One of the main differences between Japan and those countries above it is the mandatory testing.
Everyone in Daegu is being tested. Everyone in a surrounding area of an infected person is being tested. Europe is also starting to conduct more tests. Japan still are not readily testing people. The US is now being forced to perform more tests so their numbers will rise as well.
I have coworkers that are sick in Japan and a few friends. Even though they all had fevers and/or flu like symptoms when they went to the doctor, they were told it's probably X illness and given medication. They were not tested and recommended to visit a testing area.
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cant imagine many shops in other nations donating their goods to citizens in a crisis.
Really? You had to be the one to turn donations and goodwill into a competition between countries? Do you honestly believe it's never been done or not done often in other countries? Even in Japan, there will always be regular people and companies that try to help others during trying times. Happened during the earthquakes in Japan. Hurricanes in the states. Terror attacks in Europe.
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The two situations don't need to be compared. They are both horrible situations. Doesn't matter if you are barred from a restaurant or asked to leave a game. It's a horrible feeling, unjust, and improper regardless of where it takes place. The restaurant owner is no better or worst than the club.
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I work for the Osaka city public school system. We are closed until the 13th. But teachers still have to go in. Students are off from the 2nd to the 13th. Its only elementary school and junior high school. High schools are still having their normal schedules.
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He needs to be careful. Japanese male public figures that take maternity leave don't have a good reputation. They tend to end up in an adultery scandal.
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Not everyone gets your joke @Bugle Boy
I would understand if you arrived in Wuhan province. But why would Japan be informing you of a virus that didn't originate and is not rapidly spreading around Japan?
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This is unfair. Majority of women are pushed out of the workplace in Japan so they have no proper savings or retirement. Also, imagine having to begin your career from the beginning once again when you are in your 40's or 50's. Your prospects are very slim.
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Interesting how the media jumps on something so trivial, must be a slow, slow day again when something like this makes the news round, but you do what you must to get them clicks.
Presidents always take heat for not knowing their geography. People believe that a person in charge of a country should know their land. Obama took a lot of heat for not correctly knowing the Gulf Coast cities. Also, with a team of people behind you people don't expect mistakes such as this.
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This guy dropped all that money to get laid? This must be a world record.
When you have money to burn and you are bored
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Suits wasn't all that popular. I'd never heard of Meghan before the wedding announcement. I'm guessing that she doesn't understand the meaning of "duty
Are you saying the second highest rating show its first 2 seasons only behind Game of Thrones wasn't that popular?
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an ASYLUM SEEKER
Please research the definition of the word.
You can't seek asylum in your own country. Also, you can't seek asylum running from a foreign country. Lastly, Ghson persecution doesn't fall under any of the grounds for asylum. These are race, caste, nationality, religion, political opinions and participation in any particular social group or social activities.
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think tattoos are unappealing and lament the rise in popularity of this 'art' on people's skin. Seems like the herd mentality is alive and well in my neck of the woods where something like 75% of people have visible tattoos.
Tattoos are not a new thing. Also, its not a recent trend when people have been getting tattoos as a popular sentiment for over 70 years. Also, in many cultures, even today, tattoos serve great significance to one's culture and religion.
Ancient Egyptians, Samoans, Native Americans, Inca, Mayans, and even the Ainu of Japan, long before it became a negative stigma used tattoos.
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You are missing the big picture. You're working that hard and going through all of that so you can work your way up to the BOE where you get to relax and do nothing but listen to the complaints.
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Why do you think Alcatraz failed or why Rikers is closing? Remote island prisons are even more costly. You now have to pay additional travel costs in salaries. It's not a desired working location so you have to pay people higher salaries to want to work there. Getting food and supplies sent there is another cost. Building and maintaining a distant infrastructure is another large cost.
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Sports is an interesting thing. Home field advantage tends to help bring out the best in athletes. Something about having the crowd on your side allows you to go out and show out. You want the cheers. You want the energy and recognition that comes along with it. Athletes don't compete to represent their country. They compete to be the best and the high they get from winning.
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Silver is considered valuable and it's a rare earth metal. Also, the age is part of the reason its value is that high. The same way a piece of armor is highly valuable.
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30 gold medals? That's a lot. Japan will only compete in 33 events. So the government wants them to win 91% of their events?
