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Posted in: Japan, Mongolia to cooperate on 'Free and Open Indo-Pacific' See in context

Some people commenting here are simply without any intelligence or knowledge about how the world is relying on China. They just hate or dislike China are fail to understand the dynamics of trading and functioning economics. Bottom line is that China is strong and will continue to become stronger regardless of what the US does with the help of its puppets such as Japan and Australia ( recently ).

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Posted in: Japan plans to release refugee status seekers from detention See in context

Bad move... I’m all for immigrants resettling in a new country for a better future but this should be done properly and legally. The refugee concept is being abused by most of these people ( I’ve seen Nepali’s, Bangladeshi’s, Filipinos, Vietnamese applying for and getting approved refugee status in Japan ) and real refugees ( from countries where children and women are slaughtered by terrorizing groups ) find it hard for people to care and be sympathetic towards them! Australia and Canada took a perfect approach for immigrants and brought in educated, skilled and needy people ( real refugees ) to maintain a good balance and keep its economy strong! My wife is also an immigrant but she came through the proper and legal way. If this new law is passed than the system will be abused and Japan will lose it’s way!

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Posted in: Only top 30% of foreign students to be eligible for gov't handouts See in context

If you study abroad then you should have enough backup finance to survive in cases of emergency! Most so called ‘ foreign students ‘ in Japan are here to work rather than study!

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Posted in: Japan preparing to extend coronavirus emergency for about a month See in context

No use having a state of emergency in Japan because people just can’t stay indoors! They will go out to parks, beaches, malls, supermarkets and other areas unnecessarily. The photo on JT yesterday showing huge number of people sitting in a park in Yokohama basically next to each other summed it up! Might as well open up businesses and return everyone to work! The true extent of the outbreak in Japan will never be known because of the limited testing so it’s senseless to keep the state of emergency which only requests rather than making in mandatory! Half hearted approaches will never be effective!

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Posted in: Rakuten halts sale of controversial coronavirus testing kit in Japan See in context

Another way of suppressing the number of infected on record. At least if people could do this and know that they were infected then they would have stayed in isolation and not infected others. Now back to the original way of being infected, not getting tested due to the extreme guidelines of having a fever for four days and longer and this only makes you a candidate for consideration. Then not knowing that you are infected you go out and infect others. Way to go Japan!!!

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

The photo sums up the attitude of many Japanese! It’s better to reopen the businesses and make these people return to their work places because they seem to be wasting their time outdoors anyway by endangering others life as well. Most people can’t glue their bum indoors ( pardon me ) so might as well end the shut down! The problem was the half hearted lockdown in Japan which was only requests rather than a rule! I haven’t left my apartment in the last 60+ days and did online grocery shopping, training indoors, catching up on movies, of course tele working during office hours and so on. It’s not that difficult. But many people still go outside unnecessarily so might as well return everyone to work and reopen the country.

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Posted in: Man who got suspended sentence for assaulting woman arrested for stalking her See in context

He assaulted a woman, than wrote about killing her and her family and only received suspended sentences. This is crazy. Violence against individuals is not taken seriously here

The justice system in Japan has countless other similar cases where the outcome has been even worst! Even after threatening to kill her and her family members, this criminal was given a suspended sentence...pathetic justice system!

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. may seek damages from China over virus See in context

He will ask China to nullify all his personal debts with the Chinese banks and call it even!

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Posted in: Gov't eyes pushing businesses hoarding face masks to sell them See in context


There are lots of 'Covid-19' products being sold on amazon.co.jp from very new Chinese suppliers; masks, sanitising gel, infrared thermometers, etc., very few are actually delivered, and amazon are having to do a lot of refunds to dissatisfied customers. Just check the supplier ratings before you order anything

Exactly... I got my refund processed for a box of mask through Amazon Japan. The product listing showed a Japanese company located in Tokyo selling it but when it didn’t arrive past the due date and upon contacting the seller and Amazon I was told that this product was coming from China so it’s delayed in shipping. I asked for a refund which was processed. Most supplies are still coming from China regardless of the company being Japanese and located in Japan.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes pushing businesses hoarding face masks to sell them See in context

@gogogo...How about setting a maximum price it can be sold for and watch them all go up for sale real quick

Excellent strategy... if the Government sets up a maximum retail price on this we will see a lot of mask line up in shop shelves which were being held back!

@Reckless... the last sentence of your comment made me laugh so hard that I almost fell off the sofa! Thanks for cheering up my gloomy day! You are absolutely right about it though.

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Posted in: There's a danger that if you use the computer loaned to you by the company at home, information could get leaked. See in context

How some Japanese fear advanced technology is amazing considering that Japan is such a advanced nation in regards to technology!

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Posted in: Abe pressed to pay out more cash as coronavirus hits economy See in context

Money should be paid across the board! My reasons for saying this:

Everyone pays taxes. It’s not fair for hardworking people not to get this.

What about our hero doctors, nurses, EMT’s, hospital staff members, supermarket workers, convenient store workers, public transportation workers and many others whose salaries haven’t been affected by the outbreak but they are putting their life on the line by still going to work! They deserve this cash handout!

If other countries can do it then why not Japan ( they always boast of having the 2nd or 3rd largest economy in the world )

The most important factor is that needy people will not spend the money freely and immediately as they will have the fear of running out of cash! They’ll keep the money and continue with the hard lifestyle. So the economy will not benefit in any way! But if it’s given to everyone then those who are not so desperate or needy will go out and spend it quickly thus cushioning the economy to some extent!

Bottom line is they could give one set of payment to everyone without eligibility requirements ( 100,000 yen each ) and create another handout to the needy people ( 300,000 yen ) with eligibility requirements.

