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Posted in: COVID-19 patient in Japan receives world's first lung transplant from living donors See in context

So, the woman wasn’t a Covid-19 patient-fear mongering!

How do you reckon that, then?

The woman contracted COVID-19 late last year and developed breathing difficulties that rapidly worsened. ....

Even after she was free of the virus, her lungs were no longer functional or treatable, and the only option for her to live was to receive a lung transplant, the university said.

Her lungs were destroyed by Covid.

Hopefully she will make a full recovery.

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Posted in: Japan denies considering vaccine priority for Olympic athletes See in context

So it wasn't seriously.

Or more likely it was, and they stepped back when the excrement from the senpuki started hitting them in the face.

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Posted in: Japan denies considering vaccine priority for Olympic athletes See in context

Vaccinating a few hundred athletes may make mother lose her spot in line for a day or two at most.

And why should mother be made to wait even a day longer than necessary? She's already waited months and is sick of staying at home.

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Posted in: Japan denies considering vaccine priority for Olympic athletes See in context

1 million people have received the first dose since February

1 million in about 7 weeks.

At this rate hell will freeze over and the cows will come skating home before we get our jabs.

And the government want to give healthy young folk priority.

And they're surprised at the outrage?


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Posted in: What’s it like to shop at FamilyMart’s first 'unmanned' convenience store in Japan? See in context

 We’re not sure what payment is “coming soon,” though. Gold bars? Edo period-style koban coins? An AI-administered barter system?

I don't see any option for payment by smartphone or smart watch. I imagine that would be coming soon.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 555 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,449 See in context

Funny, how everyone now trusts the numbers.

I don't think people trust the numbers. We all know the real numbers are higher than the official numbers.

What people find telling is that the numbers being reported are going up, at a time when the government would dearly like to give the impression that numbers are low and it's all A-OK for the Olympics.

I would like to see daily reports of the number of vaccinations being carried out.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 249 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,563 See in context

total number of cases since the pandemic started


the total number of deaths throughout the county*


Location Cases Recovered Deaths

Tokyo 122,000 117,000 1,764

Osaka 54,655 47,908 1,192

Kanagawa 48,665 46,706 784

Saitama 33,452 31,073 704

Chiba 30,073 28,228 575

Google 'Japan covid statistics'

And go easy on the caps lock.

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Posted in: Man bitten by pet dog in serious condition See in context

Sounds like there’s a few cat lovers here

Non-binary here. Got both.

we know they carry the Corona virus.

Mmm, no. There have been a few cases reported of dogs or cats being infected with coronavirus from humans, but not in the other direction.

People should not be allowed to keep pets, which normalizes violence against animals


attacked by a few dobermans

Dobies get a bad rap, mostly undeserved in my experience. I've lived with two, know another well through a friend, and all three have been/are great big softies.

Approach unfamiliar dogs with caution.

Yes. You never know.

Hope the poor man gets better soon, and that he and the dog resolve their differences.

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Posted in: Female monarchs to be debated as Japan looks to secure imperial line See in context

Why not just let the people elect the monarch once every ten years? Any Japanese person could stand for election.

Elections lead to electioneering, corruption and party politics. Not a good idea.

How about making a (eg) 5-year stint on the throne the top prize in a special Takarakuji lottery? Tickets could be limited to say 10 per person or per household, to prevent rich folk attempting to buy their way into the monarchy, and a winner who didn't fancy being restrained and constrained in a gilded cage for 5 years could opt to take 2nd prize instead, and the winner of the second prize would get the position.

the people are in favour of female succession, why doesn’t the government listen to the people????

Has anyone asked Aiko's opinion? Maybe she would rather have the option of marrying out of the circus into obscurity and freedom?

I don't envy him, and I especially don't envy his future wife

Kunaicho has probably already got a shortlist of victims I mean candidates who are being brainwashed I mean groomed into feeling obliged I mean honoured to accept the role.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan brings back its duo of Samurai Mac burgers as regular menu items See in context

Supposed grownups getting all excited about crap, artery-blocking junk food.

otona wo tanoshime indeed.


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Posted in: Police officer overtakes athlete as top profession for Japanese boys See in context

I'm convinced that your daughter is a person of good character who will serve the public good and be a credit to the force

Yes she is, and she does to the best of her ability, and she is, thank you.

She’s also a fantastic mother.

Japan’s police force needs more female officers. It’s a pity the police only registered on careers for boys.

