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Posted in: Number of suicides among Japanese jumps in August See in context

@ Burning Bush

Yeah maybe but seeing as this article is about Japan's #s and there was no lockdown in Japan I'm not sure how your comment relates.

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Posted in: Abe and cabinet resign, clearing way for successor See in context

With the exception of the one woman Abe is walking past the only other women in the photo are standing at the back looking like the back office support staff they probably are. Now why doesn't that surprise me?

Anyone of them is probably smarter and more tuned in to the lives of everyday people than the muppets up front.

Another 10 years and Japan will wonder why countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia will have surpassed them in GDP.

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Posted in: Peach plane diverts to Niigata airport to offload passenger who refused to wear a mask See in context


destroy other peoples human rights

’destroy’ is a bit melodramatic don’t you think?

He had the right not to agree to the terms of carriage and ahem ‘destroyed’ a lot of other people’s rights to feel safer when they fly.

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Posted in: China's rise takes the world into uncharted waters See in context

The world of political diplomacy has changed in the last 30+ years since Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms too. The CCP needs to get its head out of the 70’s and understand this. Antagonizing other nations the way they do now is not a good road to go down and global opposition will just increase.

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Posted in: Maximum caution urged as super typhoon approaches southwest Japan See in context

I'm guessing from the numerous down votes on the posts of people wishing to 'stay safe/well' this discussion is populated by quite a few cynics. To the afore mentioned cynics remember not every has lived in Japan for as long I expect you have and are prepared for a big typhoon approaching.

People new to living in Japan please do stay safe. Sometimes these typhoons are no more than a very rainy and windy day in London or Seattle. At other times they are down right dangerous!

Do stock up and prepare not to leave the relative safety of your homes for about 24 hours. Err on the side of caution and assume this will be as destructive as some others have in the past.

So yeah stay safe people. All of you (the cynics too!)

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 182 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 704 See in context

@ Raw Beer

The higher the death rate, the faster herd immunity will be achieved...

Doesn’t sound so reasonable now does it?

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Posted in: What do we know about the health of Shinzo Abe? See in context

@ R. T.

It's not about whether politicians go to hospitals or not. It's about the possible consequences that may arise.

It's about whether politicians are capable of doing the best job they're elected to do because they're not distracted by health concerns or fatigue/burnout which could lead to some really bad decisions.

If Abe steps aside at a time like this it could cause a power struggle among the coalition gvt' (even with Aso stepping in to the role). Again, this could distract from their jobs when they're supposed to be fixing the worst economic, political (i.e. US and China and Japan caught in the middle etc.) and health crisis in modern times.

IMO if Abe does retire then good riddance. Hopefully that moron Aso will then burnout quickly too and somone (anyone!) with common sense can step in to the role of P.M..

Wishful thinking I know ...

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Posted in: Trumps floats sending the law to polling places, but lacks the power See in context

@ P. Smith

he wants the power to control an ejection

typo? I think you may have meant to write 'erection' but even then you'd be mistaken ;-)

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Posted in: Coronavirus crisis threatens to unravel Japanese artist's kimono ambitions See in context


She doesn't 'make' 3 million yen for one article of clothing. They are sold at that price.

Figure in labor, cost of design, and marketing, overheads and materials etc. and her margin may not be as large as you think.

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Posted in: Frenchman killed in crash at Fuji speedway See in context


Yes. Absolutely and without any question he undoubtedly must have done so.

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Posted in: Pandemic derails Abe's strategy to revive regional Japan with tourism See in context

@ Simian Lane

The tourist industry in Japan had gotten greedy the last few years, and then they gambled big on the Olympics for nothing but their own personal gain. And now it’s all come crashing down.

The tourist industry didn't 'get greedy'. Demand increased so they increased supply. It's simple economics. Where else are they supposed to put up the 50+ million annual visitors to Kyoto?

And, yes @TokyoJoe, some hotels increase prices during the peak season and it's annoying but it's how they stay afloat to counter the quieter times during the year without letting staff go (and be sure that's it's not the hotel booking platform you're using that is doing that based on cookies and not the hotel itself).

The tourist industry here in Kyoto is not just large hotel chains. Why do many have such a narrow view of what constitutes an industry sector??

It consists of thousands of small privately owned businesses (examples include the majority in Nishiki Market, those on the way up to Kiyomizu-dera and around Fushimi etc etc ). Many people are losing their jobs and risking their financial futures by dipping in to their savings just to keep their doors open and keep staff employed.

