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Posted in: Osaka’s remote-learning policy strains teachers; forces students to go to school for lunch See in context

It’s so cringy to walk past the homerooms when it’s lunchtime. Forty kids packed into a small room eating together.

To be honest though, there have been no (known) outbreaks at my school.


I think making the kids go in for lunch only is insane—but somehow, it makes sense in Japan.

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Posted in: Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over anti-virus measures See in context


When the holiday ended, many workplaces defied requests to allow their employees to work from home. It left them no choice but to return to their offices on packed trains.

When the holiday ended, many defied requests for remote work and returned to their offices on packed trains.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire on trains See in context

If people were advised not to travel... why are the trains so busy? Why aren't people complying and staying at home?

They are going to/from work, hence the suits.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire on trains See in context

Of course we all saw this coming.

I’m guessing the meetings went like this:

One person: Here is an idea! (Bad idea)

Everyone: OK! Yes!

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Posted in: Osaka governor eyes asking for extension of virus state of emergency See in context

That Washington Post article is quite a read.


back to JT:

Suga recognized the number of cases is not decreasing as fast as earlier expected, according to Okabe.

As fast as expected?! Everyone is working, shopping etc etc.

It’s going to take a while. It’s not a magic button. smh

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Posted in: 6 torch relay staff in southwestern Japan test positive for COVID-19 See in context

From what I have personally witnessed, there is no “social distancing” happening.

In schools, there are small classrooms with 40 students, teachers sitting almost shoulder to shoulder in rooms with 50-100 people, club activities, sports, etc. etc.

Also, students and teachers eat lunch together on a daily basis in these rooms.

Known clusters are few and far between in schools.

I believe the people in this article were infected some other way.

Actually, I hope they were infected some other way, because if wearing masks and directing traffic outside can give you (possibly) the newer strains, we are all in deep trouble.

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

i was speechless last night seeing this story on the news.

literally speechless.

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Posted in: Olympic host towns pull out over pandemic See in context

Surely you meant 2032.

thank you. I needed a good laugh this morning. :)

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Posted in: Olympic host towns pull out over pandemic See in context

please postpone til 2022!!!!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context

They should have postponed the Games until summer 2022. Then, everyone gets to go, everyone gets the money, the vaccine and everyone is happy.

why they became so stubborn about holding them without spectators I will never understand.

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Posted in: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean this time? See in context

So restaurants that don’t serve alcohol can close early, but if you are a restaurant that serves you must close!?

Can’t they just not serve alcohol?

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Posted in: Tokyo state of emergency does not affect Games: IOC See in context

It’s all about Golden Week now. I had plans but my job “threatened” consequences if I cross prefectural borders.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for animal cruelty kept 58 pets in Tokyo home See in context

i wonder if she had a snake for a pet and an amulet

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Posted in: Hyogo Prefecture to give 320,000 fans to restaurants for customers to cover mouths, dine 'safely' See in context

slide your mask on between bites and sips. It’s literally THAT easy.

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Posted in: Why a Japanese man proudly took his wife's last name See in context


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Posted in: Hyogo gov't worker leaves water running for a month; forced to pay half ¥6 mil bill See in context

They probably said you can pay 1/2 or you’re fired?

I would have fought like hell to not pay it. How could a person afford that kind of money?!

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Posted in: With Olympics at stake, Mori seen as too influential to push aside See in context

I’m so confused. An 83-year-old is too influential to fire? Isn’t it entirely possible that he could pass away at any moment? (Sorry to be morbid—just reality)

There is no backup plan!?

“NO Olympics if he resigns”


I’ve been shocked before but this is on another level!

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Posted in: Mori apologizes for sexist remarks, but refuses to resign See in context

The famous DOUBLE-DOWN!


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Posted in: Mori scolded by wife, daughter after saying women talk too much at meetings See in context

Women need to speak up MORE to get people like this OUT of power.


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Posted in: Japan urged to link private, public testing to better grasp extent of pandemic See in context

They are not included!?!?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 393 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,792 See in context

It’s a miracle.

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Posted in: Woman disciplined after putting up partition between herself and older male coworker See in context

If only people could move around the office and change seats....

sounds easy everywhere but here.

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Posted in: Tokyo revises contact tracing strategy, narrowing it to higher-risk cases See in context

my head hurts.

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Posted in: 120-year-old condom found in Ishikawa Prefecture See in context

Judging by the photo, how did it work?

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Posted in: New coronavirus cases in Tokyo fall to 618; nationwide tally 2,764 See in context

I want to believe!

I want to believe that Japan is capable of miracles!

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Posted in: Don't shout, don't cheer: Olympic fans face coronavirus curbs See in context

How exciting

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

I simply cannot understand the lack of testing.

more testing——more people quarantined——less chance of spread——-less grandparents/great-grandparents die.

what am I missing here!?

Japan, you’ve had a year. Even if it saves 50 older people a day isn’t that WORTH IT!?!?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,204 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,925 See in context

Paraphrased from the local newspaper:

”Two high school girls tested positive, but since there were no close contacts the school was not closed.”

Also, I heard that from a friend who used to work there that no one else was tested.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context




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Posted in: Gov't to expand state of emergency to cover Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo See in context

I guess the decision has been made. Just waiting on the announcement.


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