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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

So why not start now? Just because the New Year holidays are over doesn't mean Japan won't see another spike. Caught off guard? Psssh. More like putting money into the Olympics trumped Covid-19 testing.

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Posted in: Japan to bar entry of foreign athletes during state of emergency See in context

Nothing to see here. Japan will have a steep decline in Covid-19 infections right before the Olympics. Nothing to worry about.

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Posted in: 39-year-old man arrested for killing mother, sister on New Year’s Eve See in context

Whats with all this domestic violence in Japan? Children killing their siblings and parents. I'm not trying to defend the attackers, but it seems like people are reacting to years of stress from torment and bullying. Or, maybe its a combination of alcohol and mental illness.

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Posted in: Pet ownership in Japan on the rise amid pandemic See in context

I saw a French Bulldog pup for sale over the holidays. They wanted Y800,000 after tax. A Long Chihuahua was going for Y600,000. I guess there is a market here for that kind of thing, but I honestly wouldn't pay more than Y50,000 for a dog. Crazy. Meanwhile, I see dead cats on the road almost every day on my commute to work. You would think people would take better care of their pets. I know some of them might be strays, but still.

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Posted in: British Olympic rowing great Pinsent calls for Tokyo Games to be held in 2024 See in context

I think hosting it in 2022 would be more appropriate. They used to host the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year before they changed it in the 90's. Keep Paris for 2024. Not that big a deal if you have an Olympics 2 years apart. 2024 would mean many athletes would have lost their chance. Also, what to do about the "Athletes' Village" condo problem? Do the Olympics really need an Athletes village? Can't the athletes just stay in hotels? Oh, I guess there is that security problem. No one wants another Munich. What a headache this all is.

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Posted in: Sumo wrestler quits, saying his coronavirus fears were ignored See in context

They are testing each fighter at least 3 times before the fight, and if the fighter is positive, he is forbidden to fight.

Why is the Sumo Assosiation not doing the same thing?

That would require studies. Japan needs to do its own studies.

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

This sounds familiar. Japan needs to do "its own" study. Just like with other things that are totally obvious, whether it be relating to child custody, or medical marijuana, the Japanese government just delays and postpones urgent issues because it has no backbone.

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Posted in: Japan to lose trillions of yen in consumption with virus emergency See in context

I think more 'urging' will suffice. I'm pretty sure the suicide rate will be much higher than the infection rate if another state of emergency is declared.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context

Japan has had almost a year now to prepare for a spike in Covid-19 infections. Why hasn't there been any construction or Covid-19 specific hospitals to treat patients? I think China built one in three weeks. Too many hankos and studies needed I guess. A now its probably considered too late.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context

I've been slowly building up my own home gym since the last state of emergency. I don't have money though to buy my own sauna. I sure hope my fav onsen doesn't close again. Also, teaching on Zoom really sucks too. I hope the kids can keep coming to school.

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Posted in: Reformers look to fix Japan's damaging youth baseball culture See in context

3) Stop the long-distance road runs. No baseball player ever has to jog at a steady pace for 30 minutes. They need short, explosive bursts of about 30 meters, and never over 120 meters.

I agree. There is no science that suggests baseball players need to be able to run a half marathon. I see it all the time though. Fastest long distance runner at my school just happens to play baseball too. But is he fast at baseball? I don't think so. He's a pitcher and could use a bit of weight and muscle.

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Posted in: Reformers look to fix Japan's damaging youth baseball culture See in context

Where to begin!?! Well, lets start with basketball having coached that in Japan. The tournament format system is flawed as typically only the large schools that recruit get to play more games where the smaller schools get only one or two games in after practicing for 2 hours every day after school. In an entire year, some teams might only get to play 8 games. Yet they practice almost every day. Not fun. The sempai-kohai thing is also intimidating for beginners. Oh, and typically only the same 5-6 players get to play, even on a bad team. Oh, and there is no mercy rule. I've seen teams get beat 150-10. Coaches show no mercy. In Canada and in the US, typically coaches play the bench players once a team is ahead by 20-30 points. Not Japanese coaches.

As far as baseball goes, its just old school mentality. Coaches don't know any different and people who think otherwise are afraid to speak up. I remember playing little league baseball in Canada. We had games 2 times a weak from April to June. It didn't last all year unless you made the All Star team (Like me), but even then we only practiced for 2 hours 2-3 times a week. Not this 2-4 hour stuff every day. No one injured their elbow unless they were throwing curve balls at too young an age. I do remember some yelling and screaming from some coaches which was why I quit, but it was fun playing little league when you had a coach that was chill.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker drank with 30 people despite virus warnings See in context

How deep was the bowing? Did he touch the ground? Were there any crocodile tears also?

