HBJ comments

Posted in: Go To travel campaign comes under fire See in context

It’s irresponsible beyond words.

Just keep in mind that this idea was launched a handful of days before Tokyo has just returned to a ‘Level 4 alert’. There was no clearly no consideration of the current situation, or the fact that it could get worse.

There is very little future planning going on. Right now, national and local government, as well as all businesses, need to be making contingency plans for whats going to happen should the virus situation continue for the next 12-18 months. The first parts of those contingency plans need to be put into practice now.

What is not needed is initiatives promoting national tourism. That, as someone has already said, is insane.

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Posted in: Tokyo to look into theater infections after 30 cases reported See in context

When are the people in charge going to realise that this virus isn't just going to go away.

Reopening theatres, gyms, bars, and other places where people frequent en masse 'slowly' is only going to mean the virus starts spreading again 'slowly'. Sure that's better than it spreading quickly, but as there is no vaccine, and no definite timeline for when a vaccine might be ready, the best thing we can do is act in ways to minimize the virus from spreading at all.

That doesn't include frequenting theatres, gyms, and bars etc. These are not necessary in our lives. We can watch movies at home. We can exercise in the park or on the streets. We can buy alcohol in shops and drink at home. These businesses also need to find ways to adapt. Can theatres record and stream their productions? Can gyms operate some classes in local parks? Can bars and restaurants provide delivery or take-out services? These times call for more creative thinking and cooperation from everyone.

It's not the same, I get it, but are we that stubbornly self-centered that we can't stop doing non essential things in order to protect the health of other people?

This virus isn't going to go away until there is a vaccine. There is a high chance it will even get worse in the autumn and winter when flu season starts. It may even continue for 12-18 months more. We should be preparing for these possibilities NOW, not trying to reinforce to people it's OK to slowly go back to business as usual. It isn't.

The national government and local authorities should be putting steps in place right now surrounding business operations, social distancing policies, plans for public transport operation etc. as well as stocking up on PPE, and making sure hospitals and all emergency workers are ready for a potentially stronger second wave.

We all need to be adjusting to these new steps now, so that IF it does indeed get worse in the autumn/winter, or does continue for the next 12-18 months, we are ready, prepared, and adapted to a new way of working and living.

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Posted in: Man arrested after slapping face of 8-year-old boy See in context

It's no excuse, but it's highly likely that this guy experienced similar abuse in a sports club when he was a child. He probably went through an education system that doled out hazing and other physical punishments, and as a result has grown up thinking these are suitable forms of discipline.

It's similar to the way many managers and superiors in business rule with an authoritarian fist - again resorting to the old school methods they experienced previously.

As I said, it's no excuse, but it's an explanation as to why these practices still happen.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

For starters, the way mask usage is being enforced means that it really doesn't matter if you are healthy or not. 

Yes - that is the whole point!

Some people think they are healthy, but actually they are asymptomatic, and can pass the virus on to another person. This person might not be as lucky to stay asymptomatic and actually develop the more severe symptoms.

I think you would agree that wearing a mask absolutely reduces the amount of droplets in the air that someone ingests. It's not a 100% effective barrier, but it reduces it somewhat. We know that the virus is mainly transmitted via droplets in the air (people speaking, coughing, sneezing etc.). Therefore can you not see the inherent benefit of wearing a mask?

If you never wear a mask, and you haven't contracted the virus, that doesn't prove that masks are useless. It just means you have so far been lucky in avoiding the virus. Maybe the next person you walk past...

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

If I was in the USA, mask wearing would make a lot of sense. Not so much here in Japan, even Tokyo.

I've seen some twisted logic in my time, but this really takes the manju.

Your logic is - In the USA the infection rate is really high, and not many people are wearing masks, therefore wearing a mask would make sense to protect you from the many infected people. In Japan, where many people are wearing masks every day, the infection rate is low, therefore you don't need to wear a mask.

Could it be that the rate in Japan is low partly (not completely) due to people wearing masks and protecting each other from transmission? In which case, shouldn't you join in with the good practice and help keep the infection rate low? If you don't think that wearing a mask makes any difference at all in Japan, then why would it have any benefit in the USA?

Your logic is like saying: In the USA everyone puts their hands in fire and gets burned hands. In Japan nobody puts their hands in the fire so they don't get burned. Conclusion: It's safe to put your hand in fire in Japan.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

@Luis David Yanez - If someone is, or thinks there's a chance they might be, HIV+, is it their human right not to mention it to a partner, and not to wear any protection? Don't they have a moral responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of the other person? If not, why not?

