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Posted in: Gov't urges Tokyo host, hostess clubs to act to stem coronavirus spikes See in context

VictorDangToday  11:44 am JST

243 compares to 70.000 in US. Don't panic.

Well, in NZ and Vietnam they have zero.

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge See in context

Enforce closure like NZ did. It's the only solution to prevent more deaths. The economy will recover but lives will not.

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Posted in: Telemedicine shakes up Japan's health care sector See in context

What are the major players in Japan? Does Teladoc have a presence?

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge See in context

Just order them to close and pay all of them. You can't do C19 half-measures.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 75 coronavirus infections; drops below 100 for 1st time in 7 days See in context

Still not good enough. NZ has had zero community cases for more than 2 months!

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Posted in: Mother arrested after leaving 3-year-old daughter alone for week to die See in context

I just cried into my coffee. All children are sacred beings - protect them with your life.

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Posted in: 34 confirmed dead or missing after heavy rain in southwestern Japan See in context

Question; why do so many people die during floods? It seems to happen every time there is a major flood.

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Posted in: Food poisoning hits 3,453 teachers, students in Saitama schools See in context

Mass food poisoning seems a common occurrence in Japanese schools but not in other developed nations (it comes up several times a year). Why? Anyone have any ideas?

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Posted in: Yamato becomes Japan's 1st city to 'ban' use of phones while walking See in context

In a country where many laws are not enforced don't expect many people to stop using their phones while walking.

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Posted in: McDonald’s starts new Japan campaign featuring burgers from its overseas restaurants See in context

Kiwiburger please.

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Posted in: Australian state extends state of emergency as coronavirus cases surge See in context

oldman_13Today  02:49 pm JST

This shows how hard it is to control the coronavirus, it just takes too much to fully prevent spread. Considering that the fatality rate is not as bad as previously thought, much of the world has pretty much given up on strict social distancing and stay at home orders, and going back to normal.

The death rate is not as high, but still high.

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Posted in: Man accused of killing New Zealand police officer appears in court See in context

> oharaToday  01:34 pm JST

The shooters name is suppressed. Unusual.

This is a law unique to NZ I believe. It can protect the innocent and their families before evidence has been gathered and a strong case for guilt has been established.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies after being left in car for 7 hours See in context

JJ JetplaneToday  09:00 am JST


Everyone is so quick to jump to judgement.

Some are saying its easy. I'm sorry. I've never once forgotten my own children in the car or even my nieces and nephews. Didn't matter how quiet they were. I've never even come close to forgetting. Especially when you are the one that placed them in their child seat. Looking in the backseat when I'm getting out or entering a car has always just been instinctual for me.

You are lucky. This man, not so much, aye.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies after being left in car for 7 hours See in context

This is a recognized phenomena called  Forgotten Baby Syndrome. It doesn't necessarily mean the parents is a bad parent.

This happened in NZ to a female doctor of all people. She drove to the hospital and forgot the child was in the back seat. Upon finding her child dead in the car she collapsed with shock and had to be taken to hospital herself. Not as hot in NZ but hot enough to kill a small child locked in a car. She was not convicted. I think they realized she had suffered enough and would suffer forever.

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Posted in: European lawmakers chide Japan over parental child abductions See in context

It is a violation of human rights to bar a parent from seeing their own children. Unless there is clear evidence the partners has been abusive this Japanese law is draconian and must end.

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Posted in: Black Lives Matter rally held in Tokyo See in context

> BackpackingNepalToday  06:44 am JST

Too much. We are all racist, even by 0.01%.

Same people who protest against discrimination/racism/sexuality, they all have tiny percent of negativity in their heart, which is also a part of racism.

Notice that you are projecting your experience/thinking onto others here. We all have a mind that might feed us negative thoughts about anything and anyone, yes, that's the nature of the human mind. The difference is do you 'listen and pay attention and ACT on those thoughts and do you believe they are based on reality. A racist does, while someone who is not racist does not, ever.

