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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

When LDP politicians say this in wonderment, I feel it is sort of head-smacking stupid.

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Posted in: Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies held across Japan See in context

Congratulations, all !

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Posted in: BOJ chief stays course on ultralow rate policy despite sharp yen drop See in context

Japan should sell some of their US treasuries and buy yen. They would at least get a good exchange rate that direction.

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Posted in: New Zealand man sentenced for threatening to kill PM Ardern See in context

Give him one year of hard fat-burning labor. It's a win-win.

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Posted in: Dollar hits 5-year high in upper 116 yen level; Tokyo stocks plunge See in context

I feel like Tokyo is a bargain world class city to live in. It has it's good and bad points, but the cost of living here is less than half that of San Francisco.

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Posted in: Murray outlasts Daniel at Indian Wells for 700th career win See in context

Well done, Andy. ! The Coachella Valley is a good place to be now...

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Posted in: Japanese parents weigh pros, cons of having their children vaccinated See in context


the IFR is about 0.15)

What is your source for this ? Is this for the wild form back in 2020 or for the Omicron variant ? (I may believe the latter). Thank you in advance.

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Posted in: 12,000 sign petition to ease Japan's tight entry rules over Omicron See in context

If they are really so concerned (now that omicron is widespread in Japan) then get out the booster vaccine to vulnerable people ASAP as omicron isn't gping to wait. Also it would help if people were allowed to work at least a few days/ week at home until the omicron peak is over.

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Posted in: Asia keeps Omicron at bay, but a surge may be inevitable See in context

@Strangerland, good point.

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Posted in: Japan ruling bloc on course to keep lower house majority: exit polls See in context

"So tell me which party would do better than the LDP now?Waiting ..."

It would have been best to have no party dominate and act with impunity. If the LDP won a pluraily (but not a majority) I would be happier.

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Posted in: China’s 'Little Kyoto' shut down by government after complaints of Japanese culture invasion See in context

Many are wondering if China is headed for a 2nd Cultural Revolution. Time will tell...

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Posted in: Suga cabinet's support rate drops to record-low 31.8% See in context

"why do you support the government: "

"First: No particular reason (特に理由はない)"

I am really hoping these people just stay home on Election Day and watch something on tv instead...(interesting or not interesting).

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Posted in: Which sports would you like to see included in future summer Olympics and which sports would you like to see dropped? See in context

Keep karate. I was glad to see that added at last.

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Posted in: Afghan forces face intense Taliban test as foreign troops leave See in context

"American-equipped Iraqis basically handed over everything Uncle Sam gave ‘em without a fight."

Too bad they couldn't have left them a "surprise" with the technology like in Star Trek III "The computer is the only thing speaking...5...4...3...2...1...Boom !"

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,195 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 8,393 See in context

"BIG decrease from previous days. Koike-san has improved the situation." I don't know if this comment is due to being uninformed about Monday always being the lowest day due to lack of testing on the weekend (especially this time with a very high positivity rate), or even worse, is intentionally trying to mislead people of the real situation.

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Posted in: Interpreters make sure nothing gets lost in translation at Olympics See in context

schadenfreude は英語に外来語に成った。

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

Des anyone have the positivity rate for this day ?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

More people tested postitive in Tokyo yesterday just in their 20s than all people testing postive (all age groups) a week ago !

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to pay more for hosting American troops See in context

"Japan’s overplaying already."

Korea and Germany pay a much small % of the costs (I think Japan pays 70% and the ROK and German pay 30-40%). Is the US asking for more from these countries too?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics see 16 more COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 148 See in context

"Olympians are the fittest people on earth and largely under 30."

Often true by immuniological fitness and muscular finess aren't always the same. In fact many the preparations (with the accompnaying stress) for making one ready of this compettion can lower immune systems.

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Posted in: Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke in 1998 See in context

Who hired this guy ? Mori ? Pathetic...

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Posted in: Abe siblings win judo gold in Olympic first See in context

You di dit !

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Posted in: Brisbane picked to host 2032 Olympics without a rival bid See in context

Australia/ Brisbane need to negotiate higher %s of the braodcasting money as it was in the past. Now the IOC takes about half, but in the past they only got 10% or even 1%....Good luck and hold the line !

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Posted in: Suga cabinet support rate hits low of 35.9% See in context

"It's amazing the approval rate actually rises above single figures."

A lot of companies and people get easy money when they vote LDP (at the expense of the rest of US).

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

I am supporting it (forced) to the tune of Y15,000 of my taxes (including Bach's luxurious lifestyle while here). Yesterday, when I went to see the Olympic torch carrier around the Tokiwa-so yesterday after getting up earlier than usual, found out that it had been cancelled minutes before I arrived. That was the one thing I would have been able to see live. That leaves only tv...oh wait I can see that from nearly anywhere in the world for free...

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Posted in: Merkel tours flood scene in Germany See in context

@"Exactly like in California, instead of maintaining forests, rivers and so on, it’s easier to blame the climate…"

Uninformed comment of the day. Yes, they should have swept those leaves lke in Finland, except no one in Finland agrees with that comment made on their behalf.

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Posted in: Kono says local gov'ts need to slow down vaccinations due to supply crunch See in context

Japan should have made the Astra Zenica an option for those who wanted to get vaccinated in May/ June instead of waiting months later (especially people between 45-64). Many people don't want this one, but they I still think 6-8 million would have been willing to get vaccinated ahead of time with AZ, which would have added to the total now.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach to visit Hiroshima on July 16 See in context

I hope he is hounded with protesters every hour of his time in Japan, everywhere he goes...

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic chief anxious with one month to go until Games open See in context

Please remember this disaster during the next election, Japanese people !

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