Covid-19 is exactly the same. There's no law (yet) saying that you must wear a mask, but as anyone can be asymptomatic and pass the virus onto another person, surely it's everyone's moral responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of each other.

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Posted in: In Mount Rushmore speech, Trump says protesters seek to 'defame' heroes See in context

Trump insists he's a germaphobe - yet won't wear a mask.

That just about sums him up. He's pure BS.

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Posted in: I was moved by your unflinching determination. Thanks to the tireless advocacy of you and your husband, the North Korea abduction issue remains a primary focus for Japan and the United States. We join you...in continuing this important work to finally bring Megumi home. See in context


Why do you think he personally deserves credit for this? Do you think they are his words? Do you think he has any idea who Megumi is? Do you think he has any basic understanding of this issue at all?

I can credit the Office of the President for formulating and sending the letter. But because it’s written in the first person, and it’s clear beyond doubt that Trump didn’t write it, or even dictate it, then it loses its sincerity. If he was even just sometimes empathetic, or calm and considered, then they could maybe get away with such a letter.

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Posted in: As coronavirus cases in Tokyo surge, gov't gives expert advisory panel a makeover See in context

Instead a new panel comprising a Nobel-prize winning geneticist, an artificial intelligence expert and a cardiologist will advise the government, as Japan seeks to revitalize its recession-hit economy.

Its not so much what these people’s job titles are, more where their allegiances lie.

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Posted in: Man abandons mother’s body in apartment; tries to get money from her bank account See in context

The sheer number of people who don't report the death of a family member in order to continue receiving pension payments, or continue using bank account funds, would suggest there is a particular problem within society.

What specifically connects the people who do this? Is it a mental illness thing? Are these people all earning significantly below the breadline incomes? Are these people all reliant on financial support from their family? Are these people all affected by some kind of learning disorder? Did all these people feel some specific ill will towards the family member?

I can understand falling out or losing touch with a family member, or even drifting apart - meaning the death of a close family member doesn't have as big an impact on someone. But it's something else entirely to know of someone's death and not report it, or roll them up in carpet and put them in a closet, or wrap them in a futon and lock them in a bedroom - and then continue on with your life, and milk their bank account.

There's something specifically wrong there, and I never hear any social commentary surrounding this behaviour.

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Posted in: Shooting star seems to have exploded above Tokyo See in context

Goodness gracious... great balls of fire!

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Posted in: People are at home, so even managers are more relaxed and therefore more likely to tread on their staff's privacy. In a one-to-one online meeting, there's no one else to see what's going on, making it particularly easy for remote harassment to take place. See in context

Another week, another new form of harassment.

Why can't everyone just get on with each other in a nice, friendly, grown up manner?

Why does every conceivable situation need some kind of authoritarian approach to bully people?

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Posted in: Rolling Stones warn Trump of legal action over song use See in context

'Lump' - The Presidents of the United States of America.

And 'Lump' can be replaced with 'Trump' in the song to great effect!

Lump sat alone in a boggy marsh

Totally emotionless except for her (his) heart...

Lump lingered last in line for brains

And the one she (he) got was sorta rotten and insane...

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Posted in: Man pursues diplomatic approach in campaign to open minds to disabled See in context

Good on him. The world needs more people like this.

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Posted in: Online recruitment gives students insufficient info on firms: survey See in context

"...Companies should provide orientation that will enable them to better understand what their companies and jobs are like," the human resource management professor said.

Can you imagine if companies provided open and honest orientations about what their jobs were actually like?

"This is Sato san. Many moons ago he was once an enthusiastic fresh-faced newbie, but he's a bit haggard and struggling for motivation now. I say 'many moons ago', he joined us 4 years ago. This is Hara san. That's his nickname because he's the lead harasser. This is the clocking in and out machine. You must clock in at 8:00 prompt, otherwise you'll be penalized some salary. Please clock out at 6:00 regardless of whether you've actually finished or not. You'll probably be going back to your desk for a couple more hours. This Saturday you will be taking part in 'Happy Work Gaman Day'. Please come to the office as usual and enjoy an extra day of paperwork. Sunday is the monthly 'Weeding the Parking Lot Day'. Suit and tie as usual please, but you may remove your jacket if the temperature is over 30C. Sorry... when will you be using the practical skills you learned at university? Sato san is taking the company test to graduate to regular employee with minimum responsibilities next April, so if everything goes well for you, you should start putting your up-to-date modern skills into practice in about 5 years from now. Any questions so far?"

