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Posted in: Osaka raises coronavirus alert level to red See in context


Intensive care beds data is what needs to be looked at. Japan sits low among OECD members but the average is skewed due to high numbers in Germany, Austria and the U.S. (!).

Source: https://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/en/data-insights/intensive-care-beds-capacity

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Posted in: Osaka raises coronavirus alert level to red See in context

@ Robert Maes

'Medical staff have left the hospital after being forced to work long hours and in areas that are not their expertise.' [Source: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13985445]

'not their area of expertise' is especially key here. Not saying what they did is right or wrong (who am I to judge?) but additional facts shed a different light on what occurred so I'm not sure 'desertion' is the correct term for people quitting their jobs because of inadequate training and working hours.

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Posted in: Japanese police hide at shrine to catch a thief…who stole ¥665 See in context

Cops here can’t stop people from not wearing seat belts, little kids standing up between the front seats in moving cars, cars not stopping at pedestrian crossings, vehicles not signaling a turn but they got time for this??

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of woman in Sasebo See in context

beat and strangled Yoko Furukawa, a clothing store, around 3 p.m. 

Above needs fixing. Thank you.

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Posted in: Biden predicts victory as his lead over Trump grows See in context

@P. Smith

My apologies! I stand corrected. I should read more carefully. Thanks for setting me straight.

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Posted in: Biden predicts victory as his lead over Trump grows See in context

@P. Smith

Absentee ballots that were incorrectly marked (e.g. lacking a signature) and that need to be ‘cured’ (i.e. fixed) have up until 17:00 on Friday 11/6 to be resubmitted in GA which could boost Biden’s lead there (and hopefully avoid the 0.5% for a recount).

{Source: https://apnews.com/article/georgia-ballot-count-elections-2020-91afafe6251b498cb306508763aa64dc and retweeted by AOC 21 hours ago as of this posting}.

Point being that the call to Trump supporters in PA to return their absentee ballots is probably a similar thing that the Dems. are asking their supporters to do in GA as many people don’t know about the 17:00 11/6 deadline for ‘cured’ absentee ballots.

Trump himself probably isn’t aware of this (no surprises there....) when he said what he said about efforts to vote after the 3rd.

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Posted in: Biden predicts victory as his lead over Trump grows See in context

Maybe, just maybe, 2020 won’t be all bad after all....

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Posted in: Trump no fan of Sacha Baron Cohen See in context


I have a lot of redeeming to do but not here and def not on this subject ;)

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Posted in: Trump no fan of Sacha Baron Cohen See in context

 We all know that it's called the bionic, the bomb, the puff, the blow, the black, the herb, the sensie, the chronic, the sweet Mary Jane, the sh!t, Ganja, split, reefa, the bad, the buddha, the home grown, the ill, the maui-maui, the method, pot, lethal turbo, tie, shake, skunk, stress, whacky, weed, glaze, the boot, dimebag, Scooby Doo, bob, bogey, back yard boogie. But what is the other terms for it?

Yeah I’m a huge fan.

Pure comedy genius!

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Posted in: Maisa Tsuno of Japanese rock band Akaiko-en dies in apparent suicide See in context

If you are having suicidal thoughts, help is available.

TELL is dedicated to providing effective support and counseling services to Japan's international community and its increasing mental health needs. TELL's contact info (https://telljp.com Tel:03-5774-0992).

*For Japan, call Yorisoi Hotline at 0120279338 (toll-free). Press 2 after the recorded message for consultation in English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, Nepali, or Indonesian. The service in these languages is also available on Facebook messenger.*

Emergency service in Japan: 119

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Posted in: University baseball powerhouse Tokai suspends activities due to illegal drug use See in context

You can’t even call cannabis a ‘drug’ anymore. It’s illogical that’s it hasn’t been made legal or at least decriminalized in most, if not all, countries by now.

No, I’m not saying it doesn’t have its downsides (because it does imho) but for it to make headlines anywhere is laughable in this day and age.

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Posted in: 89-year-old ex-top bureaucrat pleads not guilty over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

Interesting how there’s no mention of this ‘incident’ in his Japanese language Wikipedia entry unlike in the English language one. 

And the Japanese entry is ‘locked’ so it can’t be edited. 

I’ll let you draw your own conclusions as to why this is....

Feel free to play ‘spot the difference.’ :

Japanese entry:


English entry:


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Posted in: Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi, 40, found dead at home in apparent suicide See in context


Every other English language report that I've seen about this has at least included TELL's contact info (https://telljp.com Tel:03-5774-0992). STressful times so please take care all and don't be shy to get help if needed. We all need support at times. Myself included.

Typical of Kyodo news's amateur reporting not to include it and shame on JapanToday for not doing so either in their rush to get the news out.

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Posted in: Tourist spots in Tokyo busy during Silver Week holidays See in context

@ oldman_13

Got a peer reviewed source from a reputable medical publication with this latest research to share?

Just copy and paste the URL in. Easily done.

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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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