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

Japan inbound tourism has been my career for the past 12 years - this is the most stupid thingi I have seen - which takes some beating,

This 'trial' period, lasting through to October, is just utterly stupid / riduclous. It is ALL a massive saving face exercise so that the govt. can tell the people "See? We protected and did everything cautiously."

They know there's no science behind it; just like there was no science back in August 2020 when they were requring non-JP returnees to take a PCR, but not the Japanese national returnees.

Nothing to add to the above comments - cartels, racism, and dragging feet.

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Posted in: Netflix cancels Meghan Markle animated series 'Pearl' See in context

Good riddance to woke garbage.

What does 'Woke' actually mean? Can you define it in a sentence, please?

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Posted in: Sunken boat exposes flaw in communications system by tour operator See in context

The regulator approved the change because Toyoda said the mobile phone would be reachable on the sea, the ministry said

The ultimate 'tail wagging the dog', you couldn't make this up.

Company tells regulator it's safe. Regulator approves it.

Regulator and owner should be thrown in jail for criminal negligence, if not worse.

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Posted in: Ukraine's detention of oligarch close to Putin angers Moscow See in context

The only language Russia understands is violence.

So let's do it like this, then. FOUR hurts to every ONE of theirs.

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Posted in: How a nuclear attack on North Korea would add to global cancer epidemic See in context

I think your writer to stick to physics, not geo-politics.

What an irresonpsible opening pargaraph.

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Posted in: Korean automaker Hyundai makes 2nd effort to penetrate Japanese market See in context

Did a test drive last weekend on the IONOQ5

Fantastic car. Gonna be getting one next year

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Posted in: Macron keeps an open line to Putin as war in Ukraine rages See in context

Credit where credit's due; there should always be a diplomatic channel open somewhere.

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Posted in: Over 407,000 on entry waiting list as Japan eases border controls See in context

"I was able to smoothly return to Japan since I have completed my third round of inoculation and was exempt from quarantine," said Akira Onodera, 57, who arrived at Narita airport near Tokyo from Hanoi, Vietnam, after working there.

"But I am worried about whether the easing would cause a resurgence of the infections," he said.

And there you have it. "I'm alright, Jack"

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Posted in: TikTok videos get longer in challenge to YouTube See in context

The decline of the human attention span continues apace.

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Posted in: Limited Japan border easing stirs hope, worry for foreigners See in context

"It's still better than nothing," said Jommy Kwok, who has missed nearly all of her first year of post-graduate classes in atmospheric science

Yes, petal, because we know how world-renowned Sapporo universities are for Atmospheric sceince. The rest of the world has offered space and/or places, but the majority of these students are not going to do anything but still whine, even after they're let in.

Rather than students, I'd rather have the tourists and family members of residents already here, being let in first - at least they bring revenue and would actually appreciate it.

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Posted in: Gov't considers extending COVID quasi-emergency in Tokyo, 9 prefectures See in context

We never hear about what symptoms the bed-fillers are in with.

Water in lungs? A good reason.

A runny nose? Not really.

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Posted in: Putin puts Russian nuclear forces on increased alert as fighting spreads in Ukraine See in context

He's terminally ill, hiding out in Ural or wherever the hell he is, and wants to take the rest of the world with him.

Enough. The rest of the sane world should call his bluff and promise him the utter annaihalation of his hideout in the Ural, Moscow, and all other cities, and Belarus as a footnote if he launches any first nuclear strike.

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Posted in: Parents get 7 years in prison for fatal abuse of 4-year-old daughter See in context

7 years. Steal from a couple of convenience stores and you'd get half of that.

This makes me sick to my stomach. LIfe without parole.

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Posted in: Japanese court orders damages over forced sterilization for first time See in context

This is just sickening.

And when you think the government can't stoop any lower, they want to appeal.

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Posted in: Prince Hisahito admitted to prestigious high school in Tokyo See in context

 "(The prince) now sits at the desk much longer than a year ago,"

Start 'em young!

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Posted in: Fists first See in context

He looks pretty refreshed after spending 6 days in a 15sq-m hotel room.

