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Posted in: Wear Japan’s most iconic landmark on your shoes with this adidas collaboration See in context

The things rich people waste their cash on.

Most of us want to wear shoes, but I guess going barefoot is an alternative for some.

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Posted in: Woman dies from brain hemorrhage days after receiving coronavirus vaccine, but link uncertain See in context

For people who believe there is a link between the vaccination and the brain hemorrhage and this woman's death, how long does this link last? Three days? A month? A year? Five years?

Even if a link were found, it would be isolated and rare. Many foods we eat cause illness and death, yet most of us continue to enjoy them. Peanuts kill some people, yet we eat them. Vaccines kill far far fewer people, so why panic and avoid them? Vaccines have saved millions of lives. We were all vaccinated as children, and here we are.

Will all deaths be linked to vaccines now? If someone has a heart attack, did the vaccine cause it? If someone gets cancer, did the vaccine cause it? If someone simply dies in their sleep, did the vaccine cause it?

Vaccines do not guarantee immortality. They just prevent infections and disease.

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Posted in: Man killed after leaping from platform into oncoming train in Kobe See in context

Some commentators here seem to feel that suicidal people should be more considerate and not jump in front of trains, and should go find a nice tree out in the woods instead.

Suicidal people are in extreme mental distress. They are not thinking normally. They are about to take their own life after all. If this man couldn't think to go to a hospital to seek help, he's certainly not going to be rational about his suicide method.

That day a person in terrible mental anguish couldn't live anymore for some reason that we cannot fathom. Unfortunately, he involved and badly affected others with is method. If he were mentally healthy, he would not have.

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Posted in: New Zealand-Australia row erupts over 'terrorist' dual national See in context

She was travelling on an Australian passport. She's Australia's responsibility.

(I'm neither an Australian nor a New Zealander)

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Posted in: 80% of prefectures unsure of securing doctors for vaccinations: poll See in context

In some countries, pharmacists are able to give shots to the public. I wonder if Japan could get around the shortage of nurses and doctors by enlisting pharmacists as part of the vaccination campaign?

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Posted in: Man goes on trial for killing police officer, security guard in Toyama See in context

Nice social distancing again in that photo.

They're all outside face wearing masks and not touching each other. How will the virus spread? By magic?

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Posted in: Over 1,000 vehicles stranded, train services suspended by heavy snow in parts of Japan See in context

If there is 1 meter of snow on your neighbours garage, they probably need to clear that, then clear it again when it hits the ground.

People don't need to clear their garages. In the Hokuriku region most newer garages are reinforced for heavy snow. When I bought a shed it was rated for up to 2 metres of snow. Garages are similar. YKK AP, a garage maker, is from Toyama. The garages are snow and wind speed rated.


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Posted in: Over 1,000 vehicles stranded, train services suspended by heavy snow in parts of Japan See in context

My neighbourhood has over one metre of snow. Digging out the car took two hours today. I envied my garage owning neighbours. My wife went shopping around 3pm and the supermarket was out of most daily groceries. Fun times in yukiguni.

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Posted in: Coronavirus third wave puts many Japanese hospitals on overload See in context

Misleading headlines are unhelpful. The medical system here in Japan isn't overloaded or about to collapse. Hospitals not designated as a COVID facility are fine. My wife works in a large hospital that isn't designated to take COVID patients and everything is running as usual.

Meanwhile, 77 percent of the 4,000 available hospital beds for coronavirus cases in the capital had been filled as of Jan 6

That line tells you what you need to know. 4000 beds are not all of the beds in Tokyo, but the beds set aside for coronavirus patients.

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Posted in: Tom Cruise rants at 'Mission: Impossible' crew in London over COVID safety See in context

It's disturbing how many people here think it's fine to yell at, berate and bully employees. Mr Cruise has problems if that's how he deals with people he's unhappy with. He's not worried about people's houses or their health. He's worried about his movie and his ego. In August, Mr Cruise saw Tenet in London at the cinema and the social distancing in the video coverage looked pretty minimal. You can find it on YouTube.

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Posted in: Imagine: John Lennon shot on his doorstep 40 years ago See in context

I was lying in bed still awake. The TV was on in the living room and I heard the news announce that John Lennon had been shot. My mother gasped from the kitchen and ran past my room to the living room. She was shocked and upset. I still remember that evening at home clearly.