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This ruling doesn't just affect foreigners. It also affects the many Japanese fathers that want to have a relationship with their children but are denied that right by the mothers and the government. Finally, this just makes things harder for children.
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with a nation seems to have the hobby of terminating them on a whim
@Baxter I think you have your countries confused. The Japanese terminated Korea from its list on a whim. The Koreans said they wouldn't renew a deal once it expires. That isn't terminating anything on a whim. The deal is still in place. It simply won't be renewed.
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being that overweight is unhealthy and unattractive. Sorry.
Please don't speak for the world. There are many men that look at models and skinny women and think its unattractive and unhealthy to be that thin. But at the same time look at Lizzo and think she is sexy.
It is interesting how Adele came out at a bigger weight than Lizzo but she was often called beautiful and sexy. But Lizzo isn't.
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"The Olympics is just around the corner, and will provide a huge boost in construction, tourism, retail and so on."
The olympics saddles a country with a huge amount of debt. Also, the jobs created for the Olympics don't stay around after the olympics. Brazil still hasn't recovered from the Olympics.
You are correct that the entire world is suffering from the rise of nationalism and trade wars. However, one specific problem that has happened due to Abenomics that hasn't befallen other countries is the wage issue. While the world was making record profits wages were also going up. While Japan was making record profits, wages were falling. A recession doesn't necessarily mean a country will be in bad shape. Recession is a natural part of the cycle.
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Its interesting that when the similar article about Korea came out yesterday everyone's tone was Korea needs the military. They need to pay more. The military is only in Korea because Korea needs the military.
Switch to Japan. Japan shouldn't pay more. Japan doesn't need the military. The military isn't in Japan for Japan's sake. They are here for their own interests.
This is what is really happening behind the scenes. Japan wants a military. Abe can't get his bill passed. However, if the US requests an obscene amount of money, which sounds realistic because the US president is Trump, then the others would see a need for Japan to properly develop their military instead of US reliance.
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English education in Japan. An interesting thing to know is that most doctors in Japan know a fair amount of English. However, they won't use it at all even if their patient speaks no Japanese because they are of the way they might sound.
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We can all agree that not all convenience stores being 24 hours are necessary. I live in a residential areas. Families are normally in by 10. The streets are empty at those times. I've had a few nights that I have gone to the convenience store late at night but simply because it was open. The store was a ghost town. Many of these stores don't need to be 24 hours. Maybe when some of them close for the night, they can find ways that people can work shifts at other stores to help with the labor issues.
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Its "made in Japan" so it naturally fetches a well above market value in Japan.
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That isn't true. The infrastructure cost would actually reduce the current costs. Maintaining cash systems and infrastructure require more time and cost due to manual movements. The time savings also is actually the biggest draw. When you are counting seconds off of millions of people, it becomes hours. Studies show that cashless payment isles I'm supermarkets handle two to three times as many people as a cash isle over the same amount of time.
Also, one of the biggest costs in an economy is printing money. In particular coins. Printing coins and refurbishing the coins costs an economy the size of Japan $488 million per year.
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How on earth is golf even an Olympic sport?!
I ask that question all the time about many Olympic sports. You have archery and real rifles. Why is shooting an air pistol an Olympic sport?
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I think the reason they try to hold the Olympics in the summer is because most of the world has long summer vacations for children in the summer. Most of the world is off July and August so you won't have to disrupt the commute of students to school.
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With Yang, that’s a positive stereotype. Hearing Asians are doctors is a positive stereotype. Hearing, dark is bad. Dark isn’t beautiful so beauty products usually market whitening substances and that white skin is beautiful. Only to hear, you are too dark and you need bleach. It is a completely different thing. Also, Osaka isn’t even that dark. She is an average hue for those that are from the Middle East, Italian, and other places. She is the same color as many people living in Okinawa.
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Comedians are supposed to shock. But there is a huge difference between comedy and bullying.
Black comedians have said bad things. But in a land where The Miss Universe contestant that was half black as well as the half Indian contestant were constantly told they are not Japanese. They are too dark to be Japanese. Japanese have white skin. This doesn’t come off as comedy. When there have been many half Japanese who are told, “you can’t be Japanese you are too dark.” This comedy plays into that. If there was more acceptance for them in this culture, then it would be much different. When dark consistently has a negative connotation then maybe you might understand why such a statement can be extremely damaging.
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