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Posted in: Japanese firms to jointly develop human rights app for foreign workers See in context

If you are working in Japan, I recommend the Tozen General Labor Union.

Anyone may join a union. It's the best way to protect yourself while working in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan probes two deaths after jabs from tainted Moderna batch See in context

Do people really believe that any government would give there own people something they know will kill or make them very sick?


Do people really believe that any government would give THEIR own people something they know will kill or make them very sick?

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Posted in: Japan probes two deaths after jabs from tainted Moderna batch See in context

Wow, the anti-vax is strong in this group. Do people really believe that any government would give there own people something they know will kill or make them very sick? The USA is nearing 700,000 thousand deaths from covid. Now those who are dying are unvaccinated. Please stop the spread of misinformation, it's killing people. Just because you didn't die from playing Russian roulette doesn't mean it's a safe game to play.

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Posted in: 50-year-old man arrested for beating 20-year-old wife to death with fishing rod See in context

Let's keep the focus of this story where should be, if his wife was 50 years old would be just as dead. Domestic violence in Japan is a serious problem. Not the age gap.

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Posted in: Coronavirus re-infections raise concerns about immunity See in context

virusrex It is good and fine to be attentive and search for cases of reinfection, but over reacting and giving those cases an exaggerated meaning is not something that should be done.

It is also important not to down play the importance of the fact that these reinfections are important because they were foretold months ago. Studies in the US by the CDC have shown that there is a three month period after infection where covid-19 antibodies are still detected. After that the CDC stated that reinfection is possible. Which shows the flaws in your last statement.

virusrex For all practical purposes this would still make the developing of herd immunity possible, be it with natural infections or vaccines.

Given that there is still so much unknown about covid-19 and its affect on the human body it is extremely important to continue to use every precaution to prevent the spread even if you have had the disease due to the fact that humans don't have any kind of immunity to covid-19 before or after contracting it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 148 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 600 See in context

Mr Kipling,  "Only those with symptoms are getting tested. One thing learned from the cruise ship in Yokohama was that those with the virus but are asymptomatic are much less likely to pass it on."

First off that let me call that statement UNTRUE. Covid-19 is a very highly transmissible disease, which has been stated many times by the American CDC. But many Americans don't listen and that is why there are more than 170,000 dead Americans. If you come in contact with someone who has covid-19 and they are not wearing a mask, you are very likely to get it. You may disagree, but I wouldn't bet my life on your observational statement from one ship. I'll take my stand with SCIENCE.

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Posted in: Prosecutors decide not to indict 21-year-old woman arrested over father’s murder See in context

There is a lot more to this story than what is being reported. So it must have been hell for the girl. In time this will pass and no one will remember her name and she can have what ever kind of life she makes. I doubt that she woke up and decided to kill him, most likely she just lost control of herself. Can you imagine killing one of your parents at 21. That she will have to live with for the rest of her life. Lots of counseling. We are not who we were yesterday, so with time and help she has a chance to make a good life for herself.

@darknuts Men and women marry killers all the time. The US has been at war for more than 20 years. There are many many married vets who took a human life. Let's hope this girl finds a life partner and moves on from this. I would hate to read that she took her own life in the news paper. Which is what a lot of American vets do her are the stats for 2017, " The rate among female veterans was 2.2 times the rate for other adult women that year." from https://www.stripes.com/news/us/va-says-veteran-suicide-rate-is-17-per-day-after-change-in-calculation-1.599857

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 236 new coronavirus cases See in context

I feel like the government is using the wait and see method. If those 200+ came from random testing I would feel more comfortable believing the numbers. However, it still most likely those who are going to get checked because of covid-19 like symptoms. As they were doing before. A little more transparency on the part of the government would be great and even better if that information was shared in English media. As it is now we have to get it through the grapevine.

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Posted in: Japan reports record new coronavirus infections for 3rd straight day See in context


I know it's hard to believe the US government but I believe the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

This is a poster that gives detailed information on face coverings.


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Posted in: Japan reports record new coronavirus infections for 3rd straight day See in context

I think that Japan should try to flatten the curve on the rate of infections soon. It's now August and that means we are 2 months away from the start of the influenza and the norovirus  season in Japan. When we have Covid-19, influenza, and the norovirus it will strain the hospitals and medical staff to its limits. We all need to remember that hospitals and medical clinics have to treat many patients for a wide range of minor problems that can become major problems if not treated in a timely manner. And the if the population is getting influenza and norovirus their immune systems will not be able to cope with covid-19 and who knows how it will affect those people. Bad things are coming if we don't get a handle on this covid-19 problem.

