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Posted in: Abe says decision to resign before accomplishing his goals 'gut-wrenching' See in context

PM Abe was generally respected by many of my colleagues.

Most people are probably worrying, anxious or nervous about the problems his replacement might make.

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Posted in: Biden aims to reinvigorate ties with allies including Japan, keep pressure on China See in context

If you want to vote for China, vote for Biden.

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Posted in: Mask-wearing during labor to prevent infection stirs debate See in context

It is possible some women may prefer wearing a mask.

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Posted in: Hamamatsu logs record-tying temperature of 41.1 C See in context


Actually I encountered zero jellyfish for the last three days.

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Posted in: Hamamatsu logs record-tying temperature of 41.1 C See in context

Thankfully the sea near Hamamatsu city is a comfy 26-28.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress, Abe attend ceremony to mark 75th anniversary of WWII surrender See in context

For people and leaders to attend a ceremony marking an anniversary to the end of a war seventy five years ago is remarkable and I am thankful and grateful for it.

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Posted in: Relatives commemorate victims of JAL crash on 35th anniversary See in context

Good on the relatives.

I hope they find some comfort and healing.

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Posted in: Temperatures soar across Japan, topping 40 degrees in Gunma See in context

I love a fresh dip in the sea but it seems Obon is a better time to consider departed family therefore I refrain... I'm good with it because I live near the ocean and can walk from my place to a beach anytime.

I notice I'm a minority nowadays.

I remember a time when I would accompany friends to their relatives graves and we placed flowers, burned incense and said prayers. I thought it was very interesting when they would leave bottles of Japanese wine.

The sea is a good place to let salt wash germs and dead skin off your body.

Don't forget your sunscreen and hydrate.

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Posted in: Man arrested for threatening to kill mother of girl missing from campsite since last Sept See in context

A gps chip would prevent this.

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Posted in: 22-year-old mother arrested for tossing newborn baby into sea See in context

22 years old.. gave birth at home alone...became scared after seeing news.

Personal development issues meet social problems ~


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Posted in: Hiroshima survivors worry that the world will forget See in context

I think the world should forget. It will probably prefer not remembering. It wasn't the worlds fault anyway. The world didn't drop bombs on itself. It gets enough damage from solar flares/bursts, asteroids and space debris probably. It might not be too fond of typhoons either.

To the world it would have to remember the reason why the bombs were dropped here anyway and it probably benefits more by concentrating and or focusing on other things.

I was born in America and am quite proud not to have had involvement in the droppings.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki were important before the detonations and I am more interested in that than in the execution of a militaristic decision. Likewise I would like to think the world and the people living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including survivors, mean more to me as well.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 293 new COVID-19 cases See in context

For those of you looking for some Covid-19 statistics ~




Those are the best I've been able to find.

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Posted in: Japan to build virus testing centers for int'l travelers near 3 airports See in context

Tests and vaccines. Everything other, excluding isolation, is a compromise.

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Posted in: Cars with out-of-prefecture license plates targeted amid pandemic See in context

Simple, safe and easy testing would end these problems.

Dude, go ahead and throw stones ~ trash my car. I got ya on video and look at this - I test negative for the virus. Oh you haven't taken the test yet? Shame, shame, oh and thanks for the new car bud.

Love you too.

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Posted in: Japan to revise criteria on symptoms for being tested for virus See in context

So under the revision only asymptomatic covid-19 positive carriers will be responsible for spreading the virus? Oh, you won't be able to test them will you?

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Posted in: Japanese gov't to release coronavirus contact-tracing app in May See in context

Only public officials will be allowed to release the information that a user has been diagnosed with the virus.

What? Liar. You'll be hacked ~

will not keep track /OF/ their geolocation data /typo in text/

What? Liar.

"It will only be meaningful if everyone uses the app, so we will make efforts to promote it,"

Are you going to force all the kiddies and the grandparents to buy a phone and wifi so you have a job even if they don't want your app?

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Posted in: Experts call for more coronavirus tests as positive rate rises See in context

Free safe test sites now please ~ Thank you xo

Talk is cheap - shut up and test.


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Posted in: Japan eyes introduction of quick coronavirus antigen test See in context

Get safe free testing sites operational. Thank you.

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Posted in: As coronavirus infections mount, Japan at last expands testing See in context

Testing and test results enable responsible decision making quicker and more accurate. Get the facilities operational.

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Posted in: Hospitals turning away sick people as coronavirus cases surge See in context

If you are a foreigner and in Osaka or Tokyo or a place where hospitals are turning away patients, you should now consider your personal safety deeply without panic. It is likely during times of hysteria, natural disasters, emergency, etc for individuals, groups and societies to unravel. You could appear like a target to a temporarily irrational individual or group more so during times mentioned above.

Is your dwelling place secure against a group or individual? For how long? How long could you survive at your dwelling place if you had to lock yourself in for your safety?

If you are in good health could it be more secure to be off grid for you?

Keep enough cash on hand to survive without banks or electronics should there be an earthquake during the Covid-19 case increase.

Now would be a good time to set up a (Facebook?) group specifically for foreigners in Japan to get through the pandemic and establish a support network to assist each other just in case.

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Posted in: Toyobo develops test kit to detect coronavirus within 1 hour See in context

3,100,387 Americans have been tested ~ How many Japanese?

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Posted in: Seat reservations for JR trains in Golden Week holiday at record low See in context

The shinkansen should only be used for emergency personnel and passengers who are covid-19 negative if this is an emergency lockdown right?

Oh, you aren't going to wait until there are more covid-19 positive cases than there are negative in the population so you can make money are you?

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Posted in: Abe defends mask give-out plan; eyes budget submission next week See in context

Bad idea. Unless you are trying to launder black money while trying to claim it as taxpayers taxed income.

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

Abe vs Koike?

No thank you.

It is more beneficial for me to focus on people, the virus and think about what is best. Use the virus for social or

political posturing and/or grooming?

No thank you.

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Posted in: Japan ends Olympic flame display due to virus See in context

thank you - begone begone, begone

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Posted in: 'Escape from Tokyo' hot topic ahead of state of emergency See in context

The incubation period is from 1-14 days.

If you look at the case map you can clearly see public transportation (shinkansen?) has been the virus' preferred mode of travel.

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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

With new reported coronavirus cases climbing as well? Tsk, tsk.

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Posted in: Back to school See in context

What?!? As as new case numbers climb? Pfft.

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

Stimulus Package ~

The government empowers the people and gives them fifty percent of a fine imposed on social distancing rule breakers.. 10,000 yen per head. Turn in a party of three and receive ¥15,000 = your 50% cut.

Golden ticket winners are snitchers who reveal closet covid-19 postive stow-aways.

This kind of approach could be quite effective

Stay well and safe.


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Posted in: Japan may let elderly off quarantined cruise ship soon See in context

A serious concern as the Diamond Princess crew and passengers wait for appropriate attention. This should be top priority for government, professionals and institutions.

Numbers for information:An increase of 2,500 reported cases with an additional 100 plus deaths from Feb. 10 - 11 in China alone bringing the current total to 42,667 cases and 1,016 deaths in China.

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