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Posted in: Mortuary services uneasy over funerals, cremations for Covid-19 victims See in context

Viruses do not survive long if the host dies. Some diseases are dangerous in certain circumstances after death, but not COVID-19.


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Posted in: Store shelves stripped of toilet paper amid coronavirus fears See in context

‘People were grabbing 2,3,4 packs! One lady had nothing but TP in her cart. ‘

Costco Kobe had limits of one pack per customer on Friday, did other locations not put limits on it? A lot of it’s on Amazon Japan for up to ¥40,000 a pack.

Two Twitter rumors started the panic, one that said that the paper used in both masks and toilet paper was the same, and that when mask factories upped production, it would mean less TP available. The other was that most of the TP in Japan comes fromChina, and soon there wouldn’t be any more imports. 30:seconds on Google would dispel either one, but people went straight to panic mode.

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Posted in: Japan announces basic policy to fight spread of coronavirus See in context

As much as I know it's all over Japan already, with some exceptions.

Tokyo has a lot, but outside Tokyo, 15 prefectures out of 47 with 1-3 cases each. So yes, ‘clusters’ so far.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward barred homeless from evacuation shelters during typhoon See in context

It was one ward in Tokyo, the other wards let them in, so it’s a bit overboard to start “So like Japan’ comments.

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Posted in: Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories See in context

“ After all, Trump and Epstein used to associate closely together and both have a strong interest in young women. “

No, they didn’t. Epstein gave Trump a lift to New York from Florida 2-3 times as they lived near each other in both places but they were never friends or closed associates. I find it hilarious that the New York Intelligencer, in its article about Epstein’s arrest, used a photo of ‘Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell at Mar-a-Lago in 2000. “ trying to rub Epstein’s crimes all over Trump with a 19-year-old photo, obviously the only one they can find.

“In this week’s statement, Clinton said he knew nothing of Epstein’s “terrible crimes” and that the two hadn’t spoken in a decade. But the picture of their relationship painted by the former president doesn’t square with flight logs that put Clinton on Epstein’s jet, dubbed the “Lolita Express,” 26 times between 2001 and 2003. Or with Gawker’s 2015 report on Epstein’s little black book, which included “21 contact numbers and various email addresses for Clinton.” Alleged Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre also claimed in a 2015 affidavit that Clinton visited the financier’s private island, though Clinton denies it.”

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Posted in: Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories See in context

" "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side." 

Said in 2002, before many people knew what Epstein was up to.

" Trump was not the president who flew on Lolita Express to Epstein's island at least several times"

Correct. 29 times, court records show....Trump was not on the fight manifests even once, and somehow he's more evil than ol' Bill and his near 30 times down there, a couple times ducking his Secret Service detail to board the plane. It's OK if it's a Democrat, as their long history of shutting one eye shows.....Jack Kennedy's endless conquests in the White House pool, Teddy's never-prosecuted manslaughter at Chappaquiddick, Elizabeth Warren turning out to be only 1/650-1/2500 Native American after a lifetime of self-promotion as a Native American with a full-blooded NA grandmother (can you imagine the horror if a Republican did this!? Where's the cultural appropriation brigade when you need them?), Bill's cigar escapades....I could go on but I'm too disgusted. Trump saying Epstein's a nice guy 17 years ago is worse than all this because Trump!

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Posted in: Trump postpones nationwide immigration enforcement sweep See in context

“The senior actuary of the Social Security Administration estimated that, in 2010, illegal immigrants working on borrowed or forged Social Security numbers, contributed over $10 billion into the Social Security Trust Fund, of which they will never see a dime. And that this amount has likely increased since. 

If you're over 65 and receiving Social Security, you should thank those illegal immigrants that are helping fund your retirement. 

Yes, all praise this wonderful system of modern slavery, which allows you cheap fruit and vegetables, and on top of it all, funds your retirement! Amazing system, isn’t it? Dirt poor people taken advantage of, made to work for piece rates that are far less than minimum wage (and paying by piece rate discourages food and water breaks, time resting is money lost), while the employers give each worker a false Social Security numbers so their ledgers look good. Labor boards across the nation ignore the abuse (don’t think they don’t know about the black market in dormant SSNs, and all the false numbers out there)

People should be against illegal immigration for this alone...

