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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan See in context

@Oldman_13 yep you say! I live in the US still, but I’m working on moving to Japan, and I could tell you a thing or two about how PC things have gotten here in the US. Thank God that things haven’t gotten that far, at least on maps here anyway, otherwise I think I would lose it.

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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan See in context

@David_Shawn_Kanda absolutely, this is disgusting what Kim is doing here. Yeah, use this whole coronavirus pandemic as leverage to scare the rest the world to try to get what he wants? Yeah, absolutely disgusting.

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

Well it’s good to see that Japanese government is expanding on the travel bans. And now that it includes the United States, which is now the epicenter for this pandemic, it’s even better. I just wonder if it really will include Southeast Asian South America eventually, though I don’t know what the numbers are like in those areas.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug 8 in 2021 See in context

Yeah, I was thinking that it would be like this. Because you can’t do it this spring, for reasons that the article stated, and you also can’t have it during the fall, also for the same reasons.

Believe me people, I would love to of had it in the spring or the fall, but because of the sports leagues and TV contracts, the IOC and Japan didn’t really have much of a choice.

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Posted in: Stormy year ahead for Japan's tourism industry See in context

Considering how long and hard a lot of us around the world have been working in recent years, this is actually a welcome break to me. Because we all, in one way or another, are getting some kind of break out of this. That is clearly, a huge plus as well. And with these stimulus bills being passed, or soon to be passed, then I say, all the more reason why this break will be so beneficial to all of us.

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Posted in: Stormy year ahead for Japan's tourism industry See in context

@ifd66 you know, I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot in recent days. Because my family members, have either been working from home, or have been laid off. In the case of the latter, my cousin was able to use his opportunity, so that he and a friend of his can move into an apartment that they really wanted to move into. And they’re getting a great rate for it, or at least that’s what he told me. They moved in last weekend, before a lot of the lockdown stuff was really beginning here in the US.

And my mom was saying that she loves working from home, considering that her workplace has been so stressful as of late. And I myself can attest to this general attitude as well.

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Posted in: 92 from Chicago let in at Narita airport without being asked to self-isolate See in context

Yeah, considering how much does virus is spread as it is, a complete and total boneheaded blunder on their part. Now I wouldn’t go quite extent that no apology would suffice in the situation, but there should definitely be some serious punishments to all those involved with this blunder.

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Posted in: Tokyo's delayed Olympics: Who pays bills for another year? See in context

The article also states that there’s private funding as well. I’m not sure if that was part of the agreement when they got the Olympics back in 2013, but I would imagine that those private sponsors or whoever would have to chip in, if they were part of the original funding equation anyway.

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Posted in: Tokyo's delayed Olympics: Who pays bills for another year? See in context

Yeah, that would definitely suck if the taxpayers are stuck with yet another cost overrun. But I don’t really think that’s going to be the case. At least not entirely anyway.

Because as the article states, the IOC has several billion dollars in revenue, including a $2 billion reserve fund. Do you really think that they won’t contribute any of that money when the Olympics are delayed for a year? Especially since they were the ones that jointly said with Japan that they should be pushed ahead for another year?

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Posted in: Stop the clock: Japan wakes up to reality of Olympics postponement See in context

Well I’m sure that once they decide on the specific date at the Olympics will start next year, they will restart the clock for that date. Nice to know that life people now get to see that it’s postponed, and then it’s finally sinking in.

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Posted in: In Japan, hotels lose out on Olympic delay and coronavirus See in context

Yeah, one of my cousins was laid off last weekend. He works at a pub I was tell me that half of the pubs and restaurants in Portland Oregon, where he lives, are gonna be closing down too.

This definitely looks like it’s a worldwide problem. And in the US at least, our Congress is finally debating, and will be voting on a stimulus package to help cushion the blow. I mean they have to, as well as with government worldwide.

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Posted in: Over 400 cruise ship visits cancelled at Japanese ports over coronavirus See in context

Yeah, it’s a shame for all the passengers involved. But, for all this coronavirus still going around, this needs to be done. I mean, it looks like it hasn’t hit Japan that hard, but then again, we want to keep it that way wouldn’t we?

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Posted in: Japan's economic package to deal with epidemic to top ¥30 tril See in context

Well said, @zichi. Making sure that people have money to spend, (as well as making sure companies have capital so they can hire, as well as keep people hired) so that way the economy can keep floating, is a lot more important than any country‘s national debt right now. I mean, what good is taking care of the national debt, if most people are out of work, and/or your economy’s in the toilet?

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

And with the cherry blossoms being so important to Japan’s cultural heritage, as well as no technical government ban place, can you really blame a whole lot of people want to go out, at least to get some fresh air as Bodge2020 suggested? I mean, staying inside, breathing the same air in a closed loop system, isn’t exactly all that healthy either.

just, like I said before, wash your hands when you go out, as well as you go back in. And also wear a mask if you have one, at least if you’re going to be in crowds like that.

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

@bodge2020 you basically share my sentiments. All I would add is the fact that you should wash your hands every time you come back from the inside, as well as go outside. Now in terms of these people “being idiots”, the real idiots here, are the people doing picnics without masks and stuff.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context

Well I guess at this point, it is in evitable. I mean, I don’t know exactly how much Time is near for preparation, for these last few months, but it’s obviously not enough considering COVID-19.

And yeah, postpone it by a full 12 months, so I can be held at the exact time for you that was supposed to be. This would also clear it out of the way of the basketball and hockey playoffs, but also before the NFL season as well, for America of course.

