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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

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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Posted in: Crowds disappear from Tokyo streets amid virus, snow See in context

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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Posted in: Pompeo says G7 agrees China spreading virus disinformation See in context

This is rather rich given that his boss spreads virus disinformation LITERALLY EVERY TIME HE OPENS HIS BIG MOUTH.

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Posted in: Natto -- does the slime that's sublime really protect from the coronavirus? See in context

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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Posted in: Australia declares emergency; invokes new powers to fight coronavirus See in context

@Mike H

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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Posted in: Rooney criticizes England soccer authorities over coronavirus response See in context

To be fair, his suggestion of having the next couple of seasons start in winter isn't a bad one.

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Posted in: Takanawa Gateway station unveiled See in context

That's the Yamanote line, trains are every couple of minutes. How long do you want to sit and rest on the platform?

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Posted in: Hokkaido turns into hotbed of coronavirus cases See in context

@Beanie - don't forget that a lot of cases where people survive will go undiagnosed and unrecorded. My plan if I start getting flu-like symptoms is to stay at home and wait it out unless it gets super bad. The likelihood is that I will never know whether I had it or not.

Also, someone dying from it automatically shifts them from the "active" column to the "resolved" column. It takes longer for a survivor to be moved over.

Overall, based on the information we have, it is highly unlikely that the death rate will be anywhere near 8%.

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Posted in: Junior high school students filmed up skirts of female classmates, sold images See in context

Well done to their classmates who, I suspect, were offered the pics and did the right thing.

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Posted in: Inside the rogue 7-Eleven, a convenience store completely cut off by its company See in context

@JeffLee - Trump waffles a lot about predatory capitalism, but so far all I can see that he has DONE about it is trillion dollar corporate tax cuts. He's basically a harsh critic of anyone who doesn't kiss his a$#, nothing to do with economics, of which he plainly has no real understanding.

You are of course correct that this particular issue isn't Trump's fault, but Matsumoto didn't blame him, he simply made a high-profile comparison. Re-read what he actually said - is he blaming Trump?

"This is the way things are getting nowadays: people in the highest levels are just interested in getting as much for themselves as they can. You see it everywhere, like Donald Trump in America, these people at the top are only looking out for themselves. It’s the same in Japan and elsewhere too, but it can’t continue like this."

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Posted in: Usain Bolt brings his e-scooter to Japan despite regulatory road bumps See in context

I have nothing in particular against these, but the environmental claims are pretty disingenuous. Unless they are replacing that would otherwise be made by car/motorbike, they are having no positive environmental impact at all. In fact, given that Japan seems to be moving back to carbon-based electricity generation, they're arguably going to be a negative. As @crazyjoe pointed out, it seems quite likely that they will mostly be used to replace walking and cycling.

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Posted in: Eating like a Buddhist priest will add years to your life See in context


The data about the monks is from 1926 to 1979.

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Posted in: Registers, rates and points: Tax hike woes for Japanese retailers See in context

There are lots of good reasons to phase out the 1 yen coin, but the shift to 10% tax has no bearing on this whatsoever. Do people think that with 10% tax, their bills are now magically going to end in a zero??

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Posted in: Man arrested for spraying NHK fee collector with fire extinguisher See in context

Many years ago I used the "I don't understand anything" approach. A while later they sent an English speaker. He seemed very pleased with himself as he explained the situation in great detail (in very good English). He was extremely deflated when I told him in French that "I don't understand anything". They didn't come back for a long time.

I quite like the comedy approach of the fire extinguisher approach though.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 organizers to open 2nd-chance ticket lottery on Aug 8 See in context

@Blacklabel - if you live here, you can get a ticket. It might be for a less popular event, but them's the breaks. The article even tell us some of the sports which fall into that category.

@HBJ - the reason why there are 680,000 tickets left is that many, many sessions were under-subscribed. You can reasonably assume that all of the opening ceremony tickets sold. You can also reasonably assume that there are plenty of tickets left for the women's hockey group stage matches, for example.

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Posted in: Johnson plays Brexit hardball from a submarine base; pound tumbles See in context


So the EU countries are going to try and overthrow Boris. Interesting strategy. But what do they gain from their attempt to help generate further political instability in the UK? The people voted to leave. The Europhiles are acting like they don’t like the democratic process. Hmmm....

No, the EU countries are not going to try and overthrow Boris, nor are they preventing Britain from leaving the EU. They're simply saying that there is no room for negotiation on issues such as the backstop - as is their right. Britain is free to walk away without a deal if the deal is unacceptable.

