FireyRei comments

Posted in: Mask mandates imposed by governments and employers: Persecution or protection? See in context

Anyone who believes wearing a face mask, in order to a) protect others from you potentially spreading harmful germs and b) protect yourself from breathing in others potentially (in a pandemic) dangerous germs, is oppressive is either a) self-serving or b) scared because it symbolises the real danger present. It's very clear that the UK and USA have large populations seeing mask-wearing as oppressive, ergo, self-serving or scared people.

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Posted in: Do you think the world will be rid of COVID and all its variants this year? See in context

Well, Omicron is actually for most people just a cold. My doctor has multiple patients with Omicron right now and said most of them basically have 'cold' symptoms, no more. Still, safety first: don't expect to be one of the majority, you could be in the minority who get it badly.

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Posted in: Do you think the world will be rid of COVID and all its variants this year? See in context

*my wife

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Posted in: Do you think the world will be rid of COVID and all its variants this year? See in context

Had a very good chat with my doctor this morning, where I now live in Italy. I live in the worst hit city of the whole country (the first wave). For the past year rumors about hospitals making money from Covid patients have been circulating, and one friend, a surgeon said she knew the same but was unable to get straight answers from superiors.

This morning my GP said the same, that yes, according to her colleagues at hospitals, they make profits from hospitalised Covid patients, particularly those who die from it. She told me that many of those who were recorded as dieing from Covid actually had not, but it suits better the hospital to report deaths as so, as they make money from the government.

I am pro-vaxx, pro-mask, in fact it was my wire (Japanese) and I who first wore masks out at the beginning of this when people laughed at us for doing so. Anyway, I am no conspiracy theorist, and I want to comply (18 years in Japan made me more compliant:D), however, it is becoming more and more clear that Covid-19 is benefitting many, many people...

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Posted in: Do you think the world will be rid of COVID and all its variants this year? See in context

Unless therapeutic drugs are released en masses, and vaccines are powerful enough to reduce damaging effects, C-19 will go on and on as a threat to society. Eventually, this will happen as with many other illnesses, but we are still a ways off from this. The varients can only go so far until they have common, treatable traits. Countries like the US though need to stop speaking of C-19 past tense, "During Covid we had.." It remains prevalent right now. I for one though would like to know why it is SO minor in Japan though...

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Posted in: 50% of single-parent households in Japan struggle financially: study See in context

あたりまえ! Globally true. Not to mention at the very least 50% of two-parent families are struggling also. Kind of a 'duh' thing.

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Posted in: Queen delivers Christmas message See in context


Why 83%? What is your source? Also, how about a percentage of those indifferent, like me?

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Posted in: James Franco admits to sleeping with film school students See in context

You're obviously wrong for forcing sex, but now wrong for adult, concensual sex? I have committed that crime, I confess...

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Posted in: Shionogi says its COVID pill under development effective against Omicron See in context

With so very few cases in Japan, exactly how are they testing this drug? Surely overseas? Personally, I care little for whether it's a vaccine or a therapeutic drug: as long as it helps, fill me up. Besides, Japanese doctor's close relationship with pharmaceutical companies, and the cash they both rake in, has so many people in Japan loaded with drugs: nothing new here but another drug to add to your colourful prescriptions.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 28 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 202 See in context

How is this news?! 28 is laughably nothing compared to most other countries. It won't even register on the scale it's so minute.

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Posted in: Justin Bieber caught up in Saudi human rights row See in context

Fine, I will take his place. Hook me up to a karaoke machine. But I won't do it for anything less than six figures. Joking aside, why do these wealthy celebs need the money anyway? They must have been offered way more than usual.

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Posted in: WHO warns that Omicron variant poses very high risk See in context

Japan has been making it very problematic for even Japanese people to return before this news: now it's even worse. My wife, before this news, cannot afford to add 10 days to a much-needed return, let alone the expenses required to do so. Returning is becoming a dream only.

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Posted in: Metal bottle falls from U.S. Marine Osprey onto residence in Okinawa See in context

Okinawa, Osprey: whatever happens is irrelevant, Okinawans want it banned.

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Posted in: Natalie Wood was sexually assaulted by Kirk Douglas, sister alleges See in context

Get in line, take a number: girls, boys, men, and women were abused consistently up to the 70s? 80s? This story is nothing but a witch hunt of dead witches.

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Posted in: Tokyo TV station skips ugly controversy over Mako’s marriage; shows 'Blade' instead See in context

Mother refuses to pay back a loan. Wesley Snipes jailed for tax evasion. Fun times!

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Posted in: Australia accuses China of undermining world trade See in context

The CCP and its tactics are suffocating world businesses and trade, flooding the market with either incredibly low grade products, or entirely unnecessary updated products designed to keep global consumers buying Chinese and destroying the competition. Australia is one of many countries tired of the CCP and its anti-fair trade. Everything may be made in China but I make sure not to buy anything branded Chinese until they cease their stranglehold on the market.

