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Posted in: Man arrested for soliciting prostitution from high school girl See in context

The age of consent in Japan is 20 years old. Everyone knows it, those are the rules.

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Posted in: Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference See in context

The next scandal - "Why Japan waited so long to roll out the vaccine"

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Posted in: Izakaya stagger under blow of 2nd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

I feel bad for restaurant owners, but keep a few things in mind. When you do business, there's risk involved and also potential reward. Any business owner takes risks. The restaurant business is notoriously difficult even in good times. This is simply bad luck for these people, it happens in business. It sucks. The fact is, farmers deal with this kind of thing every year, they have no clue how the weather will treat them.

The only solution to this problem is the vaccine, period. This thing will never end until 70% of the population has either caught it or had the vaccine. If they want the olympics, businesses to come back, the economy to recover, etc, they had better get off their duffs and get that rolling. The sooner, the better. Israel now has nearly 20% of it's population vaccinated, no one here in Japan has received the shot yet.

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Posted in: Izakaya stagger under blow of 2nd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

Landlords of the establishments where these people rent are part of the problem. Greedy can't begin to describe it.

It's not "greedy", it's life. Landlords usually have mortgages to pay, do you think the banks will let them off? Then I guess the banks are greedy. I'm wondering if you could open up your wallet and pay their mortgage for them?

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Posted in: Japanese approval of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine unlikely until May See in context

I'm guessing that after a few more weeks of this exponential growth of the COVID cases in Japan that the vaccine may start to become a bit more of a priority. All of the "close by 8pm" nonsense is not going to stop this beast.

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Posted in: Suga pledges to improve coronavirus situation in 1 month See in context

The reality is that there are only two ways out of this mess - massive vaccination, or people catch it. It's not travel campaigns or lockdowns. It's not closing shop by 8 pm. Masks only slow it down slightly. This thing is finding it's way into every corner of the globe and even the places that have locked down hard have it surging again.

If Japan want's it's business back, if it wants the olympics to run, they had better get off their behinds and make vaccination of its citizens priority number one. But no, they won't start until the end of February, and even then it's only going to be a small number of medical people. As usual, Japan is the last to adopt.

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

Won't start vaccinations till late February? What's with the delay? 

Japan is not known for it's ability to adapt to change quickly. First of all, even though it's the 3rd largest economy and supposedly a leader in high tech, why do you not hear about Japanese companies leading the pack and coming out with their own vaccine? Because they can't adapt to change quickly here. When there's a recession in the USA that lasts 3 years, it will last 25 years here. What other country in the world thought it was a good idea to launch a travel campaign in the middle of a 100 year pandemic?

It's not their vaccine, they will do it their way, on their own time frame. As usual, they're WAY behind everyone else again.

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Posted in: Ex-transport minister Hata, 53, dies from COVID-19 after falling ill on Dec 24 See in context

Denial - it's not just a river in Egypt. Let's put the question this way - if there were no such thing as COIVD, would Hata, Shimura, and a million+ other people still be alive today? Yes they most certainly would be.

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Posted in: Ghosn case haunts Japan a year after brazen escape See in context

23 days of interrogation, no right to an attorney present, for each charge. They wouldn't let him use the internet, they wouldn't let him meet his wife, use the telephone, yet this guy exercised his right to remain silent for that entire time - a feat most would not be able to pull off for that long. This thoroughly angered the authorities, obviously. I don't know if he did anything wrong or not, but I respect a guy who knows his rights and exercises them under such circumstances. There was no way this guy was going to get a fair trial here in Japan, no way.

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Posted in: Study says Britain must vaccinate 2 million a week to prevent a third COVID-19 wave See in context

Look at japan again and ask what can we learn from them. What are they doing right? Think out of the box.

That can change in a New York minute, I wouldn't get too overly confident...

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Posted in: As vaccines are rolled out, questions remain See in context

If you want the vaccine, take it. If not, don't take it. No sweat off my back if you don't take the vaccine, in fact, I think this is an excellent opportunity for the anti-vaxer's to put their endless conspiracy theories to the test.

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Posted in: Air freight prices 'outrageous' as COVID-19 shots rolled out, says WHO expert See in context

"I just had a quote from a cargo (company) - a big one that shall remain nameless - Dallas (Texas) USA to Sierra Leone, Freetown - at sort of $105 a kilo, which is outrageous actually," he said. The "normal price" would be $4-$6 per kilo, he said.

$105 for a kilo from Dallas Texas to Sierra Leone - that's about right. $4 to $5 per kilo for airfreight? Hahaha, someone please sign me up! That's all I needed to read of this article to know how inaccurate it is.

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Posted in: Restaurant bankruptcies to hit all-time high in 2020 See in context

Going into any type of business involves risks and the restaurant business is one of the more riskier businesses to go into even in good times. I mean, farmers deal with this every year depending on how the weather plays out yet we don't see a "go to farmer" campaign, a "go to fisherman" campaign, etc. If you opened a restaurant, took out big loans, etc, I feel for you but your timing was simply bad luck, those are the breaks when you do business - that's life. The rest of the public should not be encouraged to risk serious illness so these business can survive, but of course that's exactly what the Japanese government has been doing!

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

This video is all about the money and you're naive if you can't see through it. Do you think Nike cares about this actually? They don't, it's a gimmick. Irregardless of the content of the video, whether it's good or bad, I find it disturbing that big corporations feel the need to dictate to the public what morals they should have. Since I do not like to reward bad behavior, I swore off all purchases of Nike and Gillette products years ago. Apparently a lot of dumb people buy into this sort of thing so I guess it works to some degree.

