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Posted in: Mother, 10-month-old daughter die in suspected murder-suicide leap from apartment building See in context

Imagine it was some kind of post-partum depression. So very sad. Japan has worked hard to lower its suicide rate and done quite well in general by addressing a lot of factors in the culture, but I'm not aware of much discussion of post-partum depression, which according to some reports I've read can be really horrible.

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Posted in: 62.9% of people with foreign roots in Japan questioned by police: survey See in context

Racial profiling of any kind is abhorrent. But, those of us who are Caucasian from Caucasian majority countries need to remember its as bad if not worse for POC in our native countries, especially in my own US, where “living while POC” can get you killed. I’ve tried to use this as a lesson in empathy.

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Posted in: Japan accepts 8 people displaced by Russian invasion of Ukraine See in context

Japan in 2020 accepted 47 refugees and another 44 for "humanitarian reasons." This from the UNHCR.

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Posted in: Japan to put Tokyo, 12 other prefectures under COVID quasi-emergency See in context

Anon, hate to disappoint you but Chiba IS part of the QSOE

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Posted in: Cherry blossoms set to bloom even earlier in Japan this year See in context

I saw a different prediction with March 23 fir Tokyo. Anyway it often changes.

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Posted in: Japan eyes shortened isolation period for close Omicron contacts See in context

Actually now it’s pretty standard for them to let close contacts of any nationality go home rather than stay in the hotel, I’ve heard of lots of cases.

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Posted in: All U.S. forces' personnel to take virus test after arrival in Japan See in context

I arrived back in Japan on Dec 30, with about 3 military personnel among the 30 or so of us deplaning in Japan. It annoyed me to see them not only get separate and preferential treatment - although two of them DID do the PCR test along with us - but to be picked up by somebody from the base at Narita and go back home, to presumably live their life without any constraints while the rest of us went off to do our 6 days of hotel quarantine. Not only that, their greeter stood there shouting with a mask slipped half off of her face - and of course nobody objected. Meanwhile we were shipped off on a bus to Mito for our quarantine.....

Without this kind of hole being patched, these border measures become even higher on the BS scale than they already are. Equal treatment for all!

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Posted in: Kishida taking no chances as Japan closes border over Omicron See in context

It's not ALL RESIDENT FOREIGNERS, it's those from 10 specific countries. So let's not panic yet.

That said, this isn't a good sign.

I desperately want to get back and see my 86-year-old mother. Now it looks as though the US may ask all travelers to do a seven-day self quarantine - so I'd get it coming and going. At least part of it is political theater to look more competent than the leader before them. In both nations.

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Posted in: Japan bars new foreign arrivals for 1 month over Omicron fears See in context

Yotomaya, I don't know how they coordinate. I assume it may be something like landing slots, with each company/flight allotted a certain number of tickets/people a day. But just a look at the prices show that it's definitely an effort to make up for lost money, and the person who buys the tickets first, gets them.

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Posted in: Japan bars new foreign arrivals for 1 month over Omicron fears See in context

Yotomaya, there's a reason plane fares are so high: limited seats. Basically it's first come, first served; if the tickets are gone, they don't care about nationality. Simple as that.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes over ¥30 tril economic stimulus; restarting Go To Travel program See in context

That “foreign source” for Delta could well have been Japanese returning from abroad. GoTo isn’t necessarily bad but it should go in tandem with opening to foreign tourism. Why not do what Bali is doing and start on a small scale with quarantine required for three days? I’m down in Kyoto right now and it’s the lack of foreign tourists hitting folks here more.

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Posted in: Former Princess Mako says marriage was a 'necessary choice' See in context

I heard somewhere that she's been getting 16 million yen a year since turning 20, so she probably has decent savings for somebody her age. And we have no idea if they aren't getting some other support somehow. Plus there are rumors she might work for the Metropolitan Museum as a curator of their Japan collection....though that can't pay much either.

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Posted in: 3 Japan PM hopefuls urge elderly to stay on job for pension system See in context

All well and good, but what are you supposed to do when your company boots you out at 60 just because you've turned that age, regardless of experience, the work you're producing and so on? Not to mention that some companies in fact mandate retirement at 60, not 65.....

No wonder this country can be such a joyless place at times.

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Posted in: Flame lighting events for Paralympic torch relay begin in Japan See in context

”Brain paralysis”??? I’m guessing this is a really bad translation of cerebral palsy, but you’d think they could at least get their terms right.

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Posted in: Interpreters make sure nothing gets lost in translation at Olympics See in context

Very nice, but some of the interpreters on the ground at the venues are not very good. I’ve felt fortunate I speak Japanese

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Posted in: How will the state of emergency affect Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Now it just remains to persuade those young people to vote, which will likely be much harder than persuading them to drink.

