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Posted in: Top Japanese skateboarders took part in 'underage drinking' See in context

WeiWei 08:46 am JST

It is not enough to obey local laws when you are temporarily travelling, you also need to obey the laws of your country of residence. In other words, you cannot travel to another country to perform a crime (not a crime in the destination) and get a free pass. This applies to most western countries in the world as well.

You are making up stuff. This is pointedly untrue.

If my kid’s 18, and we go to Australia and he has a beer with me - completely legal as Australia’s laws are the only ones that matter within Australia.

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Posted in: Australia, Nigeria into Women's World Cup last 16 but Canada dumped out See in context

Gotta smile at attempted gate-keeping with team kit colors.

Real "get off my lawn" energy.

The Matildas kit looked amazing. Love it. Love that they got through (and Nadeshiko, too!).

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Posted in: Japanese high school kids average 12% correct answers in English oral test See in context

Until the focal point becomes using English as a communicative device, rather than focusing on the grammar/spelling/100%-accuracy elements - they'll continue to be not able to answer simple questions.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists react to mask-wearing in Japan, and Japanese people react to foreign non-maskers See in context


Japanese society does so much right but when it comes to fear-based knee jerk reactions, like we've been seeing with covid, society can easily tend toward mass hysteria.

I've seen zero of what could be described as "mass hysteria". Hyperbole to push your own belief?

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Posted in: Japan to ask foreign tourists to wear masks, take out COVID insurance See in context

The amount of tantrums/dummy spits over it being suggested "wear a mask"... boggling.

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Posted in: Kishida says foreign tourists should follow Japan face mask rules See in context

Elvis is here

I bumped into a few Japanese yesterday not following the rules. I know of at least one elderly Japanese man who has never consistently followed the rules since PanStart 19.

Some serious dark racist undertones there.

Every nation has expectations placed upon international visitors these days, and rightly so, given the world we now live in.

Are they all possessing "some serious dark racist undertones", or - perhaps - this is just angst for the sake of angst?

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Posted in: WHO staff accuse Japanese director of racist, abusive behavior See in context

Anybody who's worked in Japan has been subject to his ilk.

Unfortunately, I've also come across foreigners who adopt this "management style" as well.

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Posted in: Is it better to wear an N95 or cloth mask? See in context

Raw Beer

Different diseases and different "vaccines".

Always blows my mind when someone believes that the MSM and regulators represent "science". Or perhaps you're an expert of the "accumulation of literally centuries of science."

Well, you weren't specific - you just used a plural form. Generally, when you say "vaccines" it means "more than one".

Not at all. I'm not the one here declaring science to be a fraud.

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Posted in: Is it better to wear an N95 or cloth mask? See in context

Raw Beer

Yes! That is how we maintain a properly functioning immune system, with regular exposures to diverse antigens. There is something very unhealthy with trying to keep one's environment as sterile as possible while relying on "vaccines" to protect us, injecting antigens (or even worse, their genes) directly into our bodies.

Interesting perspective. So... you'd have polio, tetanus, hep A/B, rubella, HIB, measles, whooping cough, rotavirus, chickenpox, and diphtheria just run rampant, huh?

Always blows my mind, when someone basically declares that they know more than the accumulation of literally centuries of science.

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Posted in: Why are so many vaccinated people getting COVID-19 lately? See in context


Well, because it is what we were told by scientists, media and politicians.

Well… that’s not true. At least on the “scientists” front.

Vaccines don’t do that.

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Posted in: Mother to sue 'Terrace House' TV network, producer over daughter's suicide See in context


You just can't change human nature by taking away freedom.

I think you’re mistaking what “freedom” means. It does NOT mean an absence of responsibility for your own actions.

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Posted in: Japan to simplify immigration procedures for wealthy travelers See in context


Yes, Japan needs to simplify immigration procedures. But - this ain't it.

Major faux pas.

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Posted in: Tokyo to recognize same-sex partnership: Koike See in context

A step in the right direction. It really shouldn't bother anyone, as it does not impact you one iota.

Still... looking at the +/- voting here (who cares, really), bigots gonna bigot.

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Posted in: Surveys suggest over 80% of Japanese people likely to continue with masks after COVID-19 subsides See in context

The first mistake is believing this is going away.

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Posted in: Now that the Paralympics have ended, are you glad that Japan went ahead and hosted them and the Olympics? See in context


Some of you are so pessimistic....it’s really terrible that you all live in perpetual fear of...well it seems like everything.


That's hardly true. But the Coronavirus? There's value in being afraid of things that can kill you, especially things that can do so, unseen. That would encourage you to take appropriate action to protect yourself against the virus - vaccinations, masking, et al.

You might be okay with the govt taking a roll of the dice with your life. I'm not so cavalier.

