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Posted in: Lockdown or lock-in? Fears of alcoholism, addiction in confinement See in context

I am very well stocked with good beer just in case.

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Posted in: Parents get virus jitters as their child-care leave nears end See in context

They can re-open the schools if they want on 6 April but my children won't be going back just yet.

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

Mass testing of anyone who wants it isn't necessary but those displaying any associated symptoms should be tested immediately without question. The government has made themselves look really bad over this, the blatant withholding of info and indecisiveness really fails to show leadership when people really need it. They will find it hard to come back from this.

How this government fails to use the tools and technology available, not only in this emergency but every other that Japan has, is beyond me. They really are displaying what a bunch or self serving, entitled muppets they really are.

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

However, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said the government had not made any decision on bans.

They haven't decided much so far!

Koike has bigger balls than any of those dithering old farts in Kasumigaseki.

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Posted in: 58 infected with coronavirus at welfare facility in Chiba See in context

How are educational centres, workplaces and just citizens in general supposed to heed the governments warnings seriously when, form looking at photos such as this, it doesn't even appear they're taking the threat seriously themselves?

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Posted in: Survey ranks Tokyo as the most desirable place in Japan to live, bumping Kanagawa to #2 See in context

I love living in Tokyo but to me it became a much more enjoyable place to live when I swapped the train for a bicycle for my daily commute. I really hadn't realised how much that 20 minute train ride had stressed me out. Everything's great now.

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Posted in: Best telecommuting option ever? Seven hours in private room at gourmet Tokyo/Kyoto restaurants See in context

Nice gesture but if you have to use public transport to get there it totally defeats the point.

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Posted in: Man arrested after yelling ‘I have the coronavirus’ in Nagoya drugstore See in context

So actually showing symptoms is not enough but apparently this is what you have to do to get tested in Japan.

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Posted in: Non-alcoholic matcha beer mixer makes debut in Kyoto See in context

No thanks.

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

Get this bunch of clowns out of parliament ffs.

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Posted in: Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing See in context

No BusinessToday  07:53 am JST

Case in point, have you ever been on a relatively empty train with plenty of empty seats, and yet have someone sit right next to you.

Or at the gym, when there are 200 empty lockers, some cretin will come and start using the locker right next to yours.

I've found that in restaurants here too. Sometimes walk in to a relatively empty place and they've bunched everyone up on tables in 1 corner. If they try and direct me to a table like that I just ignore them and sit on 1 with some space.

The locker thing can happen as they just dish out keys in numerical order which is annoying.

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Posted in: Telework, stockpiling spread in Tokyo after Koike's press conference See in context

The thing that annoys me about the panic buying in this country is the irresponsibility particularly shown by the supermarkets. Japan is a nation used to disasters so all supermarkets should have a plan they can instantly put in place to make it harder for individuals to buy too much of certain products. It's ridiculous.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

The government here is so ridiculously slow implementing things and utilizing technology. A bunch of headless chickens.

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to stay at home at weekend See in context

It is bl00dy pointless telling people to stay home over the weekend when they go to work on the train and visit restaurants as usual for lunch during the week. Nothing will change.

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Posted in: Parents worried about impact of school shutdown See in context

During non-pandemic times, my son is constantly bringing germs home from kindergarten

If you have someone able to care for him during the day and he's still at a kindergarten then you don't have to send him back if or when it opens prematurely.

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Posted in: Koike urges cooperation to avoid Tokyo lockdown See in context

noriahojanenToday  09:04 am JST

Lockdown is the last resort. A lot of other things can be done before it. For example, compulsory checks on arrivals at Tokyo's two international airports should further be tightened.

This is especially true as I know someone who returned back from Europe in the last couple of days and they breezed straight through customs and immigration.

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

As long as people are still expected to ride trains and go to work how can anyone seriously expect them to not have a bit of nice time in the sun?

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Posted in: No layoffs, reduced rent: 'Italian cure' for pandemic See in context

Bravo Italy, real measures into the pockets of the people rather than just pumping money into the banks and corporations that never trickles down to those in need.

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Posted in: Japan finds 15 clusters of coronavirus-infected people See in context

So does anyone actually reliably know of anyone with symptoms who has gone to a facility and been denied a test or does it just fit the narrative?

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Posted in: Court scraps acquittal of man; sentences him to 10 years for raping daughter See in context

When I first read this article I was wondering why the focus was so much on her not being able to physically resist him, I was thinking that was very cruel. However, having just done a quick search consensual incest between adults is not illegal in Japan.

Having grown up in a country where it is illegal between to consenting adults, i'd never actually really considered just how many countries do not have it criminalized and I was pretty surprised by the result.

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Posted in: A brief introduction to camping in Japan: Save yen and see Japan from a different perspective See in context

I've had some nice camping experiences at campsites here but you need to choose carefully. Being squeezed in tightly to the groups around totally defeats what I consider the point of camping to be. I like a shaded area and I'm also a light sleeper so a quiet spot is preferable. I don't actually like camping in tents but the kids enjoy it, i'd happily turn up for the day do the bbq etc and go stay somewhere else.

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Posted in: Japanese model gives tutorial on converting bras to masks See in context

We need a jock strap or sports box one, c'mon there has to be someone out there with enough time on their hands!

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Posted in: Mask resellers could face 1 year in prison, ¥1 mil fine under new ban See in context

Well the ideal candidate to test this new law on would be the guy from this recent article.

Politician apologizes for ¥8.9 mil face mask price gouging

But I imagine as he's a local politician absolutely nothing will come of it.

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Posted in: We visit the 'Naples of Japan,' a secret destination tourists don’t know about yet See in context

It doesn't look like Naples at all, but it does resemble an Amalfi coast town a bit. I thought Naples city was a dump last time I visited so they might want to rethink that one!

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Posted in: Politician apologizes for ¥8.9 mil face mask price gouging See in context

Public pillory needs to be reintroduced for people like him.

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Posted in: S Korea protests over Japan's virus travel restrictions See in context

This is not a time to be complaining about what others are doing to get their own house in order, it's time to just focus on getting your own house in order.

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Posted in: Hino Red Dolphins rugby player arrested over cocaine use See in context

In a normal country surely the case would be thrown out if the police took a forced urine test. As I understand, you do have a right to refuse it in this country. They will certainly give you grief and make your incarceration hell while trying to get one but actually taking a forced one.....seriously?

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Posted in: S Korea protests over Japan's virus travel restrictions See in context

Earlier in the day, Abe's Olympics minister, Seiko Hashimoto, said the 2020 Tokyo Games would go ahead as planned.

"Cancellation or delay of the Games would be unacceptable for the athletes," she said.

What she really means is ""Cancellation or delay of the Games would be unacceptable for the sponsors,"

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Posted in: Woman arrested for dumping newborn baby’s corpse in drugstore toilet See in context

That is absolutely despicable, no other words....

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Posted in: IOC stands firm on Tokyo Games despite coronavirus concerns See in context

lesenfantToday  10:10 am JST

This is why they are making it so hard to be tested for the virus here.

Which is total BS as all they have said is you'll be tested if you develop what are the considered symptoms.

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