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Posted in: Gov't preparing to resume foreign tourist entry in June See in context

Maybe they can get some tips from Koryo Tours on how to get them to visit Japan without experiencing anything but hotels and selected restaurants cleared of other customers. Can they keep their cellphones?

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Posted in: Businesses rattled by gov't caution to ease restrictions for foreign tourists See in context

Five of my family members were going to come visit this summer to travel for two weeks and then stay with us for a week. Five people paying for flights, meals, hotels and who knows what else. But due to Japan’s policies, instead I’m flying to America and we’re headed for the  Florida Keys.  And I think we’ll meet in Korea next year, since they want to visit Asia.  Korea is also likely to be more fun to visit than a dying backwater full of closed businesses

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Posted in: Man mistakenly sent ¥46.3 mil in COVID funds gambles it all away See in context

The fact that he hasn't been charged tells me it wasn't actually illegal to keep the money. He'll be fine. It's undoubtedly in cryptocurrency, but the Po-Po will eagerly accept his story so they A) don't have to keep trying to find it which they are utterly untrained to do B) don't have to admit that the Japanese financial system's 'suspicious activity' detection system is nonexistent and C) get to blame it on those dangerous websites in Gaikoku.

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Posted in: Final refrain for iPod as Apple stops production See in context

Using your phone for all music just wears out your battery (which now cannot be replaced by the user). And my old Nano weighs next to nothing, so strapping it to my arm is way more comfortable than doing the same with my phone on a jog.

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Posted in: U.S. drone company starts delivering medicine in Japan See in context

Soon someone will start complaining about this and that and before you know it they will be grounded. Just like anything else that is imported or new idea that are not Made In japan.

I imagine they will start showing pictures of military crash damage and insinuating that these are much too risky without many meetings and careful consideration and carefully collecting input from all local citizens, and if a single obaachan says "Hmmm...(sucks teeth)...chotto....." the project will be stopped. After which the same obaachan will complain about her pharmacy not having her drugs on time.

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Posted in: Leader of QAnon's Japan branch arrested for obstructing COVID vaccinations for kids See in context

The mayor has a responsibility to determine what's best for his constituents and do everything in his power to achieve it.

The mayor, who is not a doctor, refused to give medical advice....and that’s bad? Do look to your mayor as your surrogate father and look to him for all your decisions?

A lot of antivax people were made more paranoid by mandates....when given a choice, more people got vaccinated

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Posted in: Japan confirms 1st case of Omicron XE variant in airport arrival See in context

I’m going to wait for the XE Plus, or maybe even the XE Premium variant. The Premium variant spreads so fast it goes back in time and infects you last month.

Seriously, unless it’s a variant that differs greatly from the current strain they need ro stop the dramatic headlines. (A bit faster spread, which is an estimate anyway, isn’t enough in my mind to make a big “arrives in Japan” headline. They are just trying to justify keeping the country closed.

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Posted in: Japan to lift COVID nonresident foreigner entry ban for 106 nations; tourists still barred See in context

A friend in Kyoto says his mother in-law is simultaneously happy that there aren’t many tourists…..and upset that her brother’s shop (which had about 50% foreign tourist customers in 2019) is on the verge of closing due to low sales. Not an ounce of awareness of any connection.

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Posted in: Honda, Sony joining forces on new electric vehicle See in context

So it will use a proprietary Sony charging plug, the warranty will only be valid in the prefecture you bought it in, and the entertainment system will only play music from the Sony music store. Only Sony phones will connect to the Bluetooth.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 10,334 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 60,142 See in context

Lock it down ! 3-4 weeks to get the deadliest variant (Omicron) contained

And then what? The second the lock down is over Omicron will bounce right back. Unless you propose a permanent "3 weeks locked, 3 weeks open" regime (and it kinda sounds like you would be ok with that). Oh, and the borders would have to stay closed pretty much permanently too, unless you want to open/close/open/close with no warning. 

They need to speed up the boosters because they keep people out of the hospital, and speed up acquisition of the new therapeutics. But no one believes "x weeks to flatten the curve" anymore.

