COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan See in context

I think South Korea, Japan and the USA should fire a couple dozen of live round missiles into the sea off north Korea to show who has the biggest stick. The only way to deal with a bully is to punch him in his belly.

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Posted in: Xi tells Trump China and U.S. must unite to fight virus See in context

I think this gesture from China is great. Trump needs to accept and together our countries can stop this coronirus.

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Posted in: Man arrested for delaying flight by saying he has coronavirus See in context

This guy deserves jail time. It's like crying out fire in a crowded theater. He should be glad that I was not sitting next to him. I am sure that our JT moderators will censor me on this post but I meant what I said and stand behind it.

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Posted in: U.S. aircraft carrier hit by virus, forcing lockdown at Yokosuka base See in context

Best advice is stay home, self isolate, practice self distance, wash your hands and wipe down anything you touched. Yet I see people at the grocery store touching the checkout register card reader with no protection. Why aren't stores wiping them down after each person uses them. This is a total lack of common sense. Hope all our military teams will stay safe.

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Posted in: Yakitori night See in context

The alley looks beautiful. The masked woman would put me off dining there.

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Posted in: Coronavirus deaths in Italy overtake China See in context


No I am not kidding. Italy has topped China's death toll. The more you interact then the more your chances of getting infected. What about social distancing to limit the airborne transfer of the virus. I am a descendant of Italians so this is not racist or targetting Italians. It's just an observation. Close your windows and doors because this is common sense.

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Posted in: Coronavirus deaths in Italy overtake China See in context

If the Italians would shut their windows and stop singing out of the windows releasing the virus into the air then maybe their infections rates would decrease.

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Posted in: 18-year-old girl jumps to her death from apartment building See in context

So sad. RIP young lady

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Posted in: New Zealand says everyone entering country must self-isolate to contain coronavirus See in context

Smart decision. As an American I wish that the US could make critical decisions similar to what the kiwi's just did.

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Posted in: 9th anniversary of triple disaster overshadowed by virus See in context

My j-wife's girlfriend's mother in law and daughter in law were washed away and never found in that disaster. What a way to go. RIP

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

Why not close colleges, universities and cram schools as well as English schools too.

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Posted in: 'United by Emotion' to be Tokyo Olympic Games motto See in context

Silly slogan. Japan has always struggled with using English to communicate thoughts, ideas and phrases. Some things get lost in translation or cannot be translated and Japanese need to seek the assistance of an educated native English speaking person for important matters like a Olympic slogan.

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Posted in: Brazilian man fatally stabbed; wife wounded outside home in Shizuoka Pref See in context

I know the kikugawa area and this news is disturbing because that area is very crime free. RIP to the father and hope the family can recover and move forward after this ordeal.

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Posted in: 6 more coronavirus infections on ship in Yokohama bring total to 70 See in context

If the ship's hvac was turned off and taped off then the spread of the virus would have been lessened. The best approach would have been to remove all passengers and crew and put them into a confined land based medical facility on inital detection of the virus and sanitize the ship.

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Posted in: WHO says prepare for local virus outbreaks; China slams U.S. control travel controls See in context

Restricting a country with a infectious virus/disease to avoid spreading it/them outside its borders is a reasonable solution. I wonder how long in time can that Chinese coronavirus survive on Chinese made goods exported.

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Posted in: Japanese police officers increasingly forgetting their guns in public restrooms See in context

No problem losing your gun, Japan is a safe country, LOL

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Posted in: 5 Japanese evacuees from Wuhan taken to hospital; 2 have pneumonia See in context

None of the persons evacuated back to Japan should have contact with any of the public and should be isolated in a quarantine facility where they can give the interviews over Skype or another method of long distance video/voice transmission. I am amazed at how stupid this media interview was allowed to be conducted.

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Posted in: 3 Japanese returnees from Wuhan test positive for new coronavirus See in context

The bus driver and tour guide came in contact with 22 people? No that is wrong, the number of contacts is exponential and is more like in the thousands of people who shared the same air and or touched door knobs, silverware, plates etc. You better stock up on dry food goods and stay home until this situation levels off.

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Posted in: Pausing for a pose See in context

It looks like there is no one around so why not take off the mask and smile for the camera? I understand the fear from germs and viruses but this looks silly at least to a foreigner lost in translation in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan confirms 1st domestic case of coronavirus infection See in context

If some factory worker in China with this virus coughs on products and if the virus can live for a while on the surface of those Chinese made products then the whole world is in danger since almost everything you buy today is from China.

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Posted in: Ex-captive Japanese journalist sues gov't over passport denial See in context

This person has cost the Japanese government a lot of money. Perhaps he should apply for citizenship in another country which will support his journalistic adventures.

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Posted in: 2 SDF planes leave for Middle East on intel-gathering mission See in context

Waste of tax payers money and to what end. Even surveillance of that area is not going to do squat. Instead of paying for middle eastern oil, why does Japan not buy oil from the USA, we have plenty to sell.

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Posted in: Lebanon issues travel ban for Ghosn See in context

What can Lebanon do better than Japan did to stop this multi-gazillion-aire from disappearing to another safe haven? Money talks, BS walks.

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Posted in: Japanese woman turns 117, extending record as world's oldest person See in context

Congratulations Tanaka san. Personally dont want to squeeze out all those unproductive years and go through the end of life stuff.

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Posted in: Empress Emerita Michiko losing weight, vomiting since September See in context

Sorry to read this sad story. Could be bleeding in her gastrointestinal tract caused by contradictions from a blood thinner and other medicines interacting together. Hopefully the cancer did not spread to adjacent organs and this is a symptom. My best wishes and hope she is pain free.

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Posted in: Pope wants to officialize immorality of nuclear arms possession See in context

I agree that nuclear power is dangerous when it fails to be contained but what about the pedophiles that contaminate the Catholic clergy that go unchecked and unpunished by the law and only get moved to a new diocese and repeat the crimes.

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Posted in: Japan grapples with serving Fukushima food at 2020 Olympics See in context

Japan should not push the Fukushima food on the Olympic teams and attendees. Bad PR for Japan and Fukushima unless they can have outside (foreign as well) inspectors to measure radiation and publish their findings. Why not sell it to North Koreans or put it on boats and let the tide carry it to the DPRK and send the bill to Tepco.

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Posted in: Shibuya abuzz with costumes on weekend before Halloween See in context

Meow :)

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Posted in: Yamanashi police end 16-day search for missing 7-year-old girl See in context

Sad news, my heart goes out to the parents, family and friends of Misaki

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Posted in: Pocket Babel: How translation tech and devices are changing business See in context

I bought a muama enence made in China. The advertising did not mention that it must pair via bluetooth to your cell phone which uses up your plan's minutes. It paired once with my cell then it never would pair again despite rebooting my cell and the translator numerous times. Return address is in Lithuania??? Costing me US$26.

I like Google translator but a stand alone device that does not require internet access to operate when translating would be the best choice.

I find though that sentences should be simple and direct for the best translation.

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