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Posted in: Universal Studios Japan to delay Nintendo-themed area opening See in context

"Super Nintendo World" had been due to open by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

I can't believe they are only trying to do this now. Surely a 'Super Nintendo World' has the potential to be one of the biggest tourist attractions in Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese university awards first-ever ninja studies degree See in context

About three students enrol every year. I think there's demand

A hair salon that opens on the same street as 10 others gets more demand than that.

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Posted in: Record no. of worker compensation claims filed due to mental illness See in context

The last time I had a closed door argument with my boss, I end up getting a Golden Retriever puppy from his wife.

@Mark - Was it a little female dog by any chance, because they might have been trying to send you a message about your behaviour!

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

I am Japanese. If I meet some Japanese, they normally ask me where I am from.

I don't like the questions. But I understand their effort to start conversations associated with me.

@Testuya - That sounds fine...

...but imagine if every time you meet a fellow Japanese person they just presume you aren't Japanese, and every time you have to perform the same Q&A role play to prove that you actually are. Can you imagine how infuriating that might be?

There are many seemingly insignificant situations where issues occur. Imagine going to the supermarket to buy a bento, and being given a spoon instead of chopsticks just because its presumed you aren't Japanese. My Japanese nephew (half British) gets this all the time. They don't ask him if he wants a spoon instead of chopsticks, they don't speak to him at all because they presume he's a gaijin.

Imagine as a Japanese person having to constantly reinforce to people that yes, you can use chopsticks, yes you can eat rice, yes you actually can speak Japanese. Yes, I AM Japanese - just treat me normally please.

Imagine having to do this in your own country! Not overseas as a half Japanese person - actually in Japan!

Sure, it doesn't happen to everyone all the time, but it drives my 19 year old nephew crazy. He has lived all his life here, but half of the time (pun intended) he says he feels like an outcast. He has his coping mechanisms, he lives with it, he knows he benefits from his 'dual ethnicity' too - but most of the time in his day-to-day life he just wants to be accepted as being Japanese.

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

@Ricky Kaminski13 - Where are you from?

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Posted in: Record no. of worker compensation claims filed due to mental illness See in context

These figures prove that mental illness is still massively under acknowledged and mistreated in Japan. Trying to fit a stress related illness to a bureaucratic guideline of having worked x hours of overtime during the preceding x number of weeks is not taking the issue seriously, it’s another case of trying to keep the numbers low.

The exact same approach was used with regards ‘qualifying’ for a PCR test - you must have had a fever for 3 days straight regardless of all your other Corona-like symptoms. If you didn’t have a fever for 3 days straight then you didn’t have the virus (even though it’s common knowledge people can be asymptomatic).

Japan can be such a cold hearted place sometimes.

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Posted in: The aid hasn't really gotten to the people who needed it most, when they needed it most. See in context

Has it ever?

We said the same after Fukushima.

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Posted in: Japan to disband panel of coronavirus experts after criticism See in context

I don't remember accurately. There could have been such remark.

This is such a cowardly statement.

As leader of the panel of experts, it’s literally his job to know what all the accurate information is and communicate as such.

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Posted in: Fans rush to see panda cub as Tokyo's Ueno zoo reopens after 4-month closure See in context

How does shortening the opening hours to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. lessen the risk of infection?

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Posted in: Kimono maker creates face mask for hostesses See in context

Absolutely useless

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Posted in: Arrested ex-justice minister admits cash handouts, denies vote buying See in context

"Yes I did break into the bank vault and remove all the money - but I had no intention of keeping it"

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Posted in: AP changes writing style to capitalize 'b' in Black See in context

How long until President Troll tweets something capitalizing the 'W' in white?

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Posted in: Glove at first sight: The Japanese man obsessed with lost gloves See in context

"There are people who cannot simply pass by somebody's tiny misfortune or tragedy, they cannot help picking it up," Ishii said. "Even in Tokyo, even in this mega-city, we still have lots of such small acts of kindness."

He can understand 'small acts of kindness' yet doesn't see the need to do so himself.

I don't understand why he doesn't have a simple website (or Instagram account) where he uploads each photo and the location. That way, if he doesn't want to pick them up, then he's still trying to reunite lost items with owner.

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Posted in: Trump signs order on police reform, but doesn't mention racism See in context

Every single thing Trump does is for his own personal benefit.

That is not hyperbole - Every. Single. Thing.

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