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling season begins in coastal waters See in context

What about whaling done by Norway, Iceland, Greenland, South Korea, Canada, United States and Russia?

It should all stop.

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling season begins in coastal waters See in context

The main problem is the extinction of wild animal here.

Until we can breed whales artificially, we should stop hunting them.

The threat of extinction was a problem, until the IWC mostly stopped the rape of the oceans in the 1980s (Japan continued, of course). The bigger problem then and now is the infliction on individual animals of pain, fear and suffering.

Chasing a whale around the oceans till it's exhausted, shooting it with a harpoon that is likely to miss a vital spot and explode so that the the animal leaks blood and internal organs until it finally dies, is unnecessary, unpardonable and disgusting.

Whales are large mammals, they migrate long distances. Confining one in a tiny tank to force it to reproduce would also inflict indefensible harm on the animal, both physical and mental.

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling season begins in coastal waters See in context

This is a bloodstain on Japan's character.

Whales are not food, they are intelligent, feeling creatures.

It is impossible to kill a marine mammal humanely, and no whale, porpoise or dolphin deserves to be subjected to the cruelty and suffering of this kind of torture.

Leave the whales alone.

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Posted in: TV commentator in New Zealand apologizes for mock Asian accent See in context

How would you feel if Japanese people made fun of your English?

Why would Japanese people make fun of my English?

Now, my Japanese is a different matter. When I first came to Japan my Japanese was, shall we say, basic. I pronounced words wrong, used the wrong words, messed up the intonation.

And folk sometimes laughed at me for it, a few mimicked me and that pinpointed to me what I was getting wrong.

No one makes fun of my Japanese now.

Back to making fun of the English.... nothing wrong with jovially/hilariously imitating a North American, Scottish, Irish, Aussie, Kiwi, Welsh, RP accent, if you're willing to also be on the receiving end.

And look at all the comedians that make a living imitating/ridiculing the accents of people like Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, GW Bush, Michael Gove.

Maybe Mr. Wheeler did commit a faux pas, after all he's not a comedian... but surely not something to get all het up about.

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Posted in: Police officer overtakes athlete as top profession for Japanese boys See in context

I guess cops get to tell people what to do..

A feeling of power over the 'ippanjin'.

lol That was actually one of the reasons my daughter gave for deciding to become a cop - after a studenthood during which she experienced baito as a shop assistant, she was adamant that bowing and scraping to members of the public was not for her.

this will help them nurture a sense of justice to protect the nation

...and that was another factor in her choice; from when she was a very little girl, she was a stickler for fairness and doing things right - helping friends, not cheating, taking turns, etc.

That scary old Japanese authoritarian impulse may be resurfacing among an insecure and history-challenged young generation that never experienced the oppressive pre-war Showa police state. 

Why should a generation that never experienced the oppressive pre-war Showa police state feel insecure or authoritarian, or want to return to those times?

What comes next? Service to the state as soldiers (with a pension)?

Japan doesn't have soldiers, it has the SDF, who on the whole do a great job of helping the populace in times of disaster. And yes the job comes with a pension. You find that a problem?

I'm a little surprised police officer is so popular given there isn't much crime in Japan

The role of a police officer in Japan is not so much to fight crime as to serve and protect the public. Yes, that includes catching criminals, but it also includes a whole bunch of other stuff such as missing persons, crime prevention, victim support, etc., etc.

And when it does involve catching criminals, the baddies are much less likely than in some other countries to be actually dangerous (as in, armed). So comparing Japanese police with American police is a bit like comparing apple juice with a scrumpy-and-vodka cocktail washed down with a double whisky chaser (except scrumpy is English, not American.)

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Posted in: Who has the better claim to the disputed isles controlled by Japan as the Senkakus but claimed by China as the Diaoyus? See in context

FYI the biggest U.S.military base in the world outside of the USA is Camp Humphreys in Korea. 

Camp Humphreys has some 28,000troops, making it the largest US base in Asia, but Okinawa has over 30,000 troops stationed in a number of bases throughout the prefecture, making it the largest US presence in Asia.

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Posted in: 4 dead, including child, in Orange, California office building shooting See in context

NPR is saying the shooter was taken to hospital 'in critical condition'.

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Posted in: 4 dead, including child, in Orange, California office building shooting See in context

if the media selectively reports incidents in in a country of 300 million, an uncritical consumer would think it is usual.

