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Posted in: Japanese researchers show masks do block coronavirus, but not entirely See in context

@CitizenSmith

People look ridiculous wearing those stupid masks. There is no way I’m wearing one.

There’s a few people on this thread right now that look ridiculous. You’re one of them.

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Posted in: Japan eyes exempting short-term business travelers from quarantine See in context

So, the virus can't spread if in the country if here for less than 72 hours. Unless of course you want to go to a bar. In that case the virus doesn't spread before 10pm. All of these ideas are ridiculous! I'm not saying we need to lockdown, I'm not saying we don't need to explore how to keep the economy alive. But, let's face it, these ideas are ridiculous.

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Posted in: Japan eyes exempting short-term business travelers from quarantine See in context

What's ridiculous? These are 'proposals

Wait, I know the answer to this one! It's the 'proposals' that are ridiculous.

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Posted in: Japanese researchers show masks do block coronavirus, but not entirely See in context

@Do the hustle

Your conclusion from this research is that masks don't work? What's it like seeing the world in black and white?

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Posted in: Coe supports athletes' right to advocate for social or racial justice at Olympics See in context

Let's take a sporting event and make it a political event. Why not, everything is political these days. The world is losing the plot.

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Posted in: Public must be ready for some Tokyo Olympics-linked COVID spike: expert See in context

The government has stated that the Olympics will go ahead "At all costs". Now they're making it clear that those "costs" include the health of their own citizens. Aren't government supposed to act for the benefit of the people? If not, why do we need them.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 108 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 396 See in context

*inexact

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 108 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 396 See in context

Which one is the real figure? Or neither? 

Did you consider option C? I.e both are "real" figures. You're problem is, like many others, you're trying to read too much into daily variations of an in exact science.

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Posted in: After mixed messages from White House, Trump said to be improving but next 48 hours 'critical' See in context

The changing, and at times contradictory, accounts created a credibility crisis for the White House at a crucial moment

Got a good chuckle out of this line. Why would they change their trademark now?

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Posted in: What happens to the U.S. presidential election if a candidate dies or becomes incapacitated? See in context

@P.Smith

Well, there you go. I figured there was a reason, I just didn't care enough to look it up. But now I know.

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Posted in: What happens to the U.S. presidential election if a candidate dies or becomes incapacitated? See in context

Since this article is about protocol...

the election takes place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, every four years.

Who comes up with this stuff and why is it never simple? Why not just on the first Tuesday? Why the first Tuesday after the first Monday?

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Posted in: PM contender Suga hints at consumption tax hike See in context

Gotta pay for all of our masks somehow.

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Posted in: Tokyo to end shorter hours for bars; virus alert to be lowered See in context

Experience is the best teacher. Let people go back to normal and see what happens. If Japan really is "special" and nothing happens, great, let's all get on with life. If things get out of hand, people will learn a valuable lesson.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 276 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 692 See in context

https://worldpopulationreview.com/world-cities/tokyo-population

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 276 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 692 See in context

noriahojanen

There are about 1 million residents in the 23 wards while the entire Tokyo has 14 mil.

Uh, no. 23 wards is close to 10Mil, Tokyo prefecture around 14mil, "greater Tokyo Metropolis" (Tokyo / Chiba / Saitama / Kanagawa) is 38 mil or so.

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Posted in: Go To travel subsidy program to cover half of costs from October See in context

@TrevorPeace

It says they are increasing to 50% from 35%.

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Posted in: Maximum caution urged as super typhoon approaches southwest Japan See in context

I don't know why people find the typhoon naming system so difficult.

Some people just like to whine about anything and everything.

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Posted in: Britain's treasury officials pushing for tax hikes: media See in context

Get used to it peeps. There’ll be more of this worldwide. Government gets bigger, we get poorer.

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Posted in: Rules urged for personal-bag use in shops due to shoplifting fear See in context

Shoplifting from my experience

What do you mean by experience here? Witnessed? Read in the news?? In my 15 odd years in Japan, I’ve never noticed anyone shoplifting. Not saying it doesn’t happen, just saying I’ve never seen it. Found your comment curious...

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Posted in: Rules urged for personal-bag use in shops due to shoplifting fear See in context

All joking aside shoplifting has been a recurrent problem ever since shoppers were encouraged to select goods for them selves,

What century were you born?

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Posted in: We visit a new Tokyo bar where nobody speaks and writing is the only way to communicate See in context

Read this article against my better judgment. Should gave gone with my instinct to ignore.

What bothers me most... how do you go from wanting a gin to wanting an iced coffee?

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Posted in: Japan, with eye on Olympics, lines up half a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine See in context

BTW, I'm not anti-Olympic. I'm anti government waste. The stupid masks, the cash handouts to people who don't need it, the 'just in case' vaccines. We're all paying for this in one way or another.

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Posted in: Japan, with eye on Olympics, lines up half a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine See in context

the government hopes will instill confidence that it can host a delayed Summer Olympics next year.

It's is instilling confidence in your ability to waste tax dollars. But they've already done such a great job of that, this is really unnecessary to remind us.

"...but we want to hold the Olympics at all costs."

This says everything you need to know about the government.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes lower or no fees to switch mobile carrier with same number See in context

I tried to persuade my missus to bin Docomo but its all a bit mendokusai for her, which I think explains why 90% of people are still getting ripped off by the big three.

Yeah, it was complicated. By design I'm certain. My wife and I did it at the same time. Between her contract and mine I'm now saving close to 9k/month, so well worth the short term pain. Kicking myself I didn't do sooner.

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Posted in: Who is next after Abe? Potential successors See in context

Anyone but Aso please.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes lower or no fees to switch mobile carrier with same number See in context

I just recently ditched SoftBank for Ymobile. Had to pay the MNP fee and a cancellation fee for a contract that had automatically renewed without my knowledge, even though I didn't get a new shiny phone when they rolled it over. Had to pay close to 12k to make the switch! Thieves. Still, that'll pay for itself within 3 months and then I'll be saving 6k/month.

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Posted in: Gov't says 98.6% of households received virus relief cash handouts See in context

Of course people that don't need it will save it. It should have only been offered to people in need (lost income due to covid), then more could have been offered to those people And it would have been pumped back into the economy.

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Posted in: Bitcoin hits highest in 13 months as 2020 rally gathers steam See in context

@Graham DeShazo

Start by studying some economic history. Then pay attention to what is currently happening around the world with central banks/governments. That will give you some ideas on the benefits of holding some of your wealth in vehicles that are not regulated by the central authorities.

@Desert Tortoise

For the first group, I think it is much more than symbolic. The second group are actually better off in good old fashioned cash dollars. And, you forgot a third group.... speculators!

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Posted in: Osaka tops Tokyo as Japan reports 1,070 more coronavirus infections See in context

I am sick and tired of JT and other media ALWAYS focusing on Tokyo! Other prefectures, including Osaka, Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba have see a large rise in numbers as well.

Not to mention, Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba are essentially the "suburbs" or Tokyo. In the sense that a large number of people who work in Tokyo actually reside in these other prefectures.

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Posted in: Japan reports more than 1,200 more coronavirus cases See in context

@Monty

Take a deep breath and calm down. I'm merely making an observation based on the pattern we've seen play out over the past several months.

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