Ashley Shiba comments

Posted in: 51% of children in Japan get 1st smartphone at elementary school age: poll See in context

My 12 your old keeps asking me for one and my response "when you can afford to buy and pay the bills on one". If ever a time comes he is need of one, I will buy a cheap prepaid one and will put 2, 000 yen down on it a month but at this stage there is no need.

What really gets me angry is these mothers pushing their babies in a pram and looking at their mobiles with no care where they are going. Why have a baby if you are so into that phone.

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Posted in: Japan to go with revised airlift plan for Ukraine after Indian entry refusal See in context

Wow, I am surprised by India's government is choosing Russia over the Ukraine and the suffering of Ukrainian people. There will come a day where there will be some natural disaster in India and it will need the help of the world and will the world be there for India? If Russia is bankrupt they will not be in a place to provide any humanitarian aide.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,220 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 39,291 See in context

If you go to a local medical clinic to try and get a test it is really difficult, and so, I don't take stock in these numbers after my own experience trying to get a test after being exposed to a number of COVID cases.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 6,922 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 49,733 See in context

The COVID is real, the school I work in there was an outbreak 3 weeks ago and let me tell you none of the teachers and or students who caught were and or are fat and some fell really hard and yes they were vaccinated.

For those who say the vaccination is not working, well, the scientists never declared it was a full-on prevention but it was prevention to keep you out of the hospitals and so that if you did get it only a flu like symptom. I am not a fan of pumping in all these vaccines into or bodies in such a short time and for that reason I have not received my third shot. Probably, I will go and get my third shot next month, nearly 10 months after my 2nd shot and that will be my last and I am only doing it because that is the only way I can return from my travels without quarantining.

My country has removed the facemask requirement, however, on my travels I do plan to wear my mask to keep myself safe and the people I know are still wearing their masks and so I am blessed that I can meet up with them and feel comfortable.

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Posted in: Russians leaving Chernobyl as fighting rages elsewhere See in context

The ignorance of Putin and the weakness of his advisors are killing young men in their thousands. Why would the generals not have warned the young men of Cherbonyl this was a world wide news story, and so, not only does Putin murder many Ukrainians but also his own people.

My heart does not bleed for Putin or the top, however, all the young men who were thrown into war unknowingly and all or Ukraine let peace come quickly for both sides.

Will all those jobs return to Russia that now so many companies have pulled out? If not, there are going to be so many struggling Russian people.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 7,846 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 44,466 See in context

The school I work in had about a 30 percent COVID outbreak 2 weeks ago, and last week my friend's little girl was fine on Friday and woke with a 39 temp the following day after going to her brother's graduation and she is still very sick. The students at the school I work in all very young many are still suffering 2 weeks later, and so, I pray people are still taking this seriously. Blessedly, I still have not caught COVID, but I do my best to keep myself and others around me safe by wearing an N95 mask and I believe that saved me a few weeks ago.

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Posted in: Putin going to G20 in Bali summit 'a step too far': Australian PM See in context

I highly doubt he will leave Russia, because he would be worried of being targeted by an assassin. This is all posturing on his part to try and show the world he has still has some clout.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 8,875 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 49,929 See in context

One of the schools I work in had an outbreak among students of all ages, and so, this number doesn’t surprise me.

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Posted in: Putin wants 'unfriendly countries' to pay rubles for gas See in context

Well there is lots of oil and the US and the Arab countries and plus solar and other new ways such as electric cars.......uhhhh...........Russian government is no way in a negotiating power at this time as there economy is a real shambles over Putin's love for bloodshed.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,855 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 27,701 See in context

There is an outbreak in the school I work in, about 40 percent of the elementary school students and families fallen ill and I had to beg the local clinic near my house to give me a PCR test. Had the doctor denied me, I could have walked around and spread this as I could have been a-systematic.

In my personal opinion, the number of testing is down and it is not easy to get one unless you want to pay like my friend's family did of 20 thousand yen for each child.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 7,444 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 44,711 See in context

My school there is a huge break out, and so, I can say it far from over.

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Posted in: Shot 9 times at New Zealand mosque, survivor walks for peace See in context

Religion is not bad, it is people who make religion bad and it comes in all sects. Sending many prayers to this man and all those who were shot because of ignorance.

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Posted in: Japan to freeze assets of 3 Belarusian banks See in context

What I don't understand why it is not effective immediately?

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Posted in: Russian offensive widens in Ukraine as U.S. imposes new trade sanctions See in context

Blessedly, so many retired trained military from the West and Europe are stepping up and going into the Ukraine and bringing their own gear, ammunition and other gear to help fight off Russian soldiers. With that said, my heart breaks for the younger Russian soldiers who most likely had no idea what they were entering into and are forced to fight or face more severe consequences when they return which could include their own families.

Praying Russia is defeated quickly, that both sides stop suffering losses and that life can be returned to a norm or as close to norm one can have after war. My biggest prayer, though highly doubtful is that Putin is removed from leadership, especially if it is true he may be suffering from an early on sought of dementia.

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Posted in: Ukraine accuses Moscow of medieval tactics; humanitarian crisis deepens See in context

It is shocking that because Ukraine is not part of NATO no one is stepping into help military support this country being plummeted by Russia. Very sad, indeed.

yes, cutting off Russia financially might slap the elite, but really hurts the everyday person who doesn’t have a say in Russia.

