Beanie comments

Posted in: Blast in Fukushima restaurant kills 1, injures at least 18 See in context

It looks like the gas must have been on all night filling the entire building and then the first person in in the morning flipped a light switch or turned on the hot water to wash hands and the whole building went at once. Luckily there was a lot of parking lot around it.

The restaurant had been closed since April and had undergone some renovations while closed due to the virus. Was scheduled to reopen tomorrow.

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Posted in: Museum to remove Roosevelt statue decried as symbol of white supremacy See in context

I think they could melt that down and make a better Teddy Roosevelt statue. Just don't let a white supremist be in charge if design approval this time.

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Posted in: EU says Russia should not yet rejoin G7, despite Trump plan See in context

G6 this year.

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Posted in: Amazon worker at New York warehouse dies of COVID-19 See in context

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of an associate at our site in Staten Island, NY," 

Note the use of the term “associate”. Not an employee - someone to whom they would have more obligation.

i must ween myself off of Amazon.

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Posted in: Are you worried that you might become infected by the coronavirus? See in context

I’m more worried that I’ll infect other people, than I am about getting it myself.

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Posted in: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with coronavirus See in context

Hear it for yourself from Mr Boris “You’ll be happy to know, I shook hands with everyone” Johnson. Not a responsible leader. Not a responsible grown m-up.

https://youtu.be/n3NAx3tsy-k

wishing him a speedy recovery regardless.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

For the record, foreign nationals who pay into the employment insurance scheme are just as eligible to collect benefits as Japanese nationals.

And decades living here leads me to assume that foreign nationals working and paying taxes here will be equally eligible to get this benefit. PR or otherwise. Students visa holders, working holiday visa holders could well be different.

City/ward office employees are not in any position to answer questions about this national government support plan, that is still being refined.

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

206 tests performed yesterday in all Japan.

That’s one way to ensure there’s not spike in cases!

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Posted in: Trudeau objects to U.S. posting troops to control border with Canada See in context

As a Canadian, I think, great. Help keep us safe by keeping your own people in, at no expense to us. We’ll save our troops for practical uses like to setting up mobile / temporary hospitals.

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Posted in: Trudeau objects to U.S. posting troops to control border with Canada See in context

Serrano,

do you think for a minute that there is anyone in Canada trying to illegally enter the USA at the moment?

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Posted in: Virus-striken Diamond Princess leaves Yokohama Port See in context

You call it “clumsy handling” but it seems to me it was better handled than the Ruby Princess in Australia!

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Posted in: In Japan, hotels lose out on Olympic delay and coronavirus See in context

Having a huge event in the pipeline for next year, after things return to normal could be a great thing for those facilities looking to get financing to tide them over during the dead zone. Not much help for those already in the bubble who were relying on the fast injection of inflated prices to stay afloat. Hopefully most (or at very least the best) of them can get interest free government loans to see them through the drought. Once things lighten up, there should be pent up surge of domestic travel ahead of the full international free-for-all that will happen the minute a vaccine becomes readily available.

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Posted in: Japan to ask travelers from U.S. to self-quarantine for 14 days See in context

And the request to quarantine won’t start for three days. WTH?

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Posted in: Olympic flame arrives in Japan amid worries over virus impact See in context

Mori!! Never one to be accused of doing the right thing. What a self-centered imbecile.

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Posted in: Trump tests negative for coronavirus See in context

good that he’s negative and good that he tested, particularly because he stated that he wouldn’t self-quarantine after having contact with people who tested positive.

Ivanka, on the other hand, very responsibly went into isolation and hopefully won’t need to be tested.

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Posted in: Takanawa Gateway station unveiled See in context

What do you think the name will be shortened to by the general public?

Taka-Gei?

Ta-gei?

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Posted in: Hokkaido turns into hotbed of coronavirus cases See in context

@Beanie - don't forget that a lot of cases where people survive will go undiagnosed and unrecorded. My plan if I start getting flu-like symptoms is to stay at home and wait it out unless it gets super bad. The likelihood is that I will never know whether I had it or not. 

Also, someone dying from it automatically shifts them from the "active" column to the "resolved" column. It takes longer for a survivor to be moved over. 