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Posted in: Gov't to extend travel subsidy program until around June See in context

Japan - the only country in the entire world that thinks it's a good idea to run a travel campaign in the middle of a 100 year pandemic. As usual, stubborn to the core and will never reverse course. The most idiotic thing I have ever seen this government do outside of sell tobacco.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 391 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,165 See in context

Japan - The only country in the world that thinks it's a good idea to run a nationwide travel campaign in the middle of a 100 year pandemic.

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

Uh, we don't need their money actually.

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Posted in: Abe asks citizens to be more diligent on social distancing See in context

Here in Iwaki City, Fukushima many bars, restaurants, movie theaters closed. However, what's not closed and in full operation? Pachinko parlors. I have been hearing that when they close these down in one area, the addicts drive to other towns to get their pachinko fix.

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Posted in: Abe again urges people to stay home to stop virus spreading See in context

South Korea did it right, they got aggressive early on, to the point they even have drive through testing. You practically have to be half dead to get a test here in Japan, they want to do it the Japanese way. I saw young people in my town partying it up on Instagram live last night, I guess this will never hit home until someone they personally know dies of it, which is right around the corner and will be too late. That's how exponential numbers work - by the it explodes, it's too late to do much about it.

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Posted in: Japanese health care facilities stretched thin, doctors say See in context

Japan has been completely aced by Korea, which went all out, tested way more people at a way earlier date, did what they had to do and got a grip on it, meanwhile Japan snoozed. You practically have to be half dead and have already spread COVID-19 to a dozen people before they'll give you a test here. This government had months to prepare, didn't anyone watch the news and see what was going on in Italy, Spain, and the USA? Oh, be sure to close the restaurants by 8 pm and start school back up. It's going to hit the fan here shortly.

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Posted in: Mainland China reports 46 new coronavirus cases See in context

Let's see, no vaccine, check. No effective, available treatment yet, check. No herd immunity (approx 65% of the population), check. So what's to stop a second wave from occurring as what occurred in the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic? Nothing that I see except continued lockdowns.

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Posted in: Koike asks Tokyo restaurants, pubs to shut by 8 p.m. See in context

Hello? McFly, anybody home? Just when I thought they couldn't come up with anything more ridiculous, they do! Only would a Japanese politician come up with such a stupid, stubborn idea. Close down the izakaya, pachinko parlors, etc, etc, completely. This isn't rocket science, they've had 2 months of watching what's going on in Italy, Spain, New York, etc to prepare and despite having the world's oldest population this is what they reluctantly came up with.

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Posted in: Japan coronavirus cases pass 5,000 as state of emergency fails to keep people home See in context

South Korea had only 27 cases reported yesterday, has drive through testing, they are clearly the leader of Asia now, not Japan. My how Japan has fallen, you practically have to be halfway dead to get a COVID-19 test here. Stubborn! Let's go back to school! This in the country with the world's oldest population, you would think after seeing what's going on in Italy, Spain, New York, and even the death of Ken Shimura this would wake them up but apparently it's going to take massive death tolls to finally do that.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

New York, check. Italy, check. Spain, check. 118 new cases on Saturday and 134 new cases in Tokyo on Sunday, check. Let the kids go back to school today….check.

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Posted in: Comiket cancelled as coronavirus knocks off Tokyo’s biggest otaku celebration See in context

Meanwhile at the packed, smoke filled pachinko parlors, life goes on...

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

Japan and Italy, the two countries with the oldest populations, duh. It's a no brainer what's going to occur soon and this government has been really inept from the start in handling this soon to be major catastrophe. Remember when just about everyone else stopped all flights from China but Japan only stopped the flights from Wuhan? Instead of getting an early grip on it which is vital, they've done practically nothing. "Don't go out on the weekend"?! That's not going to do jack squat! They've had a month of seeing what's going on in Italy and Spain where 900+ people die in a single day. I will feel no sympathy for Abe and this government when the fallout occurs.

Meanwhile the packed out pachinko parlors are full, ho hum, "it won't happen to us"...

New rice cooker, check. Two months of food, water, and supplies ready for extended lockdown, check...

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

How about starting at home? I don't see any pachinko parlors being closed down, even Abe's wife was out this weekend. As we speak there are probably loads of asymptomatic people walking around unknowingly spreading COVID-19 and staying home for the "weekend" won't do jack squat to stop it. Typically it's one week of asymptomatic spread, one week sick at home, if it gets worse one week later in the hospital, and if it gets worse one week later you are dead. See that lag time? Right now when things should really be locked down its business as usual in Japan. Hopefully Ken Shimura's death will wake a few people up but I doubt it will hit home until the funerals start hitting closer to home.

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

Meanwhile the pachinko parlors are FULL and Abe's wife is out shopping and cherry blossom viewing:

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Posted in: Experts warn Japanese growing complacent of coronavirus risk See in context

Let's see, 5 new cases in travelers coming from the Philippines yesterday, which has only a fraction of reported cases that Japan has. Why are they letting people into Japan still, don't they get it? This isn't rocket science. Why has Japan practically been the last country to suppress inbound travelers from just about every infected country? It's so irresponsible. Just my own observations over the last 35 years, but quick adaptation to a fast changing environment has never been a particularly strong Japanese trait.

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Posted in: Kobe woman, Nagoya Sagawa delivery man, JAL cabin attendant test positive for virus See in context

According to WHO yesterday, the mortality rate is 3.4%. Often overlooked is the high rate of hospitalization for those who don't die, it's about 15%. Now do the math and let's see how many beds will be available if even a small fraction of the population gets this. It seems like we're only at the tip of the iceberg here. Yesterday we had our first case in Iwaki, Fukushima - a 70 year old guy who was released from the Disaster Princess and showed no symptoms for over 2 weeks. Meanwhile he took a highway bus from Tokyo to Fukushima, has been out and about shopping in town. The Japanese government is doing a dismal job!

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