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Posted in: A private-sector company such as JR East should never be allowed to register and use facial information about those who have served prison terms. See in context

When you walk into a casino in Vegas your face is run through casino blacklists.

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Posted in: Flight out of Narita Airport delayed because of a turtle on the runway See in context

Shells are hard as a rock and you wouldn't want one sucked into an engine.

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Posted in: Gov't to accept Princess Mako's decision to decline ¥150 mil marriage money See in context

The guy graduated from Fordham Law School and is going to work for a top notch US Law Firm, paying back 40k USD (4 million JPY) that his mother owes is going to be a walk in the park. Good for her for rejecting the money, but I highly doubt they will have any financial problems.

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Posted in: S Korea removes banners at Olympic village after IOC ruling See in context

During the Winter 2018 Olympics, a South Korean athlete after beating Japan held a banner saying "The Island's belong to Korea" , the athlete was banned from getting on the podium to receive his medal, he eventually did months later. Here's the deal South Korean athletes if they win are except from mandatory military service, if he felt so strongly about it, he would of joined up into the Military, he didn't and took the exemption.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,149 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,194 See in context

I'm not sure how this is even related to the Olympics. The idiot 20 and 30 year olds I see everyday in Shibuya and other areas, not wearing masks, eating and drinking on the street with no no masks, or wearing masks on their chin not covering the whole face is spreading the virus, the data shows it, not people related to the Olympics. They are going to do this Olympics or no Olympics. The lack of enforcement , during the "State of Emergency" the izakaya near my office was always packed even at 11pm!

Any case, still compared to other places in the world in a place like Tokyo, over 1000 but number of serious cases declining. Japan needs more enforcement, staff at shops need to enforce mask wearing, they don't because Japanese don't like conflict, I see it all the freaking time, person no mask, shop staff says jack to them.

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Posted in: Osaka says she won't do news conferences at French Open See in context

She's supposed to be a professional, it's all part of the package, not just playing the game but giving news briefings win or lose, so they can hit the media which pays for her bills. She's pretty much taken a typical tennis player stuck up attitude.

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

100 people at a protest and 20~60,000 people arriving for the Olympics is a slightly different matter chum.

100 people who are not tested vs people who will be tested, not once, not twice, but three times just to enter Japan and almost daily after. CHUM

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

So some of them believe that a mass gathering at the Olympics will be a dangerous super spreader event. So to protest it, let's have a mass gathering event...

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Posted in: Japan to open large vaccination centers in Tokyo, Osaka: report See in context

These vaccination centers will be operated by the National Government in conjunction with the local government vaccination sites. Similiar to in the US where you have state and federal vaccination sites. It's a slow but step in the right way, got to utilize more SDF personnel and more mass centers though.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 729 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,208 in Osaka See in context

These stupid politicians and celebrities on tv wearing these clear mouth shields that provide absolutely zero protection against covid for the wearer. You see security staff on the street wearing them as well, they provide perhaps maybe a meniscal percentage in spraying from the wearer, but zero protection to the wearer in protection from viruses. People "wearing" masks just over their mouths and not their nose.

Sorry for the rant, but people being stupid when they should be taking it seriously.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 729 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,208 in Osaka See in context

I don't see why people think that cancelling the Olympics will magically solve the issue.

The issue is they need to get vaccines rolling out faster, approve moderna now for god sakes, and people the PUBLIC need to take this thing seriously again. People have become far too relax and it pisses me off when I'm riding the train and seeing many mostly young folks from time to time NOT wearing a mask and the staff not enforcing it. I was at my local supermarket the other day and THREE young women chatting away walking around without masks and the staff DID NOTHING. This is why it's spreading no one enforcing rules or nothing. I don't see how cancelling the games will magically make this happen, people will magically start listening to the rules if the games are delayed or cancelled, it's just a scapegoat, games or no games, I really don't care, But I still see people still going to do this stupid stuff. People got to take it seriously again. Back in my home my nephew got Covid, why? Cause he didn't believe it would affect him and went to a party, now he's got no sense of smell or taste, no Olympics there, just stupidity, it's everywhere.

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Posted in: Most foreign Olympic volunteers will not be allowed due to COVID-19 See in context

Theres a translation issue, most foreign pertains to foreigners who live outside of Japan which was about 30% of the 8000 volunteera. 70% of the foreign volunteers in Japan are not affected.

As for Japanese citizens abroad they are Japaanese, not much immigration can do to block rerentry, the issue is mainly non Japanese people living outside of Japan entering as Temporary visitors like regular tourists, special regulations would have to be passed.

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Posted in: Volunteers from abroad won't be allowed in for Tokyo Olympics See in context

There is some misinformation here. All foreign volunteers are not banned. As noted in the article, volunteers from abroad (eg foreigners who do not reside within Japan).

While roughly 12% *precovid numbers are non Japanese volunteers. The number of non resident foreign volunteers is actually much smaller than 8000. The public data published on non-Japanese volunteers does not distinguish between resident foreigners and non resident foreigners. The larger group being Japan based rather than based abroad.

But aside, why do we need volunteers who can speak minority languages if there won't be foreign visitors?

Volunteers don't just work with visitors, there are many behind the scenes working with staff, organizers, translators for athletes etc.

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Posted in: ANA to trial IATA travel pass See in context

This is great, but what can be done about that fact that Japan refuses to test people unless they’re showing severe symptoms? Kind of a moot point.

