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Posted in: Japan bars new foreign arrivals for 1 month over Omicron fears See in context

Some months ago when PM Suga dragged his feet in closing the borders, he was heavily criticized for responding after the fact. PM Kishida did not want to repeat that and responded swiftly, which I personally applaud.

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Posted in: Man in Joker costume with knife injures 17 people on Tokyo train; starts fire See in context

Seems like he wanted to kill 2 people. Why, is anyone's guess...and this is what is scary here in Japan...more and more people wanting to kill others, just for the kill??

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Posted in: Man in Joker costume with knife injures 17 people on Tokyo train; starts fire See in context

One time, my 7 y/o son and I boarded a train. A guy was looking at us from the get go, came over towards us aggressively and looked like he wanted to fight as he kept talking to us loudly. We moved over and kept wondering what triggered the man. The only thing I could think of was that we were speaking English. The reality is that there are crazies out there we have to be careful of.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka wins 2nd U.S. Open title See in context

Great comeback win. Huge congrats!!

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Posted in: Tokyo to look into theater infections after 30 cases reported See in context

They probably didn't practice what J-scientists have found to be quite prescient:


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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies after being left in car for 7 hours See in context

WTF????!! How could you do that daddy??!!!

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Posted in: Call centers expose fault line in Japan's pandemic fight See in context

After reading this, I promised myself never to give them any attitude when talking with them.

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Posted in: Abe touts Avigan as COVID-19 treatment despite experts urging caution See in context

Trump; Act II.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan at crucial stage for lifting of state of emergency See in context

Abe is sounding like his counterpart across the Pacific more and more. He just instituted the emergency order a bit more than a week ago and already he's talking about lifting it?? Nuts!

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 30,000; New Yorkers told to wear masks See in context

The US response to Covid 19, unfortunately, has been nothing short of an absolute disaster lead by none other than Trump himself. This should be the script to his next press briefer:


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Posted in: Trump airs video slammed as propaganda at virus briefing See in context

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, he out does himself.

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Posted in: Koike takes tougher stance than Abe on coronavirus See in context

From the mayor of SF who locked down even before a single incident, and therefore in hind sight, able to crush the curve: “Anytime you are dealing with an outbreak, if it appears like you overreacted, then you probably did the right thing.”

Keep pushing Koike for the health and safety of the residents...we are behind you!

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Posted in: Hokkaido declares state of emergency again; 166 new coronavirus cases in Tokyo See in context

I hope countries like the US, who is already talking about re-opening, take notice.

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Posted in: Japan records 503 coronavirus infections on Wednesday; biggest daily jump since start of pandemic See in context

If the people of Japan do not stay home and practice social distancing, we will all pay like Italy, France, and the US.

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Posted in: Trump threatens to freeze U.S. funding for WHO, saying they 'missed the call' on coronavirus See in context

Trump = Chief Blaming Officer. Absolutely pathetic!

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

Take a look at this story. The poor guy had to wait for 5 days with a fever above 40C to get tested. What the heck is going on people??


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Posted in: Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases See in context

Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases

Like groundhog day, have we not kept seeing that same headline over and over again at least this past week? Is he at the tipping point of announcing his next initiative, "Abe-tizers" (2 packs of hand-sanitizers to each household)?

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

Next, PM Abe would vow to send each family 2 packs of hand sanitizers !

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Posted in: U.S. Embassy sounds alarm on coronavirus in Japan See in context

On a different site, the primary reason the State Dept issued this warning was the lack of widespread testing. Have lost a lot of faith and trust with PM Abe and gained respect for Mayor Koike--she is trying her best to raise the sense of urgency.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

The swimming school near our home refuses to close and if we choose to stop going, we are required to pay a certain fee each month to "keep our spots". Has anyone else experienced the same? Have you stopped your kids from attending swimming school--with a whole bunch of other kids? Some have said swimming is harmless, though approx. 50 kids share 1 big locker room...

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

How could PM Abe reopen schools when all the leaders of this country are now required to wear facemasks, let alone the situation today is far worse then it was 5 weeks ago when he announced school closure??

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

Unfortunately, we may experience what Sweden is, by taking such a laissez-faire approach to this pandemic:


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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

On a different site, Tokyo reported 78 positive cases today, another ominous record for 1 day. PM Abe, quit dragging your feet!

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

Could the fact that Japan requires all babies to be vaccinated with BCG be a factor in the low Covid-19 numbers? Currently, there is some debate that BCG could be an effective vaccine against Covid-19.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

For those of us with kids, are we supposed to send our kids to school on April 6th when the coronavirus situation is worse than when Abe closed down schools over a month ago???

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

I have been wondering if Japan was able to avoid the 'tsunami' or whether this is the calm before the storm? Additionally, I'm also wondering if the lack of tests done is politically motivated in that Abe et al., still intends to host the Olympics and don't want to show huge Coronavirus numbers??

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Posted in: Sales tax cut emerging as option as gov't battles coronavirus fallout See in context

I hope this is a permanent cut especially with regard to all groceries. On the other hand, will this really make a difference on the economy if we are in a lockdown and stuck in our homes?? How about we do a "Andrew Yang" and give everyone a $1000 (or Yen100,000) per month as long as this situation lasts??

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Posted in: Abe shakes up cabinet, bringing in rising star Koizumi See in context

Koizumi's qualification being, obviously, that his daddy was a prime minister. Japanese politics is as big of a joke as the Japanese "justice" system.

@Chip Star, yes, a page out of the US one.

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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context

@Bullfighter. Agree with you on many points. I worked in Japan for over a decade and could not have achieved the same level of worldly success as I did there. Upon return to the US, kept sending out resumes for 1.5 years until I finally found something. Though I am thankful each day for my life here in the US, I am forever thankful for my time in Japan and will always hope for the best for Japan.

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Posted in: Virgin territory: Study shows heterosexual inexperience rising in Japan See in context

I think part of the problem is the easy access to porn over the internet now.

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