Whether it's management or staff 'lower down the ladder' it still sucks just as much for both to be on the seriously at risk of unemployment.

It's heartbreaking to see the closed hotels and shuttered stores and other struggling businesses here in Kyoto that people have worked hard for years to build to come crashing down through no fault of their own in a matter of a few short months.

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Posted in: JETRO to help companies export made-in-Japan refined crafts online See in context

‘519 items by 121 producers to 17 e-commerce buyers’

Not exactly big numbers here. JETRO should be making a concerted effort to support ALL artisans from across Japan at a time like this when they’re at risk of folding and Japan losing some of it’s heritage forever if they do.

And why go through just a relatively small handful of e-commerce buyers?!

Much too little and possibly too late.

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Posted in: Japan, China to hold maritime working-level talks after pandemic See in context


A wise and responsible gvt' will not succumb to the CCP's bullying and frequent inflammatory accusations directed at other countries when they don't get their way(e.g. 'interfering with internal affairs').

When the CCP begins at act like a mature player on the world stage and stick to their commitments such as with H.K. then they will be treated with the respect they deserve and not before.

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Posted in: Japan to conduct 1st nationwide virus-linked mental health survey See in context


I wasn’t comparing the (insert country name here) to Japan. I was merely stating, and sharing, that a very informative study had already been conducted elsewhere long before now on the detriment to mental health caused by Covid to date.

6 months in with seemingly rising crime based on this media outlets reporting and inevitable elevated stress levels in japan doing a study so late in the day is overdue imo.

There was no mention of ‘using the same guidelines’ in my comment so again I’m unsure why you mention that.

I don’t hold the US to be the gold standard in much either so again I’m not sure why you jumped to the conclusion I do.

Though I agree with you it’s been completely mishandled there.

Have a great day!

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Posted in: Japan to conduct 1st nationwide virus-linked mental health survey See in context

A bit late to the table. Someone in US already did this in early May i.e. 2.5 months ago.:(https://theconversation.com/new-study-shows-staggering-effect-of-coronavirus-pandemic-on-americas-mental-health-137944).

But, nonetheless, good to see mental health being studied/discussed in Japan. Long overdue and much needed!

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Posted in: Virus surges worldwide as public loses faith in authorities See in context

@Raw Beer

proven to help protect against Covid19 is our vitamin D levels

I’m interested to know whether this ‘help’ is specific to C-19 (in addition to the usual benefits of vit. D).

Do you have a reliable (i.e. peer reviewed from a scientific publication preferably) source for this that you could share with us please? Thx!

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Posted in: Virus surges worldwide as public loses faith in authorities See in context

I’m sorry but I have the right to act how I like until certain actions are deemed illegal.

Assuming you're in Japan then you know it's one of the few countries that doesn't have the legal framework to tell you to 'stay home or be fined' so you're just taking advantage of what many consider to be a 'loophole' which resulted from the current laws (which are now under review).

most important decade of their life robbed from them

Firstly, where did you get it's going to, for a lack of a better word, 'inconvenience' people for a 'decade' from? Please name a reliable source for this. Secondly, if we all act responsibly i.e. and not follow your way of thinking this is not going to last a 'decade' so ironically your questionable advice is prolonging this but then you complain about it robbing people's best years.

People are allowed to be selfish.

I have no words to comment on this as it's such an alien concept to me and many others. Nonetheless I wish you, your friends and family and all the one's you care for and all the people you meet on a daily basis the best of luck and the best of health.

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Posted in: Japanese drugmaker Shionogi targets annual vaccine output of 30 million See in context

For those wondering why this is being done now i.e. before a possible vaccine is developed...

If/when a vaccine hits the streets gvt's and pharmas need to be prepared to manufacture and distribute asap. Taking steps to do so is sensible at this time.

Additionally Covid isn't just a domestic issue. It's to a gvt's advantage to provide other countries with a possible vaccine as well (such as the UK has agreed to do for e.g.)

IMO 'enough for 30 million people annually' is insufficient considering the population of Japan. I'm hoping the article just neglected to mention other pharmas in Japan preparing to ramp up production as well.

People in Japan shouldn't be at 'the risk of being heavily reliant on imports'. That's just going to create a price war with imported vaccines here being very expensive and poorer countries not being able to afford sufficient doses.

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Posted in: Trump to resume coronavirus briefings; backs mask wearing See in context

He's just going to use the daily briefings in place of rallies.

I'm betting Fuaci will be sidelined with Brix front and center at them now.

