Cat Stevens comments

Posted in: Japan's COVID-19 foreign entry ban spurs demonstrations in several countries See in context

I would like to state that I don't agree with the entry ban, specifically being used as as virus deterrent protocol. The cat is out of the bag on this one. On the other hand, if its purpose is to not burden the healthcare system with people who are non-residents/citizens, then I can understand why. If they could make exceptions for non-resident family members, I would be a little more okay with it. Mostly I want to point out two things.

First off, a lot of people on this comment board who are criticizing Japan for being xenophobic were awfully quiet/supportive when Australia and New Zealand were doing the exact same thing. Not only that, these countries were even barring entry to their own citizens! Yet, many people on this board who criticize Japan were saying how great those countries were doing. Funny how that works...I think there is a word for that...

Secondly, the same people who criticize Japan about the entry ban being not effective as a virus deterrent are the same people I see on this board constantly talking about vaccine mandates. The vaccine does not stop a person from getting and/or spreading the virus and yet, many people on this board support such draconian measures. I guess I should follow the science.

The fact is, most countries have made stumbles with this virus and Japan is amongst them. But we have not had lockdowns, there are no vaccine mandates, (no one at my workplace was pressured to take it), there are no vaccine passports within the country and the kids are in school. Compared to my home country Canada, Japan has done way better. I would much rather be here during all of this.

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Posted in: Canadians vote in pandemic election See in context

I voted by mail from Japan because voting in person is, shockingly, very difficult for this Canadian. There are also many people who live quite far away from the nearest polling station, or those who are quarantining. There are many reasons why mail-in ballots are necessary at any time, not just during a pandemic.

I agree. You live in a foreign country, therefore a mail in ballot is totally legit. Just like if you are too sick, immunocompromised, disabled, or unable to get to the ballot box. I do have a problem with people using Covid as an excuse to do mail-in ballots. It's legal, but in my opinion, it's a nonsense excuse, especially since upwards of 70% of people have been vaccinated. Talk about encouraging vaccine hesitancy....

Designer 02Today  09:41 am JST

I don't usually call out other lists but Cat Stevens your comments show a total ignorance of the geography of Canada and a complete and utter disregard for anyone who is immunocompromised or high risk from the Covid for other reasons.

I've been called out. Oh no. I find your post humorous. First off, I was born and raised in Canada and lived in multiple provinces, so I am quite aware of the geography. Also, when I lived there, I used to volunteer to drive the elderly to the ballot stations, so they could vote. I am quite aware of the voting protocols. Again, I hate having to point this out, but I am quite sympathetic to high risk/ immunocompromised people....these are the people who mail in ballots should be for. I just think for the vast majority of the population, voting in person should be the norm. Is that so unreasonable?

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Posted in: Canadians vote in pandemic election See in context

Eh? In Canada, mail-in voting has nothing to do with the pandemic:

I'm not talking about absentee ballots, which are fine by me. I'm talking about requesting mail-in ballots to vote because one does not want to go to the voting centre. That is nonsense.

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Posted in: Canadians vote in pandemic election See in context

Edit. I meant most amount of votes.

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Posted in: Canadians vote in pandemic election See in context

In Canada, one can become prime minister without actually winning the most amount of seats. You just need the most amount of seats, which does not necessarily equal the most amount of votes. Furthermore, this idea of mail-in ballots are necessary during a pandemic is nonsense. If people can go to work, go food shopping and other such actions, then voting in person should be fine. Voting in person is pretty easy in Canada.

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Posted in: Fate of California Gov Newsom hangs on recall vote See in context

How does that justify their justification of slavery? You will always talk about slavery in the historical context, considering it doesn’t exist in America anymore.

And yes it’s acceptable to bash unacceptable opinions, unless of course if you think slavery was justified!!

They never justified slavery. I've listened to Larry Elder for a long time and while I don't agree with some of what he says, he has never justified slavery. Does this mean that whenever talking about a less than savory piece of history, one must always preface it with, "By the way, I'm outraged by what happened!" ? If that is what you think, then I cannot help you.

