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Posted in: Food poisoning hits 3,453 teachers, students in Saitama schools See in context

Someone will get sued!

Probably not. This isn't America. The boss will get up in front of a crowd and bow and apologize. Medical costs aren't exorbitantly high here where one needs to sue to recoup the cost of their hospitalization, if it resulted in that, and the teacher's salary will probably be covered.

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

This explains what I heard last night. It was a big noise, but not piercing. Nothing that would wake the family. I thought it was thunder, but when I checked the radar, the line of storms that was over Tokyo all day, had moved too far south to create any lightning. Cool. I remember seeing The Great Daylight Fireball of 1972 when I was a kid while walking with my mom. It was freaky. Looked like a couple skydivers tumbling together across the sky. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_Great_Daylight_Fireball If anyone else is old and geezer enough to have seen this.

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Posted in: Japan adds Algeria, 17 other nations to entry ban list over virus See in context

If you visit this on your computer and not a mobile device, then select Algeria from the list and then in the graph section, choose daily cases, you will notice a sharp upswing in cases. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

I'm guessing this is why they are being included in the list of countries by Japan.

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Posted in: Radio makes comeback in Japan for those staying at home See in context


And that guitar solo? No need to listen to that.

Haha. You hit it on the nail. I should be crying instead. So true.

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Posted in: Radio makes comeback in Japan for those staying at home See in context

Mostly talking and hardly any music is not a good way to attract listeners. And there isn't much of a music selection, unless you like soft pop. Nothing with an edge and nothing weird on the AM side like the US used to have with Art Bell. He totally made traveling through the monotonous west coast deserts tolerable. Even though I didn't believe any of his alien conspiracies, he was fun! But that's America and not Japan. Oh well. What to do about here...

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Posted in: 7 rules to follow in order to keep safe while cycling in Japan See in context

@Mirai Hayashi

Cycling jerseys often have pockets in the back to store energy bars and bikes like this have mounts for at least one bottle. Mine has 3. If he stays on the highway, if this is near Okutama, he should be alright as there are plenty of cars to flag down if help is needed. There are vending machines occasionally tucked up in unexpected places. I found one at a cemetery high up above Okutama on a road that goes up and over to Hinohara.

@Vince Black

This article is not talking about urban cycle commuting on Mamacharis.

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Posted in: 7 rules to follow in order to keep safe while cycling in Japan See in context

The kind of cyclist this article is talking about are hobby and sport cyclists and not Mamachari riders that often blow though stop signs and round corners without looking. Many of the cyclists in Japan are Ojisans as opposed to cyclists in the west.

That being said, I think the cycling resort that offered up this advice is trying to attract young couples, judging by the photos and the advice. Probably good advice for novice riders. I remember bonking from lack of hydration when I began riding. I hope the resort is a success. It seemed to open just as the pandemic hit.

Oh...and I hope the model they found to look like he is fixing a bicycle has another sparkling white shirt as his arm pit is going to get mighty greasy if he repairs a bike with a well used chain. Scroll to the bottom: https://playatre.com/concept/

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus entry ban disrupting lives of foreign residents See in context

Is there anyway for folks affected to pool their resources together and sue the Japanese government to allow tax paying visa holders back in?

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Posted in: 3 dead, 1 wounded in crossbow attack; suspect arrested See in context

Egads. How horrible. Looks like a typical neighborhood in any city in Japan. Just around the corner a secret dysfunctional family. How sad it had to come to a boil like this. I'm always telling my kids, yell as much as you like, just never hurt anyone physically. Punch a pillow if necessary. This is well beyond that, however. RIP to the two women.

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Posted in: Big in China, small in U.S., Fast Retailing likely to weather pandemic See in context

Big in China, small in U.S., Fast Retailing likely to weather pandemic

I can see why. I bought one of those thin winter vests and soon it seemed I was one of a zillion rubber stamped copies all over the place wearing the same vest. I would't quite say it is 'Unique' lo anymore.

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Posted in: Man roughed up, robbed by gang of youths in Osaka See in context

2:40 am? Obviously their parents are taking a longterm break from parenting. Too bad the parents can't be hauled in and interrogated in situations like this, at least to figure out what's going on at home. Or can they? At the same time, some kids are just bad apples.

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Posted in: Pervert hunter arrested by Tokyo police for less-than-pure intentions See in context


At the end of it, I was told by one of the cops (in English), "Stay out of Japan business."

Sorry to hear they treated you this way. However, if you come to someone's aid who is hurt and wait with them for the ambulance, you get an official, business card sized note saying in Japanese and English: "Thank you for your first aid treatment. We sincerely appreciate your brave act. Tokyo Fire Department."

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Posted in: New shinkansen luggage rules start See in context

Those foreign travelers, for bad or worse, spend a lot of money in this country, which is good for the economy.

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Posted in: Mt Fuji to be closed to all climbers in summer due to pandemic See in context

 have you seen the amount of trash, not only toilet paper but empty oxygen tanks

No, I haven't. I have climbed it twice and even carried a plastic bag to pick up trash along the way. I found one piece.

