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Posted in: Malaysia searches Chinese ship suspected of looting WWII wrecks See in context

It has been reported on since at least 2017 if not earlier.

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Posted in: Malaysia searches Chinese ship suspected of looting WWII wrecks See in context

This has been going on for a long time. Doing something to stop it is long overdue.

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Posted in: Japan to accept wounded Ukrainian soldiers for treatment See in context

I’m glad to see this. Military and other doctors need this experience and Ukraine needs or will likely need places for their wounded to be treated over a longer term. I hope that they allow visitors. If they are in the Tokyo area, I will make the effort to go visit them. I follow a Canadian medic that is volunteering in Ukraine. He hit a landmine in a vehicle and was hospitalized. Lots of people he didn’t know went to visit him. Ukrainian soldiers deserve the same.

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Posted in: Sunken wreck of WWII Japanese ship on which nearly 1,000 Australians died found See in context

Hopefully, this war grave will be respected rather than having the metal cut into parts and brought to the surface to be recycled by some greedy scrap metal dealers. It’s happening to many sunken WW2 ships in Asia and Europe. I rather wish this ship had not been found. Then the bones of those long dead could lie undisturbed rather than be scattered haphazardly under the ocean or worse inadvertently surfaced, scattered on beaches and elsewhere.

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Posted in: Medical tourism: Traveling outside U.S. for care is common See in context

I’ve had two knees replaced in Japan. In fact at the time of my second knee replacement, my sister was having one done in the U.S. She got an itemized bill for hers. Just the metal joint they put in cost around $20,000.

Of course, I had insurance here. But, had I not had insurance, the total cost of my surgery would have been around $20,000. including a nine day hospital stay versus maybe one in the U.S.

The Japanese system works far more efficiently than the U S one. And if you want to talk about, quality of care, you wouldn’t want to get my sister started Her surgical leg was left centimeters shorter than her non surgical leg. She had to have her knee done a second time and it still isn’t right. I on the other hand have a better quality of life and nearly never have any pain compared to the decades I waited to get the surgery on the advice of U.S. doctors.

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Posted in: We want to stop the violation of the human rights of second-generation followers. See in context

Fwiw, in nearly 4 decades here, I was never prevented from donating blood and I’m not Japanese. I haven’t tried to do so for a long time for medical reasons though.

A question I have though is, should parents be permitted to prevent life saving blood transfusions because of their personal religious beliefs? I would say no. There are times when that is essentially murder.

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Posted in: Man gets suspended sentence for causing plane to divert after refusing to wear mask See in context

As for the asthmatic thing…

Hogwash. Asthma doesn’t prevent anyone with normal mental function from wearing a mask.

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Posted in: U.S. says it is working on 'next steps' to secure release of Whelan from Russia See in context


Ok then Biden has some work to do then, doesn’t he? 

or he doesn’t care about Whelan as a white, ex military, straight, man? No value to getting him released too?

Why is it Biden’s problem?

The guy has citizenship in 4 countries!

Trump didn’t care to get him released and he certainly had a better chance to than Biden considering his close relationship with Putin.

Note: I don’t get to emotionally worked up about anybody that gets convicted in a court marshal and booted from the military. He forfeited his right to respect as someone that served when he did that.

Fwiw, I don’t get worked up about people traveling with and getting caught with illegal substances. Not my problem. Not America’s problem either. And certainly not one that should get an arms dealer released in exchange for.

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Posted in: U.S. says it is working on 'next steps' to secure release of Whelan from Russia See in context

I strongly disagree with trading arms dealer for Griner. Also fail to see why the U.S. has sole responsibility for getting Whelan home.

Wiki: Paul Nicholas Whelan- Canadian-born former United States Marine [my note: former because he received a Bad Conduct Discharge] with U.S., British, Irish, and Canadian citizenship.  …arrested in Russia 12/28/18, accused of spying. On 6/15/20 received a 16-year prison sentence.

1) News mentioning that he was a Marine without mentioning why he’s former is only intended to pull on patriotic heartstrings.

2) He holds citizenship in 4 countries. If he should be bargained for, all 4 share responsibility for it.

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Posted in: Japan set to ease planned electricity bill hike for households See in context

Turn off electrical vampires that suck electricity. Power strips, sleep mode, etc. Keep freezers nearly full. They use less electricity.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cases increase in Japan for 1st time in 2 months See in context

I found it odd that they were taking temps again upon entry to a big hospital I visit monthly, something they haven’t done for months. I had noticed an approximate doubling of sirens just before the increasing numbers started coming out. Haven’t read the comments or the rest of JT or other Japan news but, I saw on international news that there are at least two new variants in the U. S. and Asia.

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Posted in: Australia to investigate reports its pilots trained Chinese military See in context

A solution would be to strip these UK and Aus traitors of their military pensions and entitlements going forward and blacklist them from ever flying again. Might make a few think twice before assisting an enemy state.

