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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:

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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Posted in: 'Bureaucrats were in charge': Japanese doctor blasts ship quarantine See in context

He'll be a hero if this covid becomes super viral in Japan and the source was one of the released cruise ship passengers.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

I don't even know why the MOJ bothered. Like they have any incentive to change anything. What, are countries going to withhold trade deals over this?

If I were the MOJ, I would be like, "Oh yeah? What are you gonna do about it?"

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says she wasn't in the loop about his escape See in context

He rode the Shinkansen? I wonder how he was able to disguise himself. I'm thinking a beard, stache, mask, sunglasses, or a full on Mission Impossible level disguise.

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Posted in: Anti-train groper badge design contest announces this year’s winners See in context

Maria - that's nice of you. Now spread that logic and courage to elementary, JHS, and HS students, and oh, let's not forget the boys.

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Posted in: Is rugby in Japan on a roll after WorldCup, or will the 'rugby bubble' deflate? See in context

It's doomed. Hard to watch. A scrum always looks like a bunch of beefy guys laying a single egg.

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Posted in: Anti-train groper badge design contest announces this year’s winners See in context

Sooooo, how many people are actually going to wear this?

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of sister and her 3-year-old son in Saitama See in context

Japan does have mental health care. But will people actually use it?

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Posted in: Famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Jiro dropped from Michelin gourmet guide See in context

@stranger - "then why aren't these shops charging as much as Jiro"

So restaurants should charge a high price because if you charge 40000 yen, you will still get the volume of customers that you would have if you had charged 4000. Really, really, really, really, really think about that.

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Posted in: Famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Jiro dropped from Michelin gourmet guide See in context

@stranger - "For those who think kaitenzushi is as good as a proper sushi restaurant, why is it you suppose they don't charge the same prices? Or something more in line with the high cost places?"

So you equate price with quality. Really, really, really think about that.

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Posted in: 3 men arrested for selling All Blacks merchandise in violation of trademark law See in context

Why are so many of you defending this people? Yes, they are not criminals in the same way as a serial killer, but it's still copyright infringement. They perfectly well knew what they were doing was illegal.

How would you like it if you copyrighted something, and someone else profits off of your idea?

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Posted in: KFC opens all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet restaurant in Tokyo See in context

cleo - KFC tastes good. It's one of the U.S.' greatest exports, right up there with hip hop music and that Frozen theme song.

In China, I read it's even considered a luxury item. And it brings families together to enjoy all of that greasy goodness.

BTW, saw a couple of sumo wrestlers at an all you can eat place in Yokohama. The owners must have been thinking, "we can kiss our profits good-bye tonight"

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Posted in: Winter arrivals See in context

Nature is pretty amazing. And I have to get out more.

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Posted in: England fined for encroaching on All Blacks haka at Rugby World Cup See in context

Japan's gotta come in and do their own thing - like the sumo stomp. That'll win them the next world cup

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Posted in: Everyone is watching us now, says proud Japan coach Joseph See in context

It's still one of those once-every-four-years-sports for me. It's right up there with ski jumping. I have a feeling a lot of Japanese fans will feel the same.

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Posted in: Uruguay rugby players assault staff, damage Kumamoto restaurant See in context

"I was drunk and don't remember" should have been the stock response.

The most heinous of the offenses: destroying the stuffed bear.

If the bear was Kumamon, then they should answer to the wrath of all those who worship Kumamon.

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Posted in: Japan's rugby team shows off the changing face of the nation See in context

"They'll accept athletes and celebrities so long as those people do well, but I have yet to see how this has benefited the people 'on the ground' who are often shunned or experience all sorts of negative things." - Well said.

Lots of YouTube videos of people talking about why they left Japan, and a big one is never being fully "accepted", despite their Japanese being fluent. Some choose to overlook that and decide to stay, while others have enough and move on to where their race or country of origin is less of an issue.

That said, maybe rugby will inch the country closer to at least not thinking that it's OK for the police to randomly card every person with a certain skin color or other distinctive foreign feature.

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Posted in: Japan rejoices after Rugby World Cup over Scotland See in context

Ah_so - You must be assuming that I was fixated on the racial make up of the team during the match. As I said, I appreciate the brutality of the sport, but the team photo... Well, some of you choose to look at it one way, others look at it differently. Let's agree to disagree on the acceptability of switching nationalities for the sake of being able to compete in a sport on an international level.

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Posted in: Japan rejoices after Rugby World Cup over Scotland See in context

Yubaru - I know the rules. Maybe you think everyone has to agree with them, and that a team stocked with foreign talent (and a coach) for the sole purpose of beefing up rugby to make the country feel proud is OK. If that floats your boat, enjoy!

Yesterday was the first full rugby game I ever watched, and I appreciate how brutal of a sport it is. But all the while watching, I couldn't help but sense that this team is the bridge that Japan needs to propel what may be an all-born-in-Japan squad being successful in the future. Sort of like that whole "Yeah, having a Mongolian-born grand champion is nice and all, but..."

And don't get me started on that Naomi Osaka thing.

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