About the infections in the entertainment districts, anyone could have see that coming. But we need to remember that these people take the train and ride buses. How many people could be infected just because a group of friends wanted to go out and drink? So it's not just the entertainment districts we need to worry about.

I have seen more and more people not wearing masks recently. We need to remember that the masks do nothing for the person wearing the mask, it helps the people around them. These plastic face shields worn without a mask are a joke as well. The virus is airborne so the face shield is most likely less effective than covering you mouth when you cough.

Well this post is here to give you some food for thought.

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Posted in: Violators, beware: Police finally put some teeth in cycling laws See in context

I rode my bicycle to work for more than ten years. Let me tell you there are some terrible cyclist in Japan. The most common is the Ojisan riding his bicycle in the street during morning rush hour traffic. His excuse is that the law says that bicycles must use the roads, except like most people he forgets the second part of the law, except when it impedes traffic or is a danger to the rider or others. That one Ojisan was responsible for more than one 1 km traffic jam. I saw a woman riding down hill doing about 40kph and hit a car head-on because she couldn't stop, the good thing about this is that the car stopped before she hit it. She hit it hard and went for a ride in an ambulance. People sometimes make bad judgement calls on bicycles, but sometimes they do it repeatedly. I believe that those who willfully and knowingly break the law are who this targets, the rest Darwin will take care of.

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Posted in: Schools reopen in some parts of Japan after pandemic shutdown See in context

I think Japan should be more careful about reopening schools just yet. Looking at the USA if you remove New York from the virus data you will see the rates of infections are still going up, many cases are in rural areas. With half the population of Japan's population being 65 or older, I don't know if it's a risk I would be willing to take. Also with data coming in about the after affects of the virus on children, ( heart problems and possibly strokes ) I don't think it's a gamble I would take.

The outcome could devastate Japan for years to come.

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Posted in: China calls U.S. world's biggest source of instability See in context

To me this sounds more like a distraction than anything else. China is openly complaining about the US and its degraded trade relationship very loudly to the world. While everyone is looking at the squabble that is playing out publicly China is continuing to build its presence in and around Africa unhindered.

China losses very little in the short term with the reduction in trade with the US. The long game long game China is playing in Africa is worth trillions and will insure Chaina remains dominant on the world stage well into the future.

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Posted in: U.S. troop presence in Japan a concern for Russia: Lavrov See in context

The American troops and bases in Japan will never will never be withdrawn as long as the nations of Earth are still warring with each other.

I could see the military presence changing to United Nations troops. However for that to happen the UN would need to grow a spine and actually defend its members. I don't see that happening anytime in the near future.

If the US military left Japan it would bring about the mother of all wars. Russia, China and the USA would fight for this little country until they had destroyed one another, not to mention along with every island of Japan. That would be bad for every person on this planet.

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Posted in: Police arrest 14-year-old student for assaulting teacher See in context

There is no reason to involve the police in this. Putting the boy in jail doesn't solve the problem.

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Posted in: Criminal complaint filed against ex-American football coaches over dirty tackle See in context

Think we must remeber that the player committed 3 illegal hits. Not just one. That is not all on the coaches. I'm just saying one late hit maybe two... but 3. The player is just as guilty as the coaches.

Fines and lifetime bans... no need for the police, the injured player will play football again so it's not as if they tried to kill him.

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Posted in: Ogawa suspended for 1 year by JBC for failing doping test See in context

I can believe that the skin medication contained steroids. It is common in Japan. That also explains the first negative test. Let's wait and see.

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Posted in: Kwansei suspends further American football games against Nihon University See in context

This is an unbelievable news story. There are so many problems here. One the student should have taken the high ground and refused to injure another player and should have reported the coach. 2nd of course is the coach and assistant coach. This is just depressing.

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Posted in: College football coach denies telling players to commit fouls See in context

I have to echo many of the comments here. When I played football in High School, if a player did that in a game against our team our coach would have put a hit man on him. Every play he would have been hit by someone. He would not have been able to play. The lineman would stand him up and a back would take him out from the side, bottom, top, or back. He would have had to leave the game. If you think I'm wrong you need to watch more football at the high school and college level.

