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Posted in: Nearly 80% of Japanese think Okinawa's U.S. base-hosting burden unfair See in context

Japan would be in just as much jeopardy as Taiwan if the US military weren't here. They should be extremely grateful. Japan is incredibly weak militarily, China or North Korea would be happy to show them if the US wasn't involved.

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Posted in: Japan's bid to address weak yen sidelined by G20 rift over Russia See in context

Because they're not interested in fixing it. Big Japanese companies imaginarily benefit so they'll let it go to hell, may as well be pegged to the Russian Rouble at this point.

The whole BS about Japanese companies benefiting when repatriating profits only holds water when the dip is temporary. Long term sustained weakness is going to hit them just as hard, they aren't exporting 100% domestically sourced en products.

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Posted in: Ukraine evacuees to get up to ¥2,400 a day as living allowance in Japan See in context

Holy cow, 2400 a day? Are they expected to eat only cup ramen and tofu for protein?

I spend at least 4,000 just to go to the bar after work. That used to be 5 nights a week. Let's hope they also don't need to pay for electric, gas, and water in their donated apartments. I'm shocked how they can be expected to basically leave everything behind, come here with nothing and live on that. Shameful.

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Posted in: Tokyo stock market revamped in hope of attracting foreign investors See in context

Crappy stock market and dying yen aside, they keep uttering this buzzword, new international financial center in Asia. Never going to happen under this tax system. Both personal and business taxes are way too high to become any sort of financial hub. Sure a lot of those people and businesses may well leave Hong Kong but they aren't coming here. Most will end up in Singapore, maybe some in Bangkok too, heard they are looking to do the same. Can't imagine Thailand's tax system could be worse than ours.

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Posted in: Japan to allow up to 10,000 arrivals daily from April 10 See in context

How about eliminating the pre-departure PCR? It's expensive and in some places hard to get with the MOFA form.

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Posted in: BOJ chief sees no direct impact from market operations on yen movement See in context

Incompetence at it's finest

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Posted in: Tokyo, 15 other prefectures facing power shortage See in context

How do they think we can ever switch to all electric cars if the power grid is so fragile that it can't handle an earthquake and a few plants going offline? Clearly there is nowhere near the redundancy and oversupply needed to even toy with the idea of charging more electric cars.

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Posted in: Marriott Bonvoy and American Express launch 2 cobranded cards in Japan See in context

These are pretty bad deals compared to the cards available in the U.S. It would seem that the credit card market is less competitive in Japan, despite users' propensity to thoroughly research card benefits before applying.

Pretty useless to compare it to cards issued in another country considering that most people in Japan can't get a card issued in the US. Actually in one way, the Japanese card is better, it earns more points per 100 yen (dollar).

Sign up bonuses are almost never as good outside the US in any country but it's irrelevant since few foreigners can apply for US issued cards.

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Posted in: ANA to streamline documentation needed on international travel See in context

@3RENSHO

How many passengers are flying without checked baggage?

Before living in Japan I did most of the time. Now I'm bringing large amounts of things back TO Japan when I travel due to the absurd price discrimination we have on many things here, or lack of them in the market at all. If I were willing to live purely off the domestic market then I'd still be traveling with a max size carry on + PC bag.

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Posted in: Health ministry approves Pfizer's oral COVID-19 pill See in context

No one else noticed they are only planning to buy 2 million by year's end? Seems a very very small number. That's enough to prescribe to everyone who gets infected in the next month perhaps... Lol

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Posted in: Kishida says gov't working on accelerating COVID-19 booster shots See in context

Countries around the world are already demanding boosters to enter with the least restrictions (no testing for example). We're already behind the 8 Ball because those countries are assuming boosters ar available to everyone already (Europe and N. America). Thabks Japan for being so slow that we can't even get a booster yet overseas, let alone here. I tried getting one in America, but only 5 1/2 months since #2 and absolutely no-go... So had to travel around the Caribbean getting tested constantly (at my expense) because of Japan's incompetence. The faster this happens now, the better for those who choose to travel outside these borders.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 9,468 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 50,030 See in context

The only number that even matters anymore is severe symptoms in hospital. It could be 1 million per day, if virtually no one is in hospital dying then about time we declare a win and call it over.

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Posted in: Airlines worldwide rush to change flights over U.S. 5G dispute See in context

Can't even express how asinine this is and perfectly demonstrates how messed up the US is. Why the FCC even wants to allow this is truly beyond belief, big business wins again I guess, the good of the public be damned.

