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Posted in: Tokyo reports 124 COVID-19 cases Friday; 70% in their 20s and 30s See in context

Closing in on half a year of Covid-19 in Japan now. Why are we not dying en masse yet with these half hearted restrictions?

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Posted in: Japanese women feeling pressured by image of perfect 'mama': study See in context

Sorry, but in Japan, I feel more for the salary man who has to be a slave in the office until retirement (or death...).

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Posted in: 18-year-old girl arrested for not paying ¥160,000 Tokyo-Shiga taxi fare See in context

It is not for the driver to give the customer the third degree as to whether they can pay, they tend understandably to become aggressive.

Normally yes, but we are talking about an 18 year old girl who could’ve taken the much cheaper and faster train. Only 8 p.m. in the evening. Seems quite odd if you ask me.

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Posted in: Japanese start traveling en masse on 1st advisory-free weekend See in context

At least this shows that a lot of Japanese people obey the restrictions despite no legal penalties. The fear of being judged by society lies deep here.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 48 new coronavirus infections See in context

In 1 month the virus has been here for half a year, but for some reason people are not dying en masse. This despite the Hanami parties, the low amount of tests, the slow government reaction (due to the Olympics), the weak State of Emergency, and the epic fail of the Abenomasks.

Despite all this, why are we not suffering like they do in Europe/US? Or are they hiding deaths now as well?

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Posted in: Japan hasn't decided to ease entry ban, foreign minister says See in context

The foreigners who live in Japan must be allowed to return, like now!

They have eased the conditions significantly now.


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Posted in: Chubu airport to resume int'l flights from Tuesday See in context

I don't understand yesterday it was 250 foreigner a day from selected countries and now Finnair is resuming his flights starting july?

Seems like it is meant for Japanese travelling abroad (?) They announced that they want to fly, but if they will actually do it depends on the immigration restrictions of the European countries they fly to.

Yeah, I’m kind of confused too...

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Posted in: Lower house passes 2nd extra budget for virus package, totaling ¥31.91 tril See in context

Got the 10万 application here in Kyoto 2 days ago.

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Posted in: Man arrested for targeting Wuhan residents with graffiti at Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Yasukuni Shrine, which honors convicted war criminals along with Japan’s war dead.

Talk about misleading readers. Sounds like the major part consists of war criminals when in reality it is 0.04%...

0.0005% if you only include the controversial so-called ‘class A war criminals’.

Police quoted Kawabe as saying he was trying to get back at online netouyo (Japanese rightwingers) and hoped they would be blamed for the graffiti.

This is a common tactic. There are people who pretend they are right wingers just to make a lot of noise and make the public hate them. It works pretty well!

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Posted in: Delivery of 'Abenomasks' starts in 34 remaining prefectures See in context

Got 2 masks in Kyoto last week. While the fabric is good, the size is indeed too small and it is very thick, meaning there are large gaps between the side of my nose and the cheeks. It’s like a 2-dimensional patch really. Utterly ridiculous.

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Posted in: Japanese pub aims to clean up with disinfectant spray machine See in context

One thing is the chemicals, but I am more concerned about humans becoming too clean. In the end we won’t be able to tolerate anything sigh

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Posted in: 5 dead, including 3 children, in house fire in Nara Pref See in context

I would jump before burning to death...RIP

Most people die from smoke inhalation. It can happen pretty fast.

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Posted in: Japan starts issuing cash benefits to virus-hit small firms See in context

That's a pretty foolish statement - the first year for pretty much any business is the least stable, the most uncertainty, and the time when you would need help more than any other in a situation like this.

Indeed. Started up in January 2020 and do not expect any real income until autumn or even next year (inbound travel related business). Of course we will have to be creative and find other means of income while time, but I feel we are in a forgotten grey area in regards of support. Surely there must be many businesses in the same situation.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling bloc agrees on rent relief plan for virus-hit firms See in context

Will there ever be any support for newly started companies which does not have any revenue to show for yet??

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Posted in: What are the most popular Japanese TV shows? See in context

I remember a couple of years ago there was a documentary about a Syrian refugee family and their life in Japan. Shocked is a strong word, but I couldn’t believe this was on Japanese TV.

Nowadays the TV collects dust and serves as an occasional table cloth hanger for when we eat.

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Posted in: Gov't to set guidelines on economic restart on Monday See in context

A "restart".... this assumes that there was something resembling an actual shutdown, in the first place.

This could have fooled me, at least compared to what a lot of other countries are doing. It's been a lot of "business as usual" in Japan, at least as far as I could see.

Well, perhaps you don’t see very far. I don’t know where you live, but here in Kyoto a lot of businesses are closed for an unknown period of time. The city did an investigation less than a week ago showing that 90% of 255 investigated entertainment businesses (pachinkos, cinemas, bowling, sports clubs, game centers etc.) are temporarily closed.

Furthermore, in the 4 major shopping districts about 75% of restaurants/eateries, hostess bars, night clubs, and regular clubs were closed after 8 pm.

All major shopping centers and a lot of cafes are also closed. Tourist attractions as well.

Subway traffic is down 60% on weekdays, up to 80% in weekends and people using the bus has dropped 55-70%. As a comparison, these numbers are an average 74% in Oslo, Norway.

Indeed, it is not a complete lockdown, but a lot of businesses choose to shut down. This of course has a substantial effect on the economy.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce online system for reporting coronavirus See in context

In my previous job we faxed up to 10 times (my record was 12) back and forth with our suppliers. In the end it looked like the notes of Leonardo da Vinci, arrows flying back and forth across the paper.

Once the system hung up and spew out the same fax over and over until I got an angry phone call telling me to stop wasting their paper... Nothing I could do!

This system really needs to go.

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Posted in: Emperor Naruhito marks first year of reign See in context

He has been very quiet about the Covid-19 pandemic, I would have expected some sort of comment or speech to his people, but maybe the Imperial Household Agency isolation is too strong.

He did the 10th of April when he received updates about the virus from Omi Shigeru and other officials. He expressed gratitude towards medical personnel and encouraged the public to stay strong and overcome this crisis together. The official comment is on the Kunaicho website (JP only). Also some more info in the below website:


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Posted in: Lower house OKs ¥25.69 tril extra budget for virus package See in context

Wouldn't it be a good idea if the politicians ALL got a 40% salary cut, retroactive to March 1st and continuing until January 1st? Funny that hasn't been suggested by any politician...

They actually cut the salary of all diet members by 20% for a year. This does not take into account their bonuses and other funds received however (e.g. the infamous no-receipts-needed 文書通信交通滞在費), so in reality they won’t see more than a mere 7-8% cut. It all amounts to about 20-30 billion JPY I believe. Seems like much more than other countries such as SG, HK or NZ have done.

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Posted in: City in Aichi reduces water and sewage bills for four months, easing residents’ financial strain See in context

This is great!

Seems like Okazaki city (also in Aichi) will reduce these bills by 80% for half a year as well as giving free school lunch for kindergarten & elementary school kids from the re-opening of schools until September.

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Posted in: Japan gov't submits extra budget for virus rescue package See in context

since1981Today  08:38 pm JST

and most recently 100,000 for every citizen and foreigner with MY Number though we don't know how to apply. 

You’ll get an application form mailed if eligible (you can also apply online if you have the MyNumber, actual, card).

Still waiting for support for small/midsized businesses though. The application process and requirements are so complicated my accountant had to set up a dedicated team just to interpret and deal with that. Good grief.

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