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Posted in: Japan considers COVID-19 vaccination certificates for those traveling overseas See in context

Didn’t know gov offices work on Saturday and Sunday. Have the inoculation centers open 7 days a week. Then no problem with taking off work. That want this fixed, everyone will have to make some sacrifices. And I’m pretty sure what will come of it is that international airlines will require a vax doc to buy a ticket.

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

Those that that blast this man I assume hate cats. It did say he has a vet come out periodically so maybe the vet is helping fix the cats. Regardless the man has a heart for animals that shows a lot. I’m sure if a local paper in Tokyo would pick this story up he would have financial help from people who believes his cause. God bless him.

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Posted in: Fans from abroad unlikely for postponed Tokyo Olympics See in context

Japan can only blame itself. With the US planning on having enough vaccinated by May, the US is expecting herd immunity by summer. If japan world of followed the lead of all major industrialized nations and ordered vaccines back in the fall, japan could of been nearly finished with its populace. Can’t even make a decision without sucking wind through their teeth and have ungodly amount of meetings. Japan better catch up or they will become a 2nd tier country.

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Posted in: Biden says decision on Tokyo Olympics has to be based on science See in context

CDC in the states(which is science) says it’s ok to open the schools. But teachers union gives China joe a lot of money and now goes against his BS slogan “wait on science.” I wouldn’t hold your breath for him to renig on this statement. He’s not in charge.

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Posted in: Mori apologizes for sexist remarks, but refuses to resign See in context

Is not true? Enough of political correctness. It might of been some what insensitive, but not a crime that would require to step down.

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Posted in: Lower house OKs bills to introduce fines for those who don't comply with anti-virus measures See in context

It’s ok to be ok a crowded train, plane or bus but not in a bar or restaurant? If you want to get serious, close the whole country for 10 days. No travel no nothing. Give them 1 week notice to stock up on ramen and instant curry and toilet paper and lock em down. No planes moving, no incoming or outgoing travel. Piss everyone off than just a percentage of the populace.

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Posted in: Florida offers to host Olympics if Tokyo backs out: state official See in context

Well Biden in his all mighty wisdom, wants to have 150,000,000 immunized in the next 3-4 months. Problem is, there are over 300 million and about a quarter of them don’t want anything to do with a shot. It would Benefit the world to either move to next year or cancel all together. Sh#% happens.

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Posted in: AstraZeneca to produce 90 million COVID-19 vaccine shots in Japan See in context

Oxford has been working on COVID vaccines long before the Chinese flu started. They were ahead of the curve long before any of the other companies even started.

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court upholds ban on dual citizenship See in context

its All about taxes and retirement money. Every country wants their due. With duel with US, you get a foreign earned income up to a certain amount. Japanese do not when working abroad. Plus taxes are higher in japan. But within a year the US will raise taxes again to be more online with japan. Thanks Biden

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Posted in: Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19 See in context

Unless your over 60 or have conditions that would be aggravated by catching the virus, if you get sick, just stay home and stay away from people. Not everyone who catches it needs to be admitted to the hospital. If your under 40 and in good health, you’ll get over it. It’s not a death sentence.

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Posted in: Koike says vaccines give hope for Olympics but worried about complaceny over virus See in context

Good thing the hardest hit countries are also the prime developers of the vaccines and so were first in line for the initial supplies

the US and Britain have bought and have had millions of doses on standby for when approval was given. They spend billions of dollars on 2-3 companies who made the vaccine to mass produce their product. A gamble, but now approval has been given, the vaccine is enough for half the country.

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Posted in: 89-year-old ex-top bureaucrat pleads not guilty over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

Take responsibility. Your old. It will happen to us all. Hopefully no accident will happen to you.

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

Very good point. This is the Olympics, not a american track meet. Unless you are gonna protest every misdeed in every country, don’t bring american dirt into the Olympics. Keep it neutral. Take medals from those that defy the Olympics rule!!

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Posted in: Pandemic derails Abe's strategy to revive regional Japan with tourism See in context

I love how everyone on here blasts the tourist industry like its rolling in money. Does anyone here actually have a business in the tourist industry? A business makes only so much money after overhead. And to expand a shop, restaurant or hotel with good cash flow is good business. Adds to the local economy. No one could of predicted something of this magnitude to halt tourism short of a war. Don’t blast business owners who are trying to get ahead because you are a cheesy schoolteacher or salaryman who plays it safe. Takes balls to start your own business. Sort of like playing in the stock market. It’s a gamble. When people make money you blast them. When they lose, you blame them for being greedy. You want cheap, fly to Thailand or Vietnam. Lots of taxes go into having a business as well as time. Unless you’ve ever been a business owner, it’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week regardless if you are at the store. Many of us sometimes envy salary men who get weekends off and holidays. But being a owner gives you a mental freedom. You choose your destiny. But this pandemic wasn’t in the cards.

