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Posted in: Abe killing seen as attack on Japan's democracy See in context

It’s very hard to make the argument that this was an attack on democracy when the killer wasn’t motivated by politics at all. In the end, Abe’s death will be used for political gain, but this was certainly not an attack on democracy.

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Posted in: 62.9% of people with foreign roots in Japan questioned by police: survey See in context

I have long hair and a beard. During the first 12-13 years I lived here I got stopped once every 2-3 months. I then moved closer to the main police station in my town and started getting stopped even more. It got bad enough that I made a complaint to my embassy which then made a human rights complaint to the town I was living in. I actually had to go to the police station with a lawyer to threaten litigation before they stopped harassing me. Obviously I wasn’t ok being treated that way but on my own I can deal with the harassment. What I worried about most was being stopped while I was with my children and having to explain to them why the police were treating me that way. Luckily that hasn’t happened.

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Posted in: Ghosn calls Kelly's guilty verdict 'face saving' for prosecutors, Nissan See in context

Really, you have done so in many occasions.

Actually, the only time he held a press conference to defend himself the judges revoked his bail and put him back in jail for weeks. He definitely could not defend himself in the press, which was being used against him on a daily basis with ‘leaks’ from the prosecutors.

It's very bizarre that the judge in Kelly’s trial felt the need to talk so much about Ghosn when he wasn’t on trail. Surely this means he couldn’t possibly get a fair trail in the future (although we know it was never going to be fair in the first place!)

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Posted in: Over 407,000 on entry waiting list as Japan eases border controls See in context

So, it will take over 80 days. Assuming that 5,000 will enter every day. If a student can only make it on the 80th day, it means that a whole trimester is lost.

Actually, there are only an extra 1500 spaces daily. It’s going to take over 270 days to clear the backlog of nothing changes.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics cost ¥150 bil less than expected See in context

Estimates have the total amount around $15 Billion. There are only 339 events. Does spending $45,000,000 per event really sound like a good way to spend tax payer money? Not only that, we couldn’t even see the events in person! Extravagant waste of money!

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Posted in: Japan leads G7 with COVID-19 vaccination rate of nearly 76% See in context

It’s great that we’ve reached this number and I hope that we can continue to get people vaccinated. However, the slow start meant thousands of unnecessary infections, hundreds of unnecessary deaths, months of unnecessary social restrictions, and an Olympics that we paid for but couldn’t attended. That’s hardly a situation to be proud of.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed to death in Amagasaki; ex-husband detained See in context

More violence against women in safety Japan. Seems pretty endemic at this point.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for attacking girl; hints at involvement in fatal arson See in context

When it comes to violent attacks like rape and murder (among other crimes) public safety should trump these types of laws that protect the identity of minors. Especially when we are talking about someone who is 19.

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Posted in: Canada mandates COVID vaccines for travelers, federal workers See in context

Whatever happened to the concept of "herd immunity"? With 82% fully vaccinated, it seems that draconian measures like this are not needed.

I see this kind of comment a lot. You have to remember that we need over 80% of the entire population to be vaccinated in order to reach any type of herd immunity. 82% of Canadian over 12 years old are fully vaccinated. There are over 4 million children under the age of 12. That means there is only about 70% of the entire population vaccinated in Canada now.

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

I like the idea of Go To but not during a pandemic. If they insist on doing it soon there should at least be a requirement to prove you’ve been vaccinated. It would also be better to wait until the adult population has reached the 80% vaccinated rate.

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Posted in: Japan, Hong Kong academics say virtual learning no match for real thing See in context

Lumping all types of tertiary education together and claiming that online learning is ineffective is a ridiculous premise. In Japan, the vast majority of students in liberal arts programs are there for a four year break before starting their working life. University here is well known as ‘the summer of ones life.’

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Posted in: COVID-19 state of emergency lifted but challenges abound See in context

I suspect Kishida will be flying the Mission Accomplished banner just before the election and we’ll be back into a state of emergency by the end of the year.

