El Rata comments

Posted in: As Diet opens, Suga pledges to get pandemic under control, hold Olympics See in context

What a weak leader! Step down already, decrepit old man!

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Posted in: Japan scrambles to deny reports that Olympics cancelation possible See in context

Come on Japan! Have some dignity, cancel the faceless games already! Olympics are a celebration, there is nothing to celebrate at the moment.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

Well Im not to keen on having to recover from something in the first place.

Keen or not, you will get sick of something and recover a few times during the course of your life, so why the irrational fear over this particular virus?

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

Nodoby needs to "talk business over drinks", especially when there's a pandemic going on.

I do, the best deals are closed over a few ales.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

Why does everyone act surprised? It was obvious that the "friendly request" by the government wasn't going to be taken seriously by the general population.

Everyone is tired of this nonsense and having to change how they live their lives for a virus with a 99%+ recovery rate.

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Posted in: Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference See in context

I didn't care about the first one, either.

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

What's with the sense of entitlement of some? This is Japan, and of course Japanese citizens should be given priority and preference over foreign nationals, it happens in every country.

I actually think Japan is being too lenient by admiting all types of residents, I think that only PR's, Spouses of Japanese Nationals, Spouses of PR's and Special Permanent Pesidents should be allowed, given the situation.

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Posted in: Japan to expand virus state of emergency beyond Tokyo as cases top 300,000 See in context

I'm in one the prefectures covered by the so called "State of Emergency", and I can tell you nobody cares anymore. Everyone keeps going on with their lives, I had lunch at one of the local malls and it was packed with shoppers this arvo.

Most businesses are ignoring the work from home request, including yours truly, what a joke, waste of time and money. Not sure about restaurants closing early, though.

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Posted in: Vaccine mistrust in Japan dates back decades See in context

Last Thursday I had a chat with the father of one of my clients who happens to be a doctor and and the owner of a fairly large clinic/hospital in my prefecture, and he said to me: "Whatever you do, do not get that vaccine, wait at least 5 years or a even better a decade", I also have a nurse acquaintance who was told the same by her boss. If the local medical community is hesitant to get it, so I am. I trust their advice and refuse to be a lab rat. If that means no more international travel for me, so be it, this country is the most beautiful anyway.

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Posted in: Father arrested for child abuse after one-month-old son suffers brain damage See in context

Tough lad, hey. They should make the address of this guy or his family public, I bet more than one would pay them a visit.

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Posted in: South Korean court orders Japan to compensate 12 former sex slaves See in context

No amount of money or apologies is enough for the people of Chosen, they always want more. Give'em nothing, this was settled back in 1965!

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Posted in: Suga to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures on Thursday night until Feb 7 See in context

They should've just stayed the same, why wasting time and resources on something that's basically not enforceable?.

Friendly requests only that will be duly ignored as they should, what's the point of the SoE so many were craving for, if nothing will change?

Business "name and shame"? Like if kabuchicho, seedy izakayas or Filipino pubs cared about their reputation.

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Posted in: 78-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, crashes into car, killing driver See in context

Anyone over 70 in this country should not be driving.

70? More like 60, in my opinion. They should also ban kei cars from expressways.

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Posted in: Olympic super-fan determined to welcome world to Tokyo See in context

Poor lady she's in for a shock, those games ain't happening.

Where is your mask?

Non-existant, as it should be, this article isn't even about masks, completely off-topic. The virtue signaling mask police is out of control.

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Posted in: Tick-Tock: Tokyo Olympics hit the 200-days-to-go mark See in context

Come on Tokyo! Have some dignity and cancel the faceless games already.

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

It doesn't matter where you are on the issue, either freaking out about the 'rona, not caring at all, or in between. But, if there's something we all can agree is that Suga is a joke of a PM, he is weak and doesn't command any authority. He is such a small man, figuratively speaking.

About the vaccine: お先にどうぞ!