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Posted in: Gov't considers asking nightlife businesses to close to stem virus surge See in context

The only way these places will be stopped from doing business fast is if 'concerned citizens' gather in large groups (e.g. 10+ people practicing social distancing) and start filming/photographing patrons entering and leaving. The majority of patrons will just do a 180 and head home when they see their photos being taken. And if the bars are controlled by gangs they can't do a thing, other than shout and throw their toys out the play pen, against a large group of people (with other large groups near by staking out other clubs). The gvt' and police are sadly powerless in terms of the law to do anything so it's down to the populace to do what is necessary. A ridiculous measure to even propose I know but it's the only way that will stop the clubs from doing business overnight.

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Posted in: U.S. says Ghosn wired $862,500 to man who helped him flee Japan See in context


He can’t be a ‘criminal’ as it never got to trial so nothing was ever proven in a court of law. Call him what you want but you can’t call him a ‘criminal’ (or ‘guilty’) at this stage.

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Posted in: China accuses Canada of meddling over Hong Kong law See in context

For a country that builds islands in disputed territorial waters they're not in a position to talk about meddling in other countries affairs.ut

And agreed with above. They have zero credibility on the world stage now (but it's not like the CCP cares...) and aren't taking steps to amend this.

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Posted in: Suga goes mask-free in briefings as Tokyo fights virus See in context

@EL Rata

unless required by a client

So you'll wear a mask if a client asks but you won't if your close friends/family ask.

I'm guessing the ¥ is more important than people's health and well being to you.

One day you'll look back on this time and question your decisions.

Until then keep fighting your good fight .....

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Posted in: Suga goes mask-free in briefings as Tokyo fights virus See in context


I still do not wear a mask unless asked and required.

You are being 'asked' to wear a mask (albeit not verbally) by pretty much every single person you pass by in the street or sit near to in public in this country.

These people are 'asking' you to help protect them and their families i.e. their loved ones. Their kids, parents, siblings, etc. (not to mention friends, co-workers, acquaintances, public workers).

Wearing a mask for your own safety is only half the consideration. Kindly start thinking of others.

Just do the right thing for a few months it ain't hard and barely an imposition.

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Posted in: Rolling Stones warn Trump of legal action over song use See in context

@ Ah_so

Good choice. But it's also such a good song it would be ruined by association ;-)

I'd go for Hurt (Johnny Cash cover). Chorus and 1st couple of lines of 2nd verse are so apt....

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Posted in: JR Central to delay planned start in 2027 of maglev train service See in context

@ Mark

Your coming at this wrong.

Most meetings can be done on-line however some can't.

Sometimes face to face meetings are required for a number of obvious reasons so I won't cover them here.

Additionally (as just one example) Nagoya is near Toyota HQ and mgmt' in Tokyo need to visit the factory/suppliers there (again for a number of obvious reasons so I won't go in to them here).

So how much are these people getting paid p/h? Let's say ¥ 3~5000+ per hour at the very least.

So for every journey saving 40 minutes that's about ¥ 2,000 to ¥3,000 saved each way, every single time they travel, which can be many times a week for staff across the company.

Think about it.... The Tokaido Shinkanen's user base is primarily business people Mon~Fri.

Time really is money and by reducing the time taken to travel companies save vasts amounts of money they would have had to have paid as salary/overtime as a result.

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Posted in: Record no. of worker compensation claims filed due to mental illness See in context


I envy you.

Seems like you don't have experience working for a company where either yourself, or your coworkers, were bullied/power or sexually harassed . If you did you'd be a lot more hesitant to jump in with speculative and accusatory comments.

To then go on to insinuate that people that claim successfully then go off to work in host(ess) clubs is astonishingly callous.

So yeah as someone who has witnessed first hand such harrassment in Japanese companies and the damage it does to the employees it's directed at I am envious of you're naivety.

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Posted in: Abe did not make any big mistakes, but his handling of the coronavirus looked inferior to Koike's and some other local leaders. Koike has high communication skills, but Abe does not. See in context

Abe did not make any big mistakes

Yeah right...... One could argue he didn't make any mistakes because he took no discernible action.

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Posted in: Gov't urges citizens to install virus-tracking app See in context


Japanese language only.

UI is in Japanese/English/Chinese.

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Posted in: Gov't urges citizens to install virus-tracking app See in context

App is now available for download on Apple App store for those that want it. (Sorry don't have an Android so not sure about them).

It's called 'COVID-19 Contact App' - Japan MHLW Official.

It's currently listed in 'New Apps We Love'.

Recognizable among the many other COVID related by Apps by the MHLW logo.

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