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Posted in: Mt Fuji to be closed to all climbers in summer due to pandemic See in context

I feel for the hut owners and businesses that depend on the climbers, but those huts can hold up to 200 people packed together and with the huts being closed, there will be no emergency shelters for those who need it. Storms come up quick and it can be cold when they do. Some people arrive at the mountain with no more than basket ball short and a space blanket. True mountaineers would fare well without the support, but many people get altitude sickness and are ill prepared.

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Posted in: New honey liquid glue stick See in context

This has bad idea written all over it.

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Posted in: Mount Fuji under lockdown: Trail closures announced See in context

Some of those huts can hold 200 people. Very cramped conditions with sleeping bags wedged right up to the rafters. I was lucky, when I actually used a hut, on my first climb, that I got a space for 2 people by chance, and right near the only window for ventilation. Right below me a poor junior hight school age kid sick from altitude. If the virus is still rampant, this is probably a good move. Unfortunately for experienced climbers, it will probably be necessary to close the trails all together because many people try to climb the mountain in nothing more than urban streetwear and there won't be any huts open for them to seek shelter in. I once passed someone in basket ball shorts with a space blanket draped over his shoulders. And another hiker wearing penny loafers.

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Posted in: 'Abenomasks' only received by Tokyo residents See in context

No Abenomask yet in my part of Tokyo. There are a lot of us though. If they are the gauze type, they sure are going to be hot if we still need to wear masks in June.

I have begun to see small packets of paper masks at the SEIMS near me, right near the cash register. Kind of spendy for just 7 masks. Better than nothing.

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Posted in: Cases of patients turned away by hospitals up fivefold over virus See in context

What happened to all the hotel beds for patients with more mild symptoms? Is it just my imagination or am I hearing a lot more ambulances running around lately? A LOT more. I live I the suburbs, btw, but still one of 23 proper.

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Posted in: Live streaming See in context

I hate to say it, but I think they will draw crowds. Families with young kids gathering for photos and the like. Not a particularly good thing right now, especially since so many people don't wear masks(if you have noticed). I do love seeing them flying in the breeze though every year


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Posted in: Abe to consider starting academic year in September See in context

My daughter's School in Saitama has already started, albiet online.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus deaths surpass Vietnam War toll as Florida governor meets Trump See in context

I never heard this measurement for any other category of deaths such as murders. I also don’t see this way of measuring in other countries, only the USA.

Isn't this a Japanese website? I often see disease compared with war dead. It's not a political thing. The Spanish Flue coincided with WWI in fact so those numbers are often seen side by side. I is a good reference because both war and disease are traumatic events. The article doesn't make any disparaging political statement about the war in Vietnam, unless I missed it.

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Posted in: Increase your work-from-home productivity with this privacy tent See in context

This is useless, it doesn't even cut down, much less eliminate noise from the kids, TV, pets, wife, husband...

Out of sight, out of mind. With young kids, the common question is “Where’s papa/mama?” In small apartments, I can see this working well and preventing arguments why the one spouse isn’t keeping the kids from bothering them while they work. As for noise, earplugs work.

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Posted in: Want a tissue? See in context

I walked around this afternoon to almost 10 stores to try to find masks and they are SOLD OUT! How the heck can you get them???

The early bird gets the worm. Try waiting in line with the obachans and ojiisans in the morning when the stores open. My local Shimachu said a couple weeks ago that their next delivery of masks wouldn't be for 3 weeks and would arrive on a Saturday. Mark your calendars!

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Posted in: Truck kills 4 Australian police who stopped speeding driver See in context

The police should’ve stopped elsewhere.

Oh sure, I can just imagine the police asking the speeding driver, high on drugs to kindly follow them 20 miles to the next exit so they can have a chat about his driving. "Now don't escape kind sir.". Condolences to the families of the police officers.

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Posted in: 33 more crew on cruise ship docked in Nagasaki test positive for virus See in context

623 crew members sounds like a lot, but some cruise ships can hold close to 4000 passengers. The ship is probably the crew's home as well as their work, but then again, I am not a cruise ship expert. Just guessing.

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Posted in: Social distancing on subway See in context

Ok, checking the metadata is snooping but a couple people above mentioned the busy times for trains. I don't usually take the train at noon. Is it usually this empty?

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Posted in: Social distancing on subway See in context

The meta data on the photo says it was taken at 12:00:27 pm April 13. I would say that is accurate since it also gave me the name of the camera it was taken with: SONY ILCE-9M2 and a bunch of other details like the f stop etc.

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Posted in: Major Japanese cities quiet after state of emergency declared See in context

It seems that all the declaration did was move the crowds from downtown out to the neighborhoods. Adachi-ku is bustling! I had a cap on my tooth pop off and needed to have it replaced. I was shocked at how many people, including myself, were out. There was a line out the door at McDonald's, mentioned in the article. Tons of trucks and many machine part workshops and warehouses stocking necessities were busy as ever. Perhaps that is the nature of Adachi-ku though. Kind of a blue collar town. I hope we don't pay for it.

I am trying to stay home as much as possible. I canceled my classes and am working on my other job from home.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after being found on grounds of Abe’s residence See in context

Police shouldn’t reveal Abe’s whereabouts.

After the fact should be OK.

Strange and sad news. Hope she gets help. Not a good time to be in jail or prison with the virus going round.

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