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Posted in: Don't say you love watermelon until you've tasted the Japanese version of this summer treat See in context

Tisk tisk tisk,.. haters haters haters.

I concur, Japanese fruits are some of the best (brazil is up there too : )

And yes, after a life time exploring this planet, i would say a great deal of things are better in Japan.

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Posted in: Google stymies media companies from chipping away at its data dominance See in context

If everyone would take the time and effort to delete all data history and turn off all tracking within the settings that would be a good start.

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Posted in: U.S. job growth roars back, but COVID-19 resurgence threatens recovery See in context

Doesn't look like the vast majority of people in the US believe in the basics. Wearing a mask, sanitizer at the entry and exit of all retail and restaurants and avoiding crowded places when possible.

Living in Japan and seeing the benefit of those simple precautions first hand, I don't see how the US will curb the current trend without them. And with that the general unemployment and economy.

That is if you aren't wealthy and have stocks in the US exchanges which are being pumped by the Federal Reserve's newly created money.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, France prod companies to rely less on China, but few respond See in context

Stop buying cheap cheap cheap made in China crap. Invest in quality things made to last. Better for geopolitics, local economies, true artisans and the environment.

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Posted in: Japan factory output slumps; jobless rate rises to 2.9% See in context

It's generally not that people are too "good" for some jobs, other than a percentage of agricultural jobs (as it the case in most develped countries), it's that it will take some time to shift workers who lost jobs in one place to shift to combo company.

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Posted in: Nikkei jumps 1,000 points on new U.S. stimulus expectation See in context

What goes up must come down. This is a game of the haves. The have nots only live on the down.

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Posted in: Japan to launch coronavirus contact tracking app next week See in context

Give Google all this added data they can then sell on and make millions. Nope, not me.

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Posted in: ¥10 trillion reserve to combat pandemic branded Abe's 'pocket money' See in context

Why are people so anxiously waiting for the masks. They are a bunch of square fabric stitched together in the simplestof ways, way too small for your face. They make you look like you're waiting a kids mask. Must admit, total waste of a ton of money. I hope this slush fund gets better directed.

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Posted in: Japan drifts back to money printing to battle pandemic See in context

The Central Banks have all the power not the government per say. The can create and burst bubbles at will. They control the economy, and so the world.

Japan is, and has been, the only country to get away with printing their way out of deep recessions because they own most (about 90%) of their own dept.

Other countries (ege. USA) who try this will fail due to the above stated. If the US has to resort to this it will most likely make the dollar rise to unprecedented highs and the crumbling will start and spread leaving nonwhere unscathed. BUT hey, what do I, or anyone else know, we have never in recorded history been in this situation.

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Posted in: Frontline health workers in Japan continue to face discrimination over virus See in context

Absolutely idiotic. I still do not understand this side of the Japanese culture.

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Posted in: Tokyo to further relax restrictions on Monday, Koike says See in context

I don't understand all the criticism of not testing enough. Testing has been low because it has been targeted at clusters and transition chains.

If Abenomask cost almost half a BILLION dollars, how much will blanket testing cost? Both funds could be put to better use in easing peoples every day lives.

Anyway, the point is to reduce deaths as much as possible, not count how many people are sick or asymptomatic to join the global daily stats phenomenon.

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Posted in: Kitakyushu declares it is in 2nd wave of coronavirus See in context

The aim was never to lock down the virus to death, it was to give the health sector breathing space to deal with the cases which needed hospitalization. To not have the hospitals over run.

Why does it feel like that's been forgotten. There are only two ways out. Either you get it and create the needed antibodies or take a (non-existent) vaccine for the same.

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Posted in: Ending coronavirus emergency raises hope, sparks some concern See in context

Great job everyone. Japan was the second country to register COVID-19, one of the most populated countries with some of the highest population dense cities in the world. It retained some of the lowest deaths (irrespective of number tested) and is now opening up before a damaged economy turns to a broken economy.

Let's everybody keep simple precautions in place, as we have done before and during this virus.

Above all let's not fall into the fear trap like the US, Europe and others.

