed, and have ensured that the offending image is shared far and wide. Sometimes it really is better to just ignore stuff like this.
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Love hotels are private establishments and should be allowed to decide which guests to accept and which to turn down.
Your house is a private establishment. A hotel is a licensed business, required to operate within the laws governing that business. In the case of hotels, the law states that they cannot reject someone on the basis of sexual orientation. The end.
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@mikeylikesit the New Scientist reported that people on UBI in Finland worked more, not less, than people on unemployment benefit.
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It is long overdue to stop this ludicrous practice of ambulances calling individual hospitals to ask their permission to bring a patient there. It is surely not beyond human capability to centralize this so that the ambulance is IMMEDIATELY told where to take the patient.
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@Noriyon - you are aware that there are places to drink other than airport bars, right?
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@Tokyo-Engr WHat I was trying to say is that even if the government wanted to stop citizens from re-entering the country, this is likely very difficult and may even be legally/politically impossible. It certainly can't just done on a whim - aside from anything else, it creates a "well, where should they go?" situation. In your case, Japan's answer if they refuse you entry is that you should go to the place where you are a citizen. This is not entirely unreasonable, but would be completely unreasonable were you Japanese.
I do think the rule is a bit pointless as it is very much predicated on the rest of the world being rife with the disease whilst Japan has only a handful of cases. This is surely nonsense. But I have no particular problem with the rule on discrimination grounds (despite being a foreign resident myself) and I don't agree with your assertion that it is separating families. This will only happen if you choose to make that trip; I'm British, and back home regardless of nationality the restrictions are far, far greater.
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@Tokyo-Engr I sympathize with your situation (and also have aging parents in another country). However, the simple fact is that it is legally and politically extremely difficult to prevent citizens of a country from entering that country. This is not a uniquely Japanese phenomenon.
If the new rules did apply to Japanese nationals too, this would not improve your situation.
(It is all kind of pointless now anyway, given that the virus is clearly already all over Japan - this is clearly no longer a threat from overseas)
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Pachinko is just a business, same as all the other ones. I don't like it, have no interest in it, but think they should be subject only to the same rules as every other business. At the moment that means a REQUEST to please close, with no apparent sanctions for not complying.
A cycle around my Tokyo neighborhood at around 6:30pm last night showed around 60% of izakayas and other food establishments open, and all of the open ones at street level had customers (albeit fewer than usual). None of these are essential services, and all require the gathering of unconnected people in enclosed spaces for extended periods of time. So why the bashing of pachinko? There is no point in closing pachinko down if we're not also going to close down similar, far more prevalent forms of gathering.
What is actually happening here is people are picking on an activity that they don't personally like, or think is immoral. Those are reasons for campaigning to close down pachinko full-stop, but don't really hold water regarding the coronoavirus.
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I've said it before here, and I'll say it again - the outdoor weekend activities are a complete red herring. If most people are still going to work (and on Monday JT reported that over 60% still are) then people enjoying themselves outside at the weekend is more or less irrelevant.
I suspect a lot of those out at the weekend have reached the same conclusion - they are required to go to work, so are already being exposed, so there is no point in punishing yourself at the weekend.
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I'm really struggling with the logic of this. Seems to me that by staying home in the evening, all we're doing is bankrupting our favourite bars and restaurants and putting one particular segment of employees out of work. Meanwhile, the virus will spread during the daytime in the morning rush hour, at companies, in schools (when they open, which they are currently scheduled to do), and in the evening rush hour (which I'm guessing will be worse if everyone just goes straight home).
I'm all for a lock-down, but either we're all in this together and almost all need to stay at home, or we agree that the economy is more important and tell everyone - including restaurants - to go about their business. Picking some sectors and asking them to make a sacrifice (for minimal benefit) while others carry on as normal is ridiculous.
I have some sympathy with Koike as she doesn't have the power to do much more than she has done for the public at large, but would have preferred a much stronger "don't go to work" message, and she could have set a powerful example by sending a load of non-essential (i.e. most of them) Tokyo bureaucrats home.
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The "young people" thing is nonsense - since this whole mess started the oldsters have by and large been every bit as active as the young. Moreover, the people with decision-making power - who could actually issue stronger warnings, declare a state of emergency, close down offices (even if only their own) or even appear on TV remotely instead of in a press conference surrounded by flunkies - are all old.
The cherry blossoms is a complete red herring too. If you have to take the train to work every day - as about 70% of people seem to have been doing, at least prior to today - then having a picnic under a tree at the weekend is way, way down on your list of infectious situations. Get people working at home (or just staying at home) ON WEEKDAYS or just let everyone go about their evenings/weekends as usual. This middle ground is completely pointless.
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This is rather rich given that his boss spreads virus disinformation LITERALLY EVERY TIME HE OPENS HIS BIG MOUTH.
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I'd rather get the virus. Wish I could stomach the stuff as it's healthy, cheap, easy to prepare but it remains the worst food I have ever tasted in my life.
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Interesting points, though I'd question what evidence you have for the assertion that hospitals will prioritize Japanese over foreign residents.
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To be fair, his suggestion of having the next couple of seasons start in winter isn't a bad one.
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