Kenchi comments

Posted in: Prices set to rise in Japan for over 10,000 food items on weak yen See in context

Luckily most processed foods mentioned above can be made in your own kitchen. Not that most will do…

I already make many of my own condiments, Cure and smoke my own bacon and other meats.

I wish more would do as it’s not really all that difficult once you get the hang of it and you would discover that it tastes 10 times better

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Posted in: Unification Church says Japan members received death threats See in context

Unfortunate but I am not surprised.

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Posted in: U.S. House Speaker Pelosi begins Asia tour; no mention of Taiwan See in context

Maybe her purpose was to put Taiwan in the media's attention and show China to be the aggressor. It worked.

or…. It’s more likely that they would back down and wanted an excuse to do so. Everything she has done until now has been self-serving for her and not in the best interest of her country. Why would this time be any different?

I hope I’m wrong and that she still goes but I’m highly skeptical.

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Posted in: Will Smith posts an apology video for slapping Chris Rock See in context

I am deeply remorseful and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself.

without being ashamed??? There’s your problem right there!

I think true remorse would go hand-in-hand with shame.

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Posted in: Japan reports 197,792 coronavirus cases; 31,541 in Tokyo See in context


I have a friend here in Japan who is a doctor and he isn’t vaxxed and refused to jab his kids.

He isn’t my doctor but I’ve known him for over 20 years.

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Posted in: Japan reports 197,792 coronavirus cases; 31,541 in Tokyo See in context

This is a subjective observation. It is not scientific.

What would the numbers be if mask were not worn?

What would the numbers be if people wore masks correctly?

What would the numbers be if people wore N95s?

Since we don't have data for those questions, there is no scientific validity to conclude that high case count = masks don't work.

sounds a lot like the argument for you get less sick if you’re vaccinated.

that is a very repeated yet subjective observation as well.

I hear a lot of people saying that but zero data shown proving it.

everyone I’ve known who is unvaccinated and has had omicron has also had very mild symptoms

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Posted in: Japan reports 222,305 coronavirus cases; 33,466 in Tokyo See in context

Worryingly high for a Saturday. 

these are actually Friday’s numbers.

looks like the peak has reached the apex and they will slowly start to go back down.

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Posted in: Veggie 'steak' spared the knife in France See in context

That’s not kindness, that’s being hypocritical.

and that’s exactly what I said.

if you like the taste of meat, then by your definition, you are not kind.

Own it.

imagine replacing this method of thinking with other “unkind” things and see how that flies…

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Posted in: Veggie 'steak' spared the knife in France See in context

I find it bizarre that vegans/vegetarians try to copy the name smell, taste etc. of actual meat.

if I were a truly and psychologically a vegetarian/vegan, and it wasn’t something that was just “fashionable”, I wouldn’t go near this stuff.

wallace, it has been like this for many years and has nothing to do with trying to get meat eaters to feel comfortable.

it’s a hypocritical paradox that makes no sense.

”get them of meat”…. Even that phrase is bizarre.

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Posted in: Japan reports 195,161 coronavirus cases See in context

Hey remember two years ago when people said the vaccine would make you immune and would stop the spread. They were convinced. It was all over the news and people repeated the mantra. I remember it clearly.

Now those SAME people say of course it won’t make you immune… of course it won’t stop the spread of the virus. It will just make you less sick. Like they knew it all along… it’s funny watching them change their tune. I guess it happened so gradually it’s like they don’t even remember.

I know plenty of people who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated Who got infected with omicron. EXACT same symptoms and NEITHER were sicker than the other. Pretty much everyone head cold/flu like symptoms for a few days and it was done.

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Posted in: Tokyo school swaps fresh fruit for jelly as food prices soar See in context

"I try to include seasonal fruits once or twice a month, but it's difficult to do it frequently,"

once or twice a month isn’t even frequently…

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Posted in: Relaxed mask usage guidelines barely spread among Japanese public See in context

Sometimes masks make unattractive women look attractive. I think that’s one of the reasons people keep wearing them.


or perhaps they are motivated by their daily diet?

One could eat as much garlic as they want throughout the day.

If someone were really keen to try to convince me to wear a mask, in all honesty, that would be a convincing argument for me.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; states can ban abortion See in context

Being an unapologetic pro life supporter, I applaud this outcome, even if it only means that each state now gets to choose for themselves.

it was never a women’s rights issue for me. It was purely for the protection of an unborn child right to live.

The fact that pro-choice supporters were using the argument and conflating it to denying women’s right to choose actually sickened me.

A right to choose or a right to live… not a difficult decision for me

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,181 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 15,815 See in context


directly in the article above it says…

There were no infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 36, down two from Thursday.

Not 126,979

i’m curious what do you think nationwide figure, 36 refers to?

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Posted in: Black Americans living abroad reflect on Juneteenth See in context

Reading this article today was when I first became aware of Juneteenth

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 960 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,956 See in context

Painkiller, if you were in charge, what were the numbers have to be to give up protocols?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,876 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 16,813 See in context


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Posted in: Malaysia Islamic minister says Bon Odori dance not for Muslims See in context

I don’t see what most of the posters here have issues with…

we all have principles and every day we make decisions whether or not to do something based on those principles. Myself included.

It seems kind of hypocritical to me to complain just because you may not agree with their particular principles in this case

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,800 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,039 See in context

For those that have trouble understanding the numbers on Monday and Tuesdays (for all the good it will do as I’m convinced certain people just troll)

posted numbers are from the day before.

