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Posted in: Tokyo lifts coronavirus alert to highest level; 165 new cases reported Wednesday See in context

Lots of comments about the uniforms. It looks inappropriate as people just want the truth, not some Fukushima level crisis. However, at least they're taking this more seriously than before. But walk the walk. Lets get more testing. Studies are showing even asymptomatic covid-19 infections are causing lung damage.

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Posted in: ANA to resume 90% of its domestic flights next month See in context

If the US bases are locked down I’m definitely off to Okinawa.

I know eh. Nothing worse than those obnoxious Joes wandering around in packs.

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Posted in: China vows retaliation after Trump ends preferential status for Hong Kong See in context

The US and the world can punish China all it wants, but the CCP will have an even tighter grip on its citizens and HKers the deeper this trade war goes. The Chinese will begin to eat exotic and domestic meats again (pangolin, pandas, pets etc) as the economy sinks further and further into a depression. China could even become more isolated like North Korea. Sad, but the CCP is just too stubborn to ever admit a mistake or reverse course on policy. These are sad times.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics could help Sapporo land 2030 Winter Games See in context

Hokkaido does not have a ski hill large enough for the downhill or a bobsleigh track.

Yes, but they've changed the Olympic Charter so that multiple cities, even countries can host an Olympics.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics could help Sapporo land 2030 Winter Games See in context

I'm going to assume that if the 2020 games are cancelled, Tokyo will put in a bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics.

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Posted in: Kono: U.S. military coronavirus policy has multiple problems See in context

No mask, don't tell.

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Posted in: Mystery as Argentine sailors infected with virus after 35 days at sea See in context

The tests or perhaps the swabs weren't accurate.

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Posted in: Japan defense review slams China's virus 'disinformation' See in context

China's spying, lying, and people are crying and dying. Will the bulletts start flying after the vilifying or will China stop buying when its people stop trying and they're finished multiplying.

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Posted in: Japanese hospitals cut staff bonuses as coronavirus drives them into the red See in context

Anyway bonus should be a reward for extra hard work, finishing difficult task or going beyond.

Thats just way too subjective. Plus, many Japanese would interpret that as staying late at work, something they do anyways.

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Posted in: Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says See in context

and of strengthened bonds among humankind

I can't honestly think of how bonds among humankind have been strengthened from this pandemic. Countries have closed their borders, an increased bitterness towards the Chinese, a distrust towards government and health officials, an increased wealth gap between the rich and the poor, widespread global unemployment, racial tensions, crime, and political instability in many countries. I can go on and on.

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Posted in: Japan may still build Aegis Ashore despite reports of cancellation See in context

Does this system even work?

It works better than no system at all, even if it doesn't work because the enemy doesn't know if it works or not. My guess is that it doesn't work as well as the one clip of it working shown to the J-SDF big wigs. Its mostly about peace of mind for J politicians knowing that they've spent billions of dollars on something they've been told works. If it doesn't, thats not their problem.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 119 new coronavirus cases; 1st time below 200 in 5 days See in context

Two of my students have developed anxiety disorders within the last few weeks after returning to school. In my 15 years of teaching, this is the first time I've had students develop this disorder. No one knows if its due to the long time away from school or perhaps its Covid-19 related. I think they should get antibody tests.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 119 new coronavirus cases; 1st time below 200 in 5 days See in context

Figures are lower during the work week because thats when people either go back to work or stay at home hoping their symptoms go away. If not, they might call a hospital and get tested on Saturday if given permission.

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Posted in: Abe visits rain-hit Kumamoto to assess damage See in context

They should do some research into the effectiveness of the small Abenomask vs the larger masks that fit under your chin. The Abenomasks look like something an 8 year old child would wear to school.

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Posted in: Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in U.S. See in context

Don't worry, churches will be packed by Christmas.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. sign document on cooperation for lunar exploration See in context

Its mind boggling that there hasn't been a man on the moon in almost 50 years.

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Posted in: 35 years after Live Aid, Bob Geldof assesses personal toll See in context

These days it would be called GoFundMe Africa and they'd all be singing on Zoom.

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Posted in: Ghosn says he is helping everyone who stood by him See in context

Forgive me for not fully understanding the charges against Ghosn, but as a foreigner, wouldn't someone else be responsible for reporting his salary? I mean, if he is filling out some kind of tax return written in Kanji, I doubt he did it himself.

