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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

Enforcing a lockdown must be really tough when you have the PM's wife out and about having a 'hanami party'.

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

Abe denied allegations that Japan had manipulated the numbers by limiting tests, or combined COVID-19 deaths with other pneumonia fatalities. “I'm aware that some people suspect Japan is hiding the numbers, but I believe that's not true,” he said. “If there is a cover-up, it will show up in the number of deaths.” He said doctors told him that pneumonia patients with COVID-19 can be detected by CAT-scan or X-rays.

Are you kidding me? NHK reported less then three weeks ago that the hospitals were only testing 3 of every 67 patients due to government regulations.

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

Its already too late. They should have closed the borders right when they knew this virus was deadly. All the attention was focused on one messily boat, when many people were coming into the country through other avenues. Especially when testing wasn't accurate, they should have realized the danger.

Closing the borders to specific countries is only creating tentions between nations. If Japan had just closed the borders to everyone there would be no misunderstanding.

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

RIP! He will be greatly missed.

One of the reasons I started learning Japanese was because of watching his show back in the day. I am heartbroken.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 1-month-old daughter See in context

How does anyone do that to their own child?

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

I don't understand why everyone is so adamant about postponing the Olympics.

On one side you have the government unwaivering on a schedule change, and on the other side people want to drastically cancel or postpone the Olympics.

Just looking at history, viruses rarely pass Spring. Look at the plague (black death). It wiped out a huge portion of the world but it did not survive past Spring. Considering that COVID-19 is a fairly new virus, wouldn't it be a little more wise to wait and see, instead of jumping ship. There is still a good couple of months to assess the situation.

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Posted in: Ignore the coronavirus hysteria – now's the perfect time to visit Japan because airfares are cheap, there are less crowds and the chance of being infected with the virus is low. Do you agree? See in context

Hate to burst anyone's bubble who is optimistic about coming to Japan right now. If you've been following the news carefully, you probably know that the hospitals aren't checking people thuroughly.

NHK reported that of every 69 people only 3 were being tested for coronavirus based on government guidelines. What does that tell you? That means that a lot of people are infected and the hospitals aren't checking because the government has told them to minimize checks.

I'm guessing, these numbers are being kept low in fear of losing the Olympics.

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Posted in: Store shelves stripped of toilet paper amid coronavirus fears See in context

Considering that this happens every so often in Japan, businesses would be a little better prepared. Nope, they just blame the people for worrying about what actually came to happen.

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Posted in: Japan plans HIV drug trials for coronavirus; cruise ship evacuations continue See in context

HIV drugs were already tested in the United States and has had positive results. Unfortunately, HIV medication does not cure the coronavirus, it only reduces the amount of Invaders.

The problem with the coronavirus is that it ultimately causes your organs to shut down. First, blocking the lungs with mucous (therefore, the problems with respiratory). Then it can destroy your liver and kidneys and even healthy blood cells.

The HIV medication can drastically help reduce the impact of virus, saving many lives. The only problem is, if this virus spreads out of control, will the supply be able to meet the demand.

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Posted in: What's your idea of Japanese comfort food? See in context

For me, it's 'murasaki imo taiyaki'.

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Posted in: Coronavirus infection cases spread further in Japan See in context

The mortality rate is 1% (mostly elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. Seems to spread like any other flu. What's the big deal with this coronavirus?

First of all, it has a 2% fatality rate, and this virus spreads faster than most common viruses. Yes, the virus mostly takes elder people, but there have a been a lot of people in their 40s and 50s who didn't have existing conditions and passes away, so yeah it's pretty scary if you ask me.

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Posted in: In an increasingly partisan media environment, do you believe journalists have lower ethical standards than in the days before social media? See in context

People are fooling themselves if they think things have really changed.

Journalism has never been perfect in any era. Just looking at newspaper articles (both in Japan and Canada) from early 1900s and onwards, some journalists were just as vile as they are today. Ethics really depends upon the management and the individual making the report.

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Posted in: Man accused of killing 19 disabled people disrupts trial See in context

one of his lawyers said his abuse of marijuana led to mental illness, adding: "This has turned him into a different person. As a result, this incident took place."

After Canada legalized marijuana, you sure can see a lot of crazy people running around the streets killing each other. Jeez, that's as dumb as saying that alcohol made him kill all those people.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer says he is stunned his client left country See in context

Seems a little strange that he made his escape just before the new year.

