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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

"Japanese english teacher teaches foreigners english" was one of my fav sketches on Youtube.

Yes, this was a classic. RIP Ken. We also lost country singer Joe Diffie (In Another World) today too from covid-19 complications. Sadly, I'm sure there will be many more. Stay safe everyone!

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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

Let me guess, Ota City, Gunma was last place?

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

I count about 50 people in that room and I see about 6 masks. I guess they don't want to fear monger.

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Posted in: China accuses professor at Japanese university of espionage See in context

If anything good comes out of the covid-19 pandemic, hopefully its the overthrow of the Chinese Communist Party☭.

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Posted in: 3 Hanshin Tigers players test positive for coronavirus See in context

Celebrities tend to get tested more than regular folk because they have 'special access' to medical help. Just look at all the NBA players that were tested. Thing is, many Japanese are still meeting up and having large gatherings, smoking, drinking at crowded izakayas or just having large work seminars in small rooms. Seems like Covid19 is about to blow up in Tokyo.

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

There are several steps Japan and its businesses can take in order to encourage social distancing...

Stagger the work day in order to lesson the eki crowds. For example, encourage businesses (that can) to start later in the day (10 am) or much earlier than normal.

Encourage employees to work at home if possible.

Close the parks and places that attract large crowds.

Encourage people to walk or ride their bikes to work, or get dropped off if possible. Basically, try to avoid public transportation.

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Posted in: Olympic delay leaves athletes village in limbo See in context

One buyer, a man in his 30s, had been planning to move into the apartment in March 2023 with his wife and children.

The Olympics were scheduled to end in August 2020 and people have to wait almost 3 years to move in? I don't get it.

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

I've been telling everyone to wear masks and be careful for two months now.

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

Everyday on Instagram I see these large get togethers acting as if Japan has already defeated the covid-19 virus. Sad.

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Posted in: In Japan, hotels lose out on Olympic delay and coronavirus See in context

I would imagine that the Corona Motel is probably the cleanest place to stay at in Japan. I'm sure that the staff are making sure the rooms are EXTRA clean! Plus, its all good for likes on Facebook and Instagram if you stay there!

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

On social media (Instagram) I see large groups of people still acting like Covid-19 doesn't exist. Like 30-40 people crowded in a room doing skin cleansing and make-up workshops (Bloom), no one wearing a mask. Outbreak waiting to happen. Stay safe Tokyo!

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Posted in: Japan plans corporate tax refunds for virus-hit companies See in context

The execs at these companies will do nothing with the money, but give themselves fat bonuses and lay off workers. Many, I'm sure, were planning retirement this year, but will now stay on because "their expertise is needed at a time of crisis" or some other bs.

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Posted in: IOC chief rebuts growing calls for Olympic postponement See in context

Maybe these can be the "Japanese only" Olympics. Seems to be ok to do that around the country.

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Posted in: Abe says schools to reopen after spring break; remains cautious about big events See in context

Sounds like Abe is facing mounting pressure from stubborn, ill-informed people that typically complain about any inconvenience irregardless of risk or safety concerns. What happens when one student or one teacher falls ill with the virus? Do all schools shutdown again or just that specific school? Not a good strategy to play wack-a-mole with this virus, but its typical of the Japanese psyche to put business interests ahead of public safety. This could be much worse than Fukushima if a tsunami of Covid-19 cases drown the country. Its best to wait until after Golden Week to reopen schools in my opinion, but I understand that the stress of having children at home is much greater than the stress of a complete quarantine of the entire country...right?

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Posted in: IOC reviewing Games scenarios; cancellation not among them: Bach See in context

This is becoming kind of entertaining because its so Japanese to keep hope alive despite an inevitable outcome. Kind of like surrendering in WWII. Also, how are athletes supposed to train and compete if they are supposed to be practicing social distancing or even come to Japan early to acclimatize? This is a joke!

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Posted in: Expert panel discourages large gatherings, recommends reopening some schools See in context

Japan isn't out of the woods yet. People are acting like Japan beat this thing already, yet I see people still gathering at izakayas and bars, nightclubs still. All it takes is a couple clusters and you're back where you started, like playing an infinite game of wack-a-mole. I wouldn't open schools until after Golden Week. Kids will just bring the virus home to their families and spread it around the country. Unless you have 14 days of no cases, keep the schools closed. Also, one student or teacher from every school should be randomly tested. Random tests should continue until they can confirm there are no more cases.