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Posted in: No 'bonenkai' this year ... and many employees won't miss them See in context

Bonenkai, shinnenkai, sayonara and good riddance.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to make coronavirus vaccines free to residents See in context

Since the government gave foreign residents ¥100 000 each a few months ago, I think the government can spring for a vaccine.

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Posted in: Why is it always restaurants that are made the subject of these restrictions? Are authorities just trying to give off the image that they're taking effective measures? See in context

Why is it always restaurants that are made the subject of these restrictions?

Ah, because people aren't wearing masks, and are eating and drinking, and talking, laughing, and spitting bits of food, beverage, and saliva everywhere.

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Posted in: 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek dies at 80 See in context

Sorry, but Most non-Americans wouldn’t know him

Canadians know one of their own quite well : )

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Posted in: Trump claims victory despite uncounted votes; Biden urges caution See in context

Biden has lost. He has no path to victory at all. Trump has solid leads in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Trump is leading in North Carolina, too. Biden has simply run of states to cross the 270 line. I want Biden to win, but I see no way for him too.

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Posted in: Suicide leading cause of death among young people in Japan, statistics show See in context

Of course suicide is going to be one of the leading causes of death among the young, along with car crashes. Young people don't drop dead from heart attacks or strokes nearly as often as older people, nor do they succumb to cancer, dementia and other diseases at the rate older people do. When you eliminate those causes of death, there are not many other causes of death for young people other than suicide or accidents. What are the young dying from in other developed countries? Accidents and disease? Japan sounds pretty safe for young people then. That said, let's hope we can reduce the number of suicides.

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Posted in: Japan's new first lady thanks supporters as husband rises to top post See in context

As Alfie Noakes said, Japan is a monarchy. The wife of the PM is not the first lady. If we must call someone the first lady of Japan, it would be the Empress of Japan. The wife of a prime minister is not called the first lady in any constitutional monarchy.

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Posted in: Apple rolls out virtual fitness service, new watch, subscription bundle, catering to pandemic work-from-home See in context

I wonder if all of the medical diagnostic features of the new Apple Watch will be available in Japan? They haven't been in the past if you bought a watch in Japan.

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Posted in: See-through toilets See in context

Saw this on the news a few days ago. I sure hope it doesn't malfunction and suddenly becomes transparent while sitting on the loo.

Ha! Good one.

"Captain, opacity is failing!"

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Posted in: Death of man found in Fukushima Pref river ruled suicide See in context

Suffocation by occlusion of the nose and mouth with duct tape as a method of suicide is more common than people know. What a terrible way to die. Poor young man.

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Posted in: Toyama governor vows to help boost Avigan output See in context

 smithinjapan: it's not been approved yet and has only begun testing a couple of weeks ago?

Mr Smith, we'll be sure to keep these meds away from you should you need them. You can relax now.

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Posted in: Robot graduates See in context

The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification?

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Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what best job for a husband is, with architect topping list See in context

Is this a job in Japan? In America, it's simply a license to sign certain things but it isn't a job. I'm a notary public and so are many lawyers, accountants, secretaries, bankers, accountants, and everyday people.

Yes, it's a job. In some places outside Japan, for example, in Louisiana in the USA and in British Columbia, Canada, notary publics are their own profession with significant responsibilities and legal powers.

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Posted in: Japan to make automatic brakes mandatory for new cars from Nov 2021 See in context

 It'd be nice if they left a few non-automatic break ones for us that don't want it.

Speed's grandfather circa 1968, "It'd be nice if they left a few without seatbelts for us that don't want it".

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Posted in: Japan to tighten gasoline sale rules after Kyoto arson attack See in context

The chance that this will have any effect at all is infinitesimally small. If I have to show ID and explain why I'm buying gasoline I'm going to a different gasoline stand.

If you're filling your car, they are not going to ask for your ID. Also, where are you going to find gasoline if every station asks for your ID?

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

I was watching the announcement with some Japanese and they seemed disappointed. They said it didn't sound very impressive, and the first kanji bothered them a little.

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Posted in: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic? See in context

And Japan is the victim of drifted wastes from China and Korea

I live on the Sea of Japan, and when I've been to the beach the washed up garbage is all in Japanese. I rarely see anything with Chinese or Korean on it.

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Posted in: 106 foreigners disappeared in Japan last year after arriving on cruise ships See in context

0.00434426% of passengers failed to return home. Now that is a crisis.

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Posted in: Language learner-friendly Japanese textbooks See in context

These links are more a more reasonable length:

The yellow and orange grammar book:


The light blue and green speaking book:


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