About spending company money, how much did he spend? I'm guessing he paid for a dinner with his employees with a company credit card or used his company Suica to buy an onigini.

Sorry, I should be more familiar with the case, but the charges seem frivolous.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor wants tougher action after 61 U.S. Marines infected with coronavirus See in context

My students and I were supposed to visit Okinawa in September but it was cancelled back in May. Its looking like our principal made the right call.

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Posted in: Should Japanese schools stop making kids write book reports? See in context

Actually, rather than spend summer vacation doing homework, students should be allowed to forget all about school and enjoy themselves.

I totally agree. In Canada we had two months off in the summer and of course no homework. Thats another reason why Japan needs a September school start. In fact, many of my students despise long holidays because of the homework and the lack of fun summer activities which many Western countries have. Many of them just sit around at home waiting for school to start. Maybe two months is too long, but they need a break from the hw.

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Posted in: Should Japanese schools stop making kids write book reports? See in context

There is nothing wrong with being critical about something and voicing your opinion, especially in regards to the Japanese education system, but please have an alternative idea or suggestion.

Book reports may not be the most popular learning activity for many, but we desperately need to get these kids reading and off their mobile devices.

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Posted in: 82-year-old woman dies after being stabbed as she gets off bus See in context

Really disturbing that japan just lets these sickos wander around unattended

They're not all 'sickos' and they exist in all societies. Some are kept in institutions and some are homeless wondering the streets. But lets be honest, there are way more crimes being conducted by 'normal' people than the so called 'sickos'.

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Posted in: Former Marines pitcher Jackson arrested for possession of cannabis See in context

I see many people commenting about how Japan's drug laws are not as strict as other Asian countries, and therefor people shouldn't criticize. Thats basically the same argument far-right Israelis make about how Israel is the "only true democracy in the Middle East" or "look at how Saudi Arabia treats non-Muslims" in order to justify its racist policies. Comparing Japan to its neighbors is a non-starter since Japan takes pride in being different from China and other countries. Sure, marijuana IS an illegal substance in Japan, but if you don't allow criticism of any sort against its drug laws, why bother criticising any of its laws?

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Posted in: Tokyo's daily coronavirus infections hit new record of 243 See in context

I'd like to know how many of those that have tested positive have been hospitalized. Is there a website that can tell me the average age of hospitalization and death and recovery rate?

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge See in context

¥500,000 for a 10 day closure? Most of these clubs turn that much over in a single night.

I've heard stories of some men spending that amount in a single night at hostess bars. Well, at least thats what their credit card statement said.

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Posted in: Tokyo coronavirus cases hit record daily high of 224; 80% in their 20s, 30s See in context

With most Japanese public schools back to normal, I'm surprised there hasn't been any major outbreaks and school closures (knock on wood). Only a couple more weeks until summer break. It feels like the government is just holding its breath for a few weeks and then kids will be 'safe' back at home. On the other hand, perhaps a weaker strain of this virus really did run its course back in January/February in many places giving some municipalities herd immunity. That might be wishful thinking, but regardless of how the government has handled this pandemic, Japan has either dodged a bullet or just keeps dodging them.

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Posted in: European Parliament urges Japan to revamp child custody rules See in context

This one's personal. Still haven't seen my children since February. I have 2 coworkers that haven't seen their children in years. Hopefully the Japanese government can pass some progressive laws for a change.

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Posted in: 870,000 urged to evacuate after torrential rain lashes southwestern and central Japan See in context

I took a Geography of Japan course at university almost 20 years ago, but I can vividly remember my prof talking about how Japan's levees were doomed to fail because of the buildup of sediment over time and the absence of seasonal floods. Basically, the rivers are getting higher and higher every year in many parts of Japan because the sediment is not being spread out over a wider area. Even in the last ten years, I've noticed the Tonegawa running higher on average.

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Posted in: M4.7 quake jolts Kanto region See in context

The squawk on my phone was late. I'm not sure there is any point on having a warning unless its a good 10-15 seconds before the shaking starts. Just enough time to get down from a ladder maybe or to remove that teetering fish bowl above a babies crib. The noise though is freakish. Perhaps a different sound would make it less stressful.

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Posted in: Japanese rapper Kan a.k.a. GAMI arrested for marijuana possession See in context

LOL, where did you get that nonsense from? Some government pamphlet from the 60s?

More likely a government pamphlet from 2020.

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