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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,121 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally tops 7,000 See in context


You left Kumamoto off the list. It had a record 111 cases today.

Moderator: Thank you for pointing that out. It has been added.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,121 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally tops 7,000 See in context

What on earth are they doing with the testing? For a while, it was the results of tests from 3 days earlier, then it became 2 days earlier, and now it seems to be 1 day earlier. Why does it keep changing without explanation? What happens when they skip forward a day? Do that day’s tests just get ignored, or...?

It concerns me that more and more details about the tests are being omitted.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

So they were going to let Bach, a non-resident, enter Japan and travel around the country (Tokyo, Hiroshima, etc.) without quarantining at all? But I, a resident of over 10 years, was blocked from seeing my sick dad last summer? I call massive BS.

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Posted in: Japan was wary of U.S. military taking control over Fukushima crisis See in context

I remember seeing news about what was happening in Fukushima on US news websites way before it was released to the Japanese public on TV here. It freaked me out that CNN seemed to share info before the Japanese media did. For that reason, I don’t trust the Japanese government about Covid-19 either. They hide too much to save face.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 621 new coronavirus cases; 668 in Osaka See in context


Keep counting as its a never ending story. Vaccine are suppose to help right?

I’m so sick of reading misconceptions like that. They never said the vaccines stop you from getting Covid. The vaccines are designed to stop SERIOUS CASES and DEATH from Covid-19. It really shouldn’t be that hard to understand. “I thought bicycle helmets were supposed to stop accidents! Why are people still crashing their bikes when they wear helmets?” That’s the same straw man argument you’re making.

Besides, who in Japan has even been vaccinated? Barely anyone.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 609 new coronavirus cases; 884 in Osaka See in context


How can it be a record high if it is one down from monday???

So please correct your wording, when you later update the article with nationwide numbers.

I agree that that makes no sense. If they meant it’s a record high for a Tuesday, then they need to say so. Today’s number cannot be a general “record high” if it’s “down one from Monday.” Basic logic...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 708 new coronavirus cases; 847 in Osaka See in context


*Fewer cases in Tokyo today compared to yesterday is extremely significant because it could so easily have gone the other way. It might be due to the state of emergency. It might be due to fewer people gathering for work due to Golden Week*

No, due to the way Japan tests, you have to compare the same day from previous weeks. Japanese media are pointing out that the previous several Mondays all had new cases in the 300s or 400s. Hitting almost 800 today is a huge jump in the wrong direction.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 698 new coronavirus cases; 1,043 in Osaka See in context

The number is the result of 10,943 tests conducted on Wednesday.

Wait, why was today’s number based on tests conducted Wednesday (the 28th) when Japan Today reported that yesterday’s number was based on tests conducted April 26 (Monday)? Moderator, what happened to Tuesday’s tests???

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Posted in: Panties stolen from man in Nagoya by male/female team of thieves See in context


Samit is correct. He was not saying that the word "panty" in English means men's briefs. He was saying that Japanese often refer to men's briefs as "panties".

He clearly wrote “in American English.”

And besides, I don’t think that’s what it means in Japanese either. My Japanese husband just laughed and said no when I double checked with him. “panties” refers to women’s underwear in both American English and Japanese.

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Posted in: Panties stolen from man in Nagoya by male/female team of thieves See in context

@Samit Basu

For those who's not Japanese, "panty" refers to men's brief in American English.

Did you mean in Japanese? That’s most certainly not the meaning in American English. I’m American, and as Gwylly said, it most certainly is NOT used to mean men’s briefs. :)

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Posted in: Tokyo state of emergency does not affect Games: IOC See in context

A lot of Japanese media is reporting it’ll be 3 weeks from April 25 or 26, not just for Golden Week.

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Posted in: Some foreign residents in Japan consider traveling to other countries for vaccines See in context


In addition you have to apply to the Foreign Ministry for permission prior to going and at least in my country, have a PCR test prior to arrival. Then prior to departing for Japan, you have to have a certification from the Japanese Embassy that I hear is a real pain in the neck to get and fill out.

Are you sure? I flew to the US in December to visit my dying father and came back to Japan in January. I didn’t have to do any of that except for the PCR test.

