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Posted in: Speak with confidence: Toranomon Language School helps students learn naturally See in context

This is not really innovative if you are outside Japan. Amyone who has taken a CELTA in the ast 30 years would have been taught to teach like this.

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Posted in: 14-year-old who stabbed schoolmate held grudge against victim: police See in context

When I was at school disputes between boys were solved by a fight behind the bike sheds. I am in no way condoning violence but it really cleared things up. Both parties would shake hands and go on to live another day - sometimes even becoming friends. In Japan there seems to be no middle way, everything is so extreme.

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Posted in: New anorexic patients up 60% among young people in Japan See in context

Anorexia is a very serious psychiatric disorder and is the highest cause of death amongst females between 15 to 24. The causes are still not known. and there is no agreed-upon cure. Blaming social media is an easy way out - the condition appears to be far more complex. It seems to affect people who are predisposed to mental issues who get triggered by something in their environment. Catherine Pawley's excellent TedX talk at Leamington Spa is a very informative look at what it feels like to suffer from anorexia.

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Posted in: Osaka says she won't do news conferences at French Open See in context

Naomi Osaka is surprisingly quiet about the Olympics. What don't Japanese lives matter as much as black lives? Now is the time to speak up Naomi!

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Posted in: COVID-19 patient in Japan receives world's first lung transplant from living donors See in context

A shout out to the husband and son who donated part part of their lungs, now that's love and devotion.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 446 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs record high 666 See in context

Tokyo is behind Osaka because they extended their SOE by a few weeks. They will soon catch up I am sure. What is worrying is that the Osaka numbers have yet to be impacted by the hanami season. People are out and about here and acting as if everything is normal. This weeks Universities go back and a lot here are face to face. I have a feeling in about two weeks this will reveal itself to be the biggest wave yet. The question is will Osaka continue with its semi-SOE when this happens?

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Posted in: Osaka governor requests stronger anti-virus steps amid resurgence See in context

But why not another SOE? As we have seen the SOEs have been successfull in reducing cases. The one reason Osaka is above Tokyo now is that they lifted their SOE earlier. This means Tokyo's uptick is not far behind.

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Posted in: Canada vows to be next country to go after Facebook to pay for news See in context

It's not being trafficked, the media companies are voluntarily making facebook websites or putting Facebook links on stories. Facebook is not asking or taking their content. This is media outlets using Facebook for dissemination and then asking Facebook for money.

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Posted in: Canada vows to be next country to go after Facebook to pay for news See in context

I think I am missing something. Are they talking about the links we get when we follow news outlets on Facebook? So for example, I follow The BBC. When a link to a story appears in my feed I have to click on the link which takes me to the page for the full article. Surely this is giving the media companies extra coverage? I know I am far more likely to visit these pages via links in my Facebook than I am to go directly to their sites. Shouldn't the news outlets be paying Facebook for bringing extra readers to their sites? Or am I missing something?

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Posted in: Submarine collision with ship left more extensive damage than first thought See in context

Does anyone remember the Ehime Maru incident 20 years ago when an American sub surfaced under a Japanese trawler killing several people? Seems like this could have been a lot worse. Surely there is some kind of protocol before coming to the surface, like checking there are no ships around?

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Posted in: 14-year-old girl from Nara City missing since Dec 1 See in context

They have left this very late before notifying the public.

I wonder if they are able to access phone records to find out if she was visiting any chatrooms?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 292 new coronavirus cases See in context

Why even bother saying the numbers are down from Saturday? This is totally reliant on the numbers tested, which always goes down over the weekend. Without knowing how many were tested just saying the numbers are down is both meaningless and misleading.

The symptoms of Covid take about a week to appear. Add in the time to test and get results and I predict we are going to see some serious new peaks later this week as a result of the four day weekend we just had.

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Posted in: U.S. states issue conflicting mask orders as new cases set another record See in context

This virus is oblivious to arrogance and conceit.

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Posted in: 'Terrace House' star's death sparks calls for cyberbullying rules See in context

Its not cyberbullying that is the problem. Its the deep seated crushingly vapid group think mentality. Its when everyone gangs up on you and there is not a voice of reason to be heard anywhere. Everyone parrots and reinforces the group think line. This is what Japan is guilty of here.

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Posted in: Japan's economic package to deal with epidemic to top ¥30 tril See in context

That's a lot of are they indirectly admitting that things are about to get much worse?

