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Posted in: Anti-virus measures stop legal return of thousands to New Zealand See in context

I know a guy that moved back to New Zealand last year and still hasn't seen his new born baby that was born in Japan earlier this year.

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Posted in: 'Should I date this person?' Go hiking and you’ll have the answer, Japanese Twitter user says See in context

I was having a great relationship with a woman. We both loved hiking together. Seemed like everything was going well. Then...we went camping. It was rainy, so she complained about almost everything. How the tent was set up, the tarp over the tent, how to start the fire...It was just a nightmare and I was just relaxed the whole time while she was just super stressed. Couldn't wait for the trip to be over to end the relationship.

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Posted in: eFootball fiasco symptom of growing rush to bring out games See in context

Konami hasn't released a good since Contra.

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Posted in: Kishida becomes Japan's 100th prime minister See in context

That picture says a lot. It almost looks like the photographer was trying not to capture any women or someone under 60 in that photo. Then again, it probably wasn't that difficult.

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Posted in: Zero net emissions by 2050: a huge challenge for airline industry See in context

Maybe if half the world is underwater by 2050, there won't be as many places to fly to. Don't forget, there will also be significantly less Japanese tourists by 2050 as the population is expected to fall from 127 million to around 100 million.

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Posted in: Beijing Winter Games organizers admit 'great pressure' over COVID See in context

It would be beneficial if the Chinese were more open and honest about the current Covid-19 situation there. They've been lying since the beginning and they aren't exactly easing tensions with any of their neighbors. It used to be that a country/city would want to host the Olympics to showcase itself to the world, that it was open for business and the international community, even committed to world peace. The recent behavior of the CCP is anything but that. These games just might be much worse than Tokyo 2020.

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Posted in: 76-year-old man arrested after causing accident and driving without license for 50 years See in context

Old people should be pulled over periodically by the police to check on their license and ability to drive, starting at age 60. 

How the heck are the police supposed to know who is "driving while old" (DWO). Furthermore, they'd have to pull over almost half the drivers out there to get everybody. Besides, having them pulled over on the side of the road would probably be more of a danger to other traffic. Japanese roads don't exactly have wide shoulders.

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Posted in: Japan bids to host 2025 world athletics championships See in context

They'd bid for the Summer Olympics in 2024 had it not been decided already. They don't care about what the public thinks. Mind you, the IAAF typically only attracts around 2000 athletes, as opposed to the 12000 that attend the Olympics. I would only hope that the public is allowed to attend the games without having to show a proof of jabbination card.

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Posted in: China seeks cooperation of Japan for Beijing Winter Olympics See in context

I wonder how many rockets Kim is going to "test" towards Japan during the opening ceremonies with China's expressed written consent.

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Posted in: Organizers unveil COVID-19 rules for Beijing Winter Olympics See in context

I might watch men's ice hockey. Watch some millionaire hockey players with trophy wives hang another piece of metal around their necks. Yeah right.

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Posted in: China clamps down on pop culture in bid to 'control' youth See in context

"Hey Xi, leave them kids alone!"

Nevermind, he wouldn't understand the reference or the song anyways.

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Posted in: Tokyo protests S Korean court order to sell assets for WWII compensation See in context

Its been a good 80 years since the start of WWII. When are we going to move on? 100 years? 120years? I have a feeling that this is going to continue long after the last person born in 1945 dies. Are countries still giving out compensation for things that happened as a result of WWI? Then again, I here some people talking about slave reparations for African Americans. No, this isn't going to end.

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Posted in: Gov't to shorten quarantine period for vaccinated travelers See in context

I think at this point, they should just open things up for everyone, no restrictions. Back to normal should be the new normal. Hospitals should adjust to dealing with more Covid-19 patients. That can be their "new normal".

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Posted in: JR East scraps plan to identify past offenders with facial recognition camera See in context

Probably a huge waste of money anyways if you consider that a likely terrorist will probably wear a mask or disguise, even in non-pandemic times. But what would worry me the most, is that they would keep all this data on-line and it could be hacked into.

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Posted in: Police reminding drivers not to perform the illegal 'Ibaraki Dash' maneuver See in context

Japan has this very bad habit of just found red one way and you have to guess that you have a turn priority.

