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Posted in: 40-year-old woman dies in avalanche while snowboarding in Aomori See in context

Hakkoda is famous in Japan for being dangerous, the Japanese military used the area to train for a battle with Russia, there is a film about it called 'Hakkodasan'. It is a sad story, however she died doing what she loved. Many more die needlessly commuting in their cars.

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Posted in: New Zealand imposes 3-day lockdown on Auckland after 3 new local COVID-19 cases See in context

People in New Zealand must be happy with the response, they get to go about daily life like before. I think most people are happy to be 'stuck' at home for a beautiful summer. In saying that, I think there is definitely fear and anxiety within NZ regarding Covid. In Japan I don't feel or see any fear around me here, despite there being cases around. It's a completely different mentality. The Japanese have lived through much worse times.

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Posted in: New Zealand imposes 3-day lockdown on Auckland after 3 new local COVID-19 cases See in context

New Zealanders can leave and return.

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Posted in: A look at what quarantine is like in Japan See in context

I am sure there are Japanese who break quarantine rules too, I just don't know them personally. However, every single foreigner I know who came in to Japan within 2 weeks is skiing or other activity. Not saying every foreigner does it, just every one that I know.

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Posted in: A look at what quarantine is like in Japan See in context

I do not know a single foreigner who has entered Japan and followed the 14 day quarantine procedure properly. It's like letting a dog off a leash, only a rare few can be trusted.

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Posted in: Criticism keeps swirling over Tokyo Olympic chief's sexist comments See in context

Just tick the boxes and say the correct things that make people smile or nod. Freedom of speech does not exist.

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Posted in: 14-year-old boy hit and killed by truck on street crossing See in context

Aomori... Very icy and snow built up everywhere blocks the view of drivers and pedestrians. Accidents inevitable in these conditions. Not saying this was the case here but this was especially mentioned. Sad story.

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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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