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Posted in: Japan finds new coronavirus variant in travelers from Brazil See in context

Except Japan requires a certain format for the covid test, with the doctor's/clinics signature or stamp on it. To my understanding this means the 'hard copy' with the original signature/stamp, i.e. not a printed copy. Bit harder to fake that.

You can fake it easily. You can even sign as any doctor pretending to be one, no stamp necessary. They don't have a list of every doctor in Brazil.

Anyway even if a real doctor does sign the form, he is basing his signature off the test result, which is the easiest document to fake in the world.

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Posted in: Japan finds new coronavirus variant in travelers from Brazil See in context

The system in place for returning residents is not bad (covid test within 72 hours and quarantine). There are two problems. A Covid test can be faked easily. It's usually a pdf sent by email. The work positive can be changed to negative by a child with a computer. Once you arrive to Japan if you test positive without symptoms you just go to a hotel anyway, I think it's subsidised. The second problem is that people are not following the rules of the quarantine at all. We can blame the Japanese system for being too relaxed, the trust system does not work for non-Japanese.

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Posted in: Over 1,000 vehicles stranded, train services suspended by heavy snow in parts of Japan See in context

If there is 1 meter of snow on your neighbours garage, they probably need to clear that, then clear it again when it hits the ground.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,392 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,882 See in context

Was in Tokyo for the day today, everywhere is packed as usual, cafes shoulder to shoulder and obviously no masks because obviously you cannot eat or drink with a mask on. Subway packed, obviously. People from Tokyo do not care about the virus.

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Posted in: 4 die after being buried by snow in Yamagata See in context

The reason the oldies need to do it is because the 'kids' move from the snowy areas to the big cities away from snow. Sometimes you notice they leave the snow clearing until Sunday when the kids (often adults) come back home to help out.

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Posted in: Sydney imposes lockdown on beach suburbs as COVID cluster grows to 39 See in context

"I feel sorry for the people in Sydney's northern suburbs who live by the beach"

Umm ok?

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Posted in: Heavy snow strands 1,000 cars on highway, causes blackouts in Niigata, Gunma See in context

This is record breaking snowfall. As in, the most snow ever recorded in Yuzawa, Niigata (within a 24 hour period).

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Posted in: Japan to expand compensation for businesses over Go To Travel campaign halt See in context

This is kinda silly. Even if the guest cancels, the government will pay 50% to the hotel.

So... when the guest asks, what will the new price be now the campaign is cancelled. The hotel will reply, cancel now, re-book with this 50% discount code. No?

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Posted in: Japan pledges support to vaccinate Tokyo Olympic athletes See in context

How dare they spend our tax money!

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Posted in: Japan fights coronavirus in luxurious style with million-yen masks See in context

Do the luxury gardening gloves come with it

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Posted in: Chinese foreign minister to visit Japan to discuss virus, regional concerns See in context

Try living 1 day without Chinese products. You will be nude and will be back to newspapers.

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Posted in: Health experts urge pause in Go To Travel campaign as COVID-19 cases surge See in context

What about Go Eat!?

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Posted in: Budget carrier AirAsia Japan unable to refund 23,000 air tickets See in context

Flew with them once a few years ago. When the plane landed, staff walked down the centre isle spaying some kind of chemical which seemed like fly spray, the whole cabin fogged up and people were coughing and covering their faces.

I was on a connecting flight, they then did the same again when we landed at the second destination.

When I tried to write a review on an independent flight review website. They rejected my review because they did not believe me. I wish I had read a review like this before booking my flight.

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Posted in: Australia may see first week of no local COVID-19 transmissions See in context

Good work from Australians, not a bad country to be stuck for a year or two!

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Posted in: Japan to keep Go To Travel campaign running despite virus surge See in context

As someone who has a business in tourism in Japan, I have decided to remain closed. Luckily for me I have enough savings to survive for now. I do appreciate that the Go To campaign could be the difference between bankruptcy or survival of my neighbours business who have loans to pay. For those that do not depend on tourism it may seem like a crazy idea. Please think about the beautiful places you have visited in Japan that may not survive. They need help.

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Posted in: 4-nation gymnastics meet in Tokyo shows how Olympics might work See in context

Temperature checks are of course important, but let's not forget that asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic people don't have a fever but are nevertheless infectious.

