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Posted in: In cash-loving Japan, banks still busy despite coronavirus See in context

Do the hustle, “Not everybody has a credit card without one, you are pretty much left with SUICA as your cashless payment system.”

There are lots of others (nanaco, WAON, T money to name just a few). What would be most convenient depends on where you live and where you do most of your shopping. Nanaco happens to cover most of the stores I use but I also use four others. I have tied none of them to a credit card, although I could for some of them if I wanted to. So they aren’t truly completely cashless in the sense that I use cash to charge them from time to time but I can live with that.

But even with cashless you are often still touching something, handing a card to the cashier etc. I recently went to a brand-new fast food restaurant. The had a register that completely eliminated passing anything between customer and clerk. Even if you pay in cash you insert it into the register yourself. But if you get change who knows where it’s been before it drops into the cup that you scoop it out of (as have many, maybe most of the other cash paying customers). And you have to touch a screen to tell it which payment option you’ll use. I didn’t have any of the 7 or 8 options they offered so used cash....

I once won an online bookstore gift card that only required me to hold my smart phone over the reader. But at the store where I used it the reader was located on the other side of the register and I had to hand my phone to the clerk...

A few of the supermarkets I go to have registers where the customer puts in their own cash or holds a card or smartphone to the reader. But again you have to touch a screen to select payment method, agree to the charged amount etc.

And there’s always those times like power outages to worry about. Or like the day I went to a local (2 prefecture chain) supermarket that has their own electronic money card, only to see a sign at the door that it couldn’t be used that day because of a system malfunction.

It’s not a perfect world!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 39 new coronavirus cases; lowest in 4 weeks See in context

MarkX, “Up her in Aomori a nurse has tested positive for the virus, but the the powers that be have decided they don't need to test her husband or 12 co-workers for the virus!”

As I pointed out above, your information is not correct. Not only that, but today it was announced that so far, of the about 50 being tested, 3 new positives were found among her co-workers. They are also female nurses and bring Aomori’s confirmed cases to 26.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 39 new coronavirus cases; lowest in 4 weeks See in context

MarkX, “Up her in Aomori a nurse has tested positive for the virus, but the the powers that be have decided they don't need to test her husband or 12 co-workers for the virus!”

If you are referring to the newest confirmed case in Aomori that brought the number to 23, the nurse at a Towada hospital who had been treating Covid-19 patients from the old folk’s home cluster, that is not correct. According to a 4/27 article in the TooNippo Press, the nurse’s husband and about 50 co-workers are being tested.

https://www.toonippo.co.jp/articles/-/345721

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Posted in: Increase your work-from-home productivity with this privacy tent See in context

Hooktrunk, I suspect mama or papa’s cover will be blown fairly quickly when the kids hear the keyboard tapping, coffee slurping, and zoom conference calls emanating from the odd new big back object taking up a third of the living room (that’s if you can find that much empty floor space to begin with...

I think I would rather quit working if I had to be cooped up in that thing. I realize some would find it cozy. Not I.

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Posted in: Brad Pitt portrays Fauci in SNL's 2nd at-home edition See in context

“said Pitt’s Fauci, seated at a desk behind a stately bookcase.”

I’m pretty sleepy and bleary eyed right now but looking at the photo I could swear it’s the other way around.

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Posted in: 60% of small firms can survive pandemic if it ends in a few months: poll See in context

Dagon, As OssanAmerica says, it’s not just a Japan. As an employee of a small business run by a couple for some 20 years and employing 7 workers in the USA I went for a few months with reduced paychecks with promises of the balance “soon”. In the end the checks bounced even when I went straight to the bank to cash them, there were more unkept promises, and then one day coming to work to find the owners had hauled away the machinery and disappeared overnight. I won’t go into here why I didn’t leave or take the issue to the labor board etc. I’ve seen the same thing happen to others also in the US.

Many decades ago in the US I read a pamphlet designed for people planning to start a business. It said most failures occur during the first year and advised startups to have on hand enough funds to pay rent, utilities, and salaries and buy supplies for one year with no income should the operation not be immediately able to bring in enough customers or sell enough product. It also said to try and keep that much money on hand at all times to tide over in case of emergency such advice illness or disaster. Obviously there are many small businesses that can’t or won’t follow that advice and going under is one of the risks they have to take.

That said I’m doing what little I can to help keep my favorite places afloat. Hope they make it through.

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Posted in: Asia pivots towards plants for protein as coronavirus stirs meat safety fears See in context

“JUST, a San Francisco-based company that makes egg products from mung beans”

Pretty sure that’s not actually possible. Egg substitutes or egg-like maybe.

”KFC chain will sell plant-based fried chicken”

Again, not possible. If it’s made out of plants, it’s not chicken.

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Posted in: #coronadivorce trends online as locked-down couples realize they don’t actually get along See in context

Gaijinpapa, “no wonder he said that if she got mad with a few questions”

Totally unnecessary questions while she was trying to work, showing a lack of respect for her as a working person.

