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Posted in: Do you think that once the pandemic ends and travel resumes, there will be strong international demand for tourism to Japan? See in context

Unless they fix the radioactive water release in Fukushima, there is not a lot of hope.

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Posted in: Vaccine minister Kono warns against wasting COVID-19 doses See in context

Vaccine minister????

The government is already suffering from superbloat. If they got off their rear ends, stopped the endless parties, meetings and compiling and sending reports, they might actually get some work done.


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Posted in: Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa step up anti-virus measures See in context

Just got back from Tokyo. Doesn't look like anybody has heard that there's a pandemic. Restaurants and bars looked pretty crowded late into the evening. The trains and streets were full of people as normal.

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Posted in: Arsonist at idol concert says he was imitating the Kyoto Animation attack See in context

"investigators are yet to understand the motivation behind Okada’s actions."

What's to understand?

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Posted in: Experts say Suga gov't unlikely to approve female monarch See in context

"Monarch = a sovereign head of state, especially a king, queen or emperor."

If the emperor needs approval, how can he call himself an emperor?

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Posted in: Suga planning visits to India, Philippines to counter China's growing clout See in context

Gosh! I bet China is quaking in their boots!

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Posted in: Assemblyman in Mie reveals same-sex couple's address online See in context

Just going to prove that the Liberal Democratic Party is neither liberal, nor democratic.

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Posted in: Japanese beauty brand drops word 'whitening' from its products See in context

The Black and White minstrels are turning in their grave!

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Posted in: Onsen Mask helps you soak in the steam, not the germs See in context

Looks like an idea that's not really been thought through. What's the point of a mask when you're sharing your bathwater with everybody else? How're you going to wash your face?

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Posted in: 4 dead, including child, in Orange, California office building shooting See in context

 an intelligent, forward thinking, developed nation like USA

Certainly there are intelligent, forward thinking and cultured people in the U.S.A. 

But are also a very large number who are from the other end of the evolutionary ladder!

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Posted in: BOJ to begin feasibility study on digital currency in April See in context

Should save on printing costs!

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Posted in: Health minister apologizes for late-night party by 23 employees See in context

Don't see what the fuss is about. They were being LIBERAL, weren't they . . . They all agreed to do it, so it was DEMOCRATIC . . . And it was a PARTY!

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Posted in: Report finds COVID likely jumped to humans from bats through 'missing link' See in context

*If America was able to get into China** in December of 2019 or maybe in January 2020 and investigate with a global team, maybe the truth would have been discovered. *

Kind of like the way the truth about 9/11 was unearthed by a US "investigation" :)

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Posted in: Suga to invite Biden to Tokyo Olympics See in context

How is "Suga to invite Biden to Tokyo Olympics" a news item?

If Biden accepted, I could understand it, but what does it matter what Suga is going to do?

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Posted in: British citizen arrested for dumping bento trash in mailbox See in context

There used to be trash cans in public places, but then, after 9/11, they took them away, worried that "terrorists" would plant bombs in them. That's not a joke. Conbinis didn't suffer from the same neurosis and they generally, still have trash cans. It's about time the public trash cans returned. There is a need.

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Posted in: Ex-justice minister resigns, pleads guilty to vote buying See in context

Suspended sentence . . . . . ! What???

Double standards!

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Posted in: A sobering strategy for pandemic times - brewers bank on alcohol-free beer boom See in context

Gin makes it taste good!

Gives it body!

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Posted in: Hit Japanese app Crabhouse forced to change name on iOS See in context


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Posted in: 'Avatar' expected to retake all-time box office crown after China re-release See in context

There are very few movies I couldn't sit through to the end, Avatar was one of them. This movie was absolute crap. The only thing good about it was the special effects. The story line seemed to be the same old calculated Hollywood written to a template script. I don't know for sure, because, as I said, I didn't watch it to the end.

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Posted in: Grief hasn't subsided for some survivors of tsunami See in context

Just goes to show that Time does not in itself heal. Time does nothing.

It's what you do in Time that heals.

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Posted in: Fukushima reverend prays for revival of radiation-hit church See in context

Mum used to say, "God helps those who help themselves." If he wants people in his church, it's up to him to actively DO something to get them in. They will come if there is a reason for being there.

Prayer isn't going to do it.

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Posted in: Japan may approve 2nd COVID-19 vaccine in May: health minister See in context

I wonder why this kind of "sapling in the wind" indecision gets reported. Doesn't the "health minister" have the cohones to make a decision?

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Posted in: Doctors may overlook abnormalities when they are tired or lose concentration. AI can make a critical difference in such cases. See in context

AI is not the solution. Sure, it helps. But doctors and other medical staff have to stay in present time, alert and watchful at all times. There's no substitute for that.

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Posted in: Do you think film awards like the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and so on will eventually go "gender neutral" and replace Best Actor and Best Actress awards, for example, with Best Lead and Best Supporting Lead, or something like that? See in context

I'm beginning to get fed up with this PC crap. It's so boring. I cannot see how distinguishing actors from actresses, waiters from waitresses inconveniences or offends anybody.

Except of course those who are constantly searching for ways to be offended.

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Posted in: Are bidet-type toilets a health hazard? See in context

There are many, many countries in the world where people wash their rear ends instead of using toilet paper:

As far as I know they don't have a problem with it.

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Posted in: The increase of 10,000-yen notes in circulation is a reflection of the growing sense of anxiety. See in context

I think it is more of an indication of the government printing more money.

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

The PC "I'm so offended" crowd should be forced to watch IT Crowd, Little Britain and Alf Garnet in Till Death Do Us Part. These programmes made people aware of the bigotism, racialism, etc. They performed a function.

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Posted in: 13 ministry officials wined and dined by Suga's son See in context

Why doesn't an opposition party jump on this?

Great opportunity, surely!

Let's get rid of the LDP once and for all. This corruption is disgusting.

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