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Posted in: Japan marks 77th anniversary of end of World War II See in context

I’ve always been somewhat impressed with the current emperor and his father before him. They always seem to take an additional step beyond the politicians when it comes to the recognition of Japan’s past militarism, acknowledging some remorse, and making vows of not repeating it. Basically Hirohito was the figurehead used by the military to wage war, apparently his descendants aren’t so eager to be used in the same way again. What concerns me now is, could Japan actually protect itself from say, China in the future? What if China started claiming Okinawa as it’s own (definitely within the realm of possibility) and took measures to take it?

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Posted in: Japan diving shop sorry after customers pose on sunken U.S. warship See in context

Any ship or vessel that was attacked and destroyed during an armed conflict IS illegal to enter or remove anything from.

First of all, this is completely ignorant and untrue. I have wreck diving certification and have dived many US and Japanese wrecks, there’s no international law or scuba police enforcing it and it would depend on each country. Secondly, divers taking a picture while they’re down there is not necessarily disrespectful, the only reason they’re making a big deal about it is because it was Japanese divers on an American wreck.

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Posted in: Woman falls to death while rock climbing in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

Just turned 60 recently, sold my Harley Davidson motorcycle. I'm all for living life to the fullest and all that jazz but there comes a time when motorcycles and rock climbing are just pushing your luck.

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Posted in: Japan reports 186,229 coronavirus cases; Tokyo has record high 31,878 See in context

Just recovering from BA.5, one characteristic of this one is a sore throat from hell. I had the original Covid in May 2021 (no vaccines available in Japan at that time). Prior immunity has no effect on what's going around now. Neither do 2 Pfizer and 1 Moderna booster. Basically no one has immunity to the variant going around now.

So much for the genius predictions here over the last few days saying this thing has peaked, lol. Ditto for those claiming the numbers are high because of increased testing, that has nothing to do with it. The reason the numbers are high is because, get this, there are way more cases.

It's not rocket science, they're saying this has a R0 of 18.6 which is higher than measles. I don't know if the r0 is actually 18.6 but whatever it is, it's pretty high. Add that to the just observed 3 day weekend of BBQ's and party party, it's not rocket science what's going on.

Basically humankind is going to have to just adapt to COVID by catching it and getting over it, or not.

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Posted in: Have we been making pancakes wrong this whole time? Japan’s Zen-Noh shares the best technique See in context

I suppose pancakes, like cotton candy and okra, actually originated in Japan so we should take this very seriously.

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Posted in: Sony buys 'Halo' creator Bungie as gaming fight heats up See in context

Here's an idea that might increase their game position - maybe they should spend some more of that money getting the PS5 console out to stores. It was released 2 years ago and it is still almost impossible to get your hands on one.

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Posted in: Japan's entry ban hurting foreign students' mental health: survey See in context

Wait, you're mentally damaged because you can't enter Japan? War is hell, lol...

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Posted in: Student turns herself in to police over alleged university exam cheating See in context

This is the result of the extreme pressure put on students in an education system based solely on test performance.

Amazing to see the number of people here excusing her actions, let's blame "the system" for her cheating.

Question - If she became a doctor, would you want her as YOUR doctor? I wouldn't.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: ‘Why hostess clubs?’ See in context

Let's see, she comes to Japan, hooks up with a Japanese guy, then is upset he goes to a hostess club (Zzzz) with his co-workers (super common) where basically NOTHING is going to happen except an emptier wallet. If you hook up with a Japanese person, in Japan, it comes with the territory.

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Posted in: Japanese fast food chain serves up burgers with Camembert 'buns' See in context

It probably tastes good, but a "burger" it is not. I like MOS burger, but it's not really a hamburger, let's get real.

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Posted in: Prefectural rivalry in Japan: Survey reveals which areas compete against each other, and why See in context

No, more like California vs Texas. 

I think Texas is winning, considering California is such a screwed up state that their residents are moving to Texas and everywhere else like rats abandoning a sinking ship...

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Posted in: Australian rugby star fired by Japanese club after drugs arrest See in context

Hope that was a good high, he's going to pay for it.

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Posted in: Japan starts accepting requests for eased COVID quarantine rule See in context

Money before all else!

So, if you are a vaccinated business traveler coming to Japan, you are eligible for 3 day quarantine, but if you are a vaccinated Japanese or foreign resident, you are not eligible for 3 day quarantine returning to Japan?