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Posted in: In many countries, including Japan, local and state governments are offering cash, gift coupons and other incentives to encourage people who are reluctant to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to do so? Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

Raw Beer

Why did Fauci say the vaccinated still need to wear a mask? Because the vaccinated still spread it. A vaccinated person infected with Delta is just as likely to spread it as an unvaccinated person. The vaccine will not give us herd immunity, especially if you consider the animal reservoirs. Will we also vaccinate all minks and other infectable animals?

Oof. Not sure you understand how the vaccine works. As has been pointed out several times, vaccinated people are less likely to transmit it, but it's not 100%. Masks help lift that to a higher number than simply vaccinated. And the higher the vaccination number, yes: eventually herd immunity is achieved.

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Posted in: Kono announces bid to become next prime minister See in context


Kono's struggled hard dealing with the CV19, why are we expected to suddenly believe he's the choice for PM?

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Posted in: In many countries, including Japan, local and state governments are offering cash, gift coupons and other incentives to encourage people who are reluctant to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to do so? Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

Raw Beer

Oh, those people are taking the vax without any bribes...

I took it, no bribe necessary... but I'm FINE with bribing the idiot contingent if it makes them get vaccinated.

The reward is not a donut. It's herd immunity, and the possibility of returning to at least a semblance of normal life.

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Posted in: In many countries, including Japan, local and state governments are offering cash, gift coupons and other incentives to encourage people who are reluctant to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to do so? Do you think this is a good idea? See in context


People should make the choice to get vaccinated on whether they believe their bodies can tolerate the vaccine.

A lot of the "my choice" people don't appear to understand the concept of herd immunity, and are relying on the better choices made by everyone else to reach that point. We all have a role to play in reaching it.

Maybe they should consult with their doctor. A few hours on google doesn't make someone informed enough to assess the "dangers" of vaccination. Speak to your doctor.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's population has received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine See in context


If half the population is vaccinated then why are all of the bars closed.

Half the population ISN'T vaccinated. They've had ONE shot.

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Posted in: Greek artistic swimmers isolated over virus cluster at athletes' village See in context



How on earth does one catch the virus in a bubble that is impossible to leave unless….there are holes in the bubble..!

It's not a bubble. It never was. People who work/volunteer at the Olympics come and go, mixing with normal society. Media members have been visiting local tourist spots. They've only limited the athletes/officials.

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Posted in: Australian Olympic athletes under fire for rowdy, drunken flight home See in context


Well to be fair, they are going home to a Draconian state. One last hurrah?

Making light of a nation approaching the pandemic in a responsible way, AND the behavior these idiots showed on a plane?

Major oof.

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Posted in: Emperor tells Bach holding Olympics amid pandemic 'not easy' See in context

Michael O’ Dereiter

That would assume Bach has the capacity to conceive that he could ever be wrong about something. I suspect that this capacity is highly limited in him, if it is present at all.

Bach is absolutely no dummy. He just does not give AF.

As long as those $$$ keep rolling in.

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Posted in: More than 18 months into the coronavirus pandemic, whether or not to wear a face mask is still a highly charged source of debate, confusion and anger around the world. Why do you think this is? See in context


It's about being told what and when to do things, civil liberty is a precious thing to loose.


And no: here in Japan there's nobody mandating masks, they're just worn because people are putting the community first, over their own (lol) "civil liberty".

And honestly? If wearing a mask is an affront to civil liberty, you have some deeper seated issues to deal with.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic beds are sturdy, organizers says after 'anti-sex' report See in context


But are they sturdy enough for a little slap and tickle on them though ? A British athlete put up a vid of himself jumping on the bed testing it out.

Yeah... they mentioned that in the article?


Plus, all the bedding & beds will have to be burned and the real estate will be empty for years if there’s a major outbreak in the Olympic Village.

Really hope that was tongue-in-cheek...

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Posted in: Pressure of hosting Tokyo Olympics during pandemic beginning to show See in context

"...noting that daily shots have likely reached 1.2 million or more."

You'd think that as vaccinations minister, Taro Kono might have a better grip on something closer to an actual number rather than "maybe this one, maybe more".

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Posted in: Richardson will miss Olympic 100 after marijuana test See in context


The Canadians are shaking their head at the stupidity of these rules.

Not if they live in Japan, they're not.

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Posted in: Richardson will miss Olympic 100 after marijuana test See in context

Susan Elizabeth-Marsh Tanabe

Absurd. Although cannabis is NOT my relaxation of choice, it is harmless for nearly all who use it. Far less damaging than alcohol. Do they test for beer? For wine?

Are beer/wine banned substances by the IOC, and are they illegal substances in Japan,?

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Posted in: What's your situation concerning vaccination against the coronavirus? See in context

Rather interesting, those that are decrying the vaccine seem to be a lot of the same names that were decrying the US election results. /shrug

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka won't be required to talk to press at Tokyo Olympics See in context


Poor baby! I bet if WOWOW offers her additional money for an interview her insecurity and fears will suddenly dry up.

You do realise there's a very big difference for someone with anxiety between the after match presser, and an interview with a single group, who also has your best interests at heart... ?

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