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Posted in: Prepare to get rid of 'hanko,' Suga tells government See in context

The move, part of Suga's push to improve bureaucratic efficiency, is expected to lead to more government services becoming available online.

Well this is good, definitely very good. And we could use more efficiency around the world, not just in Japan. I live in the US, for now at least, so believe me, I know.

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Posted in: Japan considers making promotion of paternity leave mandatory for companies: Nikkei See in context


Long overdue. 

If you don't make it mandatory people won't use it!

We've seen attempts in the past failed because workers don't use it unless it's mandatory. 

Nobody wants to inconvenience the company, look lazy, or have their future promotion at risk. Making it mandatory is the only way to fix this issue.

You know, until reading your comment, I was actually against making it mandatory, since it seems awfully intrusive onto peoples personal lives. Because of the arguments in your comment, I’m now for it. And it does make perfect sense, I’ve heard about some stuff like that in the past about attitudes in a Japanese workplace.

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Posted in: Japan considers making promotion of paternity leave mandatory for companies: Nikkei See in context

The changes will be included in a bill to change the current law on childcare, which is set to be debated in parliament next year.

This is the only thing that really bothers me about the change itself. Why does it have to take so long for stuff just to be debated? We’re talking about three whole months here, what’s the hold up?

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Posted in: Paris bars face possible closure as virus patients fill ICUs See in context

Wow, I guess this obviously shows that despite things opening up in a lot of parts of the world, we’re still not out of the woods yet with this pandemic. So stay safe everyone.

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Posted in: Millions of Chinese tourists heading for domestic destinations See in context


“China has reported no new locally-transmitted coronavirus infections since Aug. 16”

Who believes this?

Yeah, you can say that again. Except for the Chinese when they’re obviously being forced to say it, who does believe this?

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Posted in: Suga considering October visit to Vietnam, Indonesia See in context


I wonder if there is any real benefit to visit and meet face to face during a pandemic. Sure, they probably have some trade deals to talk about, but I assume that its more likely a case of Suga thinking: "I'm PM now, I should probably travel and visit some foreign countries because thats whats leaders do."

Yes, that is a very good point, about “what leaders do”. but one, he did just become leader and he needs to get his feet wet as we are, in more ways than one. So that would explain why he wants to make these trips, even further.

And two, as you and some other commenters have said, there is some legit business going on during these trips, and more than just with trade deals as well.

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Posted in: Suga, Putin agree to promote territorial talks based on 1956 accord See in context

This is a bit confusing. Earlier in the article, it implies that the issue of the islands were discussed. But then it says the Russian presidential office said it wasn’t discussed.

And let’s not put the cart before the horse on any of this. Remember, Suga just got in office a few weeks ago. So of course other countries aren’t going to make hard fast commitments just yet, considering that they barely know Suga.

And as with any new job that you get, it takes a little time to get your feet wet before you make any big moves. That’s just how it is.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 212 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 514 See in context



so what? yet you read every single article about it and comment same. 

if it would be "so what" you wouldn't even bother to read it and comment on it. I am pretty sure that if one of those who tested positive was your family member you wouldn't go and say "so what" right?

Spot on! Because yeah, it does hit home a lot more when a family member or someone you know gets it. In fact, I’ve had two people that I know get it about a couple weeks ago, and it really hit home even further the true scale this pandemic. Seriously, nothing to belittle.

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Posted in: Japan eyes using moon water as fuel for space exploration in 2030s See in context

With all the stuff this year regarding the pandemic and other events, it’s refreshing to see news like this. While it’s definitely important to take care of our current issues, we also need to look forward, that’ll give us something to literally look forward to.

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Posted in: Mt Fuji gets season's 1st snowcap, 24 days earlier than last year See in context


A quick blast of mid October temps at the moment. It's still been a hot year though.

Winter is forecast to be La Nina, which can mean more snow. We've had some poor ski seasons in recent years, so more is very welcome!