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context

SoE = Request

Nobody will comply, business owners learnt their lesson and aren't stupid anymore, I would 100% ignore their request if my business was located in Kanto. Risking my livelihood for a virus that has a 99.5% recovery rate or better if you don't have any comorbidities? No way Jose

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Posted in: Japan greets new year with crowds despite pleas from leaders to stay home See in context

None of our business, to be honest. If people wish to celebrate in a crowded environment, it's their risk and decision as informed adults. I'm so glad, Native Japanese people don't read JT or the comment section, they wouldn't be so happy about all the criticism coming from guest in their country. Would someone like it if a guest you invited over to your place, started moaning about how you run your household? I don't think so.

This is not the west and people behave differently but, that's something really difficult to grasp for most people.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,337 daily COVID cases; nationwide tally 4,519 See in context

1,300 cases in a city with population of 40 million when including its metro area is not that bad, considering that the city is a overcrowded mess of rude, self-entitled, train loving commuters. As long as people from Kanto stay in their cesspool, the rest of the country should be fine.

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

Sick and overweight, same as your average American Joe, no wonder why he didn't make it. May his soul rest in peace!

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Posted in: Nikkei ends at 30-year high as investors cheer U.S. stimulus See in context

Nikkei, hahaha. Invest in crypto and buying that lambo will be like buying fried chicken at Family Mart.

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Posted in: Nintendo’s victory over MariCar finalized by Supreme Court of Japan See in context

Good riddance! I don't live in Tokyo but whenever I visited there in the past, I was surprised that those things were legal. Their clientele were obnoxious foreign millennials, without a clue of Japanese rules of the road, a disaster waiting to happen IMO.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker drank with 30 people despite virus warnings See in context

Why does he apologise? I would've said: "It's none of your business, you don't even follow our recommendations anyway, so stop being hypocrites"

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 949 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,881 See in context

For those hoping for a new SoE: What difference will that make? The government of Japan have no power to enforce their requests. Here people are treated like adults and are allowed to make decisions by themselves. If someone is truly craving for nanny states, so called 'modern democracies', lockdowns and useless testing, that someone is free to go to places that will provide that, why keep suffering and whining about Japan's lack of action?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 884 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,830 See in context

It doesn't matter anymore, it could be 1 or 10000 cases a day, apart from the widespread usage of masks people are going on with their lives, most people seem to be tired of being told what to do. Good on them!

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Posted in: Masks block 99.9% of large COVID-linked droplets: study See in context

Mask loving propaganda, people forget that they have functioning immune systems and the tiny minority who doesn't shouldn't be out and about during the pandemic, anyway. No masks for me, thanks. Do you really want to wear that thing forever?

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Posted in: Final Tokyo Olympic budget soars 22% to ¥1.64 trillion See in context

Waste of money, they should use that money to help the people financially affected by the scamdemic. Why do they insist on having their cheerless, masked, watered-down down games? The level stupidity and stubbornness of the IOC and the local organisers is unbelievable.

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Posted in: If you are a foreign resident (either permanent, long term or short term) of Japan, do you currently feel safer living here amid the coronavirus, or would you prefer to be in some other country? See in context

Obviously Japan! Not only this is the best country on earth (IMHO), but it's constitution doesn't allow the government to overstep their powers with lockdowns or mandatory masks or vaccines, basically only friendly requests. One can only be so grateful!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 556 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,496 See in context


El Rata, well said. I need to get out asap. Not even the pretty girls are worth it anymore.

Leave if you can, really going to Tokyo was an eye opener as to why some people in the JT comment section are so freaked out about the virus. Pretty girls are to be found everywhere.

I live in the countryside sorrounded by rice paddies, friendly grandpas and beautiful nature. Life is awesome but you need a car, though.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 556 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,496 See in context

Today I had yo do a quick visit to Tokyo and, while still I believe this 'rona thing is overblown, no wonder why the cases are so high over there, what a convoluted mess of a city. I drove there but rode the Yamanote line to move around the city (first time riding a train since March) and my train car was packed with people with colds, runny noses and it had that typical stench of illness I can't describe, first time I wore a mask happily and voluntarily, what a disgusting city, why on earth do people love moving over there?

Needless to say, I finished what I had to do and left ASAP.

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