As is the case to turn right at an AEON Mall in Ota, Gunma. The turning lane is often backed up for a good 500 meters because there is no right turn signal, just a red for oncoming traffic. Drivers often spend a good 15 seconds wondering if its safe to turn. I've done it myself a few times. Why they don't put in a right turn signal is beyond me.

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Posted in: Police reminding drivers not to perform the illegal 'Ibaraki Dash' maneuver See in context

As some have posted already, it often takes a long time to turn right at lights in Japan. Quite often its because the oncoming drivers don't slowdown when the light turns yellow, but instead speed up. So the lane turning right, even if the signal is green to turn, you still end up waiting for a few cars to get through the intersection because they have run the yellow light. And yes, its often Taxi's, Trucks (Kei trucks too) and Crown Athletes.

So, basically there is lots of frustration with people's driving behavior in Japan, however, if you have ever witnessed the chaos in Vietnam or Thailand with how people drive there, you'll realize that everyone just needs to be more patient and take a deep breath.

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Posted in: Women's entry in LDP leader race may not boost empowerment See in context

"I want to build a country based on conservative politics that would enable...

That sounds like a contradiction. A political enigma if you will.

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Posted in: LDP president candidates vow to double spending on children See in context

Double spending? Does that include supporting double parenting? Like shared custody? That would make a huge difference to so many, especially children.

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Posted in: Japan Ground Self-Defense Force member arrested for alleged theft See in context

I always find it weird that Japan doesn't have a military justice system. For better or worse.

I imagine that it has a lot to do with what happened during WWII and the Japanese military not holding its soldiers accountable.

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Posted in: Japan's elderly to get COVID-19 booster shots in early 2022 See in context

The teams that developed the vax should be nominated for the Nobel prize, they are saving thousands of lives and the booster will save thousands more

I agree, but they developed a vax for something that was likely created by scientific research so it would be like the research community giving themselves a pat on the back.

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Posted in: Japan's elderly to get COVID-19 booster shots in early 2022 See in context

So does this mean that by 2023, they'll have likely given out 5 total jabs (1+boosters) and that if you have never been jabbed, you'll still only need 2?

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Posted in: 'Who the hell are you?' Japanese man asks bear while it’s attacking him See in context

Why do these stories always with “Tokyo -Those abroad can figure out Akita prefecture is far north and there are greater chances of bear attacks there outside the cities.

Its probably closer to Sapporo, Hokkaido.

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Posted in: What do you think it is going to be like at airports as more international travel starts? Do you think there will be hassles at check-in terminals and departure gates over whether passengers have or haven't got the right vaccination passports or apps, or proof of having tested negative for the coronavirus and so on? See in context

but there will also be less idiots traveling, which will improve it overall.

I disagree. The idiots are more likely to come out of the word work now. That family of 6 (from some developing country) that doesn't have the right paper work or understand a thing is going to be holding everyone up.

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Posted in: Chinese property magnate loses $1 billion in Evergrande panic See in context

I remember watching a documentary years ago about China's "ghost cities" that were built by developers, but remained empty. So this is no surprise to people that were aware of this problem.

Will it lead to a massive global collapse? Probably not. Money does grow on trees. Its called paper.

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Posted in: K-pop stars BTS dip into global diplomacy at U.N. gathering See in context

Maybe they can convince the Taliban to allow music in public or something related to their own countries problems with N Korea.

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher arrested after leaving smartphone in girls changing room See in context

Rookie mistake. He should have bought a used phone and used that instead. At least he could have then walked away from it when it was found.

Maybe, but fingerprints and finding out where the phone was bought would be useful to police too. Probably not too difficult to narrow down the suspects with just a little bit of info.

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Posted in: Mother asks public for help in finding daughter missing since 2019 See in context

Social media can be a major problem when it comes to disappearances. People posting fake tips, threats, and so on. However, as we have seen with the discovery of the missing New York women Gabby Petito in Wyoming, social media can be a helpful tool also. It was a YouTuber with a dash cam that spotted Gabby's van. Perhaps more dash cams would be helpful.

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Posted in: After virus-hit Olympics, public split over future Games in Japan See in context

It rarely matters what the public thinks. If some politician thinks about putting a bid-in, they'll first create an exploratory committee and then put a bid forward without any public say in the matter. Its all about corporate interest, not public.

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