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Posted in: Japanese trio impress to move into women's snowboard big air final See in context

Lock it down ! 3-4 weeks to get the deadliest variant (Omicron) contained

And then what? The second the lock down is over Omicron will bounce right back. Unless you propose a permanent "3 weeks locked, 3 weeks open" regime (and it kinda sounds like you would be ok with that). Oh, and the borders would have to stay closed pretty much permanently too, unless you want to open/close/open/close with no warning.

They need to speed up the boosters because they keep people out of the hospital, and speed up acquisition of the new therapeutics. But no one believes "x weeks to flatten the curve" anymore.

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Posted in: China opens Winter Olympics, with lockdown and boycotts See in context

Look up the vid of the Dutch reporter being physically attacked and forced to stop his report because he was filming in an area they felt wasn’t photogenic enough…the street outside the venue.

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Posted in: Japan's border policy keeping hundreds of thousands of foreigners in limbo See in context

If I were one of those people in limbo I would just be like "Okay, Japan doesn't want me there, fine; it's their loss" and would look for a better place. Why all the begging and whining? Why only wanting to come to Japan?

Some of them are researchers in fields that Japan is strong in….there just aren’t better places to study for some fields. What the academic world is screaming right now is that “exchange” programs are just that…exchanges. your students come here to get access to equipment and expertise that doesn’t exist back home, and we take some of your students to train in the expertise that WE excel in. This is how international scientific exchange happens.

And Japan is screwing up the system by not reciprocating and allowing foreign students in while Japanese students are being allowed to study abroad. The scary thing for Japan is that Japanese students are beginning to be refused spots in these programs. I have students who had planned to go to the EU this year, but have been told that since Japan won’t take any students, their spots are going to students from Korea. Once the programs are cancelled, it’s hard to get them moving again since the foreign universities don’t have any assurance that the same thing won’t happen next year with some other variant. Japan is too risky a proposition to bother with, and the students themselves realize that Japan really doesn’t want them here.

This policy has flushed down the toilet every single yen Japan has spent on promoting Japan as a place to study…and as it becomes more insular, Japanese academia will lose out. The real problem is not about a few contract ALTs.

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Posted in: WHO staff accuse Japanese director of racist, abusive behavior See in context

Shocked. Not. He should have stayed in Japan where those are prized management techniques. But at least publicly this is being recognized as bad behavior here, which is encouraging. In a hundred years it may be less normal.

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Posted in: What’s the true reason for Japanese train delays classed as 'customer support?' See in context

Staff were helping a wheelchair user onto my train a few weeks ago, making us a few moments late. When the train stopped at my colleague’s station, he told me the delay was labelled “Customer Support”. So sometimes it really is just ordinary customer support.

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Posted in: What are some movies that couldn't be remade today because social norms have changed? See in context

Pretty much any comedy made more than ten years ago.

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Posted in: Japan's COVID-19 foreign entry ban spurs demonstrations in several countries See in context

In my lab, we have a 2nd year Master student who still has not been allowed to enter Japan, but our uni doesn't mind charging her a full tuition for online classes. I think this clearly demonstrates the message Japan sends - as always, they don't want foreigners, just their money

Yep, I’m currently working with a student who is leaving a Japanese program because he can’t get back in. We are working to help him transfer his studies to a university in another country. Japan loses a Japanese speaking technologist who would have been a bridge to foreign markets and joint ventures. These kinds of losses add up. And we’ve had dozens of students withdraw applications because they are going where they are wanted. Four this month.

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Posted in: Japan's COVID-19 foreign entry ban spurs demonstrations in several countries See in context

Regardless, this move is still only temporary and will be lifted eventually and all the foreigners will be back. So if you are enjoying gaijin free Japan, enjoy it while you can because it’ll end soon anyway.

Wishful thinking. There is zero political pressure to loosen the entry requirements. Nippon Kaigi is going to ride this wave as far as they can. The tourist industry damage is already done, the defacto sakoku policy is popular, and no one here cares what people in Gaikoku think. The academic damage is immaterial because most researchers overseas have been pivoting toward Korea and Taiwan for years anyway. (Funny how PhDs don't want to make tea for their profs for years before being allowed to do any independent research.) Language study exchange only affects people who might want to stay in Japan later, so best if they stay out anyway.

They will eventually let the "Three D's" workers from the developing world back in to sort the garbage and bury nuclear waste and harvest vegetables, but only on very limited visas and under strict quarantine and supervision.

