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Posted in: Japanese hospitals cut staff bonuses as coronavirus drives them into the red See in context

Adding insult to injury. These people's lives are at risk every time they go to work.

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Posted in: Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says See in context

Far too early to make that call. Did she ask the DoJ if it's down with allowing tens of thousands of foreigners to enter the country every week for the duration? Or considered that nobody is going to attend, anyway...

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 24-year-old girlfriend See in context

Absolutely. If you make a report, see it through to the end, and get away from the guy asap. Abuse is a pathology that leaves women dead, and their kids orphans.

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Posted in: Abe visits rain-hit Kumamoto to assess damage See in context

He is unqualified to assess damage. It was a photo op he didn't want to have to pose for.

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Posted in: Tokyo shares jump on hopes for COVID-19 treatment See in context

Irrational exuberance...

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Posted in: Japan’s problem with puppy farms See in context

Most of the pets in shops come from these places, and most are inbred. According to my vet, the incidence of genetic defects due to inbreeding is much higher in Japan than in other countries. The gene pool is smaller, abnormalities become exaggerated, and breeders destroy animals that can't be marketed. If you want a dog, buy a Japanese breed, or get a rescue dog. Vets can often recommend ethical breeders, too.

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Posted in: 30-year-old Texas man dies from virus after attending 'COVID-19 party' See in context

I thought that was the point of attending...

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Posted in: Okinawa governor wants tougher action after 61 U.S. Marines infected with coronavirus See in context

Okinawa demands answers from US after 61 marines contract coronavirus: US military tells officials two affected bases have been put into lockdown and those who tested positive are in isolation


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Posted in: Japan may still build Aegis Ashore despite reports of cancellation See in context

Does this sytem even work?

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Posted in: Japan’s cat-shaped bread slices return with new watermelon flavor See in context

It looks like a tottoro with mange...

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Posted in: Pizza Hut Japan serves up Keema curry and flaming meat sauce pie for summer See in context

Keema belongs on na'an, not "pizza".

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Posted in: 35 years after Live Aid, Bob Geldof assesses personal toll See in context

He's been dining out on a charity event for his entire adult life.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor wants tougher action after 61 U.S. Marines infected with coronavirus See in context

Confine them to base until you can remove them all.

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Posted in: Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic See in context

...and this is news because?

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Posted in: Gov't eyes limits on dogs, cats kept by breeders to prevent abuse See in context

The legislation won't be enforced - and if it is, they will face civil rather than criminal charges.

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Posted in: Trump postpones planned Saturday rally in New Hampshire, citing tropical storm See in context

Is this like the storm that didn't hit Alabama?

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Posted in: U.S. State Department OKs possible $23 bil sale of F-35s to Japan See in context

Why is the government wasting our tax money on these planes in the midst of a pandemic that has decimated the domestic economy? Does anyone really expect China or North Korea to stage an invasion?

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Posted in: Japan to discuss easing travel ban with China, S Korea, other countries See in context

What about allowing permanent residents to travel and return for family reasons?

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Posted in: Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after tech gains See in context

It's now tomorrow:

Dow drops more than 300 points as new cases of covid-19 increase

Alongside troubling economic data, Wall Street is also reacting to public opinion on President Trump, experts said, and his reelection prospects for November.

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Posted in: Supreme Court orders release of Trump records but they may stay hidden for now See in context

More important that SDNY gets access than Congress, which isn't capable of acting on them in the time he has left in office. This way, he will be indicted when he leaves office in January, and the public will find out why at that point.

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Posted in: Telemedicine shakes up Japan's health care sector See in context

What do these companies offer that is an improvement over Skype?

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Posted in: Teacher arrested over alleged child prostitution with 16-year-old girl See in context

The age of consent is 16 in Japan. There are no laws I'm aware of regarding difference in age in compensated relationships. She's a prostitute, which is illegal, no matter your age. He's a john, so bust them both it that's what the law says. His life is over, anyway.

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Posted in: Seoul mayor found dead after sexual harassment complaint made against him See in context

I'll take that as a gullty plea...

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge See in context

While legitimate small businesses that close voluntarily get... bupkis?

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Posted in: If Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat U.S. presidential candidate, were to win the Nov 3 election, how do you think his policies toward Japan would differ from President Donald Trump? See in context

Japan's acquiescence in all international policy matters will continue to be taken for granted...

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Posted in: Tokyo coronavirus cases hit record daily high of 224; 80% in their 20s, 30s See in context

Where are all those prescient voices that were saying there was no reason to delay re-opening, now?

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Posted in: Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after tech gains See in context

...wait 'til tomorrow...

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Posted in: 18-year-old youth arrested for shoplifting to pay for bowling See in context

More like he needed money to buy paint thinner... Nobody gets that stupid without chemical assistance of some kind.

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Posted in: Dancing robots replace fans at Japanese baseball game See in context

How did you tell the difference?

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Posted in: Brooks Brothers, worn by Lincoln and Kennedy, goes bankrupt See in context

Jos A Bank does a reasonably good 100% cotton Oxford shirt, but not as good as Brooks Bros. Their clothes were really well made and lasted forever.

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