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Posted in: Man arrested for indecent exposure on train See in context

Honestly, I saw so many flashers during my stay in Japan previously.

Where did you see so many ?

20 years here but never saw one

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Posted in: Japan gov't OKs bill to offer free coronavirus vaccines See in context

No mask.

No vaccine until proved safe and efficient.

Just avoiding bars, izakyas, crowded places where people are talking. That's it.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils action plan to lower mobile phone fees See in context

I do not think prices are expensive. It is up to you to choose your operator, the pricing plan, and all is related to your use.

Have been 20 years in Japan, never paid over 5000-6000 yens a month. I changed twice operators. In one case, I think I did not pay for some reasons I forgot, and the other case, it was just at the end of the 2 years period when the iphone was officially paid, and I was charged a few thousands yens. For the first change from Softbank to Au, when getting the iphone 6, which I still use. it was a special offer. Would have stay longer with au after two years, fees would have been up to 8000-9000 yens. But went to a low cost operator. For the last three years, it has been 3400yens a month for 10GB. Could even be cheaper if I was not using much.I do not think prices are expensive. It is up to you to choose your operator, the pricing plan, and all is related to your use.

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Posted in: Halloween revelry in Japan to take new forms during pandemic See in context

When talking about who wears a mask or not, it seems the same comments are often back. Japanese do, foreigners don’t.

Most of foreigners I see do wear a mask, like most of Japanese.

Some Japanese don’t, some foreigners don’t. I am one of them. Why ? I do wear when talking with people in closed space, shops for exemple. Otherwise, when I do not see any risks like in the train or streets, no need. People do not talk in that environments, and there is enough air circulating.  Wearing it is to be socially accepted.

However, what I see often, is people who wear a mask in the streets with a false sense of security, but will go to crowded izakayas and actually that much more risky, that not wearing a mask in a train or streets like I do. Many restaurants or izakayas in Tokyo are crowded now and I am surprised the number of cases do not increase.

In most of European countries, masks have been mandatory for two months. But eh number of cases kept increasing. Why ? Behavior ? certainly. But I also suspect a poor quality of masks and a false sense of security

 

Even with Shibuya's Mayor advice, people will go. Specially people who are against wearing masks.

This argument makes no sense. Not wearing a mask has nothing to do with partying, being ignorant, taking risks.

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Posted in: 2-hour virus test to be available at Narita airport See in context

This is only for departing travelers who need a pcr test for their country of destination. If I go back to my home country, I won't need any, so this is not a concern. Anyway, many hospitals listed on the Health Ministry site are already providing that service. i.e get a test within 72hrs of departure. Do not know the price but it might be cheaper.

I hope Japan will not make returnees paying such a price.

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Posted in: Japanese researchers show masks do block coronavirus, but not entirely See in context

Thanks to others for wearing mask. My chance of getting infected is reduced.

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Posted in: Japanese researchers show masks do block coronavirus, but not entirely See in context

@Do the hustle

I disagree with most of your comments, but this time I do agree.

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Posted in: Japan to give some travel agencies more subsidies for Go To Travel program See in context

@Yubaru

Just go to Travel.

Use the amazing discounts, enjoy a trip, then in the end your tax money will be used to finance your own trip

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Posted in: Typhoon nears Japan; heavy weekend rain expected in Tokyo See in context

ListenTheTruthToday 11:36 am JST

Predicted tracking of a tropical cyclone is never 100%, it is a predicted track. QED. It could well bring those winds to the Kanto region.

http://www.jma.go.jp/jp/typh/201424.html

 

Yes. I know well as I did weather forecast for seven years.  Those winds are typically the max expected, and the closer from the center we are, the higher the possibility. For this typhoon, models are now convergent and the expected track is too far away from the Kanto area to have such winds.

Note that JMA tend to overforecast for the safety of everyone. Of course, a prediction is not 100% accurate and for a few meteorological events, the observed data will be worst than the forecast. But for over 95% of meteorological events when we expect bad weather, JMA overforecast for safety reasons, and to avoid taking any responsibilities. It is a fact. If you study carefully the data and compare observation with forecast data in the case of tropical cyclones, you will see an overforecast. Last month typhoon was expected to bring up to 200-300mm of rain in Kanto, but we saw a max of 30-50mm. The official forecast was changed very late, well after the models were consistent and show it won’t be any problem.

Every tropical cyclone has its own characteristics. Last year in Chiba, typhoon 15 brought destructive winds, but it was near the center

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Posted in: Typhoon nears Japan; heavy weekend rain expected in Tokyo See in context

Typhoon is moving further southward than first forecasted, toward Hachijojima.