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Posted in: Abe unveils massive coronavirus stimulus worth 20% of GDP See in context

What about the 300,000 yen financial assistance? The criteria is not clear it and still very sketchy. Will people actually be able to receive this? Seems like the Japanese Government just wanted to show other countries as well as the Japanese people that it’s giving 300,000 yen as financial assistance but in reality maybe only 1-2% will end up getting this! Many other countries have given (100,000 - 400,000 yen ) in the form of cash handouts across the board to it’s residence but the 300,000yen handout ( selected by authorities without clear criteria) in Japan seems to be just for publicity!

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Posted in: Brokerage worker loses paternity leave appeal in Japan See in context

What more can you expect from the pathetic Japanese Judiciary system!

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

Foreign nationals being too optimistic about receiving this like a Japanese national I’d say good luck to you all! We shall see the reality when this financial assistance starts!

By the way, you can’t compare the past handouts with this one because there are many contributing factors!

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

If any foreign national gets this assistance then come back and share your experience with us in this comments section. Until then it’s no use debating and sharing the information that I got from my city office then bluntly informed me that there is no financial assistance for foreign nationals residing in Japan affected by the Corona virus outbreak!

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context


it occurs to me that with the exception of permanent residents / special permanent residents or spouses of Japanese nationals, the minimum income/assett/guarantee requirements for a visa are probably above the defined "poverty line" .... so exclusion on technical income grounds would be autiomatic.

You are probably correct about this because holding one of these visas indicates that atleast one member in the household is a Japanese national.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

@Niloc2806... I’d like to ask what financial benefits did you receive in Japan as a foreign national? Where did you get these? Please provide examples so that I can believe this. I consulted the Nakano city ward office yesterday and got my information. NO FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR FOREIGNERS affect by this outbreak. So if you know any branch of the Government assisting foreigners please kindly share the information. It’s easy to claim that the system doesn’t discriminate without evidence! The staff at my city ward directly told me to consult the American embassy ( being a US citizen ) for information regarding financial assistance as it’s not Japanese Governments responsibility to assist foreign nationals financially. Oh, by the way I’m a white male so most times I’m not discriminated against! If I experienced this then I feel sorry for people of color and the discrimination they must be feeling in Japan when dealing with public officials!

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

@Garthgoyle... sorry for the bad news but that’s what I heard from the city officials in my ward! They are not going to provide any financial assistance to foreigners affected by the outbreak ( at least for now ). They are drafting plans to assist Japanese nationals ( probably this 200,000 yen per household ) severely affected by this outbreak. And there will be many requirements for this. I got this information yesterday at Nakano ward city office. You can probably check for some information at your own city ward.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

@Jimizo... the bill hasn’t been passed yet by the Government. But it’s only for Japanese nationals because foreign nationals will have to rely on their own Governments for assistance! If atleast one member in the household is a Japanese national then they’ll probably qualify if other aspects are fulfilled! I went down to the Nakano city office to ask about financial assistance for foreigners whose jobs have been affected by this outbreak and they told me that there is none! They said the Government is planning something for Japanese nationals only but even that hasn’t been approved yet!

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Posted in: Chilean man accused of killing Japanese student to be extradited to France See in context

The evidence stated here ( this article) are definitely not enough to convict him. If the French authorities have more evidence then they might be able to throw him in prison! Surely, there must be some video cam evidence of him entering/ leaving the apartment, direction the car traveled in and so on!

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

The criteria will be steep! Probably those who lost their jobs as a direct consequence of the outbreak and life in a household with no other source of income!

@Garthgoyle...are you a Japanese? This assistance will only be given to Japanese nationals ( foreign passport holders are not eligible )!

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Posted in: Abe's two-mask pledge met online with derision and humor See in context

Maybe it’s an error on the website ... but if it’s true then definitely the health authorities are trying to hide the actual numbers again to keep the official count low!

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Posted in: Abe's two-mask pledge met online with derision and humor See in context

Only 2 corona virus infection tests were conducted yesterday according to the data on Ministry of Health and Labor! Is it possible that only 2 people in the entire of Japan went to the clinics / hospitals with corona virus symptoms?

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Posted in: Virus breaks the mold for telework in office-bound Japan See in context

Very few companies in Tokyo are still going with this approach! Maybe 5-10 % are asking workers to work from home. Everybody that I know ( acquaintances, friends and clients ) are still going to their respective offices. Everyday I see so many articles about telework but it’s not the reality! The population of Tokyo is huge so the current number of people teleworking becomes somewhat irrelevant as it might comprise of less than 10% of the work force!

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Posted in: Businessman paid $8.2 mil by Tokyo Olympics bid lobbied figure at center of French corruption probe See in context

They go after Ghosn like hounds without looking at all the bribery and corruption involving their own people! Japanese judicial system is as corrupt as Japanese companies!

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

@Beanie...exactly! I was shocked when I saw the data on Ministry of Health website! Seems like they have started to limit the testing again just to keep the number of infected on record to a minimal. Shame on the Japanese Authorities for hiding the reality!

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context


The only good news I heard today was that Tokyo had only 13 reported new infections today, down from 68 yesterday At least, I hope that is good news.

That’s because only 296 tests were conducted in comparison to the 1,459 tests from the weekend! Less testing means less discovery of the infected! Seems like the hiding of actual number of infected in Japan is back!

Source: Japan Ministry of Health and Labor via https://covid19japan.com/

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

@HBJ... excellent comment / well detailed and spot on!

@SJ...really interesting point of view and you’ve outlined some good facts regarding ignorance and failure to test the infected!

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 68 new coronavirus cases; 27 at Taito Ward hospital See in context


1880 infected

52 death

28,760 tested ( until now - super low testing in comparison to the world )

Data from the Ministry of Health Japan via https://covid19japan.com/

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