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Posted in: WHO team visits Wuhan hospital that took in first COVID-19 patients See in context

Did anybody see the WHO expert do that shimmy thing for the waiting entourage? That was a bit odd, she seemed a tad jovial about the whole thing .

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Posted in: Survey finds only 23% of vehicles stop for pedestrians at crosswalks See in context

inside car, respect of social rules disappear since it is one of the rare space where it can't apply in Japan (you know when you swear vocally alone)

Bang on. I've often thought one of the only places Japanese can release their angst at society is on the road in their tiny private K-ocoons. Thus they drive with cocksure aggression and little or no regard for other folk on the road. Road rage is rife, within the vehicle.

I have had altercations on my bicycle with motorists trying to illegally bully their way through intersections or crosswalks. They blow the horn and cast deadly glances, until they notice I'm foreign. From that point they freeze up, white knuckle the wheel and tensely stare straight ahead, pleading for a 'blue' signal or avenue out.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils action plan to lower mobile phone fees See in context

@Do the hustle

I had a two year plan a few years ago with an iPhone 4s (new).

That made me chuckle then vomit in my mouth a little. I'll wager that 4s is still locked to the carrier as well. I paid an early 4s contract out and while I kept the phone they wouldnt unlock it. I now have a very expensive paper weight lying around that I just can't bring myself to responsibly dispose of.

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Posted in: Japanese grandmothers create 'Monkey Busters' group to fight primates with airguns See in context

Shooting into the air, ha. Who's going to pick up the pellets? Those environmental predators will take years to biodegrade and kill countless Japanese five-lined skinks.

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Posted in: Medical staff, elderly should get COVID vaccination first: task force See in context

It's cool, I'll go last.

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Posted in: Grounded Japanese try virtual overseas holidays See in context

The fun part about flying is taking off and to some extent, landing. Because you know you can get the hell off the plane soon, taxiing sucks though.

I'd pay for the lift off simulation then maybe smash some nuts, a beer and a mini bottle of red. The rest they can keep.

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Posted in: Temperatures soar across Japan, topping 40 degrees in Gunma See in context

Who goes swimming with sunnies on?

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Posted in: 'Smart mask' translates speech into 8 languages See in context

The Donut C-Mask is probably gonna put me out of a job. Especially if you can talk to dogs.

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Posted in: Are you OK with wearing a mask when you are out and about as a measure to protect yourself against the coronavirus? See in context


I had never worn a mask before 2020 and used to scoff at people here masked up. Now I pretty much wear one all the time in public places. Not because I am particularly concerned about rona, I naturally social distance. I just got pulled aside by a couple of J-buddies and got asked to consider others, that took me aback somewhat.

At the end of the day it's not that bad though. I got a fancy sports one. While it can be oppressive on occasion, especially when powering up stairs at the eki so I can be first out the gate. It can be very convenient in combination with a hat and sunnies. On my way home I may pluck some flowers from a garden for the better half. No one even bats an eyelid and the peace that affords me is well worth the suffocation.

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Posted in: Japan's male smoking rate drops below 30% for 1st time See in context

I used to smoke, I don't anymore. When I first came to Japan there was no point not smoking, secondhand smoke was everywhere. Thankfully that's been cleaned up a lot now. My gripe is not with smokers in general or their burden on the health system, it's taxis. I take a taxi to work a few days a week and getting in the cab after the driver has been smoking in there makes me vomit in my mouth a little. I'm not a prude but I (well my boss) pay(s) comparatively a heck a lot for that cab, and it would be great if they didn't f*ing stink. What's more the roof is sometimes yellowish like a skanky pub. I have tried to request a smoke free taxi but the old boys get well hot under the collar for messing with their norm and as I have to use the same rank every week with the same narky old geezers it has become somewhat awkward there and I am now famous for the wrong reasons. Japan please sort this out before you don't host the Olympics, I don't think it will sit well with most foreigners.

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Posted in: Waiting for customers See in context

It's a bit sad that those women look so elegant in their traditional kimonos yet carry a trendy 2020 USB battery operated fan. What about a sensu or free uchiwa from Bic?

At least they don't have a phone in the other hand, which is street now. It's just silly. How can one sip a Gong Cha as well?

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Posted in: Cat's view See in context

I found a box of baby cats in the sun last week and no one would take them, they weren't even weaned. I didn't know what the heck to do with them, so I took them to my local shrine where they have a whole bunch of cats and left them with a reluctant orange pant employee. Word on the street came back that the local foreigner was dumping cats, jeez you try and do a good thing. It's the second time since living here I have found abandoned kittens, I think it's kind of a problem.

That cat looks pretty healthy though.

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Posted in: Keeping cool See in context

If Covid is hovering in the air, might not fans spin and spread the viruses around some more? Blowback?

Blowback!? Good point. Have we not endured months of wet hands due to potential bathroom air dryer blowback? Or was it just a cover for a wee bit more of the ol' setsuden?

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