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Posted in: Japan extends entry ban on non-resident foreigners until end of February: Kishida See in context

@aly rustom. It's just bad report again as usual. Resident card holders with those statues can come and go currently exactly the same as a Japanese citizen unless coming from one of the designated countries in southern Africa. I just came in yesterday as a permanent resident and it's a a non issue, well other than the endless waiting for PCR results and hotel assignments.

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Posted in: Gov't says it won't retighten virus restrictions despite Omicron spread See in context

They've never explained why they are wasting hospital beds for people with mild symptoms. Absolutely mad.

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Posted in: Japan entry controls to stay until more known about Omicron See in context

It's already here Kishida, there already aren't enough hotel rooms for arrivals, the system is unnecessary and unsustainable. It's going to spread like crazy after New Year regardless, despite your tough border controls.

A lot of countries have very sensible controls, vaccinated travelers can come in with a negative test. No need for this BS extended supervised quarantine based on coming from an area with a single confirmed omicron case.

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Posted in: Japan launches COVID-19 vaccine certificate app See in context

Doesn't seem to work with non Japanese passports. Screen to scan passport just sits there and does nothing.

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Posted in: New app to allow travelers paperless entry into Japan See in context

Came to Thailand yesterday. Whole process was shockingly efficient. Was out of the airport in well under 30 mins, driven in private transport to the hotel I chose on my own, PCR done onsite and results first thing in the morning. Free to do whatever I want in the country now. Japan could really learn a lot from the Thais on this process. Seems to be working quite well. Not looking forward to my return in January at all, but hopefully they realize by then that Omicron is a big nothing burger and drop the hotel requirements (coming back from the US, currently sitting at 3 days)

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Posted in: Japan confirms 4th case of Omicron variant infection See in context

There aren't 4 US states blocked, suggest you get onto the MOFA website yourself. There are 12 that require a 3 day hotel quarantine before quarantining at home. Nigeria is on that same list as is half of Europe, and the other half of Europe is on the 6 day hotel quarantine list.

The only places with any kind of block are the initial 10 countries in southern Africa, and that block is only for foreign residents who left after the bans were initiated. Example: If a permanent resident departed Japan on Sept 30, they can still return from South Africa.

Know your facts Jack

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Posted in: Gov't confirms 1st Japanese infected with Omicron variant See in context

Sounding like this is just going to run it's course through everyone, vaccinated or not, recent recovery or not. So the faster that happens, the faster it gets treated like the common cold and travel can normalize finally.

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Posted in: Bus driver arrested after fatally hitting pedestrian See in context

Shameful how Japan treats drivers, unless he was willfully driving recklessly, this should be a civil matter, not criminal.

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Posted in: 2nd Omicron case confirmed; Japan to bar foreign residents' re-entry from 10 African nations See in context

It clearly says spouses will be treated as exceptional circumstances, just long term visa holders will be banned (work visas) so those of us lucky enough to be married (to a Japanese) or permanent resident will still be allowed to travel same as Japanese citizens.

Phew I say because this isn't ever going away and Japan is going to punish us seemingly forever now.

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Posted in: Japan to remove spectator limit for large-scale events even in virus state of emergency See in context

Ok, so then how about removing quarantine requirements for returning residents?

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

Haha, knew GoToTravel would flare some tempers in here. Good to see the JT crew in good spirits.

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Posted in: Japanese celebrities urge young people to vote in general election See in context

It's a start and hopefully younger people will realize it's the only way to meaningful change. Only way to get rid of decades of LDP rule and stagnation.

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Posted in: Some U.S. Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers See in context

@capuchin

I'm pretty certain that the Trump puppets are incapable of learning anything, regardless of jail or not.

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Posted in: LDP most popular; nearly 40% of voters undecided ahead of election See in context

Disgusting, so many people walking around with blinders, lemmings!

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Posted in: Tokyo stocks plunge as new Kishida gov't disappoints market See in context

Haha, love it. Sadly the average Japanese person has no interest in the stock market so as usual nothing will change. Set their pensions on stock market performance like an American 401k and I bet people start making better voting decisions.

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Posted in: Japan's state of emergency lifted as COVID infections decline See in context

Ridiculous keeping the bars and restaurants restricted. Of course few in Tokyo follow it anyway but rural prefectures mostly did. Who wants to go travel when they still have to close at 9?

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Posted in: PM hopefuls rally local support with focus on tourism, agriculture See in context

Certainly no one is going to come here until quarantine is abolished. Certainly hope Kono understands that and gets rid of it ASAP.

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