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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context

Signed. Vote and make your voice heard. All pressure to make a change is useful.

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Posted in: Kyoto police investigating cream puff attack on Bentley See in context

These large, classic cars just look so out of place in Japan. Nouveaux riche, gauche, tasteless.

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Posted in: Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics See in context

Let’s add the need to make racism illegal. That should be high on the agenda, bit isn’t.

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Posted in: Japan plans to cap daily arrivals at 2,000 ahead of Olympics: Nikkei See in context

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-56237778

Look at where Japan ranks. Rapid vaccination was the best Olympic preparation it could have prioritized.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

@richard sanchez and others.

Agree with you entirely. But note you won't be able to make a lawsuit against the school as there is no law in Japan making racial discrimination illegal. It's a systemic social flaw, not just an issue with schools themselves.

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Posted in: Japan requests airlines stop using Boeing 777s with P&W4000 engines See in context

DT: 'So hang on a second here. Did the gub'ment force you to live proximate to the approach or departure path of an airport? Did you do due diligence before moving into your current abode? Everything is not someone else's fault. Take some responsibility for your decisions.'

@DT

Many of us bought property before the new route was announced in around 2012-13. The value of that property has now gone down (beyond usual depreciation) as a result of the new route. Many of us protested the new route at every available opportunity, but to no avail. When the government makes a plan, it doesn't listen to unhappy citizens as we can see with the Olympics.

Advice: Soften your tone and ask more questions before casting forum bard judgement with minimal context.

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Posted in: Japan requests airlines stop using Boeing 777s with P&W4000 engines See in context

So hang on a second here. Did the gub'ment force you to live proximate to the approach or departure path of an airport? Did you do due diligence before moving into your current abode? Everything is not someone else's fault. Take some responsibility for your decisions.

> Many of us bought property before the new route was announced in around 2012-13. The value of that property has now gone down (beyond usual depreciation) as a result of the new route. Many of us protested the new route at every available opportunity, but to no avail. When the government makes a plan, it doesn't listen to unhappy citizens as we can see with the Olympics.

Advice: Soften your tone and ask more questions before casting forum bard judgement with minimal context.

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Posted in: Ministry of Justice offering free counseling services to foreigners See in context

How about outlawing racism by law, as most developed countries have done.

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Posted in: Japan requests airlines stop using Boeing 777s with P&W4000 engines See in context

For those of us living under the flight path of the new Haneda route, this is alarming. Planes are flying as I write 300 m above my apartment (South wind, 3-7 PM). Hoping that chunks of metal don't fall on my heads, or anywhere near the many schools and homes the planes are flying over.

Haneda new route should never have happened. It was introduced under the pretext of rishing tourism targets and the Olympics. Despite the massive reduction in flights since covid, the route is still in use.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing more than 100 slippers, shoes from schools See in context

The real concern here is how he got in and what could have happened if he was planning murder. Security in schools in Japan is seriously lacking.

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Posted in: Clinical study begins in Japan for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine See in context

The extra approval involving testing on Japanese is frustrating and will lead to increased suffering and death through delay of vaccine roll-out. But since this is one of the most vaccine nervous countries in the world as has been well-reported recently, the government is attempting to reassure the nervous masses through additional in-country testing, ultimately leading to higher levels of long-term covid vaccine uptake.

Ask your Japanese family, colleagues and friends. I have and many say that while they know the vaccine needs to be rolled out urgently in principle, in practice they'd prefer to wait and see and don't want to be first in line for a jab.

Personally, I don't like the approach the government is taking which appears to be a classic case of extra regulation based on fallacies of uniqueness.

If the Olympics is officially canceled, I wonder if roll-out will be even slower, allowing time for Japanese companies to take a larger slice of the vaccine revenue pie...

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Posted in: New coronavirus cases in Tokyo soar to 2,447; nationwide tally 7,570 See in context

Two things:

Government needs to be transparent and address low testing numbers.

Government needs to be transparent and explain why they won’t fast-track emergency use of vaccines for medical and other key workers.

Increase testing and introduce vaccine today is what’ needed. We all know the limits of the SOE, difficulty in social distancing in densely populated cities here.

increased testing to globally standard levels and vaccine introduction are two immediate measures that should be taken. If they won’t be taken, the public needs to know why.

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy pushing baby stroller hit and killed by car at intersection See in context

Yet another case of the left turn accident where both vehicle and pedestrian are on a green light.

Ridiculous, dangerous system combined with lack of cameras and speed control measures, make crossing the road here a serious risk.

Pedestrians should be able to cross safe in the knowledge that all vehicles are on a red light.

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Posted in: Worry, frustration, uncertainty as state of emergency looms for Tokyo, neighboring prefectures See in context

Yet again, another article where the opposition and media don't raise the issue of slow vaccine rollout and lack of preparation. Late Feb is too late to be starting. This wasn't raise in the press conferences I saw (admittedly only 'highlights', not the whole thing).

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Posted in: Japan developing tracking system for travelers from overseas as anti-virus measure See in context

Meanwhile millions getting vaccinated from today across the EU, and many complaining at this being a 'late start'. Second vaccine due for apporoveal any day in the UK and other countries. Here, travel bands, apps, illogical policy, and no serious fast-tracking of a vaccination.

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Posted in: Osaka asks gov't to send SDF nurses to help cope with virus cases See in context

Japan now forced to take measures that were news in worse-hit measures 8 months ago. Now those worse-hit countries are starting to roll out the vaccine, which Japan will also likely be 8 months late with, tying it all up in red tape, and the desire to use a locally produced vaccine before a 'foreign' one.

