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Posted in: Prepare to get rid of 'hanko,' Suga tells government See in context

Still have my はんこしょうめいしょう from 1985 - never used it once in property settlements, contracts, post office and government transactions.

Lost the Hanko too, but still have the card.

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Posted in: White House staff, Secret Service eye virus with fear, anger See in context

POTUS as biohazard - do your jobs, people!

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Posted in: Alec Baldwin defends Trump satire on 'SNL' while president hospitalized See in context

Satire is overrated regarding Trump

He satirizes himself anyway.

COVID-carrying Trump as threat to Secret Service-protected persons anyone?

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Posted in: Play misty for me See in context

Yeah, the mist is cooling, but so is the shade.

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Posted in: Are you an anti-vaxxer? See in context

Not anti bad, just anti coercion-by-hysterics.

Eg. I don’t have flu vaccine, but do gay pneumonia vaccine at own expense.

Why? Flu (and COVID) are viruses - vaccination works with antibodies from bacteria. Anyway, these viruses mutate rapidly making any vaccination (if there actually were any really possible) useless after, say, 3 months.

So, basically I don’t like idiots telling me what to do.

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Posted in: Hot run See in context

How do you know it is a man, blue face-covering notwithstanding?

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Posted in: Azar meets with Taiwan President Tsai on breakthrough visit See in context

Well, a place with its own army, navy, currency, list of trading partners, de facto Olympic and other ‘country’ sports team recognition, public institutional recognition in numerous nations and one of the top 15 biggest economies in the world, not to mention autonomous internal and external political infrastructure, can be on a list for any government as a place to visit and deal with.

Part of China’s Monroe Doctrine I suppose.

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Posted in: Saizeriya restaurant develops face mask to wear when eating See in context

Reminds me of masks on nurses at the Boston flu hospital in the winter of 1918-19.

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Posted in: Japan lacking burial grounds for expanding Muslim population See in context

Koran is God’s voice though the prophet - different from Bible which is just God-inspired message (basically a guide - even Old Testament), and Buddhist mantra, sutras, Talmud, even the Book of Mormon.

So don’t even bother with secular arguments. Divergent interpretation just makes it worse.

Always the option of just using local rules in Japan where laws seem not to exist until they are applied.

Personally I like the old Farsi custom of leaving the bodies around the temple for the vultures, out in the open as in some cultures in Africa.

Then there is the ‘Soylent Green’ option - the unpalatable solution to world hunger problems.

Just don’t disregard the proximity of people in mega cities and other large population centres who have a different view of what to do after death, and hysterical uninformed ad hoc responses that can follow.

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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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