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Posted in: Japan reports first coronavirus death; 3 others, including doctor test positive See in context

Although it's probably too late by now, Japan should block arrivals from mainland China, just as Hong Kong is doing.

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Posted in: Japan reports first coronavirus death; 3 others, including doctor test positive See in context

Virus comes from China. Huge pandemic happening there. The Chinese government says "who, us?"

That's a straw man against China. She knows exactly that the virus originated there and has been doing a lot to control it, including locking down a city nearly as big as Tokyo.

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Posted in: Coronavirus death toll leaps in China's Hubei province; party bosses sacked See in context

Does anyone believe what China reports or says?

Their information is often misleading at best we all know that.

I certainly don't, and nor do Chinese people. However, today's numbers are probably more accurate than yesterday's.

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Posted in: Japan’s 'workstyle reforms' are actually making managers’ jobs a lot harder See in context

Rules have come in but the mindset of the companies hasn't changed. Surely they need to ask what the eternal quest to work longer hours really achieves what real benefit it has for workers and society more generally.

Precious little. The few who may benefit slightly are shareholders, but the gains from asking people to stay at work for 12+ hours are pretty small - the longer people are at work the less productive they become.

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Posted in: Virus quarantine over, evacuees emerge from Chiba hotel ready for home See in context

"I've received many warm messages. I'm very grateful," a woman, who spoke on condition she would not be identified, told reporters outside the hotel.

Of course she didn't want to be named, otherwise she could risk being ostracized when she returned home as a possible spreader, something that might last for years in Japan.

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Posted in: One single black mother's story of raising a half-Japanese child against all odds See in context

That was an extremely moving story - I can never be in your shoes, but even this brief insight gives a a good picture of your struggles.

I tend to agree that if you are in Japan and starting in the back foot, lose the piercings and cover the tattoos.

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

Whatever it takes, test ALL of these passengers. No considering, no thinking, just test them.

Fighto! - that would be ideal, but the article is clear that there are insufficient test kits to use the remaining kits on those onboard.

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

At least they offered a solution. You, on the other hand, have none to offer. Which one is a failure?

@FizzBit -offering an impractical and implausible course of action is not a solution. It is a course that would lead to a far greater spread of coronavirus even if the logistics could be worked out.

The best "solution" is to leave them in de facto quarantine - onboard the ship.

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

There's talk in England about a prison being infected.

It's a hospital

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

I often like to take a quote from a previous commentor and note some failure of logic or fact. Today I am so spoiled for choice that I don't know where to begin.

I think that this comment gets the failure of common sense (logistics sub-category) award:

Ship them all back to their respective countries. I’m sure they’d rather be treated in their own countries.

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Posted in: A Saudi look at Japanese arts See in context

Keep in mind that many of these women want to dress that way. They were, afterall, brought up on Islamic values.

@dark nuts - Indoctrination is a valuable tool - if you want someone to be a second class citizen with few rights, best way is to bring them up to believe that. But as we see across the Middle East, such as in slightly more liberal countries like Iran, there have been plenty of protests against this. There is no evidence that the majority want to dress like this - perhaps we would see if  the  law making it compulsory were removed.

As opposed to the West where feminist misandry mandates what a man can or cannot say or do.

@Wesley - a false analogy and  you know it. In Saudi Arabia a woman's freedoms are severely restricted by  the law, both for free movement and freedom of speech. In the West, the alleged restrictions over male freedom of speech or action is non-existent, unless you count that being able to pinch a lady's behind or make a seedy comment concerning her chest as somehow being the equivalent of daring to reveal an inch of  flesh or travel without a male relative chaperone.

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Posted in: Pornhub stars walk runway at Namilia's fashion show See in context

Soon to be JT's most read article of the day.

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Posted in: 66 more people confirmed with coronavirus on cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

This is indeed a PANDEMIC

It's an epidemic, not yet a pandemic.

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Posted in: 66 more people confirmed with coronavirus on cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

"And where will they go? They are in a perfect quarantine environment already."

Not exactly! People are still bringing the passengers food and supplies. One slip up and another person is infected and another. Also, if cabin fever sets in then passengers might stop following the instructions of the officials; thus, infecting others in the process of trying to leave.

If they were in an onshore quarantine facility, you would have exactly the same issue, but we would add a further issue of the risks of contamination when thousands of people are transported off the ship.

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Posted in: 66 more people confirmed with coronavirus on cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

Maybe it'll be like being arrested - each new case will bring an additonal 14 days of quarantine, whether you're sick or not.

