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

For crying out loud, even now they can’t even bring themselves to shut the izakaya?

Japan really is screwed.

Agreed. To have declared an SOE and not have decided how it's going to be implemented exactly is ridiculous.

Guys and gals dont wait for the gvt' to decide what to do for you. We all know what we need to do to stay safe.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson in intensive care with worsening coronavirus symptoms See in context

Regardless of my political leaning and/or personal opinions of his policies I wish him (and his partner) a full and speedy recovery.

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Posted in: Brokerage worker loses paternity leave appeal in Japan See in context

Looks like I’ll soon be changing who I bank with (yes, I’m aware it’s a joint venture and their investment arm)

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


I'm a relatively infrequent visitor to this site but it's obvious you like to 'stir things up'. I kindly ask you not to do so as a lot of people are worried, concerned, nervous, confused (by the lack of clear and information as well as information overload) etc. This is a time for cool heads to prevail and clear thinking to come to the fore. You're causing unnecessary anxiety in people who are facing a difficult.

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Posted in: IOC says no ideal solution for Tokyo Olympics as athletes' dissent grows See in context

Sooner we postpone the Olympics, the sooner Japan can start testing it's people. I can't Japan is still under 1000 cases while Europe and America are approaching 10000 cases a country.

Agreed. All this uncertainty about the Olympics is a distraction from the more important issue. Settle it by postponing them to free the Japanese gvt's hands to take whatever action is neccesary to deal with the virus. At this point this 'gung ho' attitude over the Olympics are weighing so heavily on their minds they're blinkered and not thinking clearly.

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Posted in: Abe, Johnson to work closely over coronavirus response See in context

Does Abe know that the UK is being heavily criticized (domestically and abroad) for it's approach for dealing with this? The UK is the only country not taking the same measures as other countries in Western European. Dismaying to see these two muppets engaged in how to proceed....

Japan should discuss effective measures with just about any country other than the UK at this time.

Now I wonder who the WHO was talking about then they said "you know who you are" in response to being asked last week which countries weren't taking the steps they should be.

I'm not overly concerned about this virus as I'm aware that some social distancing and frequent hand washing should suffice and is pretty much all we as individuals can do now but this 'head in the sand' stuff is just foolish and irresponsible at this time from some leaders.

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Posted in: Confirmed new coronavirus infections in Japan now 1,528, including cruise ship cases See in context


773 infected people in Japan as of time of writing according to this tracker by the Lancet and Johns Hopkins.

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Posted in: Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears See in context


some Japaneses here seem to have difficulty in reading English

You’re having trouble understanding who this site’s visitors are.

Very few commenters here are Japanese. It’s tough to put forward a convincing case if you don’t know who you are addressing.

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Posted in: Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears See in context


A few Japanese guys here even can not grasp what Abe spectacularly did.

Okay understood he refuses entry on nationality (visa). What’s so ‘spectacular’ about that?

You said yourself it’s verging on racism. (Whether or not I believe the same is neither here nor there at this time)

Feel free to also enlighten us, who live here in Japan and experience his incompetence first hand, on how spectacular not calling in specialists (i.e. virologists) from the country’s universities and research centers immediately and following their advice, allowing health officials on the cruise ship who didn’t take basic precautions themselves, allowing infected people to leave the ship and take public transport home, closing schools with very little notice leaving parents struggling to deal with taking care of their kids during the day.

All of the above done when the populace here was wanting border restrictions that weren’t forthcoming until now.

Why is there now more distrust and anger aimed at Abe and his cabinet from Japanese people now more than at anytime in the recent past?

Feel free to enlighten us on the above as most of Japan doesn’t think he is ‘spectacular’.

ps - relatively few people commenting here are actually Japanese as it’s an English language news site. Perhaps you presumed we were and would agree with your seemingly unwavering support for the Japanese PM?

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Posted in: Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears See in context


Abe sang has been spectacular in handling both domestic and international issues this year.