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka slams reporters who ask her to speak in Japanese in new Nike ad See in context

"  A nihon daihyou who can't/won't conduct an interview in Japanese in Japan? It's a legitimate complaint."

Complain why? They approved of her because of her ability, they wanted her. Did they language test her as part of the process?

The objections people have to the questions she is asked is the passive-aggression with which they are asked, and sometimes the downright silliness of them. How many times can they ask her if she ate katsudon that day, or is she planning to, before it gets old? I don't even watch the sports segment of the news that often and have seen it 8-10 times. Why are they so amused by it that they have to ask her in nearly every interview? Are Americans not supposed to like katsudon? Are women not supposed to eat katsudon?

How freakin' rude is it to ask a question at a news conference, and then have multiple people yell, 'Nihongo de!!'. When she answers in her rudimentary Japanese, her answers are played back all morning the next day on the wide shows while the talking heads all giggle. Each reporter now has the goal of trying to force her to say something in Japanese, so they can get their own 'cute' soundbite for their own programs/articles. If she is representing Japan well, and winning, and seems to be a nice person, why the elementary school-level bullying and mocking of her Japanese? Such a lack of gratitude. She is part Japanese and not enough of a Japanese to them, so they take snide digs at her. I think it's pretty childish.

Don't you think it's utterly ridiculous that every celebrity, from Tom Cruise to politicians have interviews consisting of 'So do you like Japan?' and 'What is your favorite Japanese food?'

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Posted in: Tokyo court orders car owner to pay NHK fee See in context

"NHK didn't report anything about that."

Did the wide shows?

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Posted in: Tokyo court orders car owner to pay NHK fee See in context

NHK does have research facilities.


However, they did not develop 4k and 8k singe-handedly, rather they seem to be more focused on improvements in equipment.

Quite a few cars have the car navi built in to the dashboards, they are not removable/replaceable. Alphards, most Lexus models, and others all have systems factory installed. Car owners should be able to opt out of NHK broadcasting on these devices.

NHK for regular channels is about 15,000 yen a year, 'simple color' is the option. I had them block BS, it's a waste. Say what you will about NHK's politics, when a disaster happens, they are on it, with reliable information, without the dramatics of the daytime shows. That's why I pay for NHK.

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Posted in: Japan aims to cut number of dementia patients in 70s by 10% over decade See in context

Thorough management of diabetes would prevent a lot of cases...80% of people with a long-term A1c over 7.8, uncontrolled diabetes, get Alzheimer's. Chronic inflammation from gum disease has also been pinpointed as a cause. It's hard to beat heredity, but many cases can be prevented by disease control.

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Posted in: Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods See in context



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Posted in: Kevin Hart out as Oscars MC over anti-gay tweets See in context

" He wasn't fired, he chose to leave rather than have a discussion about it. A bit hyper-sensitive of him, no?"

Discussion does no good. Forgiveness is never granted, so what's the use of trying to explain? Take a look at some of the recent "fire them for 10-20-year-old Tweets!!" debacles have gone...nothing you can say will do any good.

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Posted in: JAL pilot, arrested in London before flight to Tokyo, admits being almost 10 times over alcohol limit See in context

" Drinking should be strictly controlled as much as smoking. Raise the prices and apply more taxes"

Right, punish everyone for the few who can't control themselves, or follow rules.

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Posted in: Japan confirms ID of journalist freed from Syria See in context

‘ It was very much un-samurai like attitude he was begging his life’


’So he was captured (at least) twice now but not killed? I actually think he is in with the terrorists, helping them get ransom money. ‘


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Posted in: Japanese actor Koji Yakusho says his is a solitary craft See in context

His commercials for Daiwa House are a hoot.

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Posted in: Trump says high court nominee 'on track,' as accuser offers to testify See in context

"Attorney Debra Katz made the rounds Monday on morning television to argue her client’s sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be taken seriously....

But while her client's claims have raised bipartisan concerns about Kavanaugh, Katz, a longtime Democratic donor known for representing sexual harassment accusers, also has a history of downplaying or dismissing accusations made by women against Democratic politicians -- including former President Bill Clinton and former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.

“Paula Jones' suit is very, very, very weak,” Katz said on CNN’s “Talkback Live” in March 1998 in a discussion about Jones’ claims against Clinton, according to a show transcript. “She's alleged one incident that took place in a hotel room that, by her own testimony, lasted 10 to 12 minutes. She suffered no repercussions in the workplace.”