Dont know which parts of Japan you are but there are many testing private testing sites here in Tokyo that will do the test for people who need it for travel/business/or just piece of mind. I walked past two brand new private testing ones in Akiba alone just last week. If you dont need an official cerificate its cheaper but for official cerificates they charge more, special forms can be done for Hawaii and otjer destinations as well.

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Posted in: 25 health care workers in Japan suffer anaphylaxis after vaccination See in context

From Mainichi news:

They later experienced symptoms such as nausea, dizziness and headaches, but all have since recovered.

All eight are either allergic to certain foods and medication, or have pre-existing conditions such as asthma and diabetes. An expert panel of the health ministry plans to study the correlation on Friday.

To highlight again what we're talking about here:

*They later experienced symptoms such as nausea, dizziness and headaches,**** but all have since recovered.***

All of them also had some other underlining pre-exiting allergy and the key is all survived.

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Posted in: 25 health care workers in Japan suffer anaphylaxis after vaccination See in context

 But what if you were one of the 17?

From the article: All of them recovered after receiving treatment.

This is why there is a waiting period set up after your get the vaccine, don't just take it and dash off.

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Posted in: 25 health care workers in Japan suffer anaphylaxis after vaccination See in context

All of them recovered after receiving treatment.

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Posted in: Japan to allow use of insulin syringes for COVID-19 vaccines See in context

Bad news = bad on JT

Good news = bad on JT

Can't win here.

On a serious note, insulin syringes have a different design from traditional syringes and a shorter needle and dead space syringes which allows it to get more out of a injection. If you look at the actual designs and understand the differences between the three you can see how they work, it|s good news overall.

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Posted in: Man gets life in prison for killing police officer, security guard in Toyama See in context

2:/ 68 year old security guard, what is he meant to to do any way ?

At 68 years old you are not a security guard but a liability pretending to guard children.........

His main duty that day was access control at the front gate, he was killed doing his job and no children were injured.

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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency for 2 weeks in Tokyo area See in context

The only emergency I have is teying to get some takeout before the shop closes at 8pm.

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Posted in: 58% in Japan interested in Olympics but don't want them to happen: poll See in context

what happened to the 80% who didn't want them a couple of days ago? Now all of a sudden its just 58%??

Because "95 percent of polling is made up" - Abraham Lincoln

Joking aside you can pose any question and depending on how it's asked and to who and how you report it you'll get the result you want. Look at Trump and Fox News.

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Posted in: 58% in Japan interested in Olympics but don't want them to happen: poll See in context

Yet the same respondents have no issue going out shopping, eating, working, riding on the trains in an uncontrolled environment. The entire "State of Emergency" in my opinion has been a joke, the only emergency I find myself many days is trying to run to the restaurant before 8pm when they have to shutdown. Go out in Tokyo everyday and ask "What emergency?"

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

Ok side effects will happen to some people as with all types of medicines or drugs. Alcohol makes me laugh, it makes my other friend depressed and another friend of mine angry.

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Posted in: Men charged in Ghosn escape plot ask U.S. State Department to halt extradition See in context

Or Lebanese officials?

Lebanon does not have an extradition treaty with Japan.

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Posted in: Bitcoin soars to new high above $52,000; sustainability concerns rise See in context

Dutch tulips

The old tulpis argument against bitcoin, written by folks who have no clue what they are talking about sponsered by Peter Schiff.

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Posted in: Georgia runoff elections for Senate too close to call See in context

Actually if the democrats win tonight, because they are runoff special elections, they could be sworn in as soon as possible, no need to wait to Jan 20, you could see a tied Senate 50-50 *with Mike Pence being the tie breaker, but at noon the 20th VP Harris would be the tie-breaker giving Democrats the majority in the Senate.

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Posted in: Activist, champion: Naomi Osaka selected AP Female Athlete of Year See in context

Peter, I dissagree and agree with you.

Let's discuss her dishonesty about renouncing American citizenship.

There is no evidence that she was ever an American citizen. When and how did she become an American citizen? Neither her mother nor her father are American citizens

From my understanding her father was already a naturalized US citizen by the time she was born so she did get nationality through birthright. American citizenship can be gained by birthright OR naturalization. Her father became naturalized and she got it through birthright since her father was naturalized.

However, I do agree with you on the other point, there is no evidence that she has given up her US citizenship as she has claimed, persons who renounced us citizenship is a public record and can easily be checked.

My problem with her is that while I have no doubt she's a great tennis player, she is supposed to represent team Japan, so howabout she protest issues related to people living in Japan (foreigners who live in Japan have many issues as we all well know) .

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Posted in: Japan to ease requirements to indicate maiden names on passports See in context

This is written a little vague as to imply that Japan somehow now accepts Japanese 'holding dual citizenship' which clearly is not the case unless that also changed now with this new rule. So which is it?

If you are under 22 you legally can.

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

The decision today was a modification of an already existing law, the Immunization Act of 1948 which covers various immunizations in Japan. The Immunization Act has long covered all legal foreign residents of Japan and Japanese. Just like the 100,000 yen stimulus this past summer and the stimulus we got back in 2009, if I recall all legal foreigners in Japan were eligible as well with no need to change or modify the language of the law.

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Posted in: Don't move See in context

They tried this about 10 years ago or so in Yokohama, they had guards and staff trying to remind people, worked a little, but eventually people went back to their normal ways...

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