Where’s the frying pan? Most likely in the general kitchen area. Take a few silent seconds to search for it.

How big should the veggies be cut? Well, if you’re making curry around the size of veggies in the curry you generally eat. Ditto for any other dish you might be making. It’s unlikely this guy was trying to make some fancy dish he’d never eaten before.

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Posted in: Trump says briefings not worth his time after disinfectant gaffe See in context

Trump says briefings not worth his time”

The feeling is mutual.

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Posted in: Gov't lists 10,000 clinics offering telemedicine for new patients See in context

I went back to check how many were listed for my prefecture and then check a number of other prefectures whose medical systems I happen to have some familiarity with. Numbers ranged from less than 40 to over 300.

And as Tom notes, the order was somewhat random.

Usually a list of anything in a prefecture would be in one of these orders: A) from largest city/prefectural capital down to smallest village, B) by city etc name in gojuuon (a-i-u-e-o) order, C) from largest city to smallest village grouped in traditional regions. 

Some of the lists I looked at were mostly in A order but with random exceptions sprinkled throughout. Thinking maybe they were ordered by hospital size I had another look but that wasn’t the case either. 

Maybe they will sort them out later? Anyway, I would say look all the way through to the end of the list if you need to find one.

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Posted in: Economy minister cancels appearances after contact with virus-infected staffer See in context

According to articles in the online (Japanese) NHK and Mainichi, the staffer had fever (and stayed home)?from the morning of the 21st. He then had a PCR test on the 24th.

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Posted in: Gov't lists 10,000 clinics offering telemedicine for new patients See in context

The main page was smart phone friendly but the actual list for the prefecture wasn’t very. I did manage to skim through it all though. I forgot to check how many were included but it was a long list and included all the major hospitals including municipal ones for each large city and a national university hospital.

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Posted in: Economy minister cancels appearances after contact with virus-infected staffer See in context

I wonder why Nishimura’s office said neither he nor the staff member had any symptoms when all the other media reports of this case I’ve seen say the staffer developed fever two days after having contact with Nishimura.

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Posted in: Seiyu to pay special bonus to store staff working during pandemic See in context

“Seiyu GK, the Japanese unit of Walmart Inc, says it will pay a special bonus of up to 15,000 yen to store workers,”

Up to 15,000. And what’s the smallest they’ll be giving?

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Posted in: Japan to secure more hotel rooms for mild cases of COVID-19 See in context

WilliBToday  11:46 pm JST

“I dont know why mild cases need hotels. Why can´t they stay at home?”

The answer is in the second paragraph.

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Posted in: 57 new coronavirus cases confirmed on cruise ship in Nagasaki See in context

“Nagasaki authorities had ... ordered its crew not to venture beyond the quay except for hospital visits.

But prefecture officials said earlier this week that some of the crew had departed without their knowledge...”

Just curious about legal aspects. Are the ship owners responsible for such infractions by the crew?

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Posted in: Sharp holding lottery for popular masks See in context

TomToday  08:07 am JST

“Drug Store Create had them last week.”

This kind of comment is about as useful as my friend who is on a mission to drive around to multiple stores every day to get masks to send to her cancer survivor sister and pregnant niece in Tokyo telling me “you can get them at xyz drugstore. I bought their last box yesterday!” I haven’t specifically gone out to buy masks over the last few months but I do check for them whenever I go for something else at a drugstore or supermarket. Haven’t seen even one on the shelves in all this time.

“Come and get them. Nationwide drug store.”

Never having heard of them so I checked out their homepage. They have stores in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Gunma, Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki, Shizuoka, and Aichi. Hardly nationwide considering they are in only 8 of the 47 possibilities.

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Posted in: Osaka mayor under fire for saying women dawdle at shops See in context

“"Men can snap up things they are told (to buy) and go, so I think it's good that they go shopping, avoiding human contact,"”

In my experience they often snap up the wrong thing because of lack of properly reading the list or some misguided notion that another item is better when actually it won’t suit the use intended by the person who wrote the list. Or they buy the smaller size cause “you don’t need that many do you?” completely disregarding the number of mouths at the table needing to be fed or the number of meals the item was meant to stretched through. End of rant.

I would love to see a comment by Mrs Matsui.

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Posted in: 2 firms recall undelivered cloth masks from Abe's handout program See in context

Tokyo-Engr

Today  12:18 pm JST

“For those of us living in Japan for a long time I wonder if we will even get a mask.“

The original plan had a set of two masks with pamphlet being put into the mailbox of every residence in Japan. It’s got nothing to do with the number of people living in the household nor their nationality. Some were delivered to pregnant women before the start of deliveries to other households beginning with those in worse affected areas.Now with delays Due to checking the  condition of the masks and recalls who knows how long it will take to accomplish deliveries. 

At the very least I hope Itochu and Kowa have to return any payments already received and lose the right to receive any government orders/payments for a good long while.

