CaptDingleheimer comments

Posted in: Gov't preparing to resume foreign tourist entry in June See in context

That's good. If they are going to accept thousands and thousands of tourists daily, surely there's no logistical way to ensure that they are all on carefully guided/shepherded tours. The article didn't mention it, but I hope they are allowed to go about on their own free will.

I'm visiting in September so likely this now means I won't have to apply for a visa and make my father-in-law run around getting paperwork filled out at City Hall proving my marriage into his family.

Hopefully I'm not visitor # 20,001 and get stuck sleeping in the airport overnight...

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Posted in: Amazon delivery pressure hurting workers, labor group says See in context

Not that I order a ton on Amazon, but I love the 2-day delivery. Sometimes I'll order something in the morning and it arrives that very afternoon.

Still, I'd be fine with 4-day delivery if it means that tens of thousands of workers won't be treated so much like crap.

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Posted in: 7 from U.S. arrive in Japan for 1st test tour before tourism reopening See in context

What the hell is there to test? If they tested negative for Covid, they don't have Covid. They can go to an onsen like anybody else without a problem.

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Posted in: Tokyo Skytree marks 10 years as symbol of capital's skyline See in context

The 'Sorakara Point' at the tippety-top of that sucker has a single, small restroom, at 1,476 feet off the deck.

I don't mean to brag, but I've taken a dump up there.

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Posted in: Japan to allow 20,000 daily international arrivals from June See in context

The US in fact DOES require Covid testing for ALL entrants, testing to be done within 24 hours prior to entry, so the final paragraph is inaccurate.

As for the premise of this story, now the daily cap is 10,000. But how many are actually entering on average during a given day? If it's 7,000 or something, then raising the cap to 20,000 is lip service. That data is important to the story, and I never see those figures when stories mention the raising of the daily cap.

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Posted in: New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm' See in context


The people who receive this money won't be going out and buying big screen TV's

Apparently New Zealand is different from here in the US.

Here, it would be big-screen TVs, Air Jordan sneakers, and iPhones. And maybe aluminum rims and a spoiler for the '99 Civic.

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Posted in: Japan to trial small group tours from 4 countries See in context

True, unrestricted tourism in Japan no sooner than mid-2023.

Mark my words.

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Posted in: 18,000 police officers to be mobilized during Biden's visit to Tokyo See in context


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Posted in: New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm' See in context

If I owned a liquor store in a poor neighborhood in New Zealand, I just happily raised my prices.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing 75-year-old mother-in-law See in context

The majority of murders in Japan are likely now of an intrafamily nature. That's my assumption, anyway, considering that Japan has something like 1.5 murders a day and we see one of these stories nearly everyday.

A good idea for a JT story might be to dig up the actual figures and report on this in a bit of depth. Might get picked up in the international press and bring in some syndication dollars!

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Posted in: China blasts U.S., Japan rhetoric ahead of Quad summit See in context

That looks like me over by the baggage claim at Narita when I rock up to Japan wearing my smoking jacket.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st-quarter GDP shrinks, hit by COVID restrictions, higher prices See in context

International tourism accounted for just under 1% of Japan's GDP when it was at its peak. So yes, opening the flood gates back up would put Japan's economy back into positive growth. Still, that extra percentage point is likely insufficient for the elected government to risk the political capital of letting the tourists back in. North Korean-style restricted and controlled tours aside, I very much doubt that unrestricted border entries and freedom of movement will resume for at least a year from today, and at most, 2-3 years.

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Posted in: Our club has a quota for foreign nationals and former foreign nationals who have become naturalized Japanese and restricts new memberships. We currently have no vacancies in that quota. See in context

As a protest, someone ought to take a golf cart and go blow donuts on all the greens.

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Posted in: Mixed-race Okinawans begin to find voice amid tensions over U.S. bases See in context

These stories make me glad I'm raising my son in the US (my wife is Japanese, I'm an evil 'straight white male').

The idea that 'hafu' kids are cute and something to be desired seems to stop with the hollow talking points of the young Japanese women who express it.

I was a JET in Akita, and of the 4 schools I worked at, not a single child was of mixed race. I should imagine that had we stuck around to raise our kid there, he'd have been bullied.

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Posted in: Zoos struggling to procure feed for grass-eating animals See in context

So I can't bring an apple through customs at Narita. But they import hay. Nope, no invasive insects could possibly get into the country that way, especially after customs officers sift through thousands of bales of hay by hand...

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Posted in: Japan accepted 74 refugees in 2021, highest on record See in context

This story needs a laugh track.

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Posted in: N Korea reports 6 deaths, 350,000 ill after admitting COVID-19 outbreak See in context

I just can't see the incentive for the US or the international community to use vaccines as a way to sneak something else into the veins of North Koreans. Maybe the top dogs, but not the general population. Not even the bulk of best-behavior subjects 'privileged' to live in Pyongyang. I just don't see it. What would they do, put computer chips in there so they can monitor people slaving away making bricks by hand or harvesting dandelion greens for dinner?

