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Posted in: Tokyo, as you've never seen it before See in context

I see a lot of green in that first picture.

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Posted in: U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies See in context

Get off your high horses, people. If you have an iPhone, then you're part of the problem.

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Posted in: Facebook working on Instagram for kids under 13 See in context

Well it's about time.

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Posted in: Japan's Filipino community puts down roots, moves past hostess origins See in context

In the U.S., by the 2nd or 3rd generation, many Asians start expanding into other professions that bring more status and money. Hence, you see a lot of doctors of Indian or East Asian descent in the U.S.

I predict that by the 2nd generation in Japan, many of the Filipinos, Chinese, South Koreans, and Vietnamese will do the same. We'll start seeing more of them as doctors, or at the minimum, computer engineers... or maybe not.

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Posted in: Japan extends deadline for casino host city bids to April 2022 See in context

Speed - How are you able to survive out in the "sticks" if there economy is dying out there?

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Posted in: Fears pandemic will worsen birth rate, exacerbating Japan's aging crisis See in context

The elephant in the room: kids are like elephants in a room: loud, destructive...did I mention loud?

Too many people living in Tokyo, so apartments too small.

Too many distractions in Tokyo, so why have kids to ruin things?

This pandemic might actually help reverse the trend: no need to live in Tokyo, get more space in the countryside with your own pool, give birth to your future caretakers who will tend to you as you lay on your belly trying to breathe, etc.

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Posted in: Model told by police to 'talk it out' with stalker who came to her door See in context

These plus-sized models are making bank in Japan, but any model, if you're going to be in the public eye, you better expect more than a few crazes to pop their head over your fence. And yes, don't expect much help from おまわりさん.

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Posted in: Hotels put safety first in bid to lure back domestic travelers See in context

"many of Japan's hotels are betting that an emphasis on safety measures rather than low prices will be the best way to attract wary customers amid the coronavirus pandemic"

Lower prices would help, A LOT. Better than just having your rooms sit empty.

And since when were Chinese travelers allowed back into Japan?

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Posted in: Japanese student criticized for campaign against excess plastic packaging See in context

What % of the plastic waste in Japan is from this wrapping?

What % of 100 yen store's products are plastic?

So ban Daiso and its ilk, while you're at it.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually molesting 9-year-old girl in car See in context

Japan is not the only place with pedos, so the whole manga = pedo logic, well...

I'm wondering about the case against this guy. It's going to be her word against his, so I suspect this guy will be released, regardless whether or not he actually did said act.

Japan should allow kids to carry a stun gun. Problem solved.

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Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

Is it the government that control's the hospital workers' salaries? I thought they were private entities, so if they aren't getting enough patients, and if the government "help" is not enough, then really, what are administrators supposed to do? As outdated as the bonus system might be, if it does give businesses a way out of an even bigger financial mess, and if it ensures as few people as possible lose their jobs, then...

Anyway, kind of makes you wonder how many people before really needed to go to the hospital. As far as I know, we're not seeing a spike in illnesses (even Covid-related), so people must be managing to treat themselves on their own. Or maybe staying at home has kept people from contracting anything other than cabin fever.

Still, only the tip of the iceberg. Businesses cannot just hang on forever. This will be a culling of the herd of businesses. I estimate in about six months, look out below.

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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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