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Posted in: Pfizer, BioNTech to supply 120 mil doses of experimental coronavirus vaccine to Japan See in context

What if it doesn’t work?

it works. Stage 1 and 2 have created antibodies in the immune system as well as created more T cells. Check our YouTube study with Oxford university. Just waiting on FDA approval which will go fast.

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Posted in: Okinawan taxi driver infected amid virus outbreaks at U.S. bases See in context

Here is the culprit on Okinawa who spreader this.


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Posted in: Traffic law to punish tailgating to go into effect Tuesday See in context

I think trucks using right lane is something new especially in residential areas where a lot of vehicles are turning left from left lane. Used to be they would stay in left lane, now I see more and more trucks in right lane so they don’t have to stop frequently when cars turn left or other cars merge into traffic.

back in the 80’s, rarely saw anyone use horn. Now too many are not patient and lay on the horn. Drives me crazy. Don’t sleep late and get on the road 10-15 min more earlier. Then you won’t have to speed to get to work.

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

You are comparing oranges and apples. Don’t try to place your silly western laws here with lawsuits etc. most wouldn’t be able to afford it. 98% of country is Japanese. 2% other. We are in the minority and nothing we can do will change that. If it bothers you that much, move to America or another melting pot. Don’t try to change a country because it bothers you, leave! Same as in the states, Australia, Canada, China etc.

I am white, have grown children and grandchildren here and have adapted to society for over 20 years. Of course there are things that I’m not fond of, but I chose to live here and will adhere to their laws and rules. Small price to pay for a peaceful country and minimal crime for my family.

good article to read, but just something to pass the time.

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Posted in: Gov't urges citizens to install virus-tracking app See in context

Unless japan mandates those who tested positive to register, like China did, it’s utterly useless. Might as well have the infected hang a sign around their neck saying “Positive!”

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Posted in: Tokyo to ask nightlife workers to take coronavirus tests See in context

Those club owners have no recourse but to stay open. The government will not give Night entertainment Owners a payout for staying closed. Bars and snacks are not on the authorized list.

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Posted in: Japan starts issuing cash benefits to virus-hit small firms See in context

Basically people, if you have tax filings for last year, January through May and can show or have your tax accountant show that you’ve had a BUSINESS loss from the same months a year ago, you can receive funding. If no paper trail, either GK, KK or home business, you will not be able to receive funds. Gotta back up with paper what you perceive as a loss regardless if it’s corona related or not.

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Posted in: Broadway, doors closed and stages empty, faces an uncertain future See in context

So sad.. music has always taken a back seat in schools, now pro musicians can’t work.

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Posted in: Gov't to set guidelines on economic restart on Monday See in context

Too early, way too early.

The virus doesn't care which prefectures start again and which don't.

Keep everything (at least) the way it is for now until you can see a much improved down-trend!

Everything else will only cause new closures in 2 to 3 weeks time.

not Okinawa. As long as they keep people from mainland coming here I don’t see why we can’t open up restrictions. We are a island so just keep the nasties up in mainland.

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Posted in: Koike calls for state of emergency to be extended nationwide See in context

Soon in a city near you as in Medieval Times, “bring out ye dead.”

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Posted in: On Japan's stretched frontline, doctors and nurses face long fight against coronavirus See in context

God help us if a chemical or biological attack ever happened in Japanese soil. I hope after this has cleared that local governments will come up with a plan to turn a gymnasium or concert facility into a mass causality center for respiratory type illnesses. Oxygen tents, breathing apparatuses etc. with proper planning, this can be accomplished. Just like the military stockpiling weapons, governments can plan for this also.

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Posted in: Osaka mayor under fire for saying women dawdle at shops See in context

He’s just not politically correct. Some times the truth hurts. majority of woman like to shop why the majority of men don’t. Yes there are will always be exceptions to the norm, but in this case he’s correct. Like or or not. Men go and buy what they want and leave. Women seem to look for sales and something other than what’s not on a list.

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Posted in: Japan reports 25 new coronavirus deaths; highest for single day See in context

State of emergency doesn’t mean squat unless they change wording in constitution. The gov cannot take away civil liberties of the masses. Cannot Force martial law and keep them off trains, out of work and at home. Everyone complaining about Abe not doing his job, who wrote the constitution? Americans. Their hand is forced and after this becomes history, japan will have think long and hard what they need to accomplish for this to never happen again. A pacifist country unwilling to tell someone NO!

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Posted in: Many go to work despite Abe's call for telework See in context

Not everyone works at a computer

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Posted in: Japanese mothers struggle to cope after virus shuts schools See in context

I really would like to know the percentage we are talking about. I understand single mothers but what about both parents working. Japan is still a country where a lot of mothers still stay home to run the household.

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Posted in: What motivates Japanese to move overseas? See in context

Funny, as an american I’ll choose hand over fist to live in japan over America. My life here is much more relaxing and better for the family. Being self employed helps but not having to worry about crime and drugs for your kids is a wonderful thing.

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