The media has been watching Ghosn like a hawk. He just magically vanished under everyone's radar? Seems a little far-fetched.

This has been a thorny issue, and has damaged Japan's reputation internationally. The only way this could happen in Japan is if he was assisted by someone higher up. This was probably a way for Japan to save face.

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Posted in: Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy See in context

The government said, "We have to increase taxes because the national debt is too high." Now look at them blowing a tone of money without any care for the national debt. Brilliant!

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales post sharpest fall since 2015 as tax hike hits demand See in context

"Regardless of today's outcome, consumption has been of a weak tone, and consumer sentiment is getting worse," said Taro Saito, executive research fellow at NLI Research Institute.

And, the government decided to throw fire on the flame. Genius!

People have really cut spending everywhere. They are going to keep pinching their money, because nobody has extra money. Not only have taxes gone up but consumer products have also increased prices together. Worst of all, wages have remained the same, so don't cry when the economy tanks.

Japan isn't doing well, and everyone knows it. Domestic spending is declining, international investments are drying up. How are you supposed to recoup from that.

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Posted in: Japan tells embassies risk of contaminated Fukushima water 'small' See in context

It's a bad idea. Just wait till those disgruntled American's start finding high levels of radiation on their coast and food. Watch out for those lawsuits.

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Posted in: Is U.S. President Donald Trump a friend of Japan? See in context

PM Abe always says Trump is his friend, but considering how Trump has treated Japan, he doesn't really care about anyone.

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Posted in: Abe to skip Yasukuni visit during autumn festival: sources See in context

Oh dear, Japan a "victim" of the war?

Even if you look at the war through the view of economics, Japan exploited a lot of countries during the war. Victims of unfair treaties and atomic bombs, yes, but victims of the war, that's a bit of a stretch.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

They should just use ordinary Japanese and English, since English is the second language in Japan. Dumbing down the language is not really a big deal, but some people did take offense.

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

Yubaru

Internationally? We are talking about Japan here! Dont obfuscate the issue!

Please explain to me why criminals are unique to the rest of the world? I'm not talking about the specifics of the crimes, or the statistics, but the individuals.

I was actually a bit surprised they changed the laws. Back when I came to Japan, it was tough getting in if you even had the slightest criminal record.

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

Yubaru

There are only around 20,000 prisoners being held in jails throughout Japan.

Your statistics seem to contradict what is being reported. 600,000 is just a random number right?

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

Yubaru

The only one making assumptions is you. I happen to be very familiar with law enforcement, and statistics do not differ greatly when looking at petty crimes internationally.

Lets make this very clear. You used the the words "hardened criminal" which refers to extreme cases where they cannot be rehabilitated. I was only saying that petty crimes most often escalate if the person is not properly rehabilitated, like in this case.

So, you think because they committed a smaller crime that they are harmless? Why do you think Japan bans any foreigners with slightest criminal record into the country?

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

Sourpuss

Read the article. "petty" is a word that describes a certain type of crime committed. Look it up.

Everyone is familiar with the word "petty", but clearly you know nothing about criminals, so I will enlighten you on the subject. "Petty" refers to minor or lesser crimes, that being said, criminals rarely start and end with "petty" crimes. It's usually "petty" crimes which put criminals on police radars. How are police going to monitor 600,000 people?

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

This is definitely one of the most bizarre things I've ever heard of in Japan. Of course many countries offer presidential pardons, but the scale is extremely different. In America, you may have 10 to a 1000 people pardoned (a thousand is on an extreme level). Of these 600,000 people, how many of them are actually dangerous criminals. The problem with this whole matter is, there are too many people to watch. Instead of protecting the public, they just throw them back into society. Many people need help, but instead of helping them, they just dump them on society.

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Posted in: Forever 21 fashion chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy See in context

Looks like the entire chain is going to go bankrupt based on other news sources. Quality was definitely the downfall of this business, and on top of that, it didn't help that clothing line lacked innovation.

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Posted in: Anti-NHK party head suggests genocide to solve overpopulation See in context

Wow, Tachibana makes Abe look like a saint. Maybe that was the intention?

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Posted in: Japan comedy duo apologize after reportedly saying Naomi Osaka 'needs bleach' See in context

What century are they living in?

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Posted in: University student arrested over killing of woman in Tokyo love hotel See in context

Camera's are not the only way people are tracked. Programs you use to communicate, and cell phones can be easily traced.

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