“Gone with Abe. Bye bye Kishida.”
The sign held in the photo above by the protesting old woman raised an eyebrow.
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Japan simplifies COVID tracking to focus on elderly, high-risk people
Or Japan stops counting before the numbers explode with the influx of foreign visitors.
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In the above photo, I see that VP Harris is shaking hands with PM Kishida -- and both are not wearing a mask. Again, what is the reasoning for insisting that visiting foreigners wear a mask? Do dignitaries not carry viruses?
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The Japanese government continues to paint this false image of maskless foreigners polluting the country with COVID. Yes, people are interacting maskless in huge masses in large cities around the world. But the COVID rates in those cities are far lower than those of Japan’s large cities.
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Japan says it is ready to take action
“This time, we’re really really really going to take action.”
Didn’t Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki warn of ‘taking action’ one week ago!
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More of a response to China’s increasing noise over Taiwan than any honor of Abe. And on to Korea she will go for the same purpose.
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How about using the 1.6 billion (and counting) that is earmarked to be wasted on Abe's state funeral?
How much of this 900 billion yen is for "security"?
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And remember, it was also Taro Kono who took over as vaccination czar to quickly fix Japan’s slowness in getting nearly everyone vaccinated!
It was Suga who got everything done not Kono.
Oh, how quickly we forget! Kono took over as the vaccinations minister in mid-January 2021, which was after the previous group (under Suga) bungled initial negotiations for vaccine supply and the government’s decision (under Suga) to conduct domestic trials. In fact, Kono was very critical of the push to conduct what he felt were needless domestic trials.
According to him, Pfizer actually included about 100 Japanese (living outside Japan) in its international clinical trial, but Japan’s Health Ministry (under Suga) refused to accept that data, claiming that the food and diet of those Japanese differed from that traditionally consumed inside Japan.
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And remember, it was also Taro Kono who took over as vaccination czar to quickly fix Japan’s slowness in getting nearly everyone vaccinated! And very unfortunately, his sensible measures resulted in him losing to Fumio Kishida when the LDP chose a new leader last September.
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Kishida wants to increase number of foreigners studying in Japan
But do foreigners want Kishida’s fingers in their wallet?
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Wow! A third-straight first-round loss by Osaka — and all three on her favorite type of court (hard). Since the Miami tournament in March, Naomi has been a very unremarkable 2-6.
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The sad fact is the only people who will move back are former elderly residents and ones without young children because what parents would want their children to play outside with all that contamination in the soil?
I spent some time examining the tsunami-destroyed Kesennuma and Rikuzentakata areas last year, and I was surprised by the number of non-Japanese that I encountered. I was told that it is because of the tremendous amount of construction and infrastructure development in the area. I would not be surprised if parts of the Sanriku Coast came to be home to an inordinate amount of blue-collar non-Japanese.
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Hmm. The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum open in Futaba two years ago — in September 2020.
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did you miss the post?
Many women in Japan look like they're perpetually stuck in their adolescent hood.
It’s the body, @wallace. Not the dress.
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Expected cost of this insurance?
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It seems that some people in society might benefit from an app that links people of confirmed legal age who desire to enter an agreement in which money is exchanged for consensual sexual intercourse of various types. Perhaps such service already exists somewhere.
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I fortunately don’t have anyone in my life whimpering about mommy not leaving them enough in potential inheritance.
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Japan is rich enough to source LPG from different countries …
So true. But no politician wants to cross Mitsui & Co and Mitsubishi Corp. and the three large Japanese shippers involved, NYK Line, Mitsui OSK Lines, and Kawasaki Kisen. All these companies have recorded extraordinary losses this year related to this venture.
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And Naomi Osaka’s first opponent will be 19th seed American Danielle Collins, the runner up at this year’s Australian Open. If Osaka gets past Collins, she could possibly meet 11th seed reigning U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu in the third round.
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The price tag, which does not include the costs of security by police …
Perhaps the chief cost is being omitted, particularly if you’ve ever witnessed how many Japanese police get mobilized to prepare for and participate in such a spectacle.
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Sorry. No more pre-departure COVID-19 tests for inbound travelers as of 7 September.
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It’s been announced. Not more pre-departure COVID-19 tests for inbound travelers as of 7 September.
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Well, those border controls should disappear shortly. Today, Prime Minister Kishida is expected to announce further easing in entry requirements and a higher cap on entrants.
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Last month, the ministry said it had considered recruiting female instructors, but "could not secure" any due mainly to "scheduling reasons."
But when publicly criticized, they can assemble 15 at a moment’s notice?
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According to health ministry data, around 336,500 people in their teens or younger tested positive for the virus from July 23 to 29, comprising more than one-quarter of the infected overall.
Wouldn’t a 25% infection rate by this 0-19 age group be expected if we were to segment the population into quarters (ages 0-19, 20-39, 40-59, 60+)? Perhaps we might even expect a higher rate since this age segment is less vaccinated.
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Japan, where many LGBTQ+ people still do not come out to their families, …
Couldn’t such a broad claim be made about many countries?
A 2019 global poll by Pew Research indicated that 68 percent of Japan residents agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, nearly equaling the 72% recorded in the U.S. And likely the 30% of Japanese that don’t agree that homosexuality should be accepted by society will gradually die off over the next decade.
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I recently got married in Canada — my wife and [I] would have loved to return to Japan for our honeymoon. Instead we spent our 20k budget traveling all around Europe, mask free, with ease, and without spreading or contracting Covid.
Sounds like you had a great time in Europe! You would preferred to have honeymooned in Japan?
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Excluding the Miami tournament in March, Osaka has been a very unremarkable 7-8 in 2022.
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Hardly any large fireworks festivals have been scheduled for Tokyo this year, but a few minutes north of Tokyo’s Kita-ku, across the Arakawa River, the city of Kawaguchi will be sending nearly 10,000 fireworks into the air on the evening of 5 November. No sweat, no mosquitoes, just a cozy autumn evening.
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