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Posted in: Organizers say Tokyo Paralympics 'going smoothly' amid pandemic See in context

that's a relief! now I can sleep easy.

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Posted in: U.S. says drone kills IS bombers targeting Kabul airport See in context

this is a completely different interpetation than appears on other sites, the BBC for example..... better to take all 'news' with a pinch of salt

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Posted in: Thousands flock to walk-in youth vaccination site in Tokyo See in context

Thousands flock to shuffle-in youth vaccination site in Tokyo.... (^_-)

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Posted in: Thousands flock to walk-in youth vaccination site in Tokyo See in context

P.S. I live in a small town....

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Posted in: Thousands flock to walk-in youth vaccination site in Tokyo See in context

300 shots? my town hall has been doing 3 batches of 10 or 12 people per hour each day, which amounts to close to the same daily rate. but boy, I bet the Shibuya/youth plan looked good on paper (⌒▽⌒). it's perhaps what comes of focussing on brownie points rather than vaccinating folk.

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Posted in: U.S. airstrike targets Islamic State member in Afghanistan See in context

The speed with which the U.S. military retaliated reflected its close monitoring of IS

not close enough evidently, to judge by the Kabul airport attack

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Posted in: Japan halts use of 1.63 mil Moderna vaccine doses over contamination See in context

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the company said they have yet to see any reports of safety concerns over the issue.

....well, apart from contaminants, but hey...

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Posted in: Yakuza boss sentenced to death for ordering murder See in context

Japanese media said the verdict came despite a lack of evidence directly linking him to the crimes.

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Posted in: Japan to expand state of emergency to 8 more prefectures See in context

meanwhile, Onjuku (in Chiba-ken) which is and has been under the SOE, has decided to close its waterpark 6 days early, in the interests of Covid-safety..... even though families have been shouting and frolicking for several weeks, the beach meanwhile being 'closed'.

interestingly, since the beach 'closed', people have been self-distancing, stringing themselves out along the shore, rather than being jammed together in a small "safe" cordoned-off area (of sand and water).... with such random and conflicting 'rules', no wonder some people are ignoring the SOE......

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Posted in: TEPCO to build undersea tunnel to release Fukushima water; gov't to buy marine products See in context

Japan's rubric for the last 70-odd years.... if in doubt.... lay concrete....

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Posted in: Which is more popular in Japan: British English or American English? See in context


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Posted in: Osaka starts administering AstraZeneca vaccine See in context

might have side-effects, might get bloodclots..... might might might.... about a million people on planet earth die (not from Covid-related causes) every week, year in, year out..... getting out of bed in the morning is a health hazard....

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Posted in: Harris meets with Singapore leaders See in context

saw the trip described as a 'charm-offensive'. must've been a typo for 'smarm-offensive'.... (^▽^)

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Posted in: Motegi discusses regional tensions with new Iranian president See in context

expect a low-interest loan to Iran soon

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Posted in: Tokyo Paralympics to open under shadow of pandemic See in context

under the shadow

お陰様で ?

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Posted in: Mizuho Bank suffers 5th Japan-wide system failure of 2021 See in context

extremely regrettable

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Posted in: Japan's governors call for COVID lockdown See in context

was reading something by Peter Lundgren, an MEP for Sweden.... that country having no hard lockdowns and etc and etc, relying on citizens' common sense.... allowing people to think for themselves in other words, act like responsible adults. J-Gov couldn't conceive such an approach of course.... nor the people, evidently.... and anyway, nothing is as important as the Olympics..... (talking of common sense.... or lack of it)

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Posted in: Paralympic torch relay events begin in Tokyo as COVID concerns linger See in context

.... and all the 'disabled' who live 'normal' lives get no sponsorship, no endorsements, no VIP treatment, no glory.... just battle on in the day-to-day while no-one pays attention, or is aware of how hard it must be.....

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Posted in: Olympic staffer invited to visit Jamaica for helping gold medalist See in context

when a simple act of human kindness is appropriated by commercial enterprise, and turned into a global media event..... funny old world!

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Posted in: Olympic staffer invited to visit Jamaica for helping gold medalist See in context

I receive kindnesses every day from people I don't know..... and reciprocate when I am able.... isn't that normal?

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Posted in: Spectator ban no barrier for Paralympics: IPC chief See in context

Tōkyō.... barrier-free at last.... they must be happy

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,386 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally hits record 23,917 See in context

CrickyToday  05:08 pm JST

job performance is not a requirement for a government job in Japan.

...or anywhere else as far as I can see....

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Posted in: Japan's largest Paralympic team formed, gearing up for success See in context

O'BrienToday  08:25 am JST

the easily-distracted peasantry dutifully swooned over the nice shiny medals and temporarily forgot about the fact that their government was making a complete hash of their Covid strategy.

.... just like everywhere else.... most people are pretty good people, but innocents really..... baubles, fireworks, circuses (5-ringed variety in this case)....

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Posted in: Delta variant confirmed in New Zealand; virus case total increases to 7 See in context

Officials have said the latest outbreak has no obvious connections to the border

the world's first viral virgin birth then?

thought the powers-that-be (everywhere) would have figured out by now that if you allow people to jet about the planet, the plague will travel with them....

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Posted in: Japan extends virus emergency to Sept 12; weighs legal options to enforce restrictions See in context

O'BrienToday  07:50 am JST

be careful what you wish for....

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Posted in: Japan extends, expands state of emergency as cases surge See in context

call me simplistic, and possibly traitorous, but seems to me that people who fancy a quiet beer, or a glass of wine with their meal, wouldn't be a danger.... while those who want to get smashed will do so anyway. aAaand.... I see plenty of people who are not imbibing alcohol, shouting into their fone, or at the person next to them, often pulling down their mask to facilitate same..... as usual, laws and ordinances adversely affect the reasonable folk, while the others do what they do anyway..... (ー△ー;)

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Posted in: Japan extends, expands state of emergency as cases surge See in context

nice timing for the paralympics people to get in, do their thing, and get out again, while residents..... ummm..... watch the world go by on TV.....

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Posted in: Japan economy rebounds in 2nd quarter despite virus surge See in context

"Japan economy rebounds"........ "Japan's economy grew slightly"..... 「(°ヘ°)

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ¥1.2 mil from woman in elevator See in context

Pacific SauryToday  11:08 am JST

Had he put the paper bag over his own head, he might have gotten away with it.

wunnnderfull.... my Sunday evening laugh. thank you!

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Posted in: Japanese companies to be banned from locking cell phone SIM cards See in context

got fed up with Docomo years back, bought an unlocked fone online, signed up with Asahinet (insluding English support, up to a point), paying half what I payed previously.... and am about to switch to Sakura as they offer a plan that suits my usage better..... very cheap....

always gobsmacked when I visit he UK, how easy (and cheap) it all is. just pop into a newsagent, a supermarket, almost anywhere, buy a sim (choice of many plans), pay, done!

a pity that Japan hasn't figured out that being competitive, and offering good service for a reasonable price (and not just re: fones) can be profitable. 鎖国lives!

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