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Posted in: IOC reviewing Games scenarios; cancellation not among them: Bach See in context

Realistically, that could be 12 to 18 months away

Exactly!! Nothing will be happening worldwide until a vaccine and successful antiviral drug appears. Until that time international travel will need to be limited

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Posted in: WHO pandemic declaration won't change Tokyo Olympics plan: Suga See in context

As others have said, it can't possibly go ahead as scheduled. The pandemic is just beginning. Even if there is a drop in cases, a worldwide event like this could mean a resurgence. People's lives and well-being are at risk. Going ahead would be selfish and foolhardy.

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Posted in: Early decision needed for any Olympic delay, organizing committee member says See in context

There is no way the Olympics can go ahead as scheduled. Even if the virus calms down in Japan, opening up to visitors from all over the world will reintroduce the disease. Besides that I think we are just at the beginning and things are going to get a lot worse. There isn't any hope that this will be over by July.

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Posted in: Health officials worry as untraceable virus clusters emerge See in context

I am not surprised at the appearance of untraceable clusters. It has been suggested that the incubation period for the disease may be as long as 24 days. This means that people could be infected for as long as 3 weeks and not know it. Take everyone they have come into contact with or has touched a surface they have touched, and tracking the source must be nothing short of impossible.

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Posted in: 44 more people on cruise ship test positive for virus; some elderly to be allowed off See in context

I didn't know this but apparently outbreaks of flu and norovirus are not uncommon on cruise ships. They really are breeding grounds for diseases. The problem is exacerbated because cruises tend to attract older clientele some of whom are already infirm. I have never been attracted to the idea of being stuck in a large tin can in the middle of the ocean in close proximity to thousands of others, and this has only helped to reinforce that fact. With the increase in cruise ship tourism, operators really are going to have to look at improved sanitation and air filtering - and stop those buffets!!

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Posted in: Is Coca-Cola Japan’s brand-new strawberry Coke any good? See in context

I am drinking my first strawberry cola as we speak and I can report that it is not very good. Too sweet and tastes like strawberry Hichews but with less flavor.

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Posted in: Man goes missing in Northern Alps See in context

I hiked Tsurugi in the summer and it was one of the most difficult mountains I have climbed. Similar to alpine style climbing there are lots of chains, ladders and hooks to help you on the way. There are some difficult stretches with plenty of opportunities to fall off. I can't imagine trying to attempt this in the winter.

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Posted in: Many people can recall a school teacher who had a major influence on their lives. Was there such a teacher in your life and how did he or she influence you? See in context

My English teacher at middle school. He also ran the climbing club and guitar club, both of which I belonged too. Grizzled and rude, I had no idea teachers could be cool. I am 55 now and still play guitar, still climb and I teach English! I guess he had an influence.

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Posted in: Japan grapples with serving Fukushima food at 2020 Olympics See in context

If you want my advice, teams and visitors from around the world will most certainly NOT be convinced its okay.

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Posted in: New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in nominationss See in context

The three new acts mentioned in the title will be forgotten about in a couple of years.

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Posted in: Fans create their own 'kind of magic' in new Queen music videos See in context

Not sure of we can post links here but this the Dont Stop Me Now one...

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Posted in: Fans create their own 'kind of magic' in new Queen music videos See in context

Not sure of we can post links here but this the Dont Stop Me Now one...

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Posted in: Coppola backs Scorsese's comments on Marvel films See in context

Interestingly the new Joker movie from DC comics but pays homage to Scorsese and harkens back to the days of more aesthetic movie making.

The new Joker movie is a thing of beauty.

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Posted in: Japan rejoices after Rugby World Cup over Scotland See in context

As a Scot I have to admit Japan were particularly focused and aggressive, and made very few errors. They were seemilngly everywhere. They threw off Scotland's rhythm who by the end we were close to tatters. A very exciting game and deserved win for Japan.

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Posted in: Yamanashi police end 16-day search for missing 7-year-old girl See in context

There was news of one of the volunteer rescue workers missing? Was he found?

Apparently there were two rescuers that had got into difficulties. Both have been found.

It really is very very easy to get lost in the mountains in Japan., I live at the bottom of a fairly minor mountain and there is a sign with pictures of the hikers who have gone missing on it. It really is the most likely scenario in this case.

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