I had Covid and only had a temperature for 1 day. It makes you realise they are quite useless. I highly doubt anyone with a fever is getting out of bed, let alone going to a sporting event.

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Posted in: Biden calls for healing in appeal to Trump voters See in context

What are we going to talk about now... oh yeah, Trump.

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Posted in: Suga warns of coronavirus resurgence in Japan as temperatures fall See in context

The go to campaign is the real factor for this rise in numbers. A campaign by the way meant only to feed the corporeal dinosaurs such as JTB, JAL, Prince group, Dentsu and others.

But all small independent accommodations can also use the Go To campaign subsidies the same as the big travel companies.

I think in the long run nobody wants to see more abandoned ghost towns around Japan. This is the reality if some of these places go without visitors for much longer. Those who are at risk, such as elderly ryokan operators can choose to close if they feel vulnerable.

A big issue is for those who invested heavily in their accommodation for Olympic year. Without visitors they will go bankrupt, with visitors there is a risk but what other option is there?

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Posted in: Japanese KitKats are shrinking; Nestlé says previous size may have been too large for customers See in context

Please stop buying Nestle. Nestle just recently were sued for killing tonnes of fish in French river due to pollution spill. Support smaller companies who use real ingredients.

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Posted in: Fishing crews arriving in New Zealand have coronavirus See in context

I wonder how popular these quarantine hotels will be for regular guests in the future?

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Posted in: Ardern wins landslide victory in New Zealand See in context

All elections are. She got re-elected on how popular her policies and actions have been.

She did a great job of offering wage subsidies right up the election. Supporting that of 470,000 jobs.

Really wish the best for NZ, a great place.

Would have voted ACT myself, the only one making sense.

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Posted in: Ardern wins landslide victory in New Zealand See in context

It's a popularity contest, congrats 'Aunty Jacinda' had it in the bag, let's keep the country closed to outsiders forever!

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Posted in: Japan to give some travel agencies more subsidies for Go To Travel program See in context

Some of these tourist destination are on the verge of bankruptcy, how much tax payer money will be needed to bail out entire towns?

Better to support them now while they are still running and keep them going.

Travel with precaution. Those who are afraid of Covid or have savings can easily close their business and re-open at a later date when they feel safe.

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Posted in: Ardern set to win in New Zealand's 'COVID election' See in context

New Zealanders still living in true fear of Covid. There is still strong belief that she is doing the right thing by shutting down the country.

NZers watch too much tv and follow click bait news to see mass graves in Brazil and India, when the reality in these countries, people are happy and mostly going about normal life (I live in one of these places).

There is a fear in NZ that their small nation in the middle of nowhere will become a mass grave, it's just not true.

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Posted in: Koike lowers virus alert; Tokyo to be included in Go To travel campaign from Oct 1 See in context

There are entire towns whose economy rely on tourism from Tokyo. If the local councils or businesses in these tourist towns are worried about Covid-19 from visitors, they can easily close their doors until there is a vaccine. Those who would like to open can profit from the campaign, maybe survive bankruptcy.

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Posted in: Rescued crewman dies; records reveal defects with cattle ship sunk off Japan See in context

Those who buy Meat/dairy product openly support the destruction of forest around the world. You only need to look at New Zealand as a prime example. Those 'beautiful' green rolling hills used to be native forest before the Europeans arrived. Very sad and nobody seems to care as long as they can eat rotting flesh, their god given right.

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Posted in: U.N. chief urges Japan, others to meet goals on climate change See in context

The needless business travel should be the first to stop. Had a guy travel across the country to suggest I become a reseller for his product. I could have just told him no over the phone/skype/zoom.

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Posted in: 48.1% feel healthier due to coronavirus outbreak See in context

Far less people will die this year in Japan thanks to Covid. The elderly especially taking much more care.

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

"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).

Either way the hotel needs to paying 12% minimum of the total to the booking website as a fee. I would be very surprised if the hotel can not do at least 10% discount on the price you see on these booking websites, if anyone takes the time to check the actual hotel website.

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Posted in: Int'l school teachers in Japan exempted from entry ban See in context

should I leave for any reason, I'd be banned from returning to all that. Please explain to me why that is.

People are completely against domestic travel because of the virus, but are outraged when they can't head off on a holiday overseas because of the virus. Insanity.

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