Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: I want the government to seriously consider legal measures, including lockdown-like restrictions on movements. See in context

Today 08:01 am JST

"Can't do that. Remember the constitution?"

That's why they want to change the constitution, to do whatever they like. (Although they generally ignore it even now).

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Posted in: Japan concerned over S Korea's Olympic food site See in context

I have read that the South Koreans always provide their own catering, as I am sure the Japanese teams do when they are abroad. If anyone is making this a political issue it is Japan, not Korea.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Whereas in the past I always thought that the Japanese were very good when it came to wearing masks, I took the dog for a walk in a local park this morning and less than ten percent (I gave up counting after a while so I cannot give an exact figure) of the people who passed close by me were not wearing masks or were not covering their nose with them.

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Posted in: Video of Israeli athletes breaking cardboard village bed goes viral See in context

They should make Ben Wanger sleep in that bed for the remainder of his stay, see if he still thinks it funny.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman as she slept in her apartment See in context

A lot of Japanese people I know don't lock their doors. When we bought our house, the previous owner did not even know where the key for the front door was, we found it later, hanging on a hook.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers push corporate sponsors to shun Beijing Olympics See in context

@quercetum

As the US was founded on genocide and slavery, it is not in a position to criticize.

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Posted in: Flag bearer See in context

That's called an obi, not a kimono

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Posted in: Jill Biden to have busy 3 days in Tokyo See in context

When is she going to fit in her 14 day quarantine?

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Posted in: Do you think there should be permanent host cities for both the summer and winter Olympics? See in context

As long as one of them isn’t Japan

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Posted in: U.S. lets Iran use frozen funds to pay back Japan, S Korea See in context

Hamas was democratically elected to govern Gaza and the West Bank. If they are terrorists, then so are any other government that is involved in conflict. In fact international law recognizes the fundamental rights to self-​determination, freedom and independence for occupied territories, so Hamas has more right to fight than, say, the U.S. or Israel.

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Posted in: Why Japan took the word 'mansion' and applied it to condominiums See in context

As soldier2 says, the term mansion is used for better quality apartments in the UK and the Japanese merely adopted the term.

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Posted in: Taliban say they now control 85% of Afghanistan's territory See in context

When was Afghanistan ever the center of Islamic terrorism?

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Posted in: 78-year-old man who drove wrong way on expressway, causing fatal crash, sent to prosecutors See in context

If you live in a rural area in Japan, you have no choice but to drive, and if you are a farmer, you have no choice but to live in a rural area. Furthermore, old houses have no resale value in Japan so people cannot move, even if they wanted to.

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Posted in: Serbian Olympic athlete tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

@It is not that the common people are stupid, we have no choice1

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Posted in: Japan arranging to end full operation of state-run vaccination sites in August See in context

The JSDF employs 247,150 people so I would have thought they had enough to deal with any 'potential' disasters that may, perhaps, occur after August in addition to the worldwide disaster that we are experiencing right now.

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Posted in: Stop politicizing origin tracing of COVID-19 See in context

Words of wisdom (for a change)

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Posted in: Top court says laws requiring married couples to have same surname constitutional See in context

Back when I married, a Japanese woman was not allowed to change her name when marrying a foreigner.

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Posted in: The handshake after COVID – good riddance, or welcome back? See in context

Anything but that stupid elbow-bump thing!!

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Posted in: It pains me, and there is no link between our Indian employees and the variant strain. See in context

I have noticed that unlike the rest of the world, Japan still refers to the Delta variant of Covid-19 as the Indian variant.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't backs 4-day workweek, but experts split See in context

When they changed from a 6-day week to a 5-day week, government offices and banks closed on Saturdays and before you knew it, the rest of the country had followed suit. I see no reason why the same method should not work again.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't backs 4-day workweek, but experts split See in context

When I came to Japan people worked a 6-day week and foreigners didn’t believe a 5-day week would ever become the norm. Well, they were wrong then and will probably be proved wrong again.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of Osaka karaoke parlor owner See in context

@igfklin

Actually, I think that they prosecute more than 8% of murder cases in the UK.

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Posted in: Friends are saying 'I do' – but might not understand the legal risks of their platonic marriages See in context

Why does this article appear on a Japanese news site? The situation in this country is completely different. According to a survey carried out by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, more than fifty percent of Japanese married couples said they had no sex at all.

https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h00569/more-than-friends-but-not-quite-lovers-japanese-marriage-trends.html

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Posted in: 'With masters defeated, the slaves can't fight': Taliban eye victory after U.S. exit See in context

@ ulysses

It was Carter who started the cycle of war by deciding to arm the Pashtuns and overthrow the democratically elected government in order to draw the USSR into 'their own Vietnam', not Reagan.

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Posted in: Suga says he won support from all G7 leaders for Olympics See in context

Now he just has to win the support of the Japanese people (who he is supposed to represent)

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Posted in: Jails emptied in the pandemic. Should they stay that way? See in context

America needs its slave labor so it cannot afford to reduce the prison population. It's a multi-billion-dollar industry with incarcerated people doing everything from building office furniture and making military equipment to staffing call centers and doing 3D modeling.

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Posted in: Members of media from abroad covering Olympics to be tracked by GPS See in context

What about the members of the IOC

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Posted in: Japan launches study to verify COVID vaccines' effects on citizens See in context

@funkymofo

The fact is that drugs can effect different races in different ways. Entero-Vioform was commonly taken in the West for the prevention of traveler's diarrhea, but in Japan as many as 30,000 people who took it suffered the brain and eye damage. The government banned the drug and the problem (called SMON for subacute myelo‐optic neuropathy) immediately disappeared.

That explains why the Japanese like to test things themselves, rather than rely on results from overseas that are not always applicable.

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Posted in: Grand Slam leaders pledge to address Naomi Osaka's concerns See in context

@Stickman1760

Perhaps she just enjoys playing tennis but hates speaking in public.

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Posted in: U.S. calls on NATO to deepen ties with Japan See in context

What does a North Atlantic Alliance have to do with China or Japan? Haven't these people ever looked at a map?

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