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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,337 daily COVID cases; nationwide tally 4,519 See in context

I noticed that today here in rural western Japan the annual lines of out of town cars on their way to hometowns were totally missing. Roads happily quiet. Not all areas have stopped caring.

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Posted in: U.S. withdrawal from Paris Agreement extremely regrettable, Japan says See in context

Well, Tara Tan, I hope Japan doesn't expect any help with dealing with regional issues....the US is not likely to continue efforts to contain China. And expect violence to ramp up in the Mideast, as Biden works to undo the Israel/Arab peace deals and help Iran start causing trouble again....gas might get expensive again.

Japan may not like the way things go.

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Posted in: Ex-husband of singer Noriko Sakai arrested for 4th time over drug possession See in context

So now will she be forced to apologize and end her career? The media making a big deal of this seems to indicate that the usual Japanese stupidity regarding famous people will now destroy her.

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Posted in: As anger rises, Muslims worldwide protest French cartoons See in context

What exactly is freedom of speech? 

Expressing what ever you want regardless of what the person involved feels about it?

Precisely. So what if it offends people? Life is full of things that offend me. It's interesting that you are not offended by savages who cut off people's heads in the street.

Disgusting.

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Posted in: As anger rises, Muslims worldwide protest French cartoons See in context

This is freedom of speech versus savagery. They are defending the beheading of people in the streets. Welcome to a world of diversity.

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Posted in: Body of construction worker found in 30-meter-deep oil tank See in context

What kind of workplace has that happen?

He was probably working for some shady "contractor" at the bottom of the usual web of subcontractors based out of a vacant lot next to the local yakuza HQ. In the unlikely event it is seriously investigated, they will find that he was a temporary worker with no fixed address, not qualified to operate the vehicle, and getting paid less than minimum wage. The fact that he wasn't missed for days suggests he was one of the desperate single older men who are increasingly making up the workforce.

The company is probably far more upset about the fact that the digger or dozer or whatever wasn't properly accounted for at the end of the day.

And there is no real Health and Safety here for construction work, just faked inspection paperwork.

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Posted in: Fears grow over heat exhaustion during summer classes amid virus See in context

It's Japanese tradition to run kids all over in the heat until one dies, then everybody acts shocked, the coach resigns, and they all pretend to care. They tell kids they should tell their teacher if they feel bad...but then they will be bullied by the teacher for being "soft".

Every year, without exception. The traditional death will probably come earlier this year due to making them run with masks.

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Posted in: Japan households get mystery seed packages labeled from China See in context

Considering how closely Japan Post and Customs inspects overseas mail, I'm surprised that they got in.

Actually, they rely heavily on "self-policing", as they don't have enough inspectors to process the number of packages coming from China's gadget mills.

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Posted in: Japan households get mystery seed packages labeled from China See in context

They may also be scamming the Chinese govt for subsidies, and need proof that they mailed the products....so they order something dirt cheap like packets of seed, mark them as jewelry or electrical connectors, and send them out.

Subsidies are one reason so many products are so cheap on Alibaba and other sites.

But definitely deliver the seeds to the police or agricultural office if one is nearby. Given safety standards in China, they are unlikely to have been screened for disease.

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Posted in: Gov't persists with 'Abenomask' giveaway, reigniting social media outcry See in context

The masks are white and too small, but the envelopes showing up in Abe's in-box are tan and just thick enough. If Japan had journalists, it would be interesting to trace that money.

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Posted in: Virus-shadowed Emmy nominations could bring surprises, diversity See in context

It will be the B-L-Emmies. They will bend over backwards to give every award they can to non-straight-white people. Every speech will be drearily, predictably political.

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Posted in: Margot Robbie to star in female-centric 'Pirates of the Caribbean' See in context

But if it fails, it's because misogyny, duh. Not because you can't recreate the genius of the original. The new Ghostbusters didn't fail because "Men won't go see women in a movie", it failed because the original couldn't be beat by anyone, male or female.....those guys had magic chemistry.

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Posted in: Japan to let in 250 foreigners per day from Australia, NZ, Thailand, Vietnam under eased travel curbs See in context

What about those Japan residents with non Japan passports stuck abroad?

They are learning the true worth of Japanese permanent residency and we are all seeing the writing on the wall. I will be actively steering my foreign students to less xenophobic counties after graduation. Japan's greatest ambassadors and boosters were once it's longterm foreign residents. Guess Japan has decided to make it clear we're not wanted. Planning accordingly.

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Posted in: Frontline health workers in Japan continue to face discrimination over virus See in context

Harry, spot on. Unfortunately they don't do journalism here...giving specifics might "cause discomfort" to the people who are discriminating.

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay more to businesses that remain closed until May 31 See in context

 went to the Shiyakusho/City Office today and yesterday to check up on when they will start giving the ¥100,000 on behalf of family members and friends that own restaurants for the ¥500,000. 

