COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

Brian Wheway comments

Posted in: Blue Impulse jets fly over Tokyo to salute medical workers See in context

Although its a nice heart warming gesture to fly over the Capital to show appreciation for all of the hard working medical staff, I wonder how others medical staff are feeling in Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto and other large cities and towns. are they not worthy of a fly over?? or a small display?

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Posted in: News Corp to stop printing more than 100 Australian regional papers See in context

The down side is that a few hundred jobs will go, which is natural sad, but the upside is that tonnes of paper won't be thrown away each day, and a millions of trees will remain intact.

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Posted in: No screams please: Japanese amusement parks prepare to reopen See in context

OK, so no screaming, at what point is a scream a scream? is it at XX Decibels? so how on earth are you going to enforce this silly rule? can you imagine it, right at the top of a roller coaster, some person screams on the way down, the ride finishes, the attendant says "right you two screamed, get off and dont come back", your banned from this ride. its almost as amusing as the roller coaster and the entertainment of going to the amusement park!! could this be the new normal?lets see who can get banned from an amusement ride?? hahahaha! who right these rules?, they should be on stage with a microphone.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc to urge gov't to retain April start for academic year See in context

1 advantage would be that children don't have to be subjected to torturous PE in the midday sun in summer time.

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Posted in: Philippines' Duterte says no school until there is a virus vaccine See in context

A vaccine could be 2-3 years away, in the mean time kids don't get any education,,, uum, that sounds a good idea! does he have any intensions about schooling from home? any online stuff? multiple pupils on line with a teacher? any testing?

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Posted in: Man swims across moat to enter Imperial Palace grounds See in context

@ WilliB, or you could have red bellied pirañas too, Oooo, that would be funny.

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Posted in: 3 youths arrested for throwing concrete blocks from bridge onto expressway See in context

Oh boy! car and truck drivers have escaped with the narrowest of margins, IF, one of these falling block had gone through the windscreen it would have killed a driver out right, or the car/truck would have gone out of control and crashing into the barrier or other cars trucks, no wonder they have been charged with attempted murder. what a stupid, stupid act.

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Posted in: On duty at Japan's 'last-chance' hospital for coronavirus See in context

I can relate to the above story, I live very close to a large hospital here in the UK, some of my close friends work there, some in the operating theatre some in ICU, one sent me a message the other day saying how heart breaking it is watching members of there families pass away, " its so sad that families could not be with there loved ones in there last moments and having to hold a telephone to the ear of patients on ventilators whilst there loved one said there good-byes" @ Vince I hope that your not put in this position as its not an over reaction at all its the truth, medical staff are stretched to the limit, and some people don't see that or appreciate it, these staff members are going to need some sort of support when this dies down, when I say support I dont necessarily mean money, they will need emotional support with some sort of counciling.

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Posted in: GSDF conduct live fire drills near Mt Fuji See in context

I understand that the defence force needs to train, but does it need to train right now? this can be put off or postponed for a few months until the economy gets going again, the government need to focus on what is important, and you will say, training is important, but what about the elderly? the venerable citizens who have defended and served Japan, dont they warrant being looked after? may be utilising the defence force to help deliver food to out laying areas or utilising the medical staff to help the sick and leave doctor and front line medical staff to look after the C19 patients.

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Posted in: GSDF conduct live fire drills near Mt Fuji See in context

"The drills were scaled back in size with about 1,800 GSDF personnel participating — down from 2,400 last year" In reality it could have been called down to zero! just cancel it. who much has this cost the tax payer? absolutely shed loads of Yen! could this money have not been better spent on the most venerable in society today, In J news this morning there is a 72 YO guy ( Kobayashi san) in Shinjuku in a food bank que, he's barely scrapping a living, does the government really need to undertake this military exercise??

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Posted in: Japanese new recruit fired after one month for being partially out of frame during video meetings See in context

@therougou, they had a right to fire him, really? on what ground? that he would not conform? what they fired him on was so incredibly petty, could you imagine if all companies fired staff on a whim like this? there would be no one in the office! This is why I made my self self employed many years ago, and now I am a director of a company, I would never treat my staff like that, never.

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Posted in: Japanese new recruit fired after one month for being partially out of frame during video meetings See in context

I find this article funny and sad at the same time, why? well, "wearing a cardigan over his dress shirt, at times his chin was out of frame, and other times his knee was poking up into the frame" if this is all your bothered about the company is a joke, here in the UK your lucky if your staff even bother to turn up on time! if you was to apply these rules like this in the UK I would say that your company office would be empty, the British work force would not stand up to this rubbish. as for holidays, we would just take them wether the company gave permission or not. I think Japan needs to lighten up little on these rules.

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Posted in: BOJ expands loan program for small firms by ¥30 trillion See in context

The ramifications of this virus will go on for ages, Japan and the UK governments have given, lent small businesses loads of cash to help them survive, which is good, but its going to be a long time before either government gets that cash back, some companies might not survive at all. I know of several companies near me that have filled for bankruptcy, I think it will make companies more streamlined, some have already here near me that have just laid off 3000 workers and more world wide, the company have been accused of using the C19 virus as a legitimate way to sack/dismiss employees.

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Posted in: Osaka police ask public for help on girl missing for 17 years See in context

Through computers, they can actually see what she should look like after 17 years, I hope they come out with a computer generated picture it might be of some help, but I do feel that she's no long with us, although there have been cases where children have been abducted and they are found in building living, and some even have children by there captures.

