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Posted in: 40-year-old woman dies in avalanche while snowboarding in Aomori See in context

People love those out of bounds areas on the ski slopes because the Japao is so enticing. But it is also extremely dangerous. Very unfortunate for her and family that she lost the roll of the dice.

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

5,183 square meters of floor space?!?!!?? That’s almost 56,000 square feet!!!!! Of floor space! Did the journalist maybe mistake imperial for metric when reporting this size?? Holy moly!

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Posted in: Kremlin foe Navalny faces arrest as flies back to Russia See in context

He resembles Ewan McGregor. Doing an advertisement for Nike.

Beatles music plays in the background....

”Back in the USSR!”

Fade in Nike catchphrase...

”Just Do It!”

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,809 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,014 See in context

Just because you are positive doesn’t mean you have to take up a bed in a hospital. There are a plethora of people around the world who can go through it at home. My friend in Denmark, her brother, her boss all did. And they survived. Healing at home is not necessarily wrong. Please don’t jump to conclusions that the Japanese government is handling this the wrong way. I have seen too many people bashing J-Gov no matter what they do. Look to your own countries, please.

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Posted in: Over 1,000 vehicles stranded, train services suspended by heavy snow in parts of Japan See in context

I really feel for all these people; when it snows this much it doesn’t matter how prepared you are, it’s simply overwhelming.

I lived in Fukui for 20 years, near the mountains. I think it was the winter of 2004/2005 but we had 4m of snow in four days. I shoveled on average 5-7 hours every day from 12/15 to 03/15. There was so much snow that there was nowhere to shovel the snow.

I had to go onto my roof and shovel it off several times. It was always a little frightening going up on the roof because you can’t tell where the roof ends as the snow is so thick and overhangs the roof edge. every year elderly people would fall off the roof, become buried in the snow and die.

I miss snow but I must admit I don’t miss that much snow.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 1,591 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,001 See in context

January 3rd was a Sunday and most medical institutions are not working at full capacity on Sundays. Had it been a regular work day we might have seen double the tests resulting in a different spread of positives (possibly higher). Let’s see what tomorrow and Friday’s numbers, based on Monday and Tuesday’s full day of hospital testing bring. Then we should see a more accurate representation of what happened during Oshogatsu.

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Posted in: Male-only rule should be prioritized in imperial succession: Suga See in context

Bob’s comment made me look at the photo again; and by George I think he’s right! It’s almost like Prince Hisahito is chomping at the Imperial bit to get to the front of the line.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 783 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,247 See in context

The other day when we had the huge number of positives (945?) with only about 2,000 tests (45% positive) not a single person questioned this. Rather than bashing the Japanese government for doing everything wrong, couldn’t this have been an editorial miss with the actual number of tests at 12,000 instead of the reported 2K? It just did not make sense that the number of positives would suddenly jump from 10-15% to 45% in one day without a red flag being raised.

Oh, and ¥9800 is economical compared to what I had to pay a private lab in Canada to get my test done in less than the 72 hours required by the Japanese government in order for permanent residents to return to Japan. Canada could not do it in less than 80 hours and I had to have four tests before the last one from the private lab was able to get the negative results back to me in time to change my flight and get on a plane to come HOME to Japan.

Saliva testing is what the government does for every PCR test conducted at the airport upon arrival here. Japan developed this and is able to get results in about one hour. This is their standard now. Isn’t it possible to think that maybe they figured something out? Or is Japan just a failure at everything they do? Wouldn’t be the first time that Japan improved on things.

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Posted in: 27,400 foreign travelers visited Japan in October: JNTO See in context

I work in Harajuku. In the first several months the area was dead and businesses on Takeshita St went down. It was a true ghost town. These days foreigners (from the Asian countries that the J-gov wants to do business with) are visibly increasing.

The other day I saw four White guys walking the streets. Sure enough, they were sporting Australian accents; another country that has been “eased”.

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Posted in: Australia scrambles to contain new COVID-19 cluster See in context

It took me a month to come home to Japan after I had to go to Canada for my mom’s sudden death. The 72-hour COVID year restriction on non-Japanese permanent residents of Japan traveling from the banned country of Canada resulted in me having to take four COVID tests before I could finally get one back in enough time to change my flight and rush to the airport.

And here we have Japan opening up Australia for entry into Japan with no restrictions, as part of their plan to increase business with APAC.

