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Posted in: Main opposition party pledges to achieve growth by reducing inequality, poverty See in context

Anyone want to hear my plans to revive the economy? Because I’m just as likely to get a chance to make real changes as he does. The LDP are permanent. The Japanese will never vote them out. Get used to the reality. Nothing can ever change here without it being forced from outside.

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Posted in: JR East scraps plan to identify past offenders with facial recognition camera See in context

I wouldn't have any problem with them tracking people who had been convicted of committing a crime JR ON A TRAIN or station in the past.

But the random tracking of anyone "suspicious" is just asking for abuse.

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Posted in: Illegal amounts of overtime going on at 37% of Japanese companies in government inspections See in context

It's ok, they will issue a new "guidance" "suggesting" that companies consider whether they "may" be requiring too much overtime.

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Posted in: Japan halts use of 1.63 mil Moderna vaccine doses over contamination See in context

Well, that's likely the end for the vaccination campaign. Now everyone will suck their teeth and go "Bimyou....." and not get it unless it's Pfizer.

Once the connection is made between "Modena" and "contamination" it's game over.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,534 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,156 See in context

 general consensus among developed countries is that once roughly the 70-80 percent mark for fully vaccinated is reached, or a firm majority, and more importantly with all the elderly and vulnerable vaccinated, then you can begin to loosen restrictions and

Not anymore... Delta spreads just as fast in vaccinated people. The vaccine protects you from getting a serious case, but does nothing at all to stop the pandemic. Restrictions are here until a new vaccine appears or 70-80% of people get COVID and have actual immunity from catching it. (The vaccines let us do that without mass death and hospitalization. But normal is not returning anytime soon.)

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Posted in: Suga's medical adviser urges tougher anti-virus measures See in context

Japan’s vaccination campaign is making good progress despite a slow start and about 36% of the people are fully vaccinated

Umm, the campaign has basically stopped after s good sprint...but they’re out of vaccine now. So the vaccines will not be a factor.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan's coronavirus fight in critical phase See in context

I wonder if this will be the never ending pandemic. Booster shots will be needed. Maybe every year. The news will report new numbers for the rest of our lives. i hope i am wrong.

You are correct. Seriously. Masks are literally going to be needed for our lifetimes, vaccines multiple times a year for ever-changing variants, none of which work very well, except to keep you alive to take the next vaccine. Then shuffle home past the rows of bankrupt businesses. Get home and eat your government supplied ration bar and virtually go to work from your office corner. Your kids will grow up without social interaction or any meaningful chance at a better future.

There is no way to prevent this.

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Posted in: Immigration agency admits to mistreatment of Sri Lankan before her death See in context

Literally nothing will be done. She wasn’t a real person to the elite Yamato thugs who killed her.

 echo the treatment of POWs by Japan, indicating that there's a cruel, fascist undercurrent running below the surface of this tranquil population. It's very disturbing and I often wonder why I stay.

Absolutely true. They haven’t changed at all. Family roots and job potential are all that keep me here.

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Posted in: Gov't expands COVID quasi-state of emergency to 8 more prefectures See in context

Ah, the old "In principle"...meaning there really isn't a rule if you are connected, but the rule is strict and inviolable if not.

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Posted in: TV viewership for Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony 56.4% in Japan See in context

I was against holding them, but now that they have started, no harm in watching/cheering on the athletes. Not watching won’t bring the money back.

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Posted in: S Korea removes banners at Olympic village after IOC ruling See in context

hese South Korean athletes will act like adults from this point forward.

Hahah, that's a good one. They'll probably put their fingers in their ears or give the finger when a Japanese athlete wins and the Kimagayo is played.

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Posted in: Domino’s Japan apologizes for fish and chips pizza 'that insults both England and Italy' with free pizza offer See in context

Can you imagine the uproar if the UK b@st@rdized some Japanese food. We wouldn't hear the end of it.

The Japanese wouldn't care. They haven't freaked out about American sushi. They aren't quite as sensitive and touchy as some.

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Posted in: Missing Ugandan athlete leaves note saying he wants to work in Japan See in context

Crap, now every black man in Japan is gonna get stopped for an ID check. Keep your gaijin card on you, guys.

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Posted in: EU prepares to send petrol cars to the scrap heap See in context

This will hopefully push people to move to cities to avoid the current range problems, ending the wasteful selfishness of single-family rural life ...the next step is banning personal vehicles altogether. No good reason people even need to commute in the coming remote work era.

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Posted in: Nissan CEO tells Tokyo court Ghosn had too much power See in context

No. During hearing, they aren't even looking at the person speaking. They just stare into nothingness. It's so surreal.

No reason for Japanese “judges” to pay attention because the verdict is already written. No difference between a Japanese trial and a North Korean one except they won’t shoot any of the defendant. Japanese justice is a corrupt lying joke of a system. Uchida will retire in luxury as long as he says his lines.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to have vaccine passports accepted by over 10 nations See in context

So how long will it be before they stop the quarantine? I'm truly beginning to think it's going to be permanent for foreigners, vaccine or no. They seem perfectly willing to have the entire tourist/travel economy collapse as long as we filthy diseased foreigners stay out.

Although I'm a PR with a business here, and had every intention of staying for good, I'm beginning to consider going home for good.

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Posted in: What's your situation concerning vaccination against the coronavirus? See in context

Get over yourselves. Was the usual timeframe shortened? YES....but it's not like they were starting from zero.

