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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Utterly contemptible and corrupt through and through.
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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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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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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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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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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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NHK reports expert panel:
’It's also calling for health notices and tests in provincial entertainment districts and foreign residents' communities, which have seen clusters and could become super-spreader sites.’
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Does anyone here know if the test count includes those done at airports? If so, surely the numbers would be much higher? (genuine question)
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Does the testing data include tests done at Narita, Haneda and other airports?
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