Therefore, Numbers posted on Mondays reflect Sunday’s positives. Sunday’s numbers always low because most clinics are closed and not much testing occurs.

The best comparisons are against last weeks numbers. So compare this Tuesday numbers against last Tuesday’s numbers (down 562).

if some people can’t legitimately wrap their head around that then… well….

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,800 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,039 See in context

It’s only as ridiculous as you allow it to be. All you need to do is remove it.

Do your part. I am. The more people that see you without a mask, the more people that will be encouraged to do so as well. Because you know everyone wants to but no one wants to stand out.

it will be like a domino effect. Mind you, in slow motion but it will happen

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Posted in: Welfare ministry to conduct survey on boys and men victimized by sexual violence See in context

It’s almost like they’re going out of their way not to use the word “rape” in this article…

Odd in this age of “equality”

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Posted in: Japan expands daily arrival cap to 20,000 as COVID fears recede See in context

@divinda Canadians can’t move inside their own country with a flight, a train or by boat.

also not allowed to fly outside Canada if they are not fully vaccinated, you can read all about this on or on the Canada government site. 

But they can drive!

this is why I will never return to Canada (I can’t deal with how authoritarian it has become…)

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Posted in: Uvalde tells Biden to 'do something'; he pledges 'we will' See in context

During the Bolshevik revolution between 50,000 and 200,000 people were “executed”.

Just prior to and early on in the revolution “the leaders of the uprising knew only too well what the masses were capable of, especially if armed up to the teeth, and moved to monopolize gun ownership. If you were caught with a firearm, you could face at least 10 years imprisonment. Execution was most likely.

THIS is the purpose of the second amendment. It is there as a means of protection against a tyrannical government. It is not for recreational or hunting purposes. I also believe that this is the underlying motivation to get rid of the second amendment. It is as plain as day that government is becoming more tyrannical.

Those who are falling for the playing heart strings are being played.

If those in power (for those who support them) really cared about those children, they would be focusing on what’s causing these people to go on these rampages in the first case. Yet that is 100% being ignored as if it’s not even a factor and only focusing on gun control. In fact, if that idea is even brought up, it is ridiculed (see down votes below). The level of hypocrisy is staggering.

I would speculate, in most cases, the underlying causes for these rampages would be attributed to many of the previously instituted changes by those in power in the first place. Create the problem and offer a solution…

I am all for some sort of gun control. For example, a legal age of 18 to purchase one, background checks (it must be proven that the purchaser has no violent criminal history nor has spent time in a mental institution or has some documented history of mental instability. Perhaps even needing to complete a gun safety course and obtain a license like those who are legal to drive a car. This is not unreasonable.

That would make the majority of people eligible and I’m fine with that.

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Posted in: Air travelers in U.S. face cancellations over Memorial Day weekend See in context

What are these 'air traffic control actions'? The sky hasn't got smaller.

I will go out on a limb here and speculate that there are more than a few air traffic controllers who shouldn’t hold position that they do, thanks to quotas.

Either we get more detail or we assume our Glorious Leaders are messing with us again.

this is also a big possibility

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,194 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,828 See in context

Yaaaay! :)

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,194 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,828 See in context

Well this freeloader hasn’t even had the flu in more than a decade. The only time I go to the hospital is to get my yearly physical. But of course, I still pay my medical Insurance on time every month. I should calculate how much I’ve paid into medical insurance over the years…

come to think of it, I do feel similarly though, as far as freeloading goes, when I think about smokers or those who are obese. The deaths and hospitalizations of those two far surpass Covid problems. and those two problems would be far easier to eradicate than a virus.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,194 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,828 See in context

And everyone else around as well, right?

everyone’s has to do what they think is right to serve them well. I don’t make other peoples decisions for them, nor do I care to.

sorry but I don’t buy into that whole “social responsibility” thing. That’s just a pathetically desperate thing to say to try and guilt or bully somebody into changing their mind or complying.

in the future, there may be a time and a place for such measures but it’s certainly not with COVID. Not by a long shot.

if you wanna get vaccinated, giddy up. If you don’t, that’s cool too.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,194 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,828 See in context


get vaccinated… or boosted …. No more made up excuses people…. Your best chance at survival or reducing your chances of getting a severe case are with vaccines!!!! 

I’ll pass. And I won’t offer any excuses.

I simply decided I don’t want it.

I will continue doing what I’ve been doing my whole life… living a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy and exercising regularly. In fact, that is my advice to everyone.

It serves me very well.

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Posted in: Kishida says foreign tourists should follow Japan face mask rules See in context

No rules, but the custom appears to be: wear masks at all times outdoors, even when you're in the middle of a huge park with no one around you. When you go into a restaurant, take you mask off and laugh and clap and shout all you want.

yep, this is the custom. It’s undeniable but you’ll get down voted for it anyways.

I think it’s fascinating that people will downvote something even when they’re telling the truth. but if people wear their masks the way you mentioned so it only makes sense to downvote. Just being consistent I guess

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,630 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 27,549 See in context

Life is back to normal. Happy to be living in Japan!

normal is what you make it. There are obviously a few who would disagree with you but it can’t be helped as that is self-imposed.

I feel lucky and privileged to have lived here for over 22 years and especially in the last 3. I hope it lasts.

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