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Posted in: Mother asks public for help in finding daughter missing since 2019 See in context

We really need something similar to the Amber alert here in Japan. When children go missing it’s essential to get a message out to the general public as soon as possible. We shouldn’t have to wait until the evening news to hear about missing children.

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Posted in: Contaminants found in Pfizer vaccine in cities near Tokyo, Osaka See in context

If you don’t know what the substance is, you cannot call it a contaminant.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal hit-and-run in Saitama Pref See in context

There is no way you could hit someone in broad daylight and not know what it was. This coward ran over someone and left him to die on the side of the road. He knew exactly what he did.

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Posted in: Japan orders 150 million doses of Novavax COVID vaccine See in context

A lot of people got shouted down for suggesting that the delayed approval and slow rollout of vaccines was an attempt to allow domestic companies the chance to cash in. Well, this news makes it pretty obvious that they were right.

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Posted in: State-run vaccination sites to extend operation until late November See in context

They have to extend the timeline because uptake of the injections is way lower than they projected.

Over a million people getting vaccinated each day and you want us to believe that the uptake has been low?

They’re clearly extended operation because there is a huge demand for vaccines.

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Posted in: Schools take action against rising pandemic-linked student suicides See in context

I’m interested to know which schools closed for months? The longest delay in this area was about 5 weeks. The school board also decided to shorten summer vacation to make up for the delayed start. Is this loss of vacation time being investigated as a reason for depression? What about general stress related to living through a pandemic? Is this factor being looked at?

many believed to have felt lonely during school closures

How was this conclusion about the suicides reached?

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Posted in: Woman with COVID-19 loses baby after being forced to give birth prematurely at home See in context

has further shed light on how hospitals are under strain due to the explosive spread of COVID-19 in the country

Is it really fair to describe this situation as ‘under strain’?

We just had a baby a few weeks ago and the threat of COVID made it very stressful. We basically had to isolate ourselves for the last two months.

This is such a terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to the mother

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Posted in: Coronavirus infections in Tokyo outstrip hospital capacity to treat patients See in context

What’s being described in this article is the collapse of the healthcare system in Tokyo.

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Posted in: 3 cabinet members, Abe visit Yasukuni Shrine; Suga sends offering See in context

Just last week Koike was asking people to avoid traveling home to pay homage to their ancestors. It’s no wonder that people are tired of listening to these hypocrites.

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Posted in: Japan starts giving COVID-19 shots to citizens temporarily returning See in context

I’ve been waiting patiently to receive my vaccine voucher and haven’t even been able to make a reservation yet. Why are people living overseas able to jump the queue?

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Posted in: Chiba Prefecture closes beaches until Aug 31 See in context

Only closing the beaches? How about parks, gyms, community centers and every other public space? If beaches are going to be closed I think we had better stop the radio taiso and gateball in the parks too. I wonder how the old folks would feel when their activities are limited as well?

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Posted in: High jump friends decide on double gold over jump-off See in context

This should be a double silver. It doesn’t seem right that the athletes can just decide to not complete the event so that they both get gold.

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Posted in: 2 Georgian judoka ejected from Olympics for violating COVID protocols See in context

Because their respective events were completed several days ago, both judoka have already left Japan to return home, so it's unclear if they will face any actual consequences. A Tokyo Games spokesman said the pair can no longer access Tokyo 2020 facilities, but that was pretty much already true because of COVID rules requiring athletes to leave no fewer than two days after their competition.

Why was the above information left out of this story?? They’d already left Japan by the time officials had handed down their “punishment”. This kind of fake outrage and posturing does absolutely nothing to protect the people of Japan or stop future rule breakers.

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Posted in: Frenchman's hunger strike over 'abducted' kids enters third week See in context

The ex-wife would rather see the father of her children dead than to let them meet with him. She must have mental problems to be so heartless.

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