Aly Rustom comments

Posted in: Japan not planning to shut schools despite surge in virus cases See in context

If they don't want to shut down the schools there are other ways to mitigate the spread. For example schools within municipalities can coordinate so that some school's students arrive at school a little later while another school's students leave a little earlier. Limiting club activities to 2-3 days a week; Shortening school hours plus more online classes for JHS, HS, and above might be the way to go. Even without the virus, both teachers and students have too much of a hectic schedule. This could be a new normal and why not?

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Posted in: Koike says Japan can host Olympics despite virus spike See in context

Koike says Japan can host Olympics despite virus spike

Stupid is as stupid does.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 186 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,205 See in context

I predicted in the 200's yesterday, seems the number of tests have gone down to probably under 1000 (we will find out on Thursday).

agree

Strange how a report stating a massive drop in new cases doesn’t supply the information on how many tests were conducted. Go Nippon media!

yup!

From January 2021 the number of tests conducted every day will be 15. This way the world will see that Japan is safe to hold the Olympics.

nail on the head!

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Posted in: China voices eagerness to contact 11 TPP member nations for entry See in context

Before they can be allowed to join they need to release the 2 canadians arbitrarily detained in China

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Posted in: Abe's secretaries, supporters questioned over 2018 dinner function See in context

Let’s not jump the gun.

Due process, and presumption of innocence. We would demand it for Ghosn so we ought demand no less for Japanese folks too.

Ok.

The secretary was tight-lipped when asked by Kyodo News, saying, "I do not know anything and I cannot say anything."

When his underlings stop hiding things we'll give him the benefit of a doubt. Plus he's not going to jail. But scandal after scandal after scandal.. Makes him look pretty guilty.

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Posted in: If we say wage growth is impossible this time because of COVID, then we’ll be totally neglecting our responsibility to the economy. There is a serious concern that Japan could fall back into deflation without pay gains. See in context

It should be remembered that most of the world's economy is generated from the consumption, by the average people, of goods and services.

Their labor and purchasing ability are the engine of it all.

exactly!

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Posted in: Japan's corona-named businesses (and ladies) struggle to survive See in context

some people can be so stupid...

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Posted in: Are you suffering from coronavirus fatigue? If so, what do you try to do each day to deal with it? See in context

Bringing the real corona fatigue to me are all those stupid attempts to handle the pandemic, without sense, effort and obviously less than any success. I can’t do much other about it than writing eye-opening comments again and again and wait for them being censored or thumbed down. That keeps me awake, finally. lol

same

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Posted in: What do you think is the best way for the central government in Japan to strike a balance between controlling the spread of the coronavirus and supporting the economy? See in context

A proper circuit breaker lockdown, for two weeks.

Enforce mask wearing and social distancing, everywhere. Fines and closures for businesses and individuals who break the rules.

Mass testing, and a tracing system to warn those who have been in contact with Covid can isolate and get tested. Testing should be FREE.

excellent ideas. I would also add more incentives by the gov to encourage businesses to let their employees work from home. More online lessons for students- particularly those old enough to be left at home such as JHS and HS students. shortened school hours for elementary and kindergarten. These would be good ideas even without the virus- but they are absolutely essential now.

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Posted in: Abe's secretaries, supporters questioned over 2018 dinner function See in context

Everyone knows he's a crook. In a decent democracy this guy would be behind bars

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Posted in: Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation See in context

Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation

Absolutely

The Japanese government denounced the report as a “totally unacceptable” viewpoint that will change nothing in the country's legal process

Yeah it will. The only way to change things here is to name and humiliate

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases as Japan goes on maximum alert See in context

No we do know. I gave you a link for that.

Which was already talk to you by martini that it is not verified

There are also governmental data which I agree may be lower than the reality (as I mentioned above about Tokyo) but again no way near what is observed in the most affected countries. This is not rocket science.

Again without knowing the actual numbers you can’t make that assertion

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases as Japan goes on maximum alert See in context

Because PCR tests are not being carried out sufficiently on deceased patients, there are concerns that the number of people who have died from COVID-19 is actually higher than reported.

He is suggesting it is higher but based on what evidence? Having lower tests isn't one. That's my point.

He said there are concerns that the number is actually higher. He never said the number is actually higher. Just that there are concerns. Which means he doesn’t know. Which is what everyone here is been trying to tell you from day one.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases as Japan goes on maximum alert See in context

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200522/p2a/00m/0na/010000c

sorry. Here's the link

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases as Japan goes on maximum alert See in context

 Do you have any evidence showing that it would be similar or worse? Anything? Any data related to an excess of mortality that points to that direction?

Here

Over half of Japan pathologists' requests for postmortem coronavirus tests rejected: survey

Because PCR tests are not being carried out sufficiently on deceased patients, there are concerns that the number of people who have died from COVID-19 is actually higher than reported. Kondo said, "If a cause of death cannot be ascertained, then accurate coronavirus death rates cannot be obtained."