I suspect the likeliest outcome is a no-deal Brexit on October 31st, quickly followed by Boris being "overthrown" in a general election.

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Posted in: 50-year-old cyclist dies after being hit by car in tunnel See in context

@Disillusioned - Strava tells me I have cycled about 2,000km this year, combination of commuting in Tokyo and weekend country rides. So I'm on the road often enough to have an opinion.

All of the things you mentioned are undoubtedly true of some people (I'd suggest the minority) but are also true of drivers in other countries to various degrees.

Mysteriously, despite the apparent lawless Mad Max-style conditions some people think are prevalent on the roads here, all the accident statistics I can find place Japan at roughly the same accident/fatality rate as other developed countries (and considerably lower than some).

So, in comparison to which countries are Japanese driver so dangerous?

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Posted in: 50-year-old cyclist dies after being hit by car in tunnel See in context

@Disillusioned - no, drivers in Japan are not any of those things compared to just about anywhere else in the world. You get the odd idiot, but by and large people are OK.

Did you actually cycle in other countries?

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Posted in: HBO Max set for 2020 streaming launch; gets 'Friends' from Netflix See in context

Except that people ARE watching it. Like it or not, it's one of the most watched shows on Netflix, despite them having an enormous amount of original content.

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Posted in: Video review creates drama at Women's World Cup See in context

It's a picture caption, big deal. Nothing in the caption suggests that Japan are complaining, or that its an issue because Japan got knocked out. The caption simply states some facts.

The article very evidently was NOT written for the Japan market, as evidenced by the fact that it literally does not mention Japan (despite the fact that there was a somewhat controversial VAR decision in the game). Not to mention the fact that the writer is based in Oregon (thanks google), and the same article appears all over the world (New York Times without a picture, for example).

The article does not say, or imply, that this is a problem since Japan got knocked out.

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Posted in: Video review creates drama at Women's World Cup See in context

Some very peculiar comments about Japan on this thread.

The article does not mention Japan AT ALL.

The article was not written for a Japanese audience. Surely you know that most of the content on Japantoday is from news agencies? In this case, AP. Nothing to do with Japan. At all.

It isn't news because Japan lost, it's news because they changed the rule mid-tournament, and called a press conference where they discussed this.

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Posted in: U.S. ban on gay conversion therapy gains ground See in context

Not only is it horrendous, it's moronic. Surely any sane person can see that some people are simply born gay. It's not a choice, nor a sickness, nor a mental illness.

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Posted in: Man who shared NZ mosque shooting video gets 21 months in prison See in context

Why on earth is it taking until next May for the accused murderer's trial to start??

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Posted in: Former Mt Gox head Karpeles plans new bitcoin tech business See in context

@Kenji Fujimori, read again. I said I DON'T disagree with your comments in general. I was simply pointing out that your statement "has not spent a day in jail" was factually incorrect.

I have absolutely no idea whether he stole the coins or didn't.

I suppose the possibilities are either A. He did, or B. Someone else did. It is extremely rare for a Japanese court to find someone innocent, so there is certainly a possibility that B is correct (especially as they actually have a suspect).

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Posted in: Former Mt Gox head Karpeles plans new bitcoin tech business See in context

@Kenji Fujimori - whilst I don't disagree with the general thrust of your points, he DID spend 11 months in jail.

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Posted in: Schoolgirls chase suspected train groper and get timely assist from tripper See in context

It's very unlikely that there is a story behind the story. Ask any Japanese woman, at least those who grew up having to take crowded trains - being groped on the way to school is the rule, not the exception.

In an ideal world she would have screamed to the high heavens the first time it happened to her, but that takes a lot of bravery even for a grown woman. Good for her for getting together with friends and coming up with a solution.

Oh, and worth mentioning: regardless of how much cleavage a school girl (or anyone else) is showing, you don't get to just help yourself.

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Posted in: Film revealing 'true story' of infamous 'Paris Cannibal' to premiere in July See in context

I have to say, I don't like the phrasing "a movie about his exploits" which kind of implies that this was daring or exciting. "a movie about his brutal, unforgivable crime, and how he got away with it" would be more appropriate.

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Posted in: Pillow fight See in context

It does indeed look like fun!

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Posted in: Rakuten,, Expedia raided by Japan antitrust watchdog See in context

@JJ Jetplane - no, I don't think that's what's going on. What it means is that the hotels are not allowed to offer a lower price than Expedia elsewhere.

So, even if a competitor arrives offering the hotels a lower commission, the hotels are not able to lower the price.

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