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Posted in: Lavender and lake See in context

Clouds around Fuji appear and shift so rapidly

Even 10 second is not enough margin

Good shot!

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Posted in: Shoe man See in context

Doing it properly, customer too.

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Posted in: Tokushima: Raiders of the lost park See in context

Irritating for me was not being able to get the jobs to move to Tokushima from Kochi - it was always life, not job.

Still I could live in Kochi, and in Shikoku (once in Tokushima before 平成), and LIVE I did.

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Posted in: Has the coronavirus made you rethink what's important in your life? See in context

Just constant reminders of aspects of human nature.

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Posted in: Japan's new stimulus package to be worth ¥117.1 tril See in context

No, Cyprus, not Crete,


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Posted in: Japan's new stimulus package to be worth ¥117.1 tril See in context

fund the costs, Japan will issue an additional 31.9 trillion yen in government bonds under the second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year ending in March 2021, according to the draft.

That will push new bond issuance for the current fiscal year to a record 90 trillion yen. When including issuance to roll over debt maturing during the year, Japan's total issuance for the year would hit a record, exceeding 200 trillion yen and further straining the country's already tattered finances.

There are always the PostOffice savings accounts - lots of cash there. Well, it happened in Crete and Iceland

But Japan is different, and the Japan scenario in the end still works.

Ordinary people’s tax and 年金 could well change up and down respectively though.

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Posted in: Taking aim See in context

Glad I don’t need to take that thing apart and put it together in the dark.

Too many purple switches too.

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Posted in: Hong Kong history exam on Japan questions sparks China rebuke See in context

hurting the feelings and dignity of the Chinese people

Which Chinese ‘people’ is that?

More than one if the Beijing lot would actually listen to themselves, Norishige lot that they are.

Exam question wording not withstanding, letting candidates write may turn up a few surprises for critics and supporters both.

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Posted in: Do you think the quality of education at schools and universities will suffer if classes are conducted online for a long time due to the pandemic? See in context

Already happening ’Educations ain’t educations’, anyway.

Prac and tactile stuff are not like memorizing or applying knowledge, ideas, principles theories and vocabulary items.

Or as one teacher I know complained, typing is slower than speaking, and voice to screen still ends up as gibberish.

Still some work to be done there.

Anyway, the new education world is yet to produce all its new unthoughtof effects yet.

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Posted in: What is your understanding of the term "fake news?" See in context

Unsubstantiated or wildly selective reporting, rumor, blatant lies.

Basically anything from News Corp/Fox, most politicians, infotainment

Oddly propaganda is not always fake news, also selective or biased opinion spun into shape.

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Posted in: When you look at Facebook, do you sometimes get the feeling that everyone else has a more interesting life than you? See in context

Usually I realise I do have a life, while many others seem to have less of a life.

FB groups can be different, depending on the group. I am in 2 or 3 professional groups (not really active) and 2 hobby-type groups (art- a bit active). The professional groups offer pressure, the hobby ones show quite a few people doing something with a passion.

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Posted in: Opening up, Australia maps out staged easing of COVID-19 curbs See in context

Unsaid preface is if any second COVID strain or simple winter don’t bowl a goodly (ie. a curve ball)

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Posted in: Do you think the coronavirus will change the way people work, shop and socialize in the future? See in context

Yeah, a bit of threshing going on.

Though some people and societies too, needed it, I think that for a generation or so social relations among people become more complex - online and proximal both.

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Posted in: Flowers unexpectedly bloom at Fukushima school closed by virus See in context

Um, school or local Education Committee should think entrepreneurially-

Interesting to think of all the seeds and stuff you high actually make it to and can thrive in those dust bowl school sports grounds

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Posted in: Australia-New Zealand flights to resume once virus risk eliminated See in context

Aust & NZ - 2 island countries

Japan is too (Taiwan too for that matter)

Easier than continentals, all things considered, besides Japan’s laggardly COVID strategy ( and China having something bellicose to say if Taiwan gets included in the flight club and they don’t).

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Posted in: For those of you started teleworking due to the coronavirus, how has it been so far? What are the pros and cons? See in context

Work and non-work blending - oh well!

No commute - yay!

No pants necessary - hmm!

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Posted in: Hikaru Utada previews new song as she hikes through Japan Alps See in context

Beautiful and atmospheric is the point - we get that.

Not sure that getting out to walk around the beautiful countryside riding fluid emotions is the right message just now.

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Posted in: New Zealand, Australia say too soon to ease restrictions despite coronavirus slowdown See in context

Winter is coming

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Posted in: The Beatles' legend lives on, 50 years after break-up See in context

Once drove a taxi picking up George at Sydney airport. Half way between bearded and clean shaven, didn’t recognize him, even with his Scouse.

Nothing pretentious there, easy conversation which may have been a cab-ride holiday for him.

Even got a big tip from the minder at the other end at Sydney Uni International House.

Probably pretty different if I had recognized him, which I did the next night on the news.

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Posted in: Staying at home in Tokyo's small apartments isn't easy See in context

Get ready for finding people passed away days/weeks before.

Already been happening with old people.

The scary thing is all the single occupant apartments - millions all over Japanese cities.

individuals staying home and online ostensibly their only outside connection.

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Posted in: UK PM Johnson stays in isolation as queen prepares to address the nation See in context

Restoration of Royal Prerogative?? Looks like this in the headline

First time since 1640, but then it ended badly, especially for the last Charles.

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Posted in: Australian police put a 90-day limit on draconian virus measures in NSW See in context

Sometimes Australia’s story is that of behavour by morons and consequent socio-political knee-jerk responses by institutions, COVID-19 NOT withstanding.

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Posted in: Japan Post to temporarily stop accepting international mail due to coronavirus See in context

France is exempted but French Polynesia and New Caledonia are not!

And New Zealand?!


Institutional xenophobia (maybe not) or attention to post item handling practice?

if attention to levels of COVID, some surprises on the country list.

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Posted in: Lockdown or lock-in? Fears of alcoholism, addiction in confinement See in context

Just a problem now?

Shares in Ito-en anyone?

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Posted in: Countries crack down on basic rights amid virus pandemic See in context

One aspect of current COVID-19 conditions is some otherwise flip-floppier governments discovering their balls, and a generation or two experiencing the effects for the first time.

And it’s still early days

So don’t cough, or it’s an ankle bracelet for you - even proposing that in Australia!

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Posted in: Survey ranks Tokyo as the most desirable place in Japan to live, bumping Kanagawa to #2 See in context

Maybe data from before COVID

Kochi has highest number of beds per capita.

Otherwise, after all this is over, somewhere to go for a walk - beach, forest, un-concreted river, or all three

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Posted in: Telework, stockpiling spread in Tokyo after Koike's press conference See in context

Japan lives by booms and herds

70s Oil Shock and toilet paper; 1988 taifuns and ’taimai’.

Glad washlets pervade now, but so still does supply built around shopping for the day rather than week or month.

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Posted in: Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears See in context

So it begins ...

Yet, with these two East Asian players it is more like So it continues ...

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Posted in: As coronavirus spikes, so does global instability See in context

As coronavirus spikes, so does global instability

So does paranoia, impatience, emotive responses - at local and macro levels

Advice: if a routine or normalcy is possible for you, stick with it and you can avoid the hypertension and cardiovascular causes of death before the big bad virus gets you.

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Posted in: The show must go on See in context

Looks like a YouTube video of what the models look like and what normal people look like.

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