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Posted in: On or off? Who's saying what about Tokyo Olympics See in context

It is a very long stretch that they would hold the Olympics. I don't see how it is possible with a pandemic growing quickly around the world. Travel will be nonexistent for several months and people's low confidence in travel will extend much longer.

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Posted in: WHO pandemic declaration won't change Tokyo Olympics plan: Suga See in context

Japan and IOC will lose big if they proceed with the Olympics. They should just postpone it a year. If they don't cancel the Olympics, very few people are going to attend the games. It is very unfortunate for Japan that this coronavirus pandemic happened right before the Olympics.

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Posted in: For some Fukushima evacuees, Olympics no reason for cheer See in context

IOC should postpone it. I think the Olympics will lose much more money if they go on as scheduled because nobody will attend. If they postpone it a year, they will likely have a more normal attendance if the coronavirus cools down.

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Posted in: Japan Rail Pass finally being made available for purchase online See in context

They are raising the prices quite a bit. Bummer.

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Posted in: California to apologize for internment of Japanese-Americans See in context

On February 19, 1942, Franklin D Roosevelt (Democrat) issued Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced relocation of approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the West Coast. They stripped them of everything (homes, jobs, personal belongings, businesses, etc. ) More than 2/3 of them were American Citizens.

President Ronald Reagan (Republican) signed into law the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which apologized for the internment on behalf of the U.S. government and authorized a payment of $20,000 to each camp survivor.

Just some facts of the Japanese Internment. Food for thought.

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Posted in: Number of infections on virus-hit ship in Yokohama up 70 to 355 See in context

You have to wonder if quarantining them on the ship infected many more people than in a specific quarantine facility or quarantined their own homes. Getting food delivered by staff that interact with every passenger several times a day and/or the air circulation system could have contributed to the increased rate of infections.

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Posted in: Japan urges citizens not to travel to China because of virus See in context

"People with Caronavirus symptoms will not be allowed into Japan."

The problem with that is, the incubation period is about a couple weeks. So, people may not show symptoms, but may still be infected.

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Posted in: Olympic rings arrive in Tokyo Bay See in context

So, how much does it cost to lease the rings from the Olympic Committee?

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Posted in: Moonstruck: Japanese billionaire's girlfriend applicants top 20,000 See in context

I guess Tinder didn't work for him.

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Posted in: 1,600 women take part in New Year archery event See in context

Nice. Women with skills competing.

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Posted in: Tuna fetches ¥193.2 mil at New Year auction in Tokyo See in context

At roughly 3000 USD per US pound, he won't make his money back. As someone else said, he is paying for the publicity and marketing of his restaurants. The guy has a great story though, with his handling of pirates in Somalia.

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Posted in: Ghosn carried spare French passport while out on bail in Japan See in context

I really want to see a documentary of this story. This is the high level conspiracy spy stuff and it is real, not fiction in a movie.

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Posted in: Ghosn met Lebanese president after fleeing Japan See in context

This is like movie spy stuff. Actually, I hope they make a documentary to detail how he escaped and the entire story behind it.

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Posted in: Ghosn met Lebanese president after fleeing Japan See in context

Lemme guess. Lebanon said we will get you out, just make sure your 120 million USD comes with you and you spend it in Lebanon.

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker arrested over alleged bribe from Chinese gambling operator See in context

Not smart. 3.7 million yen is not much money for losing your entire career and getting arrested.

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Posted in: JAL top in passenger survey for flights from North America: U.S. study See in context

That really surprises me that Delta came in second above Korean and ANA. I have flown both ANA and several other airlines to Japan and ANA is definitely the best I have flown to Japan.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempting to rob his girlfriend’s grandparents See in context

Smart guy. No wonder he is working part-time at a convenience store.

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Posted in: At climate talks, Koizumi confronts critics over coal See in context

To me, I still don't think they have proven climate change is human induced beyond a reasonable doubt. They only have data for around 150 years. The earth is 4.543 billion years. Yes, the climate is changing, but the climate has fluctuated drastically in history. Climate is not a static metric. Many, many things affect climate.

With that being said, pollution (air smog, toxic, garbage) is absolutely a concern. Environmentalists should really focus on pollution. Pollution has been proven to cause health problems, many diseases, and even deaths. Focusing on pollution is similar means to an end, but doesn't focus on a hypothesis of human induced climate change that hasn't been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Posted in: 'All roads lead to Putin': Impeachment ties Ukraine, Russia See in context

Translation: Trump's economic policies are working, so Democrats have to impeach to give the Democrats a chance at winning the 2020 election. If Trump's economic policies were failing, we wouldn't impeach and go take a vacation on taxpayer dollars. Lol.

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Posted in: Alone in Tokyo: 5 tips to get through the solo foreigner blues See in context

If you are into an activity or sport, I think it is easier to meet people in Japan. I would probably have a much more active social life in Japan even though I don't speak Japanese (haha) because there are way more fit active people in Japan than the US. Every time I have gone to group activities or met international people while traveling it has been a good experience.

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Posted in: Anti-high heels campaigner steps up to fight 'glasses ban' See in context

Both are legit objections. High heels look painful to wear all day. Women can wear professional looking business shoes that are not high heels. Also, I don't see the problem with wearing glasses in business.

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Posted in: Japanese beer exports to S Korea fall to zero See in context

Not commenting on the dispute, but it just shows how South Koreans are very loyal to their country and fellow countrymen.

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Posted in: Black Friday frenzy goes global - and not everyone’s happy See in context

A large portion of the developed countries celebrate Christmas, so Black Friday is a good date to kick off the Christmas shopping.

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Posted in: Singer Goo Hara’s death shines light on dark side of K-pop See in context

There was a few things that seemed to push her over the edge. The boyfriend sounds evil. He made a sex video without her consent then blackmailed her by threatening to release it to the public. Then after that went public, a company that endorsed her dropped her. Privacy is one of the things high profile people value because they have very little. The public scrutiny can be ruthless sometimes. Sad.

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales post sharpest fall since 2015 as tax hike hits demand See in context

I don't live in Japan but have traveled there several times the past few years. The prices are quite noticeably higher now (for everything) from the last time I visited last year. I guessing the prices for things with top out at the 2020 Olympics.

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Posted in: Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy: survey See in context

The majority of women expect the men to pay for dates. Where is the equality? Can't have it both ways, equality and chivalry. Lol.

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Posted in: Famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Jiro dropped from Michelin gourmet guide See in context

Michelin restaurants are generally over hyped and very, very expensive.

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Posted in: IMF urges Japan to double consumption tax to 20% by 2050 See in context

This what happens when too many global bureaucrats gain control of things. They tax developed countries.

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Posted in: Harajuku Station will be demolished after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics See in context

This is why you go to the next stop and walk a few minutes.

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Posted in: Japanese boxer formerly on death row for 46 years attends pope’s mass See in context

46 years on in jail for a crime he did not commit. Complete injustice. Another life ruined because of overactive suspicions. Sad that a lot of prosecutors just push to win the case rather than seek the truth.

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