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Posted in: Japan eyes tougher jail sentence for insults to tackle cyberbullying See in context

Close your public social media account? Have someone else monitor your account? She must have read every single bad comment to drive herself to suicide, rather than some obvious alternatives. Give people higher punishment? The courts would love that: they would happily prosecute a person for using a bad emote... The Japanese prosecution system has no qualms with severe punishment if given the green light. Why not lock up a foreigner for 49 days?! Right, the police can:)

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Posted in: Family of dead Sri Lankan urge Japanese immigration center to fully disclose video See in context

And so the dreamy image of Japan goes on... Well done Japan: only good light shines upon you. But many of us know the dark side of the moon, too;)

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Posted in: EU reinstates travel ban from Japan due to surge in coronavirus cases See in context

Louis, thank you for the information. Obviously the last thing my wife would want is getting in trouble with the law if she were caught out when supposed to be in (quarantine). However, given the circumstances she would most likely be able to go in a family car, and leave soon after. For now her mother is stable, but obviously close to the end. We are preparing for that, but this whole pandemic has seriously damaged quality of life. Her best friend died earlier this year and couldn't go for that funeral... Still, millions around the world have experienced the same, unfortunately.

The irony though: she is more likely to catch Covid inside Japan with its much higher numbers of infected than bring it with her into Japan - we are experiencing very low numbers in Italy now.

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Posted in: EU reinstates travel ban from Japan due to surge in coronavirus cases See in context

Recently my wife's mother went into a coma, close to death so I told her to return home (Japan). She told me that Japan enforces a 15-day quarantine on even Japanese returning fully vaccinated. Seeing as funerals in Japan are typically the following day, that is going to be a missed event. Please don't complain when it's the other way round: now you know how we feel.

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Posted in: Japan's governors call for COVID lockdown See in context

Bergamo, Italy: The first and one of the worst hit regions in Europe. Villages saw half or more of their elderly population die in the first two or three months of the pandemic. Full lockdown for 10 weeks saw a dramatic drop in deaths and those effected. Few businesses went bust, many were carried by the government - given strong financial support. The citizens received 70% of their list income, some lost nothing at all. Now, 80% of the region's citizens are fully vaccinated, and business is pretty much normal. Covid numbers sit around 500-600 daily in a population of almost 10 million. Italy remains a very good example of how to deal with the pandemic, and the golden rule: we are in this together, everyone has to sacrifice something for your sacrifice is little compared to the 16k dead so far.

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Posted in: Prosecutors drop case against man accused of assaulting woman in hotel See in context

Any male who punches a woman is not a "man".

Hold on. What if the woman is twice the size in stature and muscle, and she's physically abusing him? Or do you think all women the weaker sex? What if the woman is holding a knife at your throat? Get real, many women are twice as manly as many men: they can give harder than you and take it - look at female boxers or wrestlers. No person male or female should be punched, and neither should we automatically assume all women weak and all men strong. I've seen plenty of girls or women as fighters.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

There are clearly 2 standards for justice in Japan: one for Japanese, another for foreigners.

In my 18 years in Japan, I have witnessed multiple times this double standard. It is indeed part of the reason I left, and why I will never live in such a place again. I am human now, no longer Gaijin. It's liberating.

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Posted in: Do you think the Tokyo Olympics will turn out to be a superspreader event for the coronavirus? See in context

No public spectators which means a dramatic cut in people attending.

Face mask wearing mandatory for staff, and athletes unless competing.

Athletes contained in assigned housing, then shipped to and from the events, on separate transportation.

Many people are vaccinated, though the number is unknown to us.

'Superspreader'? No. Spreader? Yes. How much it spreads depends more on the people who live in Japan and their action when a cluster appears.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 614 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,029 See in context

Infected people, severe cases etc. remain incredibly low in a country with such a high population. When you're getting 10k cases per day in one region alone, then you know what 'danger' is. 2k in Japan? That is lower than countries who have only just started opening up to more normality.

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Posted in: Case involving hospital worker who kissed female colleague sent to prosecutors See in context

Acute stress disorder, or Acute embarrassment?

They were chatting? Drinking? And he went for it? They were chatting, and she encouraged it?

Regardless, without any evidence on top of the fact that this is such a minor incident... Newsworthy?!

Without any facts, withold your judgement.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 467 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,944 See in context

So up again!

Up? You think +2k in a population of 127 million up?! It's miniscule.

Japan has never had it badly. The infected/death rates are tiny in comparison to so many other countries.

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Posted in: Fans booing players taking a knee shows racism still a problem: Henderson See in context

I do not find kneeling simple, ever. I do it for something or someone I revere or love. Kneeling to a sweeping group of people who I neither know nor revere will not have me bowing to them. Hand shaking, hugging, saluting, yes I will do these things. Requiring or demanding these things though teaches nothing but the ability to obligate and get what you demand.

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Posted in: Fans booing players taking a knee shows racism still a problem: Henderson See in context

When do we normally kneel to someone? God. Gods. Royalty. Proposal of marriage to show a willingness to serve, protect etc. Every person who isn't the same colour as me is my peer, my equal. To kneel to a person means to regard them as higher than yourself in some way. This, surely, is NOT equality. I kneel to no-one equal to me. If that is racist, then the word racist and its definition has certainly been changed dramatically.

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Posted in: Stop terrorism See in context

15 years back? In Osaka the police put up a website for Japanese people to report suspicious foreigners. A similar period I was stopped three times in a week by the same two officers demanding my passport, ignoring me telling them we do not carry it, instead the ID card: reported them to my consulate who spoke with the chief of police - harassment stopped. I have lots of other juicy stories about myself and friends or colleagues harassed by the police, but why bother? The xenophobia was strong enough to push many a foreigner to leave Japan. Yet so many have not experienced this, so for them, they deny said behaviour exists. Oftentimes foreigners protecting their safety bubble in Japan is worse behaviour.

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