What a pathetic attempt this article is making of criticizing the Japanese government without committing to actually criticizing them in clear words.
The media jumped on the bandwagon when there were a few ratbags protesting the games to be cancelled, but the same media were only too happy to report how great the events were each day. Now, they are going to stir up trouble over the actual losses made by the games for their own gains. The media today have no scruples.
None of the media would report the huge difference of cancelling the games as opposed to going ahead with the games on a restricted basis. For those without a clue, the Japanese government would have faced a much larger bill to cancel the games (sponsorship money, tv right fees, cancellation fees, law suits, etc). A conservative estimate (not including law suits) would be approx. JPY160,000 per tax payer. I was definitely not prepared to pay this out of my own pocket.
Be careful, check the facts before you trust the media. They are only keen to publish the information they want you to know.
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It's so easy to demand cancellation of the Olympics. But it's not so easy to do. Who's going to pay back the billions of dollars to the sponsors? Who's going to bear the brunt of lawsuits for loss of revenue from canceling the games? What explanation is acceptable for all those athletes that have worked many years to get to this point in their careers?
People are quick to jump on the bandwagon but I bet the very same people will be glued to their TV sets cheering on their compatriots.
Just get the games done and over with, so we can put all this behind us, and get on with our lives.
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In foreign countries, waiting for everyone's food to be placed in front of them at the table was a religious matter of many years ago. The people would pray together once all the food was delivered. Of course, these days, not many families pray before their meals. However, the restaurants overseas still try to bring the foods to the table at the same time.
In Japan, there is no set rules, but many Japanese people prefer to eat their meals while it is still piping hot, so fellow diners will kindly request each other to start eating instead of waiting for their own food to be delivered. I have seen in some Japanese schools where they all say "itadakimasu" together before they start eating the school lunch.
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I hope everyone living in Japan voices their anger, not only to the Japanese government, but to the selfish business leaders who pressured the politicians into starting the Go To Travel and Go To Eat campaigns.
My respect for the Japanese government has been lost. I'm very disappointed.
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How unbelievably stupid. Another outbreak in Beijing has recently been detected and the U.S. is stupid to allow such risks of further spreading the virus. This will make U.S.A. just as responsible as China if the virus spreads further as a result.
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The haka is an unfair advantage, definitely giving the All Blacks are big chance to psyche themselves up in front of the opposition.
However, I'm guessing that most coaches don't know the actual circumstances in regards to the approval of the on-field haka. Any coach has the right to refuse the haka prior to a test match in accordance with World Rugby regulations. They can ask the referee to start play without the performance of the haka prior to the players entering the field. The referee then informs the teams wishing to perform the haka of the refusal. It's as simple as that.
If I was the coach of an opposing team facing the haka, I would definitely refuse the performance, regardless which country we're in. Any act to take down the mood of the All Blacks would definitely be a bonus to an opposing team.
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It should be a condition that he pays back the costs spent by the Japanese government (and other governments) to get him back to Japan from Syria. As well, "sensei258's" suggestion should be another condition before issuing a passport. Perhaps he'll think again before ignoring the government's warnings.
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Vaccinations are important but there are circumstances of real risks to individuals. The lack of information and warnings to people is the problem here. I agree that vaccinations are necessary, but doctors need to advise each patient (or their guardian) about what to do or what not to do immediately after shots are administered.
My son suffered an attack from a virus that left him partially blind in his left eye. He was 15 yrs old at the time and needed one more vaccination before attending school overseas. No-one at the hospitals could find the virus or the cause of the virus until one particular doctor mentioned that he has seen a case or two of viruses attacking babies shortly after a vaccination. Only then we realised what had happened.
Had we have been told that we should look out for anything strange occurring with my son's body over the one week period after the vaccination, we might have been able to cure him of the damage.
The point is, medical organisations need to research ways to prevent such problems in the near future, and provide enough information of the do's and don'ts for parents who are having their children vaccinated. Perhaps then and only then, will more people feel safer about vaccinations.
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You also forgot to mention that a recent law now requires that all cyclists ride on the same side of the road as cars. That law was brought into effect more than 2 years ago from memory, however we still see cyclists riding on the opposite side of the roads into on-coming traffic.
I have the same amazement as kniknaknokkaer and cringe every time I see a kid race around a corner or come out of a small laneway at speeds that no-one could fathom.
I've been told that the kids are taught at school how to ride bikes in Japan by the police. I don't think the lesson has much affect because many of the kids still ride their bikes dangerously in Japan. I would prefer to use shock tactics when teaching the kids how to ride safely in Japan. A visit from people who are crippled from bike accidents would most likely have a lot of sway.
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I feel that despite the Government's efforts, many businesses are ignoring the chance to take advantage of these short periods of potential business growth. I know of some logistic companies that have no plans to address possible sudden hikes in demand for delivery of foodstuffs. It's not so easy to increase trucks drivers for such a short period of time either. Other suppliers for the restaurant industry are also ignoring the potential increase for demand of their products. In Sydney during the Olympics, many restaurants ran out of food way before closing times, leaving diners stranded in lines outside waiting for nothing. I think the same mistake will happen here in Japan during the World Cup Rugby, but owners of restaurants may learn from this mistake in time for the Olympics in 2020. Will restaurants have enough knives, forks, and spoons to cater for non-chopstick users? Will the convenience stores be able to stock up regularly?
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There is no explanation or reasons given for the drop in numbers. I'd like to see what the major reason for avoiding Kyoto would be. Are the Japanese travellers heading overseas in preference to domestic travel? Are they keen to visit other places in Japan? Are they avoiding the Chinese crowds?
One thing is for sure, there is a travel cycle and I've seen the domestic and international travel industries turn around when there are major news reports of natural disasters, terror attacks, etc. in my long presence here in Japan. The numbers will turn around eventually.
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Most of the food from China that is imported by distributors goes to restaurants. Whilst supermarkets are required by law to state the origin of foods on their labels, restaurants are not required to do so. How many people would eat at a restaurant if they knew the food they were using in their cooking was imported from China? Isn't it time the law was extended to restaurants too?
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I can't believe this article. How ridiculous!!! Cooking onions and sausages are probably the easiest of foods to cook, whether it is on a grill or in a frypan. Test Kitchen really needs to get a life and stop trying to insult the intelligence of the readers.
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I find it unbelievable that the Government doesn't make the sponsors or the companies who falsely allow foreigners to register as a resident to be liable for the difference in fake claims.
This will certainly stop companies and local residents from assisting such false claims. It's quite simple and I'm sure acceptable to the community.
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