Yeah I agree, this is very welcome indeed! I live in the US, on the East Coast, and I can say that the summers have been very hot here as well. I’m no meteorologist, but hopefully that will mean that we on the East Coast of the US, will get more snow as well.

And really nice to see whole bunch of positive comments here. Considering the overall environment, no pun intended, this was a very welcome sight as well.

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Posted in: Mt Fuji gets season's 1st snowcap, 24 days earlier than last year See in context


Isn't this a good sign? Could this be the effect of reduced carbon emissions due to the pandemic restrictions? Just guessing here but I'm imagining that Mt Fuji during the pre-industrial revolution era having snow by as early as August or even earlier.

Yes, to be fair it is a good sign. But I think we’re jumping the gun a bit in terms of the carbon emissions. Because as I’ve heard quite a few times, weather does not necessarily equal climate. or some form of that statement.

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Posted in: 72% of children in Japan feel stress over coronavirus pandemic: poll See in context

@daito_hak Everything that you said in your comment was spot on. Seriously, it was like perfect, couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Posted in: 72% of children in Japan feel stress over coronavirus pandemic: poll See in context

Nine percent of respondents, meanwhile, reported sometimes hurting themselves or using violence against family members or pets.

This is the only thing that was really jolting to me. Everything else is very much understandable, as the other commenters have already said. Of course there’s children stressed, there’s adults stressed too. We’re all stressed, and adults have to work as well.

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Posted in: Suga calls for world solidarity in curbing virus in 1st U.N. address See in context

Even with supply chain disruptions and other cross-border restrictions caused by the virus pandemic, Suga underscored the significance of multilateralism and free trade, and vowed to promote World Trade Organization reform and free trade agreements with other countries.

Damn. And just when I was really starting to like Suga too. I mean there’s still some good things that he has to offer, but I am not a fan of this, I can tell you that much.

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Posted in: Japan to reopen borders for all foreign visitors with permits to stay in country See in context


Japan’s society does not always function based on written laws.

The suggestions by government are enough to close businesses...

You made some really good points with that whole comment that you made. And I heard that before on several occasions, and considering the nature of Japanese society, it does make perfect sense.

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Posted in: Japan to reopen borders for all foreign visitors with permits to stay in country See in context

Those travelers must be accepted by entities or organizations capable of ensuring they have tested negative for the virus before entering Japan. After arrival, they have to stay in self-isolation for 14 days and avoid using public transportation during the period.

Well, that explains why they have been all these relaxings as of late. At first, I thought they were moving a little too fast, but considering that those restrictions are in, then actually, this is good.

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Posted in: Arrest warrant for murder served on man who surrendered in S Africa See in context


Will probably get life since he chose to run for years like another notorious murderer who killed a woman and ran.

Well as horrible as it was, that was only one case. And that doesn’t make any sense to do that. I mean why would the justice system punish someone less, when they ran from the scene of the crime, and was a fugitive of justice for years? I’m sure you agree with me on this, it should be the other way around.

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Posted in: Arrest warrant for murder served on man who surrendered in S Africa See in context

@JJ Jetplane

Wait. He murdered someone back in 2003, was hiding out in South Africa, and now wants to turn himself in 17 years later?

Yeah. Unfortunately, things like that are all too common. And just think of all the people who did that sort of stuff who didn’t turn themselves in. I mean all you have to do is look at all the unresolved murder cases just to get a sense for how common it is unfortunately.

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Posted in: Do you think China made the coronavirus and released it either deliberately or by accident or it wasn't manmade? See in context

@David L. Suarez

Just don’t trust China. Distrust and verify at all times. Individually and collectively

Very well put. And now just for the coronavirus either.

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Posted in: Sri Lanka scraps $1.5 bil Japan-funded light rail system See in context

Well it’s a shame to see that this had to happen. I mean initially was very excited about the project, not just because Japan was helping out other countries with their infrastructure, but because of the traffic problems that I heard about in Colombo.