Expect strong winds only along coastal areas, and rain in lands. Sunday will be a perfect day as the Typhoon will move east.

Events in Sunday should not be cancelled.

From an ex weather forecaster

@ListenTheTruth

50m/s is near the center, 35m/s too

you will not see such strong winds unless you are in Hachijojima or nearby

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Posted in: Japan to exempt business travelers, returnees from 14-day quarantine See in context

Good move by Japan.

2 PCR tests, one before departure and after arrival will still be required. I do not see the reason for a two weeks quarantine being asked after two consecutive negative articles.

The Japanese press this morning was actually mentioning it could me a reduction from 14 to 7 days.

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Posted in: Hiking restrictions result in huge drop in climbing accidents, with zero on Mt Fuji See in context

It was then the perfect timing to go hiking around, with far less people on mountains.

During this fake stay home period in spring, I kept with my cycling rides and it was a pleasure. roads were quiet.

But I can tell you that I see a lot of littering along the roads in southern Chiba

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Posted in: 72% of children in Japan feel stress over coronavirus pandemic: poll See in context

Taking away this plastic sheet would help to reduce the stress, specially as they are useless in front of every desks as kids already wear a mask. Ventilation is more important and the key.

Went to Hachijojima last weekend and a stressed owner restaurant, an obaasan, put plastic sheets in the middle of each table, and wanted my wife and I to be separated by that sheet, that it was the guidelines. I complained and argued, as I do not want eat with my wife like that, and that even in Tokyo, they were not doing that.

We left the restaurant. All other places there were normal

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Posted in: Japan to reopen borders for all foreign visitors with permits to stay in country See in context

PR can come back since September 1st.

But the biggest issue is to get a PCR test result 72 hours before departure. In my country, France, so many people take a test now, which does not need any doctor prescription, and laboratories are overcrowded. It seems the average time to get the result back is over 5 days, sometimes 10 days

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Posted in: Japanese swimmer Seto apologizes for extramarital affair See in context

Frankly speaking this fake puritan society is so outdated,bigot and hypocrite.

A country with a huge sex industry, massage parlors, delivery health, etc, etc

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Posted in: Japanese airline removes passenger refusing to wear face mask See in context

Many people get parano about this virus and mask wearing. Many do not know that the air system in most planes is very good, much better than trains or offices, and that the transmission risk is very low. Just seeing someone with no mask make them scary. As long as the person do not talk or cough, there is absolutely no risk.

I see many people wearing their masks in the street, feeling the do their duty, but take it off once in a crowded izakaya. It makes no sense.

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Posted in: Peach plane diverts to Niigata airport to offload passenger who refused to wear a mask See in context

We can accuse this guy but there is no law regarding wearing a mask. Nothing is mandatory.

The problem is that it caused trouble during the flight and it is a safety issue.  Passengers who complained are the one who did start the trouble. Fear is the problem caused by the coronavirus. A plane is less risky than going to a restaurant.

Personally, I usually do not wear a mask unless I am asked, but I would do it in a plane to avoid any inconvenience.

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Posted in: Q&A: Japan's coronavirus-related travel restrictions See in context

I am being really upset by all this discriminatory entry ban and now hurdles to leave and come back here.

Getting the proof of test in the right format, though it should be easy, might be the hardest part as many laboratories overseas have their own way to do with their own certificates delivered by email, but certainly can adapt and fill the Japanese certificate.

The good point in the story is that some countries / airlines now cooperate with laboratories for delivering tests and results within 72hrs of departure. It is the case in France . That may become a global standard.

Anyway, I do not plan to leave before next winter and by the time, I am quite sure it will be enough stories to share the hurdles and how things do concretely work, with the immigration here and overseas.

Good luck to the ones who will try traveling !

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 182 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 704 See in context

RecklessToday 04:17 pm JST

I am in Tokyo today and it seems everyone is wearing masks which is a good sign.

You haven't met me yet as I do now wear any a mask. Wearing a mask when walking outside makes no sense.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners with resident visas: NHK See in context

Exchange students bring money and allow universities to survive. That is why they are easily allowed. And then they can later change their visas for ”特定技能” ”Specific skilled visa”. Japan needs that workers. The final aim for that is economy...........

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners with resident visas: NHK See in context

"Plan to ease".

Good to say that but nothing implemented yet. It will start with a few countries, and this will be extended step by step. The J-Government will say " you see, we do something" An PCR 72 hours before arriving may also be necessary. Other conditions, such good reason for a trip might be ask. Who knows. Wait and see.