The director of the Japanese Society for Forensic Pathology, Toshikazu Kondo

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases as Japan goes on maximum alert See in context

This is not a conspiracy theory, it is a fact: we don't know, is a fact. There is no testing before or after death in Japan, so it is a scientific fact that we cannot compare the data of Japan to that of the EU.

exactly! Thank you Martini!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases as Japan goes on maximum alert See in context

Come on, this is conspiracy theory.

You have a FOURTH POSSIBILITY THEN????

Do you have any evidence showing that it would be similar or worse? Anything? Any data related to an excess of mortality that points to that direction?

No. That's the point. There is 0 evidence to support ANY of the 3. That's why I said WE DON'T KNOW. Which part of that did you not understand?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases as Japan goes on maximum alert See in context

But that's the main point many people are trying to make. There is no testing, neither before nor after death, so we simply don't know.

EXACTLY!

Is it similar, worse or better than in the EU?

EXACTLY. Could be any one of the 3. We don't know.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases as Japan goes on maximum alert See in context

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EXACTLY! Well said!

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Posted in: English ad in Japan has some seeing a command to stay infected with coronavirus this Christmas See in context

"For best service drop trousers here"

here's a couple that will really confuse you

https://www.engrish.com/category/adult-engrish/

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases as Japan goes on maximum alert See in context

Agree with the majority of people here. Just more hot air from an Abe clone.

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Posted in: Japan watching human rights conditions in China's Xinjiang See in context

"Japan believes it is important that freedom, respect for basic human rights and rule of law, which are universal in international community, are guaranteed in China as well

As well? Guarantee them in your country first please, Kato.

While I believe China needs to be called out and sanctioned on its human rights violations Japan is not in any position to do so.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics: Many rules, no partying, no hanging around See in context

Tokyo Olympics: Many rules, no partying, no hanging around

Why even bother then? Oh yeah. Money. Right. Forgot. Carry on.

Rules. Lockep up. No fun. Welcome to Japan.

Yup. Nothing new here.

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Posted in: A guide to onsen in Japan: Recommended hot spring destinations See in context

I agree!

I went with my family 3 times to Shima Onsen!

It is really incredible!

I'm super impressed Monty!! It is rare to find someone here who has been there! I don't know if you know this but Nakanojo town is also a Ninja town connected to the Sanada Ninja and they have a Small but very nice museum of Armor and ninja tools that really should be seen.

Seesaw7- If you have time, I recommend the museum after the onsen.

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Posted in: Man arrested after kicking woman in stomach See in context

Tsubasa Okada, who works at the Sunagawa High School for Special Needs Education,

Looks like he requires Special Needs Education.

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Posted in: A guide to onsen in Japan: Recommended hot spring destinations See in context

Thanks a lot for that info! I am planning to go there this weekend. you saved my trip. Thanks!

I'm really glad my friend! Please let me know how it goes. Its gorgeous. I recommend taking walks around the town daytime and evening. Its up in the mountains so should be much colder. Please take a warm jacket and enjoy!

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Posted in: A guide to onsen in Japan: Recommended hot spring destinations See in context

Aly, I don't know where you went, but Kusatsu is wonderful, especially in winter when you have ski options.

I hated Kusatsu because the people there were extremely rude. I just had a terrible experience and have vowed NEVER to return. To each his own. I personally would recommend Shima Onsen in Nakanojomachi as it is beyond incredible and the people who work in the area are so kind and friendly.. I can't stress enough how Shima should be given a go..

Hakone has the big advantage to be close to Tokyo. In the same lines, I like Izu, salty onsen water while watching the ocean.

Never been to Hakone although I always have wanted to go...

And I think Kyushu onsens such as the famous Beppu deserve to be on the list.

Never been, but I've heard nothing but good stuff..

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Posted in: Japan, Australia seek to align on defense as China's regional influence grows See in context

 UK is a has been.

It actually has the biggest and most powerful military in all of the EU.

The JMSDF already dwarfs the Royal Navy and has arguably better equipment and training,

Funny you say that, because I remember the British soldiers guarding and protecting the Japanese ones in Iraq when the latter were doing construction..

Currently, without the US, I do not believe a CANZUK alliance can defend its members against Russia or China.

they not only can, the alliance would see more than just military power. There is economic power, diplomatic pressure, etc.

the alliance is a lot more than just the military.

, the UK, Canada, and NZ seem to have no courage to go to war against Russia or China.

neither does China or Russia. the UK is a nuclear nation and an all out war would see the planet destroyed.

In case China attacked Australia, the time the warships of the UK, Canada, and NZ arrive, certain parts of Australia would have already been taken by the Chinese forces.

If they did that they would be nuked. and good riddance

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