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Posted in: Mos Burger serves up Green Teriyaki Burger with convenient drizzling sauce packet See in context

MOS has tasty, clean, hot food and all but that said, there are basically no good hamburgers in Japan.

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Posted in: China’s 'Little Kyoto' shut down by government after complaints of Japanese culture invasion See in context

I thought the cultural invasion was when I would go to Kyoto and Nara (pre-pandemic) then overhear more Chinese than Japanese being spoken. The tourists were absolutely ruining the place, now I feel like going before then come back again, it could be a last rare chance.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven responds to Japan’s maritozzo craze with super stuffed dorayaki hybrid See in context

Why did they have to ruin it with Anko? Tsk...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,168 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,031 See in context

Let’s focus on Tokyo where it’s down 1000 + cases from last week and skim over Osaka which reached over 3000 cases for the first time ever…

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Posted in: Local gov'ts condemn Aichi music event organizer for lax COVID steps See in context

About a week from now the case numbers around there should be interesting…

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Posted in: Philippines' Duterte says will run for vice president in 2022 See in context

He’s got a Napoleon complex and is still butt hurt he couldn’t get a visa into the USA decades ago. The chip on his shoulder is huge and he’s a sellout to China. It’s slowly becoming Philippines, Republic of China.

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Posted in: Do you respect anti-vaxxers' stance? See in context

So far, just about every denier anitvax person I know eventually got COVID

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

Have been buying my iPhones directly from Apple to avoid SIM lock. Greedy Japanese companies..

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,094 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,151 See in context

I’m seeing all kinds of out of prefecture license plates up here in rural Fukushima, which basically means the Tokyo crowd could give a rats behind about what they spread up here during the obon holiday, they were asked to not come here this year but they flout it. We had an almost 100 person cluster ab a child care facility caused by a Tokyo visitor about a week ago.

The vaccine is the only way out if this mess, the sooner that’s been done the sooner life can get back to normal. I’ll get my second one next week then I am personally done with it.

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Posted in: If the delta variant gains prevalence while many people have only received one dose of the vaccine, the number of people infected with the coronavirus will not decrease in society at large. We shouldn't be delaying giving people their second dose, but if there aren't enough vaccine doses, there's not much we can do. See in context

The government is just withholding them from distribution to save the market for the domestic vaccines next year..

While I don't have proof and seldom subscribe to conspiracy theories, he cynical side of me has been telling me all along this has been the real reason of the SLOW vaccine rollout in Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese drugmaker Shionogi to seek approval for oral COVID drug See in context

I hope the authorities in Japan take their time to ensure the drug is safe for non-Japanese.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,166 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,207 See in context

After that 4 day holiday last week nobody saw this coming, shoooocking!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

Although it was stupid to do the olympics, I don't think the spike in cases has anything to do with that. There's basically no spectators there anyway and all the athletes are tested daily. This would still be occurring even if there were no olympics.

The real reason is that Japan just hasn't taken COVID seriously, comparatively speaking. Japan is in last place among the G7 nations for vaccination. They were pushing travel campaigns early this year. Several Japanese people I know told me they refused the vaccine when they had the chance to take it, they said they want to wait for the Japanese vaccine to come out, how ridiculous. Then what about the four day holiday last week? That was completely irresponsible and was a result of the government adjusting the holiday schedule. Last week was basically Golden Week part II in July and now that it has been incubating over the last week, we're seeing huge spikes. My shock-o-meter is not moving.

I guess Japan will just have to learn this the hard way.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 2,848 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,629 See in context

We just had a government promoted four day holiday weekend which was basically party party party and treated like Golden Week part II, what could possibly go wrong? Incubation is about a week, let's see what it looks like by about next Monday or Tuesday.

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Posted in: Unvaccinated U.S. swimmer sparks debate as Olympics start See in context

So he already recovered from COVID-19 last December? If that's the case then the reality is that he's probably more immune than anyone there who only had vaccines.

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Posted in: Vaccinations rise in some U.S. states with soaring infections See in context

Do you kind of get a sick feeling that this same scenario is about to be play itself out here in Japan within the next few months? 

Next few months? I'm guessing in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

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Posted in: China says WHO plan to audit labs in COVID origins probe 'arrogant' See in context

Whatever the cause, it emerged out of China…as usual.

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