If the media didn't have such a plethora of incidents to choose from, they'd have nothing to report.

On the other hand, when mass shootings become everyday fare, they're no longer news.

Any restriction of the right to bear the tools of self defense is an infringement of the right of self defense.

Yeah, that child made the big mistake of going out without being tooled up and able to defend him/herself against all comers. Total disregard for the constitooshun if you ask me. (rolls eyes)

It amazes me that so many Americans see what is happening in their country and they think the only way to fix it is more of the same.

smh in sadness and pity.

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Posted in: Did COVID-19 stress, uncertainty stall anti-smoking push? See in context

with the statistically ESTABLISHED FACT that smokers, daily tobacco smokers, do not catch the COVID virus. They are calling it the "Smoker's Paradox" but it's not a 'paradox' at all, it's the simple result of the chronic inflammation, increased mucus, and the chemical hostility of the smoke itself.

Tell that to Shimura Ken, the popular Japanese comedian who caught Covid and died just a year ago this week. He was known to be a heavy smoker.

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Posted in: If you could live in any city in the world (post-pandemic), other than where you live now, which one would you choose and why? See in context

Don't want to live in any city.

Too much concrete and pollution, too many people, not enough green, not enough space.

I'm happy where I am, but if I had to choose a city, it would be Tokyo, I think. Assuming that I could choose the outer edges of it, like Ogasawara Village.

City centre - nah.

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Posted in: Intruder steals ¥7 mil from 78-year-old woman at her home See in context

If their adult sons and daughters talked to their parents more they would at least recognize the sounds of their sons voice! 

We phone Mr cleo's mother several times a week, and we nearly always have to say who we are. At 95, her hearing isn't what it was.

She does know though, that anyone asking for cash isn't us, or any member of the family.

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Posted in: Intruder steals ¥7 mil from 78-year-old woman at her home See in context

When people ask for large amounts of cash, always smell a rat.

Unless you've really messed up the way you raised him, your son isn't going to phone with a voice you don't recognise and ask for huge amounts of cash.

If you really want to give your son money, use a bank transfer. You should know his account number, and if he asks you to use a different bank/different account /gimme the cash, then smell that rat again.

And do not open the door to all and sundry. That's what door phones and intercoms are for. If you don't recognise the caller and don't know why he's calling, don't open the door.

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Posted in: Who has the better claim to the disputed isles controlled by Japan as the Senkakus but claimed by China as the Diaoyus? See in context

Japan (Ishigaki Island) is way closer than either Taiwan or China.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka raises voice against anti-Asian hate crimes See in context

 I don't take the girl that serious because she's not a politician

You take politicians seriously??

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Posted in: Tokyo Disney parks abandon 'ladies and gentlemen' announcements See in context

I don't see it as a problem of people being annoyed or offended or upset at not being called ladies and gentlemen anymore.

By the time you're inside Tokyo Disneyland and being accosted by the loudspeakers, they've already got your money, the damage is already inflicted.

For me, it's just a bit frustrating to think that people are being paid good money to sit down and discuss ways to 'solve' a non-existent 'problem'. If it ain't broke, it don't need fixed.

If they've got the cash to chuck at these PR gurus, they could maybe lower the price of tickets a bit?

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Posted in: China could step up armament, provocations near Senkakus, think tank warns See in context

Senkaku islands look a lot closer to China than Japan

Uotsuri Island to northern coast of Iriomote Island, 149 km.

Uotsuri Island to northern coast of Taiwan, 173 km

Uotsuri Island to closest island off the coast of China, 305 km

If distance is the deciding factor, Japan wins the islands hands-down.

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Posted in: Japan is the only country in the world in which pets outnumber children. The country has just 17 million children under the age of 16, yet almost 20 million cats and dogs, according to the Japan Pet Food Association. What do you make of those figures? See in context

Japan is the only country in the world in which pets outnumber children.

Patently not true.

Taiwan -

Brazil -

US -

Spain -

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Posted in: Science panel: Consider air cooling tech as climate back-up See in context

the ozone hole , where a lot of non-returning heat can be let out into outer space

....except that isn’t how it works. The ozone layer keeps out ultraviolet rays which add to global warming; Closing the ozone hole helps combat global warming.

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Posted in: Live streaming See in context

In fact they have two children days one in march for girls and one in may for boys. Don't worry both genders are celebrated equally.

Except the 5th of May is a public holiday and the 3rd of March isn't. So not really equal.

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