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Posted in: 14 more crew have virus on cruise ship docked in Nagasaki See in context

3RENSHO, “One crew member is a resident of Japan. He (or she) is employed as a simultaneous translator. And, no doubt wants to disembark the ship!”

Thanks for the info. I suppose the interpretation would be considered essential work, but maybe the government can provide an interpreter and let this one go home eventually.

Maria, “Test the people in Yokohama so they don it spread it. “

You mean the people from the Diamond Princess? I believe that incident, except for the people still hospitalized, could be considered “over” as Japan residents all went home (not just to Yokohama) ages ago and nearly all non-residents returned to their countries ages ago.

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Posted in: Actress Kumiko Okae, 63, dies of pneumonia after coronavirus infection See in context

“ I think she may have met her husband, Baku Owada, on that show.”

I think that’s right. Her husband and his brother are both well-known actors, and her daughter is an actor as well. It seems her cancer was in an early stage and it’s quite possible she would have had many more years to live and enjoy and entertain others. Like so many others who have died relatively young, it’s sad.

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Posted in: Actress Kumiko Okae, 63, dies of pneumonia after coronavirus infection See in context

Many long term residents might especially remember her from the Hanamaru show, a fixture of the morning for many years. She seemed like a nice person and is sure to be missed by many.

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Posted in: Woman’s body with backpack containing ¥3.25 mil and rocks found in river See in context

“the death of this young lady”

Do we know her age?

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Posted in: 14 more crew have virus on cruise ship docked in Nagasaki See in context

“no one gets to just walk off and catch a train home this time hopefully.“

It’s possible that’s a moot point. Are any of the crew residents of Japan?

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Posted in: Godiva Japan makes its first foray into cheese foam drinks See in context

“Godival's original cheese foam”

Who?

Availability

Until June 30 

From June 22”

This seems like way too early hype for something that won’t be available until June 22, two months from now (and for only 8 days!) I'm sure I’ll have forgotten by then but it’s no problem as I’m unlikely to make the trip involving a very early morning departure and late night return at a cost of ¥20,000 or more to get to the nearest Godiva shop.

I used to make frequent business trips involving a multiple night stay at a hotel adjacent to a department store that had a Godiva shop. If I managed to get back to the hotel early enough once during a stay, popping in to get one of their tiny ice creams was a guilty pleasure that kept me going on the job.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizing committee member contracts coronavirus See in context

TomToday  04:45 pm JST

“So working from home...how was it contracted?”

Read the article again. This particular person was not working at home.

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Posted in: Q&A: How do I receive ¥100,000 from the government? See in context

Doug MaduroApr. 21  09:19 pm JST

“The obvious first line for me is if you are in Japan from a country which is giving out its own relief funds, such as the USA (regardless of how much time you are living in Japan). After that, there needs to be some reasonable line and sorry, but it's not the 3 month mark.”

From the Japanese standpoint the 3 month mark is reasonable because that is the point at which (simple version) foreign residents (not tourists) in Japan are entered on the residency register. This scheme will disperse the money once the application form has been returned to everyone on the register including infants who have never paid taxes, welfare recipients, people in a coma in the hospital, rich who don’t need it. The local governments will be sending out the letters, processing the applications etc. I’m quite sure they don’t need another chore of figuring out which foreigners might have received money from their home countries. Anyone who thinks they don’t deserve the money is free to not apply to receive it, or get it and donate it to a charity, give it to a friend in need, use it to buy takeout meals at a local eatery struggling to survive financially etc.

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Posted in: Tests show 11 people who died last month were infected with coronavirus: media See in context

Silva fan, “And we won't be able to compare the statistics on deaths marked off by pneumonia until a couple of years later - they're made available only every three years.”

Vince, “I wonder if it's still the same for "suspicious pneumonia deaths" - no permission from relatives, no autopsy.”

Note:

“the cases police reported in the month to mid-April”

Note these cases are being reported promptly, not three years from now.

“The government has said it follows World Health Organization guidelines for virus testing, with all suspicious pneumonia deaths tested for the respiratory disease caused by the virus.”

Note the word “all.”

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Posted in: Q&A: How do I receive ¥100,000 from the government? See in context

So that’s even more than 17 (I based that on two parents, five kids, 10 grandkids). Anyway, if they are living in different apartments (even in the same building/complex) they would have different addresses and likely be listed in different households and not be getting that money in one lump sum but per household. It sounds like they are a cohesive tight knit group though who might pool their sums together. But in the end it’s actually irrelevant because just like everyone else they will be getting the same sum per person.

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Posted in: Tests show 11 people who died last month were infected with coronavirus: media See in context

“The government has said it follows World Health Organization guidelines for virus testing, with all suspicious pneumonia deaths tested for the respiratory disease caused by the virus.”

It would be nice if this stops all the irrelevant posts about “Japan not doing enough autopsies so COVID-19 deaths are being covered up.” Not to mention an autopsy isn’t even necessary. (If you don’t believe that, you can learn something from the US CDC guidelines.

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