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Posted in: Author Murakami hosts 'Stay Home' radio show to lift spirits See in context

What a brilliant man. Him and Hayao M are both national treasures and certainly two of the biggest reasons I initially first came to Japan back in my youth.

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

How much money do they actually have ? 50 trillion? 500 trillion? 5000 trillion? I’d love to know. They keep just adding extra tens of trillions like it ain’t no thing. Maybe next time they’ll say, ‘ Here’s 50 more trillion, but that’s the last you’re getting because we only have 8 trillion left after that ‘

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Posted in: Abe ends state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo; Tokyo's may be lifted Monday See in context

As long as Koike is mayor, Tokyo is doomed,

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Posted in: Japanese pub aims to clean up with disinfectant spray machine See in context

Cool. Maybe clubs might now be able to open on the condition they replace their smoke machines with disinfectant spray machines!

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Posted in: U.S. arrests ex-Green Beret, son on charges of smuggling Ghosn out of Japan See in context

Trying to aid that goofball ghosn was a beret, beret silly idea.

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Posted in: Japan braces for worst postwar economic slump See in context

...intensifying the challenge for policymakers battling a once-in-a-century pandemic.

can someone explain to me why this Is being viewed as a once-in-a-century pandemic? It’s clear it occurred because of our growing infringement upon nature and wildlife, so by that rationale, if we can carry on as we do, after this , Ebola, SARS etc. can’t we kind of expect it’s possible another virus will come even before this one is controlled?

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Posted in: Japan braces for worst postwar economic slump See in context

Winter is coming!

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Posted in: Has Japan dodged the coronavirus bullet? See in context

You’d never know Japan was seemingly on top of it if you went by all the anti-Japan comments on here and in the press. I think Japan and all the people that live here should be praised for keeping the numbers so low so far, because although it’s not all because of behavioral factors, it certainly is in part down to things like well drilled mask wearing and social distancing ( inbuilt in the culture), cleanliness in general, limited physical contact, social manners, diet, levels of fitness or lack of obesity, obedience to governmental covid advice etc. these are all things that I think people here do well, and so enough of the Japan bashing folks:)

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Posted in: Foreigners with stays until July again given extra 3 months to renew visas See in context

My guess is if they are already out of the country, their visa will expire on the same day as before. They’ll have to get another visa if they don’t get back here before that date.

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Posted in: Long wait for Tokyo 2020 Olympic souvenir market to pick up See in context

They should make new stickers with TOKYO 2021? on them. The taxis can wear them too. We might need new confused looking cute mascots too.

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Posted in: 2 naked bodies found in Tokyo love hotel See in context

Sorry guys, my bad. Totally got that one wrong. Seems like it was a horrible murder. My thoughts with the families.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes lifting virus emergency in most prefectures on Thursday See in context

Nice. From a purely selfish point of view from someone who lives here, I hope Japan can lead the way now in how to sensibly deal with this thing.

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Posted in: Fears grow over heat exhaustion caused by wearing masks in summer See in context

Right! As if the oven that is Japan in Summer, slowly raising in temperature too owing to the world heating up too, wasnt enough. Putting on a mask is gonna seal the deal!

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Posted in: Bear sightings soar in Hokkaido town feuding with local hunting association See in context

Is it also possible, as displayed elsewhere in Japan and the world for that matter, that less overall human activity, has led to more wild animal sightings, as they wander more freely? I hope so as I like animals.

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Posted in: 2 naked bodies found in Tokyo love hotel See in context

You would forgive me for thinking Romeo and Juliet.

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Posted in: Tokyo starts doling out cash to businesses closed due to coronavirus See in context

I don’t get why small and medium businesses get helped out whereas even smaller, even needier enterprises don’t.

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Posted in: More than 90% of Tokyo hospital beds for COVID-19 patients filled See in context

90% wow. It’s really hard to imagine that when the media here says it’s all under control and the numbers announced are low.

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Posted in: Shanghai Disneyland reopens with anti-virus controls See in context

I remember back in the day in China when let’s just say, the copyright rules were less stringent, and Mickey Mouse was grey and evil looking. And Doraemon wasn’t blue.

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Posted in: Japan looks to lift emergency in some areas ahead of May 31 See in context

This will come as a horrid surprise to those that would have the whole world locked down stringently until further notice. For me, this lifting of the emergency in some prefectures is really welcoming news.

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Posted in: Drive-through Mother's Day flower service proves hit See in context

When all the music festivals, bars, restaurants, theater, cinema, international holidays are closed, nice to see mom’s day is preserved! Big up to MOMS

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Posted in: Musk threatens to exit California over virus restrictions See in context

I don’t agree with Musk often, but I like how he regularly exercises his right to say exactly what he thinks. Too many folk or media try to shut down the opinions of regular folk that are different to theirs, and in turn, too many people are afraid to say what they really think. So thanks Musk for your whacked out opinions,

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Posted in: 'Abenomasks' only received by Tokyo residents See in context

We’re gonna need an Abenomihodai to get through this recession.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling bloc agrees on rent relief plan for virus-hit firms See in context

I personally will struggle to pay next month’s rento.

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Posted in: Pandemic sets Japan on course for deep recession as spending, services plunge See in context

I just whipped out my calculator and punched a few buttons. Indeed, Japan appears to be a minus number total.

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Posted in: Madonna says she had COVID-19 See in context

Madonna says her privilege gives her access to antibody tests.

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