But if there was a problem with corruption, especially with what I heard about the white elephants, then I do understand. They just have to find another way to alleviate their traffic problems though. That’s a fact.

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Posted in: JAL, ANA to resume some China flights as virus rules eased See in context

Wow, talk about having mixed feelings on something. Which is exactly what I have, as well as I’m sure some of you have as well.

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Posted in: Japan to ease entry ban to allow long-term stays from Oct 1, but not tourists See in context


While I am very skeptical regarding relaxing measures, I am totally for responsibly opening the borders, with strict measures - as testing upon arrival, to avoid any infections.

If izakayas are open and packed, why wouldn’t students and workers move to Japan if properly tested and quarantined, right?

Very good. And this is what they call, constructive criticism.

And yes, let’s relax the travel restrictions, but gradually, and over time. That’s the right way to go.

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Posted in: Japan ready to become permanent U.N. Security Council member: Motegi See in context

You know what? Motegi’s got a good point there, about the realities of the 21st-century. Because yeah, especially countries like India and Brazil are really rising on the world stage, and definitely deserve permanent member status. And even know that these next two are still prominent players, it’s a big question as to how much longer Britain and France can truly hold big military status.

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Posted in: Plaque symbolizing Thai democracy removed in less than a day See in context

@Desert Tortoise that makes perfect sense. I mean, what authoritarian regime that oppresses people like this does NOT support?

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Posted in: Taiwan president says she has no plan to talk to Suga See in context

@reasonandwisdomnippon Yes, everything that you said in your comment makes a lot of sense. The “no plans” part obviously makes sense, because like you said, he just got in office days ago. Wait like a month or so, and that may very well change.

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Posted in: Japan eases virus restrictions to allow more people at sports, movie venues See in context

@Randy Johnson I couldn’t agree with you more. And the term “new normal” I always thought it was very unhelpful. It’s extremely misleading, and with people as anxious and scared as it is, it IS a very misleading term. Why not “temporary normal”? Seriously, that would’ve been a far more accurate term for all this.

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Posted in: Japan receives 8,700 visitors in Aug, down 99.7% from year ago See in context


I'd like to know who they were, also. I'm surprised there could have been that many. If they were tourists, did they self-quarantine for two weeks? Were they businesspeople? They would hardly be able to stay in quarantine for two weeks.

Yeah that is a good question. Considering that the article was saying that those who have residency status in Japan made up a good number of them, it would be good to have this clarified. I mean I know about the deal allowing business been from Thailand and Vietnam, so I would like to know those numbers as well. Business people versus residents vs. regular tourists.

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Posted in: Europe imposes fresh restrictions as global coronavirus cases top 30 million See in context


These "large parts" are those that locked down and thus avoided herd immunity. These "large parts" do not lnclude Sweden, which is done with the virus. As I said early on, after this runs its course, most comparable countries will have similar numbers to Sweden, and overall the numbers will largely reflect the health of the population.

Well let’s hope that this does come to pass. And this is very good to read, because I was getting concerned about the rise in spikes and such.

Maybe this would explain Japan’s lower numbers as well.

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Posted in: Suga gets word out: He supports Tokyo Olympics See in context

Not much of a surprise, I mean he was Abe’s right hand man. And I say good, because as I’ve said a number of previous comments, it’s still too soon to say whether or not the games can go on. If it can be properly contained, and/or they come up with a sufficient number of vaccines by the time the Olympics, then I say go ahead. Because if they have enough vaccines, then all the spectators coming to Japan won’t pose much of a problem. At least regarding the pandemic anyway.

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Posted in: Vietnam Airlines to resume flights to Japan from Hanoi and Saigon on Sept 18 See in context


Wonder if you have to quarantine when you get there?

good question. In fact, I’ve been wondering about that myself, since I live in the US. I mean I know people coming to the US, there’s only a short list of countries that flat out band for nationals from entering the country.

But other than for business traveI haven’t heard anything about Japan, let alone Vietnam.

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