And it's important to state that all stages of testing were all completed in full, not shortened. They just started the 2nd and 3rd phases before the previous phases had finished. The extra risk in doing so was borne by the volunteers (ie: 2nd stage volunteers were taking a bit more of a risk since the 1st stage safety testing hadn't been completed).

But it's a safe vaccine, and I took it with no worries.

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Posted in: What's your situation concerning vaccination against the coronavirus? See in context

Unlike other vaccines, these mRNA vaccines do not stay at the injection site. Most of the injected vaccine rapidly leaves the arm and the lipid nanoparticles accumulate in the brain, ovaries, spleen and other organs. The spike protein also spreads throughout the protein. There is nothing stupid or moronic for a healthy person to risk their health/life with these investigational vaccines whose long term effects of are not yet known.

The author of the study being cited for this misinformation has publicly said they didn't understand the study, or are willfully lying about it. The amount of spike protein used in the study was more than 1000x greater than the whole injection has in it and it wasn't even the same protein as the jab has...it was the complete viral protein, while the jab has only an inactive strand. He also said that he and his family have happily taken the shot and urges other to get it too.

But I'm sure your Youtube conspiracy theorists know better.

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Posted in: Message sent: Berry turns away from flag during anthem See in context

Well, not much chance that she'll be standing on the winner's podium, fortunately. I'll be cheering on the other athletes, who actually like their countries.

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Posted in: 2nd Ugandan Olympic team member in Japan tests positive for COVID See in context

All the other teams are arriving soon, and most are larger so expect a tsunami of new cases.

The Ugandans can take comfort in the fact that their positive cases are likely to be recovered by the time the games begin, and no one will remember they were the first because there will be hundreds of others by then.

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Posted in: Gov't to begin issuing vaccine passports in July See in context

In the USA they give you a certificate when vaccinated that tells the date, vaccine brand and lot number. I'm surprised they don't have this in japan. It's a simple card they write out in real time. 

Regarding the "passport", I only hope they make this arrangement reciprocal. If not, Japan is going to catch a lot of flack.

They've already said they won't honor other countries' cards. So why would any country honor theirs? It'll become something you have to make two trips downtown to get, and will be required when getting on a plane in Japan. But will do you no good at your destination, and will make no difference on your return.

Honestly, I think Suga and the gang are happy to use this situation to encourage foreign residents to leave Japan. I doubt Japan will allow anyone in without quarantine until 2023. That will convince tons of us to get the heck out, and keep businessmen from wanting to live here....if the medieval legal system hadn't already done that.

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Posted in: Gov't to begin issuing vaccine passports in July See in context

What so you bet it won't exempt you from quarantine coming back into Japan?

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Posted in: Gov't considering quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo during Olympics See in context

So it's a state of emergency "in principle", like all the others. The Olympics must not be held if infections are out of control "in principle". The strictest infection controls will be in place, 'in principle".

Japanese official rules and contracts are always "in principle" "原則" (gensokutoshite), which means the little people have to follow the rule exactly (I'm sorry, it's the rule, no one chan change the rule, you lose), while officials and important people don't (It's important to be flexible to suit the situation, )

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Posted in: According to many polls, the majority of the Japanese public say they want the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled or postponed again. So why haven't opponents of the Games taken to the streets in large numbers to protest? Is it a cultural thing? See in context

Where are they polling? Only in the Tokyo area?

Out here in West Japan, I don't know many Japanese who think they should be cancelled...just done with no spectators and vaccinate as many of the athletes as possible. They don't seem excited about them, but I think the opposition is overblown. My in-laws say they should get as much of the advertising money as they can, since the country is already losing out on the tourist boom.

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Posted in: Hurdles remain to getting ex-nurses involved in vaccine rollout See in context

Japan: Please help us, we're desperate!

Nurses: Ok, what do I need to do?

Japan: Find and pay for child care yourself, work full-time hours, and we won't tell you how long the job will last and don't expect to be treated with any sort of respect. Just put your life on hold and be at our beck and call.

Nurses: Um, no thanks.

Japan: "surprised Pikachu face"

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Posted in: American arrested on suspicion of smuggling cannabis oil See in context

Japan’s laws are so outdated it is unbelievable!

And yet they are the laws. He knew about them, (everyone knows the drug laws here are crazy strict) and now he's screwed up both his life and the lives of everyone around him.

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Posted in: American arrested on suspicion of smuggling cannabis oil See in context

Whether it's true or not that pot is harmless, it doesn't matter when deciding to smuggle it into Japan. It's illegal, and when he filled out his visa paperwork he promised to follow the law here. He's destroyed not only his own life and business, but also that of his family (if he has one), his employees, who are now our of work and will be investigated and are probably not employable in Tsukuba because of their connection to him, and his customers, who will now be gossiped about and be under suspicion by their teachers. Before anyone says "That's wrong and shouldn't happen", I agree, but he HAD to know that it DOES happen, and he put everyone at risk anyway. For Pete's sake, even if you are going to commit a crime out of desperation, go to the US or Canada where the penalties are lower! Not an iota of sympathy for him.

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Posted in: Petition to cancel Tokyo Olympics submitted to Koike See in context

125 million signatures would have absolutely no effect. They don't care what the people think because everyone will still toddle into the voting booth and vote LDP no matter what.

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono blames drug approval system for slow inoculation drive See in context

Japan is faster than Rwanda, that’s something....,but Tunisia and Myanmar are doing better. Japan must be proud.

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Posted in: Biden aims to vaccinate 70% of American adults by July 4 See in context

I just hope I am not forced to put chimpanzee DNA in my cells just to visit my parents.

Who wants to tell him he already shares 90+% of his DNA with chimpanzees?

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