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Posted in: Foreign ministers from Japan, China, S Korea discuss coronavirus See in context

Well this is good. Despite the problems that these countries I’ve been having with one another recently, I’m glad to see that they put aside all that, the band together to fight this coronavirus. With all this cooperation, it indeed give me even greater hope for the future.

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Posted in: New Harajuku Station building opens in Tokyo See in context

@derek-grebe assuming of course they don’t have air-conditioning, which judging by how modern it is, won’t at all be the case.

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Posted in: More Americans think U.S.-Japan relations improved under Trump: poll See in context

@Ah_so Thank you for pointing that out because if you didn't, I would have instead. And yep, that's right, Trump got LESS, LESS votes than Hillary did. By like 3 million votes I might add.

So for those of you who wanna bash Americans for "voting for Trump", I hate to break this to you but you're wrong. I mean take a look at the vote totals for yourself, and you'll see.

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Posted in: EU wants streaming platforms to ease internet gridlock amid virus crisis See in context

Oh great, first we have article 13, and now we have this. And yes, I do understand that emergency services come first, but I really don’t like the idea of governments trying to telling companies what they should and shouldn’t do regarding their internet services. Seriously, haven’t we had enough of Internet censorship as it is?

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Posted in: IOC reviewing Games scenarios; cancellation not among them: Bach See in context

Well it’s nice to see that these guys are thinking rationally about this, between the fact that I myself have been saying that it’s too early to just cancel the games now, considering the fact that there’s still four months away.

But seriously, that whole light at the end of the tunnel analogy, was really really good. With all the negativity floating around the world as it is, being able to overcome this, and be able to have the Olympics, is a great source of positivity for the whole world, right at a time that we really need it.

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Posted in: Aso calls Tokyo 2020 the 'cursed Olympics' See in context

It’s understandable he has little concern or idea about this bout of corona virus. He is busy looking for a cure for his own chronic illness - foot in mouth disease.

OMG LOL, and I thought that I was the only one that would’ve thought to come up with that phrase, “foot in mouth disease”. Yeah, that was a good one @do_the_hustle

and seriously, between that and what the Tokyo governor was saying about the northern territories, they should be more focused on themselves, rather than trying to come up with excuses for why they should have the Olympics, the way they want it at least.

I mean, I still say that it’s a bit too early to say that the Olympic should be canceled, there’s still four months left and all, but the more I see and hear comments like this, the more I wonder or not it should be saved.

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Posted in: Aso calls Tokyo 2020 the 'cursed Olympics' See in context

And just to disapprove Aso even more, how about the 1900 Olympics? I don’t recall there being any controversy with the 1900 Olympics. And yes, there was a 1900 Olympics, look it up for yourself.

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Posted in: Panel may advise easing virus controls in some areas; Hokkaido to end state of emergency See in context

If they are indeed jumping the gun, like some of you have suggested, and it does indeed come back, then fine. They were foolish, and we can do the whole “told you so” thing then.

But if not, and they were right all along, and this is indeed a very encouraging sign, and the rest of us should be very hopeful. Because it would clearly show that the light is at the end of the tunnel, and the rest of us should expect the same sorts of things fairly soon.

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Posted in: Panel may advise easing virus controls in some areas; Hokkaido to end state of emergency See in context

Well it looks like in Hokkaido at least, they finally have gotten this under control. That’s a good sign for the rest of us, because it shows that in a month or two, everywhere else should be at about the same point, depending on what part of the world you’re in.

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Posted in: Japan to ask travelers from Europe to self-quarantine for 14 days See in context

@Yubaru yep I couldn’t agree with you more about the fact that it should be legally enforced, not “asked of travelers” to self quarantine. And I get the fact that the Japanese are a very polite society, and I have praised them for it on many accounts. But come on, this is a pandemic we’re talking about here.

They can still be quite polite in announcing the policy, but be tough with the policy, and make it mandatory to be self quarantined for 14 days if you’re coming from abroad.

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Posted in: Plane leaves Japan for Greece to collect Olympic flame See in context

The International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that it does not plan any "drastic" decisions about the Games, saying it remains fully committed to the event being staged in four months' time despite the global spread of the coronavirus.

I think the keywords in this part of the article are “four months time”. Because that’s often how much time that we have till the Olympics, four months time. Considering that China is loosening up it’s locked down now, and even some Japanese schools are, don’t think that it’s all over for the Olympics, oh no.

And as more and more lockdowns get lifted in the next month or two, when they have to make a decision on whether or not to have the Olympics, don’t think for second that they’ll blow all those billions of dollars, if it’s quite clear that they’ll definitely have it under control by the time of the Olympics.

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Posted in: Japanese household assets hit record ¥1,903 tril See in context

Well I’m glad the Japanese people are choosing to save more of their money, as opposed to Americans, which have spent it willy-nilly for who knows how many years now. I’m just saying that the shows that the Japanese are being more and more responsible with the money as time goes on, and then Americans could take a lesson from that. That’s all.

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Posted in: Abe says G7 supports 'complete' Games, but polls back postponement See in context

So wow, they’re saying this virus could last through July or August? Geez, and just when I thought a little while ago that we were on the cusp of stabilizing this whole thing.

if that’s the case, that this would last through July or August, then by all means postpone the Olympics. Yeah it’s a shame, and I was calling for caution as well, but with this new information, even I say postpone the Olympics.

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Posted in: Graduation ceremonies scaled down in Japan due to virus See in context

@that_person it’s so that way the person delivering a speech doesn’t have to take their mask off to make themselves hard. Or so that way the speech isn’t severely muffled if they keep the mask on. That’s what I would imagine anyway.

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