Therefore, I'd say that this is what happens, Mr. Kim, when you are so untrusting of the rest of the world that you don't believe that goodwill and humanitarianism would ever be applied to your country by the rest of the world.

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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

I only lived in Japan (Tohoku) for about 4 years and had multiple run-ins with the fuzz. Once outside of a convenience store at night two cops rolled up on me and two British buddies of mine. They demanded our gaijin cards. The other guys produced theirs, I refused. "Of course I have a gaijin card, It's in my pocket. But I ain't gettin' it out for ya! Tell me what crime you suspect me of committing?!" was pretty much what I fed right back to them, confident in the 9 or so beers I had in me.

One cop got real mad and the other one, apparently assuming we didn't speak Japanese even though I just did, tried to calm her partner down and basically said to him "What are we supposed to do? I don't think we can make him show it to us, but I'm not sure. Maybe we should just leave."

They left in a state of confusion, the one guy still visibly seething. They hopped in their cruiser, with Mr. Angry behind the wheel. He literally peeled out and screeched the tires out of the parking lot in down the street. Never saw a cop in Japan do a burnout in a police car like that.

Later I learned (from Debito's website I think) that technically I could have been arrested as being foreign in appearance is enough suspicion to check on immigration status, and without ID, detention is warranted.

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Posted in: If you are an employee of a company, educational institution or organization, do you like your job? See in context

I've been working out of my home for 10 years (B2B biz dev & sales) and I see my boss maybe once every 6 weeks, so 'yes'. A bit more driving than I'd like, but podcasts exist and I'm home every night. Something different every other day. It's still a job though. I'm not jumping up and down over here on the 'yes' side of the farm, and I'm still eyeing the fence sometimes.

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Posted in: Japan planning to allow 20,000 daily foreign arrivals in June See in context

With such strict entry limitations still in place, how close to 10,000/day are they currently actually admitting? Is it close? Are flights being cancelled because the passengers would put the number over 10,000/day?

Depending on those answers, 20,000 might just be lip service.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,451 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 42,160 See in context

I bought flight tickets for the family to visit Japan in September. Hopefully they still let in spouses of nationals at that point... without herd immunity, who knows where these numbers will fluctuate to down the road. It would seem they'll have wave after wave. At the end of the day, these numbers are quite low considering that Tokyo is the biggest city in the world. Still, when numbers go up or down by 50% on a fairly regular basis, it causes policy changes.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man arrested in ex-girlfriend's apartment See in context

I hope the cops tuned him up after they booked him.

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Posted in: Some companies try 4-day workweek to offer flexibility to employees See in context

What's that mean? Four 20-hour workdays now?

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Posted in: Salt Lake, Sapporo head race to 2030 Olympics, and maybe '34 See in context

Apparently Japan doesn't have any tamago on her face from the multibillion dollar red ink on the 2020 Summer fiasco...

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Posted in: Japan, Indonesia confirm cooperation toward free, open Indo-Pacific See in context

Better get used to spreading that good cheer via Zoom or Skype, 'cause you ain't getting let into Japan anytime soon...

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Posted in: New coronavirus strain found in Sendai See in context

So because the person hadn't done any foreign travel, they didn't need to be hospitalized or whatever. Got it.

It's a Japanese variant, so it must be safer than foreign variants.

What a joke Japan is sometimes. You can't make this ish UP.

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Posted in: New York City's first-ever Japanese heritage parade set for next month See in context

Boston has a Japan festival on the Common every spring. If you get there early, you can enjoy dozens of cultural booths set up with wares from around Japan, non-profits from Japan looking for exposure, and JAL and NHK running some raffles for plane tickets and whatnot.

After a few hours, it turns into Halloween. Overweight white people swarm the Common dressed up as pudgy anime characters, out-of-breath superheroes, chunky chamber maids, and flabby fairies.

I always feel bad for the Japanese attendees, and especially the organizers. It must be a bit of a gut shot to know that in the eyes of so many Americans, Japan simply equals the crap I described above.

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Posted in: New York City's first-ever Japanese heritage parade set for next month See in context

Oh yeah, and it's going to quickly turn into pasty chunky anime cosplay day.

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Posted in: New York City's first-ever Japanese heritage parade set for next month See in context

Are they gonna block traffic for all 9 of the people who actually participate? I imagine 9 people marching with hundreds of Japanese people standing nervously on the sidewalk, watching.

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Posted in: Japan should ease COVID border controls for foreigners: panel members See in context

I doubt anything will change soon. The country is full of old folks who don't want foreigners in and they all vote. The rural ones' votes carry more weight, and even though most of them wouldn't have to see with the foreigners anyway, they will punish politicians at the polls if the restrictions are eased. Japanese politicians know better than to anger them.

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