I would imagine he made the old puffy cheeked Athony Weiner apology face.

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

the government said it will urge them to stay at designated facilities for two weeks.

The definition of a fool is somebody who keeps repeating what has failed in the past.

Yup, get ready for more J-gov 'urges' as the virus and new strain surges.

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Posted in: Fewer travelers returning to hometowns for New Year holidays See in context

New coronavirus strain is causing alarm. More contagious. Japan needs to step up its testing and vaccination game before the Olympics.

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Posted in: Gov't shuns different surnames for married couples See in context

While I think there are more pressing issues, like father's rights in Japan, this one is also a no-brainer. Also, when I changed my visa from a spousal visa to a work visa after my divorce, immigration demanded I show them a copy of the koseki, which my Japanese ex refused to hand over. Immigration had to contact her to find out where it was, otherwise I could have been deported. Strange laws.

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Posted in: After early success, S Korea sleepwalks into virus crisis See in context

If Korea was an early success, what was Japan? Seems the Japanese government just crossed its fingers hoping masks and sending kids home from school would do the trick. Still no testing unless you're gravely ill it seems.

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Posted in: Japan 'extremely behind' in promoting gender equality, gov't admits See in context

Japan's government is extremely geriatric

Yes, perhaps instead of only focusing on gender equality, but also age diversity. Even when women are given leadership positions, they're often over 60 years old.

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Posted in: Coronavirus aid at risk as U.S. lawmakers block Trump's changes See in context

I think what set many Americans off was the $500 million in foreign aid to Israel.

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Posted in: 273 teachers in Japan punished in fiscal 2019 for sexual misconduct See in context

Scary to think that there are hundreds of John Dupee's and Jeff Sokals out there working in Japanese schools. Japan needs its own version of TCAP.

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Posted in: Final Tokyo Olympic budget soars 22% to ¥1.64 trillion See in context

Thats about 120,000 Yen per Tokyo resident. You could make 20 million gold medals for that price.

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Posted in: Tokyo raises healthcare alert to highest level after virus cases soar to 822 See in context

Look at all these old people.

No offense to being old, but in this line of work, what about a younger and fresh thinking mind with a reaction speed not comparable to snails.

Mustn't be too hasty in times like these. Better the qualified and experienced than having young under-50 whippersnappers right?

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Posted in: Tokyo raises healthcare alert to highest level after virus cases soar to 822 See in context

I wonder if having the 2020 Olympics logo in the room is a good idea. I mean, if this was a control center for the Fukushima disaster would they have the logo in the background? Looks kind of out of place although I realize that the Olympics are priority over saving lives right?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games organizers to raise opening, closing ceremony budget See in context

Several years ago, I remember someone saying "Japan hosting the Olympics is like hosting a house party with a plugged toilet" because of the Fukushima situation. Now, its going to feel like a plugged toilet and you've just lost your job.

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Posted in: Suga denies need for state of emergency as cumulative infections top 200,000 See in context

the latest surge of coronavirus cases sent cumulative infections in Japan to over 200,000

I wonder if that includes the number of infections aboard the Diamond Princess that the government and media insisted on keeping separate for so long. I guess its futile now.

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Posted in: 12 train operators in Tokyo region won't run all-night services Dec 31-Jan 1 See in context

People really shouldn't be out celebrating, not wearing masks right now. Other countries have made restrictions. Japanese government should "urge" more than it does. However, some people just gotta do something on New Years that involves drinking around a bunch of strangers in crowded areas. I expect New Years will be a Trump Rally-like super spreader event. I'm staying at home.

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Posted in: Never too old: Five aging action heroes See in context

I'd probably have put Jean Claude Van Damme on the list ahead of Danny Trejo. I wouldn't really consider Trejo an action hero. He is more of a character actor, but then again, JCVD is only 60. Also, where is Bruce Willis? He is 65.

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Posted in: Tom Cruise rants at 'Mission: Impossible' crew in London over COVID safety See in context

I don't blame him one bit. I had to rant at my own homeroom students the other day for not social distancing or wearing their masks. I asked them if they'd prefer to be at home doing Zoom lessons like they were from April to June or be at school with their friends. They got the point.

Fact is though, so many people just don't want to wear masks so they come up with all kinds of excuses why masks don't work or how wearing a mask is just being a sheep. Mostly anti-vaxxers and Corbett Report viewers that think they know better.

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Posted in: Scientists focus on bats for clues to prevent next pandemic See in context

I think we might be better off leaving the bats alone instead of eating them and doing 'gain of function' research.

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Posted in: U.N. chief urges leaders of every country to declare 'climate emergency' See in context

Lets focus on the pandemic and feeding the hungry, not telling automakers to go electric when they just come out with ugly cars no one wants to drive.

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