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Posted in: ANA and Joby to bring air taxi service to Japan See in context

You'll probably have to quarantine on arrival.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID border controls, entry quarantine from March See in context

There is much hype around Japan 'relaxing' its entry measures from March. But the skeptic in me remains ever-present! 'Relaxation' to me, equates to how most of the EU & UK are now dealing with the pandemic; a policy of 'coexistence '

Having just returned from a 12-day business trip to Paris (with a side trip to London), and now holed up again for 6 nights in a hotel, it has really re-emphasised to me that Japan cannot possibly keep its borders shut indefinitely. With the Australian borders open, and New Zealand planning to open up from mid-April, the idea that Japan can maintain paying around 140,000 per person at the taxpayer expense is just not sustainable in the short-term, let alone the long-term.

Japan's strategy from the outset should have been free, self-testing PCR kits at home for all citizens, and infected persons and international returnees isolating at home. But it was never thus, and as such, Japan finds itself shut, and the rest of the world slowly resumes to some sort of 'normality'. 

But the current process in Japan proves only that the blackhole of taxpayer money will expand apace, at least in the immediate term.

The process at the airport was for show. Nothing scientific. No social distancing between staff or 'patients', no isolating for crews or testing staff; it was simply meaningless showboating for the electorate to show them how 'safe' Japan is.

To test pax 'again' at the airport on arrival (after presenting negative at check-in), to handle a mountain of paperwork totaling 3 hours from the wheels touching the tarmac to making it onto a bus, to transport you to a hotel for 6 nights with an ADR of at least 15,000 JPY prprn incl. full board, including a further 2 PCR tests and a further transport BACK to the airport, is just lunacy at best. This will undoubtedly be expanded to those new arrivals, too.

Goodwill towards Japan is waning. Rapidly..

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Posted in: Japanese convenience store or Japanese supermarket: Which one is cheaper? See in context

I lost IQ points reading this.

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Posted in: China pursues gold in global image by hosting Olympics See in context

Thank you, China. You've delighted us enough.

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Posted in: Outpatient clinics overstretched by rapid spread of Omicron See in context

Why is this such an anethema to the government?

The culture here is to run to ICU with a runny nose. this needs to be changed, somehow.

Make test and trace FREE and easy to obtain. Stop giving 'control' of the distribution to hospitals, or cartels jacking up the price. And give the instruction to stay at home for x number of days if you test positive

And wow, hospitals relatively more freed-up

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Posted in: Meat Loaf, 'Bat Out of Hell' rock singer, dies at 74 See in context

stormcrowToday  07:23 am JST

Great singer. What was the title of that one song? "Love Under the Dashboard"? What a title but it described the times very accurately.

Paradise by the dashboard lights

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Posted in: Microsoft's Activision buy could shake up gaming See in context

Let's not forget that Activision destroyed Warcraft III with 'reforged'.

I hope MS can turn that around, or maybe even introduce a Warcraft IV

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Posted in: Foreign visitors to Japan in 2021 fell to record low 245,900 See in context

"allowing to ask...." - how very Japanese. They couldn't 'ask' outside these times?

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Posted in: Tesla signs deal to get key battery component outside China See in context

Anything that reduces sourcing from China is a good thing.

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Posted in: Japan to begin COVID booster shots for general public sooner than scheduled See in context

Paper coupons will literally be the death of this country

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Posted in: Hong Kong to create more national security crimes See in context

Glad I got to go there once back in 2015. Not anymore. Hong Kong as the world knew it, is finished.

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Posted in: Japan's tight entry rules over Omicron variant to last into next year See in context

. Now even the US troops are not allow to leave their base.

Not all bad news, then

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Posted in: Japan Post reveals more lost personal info affecting 290,000 clients See in context

I went to a Post Office last week, and had to do a double take at the cables coming out the terminals. LPT and COM cables!!! How is there any expectation they can protect data?

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Posted in: Kishida sidesteps criticism of cash handout policy change See in context

This is madness.

I got a letter through informing me I was due to receive, and that if I wanted to DECLINE the payment, I had to contact the ward office to fill in a 'insert random name here'-sho. Who would have the patience or the time to go to the effort to decline something

It should be given to people whose annaul income falls under 3m, and a bit more at that.

Trust this bunch of muppets to use 'coupons', too. Any excuse for more paperwork.

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