Unfortunately there's been a growing trend of young people voting for the LDP, so this wouldn't necessarily lead to the desired changes. The biggest problem here is lack of a creditable opposition, which was partly just bad luck - the Dems were running the government when 3/11 happened. I personally don't think the LDP would have handled things any better, but the Dems have been tainted in the minds of the people and discredited as a government force. Sad but true. A friend once described Japanese elections as "re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" and that's going to be more true than ever this fall.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach arrives in Japan for Tokyo Olympics See in context

If it's so safe and secure, why is Herr Bach wearing an N-95 mask?

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Posted in: Japan to halt company applications for workplace vaccinations See in context

The vaccines they donated were AstraZeneca, which while approved won’t be used here because of the very slight chance of danger. Unfortunately for Japan a huge part of the doses they secured were AstraZeneca.

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Posted in: Tokyo Governor Koike hospitalized due to fatigue See in context

She’s done way better as governor than her predecessors, and it’s hard not to conclude so much of the bashing here is misogyny. I mean, her two predecessors both quit due to SCANDALS - haven’t seen any here. She’s had to deal with the pandemic and Olympics and been more decisive than a lot of oyajis would have been - better than Abe, certainly.

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Posted in: Warning to athletes: Follow the rules at Tokyo Olympics, or else See in context

The thing that everybody's forgetting is that the athletes desperately want to be here - it's their profession, they've trained for it, and they only have a small window of time in many cases. Does that mean all of them will obey the rules? I'll believe it when I see it. But though from outside it seems as though the IOC is pulling all the strings, the athletes are more than happy in most cases to go along. One reason the Olympics were postponed last year was big athlete groups, whole nations, refusing to go. Not this year.

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Posted in: Members of media from abroad covering Olympics to be tracked by GPS See in context

Actually, Tokyo 2020 people have said before, as has Suga, that journalists who break the quarantine rules would have their coverage accreditation taken, and could be deported. Again, this may all just be talk, but.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

What this article also doesn’t mention is that while the Osaka situation is definitely bad, it’s actually getting better....

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Posted in: Olympic puppet See in context

Nightmarish. But then, entirely appropriate to these Games.

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Posted in: Restaurants, hotels in Osaka, Hyogo and Miyagi prefectures disappointed at stricter COVID-19 steps See in context

Yeah well, of course they're disappointed. I'm more disappointed that my own sacrifices - working from home for a year, limiting travel, not seeing my boyfriend who lives in a different part of Japan - aren't being matched by a big part of the population, so that we have this situation with the virus still going on, with NO VACCINE IN SIGHT for most of us for months. My 29-year-old cousin in the US is getting hers, and she has no pre-existing conditions. If the government had taken this more seriously earlier, maybe more of the population would have too, and we'd have fewer cases. And the torch relay wouldn't be having sections cancelled due to viral infections rising.

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Posted in: Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Olympics See in context

Well, okay, everything put together perhaps 20,000 foreigners will come to Japan - "tens of thousands" a bit of a stretch - but most of THEM are likely to be vaccinated. The danger will come from everybody here at home. Even Bangladesh has begun vaccinating ordinary people.

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Posted in: In landmark ruling, Japanese court says same-sex marriage ban 'unconstitutional' See in context

With homosexual role models on tv variety shows just about every night I wonder if the person who wrote this article even lives in Japan. Homosexuality has been very open in Japan regardless of how conservative people believe the nation to be.

What role models are you referring to, "Hard Gay"? I agree there are more than there were, but those on TV variety shows are often really exaggerated examples that kind of serve to make straights feel more comfortable, sort of the way they seem to prefer foreigners who seem stereotypically foreign. When people who run bars in Ni-chome aren't even out to their own families, and many long-term couples prefer not to be out in their companies, I'd say it's a socially conservative country.

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Posted in: Japan decides not to procure insulin syringes for COVID-19 vaccinations See in context

Actually diabetic syringes would mainly deliver the vaccines subcutaneously, not intramuscularly as they’re supposed to. This sounds to me as if it’s a way to avoid a potentially dangerous situation and I’m glad to hear it. I’m not excusing Japan, I’m furious about the delays, but I’d rather get a proper shot than one that doesn’t protect me.

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Posted in: Japan marks 10 years since earthquake, tsunami See in context

Dothehustle, walking home and sleeping in offices were hardships, not tragedy.

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Posted in: Symbols stand as reminder of disaster for future generations See in context

They have replanted the forest, but they’re still only saplings.

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Posted in: Ex-transport minister Hata, 53, dies from COVID-19 after falling ill on Dec 24 See in context

As for Hata's death seeming quick even for Covid, I wonder if he didn't have a blood clot that made its way to his lungs; the reports I've read of him in the car going for his Covid test, all of a sudden getting short of breath and then losing consciousness, kind of fit that description. Blood clots are a known side effect of Covid, and with diabetes, even more so.

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