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Posted in: Japan to give face masks to 50 mil households to fight virus See in context

According to the W.H.O. website:

Cloth (e.g. cotton or gauze) masks are not recommended under any circumstances.


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Posted in: Should you wear a mask in public if you don't have the coronavirus? See in context

A lot of people won’t know that they have coronavirus and be innocently infecting others. Furthermore, the masks that ordinary people wear are not suitable for health workers anyway.

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Posted in: Ex-nurse acquitted of 2003 murder after 12 years in prison See in context

That is exactly why everyone should be against the death penalty.

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Posted in: Japan said to favor home-grown design for next-generation fighter See in context

More money down the drain.

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Posted in: Not staying in See in context

So much for the people who like to claim that the Japanese always do what they are told.

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Posted in: Gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle by 2026 See in context

Pity they do not try to rehouse people who have suffered in natural and atomic disasters quite as quickly as a fake castle where nobody lives.

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Posted in: U.S. indicts Venezuelan President Maduro on narcoterrorism charges See in context


You seem to have missed Grenada, Afghanistan and Panama, which were all illegal wars.

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Posted in: Saudi Arabia should call a truce in oil price war See in context

"Pressing on with such a tactic in the midst of the worst global health emergency since the influenza pandemic of 1918 and one of the deepest global economic downturns in a century would be supremely dangerous"

I would have thought that with a global economic downturn, cheap oil would be just what was needed. I seem to remember in the past that oil price rises caused economic downturns…oh, I forgot, the American shale oil industry will become uneconomic and we can't have that.

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Posted in: Postponing the Olympics: Here are some of the challenges See in context

@Mr. Kipling

Actually, I rather like the dressage and the horse jumping. The rest though? I couldn't be interested less.

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Posted in: Cluster suspected at Oita medical center after 2 more virus cases confirmed See in context


If you look at the picture you will see that more than a few people aren't even wearing masks.

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Posted in: Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative See in context

China does something good and people still complain.

As for China's initial missteps, the West is no better, it had plenty of time to prepare, but they did nothing. Two months ago, the so-called 'leader of the free world' stated, “We have it totally under control, it’s one person coming in from China.” Instead of patting himself on the back he should have started making preparations.

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Posted in: Nara deer leave park; head to station for food as tourist numbers tumble See in context

@ DNALeri

The deer were there first, the city sprang up around them. Also they are considered holy so there should not be a cull, as some people suggested.

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Posted in: Military might: Japan’s expanding needs open market to U.S. defense business See in context


Japan has already bought 105 F35s

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Posted in: Gov't to take bold steps to beat virus fallout: economy minister See in context

"We must take bold and unprecedented steps,"

How about trying tax cuts for a change instead of just giving more money to industry to hoard.

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Posted in: Scrapping cherry blossom parties like taking hugs away from Italians: Koike See in context


The WHO 2015 guidelines on naming new diseases states that: 'new disease names should not include geographic locations; the names of people, occupations, animals, or food; or “terms that incite undue fear” (such as unknown, fatal, and epidemic)'

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Posted in: Fukushima hotspots make headlines before Olympics, but what's the risk? See in context

The radioactivity may be much less than a return flight to Japan, but on a plane you don't inhale radioactive particles which will remain in the body and may cause long term problems.

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Posted in: Japan's economy shrinks 7% in last quarter See in context


It does mention the consumption tax hike in line 5


Japan is a democratic constitutional monarchy so Abe is not the ruler, the Emperor is.

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Posted in: Unless strong economic growth can push up corporate and income tax revenues, further consumption tax hikes can't be ruled out. It is a matter of timing. See in context

Why not raise corporate tax and raise tax on high earners instead of trying to get the poor to subsidize the rich through consumption taxes.

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Posted in: Have you stopped shaking hands with people since the outbreak of the coronavirus? See in context

I live in Japan so I never shake hands anyway.

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

If people are forced to stay home, how are they going to buy their toilet paper?

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Posted in: Syrian government forces re-enter strategic town; Turkey vows to keep up strikes See in context


Do you seriously believe that? It was America that destabilized and continues to destabilize the entire region (with a little help from its friends)!

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Posted in: N Korea fires two projectiles off east coast into sea See in context


The journalist did not use any other name for the Sea of Japan, in fact he did not name the sea at all, he just said 'Korea's eastern sea', no caps so no name, just a description of where they were fired.

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Posted in: Angry confrontation breaks out after man coughs on Yamanote Line train in Tokyo See in context

Why does everybody assume that the younger man did not cover his mouth when he coughed? We don't see that part in the video.

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Posted in: U.S. considering new restrictions on travelers from Japan, S Korea: CNN See in context

The only reason South Korea has so many confirmed cases is that they actually test people for Covid19 whereas in Japan they do not.

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Posted in: Japan urges Iran to stick to 2015 nuclear deal See in context

If Japan wants Iran to stick to the deal, perhaps they could show their support by importing Iranian Oil again. As it stand Iran has zero incentive to stick to anything.

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Posted in: Japan's efforts to raise wages wane as firms embrace merit-based pay See in context

In that case they should raise corporate tax and lower consumption tax. Corporate taxes were supposedly lowered so that companies could pay higher wages.

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Posted in: Government Pension Investment Fund posts ¥7.4 tril profit in third-quarter See in context

Have they actually realized the profits or is it just on paper, to be wiped out when the stock market crashes next time?

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Posted in: Service marks 19th anniversary of Ehime Maru collision with U.S. sub See in context


He was not doing routine drills, according to the article he just did not want to be late returning to Pearl Harbor. He surfaced suddenly without warning and without checking for other shipping so of course he should go to prison. It is no different to speeding in a car and not looking where you're going.

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Posted in: Abe pledges to advance peace treaty talks with Russia See in context

As long as the American military is in Japan Russia will never return the islands — they don't want US bases there.

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