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Posted in: Fate of California Gov Newsom hangs on recall vote See in context

You missed the part about it being in a historical context. It's okay. Continue to be outraged by a black man who was talking to a black woman about the history of slavery and reparations. Oh right, they are conservatives, so it's okay to bash them. (for everyone reading this, note the sarcasm)

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Posted in: Fate of California Gov Newsom hangs on recall vote See in context

That quote hardly justifies slavery and does not actually say slave owners should receive reparations. He was comparing the end of slavery in America to England, who did give money as a form of reparations to slave owners...I guess that part of the conversation got left out. It was a historical discussion on slavery, but I guess that doesn't matter to most people who just want to be outraged by something.

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Posted in: Ibaraki health center warns people not to eat with foreigners to prevent spreading COVID See in context


@Cat Stevens

No one says thing like this don't happen in other countries but there is a very big difference.

I to am from Canada and I know what would have happened if a government employee did the same thing in Canada.

Disciplinary action ranging from suspension, having to attend classes on discrimination or fired.

No such thing will happen here.

In Canada my nieces teacher is not a Canadian citizen and is a permanent employees of the public school system, which is not possible in Japan as the laws prohibit hiring non Japanese.

30 year here raised 2 mixed children as a single father.

If even one tenth of what was said or done by public school teachers here and then shrug off by the school and school board, had happened in Canada, people would have been fired.

Unlike Canada discrimination is legal here even enshrined in the law.

Please don't act as if they are the same.

I'm not acting like they are the same. I actually don't like some of the discriminatory rules here. But I am also realistic. Comparing western countries, who historically accept many immigrants. to Japan, which doesn't, is comparing apples and oranges. Of course, attitudes and laws will be different. That's just reality. I think permanent residents should be able to teach in schools here, but change takes time and I am optimistic it will. I look back to my elementary and high school experience and not a single one of my teachers was an immigrant. Yet now, it is more common in Canada. This is a good thing. As time progresses, hopefully attitudes and laws will change here as well. I just think that if you want to affect change, you must start in your own sphere.

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Posted in: Ibaraki health center warns people not to eat with foreigners to prevent spreading COVID See in context

Japan Today commentators are always in top outrage form. It was one health centre issuing some ill thought out bs. They retracted and apologized. I guess that doesn't count anymore. Should that person be fired? Maybe. But extrapolating this to the populace is nonsense.

I've been here for 16 years, and while it is not perfect, like any country, it has it's good and bad points. I have made a place for myself in my community and I am happy with my life here. If you don't like the haters, ignore them. The most successful foreigners I know are the ones who don't moan and complain about their lot, but instead get out and make things happen. My mother and father, both immigrants to my country of origin, Canada, have been here three times. Both have traveled around the world. They were both discriminated against when they moved to Canada. My mother is darker skinned and I saw discrimination in person. Yet, they didn't moan and complain, because there will always be jerks in life. They did their thing. My father said that Japan is one of the only countries in the world he would consider moving to, and this is coming from a man who scraped for everything he had. The things is, if you read the comments on this site, which I unfortunately do, you would think we live in a dictatorship. I'm all for complaining about injustice, but the comments here reek of manufactured outrage.

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Posted in: Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19 See in context

First time poster, long time reader. Probably last time posting as well...the haters will have a field day.

I notice when it comes to Covid, there are 2 general sentiments. Depending on the viewpoint, it's either met with derision or agreement. Completely usual reactions amongst people. That's how people are.

On one hand, you have the lockdown, test everyone, paranoia people. Despite numerous countries doing numerous lockdowns, vast testing and contact tracing, these countries are still failing. (Don't mention's a nature reserve with people on it) This attitude is the majority.

On the other hand, you have people who believe that Japans' response, while flawed, is reasonable. These people are generally derided for voicing an opinion that is not the majority viewpoint. I generally agree with the latter.

I am not uncaring or heartless. I care deeply about people. But when the UN says that more children will probably die from starvation or malnutrition due to the after effects of lockdowns than the actual number of people dying from Covid, then we are doing it wrong. When doctors say we will face a Tsunami of cancer patients after Covid due to people not going to the doctor due to fear of Covid, then we are doing it wrong. When cases of suicide, drug, alcohol, spousal and child abuse are on the rise due to restrictions, then we are doing it wrong.

Look at every country that has tested and locked down a lot.Has it helped in the long run? (Leave out NZ and don't mention Taiwan...they were smart from the beginning...they don't trust China) The answer is no.

Despite Japan's flawed response, I would much rather be here than most countries in the world, including my own. Maybe all we can do is ride this out. Protect yourself and your loved ones. That's all you can really do.

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