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Posted in: Japan's #KuToo movement giving women a leg-up in the workplace See in context

I was talking to my friend on the train this morning about this. She was wearing walking platform sandals to the office. She said that in her company, corporate has banned the wearing of heels over 7cm in height “because they are dangerous if required to escape the building during earthquake, fire, etc.” However, her boss (she calls her “Sexy Boss”) is 175cm and always wears 10cm “pinheels” in the office in spite of the ban. Nobody complains. She doesn’t complain. And so because the boss does it, a lot of other women in her department also wear high heels (because they want to). And they don’t get reprimanded for breaking the code.

Again, it’s not all about bashing corporate Japan for being behind or oppressive. If we look for the negative, that’s what we are going to see.

As an aside, maybe the woman with bloody toes needs to find a different pair of heels that fit her feet better, so that they aren’t causing her damage? Foot for thought...

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Posted in: Japan's #KuToo movement giving women a leg-up in the workplace See in context

I want to wear a thin, breathable skirt and sleeveless top during the summer months to get some air circulation up there and prevent swamp rot in the brutal heat here. Even a kilt would be fine. Maybe I should start a #kiltyou movement!

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Posted in: Robert Pattinson picked as the new Batman: report See in context

He certainly has the jaw for The Batman.

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Posted in: Offices adding greenery as part of work-style reform See in context

I agree with Strangerland. My former company moved to a new office which the top brass designed. They put in an entire wall of greenery in the lounge, or refresh area (plastic, but hey!) and seven massage chairs around the office. They built space where people can get away to work quietly instead of on “the island”, as well as a lot of “free space” to use for meetings that didn’t need to be booked through Outlook (always overbooked). They also allowed people to use those giant balance balls in place of chairs (many did). There is a garden full of trees and plants (real) on the roof with a picnic table and benches that we used for lunch as well.

They implemented super flex time, “happy Friday”, work from home three days a week and full casual (mind your manners when meeting clients).

It has made made a HUGE difference in the way we worked as well as felt. Productivity definitely improved.

So I wouldn’t suggest “dissing” the plant idea until you have had the opportunity to test it out. Japanese people ARE changing the way the work, friends.

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Posted in: Law loosens rules for self-driving cars in Japan See in context

I was in a self driving golf cart at a course near Mt Fuji a few years back. It was very unnerving to see the empty cart drive itself to the putting green to pick us up for the next hole. My score was horrendous but the cart was fabulous!

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Posted in: Many Tokyo firms unprepared for Olympic traffic congestion See in context

I am not looking forward to living and working in Tokyo next summer.

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Posted in: Parents win benefits in nightclub worker's death from chugging alcohol See in context

The work-related drinking culture seems to have completely disappeared for me. Now a days, everyone in my company tries to leave as close to 18:00 as possible and just go home. I see almost no more nomikai in the workplace like there used to be. So, it seems that people are changing, albeit perhaps more slowly than might be beneficial for their health. Or maybe they have become “kitchen drinkers”?

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot dead by police on Saitama street See in context

What the heck?!? So, yesterday two knife-wielding men died?

this sounds like the man was trying to get someone to come close to see if he was OK. And at that point he would thrust up with the knife and stab. But since the police came instead of a defenseless Good Samaritan, he charged.

Bizarro of the bizarro.

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Posted in: In Japan, Trump leaves allies, enemies and staff guessing See in context

Wow! Mrs Trump is a head taller than our Emperor. Maybe they could have recommended she not wear those amazingly tall high heeled pumps for this photo....

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Posted in: Indonesian man sues after being sent home for lack of Japanese skills See in context

We shouldn’t expect fisher people to speak the foreigner’s language. And yet it is highly probable that there were people who sincerely tried to help him in English, to get him up to speed while he continued to study. Hopefully he actually was studying and immersing himself in the local culture, not hanging with a crowd from his own country and speaking that language all the time. Coming to a country and expecting to work there does require a certain level of proficiency in the language. And if after a period of time he could not reach the level required to be functional in the trade, well, hard decisions sometimes have to be made.

Let’s not jump to “Japanese are racist” conclusions, people. For that in itself is a form of discrimination.