They were closed.

Needless to say, I was shocked.

Why? Today and yesterday are national holidays.

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Posted in: Japan worries about shortage of key chemicals for COVID-19 tests See in context

How convenient...."We WANTED to increase testing, but now there is a shortage of chemicals". So despite relaxing the guidelines, they'll make sure you still can't get tested. I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but the Japanese government is doing pretty much the opposite of what is recommended to get this under control (massive testing and tracking).

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Posted in: Abe leans toward ¥100,000 cash handout scheme See in context

Wow, i'm surprised at the people demanding the handouts cause they pay taxes.

Lots of other countries rescue plans do not include non citizens as well.

Most do include permanent residents and longterm residents...if I'm part of the community, and I'm paying taxes, why should I not be included in a taxpayer-funded relief effort that is intended to help the economy? I pay taxes so I can help Japanese but get no benefit? And my local businesses are deprived of me spending it and helping them. If they only want to give it to people who have actually lost income, fine, but don't exclude me just because I'm a foreigner. They are happy to take my taxes, but when it comes to relief, sorry, you're now an outsider.

And many have complained that we don't yet know if residents will get it. True, but... that's because LDP politician Onoda Kimi tweeted that it should only be for citizens....no one was proposing that in 2009.

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Posted in: Abe leans toward ¥100,000 cash handout scheme See in context

if yes how abt 2+mil gaijins working here and paying taxes...grey zone?shoganai????

Not a grey zone, an intentional slap.

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Posted in: Abe leans toward ¥100,000 cash handout scheme See in context

It should be in the form of coupons to be accepted like cash, not depositable funds...that would insure it wasn't just banked, but used.

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Posted in: Abe leans toward ¥100,000 cash handout scheme See in context

Just citizens. So my 20+ years of paying taxes in Japan meant nothing. This will have consequences. Japanese uni or Canadian for my daughter? Canadian. Next vacation in Japan or Taiwan? Taiwan. And so on.

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Posted in: Toyobo develops test kit to detect coronavirus within 1 hour See in context

I see the stories about new tests, like the machine that does 4 at once, all the time. But If they are still limiting the amount of people that they test it doesn’t matter.

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Posted in: Barbers, 'izakaya,' dept stores, DIY shops to be off Tokyo's closure request list See in context

Seriously? “Stay home, everyone.....but basically everything is still open as usual”. “No compensation because you weren’t explicitly ordered to close, but you really should close”.

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Posted in: Japan to keep hospital beds for severely ill; use hotels for mild coronavirus cases See in context

This is a great idea...gives income to the hotels, and frees up hospital beds, and isolates the sick from their families so they don't get it.

And I would have no problem staying in a hotel that had housed COVID patients as long as it was cleaned. And 30 days after, there will be no virus left anyway.

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Posted in: Line survey finds 7% of users in Tokyo have at least one coronavirus symptom See in context

Pointless....anyone with allergies or any sickness that causes a fever, or a headache, or fatigue is counted.

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Posted in: Abe, Aso to avoid same meetings as precaution against virus infection See in context

"Noplace for logic here mate."

sorry, had been Skyping with Taiwanese friends...forgot where I was for a second.

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Posted in: Abe, Aso to avoid same meetings as precaution against virus infection See in context

But If Abe and Aso meet the same people on different days, or even people who met the same people, it's pointless. And they are still jamming into packed rooms without masks or other precautions. It's only a matter of time before they get it. At least they'll be allowed to get tested.

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

So there is actually no mechanism to enforce a shutdown, and Tokyo companies won't do it themselves, and the people themselves are ignoring any call to stay in....so that's it. These arguments and press conferences are pointless. The fact is that it will spread unabated in any case, because the governments can't actually do anything.

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Posted in: Survey ranks Tokyo as the most desirable place in Japan to live, bumping Kanagawa to #2 See in context

I think the real estate market will be loosening up some, so it should be cheaper to find a place in the next few months.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

I expect we'll see more of this all over the world. It's nearly impossible in the TV business to avoid being exposed to dozens of people everyday.

The only silver lining is that people will see their favorite celebrities sidelined for (hopefully only) a couple weeks, and realize this is really really real.

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Posted in: Guide to reduce virus risks issued for schools before reopening See in context

"- once the Olympics were officially cancelled or postponed suddenly outbreaks would get reported."

Well, let's hope they keep up the testing. And find a way to skirt the "must hospitalize anyone positive regardless of symptoms" rule so the testing won't automatically overwhelm the system.

Here in the sticks I'm not too worried about the schools...my child's school is not crowded and has space to spread them out. But Tokyo Nagoya and Osaka.....can't see how this doesn't cause an explosion. I think the sort-of secret plan is "gradual spread, catch the serious cases as they arise, and accept some extra deaths as inevitable". But those packed trains....

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