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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

I feel nothing but sadness at the way people see children as danger best left locked at home.

Children are gems carries... more likely than adults as their immunological system is not fully developed yet. But no one in the comments above said that they're a danger best kept locked. They will be hugging and touching each other, walking down the street all together en mass towards the school and not distancing from each other as I saw them today towards their nyugaku shiki. One will pass it to the other, then the 40 kids in the classroom. Then the entire 2nd and 3rd graders. Then to you and your parents, as well as everyone else and now we're Italy.

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Posted in: Pet owners spend average ¥300,000 for dog, ¥160,000 for cat a year See in context

People put insurance on their pets? For what??? I don't think I've ever spent for than $75. And that's when I took the dog for vaccines and stuff. I've had more than 10 dogs.

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Posted in: Koike pressures Abe to declare state of emergency See in context

If flu data was reported in the same way, we would have the same panic every year.

This is not the flu and won't go away like the flu simply coz it's not winter anymore. This is very unlike the flu.

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Posted in: Koike pressures Abe to declare state of emergency See in context

They don't declare state of emergency coz Japanese lack the courage. They will, tho, get their heads off the sand when it's already too late and the virus is everywhere.

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Posted in: Chilean man accused of killing Japanese student to be extradited to France See in context

I'm not convinced with that evidence...

You need to see the threatening videos he posted on YouTube. Not sure if they can still be found online. The guy is a creep.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

Garthgoyle...are you a Japanese? This assistance will only be given to Japanese nationals ( foreign passport holders are not eligible )!

If that's the case, then I don't want to pay for taxes no more.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

How do I apply? I'm in the tourism industry and free lancing. Meaning that I've lost all my guiding jobs this year. Even looking at ALT jobs again or work at a lowly eikaiwa. I fell hard.

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Posted in: Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in See in context

Human will is a weak thing," he said. "I don't want to stop. If I am able to smoke, I will.

Then do it outside all by yourself or at home. It's no one business if you do it somewhere you're not bothering anyone else not infesting their lungs, just yours.

Went to this amazing restaurant with great music performance and great food. One table full of human chimneys oyajis and by the time I'm leaving the restaurant I'm coughing and my voice is all weird, my asthma ready to kick in. All thanks to selfish smokers who lack common sense.

My Japanese teacher died of lung cancer. The guy used to smoke at least a box a day. Heard from my brothers that my dad used to smoke around my pregnant mom and I was born asthmatic. My friend's dad smoked a box a day during his younger days and at 68 the guy looks like he's 98. The house's walls are yellow but I saw a picture of the original color and they used to be white. His two sons and older daughter, all three of them have black teeth and some of them are halfway rotten (or something). They all smoke heavily at home. All these coincidence? I think not. And worse, they told me that they don't think smoking is bad for your health after I confronted them for smoking at home all together at the same time, while the daughter's 7 years girl rested in the same room.

Anyway, back to the main topic of the article. The law comes with loopholes so no, they're not banning indoor smoking. "But, but restaurants and bars will go bankrupt if they ban smoking in them." Nope! quite the opposite. More people will go. Smokers would simply go puff outside and come back in. I can only hope latin clubs like Cafe Latino become non-smoking. I love dancing salsa but five minutes in that place and your clothes smell like you haven't taken a shower for a month.

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Posted in: Citizens need to be vigilant against a rampant spread of certain products being promoted as effective against the coronavirus despite no scientific proof to back the assertions. See in context

Kind of reminds me of when I was desperate to find information on tinnitus. Scammers in every corner preying when you're at your most vulnerable stage.

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Posted in: 92 from Chicago let in at Narita airport without being asked to self-isolate See in context

It's not a big deal. They were going to be ™asked" to self quarantine anyways so, yeah. No big deal.

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Posted in: Man arrested after yelling ‘I have the coronavirus’ in Nagoya drugstore See in context

Throw his behind in jail for a couple of months to teach him a lesson.

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Posted in: Telework, stockpiling spread in Tokyo after Koike's press conference See in context

Some people suggested that Japanese will be the last people stockpiling in the world.

You haven't been in Japan long enough. Japanese were the first to hoard toilet paper in all this situation. Even China and South Korea had this problem, only Japan. And during the Tohoku earthquake, the lines of cars at gas stations and empty supermarkets were the norm pretty much everywhere in my prefecture, that was remotely affected by any of the triple disasters.