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Posted in: Virus chaos pushes more expats to join Hong Kong exodus See in context

So China is literally dicing up their "cash cow" which is very fool hardy of them to do when so many of their factories are closing down as many companies look else where to have their products made.

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Posted in: 'Russians, go home!' Pro-Ukraine protests sweep Europe See in context

My heart goes out to the people of Ukraine and many of the young Russian soldiers who probably don't or forced to be in a war they don't want to be part of. Unless one Putin's top guy's takes him out, he is untouchable as a former KGB it would be really tough to get at him. All we can do is pray that he is taken out, Russian people can get some kind of freedom and Ukraine can get their lives restored.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 12,251 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 70,348 See in context

People who want to risk no mask just be warned if you fall sick many of times the suffering is worse than the flu. I know many people who have fallen sick and suffered greatly, and so, think seriously before taking that mask off.

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Posted in: 70 Japanese volunteer to fight for Ukraine against Russia See in context

Russia's Putin is a little Stalin and always has been. The friendship that Trump so desperately wanted and maybe had and still has with him was so worrying when he was in office and when they met. Know one and I mean no one knows how much of US intelligence he handed over to him and what knowledge Putin has on the US now. and other countries including the Ukraine.

Good on the Ukraine for doing everything in their power including calling in individuals to help fight since the rest of the world has no gumption in sending in their military to assist like they did Afghanistan. Unbelievable really, when the UN has just condemn Russia using illegal weapons on the Ukraine and their citizens. I am praying for all of Ukraine and these Russian soldiers who probably are young and many who don't want to be there but have no choice themselves.

Back to this story, prayers to those Japanese who are choosing to go and aide in Russia. A comment made that Japanese are small very rude and ignorant. Americans who went into Afghanistan were tall, bulky and small and agile but the Afghans still beat them out, unfortunately, and they also came in many sizes.

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Posted in: Married couple accused of forcing woman into prostitution around 600 times See in context

Japan needs to step up their child support laws and forcing mothers or fathers to pay up and making it easy to take wages off each paycheck.

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Posted in: Arrested Australian rugby player details Japan prison time See in context

Complete foolishness on his part and or anyone on this country. Japan, has ZERO tolerance on drugs and they don’t give flying fig who you are. Actually, it appears the more famous you are the more joy they get parading those in front of the media this this includes the Japanese rich and famous, Clearly, he did not do his homework and lost a million bucks.

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Posted in: Missing 700-year-old national treasure katana found in Australia See in context

My friend's friend in Toyoma owns many shrines and they have many expensive artifacts that are not locked up in their shrines that people steal often. What was surprising, she said, many of those stolen artifacts get returned and she believes that people get haunted by them and or maybe not so nice things happen.

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Posted in: Japan logs record low childbirths in 2021; deaths at postwar high See in context

There are many women not having babies, because when the marriage goes south the women are holding the financial bag with little to no financial support for the children. Even if the Courts give child support the man can escape (women too) with no consequences and it is up to either parent who has custody to try and track down the parent who is not paying.

Also, the child support is dismal, a person who makes 60 thousand a year only has to pay 500 dollars a month full-stop. There is no additional monies for schooling and or other necessities for a child.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 11,562 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 72,170 See in context

What is surprising this variant is suppose to be less violent on the body, however, the death rate is higher this over last.

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Posted in: Japan aims to block sex offenders from jobs in schools, child care See in context

What a concept! Really, this is not already a law????? I am shocked and angry as a mother whose child who has gone through the daycare and school system. Had I known I may have gone back to my country to raise my child.

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Posted in: Japan's top COVID adviser says it is worth discussing shorter isolation period See in context

The rest of the world is allowing the vaccinated to skip quarantine

factchecker, this is not true. Many Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia the list goes on are still quarantining people who are vaccinated and I know this for a fact. I have Canadian friends in Thailand who were vaccinated and still had to quarantine, and they informed me that Thailand had closed their doors to tourists for a few months and are reopening their doors with quarantining. Indonesia, still mandates people who are vaccinated to quarantine in a hotel for 3 days and the list goes on in the Asian world. So, only parts of the world are skipping or about to skip the quarantine. Such as Canada, from March I understand they will be removing the quarantine rules.

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Posted in: Canadian police arresting protesters, towing rigs in Ottawa See in context

This radical behavior is so not Canadian and good on the police for putting a halt to this nonsense.

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will ease border controls; daily entry cap to be raised to 5,000 See in context

From January we went from 14 days to 3 days with a booster and yet so many are complaining. I am not up the present PM, however, it appears he is doing his best to make changes and he should be given more credit and less griping.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 17,864 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 95,208 See in context

First, I know first hand from a friend who works at the kuakusho that there is a huge shortage testing kits across Japan and that is why the selective testing. This friend told me the government believes that the numbers are so much higher and they are taking steps to try and reduce the number by running extra trains in the morning to keep the crowding down and asking people to stay home as much as possible.

At my school there are so many families falling sick with the COVID and or the Nora virus, plus I know personally of people who have gotten the COVID recently and or have the COVID. People who let their guard down and or do not believe it is that serious are the ones who are most likely to fall sick.

Take care everyone.

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Posted in: Gasoline price in Japan rises for 6th straight week See in context

It is not only Japan where fuel prices are rising Canada and Guam that I know of and I am sure many other countries, too. I don't miss having a car, the upkeep and or anything else that costs having a car.

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