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Posted in: Japan criticized for weak response to bulk carrier fuel leak off Mauritius See in context

Oh quick response in fact. It took “only” two weeks for Japan to send an investigation team, which is only assessing the damages. The team work has been hampered locally by covid restrictions, which is credible. Now, a team is going there to assess the environmental damages. For me, all these teams are useless and Japan should have first sent and a quickly manner (no need for thousands of meetings) some materials, a vessel and human power to help in containing the oil dispersion and cleaning.

Now it is true the responsibility is in the hands of Mitsui and Nagasaki. The other day, NHK could not get any comments from Mitsui who said NHK has to refer to the ship owner, Nagasaki. Then Nagasaki denied any comments, waiting for the investigation from the Mauritius government to end. To summarize, nobody wants to take responsibility.

It will take dozens of years to get the environment back, and will cost certainly millions of dollars in compensation to the responsible companies. But for compensation, if given after a trial, it might be in 10 or 20 years from now.

Oh quick response in fact. It took “only” two weeks for Japan to send an investigation team, which is only assessing the damages. The team work has been hampered locally by covid restrictions, which is credible. Now, a team is going there to assess the environmental damages. For me, all these teams are useless and Japan should have first sent and a quickly manner (no need for thousands of meetings) some materials, a vessel and human power to help in containing the oil dispersion and cleaning.

Now it is true the responsibility is in the hands of Mitsui and Nagasaki. The other day, NHK could not get any comments from Mitsui who said NHK has to refer to the ship owner, Nagasaki. Then Nagasaki denied any comments, waiting for the investigation from the Mauritius government to end. To summarize, nobody wants to take responsibility.

It will take dozens of years to get the environment back, and will cost certainly millions of dollars in compensation to the responsible companies. But for compensation, if given after a trial, it might be in 10 or 20 years from now.

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Posted in: Osaka tops Tokyo as Japan reports 1,070 more coronavirus infections See in context

The worries are not about Tokyoites bringing the virus back to Tokyo, but about them taking it to other parts of the country.

Actually, it is often local people who do bring back the virus to their place after travelling to Tokyo or other places with infection.

I have been travelling 3 times since the end of SOE, and saw many doing the same as me to those places, but no explosion of cases where I have been. The Go to Campaign might have an impact, but this is minor. Many people still do come to Tokyo, Osaka for business or just a visit and they bring back the virus.

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Posted in: Japan's re-entry ban to contain virus unfair, Western business lobbies say See in context

Foreign countries should simply do the same toward Japanese citizens. That’s called reciprocity. In that case, Japan would be upset and could change its policy.

Japan now just shows the world its true face.

I remember that in February when corona cases appeared in Japan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, M. Motegi, was strongly protesting when Japanese citizens were put on a entry ban list by some countries.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 429 new virus cases; numbers up in Kanagawa, Saitama See in context

kurisupisuToday 08:12 am JST

If more people would curtail travel and the advertising for it then cases would fall.

I traveled twice since the end of SOE. Karuizawa at the end of June where it was quite busy and in a camping ground in July. Karuizawa has not seen any virus spreading since. Asking people not to move to avoid spreading is a fact but also a nonsense based on political strategy. Rather than moving and travelling, which is not the real problem, behavior is. Some are going to which is known as risky places. I will not stop traveling as I avoid crowded places anyway.

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Posted in: Abe says no need for another state of emergency over coronavirus See in context

The two old people on the pictures do wear gloves. They are certainly scared to go out.

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Posted in: Motegi in UK for post-Brexit trade talks See in context

He announced yesterday or the day before he will not self quarantine like others on the trip but do a PCR test on arrival back to Japan.

Reason: They use a charter flight, private transportation in UK and won't go out except for official talks where social distance and mask will be the norm.

Conclusion: I might be able to go back to my country then reentry Japan if I use a private jet landing in my garden.

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Posted in: Bed occupancy rates for coronavirus patients rise across Japan See in context

zatoizugoodoToday 07:00 am JST

There's another company in my office building where staff wouldn't wear masks at all, that is until I sent their head office an email.

 

How to you dare to interfere with another company. That is none of your business. Each company has its own rules.

80% of people in my company do not wear mask, unless in meeting rooms where social distancing is difficult. Windows are open most of the time for air circulation.

I myself do not wear any mask most of the time, even in the train. But put one on my face when I am going to talk with people.

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

Every year, 3 to 7 millions do catch the flu in Japan in less than 6 months. We are far from that figures. For sure with no measures it would be much worse for the covid here. But the constant media attention does only increase the fear. For a small country, the figures would be very high. For Japan, no.

@ Luddite

Risk is not zero but statistically, there is more than 99.xxxx % chance your family does not have the virus.

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Posted in: Go To fiasco may see gov't paying Tokyoites' cancellation fees See in context

Cancellation fees might actually be less than the subsidies the government would have paid for those trips

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