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Posted in: Some foreign residents in Japan consider traveling to other countries for vaccines See in context


I doubt most of us “fled” our countries when we moved to Japan. I came here out of a love for the Japanese language and married a Japanese man. I wasn’t running away from anything back home, and if I can get the vaccine over 6 months faster by going back there, why not? I would of course follow all quarantine procedures to do so.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 555 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,449 See in context

I meant maskless people, not massless people (which I assume are ghosts). Whoops.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 555 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,449 See in context


Now, my point is that pointing out people for not wearing a mask in such places makes no sense, as in risky place like restaurants, coffee shops, mask police officers will not intervene and keep quiet.

No, it makes perfect sense. My company forces me to go to the office now that the state of emergency has ended, so I have no choice but to ride the train. However, I do not eat at restaurants because the risk of being around massless people is too high in my opinion.

No one needs to eat pocky on the train in an age when simply breathing around others can make them sick. Keep your mask on properly while on the train and eat your snack some other time.

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Posted in: M6.9 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context


Have you never heard of a loan word before? “Tsunami” is a valid English word that came from the Japanese language. It’s in every English dictionary.

Today’s quake brought back memories of 3/11. I hope the reports of injuries stay low.

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Posted in: Suga says state of emergency for Tokyo area to end on Sunday See in context


But cancelling even this current so called "SOE" will simply convey a message to that "all is well now", when that's far from reality.

Exactly. My company will jump on the end of the SOE as a reason to drag us all back to the office even though we can clearly work from home with no issues. I wonder how many other companies will do the same. The SOE was incredibly weak, but it was the only reason some companies allowed WFH.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 409 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,535 See in context

I don’t want the state of emergency to end because my company will use it as an excuse to make us go back to the office. I dread riding the crowded train every day again when cases are rising again.

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Posted in: Do you find it troubling that Big Tech can silence a U.S. president, or anyone, for that matter? See in context

Trump should’ve been kicked off social media a long time ago. They made way too many exceptions for him because of his status as president.

I find it quite disturbing that many people apparently believe access to social media is more of a right than access to free healthcare.

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Posted in: Int'l air passengers at Japan airports tank 97% over New Year holidays See in context

For those wondering if the planes are packed or not: The two planes I was on (Japan to US, US to Japan) were more than half empty. In December, I had 2 whole rows of seats to myself, and it felt like there were almost equal numbers of cabin attendants and passengers. Yesterday, my flight had more people, but everyone still had at least 3 seats to themselves. Masks were worn the whole time except when eating, and the air in the plane was totally replaced every 3 minutes.

Is it good to travel right now? Of course not. But as I wrote in my post above, there are some legitimate reasons to travel (ex. seeing a very sick parent for what may be the last time). ANA seems to be doing their best to make international travel as safe as possible, and I greatly appreciated that.

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Posted in: Int'l air passengers at Japan airports tank 97% over New Year holidays See in context

I traveled to the US in mid-December and just came back to Japan yesterday. I had no plans to travel this year at all until my father was diagnosed with a progressive disease this summer and kept getting worse. I knew that I would regret it forever if I did not try to see him. The night before I flew back to Japan, he was put in the ICU, so I feel I made the right choice.

No one should be traveling for fun right now, but please don’t demonize all travelers. There are legitimate reasons to travel, and many of us are doing everything we can to minimize the risks. I essentially stayed home from March through mid-December, and I quarantined upon arriving in the US (including wearing a mask 24/7 even inside my house for the first two weeks). Yesterday, I paid 15,000 yen to take a special taxi directly from Haneda to my apartment, where I will stay inside for the next 2 weeks. I’m doing everything I can to make sure my travel doesn’t hurt anyone else.

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Posted in: Japan to suspend new entry of all nonresident foreign nationals from abroad See in context

Poorly written article. Yes, it mentions that “nonresident foreign nationals” will be banned, but it never clearly says that foreign residents will continue to be allowed into the country with a negative 72-hour PCR test. It also says that “Tokyo has already barred entry to foreign nationals who have recently been to Britain and South Africa” and again leaves out the very important fact that foreign nationals with resident status are exempt from the ban.

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Posted in: Sydney records hottest November night as heatwave sweeps city See in context

Most summer nights in Tokyo are at least that hot and extremely humid. It was a shock for me when I first moved here because I come from a place where the air cools down once the sun goes down.

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