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Posted in: Outdoor smokers on the rise as April law set to take effect See in context

So they're not banning indoor smoking. What's the point of this new law then?

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Posted in: Panel may advise easing virus controls in some areas; Hokkaido to end state of emergency See in context

All it takes is one infected person going to a concert or large gathering. And then...

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Posted in: Sales tax cut emerging as option as gov't battles coronavirus fallout See in context

Not gonna make any difference to me. Now if they were to cut my kokumin hoken cost, that would be awesome! And considering I'm in the tourism industry and lost all my jobs this month, next month and most likely May, man I don't know.

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Posted in: 'Final Fantasy VII Remake' demo goes live See in context

Haa Nemui, you could try to get used PS4 from either Geo or Tsutaya if you were to find one for less than 2man. Otherwise, the PS5 has rumors of being backwards compatible but they're just that, rumors. Plus they might postpone the release this year due to the virus. I myself I'm tempted to get an old used PS4 now.

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Posted in: Chinatown restaurant perseveres in face of virus-linked hate mail See in context

Sadly, there are idiots everywhere. The good news, there are far more good and decent people out there.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son criticized for offering free coronavirus tests See in context

Didn't he read the memo stating that if you actually start testing for the virus, the actual number of infected would go up? Bad for Japan Inc.

Chip Star comment it's spot on. Korea can handle it just fine. Heck, better than fine! Why can't Japan?

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Posted in: If you live in Japan, have you been going out to your local restaurants and shopping as often as you usually do to try and help those businesses get through the coronavirus crisis? See in context

The train station looks so empty at night compared to any other day till last month. The Lawson at the station has always been packed but last night just a few people. No big lines waiting for the bus and not hectic at all. It was kind of weird.

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Posted in: How is the coronavirus affecting your livelihood? Have you lost any income? See in context

Yup! I'm a full-time mountain guide and the trips I had planned for March and April got cancelled as my clients all come from overseas. Now wondering if my main gig as a guide, at Japan's highest would be affected during the warmer months due to the virus. If that happens, well, I guess there's always teaching English and ALT'ing but I would rather not backtrack on that route.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven worker infected with coronavirus; another case likely caused meningitis See in context

Another tragic Abe failure about work and sickness conditions in Japan

This is not about Abe. If you were to blame anyone for Japan's ganbare working culture, you'd need to blame every single Japanese adult and the education system.

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Posted in: Coronavirus throws S Korea's Olympic plans into chaos See in context

I guess Korea deserves all the pity instead.

Please understand their "unique" situation.

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Posted in: Confirmed coronavirus patient in Aichi told to go home, goes bar hopping instead See in context

Jail him after he recovers from the virus. I understand the feeling of having something that can't be cured but willingly wanting to infect others? That's so messed up.

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Posted in: Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears See in context

Of course SK will protest. They protest for everything. Even when Moon put a ban on large protests in order to stop the spread of the virus, South Koreans went on to protest the ban. Heck, even China agrees with Japan's travel ban but what does SK do? Protest to anything Japan does.

@Akie. The source is Wuhan's wildlife market in China. Kind of pointless at this moment, just as your PRC's nationalism.

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Posted in: Coronavirus testing to be covered by national health insurance See in context

I can't believe I'm saying this but for once, I agree with Akie. Thanks, China, for creating this virus. If it wasn't for them, we would still be paying attention to Ghosn and stuff. Instead, we are now busy getting sick and losing money, all thanks to China.

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Posted in: Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe See in context

You reap what you sow, media.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't urges people to refrain from cherry blossom parties in parks See in context

No need to tell me twice. Ahhh, the good old days of zero kafuncho. Just reading about hanami gives me flashbacks of last year's season.

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Posted in: Japan pushes to remove Fukushima references from U.N. exhibition See in context

Japan trying to save face. Why does that sound so familiar lately? Mmm...

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Posted in: Abe's abrupt call to close schools triggers confusion See in context

Dang if he doesn't do anything. Dang if he does. So difficult to keep people happy nowadays.

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Posted in: Abe urges 2-week curb on big events to stem coronavirus spread See in context

Dentsu has their employees officially working from home as they found one person in the building have tested positive for the virus.

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