Unlikely. People being diagnosed today were infected about two weeks ago. However, those on board are now basically in isolation and unlikely that anyone could infect others.

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Posted in: 66 more people confirmed with coronavirus on cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

Are they seriously gonna let everyone get infected with the virus? Disembark the passengers already!

And where will they go? They are in a perfect quarantine environment already.

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Posted in: Mainland China virus cases rise again after earlier decline See in context

I think the spread of the disease will soon grow most quickly outside of Wuhan. A number of cities will need to go into lockdown. Frankly, too late.

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Posted in: Seminars on how to buy a home in Japan as a foreigner and how to get the best financing terms See in context

Te countryside continues to depopulate and the cities increase. Japanese property is not that expensive compared to other cities like London, Paris, NY or SanFrancisco. If I were to stay forever, I would want to own my own place, with land.

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Posted in: Japanese companies confront reality of racial harassment See in context

If no one sits next to me on a train.....great!!!! More room for me. The stares are still difficult but I just stare back.

Like you, Tokyo-Engr, I don't mind chopstick comments and no one has ever asked me if I wanted a fork.

I also see the silver lining on having the seat next to me free, but I do not dismiss it either. If someone is so mistrusting of a person who looks a bit different that they won't even sit next to them, how about extrapolating to other areas of life.

Would they offer you a job? Become your friend? Let you marry their children? And it isn't just the odd person - we wouldn't realise it otherwise. It is obvious when you are on a crowded train and only one seat is still vacant - the one next to you. The attitude must be widespread.

Most of the time we can laugh it off, but the more you think about it, the more disturbing it is.

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Posted in: Drug influence on man who killed 19 disabled people negligible: doctor See in context

He displays classic psychopathic behaviour traits. Like all psychopaths he has little interest in conforming to societal standards, so being a drug user is hardly surprising. However, the doctor is right that it will not have affected his mental state. He did it because he enjoyed it and revelled in the sense of power it gave him.

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Posted in: With sleep deprivation a growing problem in Japan, companies introduce Power Nap Project See in context

Do what I do

Sounds fantastic. Apart from the lack of pub action.

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Posted in: With sleep deprivation a growing problem in Japan, companies introduce Power Nap Project See in context

It is estimated that in a few years, naps included in the work schedule will become mandatory in Japanese companies 

Whose estimate?

Let's look back in 2023 and see how many of us are contractually mandated to sleep as during working hours.

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Posted in: 3 more coronavirus cases found on cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

Hong Kong has now put a quarantine on people travelling there from the mainland. If they can do it to somewhere that is basically part of the same country, we really need to ask the question why Japan isn't doing it.

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Posted in: 3 more coronavirus cases found on cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

Thus this time cycle has to reset everytime a new case if found until no new cases for 14 days. Therefore these people need to stay on the boat for a long time

Given that the people on the boat are largely confined to their cabins, apart from a brief period in which they exercise in isolation, this is not necessarily the case.

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Posted in: Convenience stores urged to shorten hours, lower labor cost burden See in context

Just let them do whatever they think they need to do to make money, and stop interfering.

But the actual owners of the franchises do want to run their businesses as they think is right, and that is closing for some of the time. It is the headquarters that insist on the 24hr business model, which makes a lot of branches barely profitable.

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases on cruise ship in Yokohama jump to 61 See in context

They should evacuate the people on that ship to a sterilized facility or else they will likely all get sick

Yes. As we all know, Japan is full of sterilized facilities equipped to take 5000 people at a moment's notice.

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Posted in: Do you think the flu is a greater danger than the coronavirus for people living in Japan? See in context

I had never seen such hysteria around the flu until I loved to Japan. Back home, it's just a part of winter, along with colds, snow, frozen pipes etc. I have no idea why there is so much hysteria around it in Japan. Because of all the old people?

Because in the city where it has taken hold most significantly, it has a mortality rate over 2%, ten times that of influenza, and it spreads much more rapidly. In Wuhan they are building new emergency hospitals and the city is on lockdown, yet still the numbers rise.

It has a relatively long incubation period and can be transmitted easily before symptoms develop.

The "hysteria" now is probably well deserved, unlike swine flu, which genuinely was hysteria.

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Posted in: Do you think the flu is a greater danger than the coronavirus for people living in Japan? See in context

I have yet to experience an illness which literally ends life whilst walking in the streets.....

What does this have to do with anything?

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Posted in: Top films were more diverse than ever before, study finds See in context

Something is this article is going to outrage someone. I'm looking forward to finding out.

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