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Posted in: Koike faces 21 challengers as Tokyo votes for governor amid pandemic See in context

My (Monopoly) money is on that "transhumanist" party candidate.

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Posted in: Kimono maker creates face mask for hostesses See in context

I think it looks really elegant. Not the best protection, but better than nothing.

I also think the hostess bar concept is really cool - something uniquely Japanese (I think). So anyone saying people should stay home with their family, hostess bars are supposed to be an ESCAPE.

That said, stuffing a bar/club with a bunch of people is not a good idea at the moment, so they should just do their hosting from a luxurious hotel room - one-on-one.

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Posted in: Uniqlo to launch AIRism face mask See in context

Sooo, what % of micro-particles will it block?

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Posted in: Telework side jobs could provide key to boosting local economies See in context

"Most of the jobs featured in the website, some of which are unpaid" - no thanks.

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Posted in: Gov't to promote staggered holidays to curb congestion, virus spread See in context

Change the system to a "floating" Golden Week and Obon - 2 mandatory weeks that employees are allowed to use at their discretion on top of their annual paid leave. Mic drop

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Posted in: New Zealand city removes statue of its 'murderous' namesake See in context

I hear Buddha was no saint.

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Posted in: Former AKB48 star Watanabe retires from showbiz over health reasons See in context

Yubaru - MAYU WATANABE, MAYU WATANABE, MAYU WATANABE. That should help you remember her.

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Posted in: Gobble gobble: Pac-Man turns 40 See in context

Ms. Pacman gobbled a lot of my money. Oh, how I wished I had invested in Microsoft, Apple, or anything at that time...

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Posted in: Asian Americans lead in internet-based TV use, study shows See in context

could be other reasons:

Asians in the U.S. have a mundane existence, so they need to "escape" with TV watching, and gaming.

Asians are too afraid in the corona era to go out and be harassed by people who think they are the cause of this mess.

In terms of cost saving, Asians see the value of streaming versus going to a theater or sports event.

Asians are more family-oriented, so watching streaming at home with the kids is considered quality time.

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Posted in: Japan launches new unit to step up defense in outer space See in context

Money well spent. So many legit threats out there, like the Borg, Klingons, Cylons, First Order, Second Order...

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Posted in: Koike unveils road map for easing of restrictions in Tokyo See in context

Just suspend the economy for 2 years or however long it takes to get a vaccine ready. Universal Basic Income for 2 years. Look up the pros and cons.

Restaurants? Hah, I'd be surprised if 50% don't go under, what with people like me not so eager to go back to those places that have cramped seating. I'm lucky I am at that age where not going to a bar or some other nightlife thing leaves some void in my life.

2 years of UBI, and that's give everywhere enough time to 1) get their business ready for the new standards in society, OR 2) rethink their lives and maybe take up some other profession.

At least give these small business a partial monthly subsidy, and if they can't stay afloat even with that help, then they should just fade out, like the samurai.

I do miss ramen restaurants, that's for sure.

I, for one, am to going to push my employer to continue allowing us the option to work from home at least part of the week.

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Posted in: New Zealand plans spending spree to counter virus job losses See in context

Sounds good - make people work for the money they are being given.

I wonder how Japan can do the same. Where does Japan's infrastructure need propping up or wetlands need whatever it is wetlands need?

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

Really, let's just stop this fantasy that the economy can ever return to normal. Just give everyone free money and let everyone be happy. No work. No socializing. No infections. If the whole world did this, we wouldn't have to worry about currency fluctuations, etc. etc.

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

CaptDingleheimer, while I see your point, the bigger point is that keeping a regular train schedule with far fewer people will make riding the trains a lot, lot, lot safer.

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Posted in: Japanese artists in New York sing 'Sukiyaki' together in heartwarming video See in context

What exactly is that song about? Never actually bothered to pay attention to the lyrics. Is it right up there with IMAGINE in terms of a marginal relationship to what is going on right now?

By the way, I love sukiyaki, except for all of that sugar they put in it, and how it kind of stinks up your whole dining room.

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Posted in: China didn't warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days, documents show See in context

So the next question is "How is the world going to punish China for this?"

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Posted in: SoftBank CEO says he will supply 300 mil masks per month to Japan See in context

One wonders why he's not the prime minister.

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Posted in: Darvish speaks of anti-Asian discrimination in U.S. amid outbreak See in context

Yubaru (and anyone who thumbed up him/her):

https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-darvish-asians-insult-20171029-story.html

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19353394/jeremy-lin-brooklyn-nets-says-heard-racist-remarks-more-frequently-college-nba

https://nypost.com/2017/10/03/i-became-a-priest-after-being-fired-for-racist-jeremy-lin-headline/

Might want to do some research before posting.

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Posted in: Japan to give face masks to 50 mil households to fight virus See in context

Actually, 2 cloth masks is all you need. Wear one, wash it, hang it up to dry. Wear the other one the next day. Be sure to stick a panty liner in the mask:

https://flo.health/menstrual-cycle/lifestyle/hygiene-and-beauty/panty-liners

I've been doing that, and MAYBE it helps.

2 per household means you have to leave the rest of your family "out to dry".

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

NY stores have a 10-person limit allowed in their store at any one time.

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Posted in: Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels See in context

"The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics"...Shock to who? Not shocked at all.

And if there is no vaccine or treatment by next year, guess what...

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

And yet I still see people congregating outside. It's like people are brain dead.

OK to be outside (I ride my bicycle a lot in these times), but don't congregate, and wear a mask FFS if you are around a high concentration of people.

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Posted in: 92 from Chicago let in at Narita airport without being asked to self-isolate See in context

Nobody should be travelling...period. Shut the trains and airports down!

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Posted in: Japan to ask travelers from Europe to self-quarantine for 14 days See in context

If they made it a requirement, or just outright banned flights from wherever, that would all but doom the Olympics from being held here.

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Posted in: Trump first foreign leader to call for postponing Tokyo Olympics See in context

All of you saying postponing it is a "no brainer"...Well, you're assuming the people in charge actually have one.

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Posted in: Many local gov'ts short on volunteer interpreters in emergencies See in context

Volunteer? You mean no money? Nah.

Google translate. Done. Next.

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Posted in: WHO urges the world to fight virus See in context

What's worrying is that the rate of re-infections seems to be on the uptick. If that is the case, then quarantines will only work so long before hot spots flare up. The best thing is to move to Montana.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st female paratrooper See in context

Should he be touching that area?

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Posted in: IOC senior member: 3 months to decide fate of Tokyo Olympics See in context

Just move it to next year. What's the big deal?

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Posted in: Italy, S Korea and Iran report sharp rises in coronavirus cases See in context

I wonder what those two items left on the shelf are.

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