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Posted in: Abe orders measures to secure road safety for preschool children See in context

If the drivers lose control (for whatever reason) and plow into a bunch of pedestrians, adding people to protect them or flashing “Children crossing!!!” signs is really not going to prevent people from losing control of their vehicle and plowing into a bunch of pedestrians.

“I am losing control of my vehicle! Look! A bus full of children! I have to swerve in another direction and hit those other pedestrians!”

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

I find it interesting that an article discussing reversing the Japanese names in the foreign media begins, “Foreign minister Taro Kono...”

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Posted in: Google v Huawei hits millions of smartphone users See in context

I wonder if China will loosen restrictions to internet access so that Google has more freedom to search in the country, thus opening up the road for Google to rethink their policy on restriction of services and technology to Huawei? This is going to hurt people and companies, big time, if they actually go through with it. Could Trump be squeezing Google’s sensitive parts? The truth is out there (though likely all we will ever be able to do is speculate and postulate a bazillion conspiracy theories).

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Posted in: What it’s like to experience reverse culture shock after leaving Japan See in context

I could write a ten part series on the Shock I get upon returning to Canada to visit friends and family, after living here for 30 years. Quite honestly I do not know if I could acclimatize to the vast differences...

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Posted in: Serious side effects of cancer drug Verzenio suspected in Japan See in context

I work in this industry. It is not as simple as everyone makes it out to be. In actuality it takes more than 10 years for drug development to approval through the clinical trial system. First of all a Phase 1 (PK/PD) study must be conducted and the data must be good enough to proceed. Then a Phase 2 study, followed by a Phase 3 clinical trial. P1 is usually conducted on healthy subjects but with cancer drugs cancer patients participate. This is to determine how the drug affects the body and how the body affects the drug. As Japanese bodies are different from caucasians it must be conducted. It cannot be skipped.

The tricky thing Is that of course, subjects participating in trials are chosen for success, thus the strict inclusion/exclusion requirements. But, once a drug is approved by the PMDA for a certain (and often extremely narrow indication), the physician can decide whom to treat with the drug. Drug companies cannot promote anything outside of the specific indication, but in the end it is entirely up to the doctor to decide.

This is why, I’m spite of “success” in clinical trials, Serious Adverse Events (eg. the lung cancer above) can occur once the drug is on the market. This is because it is no longer a test and inclusion/exclusion conditions no longer apply. And this is also why for 10 years following approval, drug companies are required by law to submit ALL adverse events that happen, in the country and in the world, to the PMDA.

And then the PMDA and likewise other Health Authorities around the world have the responsibility to determine whether to stop marketing. Which, is often affected by the super rich drug company lawyers and lobbyists. And therein lies the rub, folks. Ethics, and transparency can take a back seat to profits at this point.

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Posted in: End of 'Big Bang' stirs debate over future of TV comedies See in context

Sorry. “Nangun I” — bangumi

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Posted in: End of 'Big Bang' stirs debate over future of TV comedies See in context

If the masses did not tune into this it would never have lasted 12 seasons.

For me, after living in Japan so long and always hating, but being forced to the exposure of the Japanese “tarento warai Nangun I” (I never laugh), my sense of humor is so messed up that there is not a single American Sit-com I find humorous. While my American friends are guffawing away, I am left scratching my head and asking, “why is this considered funny?” My mom, however, loved the series. Even Seinfeld seemed terribly mundane and not at all interesting.

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Posted in: Gov't to urge firms to hire employees until age 70 amid labor crunch See in context

@ mu-da

Unfortunately there are already not enough youth working to pay for my retirement when I hit 60 or 65 or even 70. We don’t pay into our own pensions here as I am sure you are aware; we pay into the funds that are paying those currently receiving pension. So I will HAVE to work at 70 in order to avoid living in a cardboard box in Shinjuku. And so will everyone my age and below. It is daunting.

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Posted in: Health insurance law revised to limit coverage to Japan residents See in context

I am over 50 and have been living here and paying into for 30 years. I agree with all the other posters; no way it is 30%. Also I save way more money here than my friends do in Canada.

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Posted in: Japanese seniors turning to flea market apps to declutter See in context

I am glad to see that more people of the upper age group, who generally are not entirely comfortable with the internet (and often far too trusting), are beginning to use the auction sites.

I use Sugamo as a transfer station on my daily commutes. I can think of many descriptors for the area but “trendy” certainly isn’t one of them.

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