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Posted in: 15-year-old girl hit, killed by train in apparent suicide See in context

oldman_13Today  04:31 pm JST

More younger people are killing themselves these days, no doubt due to the internet and social media.

Suicide is not the result of external forces, it is the result of internal forces working against an individual. Everyone faces various challenges in life some terrible, but few actually commit suicide. Who hasn't had suicidal thoughts at least once in their life?!

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Posted in: 4-year-old girl falls to death from high-rise apartment See in context

I would never leave my 4 year old and his younger sibling alone for even 30 seconds. Why were they left while the father was out? You can never trust preschoolers.

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Posted in: New Zealand says coronavirus eliminated and life can resume without restrictions See in context

carpslidyToday  06:41 pm JST

..re you saying Okinawa had no social distancing? I don’t know if this is true.

Beyond a few stickers on benchs and in check out lines social distancing hasnt been enforced or followed anywhere in japan.

Japan has also not done extensive testing or contact tracing like NZ has, so there is a far less clear picture and control in Japan than in NZ. Have more people died of COVID19 than is believed in Japan? They don't really do autopsies in Japan so how would we know to true rate?

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Posted in: Rally against racism, in support of Black Lives Matter held in Tokyo See in context

since1981Today  06:47 am JST

And Black Lives only matter when a black person is killed by a white cop. Where were they and supporters when blacks were looting and burning businesses of blacks? Where are they when a black cop gets killed by blacks. Why is it that those black lives don’t matter?

You are the only one I know who is saying this. Think this is only going on in your head. :)

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Posted in: Japan's low virus mortality rate reflects social manners: Aso See in context

thepersoniamnowToday  03:07 pm JST

Bunch of westerners on here who can’t fathom that another culture may have done something that turned out better than their plans?

It is pretty apparent that Japanese are different and that may have helped them THIS time.

Being awkwards and non sociable doesnt always help Japanese always...at least it did this time around.

You don't know any of that. And if you're right, how do you explain the Western nations that did much better than Japan (NZ, Australia, Iceland etc.)?

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Posted in: Japan's low virus mortality rate reflects social manners: Aso See in context

To all the commenters agreeing with Aso that Japan is more 'hygienic', how do you define hygienic?

Wearing masks has little to no effect on viruses. A lot of research as been done on this.

Since when was Japan the only country where people take off their shoes, and how does that affect whether you contract a virus or not. You just have to wash your hands. Where is it not normal to wash your hands regularly?


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Posted in: Japan's low virus mortality rate reflects social manners: Aso See in context

NZ has better social manners because they have a death rate of 5 per million.

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Posted in: Japan aims to revive tourism industry by subsidizing people to go on vacation See in context

Don't get your hopes up if you're overseas, this will only people for Japanese residents.

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Posted in: Australians cautiously return to bars, cafes See in context

Interesting, NZ only allows bars to serve drinks with food at a table.

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Posted in: ANA eases dress code for female workers, allowing shoes without heels See in context

Progress in Japan may be slow but it happens eventually.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 23 new coronavirus cases; number below 100 for 5th day in row See in context

as for the benches in the photo, they dont need to make them ALL off limits. Just instruct the public one person per bench,etc. or whatever keeps people 2 meters or more apart. It seems that awareness and knowledge in Japan about covid is still incomplete.

Not quite, you forget that people can leave the virus on the bench for the next sitter to pick up.

All park benches are off limits in NZ too. Mind you, you wouldn't catch anyone sitting on them here.

Different culture?

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Posted in: Australia fights new virus clusters as parts of country ease restrictions See in context

Maybe Aussie should have gone with stricter measures like NZ after all.

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Posted in: Essential workers taking risks despite harassment during virus crisis See in context

The negative and sad effects of omotenashi culture. The server has fewer human rights.

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Posted in: Japan begins distributing cash handouts for virus relief See in context

That's not a lot but it will help I suppose.

Here, the NZ govt gave the majority of people a full months pay directly or through their employer.

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