Prespective. Let's be the first country to bounce back!

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Posted in: Japan launches new unit to step up defense in outer space See in context

China has had satellite destroying/ interfering technology for years. I assume that means other countries have it too. "We must adapt to the new security environment", rightfully said. Japan is just trying to keep up with what other countries are investing in heavily behind the scenes. A space arms race.

What WE all, the people of every country, must fight for is universal peace, understanding and equality. There is no US and THEM. We all share this planet and its environment. There needs to be a fundamental shift of financial and human resources to accommodate EVERYONE or no one will be happy.

Definitely need to stop being slaves to the 1%. Life is beautiful, let's start living it instead of trying to survive it.

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Posted in: Abenomasks See in context

Mine arrived yesterday. They suck. Really, I'm not just winging, they really aren't good. 46.6 billion yen, oops.

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Posted in: COVID-19 doctors in Japan lack fresh masks, hazard pay: union survey See in context

Gosh, I got the two masks yesterday. I'm sure the 46.6 billion yen could have gone so much further covering the medical staff who are treating the victims of this thing.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes lifting virus emergency in most prefectures on Thursday See in context

"Approximately 3,400 excess deaths were observed nationwide in the 2018/19 season, which was estimated to be similar to the average year", japanese government influenza (flu) statistics.


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Posted in: In Japan, pandemic brings outbreaks of bullying, ostracism See in context

"Apart from a fever on the first day and a loss of smell, Kadono had no major symptoms", and she was in the hospital for three weeks??

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Posted in: Japan looks to lift emergency in some areas ahead of May 31 See in context

Wasn't the idea of the lock downs to slow the rate of people contracting the virus in order to not over run the hospitals / health care system? At what point did it turn into 'hide from some invisible until it goes away'?

There are only two ways out of this. Either you get it, 80%ish with no or mild symptoms, consider her immunity has historically happened between 40 - 90% depending on the virus. Or immunity through a vaccine.

Most of the world and it's people will be literally devastated if we wait at home until a vaccine arrives (and that will come without the thorough testing widespread dosing deserves - Japan has history in this regard).

Get peoples livelihoods back on track before it's too late, take extra care and focus on the high risk groups who legitimately need to fear this virus.

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Posted in: Japan, faced with criticism, scrambles to do more coronavirus testing See in context

@Roger Jolly, hospitals are not packed with sick people.

Exactly! All these mentions about cover up and under testing, maybe, but if the morgues were full we would know about it.

Easy to criticize a government, with hindsight. I would have lived the perfect life with no mistakes, with hindsight.

Unless you're from Scandinavia (who's citizens have not bought into the hysteria) or a handful of other small states, not too much to look up to in regards to government adequacy.

For a population of 126.5 million, I think japan has done well under the circumstances. Could they have done better? Of course.

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Posted in: Japan starts issuing cash benefits to virus-hit small firms See in context

Seriously, please inform me of other countries implementing better support at the moment. 100,000 to all citizens AND foreigners. Cash hand outs to SME's AND self employed/ freelancers.

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Posted in: Masks proving widely available despite coronavirus shortage concerns See in context

I was at costco two days ago and bought a pack of 30 disposable masks for 418 yen.

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Posted in: Essential workers taking risks despite harassment during virus crisis See in context

Respect and thank you to all the workers helping to keep what's left of the economy running. Shame on anyone putting another down due to their position, lack of experience or education. Ignorance is not bliss, it's ugly.

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Posted in: Koike calls for state of emergency to be extended nationwide See in context

I don't think it's so black and white. I get the staying home as there is a small percentage of high risk group whome risk severe health complications, or even mortality. Also the strain and indirect consequences on the health sector. At the same time, shutting down the economy for an extended period of time spells certain hardships for millions of people who are living month to month (the ability to feed one self and family in other countries).

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Posted in: Demand for masks crashes Sharp's website See in context

Which website did you order them from?

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Posted in: 60% still go to office despite state of emergency over virus: survey See in context

If your boss says "don't come to work", you won't.

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