'Spectacular' is not a word I'd associate with Abe or any of his cabinet. Whatever actions he has taken now doesn't excuse him from his reckless inaction in the past weeks. Residents of Japan (Japanese and non-Japanese alike) have a lot of questions regarding his competency and his ability to lead at times like this.

btw -It's 'San' not 'sang'

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Posted in: Student creates online map charting coronavirus cases across Japan See in context

Red circles = reported infections

Green circles = recovered

Understand those two above but lost on the blue if anyone would be kind enough to fill me in.

Blue lines = travel movements (is this correct?)

Blue circles denote what?

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill with tough road rage penalties; elderly driver testing See in context

Cops should step up their presence on the roads as well. The number of kids not wearing seat belts or worse standing up between the two front seats of cars is jaw dropping in this country (not to mention drivers ignoring pedestrian crossings when someone is waiting at one to cross the street, failing to signal a turn and going down one way streets the wrong way). Enforcing the afore mentioned in addition to those in the article will generate a greater awareness of the need to respect traffic safety in Japan.

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Posted in: Store shelves stripped of toilet paper amid coronavirus fears See in context

I told my wife 4 weeks ago that we better buy toilet paper. Ordered a few big boxes online and now we're all set. Saw this coming from miles away.

So you admit to being part of the very problem reported on in the article. Nice one!

Probably best to have a coffee or two before posting ;-)

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Posted in: Indian police arrest 3 for gang rape of Japanese scholar See in context

I'm not saying it's the woman's fault, but it's been my observation that many young Japanese women are too naive and trusting

Let's say that sentence is correct and/or is a genuine observational belief. Do you really think (in hindsight) it's appropriate to mention such a 'delicate' topic at this time when the news has just broke. Put yourself in the the place of this young woman's parents, imagine them reading what you wrote .....

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Posted in: A troubled teen in flight from a nuclear meltdown See in context

A bit too much of the plot is revealed in this review me thinks.

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Posted in: Taste for luxuries suggests Japan's tax rise hangover fading See in context

Companies are targeting the 40% of the population that earns 8 million yen or more per year.

Can those numbers be right?? Seems high to me.

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Posted in: Marchers in Ikebukuro fete Hitler's 125th birthday anniversary See in context

This is embarrassing/painful/shocking to watch... They have no idea....

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Posted in: Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015 See in context

If there are any secrets involved in making Jeeps ... then the Chinese will surely get them. Hopefully the U.S. military Jeeps are different from those to be made in China ...

The military haven't (actively) used jeeps since the Humvee was introduced in 84'

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Posted in: Abe offers sympathy, help to S Korea over ferry disaster See in context

human decency is not just in words

Precisely. And how you (ohayo) convey the message you're trying to communicate is also important..

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Posted in: Whenever you read about random knife attacks in public places, does it make you more attentive to what people around you are doing when you are walking along the street, waiting on train platforms and See in context

Nearly one in three Japanese adults have been diagnosed with some kind of mental or emotional disorder. That means, any one of the three people behind you on the platform is potentially a nutcase.

Emotional disorders don't equate to being a nutcase. Everyone has emotional disorders at some point though some more often and more prolonged than others. Yeah, you could argue that we're all inherent nut cases with it being part of the human condition and all but I think you get the point about sweeping statements....

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Posted in: Turk jailed for life for murder of Japanese tourist See in context

Japanese women need to be alert while traveling abroad.

Everyone needs to be alert but no one deserves to have what happened happen to the poor women. Your comment can be so easily misconstrued.....

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Posted in: Two men assault, rob university student in Chiba See in context

...and if you put yourself in the position to become a victim you will become one.

Feel free to clarify this sentence and how it relate to this story. I'm quite curious.

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Posted in: Tokyo motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run See in context

He died. Spare a thought for those who will miss him so , for now at least, why don't we hold off speculating he was zooming up the inside lane or who wasn't (as implied) properly attired (or is there another reason we should take note of the check list)?

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