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Posted in: 238 cats rescued from house in Sapporo See in context

This couple must have some sort of mental health issues, just keeping 238 cat in a flat it must be like a moving carpet of cats, how did they feed them all? where did that money come from? ( probably not paying the rent) 238 cats were found alive, so how many dead one were there? the flea infestation must be horrendous, and the flies from the decomposing bodies, most cats can turn back to being ferrel when they have no food, it seems like these cats were enclosed in the flat all of the time, a cat that defecate's in a tray indoors stinks, but too times that by 238, plus the smell from the decomposing dead cats and urine, jeees, no wonder the staff from the animal welfare centre could hardly open there eyes, which begs the question, why didn't any one else smell this odour coming from a flat in that block. God know who they should be punished, locked up? is this right? should they have a phycological valuation ? they should be banned from keeping ANY animal for ever.

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Posted in: Korean soccer club apologizes for putting sex dolls in seats See in context

Who ever dreamt this up??

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Posted in: It's 'Ben Hur' and 'Wizard of Oz' as some Japanese cinemas reopen See in context

Japan is not Japan with out Godzilla! and there are other timeless classics like, Gone with the wind, Dumbo, Junglebook.

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Posted in: Korean soccer club apologizes for putting sex dolls in seats See in context

it looks like some one kicked off and complained!!

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Posted in: Korean soccer club apologizes for putting sex dolls in seats See in context

I have never seen normal manakins with rather large breasts !!! and movable fingers, any way so what if they are sex dolls, does it matter? and what happens to them now? do they go to the next match? do they get sold off half price? the can't chant any rude comments to the ref asking him if he was blind or ask who ate all of the pies?

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Posted in: Chiba animal park reopens as drive-through attraction See in context

I don't see there being a problem as people are not in contact with each other, the park is probably desperate for some cash, when the park closed, the animals still need to be fed, watered, and looked after, and possibly vet call outs to sick animals. like a lot of these places they need cash to survive, if not they get closed down, and then no one is able to benefit.

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Posted in: New virus cases in Tokyo drop to 5; none reported in Osaka See in context

"310 were tested in Osaka", to give a true reading and better understanding of the spread of C19, I would have thought that 300,000 would be better and more accurate. yet again is this another gentle manipulation of the figures?

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Posted in: Report: Google facing onslaught of antitrust cases in US See in context

Good, every time I watch something on youtube or eBay or another website, I get contact reminders of what I've looked at, in the form of adverts, top tip, if I want something ill go out and buy it, I don't want to be constantly bombarded with blinking adverts.

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Posted in: 100 tons of water 'stolen' from Ibaraki karaoke venue See in context

I wonder if someone has got a koi pond next door and they wanted to top it up.

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, others, to stand trial over Ghosn escape See in context

I think that Turkey is going through some sort of motions just to say to Japan look were doing something, its a token gesture, but how do they prove that all, or some, of the pilots and crew and admin knew what the contents of the box were?

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Posted in: 72-year-old man arrested for spitting at convenience store employee See in context

Firstly I am going to say this is a disgusting habit at the best of times, and especially now! in the UK there has been a case like this, where a train ticket vendor was spat at, he said to the lady I've got C19 virus! The other day this lady died of C19 virus, this is no laughing matter and should be treated seriously. potentially this could be classed as manslaughter. I see this guy has been arrested, and I hope he's tested for C19 virus and if any thing happens, charged accordingly. Thank goodness there was a plastic screen between the staff and this dumbo.

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Posted in: As Japanese gov't slow-walks stimulus, small businesses fear collapse See in context

the UK is giving business a 3 month tax break, how about Japan? I went to pay my tax bill the other day and I was told NOT to pay it for 3 months, but I told them that I was prepared to pay them, yet again I was told to hang onto my money. WT,heck?????? normally they want it now! now I am convinced the world has gone mad.

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Posted in: Coronavirus concerns overwhelming Japan's suicide hotlines See in context

The people that answer the telephone in these places are unsung heroes, they go about there work 24/7, I personally thank you all. as for the running of these telephone hot lines, I would think that they are run on a voluntary basis, if so we, the public need to send in money and donate as much as possible to support these volunteers or paid staff.

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Posted in: 4.7 mil tweets criticize Abe plan to raise retirement age for prosecutors See in context

@the personiamnow, ok, do you have a link to a web site or something to back up your statement? I am sure your right that other countries are not handling as well as x,y,z.

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Posted in: 4.7 mil tweets criticize Abe plan to raise retirement age for prosecutors See in context

@Akie, This is not me that has made this up, it what was on the BBC and the data had been collated from all over the world, as for the lowest rate of deaths? well I think this is the usual "manipulation" of figures, but the rest of the world can see through the smoke screen.

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Posted in: 4.7 mil tweets criticize Abe plan to raise retirement age for prosecutors See in context

I was watching a British TV show last night, it was all a bout the C19 virus, some one had collated all of the data, from different countries, and the poll was all about the handling on the C19 virus, it asked the countries population, has the government handled the pandemic well? some said xx% had handled it well and some not as well, but Japan was at the bottom of the poll, with the worst in confidence and ability on how they have handled this situation, now Abe san has announced this, his popularity rating must be at an all time low.

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