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Posted in: Osaka arcade operator, 6 employees arrested over rigged claw machines See in context

We all know that they are rigged in favor of the house, but we should be able to win. Some people have the skill for these claw games, but not many. I have won stuffed animals and such for my kids at Round 1. But I also know when to stop. Some people can't and that is sad. I'm glad the police have caught these crooks. It will make others think before cheating their customers.

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Posted in: Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91 See in context

He was a great actor and funny as hell. The King of Comedy in my book.

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Posted in: Wonder Woman promoted in Japan with idol song 'A Woman Can’t Sleep Alone,' angering some fans See in context

So... someone forgot to do their homework. The tribe of amazon women that Wonder Woman belongs to see men as nothing more than breeding stock. Men are killed when they enter the territory or land on their island (depends on which story you are reading/watching) they are killed on sight. LOL.... If I'm mistaken sorry, but I doubt I am.

So I would say the song missed it by a few ... miles.

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Posted in: N Korea says 2nd ICBM test puts much of U.S. in range See in context

Let's review some short history here. After South Korea/US/Japan got upset by the first of the high altitude missiles China's military "accidentally" released a statement saying that if it looked like Dear Leader was going to start a fight, China would bomb the hell out of NK's missile sites to stop a US lead attack. The statement was retracked and then nothing else was said. I would almost bet my last 1000 yen that before a missle is launched NK let's China know what going to happen. It would be my guess that this is Dear Baby Learder's attention seeking behavior, and nothing more. Is it a possible future threat? Why of course. But the question is what will be done? With a nut in the White House, and Mr. Abe beating the war drum who knows.

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Posted in: Park employee didn’t collect admission fees from 160,000 foreigners over 2 1/2 years because one scared him See in context

Anyone who has been in Japan know how this can be true. Japanese people generally don't like conflict. If he took the foreigner's money, he would risk interacting with them and risk not being able to communicate well. Thus by letting them in free no conflict. I have seen this many many times in Japan. From train station ticket gates, office work, buses, tourist places and public events people don't feel the risk of not being able to communicate is worth the trouble. It's the all inclusive MENDOKUSAI method. It's not likely to change anytime soon.

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Posted in: Guam man who killed 3 Japanese tourists begs for shorter sentence See in context

I would have to say no. He should spend the rest of his days thinking about the horrible crime he has committed. No.

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Posted in: Driver, playing Pokemon Go, hits and kills pedestrian, injures another See in context

Look at the research, it is said that you're 400% more likely to have an accident using a cellphone while driving. I agree that this app is the flavor of the month for newspapers. This sad story is the same each time just change the name of the app. People need to learn not to use their phone while the vehicle is moving. With technology getting more advanced soon there should be a way to determine whether a person is in a vehicle or a train. But it still comes back to the driver in the end. The driver knowingly makes the choice to use their phone, therefore 100% of the blame lies with the driver, not the app. RIP careless driver victim(s).

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Posted in: Missing Hokkaido boy found alive in SDF hut in forest after 6 days See in context

I have never been so happy to be wrong. I'm glad they boy found the SDF. The parents are in a world of trouble now. I admire the boy's audacity, I hope he never loses it.

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Posted in: Searchers struggle with lack of clues to fate of missing 7-year-old boy See in context

Well, this is just too strange. I don't believe the is lost in the woods because too much doesn't add up. The parents... As they say, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's most likely a duck. And here there is just too much that is just too odd. I say foul play.

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Posted in: Navajo code talker recalls WWII role in tricking Japanese See in context

As to why the Navajo languge was used and why it is so difficult it's all about location. The Navajo nation is in a rough part of the US and there is not much there so early settlers had little or no use for their land, so they were left alone for the most part. What that means linguisticly is they didn't pickup many loan words which made their language unique. This plus the grammar and the code words used made it impossible for all but native speakers. I kind of grew up in that high desert, I love that place. Lots of good people.

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Posted in: Skinship with a pet may make you ill See in context

Yes! I hope plenty of people (in Japan) read this and take it to heart. If so maybe the price of English Bulldogs will go down. 50万 is way too much.

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