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Posted in: Abe could be big loser if Tokyo Olympics canceled, postponed See in context

No, he would be a loser if he didn't cancel/postpone the Olympics and no one showed up or watched the events because of covid-19. Or, if there was an outbreak during the games. This is like saying Trump would be a loser if he told Americans to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Duh

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Posted in: Plane leaves Japan for Greece to collect Olympic flame See in context

Hopefully the flame is all it collects. It appears as though the Japanese and Tokyo governments are just buying time to sort out all the legal matters concerning postponing the Olympics, like will the Athletes' Village still be available next year even though the condo owners expect to move in in September? You know how Abe will be asked all these questions at the press conference and if he doesn't have answers he will look ashamed. Thats how it works. Make sure you cover all your bases, then make your move.

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Posted in: Japan Olympic Committee deputy head has coronavirus See in context

Next Headline: "All Olympics athletes test positive for Coronavirus"

Abe: "Olympics still on schedule!"

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Posted in: Graduation ceremonies scaled down in Japan due to virus See in context

These ceremonies are so plain and boring. No gowns or hats. Ugly red and white striped wall deco. No awards or bursaries. Just accept your diloma, bow, and get out.

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Posted in: Biden, Sanders debate against backdrop of pandemic See in context

Sanders has the best chance of defeating Trump, but he looked like he was going to have a heart attack tonight. Biden lies, but he looked more Presidential. If he can hold it together, he might have a chance against Trump in November. Regardless of who wins, the world is in for a long recession. Expect more bailouts and socialism for Wall Street in the coming months.

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Posted in: Japanese company gives special coronavirus cash bonus to employees See in context

Its a generous offer, but unfortunately the majority of Japanese business owners are thinking "now is not the time to be foolishly handing out cash." Rather, "employees should take a pay cut and work longer hours. "

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Posted in: Nara deer leave park; head to station for food as tourist numbers tumble See in context

These deer are absolutely filthy. They crap all over the place in the park and walk and lay in it, eat an unnatural diet and live an unnatural lifestyle. They probably carry some kind of disease or virus. They should be culled.

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Posted in: What would an Olympics cancelation cost Japan? See in context

How much would it cost Japan?

I think much less than what Fukushima cost Japan and what the 2008 financial crisis cost Japan. But when we say "Japan" do we mean Japan as a whole, or just major corporations that are dependent on thousands of young volunteers hoping to put something useful on their resume so that one day they can perhaps work at one of these large corporations and receive a barely livable salary.

Hey moderator, was that comment too offensive for you?

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Posted in: Express train knocks suicide jumper back onto platform, injuring 3 people See in context

I'm guessing he lost all his money in the stock market.

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Posted in: Will Abe declare emergency over coronavirus after law revision? See in context

So very typical of the Japanese government to have to change the law or ask permission to declare a state of emergency.

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Posted in: Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics See in context

Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics.

I'd say MOST Japanese worry about their family, jobs, economy, and not getting sick. The Olympics is just something Abe worries about.

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Posted in: Trump first foreign leader to call for postponing Tokyo Olympics See in context

How can they delay it if they’ve already sold the condominiums for the athletes village?

Oh yes, its all about the condo owners. They can't wait a year.

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Posted in: Japanese companies tighten belts, declining to offer base pay hikes See in context

It would be a great time for many of those at the top to step aside and retire. They can afford it. Let the younger workers who can't afford to be laid off continue working and contributing to society. That won't happen though. At many Japanese companies, you'll see the 60+ guys continue to hoard and receive the big pay checks for sitting behind desks doing nothing.

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Posted in: For some Fukushima evacuees, Olympics no reason for cheer See in context

Its hard to tell what the situation will be like in the summer as far as Covid-19 goes, but I don't think it will be a great time for people all over the world to come together and gather in large groups. All it takes is one person and they'll have to shut down most of the events. Just postpone it until there is a vaccine. They've cancelled the games before, like during War. This feels like a war.

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