But on the tatamae side of things, once the Omicron wave breaks, the govt will say that other variants might arise, and the vaccines aren't good enough to stop them, so the quarantine must remain until there is no more danger. Although they may lift it for citizens only if someone takes it to court.

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Posted in: Japan's COVID-19 foreign entry ban spurs demonstrations in several countries See in context

hey should respect Japanese law and order.. Stop the protest this might be causing more omicron for gathering together.

Most of these protests are happening in Gaikoku, not to worry. The genetically unique and pure Yamato people are the ones spreading it right now.

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Posted in: Japan's COVID-19 foreign entry ban spurs demonstrations in several countries See in context

My colleagues at universities in Canada and the US are already advising incoming Asian Studies students to shift their studies away from Japan to Korea. And they are doing it. We have received notice from four prospective study abroad students that they are withdrawing their applications. The virus was an excuse to fo what 99% of Japanese wanted all along. And there will be no change....they will say that until there is no danger from variants the quarantine has to stay. It will never go away.

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Posted in: Kishida says he is committed to containing virus amid Omicron surge See in context

ardly think not allowing people to enter the country is sustainable long term.

I WANT to agree with you, but why isn't it sustainable? Politically it's a winner, and the only people complaining are foreigners and a bunch of already unemployed people in the international tourist industry.

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Posted in: COVID vaccination requests at work pose worry in Japan's booster push See in context

Yes, it offers immunity

post-Omicron source please.

I’m very pro-vax (because I don’t want a serious case) but any immunity from actual infection seems tiny at best....or it wouldn’t be spreading like wildfire even in heavily vaxxed places.

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Posted in: Record 235 COVID-19 cases reported among U.S. forces in Okinawa See in context

and probably a lot of them are traveling around Japan for New Year Holidays.

In my ken half the cars I saw this holiday were from other prefectures.....were most of them Americans? 99% of the spread will come from the pure and clean Japanese. (Just like locals commit crimes at twice the rate of US forces.)

The government should order all the American troops and their families to return to the US.

Japan can ask this at any time and they will leave, just like the Philippines. (Might want to brush up on your Mandarin first, but at least you won’t have to deal with Americans.)

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Posted in: Kishida pins hopes on wage hikes to accelerate wealth redistribution See in context

So he’s waiting for the Magic Wage Unicorn to do it. Tighten your belts everyone. Until there is actual labor action (slowdowns, strikes etc), nothing will happen...but Japanese are happy to be serfs. 2022, another year of declining standards of living.

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Posted in: Japan faces royal dilemma as ancient monarchy shrinks See in context

We all know how effective japanese brainstorming is

What? Sitting in a room staring at the three approved ideas, all of which are unacceptable, sucking teeth and saying “muzakashii ne” over and over is a time honored tradition. This time it will work. As to a real solution, relaxing the lifestyle would keep royals in the family and in a decade or two enough oyajis will have moved on to stop blocking the people’s wishes on empresses. It could be a real revitalization. Very unlikely, but who knows.

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Posted in: Osaka arson suspect identified; all similar buildings to be inspected See in context

I find it strange that the police are not able to contact the doctor. 

Or is he one of the victims who hasn’t been identified or next of kin haven’t been found....so they can’t officially say.

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Posted in: Japan's tight entry rules over Omicron variant to last into next year See in context

And a friend working at a major university say they are being told they may be ending their Japanese major for nonnative speakers, which usually had 100+ of students. Sounds like they know this isn’t going to end soon. It may be years before Japan allows new entries. Just hope they don’t bar PRs and spouses again. But I’ll bet that’s being discussed.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 20 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 183 See in context

And we're oddly not hearing about the 100+ among the Marines and base workers in Okinawa.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 13 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 120 See in context

But now it’s truly made it into the country…dude in Gifu got home from the airport before he got sick and got tested. Bet he spread it to dozens on the way home to “quarantine”.

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Posted in: Japan struggling to bring forward vaccine booster shots See in context

I will not get my booster if it is Moderna. Don’t need another kick in the nuts.

Actually I think it's better to get Pfizer anyway, mixing vaccines seems to be good. And the booster is a lower dose even if it's Moderna. But I agree, try to get Pfizer.

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