All excellent points, ADK99

In addition to the undiagnosed positives that recover and are missed in the count will be some deaths that go uncounted as they weren’t tested / died before the outbreak was recognised etc but those numbers will presumably be much smaller.

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Posted in: Hokkaido turns into hotbed of coronavirus cases See in context

akerusan,

As of 82 000 contaminated (and known!!) there has been 2 800 deaths so far. You can do the math it's around 3.5%.

I applaud your use of facts and math, ut would like to point out that instead of using total number of cases and total deaths, you should divide the number of resolved cases, divided by deaths.

Of the 82,000 recognised cases, 46,000 are still active. We don’t know yet if they’ll recover or die.

35,600 cases are closed.

Of those 32,800 recovered and 2,800 died.

(92% vs 8%)

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

Encouraging people to stay home and not overwhelm hospitals unless really sick (or high risk) is a good idea. Most people will experience this virus as a minor cold. Going out to get tested just increases the chance of more people getting infected and even if you do test positive, there is no treatment unless you are critical and need a ventilator

The problem with this limited testing is that too many people don’t realise how widespread infection is, so they aren’t telling employees to stay home, aren’t cancelling concerts, aren’t taking the kind of actions that would stop the spread.

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Posted in: Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy See in context

I saw new video by Dr. Iwata and he seemed sincere.

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Posted in: Ukrainians hurl stones at evacuees from China See in context

Yikes! This is what I worry about every time a poster here insists he has a right to know what hospital patient's are being sent to.

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Posted in: Woman awoken by naked intruder in her apartment See in context

Since I live in Japan and not in any other country, I am concerned with the sex crime rate here, where I live, and it just doesn't make sense to me to compare Japan with other places. 

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Thus it is far scarier to be a woman in Japan.

Do you see what you did there? You said it doesn’t make sense to compare and then concluded with a comparison.

I agree with everything you said in between, but will add that none of that is unique to Japan.

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Posted in: Woman awoken by naked intruder in her apartment See in context

Groping on trains is a big problem in Japan so do Japanese women feel safe on trains dude.

That happens everywhere. First time I was groped in broad daylight I was was thirteen. And I was too shocked to kick him in the nuts. Ditto when a guy waggled his junk at me when I was twelve. That was in Canada, where I was sometimes literally afraid for my life when walking home from work at night and turning to random women or couples entering their home to pretend they knew me as some creep was following me as I zigzagged blocks. I gut punched a groper on a long distance bus once in Canada and had him arrested. Lots of witnesses who took a bloody long time to say anything but after I hit him they all piped up.

yeah. I’ve had a creep on a train here get a grope in just before jumping the train ー not giving me time to twist his arm off his wrist. I haven’t felt scared for my life or been prevented from going where I want when I want because of inherent danger though. It is always more dangerous to be female than men imagine.

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Posted in: Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings, health minister urges See in context

Those who can should avail themselves of “flex time” and work-from-home options. That can held minimising crowding for others who have commute at peak times. I expect my employer will announce that everyone who can should work from home.

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Posted in: Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement in anti-gay sacking row See in context

People like him and Pat Roberts, both of whom blames disasters on gay people, give Christians a bad name.

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Posted in: Tokyo unveils 2020 gymnastics venue See in context

Would be nice to see a full picture of the outside of the building.

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Posted in: One-person seclusion tents let you turn part of your home into your private kingdom See in context

I have no need for this, yet like Strangerland, I can feel the twinge of a hankering.

I loved building blanket forts in the living room as a kid, and tree houses and forts (snow and lumber, depending on the season).

Perhaps instead of buying yet another tent, I should just build myself a blanket fort this weekend in my living room.

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Posted in: World Rugby admits challenges with refereeing at World Cup See in context

I have been really impressed with the technology and transparency. We get to hear the refs discuss decisions as they review an incident from several angles and confirm their decisions. Really amazing.

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Posted in: HBO Max set for 2020 streaming launch; gets 'Friends' from Netflix See in context

Anyone know if/when this will be available in Japan?

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Posted in: Twitter experiences brief outage See in context

and for one hour, the world was a better, brighter place.

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