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Posted in: WHO warns virus crisis not over as vaccine rollout approaches See in context

What vaccine roll out? Nothing moving here in Japan. Probably waiting for a Japanese one is ready to ensure the cash stays here.

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Posted in: Man who forced plane to land in Japan by refusing to wear mask continues stance at hotel See in context

Just another note on police presence. There was a suicide (a jumper) in my building recently. 4 fire trucks, 2 ambulances, and over 20 police officers. It's all so bloated and inefficient. Reduce funding of the J-police since crime is so low, and use the budget on Education which has lowest GDP share of developed nations, and increase funding on social services and mental health care.

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Posted in: Man who forced plane to land in Japan by refusing to wear mask continues stance at hotel See in context

10 police officers. Tax refund on salary cost, please. So sick of seeing the crowds of j-poice that gather for every incident. If they interview somone in the street, there are often two interviewing, then 2-5 standing in an outer circe. It's quite hostile and doesn't ever feel like it's about diffusing a situation or conflict.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 311 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,425 See in context

Still no news of vaccine roll out in Japan. It’s headline news daily in global news outlets. Let’s see the extent that Japan mires the roll out in paper work and committees.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 561 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,678 See in context

Japan will receive 50 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, enough for 25 million people, in 2021 -- 40 million doses in January-June and the rest in July-September.

Japan has ordered 120m doses of Astra Zeneca for 2021. Takeda is the third pre-order.

I want to hear about planning for roll out of these, not planning for Olympics.

It’s main news globally with planning getting more and more concrete including roll out to front line workers in 10 days in the UK. Here, not seeing it in the news.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 561 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,678 See in context

Pfizer Biotech vaccine rolling out in UK within 10 days. Front line workers.

Why is vaccination planning not news in Japan? Is planning happening? Will roll out be as late and mired in red tape as testing?

Don’t know.

Don’t know.

Probably.

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Posted in: Cram school operator arrested for holding 6-year-old boy upside down, causing eye injury See in context

I guarantee that the punishment the owner receives will not prevent him continuing in education or working with children in future.

I’m terrified that one day my own child in school here in Japan becomes a victim, whether to bullying students or teachers.

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Posted in: Noisy new Haneda flight patterns cause headaches for residents See in context

It's horrendous where I am in Shinagawa-ku. Massive negative impact on mental health and well being for my family and neighbors. Can't hear someone talking next to you, if walking outside.

If you look into at the history of this from 2013, you'll see that the government created the illusion of outreach, but never intended to act on any concerns. They heard residents in consultation meetings, but didn't really listen. There was a willingness by residents to compromise, but discussion number of hours per day, excluding weekend from new route flights, etc. But no. The government strategy of taking tourist numbers to 40-50million and beyond, was all that mattered to them.

We dread 3-7 PM on days when there's a southern wind. Thought corona would offer a reprieve but it didn't. Am planning a move and resent the cost and disruption that will mean to my family. Very bitter about it.

Any action I can support, count me in.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach says Tokyo bid payments to former Dentsu exec did not break rules See in context

Utterly contemptible and corrupt through and through.

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Posted in: Japan not in situation to declare state of emergency over COVID-19, Suga says See in context

Horrible feeling knowing that we are under extra scrutiny as foreigners living in Japan, being judged, in an environment where social compliance and conformity is the norm. It's all so oppressive. That atmosphere foreigners have been living in since the pandemic began and re-entry injustice began, will roll on, and get transferred to tourism and the Olympics. Manage the foreign bodies; extract money; subject them to surveillance. There's very little light or joy left, even in something meant to be celebratory.

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Posted in: Health officials find 164 dogs crammed into tiny house See in context

Agree with @Vinke

Most dogs in cities in Japan live their lives NEVER being let of the leash on walks. Obviously that's because their owners follow the rules, and their aren't enough open places and parks to allow for dogs to run free. But that alone should be enough of a reason NOT to keep dogs here. The costumes, the prams, the costs, it's all slightly deranged and so very sad.

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Posted in: Tokyo taxi drivers allowed to refuse passengers not wearing masks See in context

People talk a lot about the high level of mask-wearing compliance in Japan due to 'shame culture'. In my recent experience, I've seen one or two non-mask wearers in places where that REALLY shouldn't be an option - one time in a crowded hospital waiting room, the other in the post office.

In both cases, oyajis. One had his mask around his chin. Everyone around pretended not to notice, and kept their heads down, tried to keep their distace. No one working in the hospital or post office said anything.

I understand wanting to avoid confrontation, especially by the public, but I think employees need to speak up and politely ask non-wearers to put a mask on, show evidence of health issues that prevent it, or refuse service.

I welcome this move to protect taxi drivers and agree with those who feel this should apply to store workers too. Obviously, implementation is the issue as there's a real risk of violence if the non-wearer is mentally unstable or extremist.

Also agree with the comment on joggers. Who do they think they are jogging past walkers all wearing masks?! Your exercise shouldn't put others at risk.

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Posted in: Japan opens airport coronavirus test lab for departing travelers See in context

Is this 6 hour test exactly the same spec as the one required of non-Japanese returning to Japan (within 72 hours)? If not, yet another injustice. If yes, then good, but still very over-priced.

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Posted in: Survey finds only 23% of vehicles stop for pedestrians at crosswalks See in context

Over twenty years living here and it baffles me that these two things seem to be tolerated:

1: Drivers with TV set-up in their GPS on the dashboard.

2: Drivers not slowing down and stopping at pedestrian crossings (ones without lights)

1 should be outlawed (is it already?) and enforced as strictly as phone use while driving. 2 could be a massive source of income if Japan went the Europe route of installing cameras at crossings and fining copiously. This could even be used to offset losses on the 2020 Olympics, to reduce Highway tolls, or to compensate accident victims properly.

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