Jones, who worked as a government employee in Arkansas, accused Clinton, while governor of Arkansas in 1991, of propositioning her for sex. Clinton settled a lawsuit with Jones in 1998.

“Clearly a one-time incident that took place in 10 to 12 minutes, she was not forced to have sex, she left on her own volition, the courts increasingly are finding that that is not enough to create a sexually hostile work environment claim,” Katz said in April 1998, according to a transcript of CBS Evening News.

''If a woman came to me with a similar fact pattern, that is someone in the company above her propositioned her but only once and she suffered no tangible job detriment,'' Katz told The New York Times in 1998, ''I would probably tell her that I'm sorry, it's unfair, but you don't have a case.''

I guess it depends on who's accused...

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Posted in: Trump says high court nominee 'on track,' as accuser offers to testify See in context

" What does amuse me is that there is a significant group of posters on this site who are determined that Kavanaugh is completely innocent of the accusations and is telling the truth. And why? For one reason - he is associated with Donald Trump."

And you're sure he's guilty for precisely the same reason. Nobody gets to point the bias finger here, without a whole lot more introspection going on.

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Posted in: Trump says high court nominee 'on track,' as accuser offers to testify See in context

Making sure I get this.....the FBI is to be trusted when they leak like a sieve and it hurts Trump, but they are NOT to be believed when they clear someone Trump-related? The opinions about the FBI are swinging like a weather vane in a hurricane....

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Posted in: Trump says high court nominee 'on track,' as accuser offers to testify See in context

This was given to the FBI this summer,and they chose not to re are several reasons-

It’s over 30 years ago

she doesn’t remember the date it happened

she doesn’t remember whose house it was

she can’t remember who invited her or who she went with

when she told her therapist in memory recovery therapy under hypnosis, she didn’t name anyone, and only said it was Kavanaugh this year, so her statement and her therapists’ notes don’t agree...she said she remembered in therapy

The FBI has done SIX background checks on Kavanaugh leading up to the confirmation process, an FBI not happy with this administration, so you won’t convince me they went easy on him, and there were NO indications of any aggressive incidents in his past.

Good luck when this becomes the new standard of proof for prosecution. That is what y’all want, isn’t it? “30 years ago at a party I was groped, and I just remembered he did it! Get him!”

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Posted in: Railway services to typhoon-hit Kansai airport resume See in context

"  but to me it smacks of now knowing if the train would be able to pass over safely or not"

You think they'd just gamble and send a train over a bridge that might give out??

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Posted in: Woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward See in context

“He's conservative. Just deny deny deny until it all goes away.”

”I did not have sex with that woman”.....

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl, 2-year-old brother killed in car crash See in context


False. The car was fitted with two child seats, the older child in front, the younger and the mother in the back.

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Posted in: 2 dead, many injured as typhoon hits western Japan, shuts down Kansai airport See in context

Rainyday, I’m happy for you! I netted our persimmon tree, but after lunch took a look to see the net flapping in the wind! The tree survived, I have to check tomorrow to see if the fruit is still there. I hope so, the tree is loaded this year.

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Posted in: 2 dead, many injured as typhoon hits western Japan, shuts down Kansai airport See in context

We just lost an 18-foot-tall tree.

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Posted in: 2 dead, many injured as typhoon hits western Japan, shuts down Kansai airport See in context

Yes, a little sick of the 'much ado about nothing' JT jaded-Japan-expert typhoon bravado. Car port roofs are already being blown away here, and we're not in the center yet.

Since when is 120 mph wind 'nothing'? Anyone saying it's nothing is far away , or isn't in Japan...

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Posted in: Japan braces for likely landfall from strong typhoon See in context

" Again "my neighborhood"."

Yup. The red line right now is right over my neighborhood. Ganbarou! Be careful.

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Posted in: Court upholds male-only right to deny legal fatherhood See in context

Why wasn’t the later child put in the other man’s koseki?

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Posted in: American man arrested for urinating on another passenger on flight to Japan See in context

'He was drunk and cannot remember what he did. Where have I heard that before? '

Must not be his first trip to Japan...

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Posted in: You really can't go wrong with cake, cream and strawberries See in context

' Try making that in the oven toaster....'

That cracked me up!

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