For Americans, there’s no pension unless someone completed about 20 years of service, got a medical discharge or a disability. I doubt that Australia or UK have a policy that provides pensions for less.

I have read that former American military on pensions could lose their pensions for participating in the Jan. 6th affair. I don’t know if that’s correct but, I haven’t seen that type of action taken.

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Posted in: Netflix defends 'The Crown' after ex-PM Major calls it 'malicious nonsense' See in context

I recently started watching a supposed documentary on Rome. There were dramatizations interspersed with academics talking about various happenings.

In one dramatization, they had a young Julius Caesar as a young soldier in Crassus’s legion fighting against Spartacus. Complete hogwash. I can’t understand why the academics would even be associated with that complete fiction being passed off as fact.

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Posted in: Abe's state funeral cost ¥1.2 bil, less than ¥1.66 bil initial estimate, gov't says See in context

I can remember when Japan went through prime ministers like crazy. They didn’t last long at all. They’ve sat an awful precedent with this state funeral. If all former prime ministers get state funerals, the burden on taxpayers will be huge.

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Posted in: Japan's loosening of COVID-19 entry restrictions may keep citizens wearing masks See in context

Everywhere you go, you are still asked to wear masks, disinfect hands, sit behind plastic screens and check body temperatures.

Funny, at a major university hospital last week a few times and I didn’t experience that.

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Posted in: Farmers condemn New Zealand's proposed tax on animal burps See in context

I wonder how New Zealanders are going to take to garlic flavored milk.

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Posted in: Court rejects long-stay visa for gay U.S. man married to Japanese See in context

Long term visas are meant for people who have lived here long term. Nothing to do with a long term relationship.

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Posted in: Ex-senior education ministry official gets suspended term over bribe See in context

Not long after I came to Japan, I learned of a system whereby students being interviewed for acceptance at the school and specifically at private medical schools had a packet of money (read bribe) under their application. I asked doctors that I knew about it and they said they yes, it was pretty normal at private medical schools especially if the father was an alumnus. I then got a list of such schools because I wanted to avoid being treated by graduates of these schools. I think that this school was on the list.

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Posted in: Gyms facing COVID mask dilemma amid summer heat concerns See in context


lower temperatures

lower humidity

safer than uneven pavement/sidewalks

I get using treadmills. Even paying to do so.

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Posted in: Bot battle: The tech that could decide Twitter's Musk lawsuit See in context

I can’t help but wonder if Musk keeps bringing up the bot issue because he has had a large number of bot accounts made.

Using bots as an issue to drive the price down.

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Posted in: Abe's killer tested homemade gun at religious group's facility: sources See in context


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Posted in: Japan reports 36,189 coronavirus cases See in context

@Reckless Hopefully, the guy with a deep dry cough just has asthma.

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Posted in: Kishida plans reward points system to ease electricity bills See in context

Great! I should be getting a huge decrease going back a long time. Since 2011 and Fukushima, I have kept my electricity usage to a bare minimum so I would not reward TEPCO

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Posted in: Toshiba studying going private as an option See in context

Septim Dynasty

“Akumadari.” Great laugh!

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Posted in: Heard 'absolutely not' able to pay Depp $10.35 million in damages: lawyer See in context

The tapes where she admits to being unable to stop being violent to him did her in. (Along with a lot of lies.) Imagine if there were tapes of any man saying such a thing.

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Posted in: Teen calls police over man she thinks is holding a knife See in context

Let’s be clear. The individual making the call to the police was a teenager. She was a girl.

she was not a woman.

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Posted in: It's time for doctors to hang up the white coats for good See in context

This is just stunningly stupid. I can’t believe it’s supposedly coming from an infectious disease doctor.

He’s absolutely correct about -one- thing, that is that nobody wants to be cared for by a doctor in a dirty white coat. That’s why the white coats should be changed frequently.

All kinds of people wear white so that it is apparent if it is clean. Whites are worn in hospital settings, labs, even restaurants. Granted bacteria and viruses can’t be seen but if it appears dirty, you can bet that it is. I wore a white lab coat as a food inspector. And I might add that I wasn’t responsible for laundering it. We had a closet full of various sizes of them. Once worn, they were sent off to be cleaned. Medical personnel should not be responsible for laundering their own white coats either. They should be laundered appropriately and professionally considering the environment they are used in.

Seeing a cook in a nasty set of whites or a nasty apron guarantees that I will never eat at an establishment again. As will seeing one go into a restroom wearing their apron. Fecal oral contamination anyone?

This guy seems to have lost his ability to think when he got his feelings hurt over wearing a white coat that was overdue for replacing.

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Posted in: If you only experience itchy eyes, you might have hay fever. If, in addition to a fever, you are more lethargic or your throat is more sore than usual, you might be infected with the omicron variant. See in context

Can’t see how to edit so..,

Also want to ad that if someone is having the allergy symptoms of sneezing and runny nose it is logical to take an allergy medicine. They are easy enough to buy otc no doctor visit needed. If the allergy medicine is effective, it’s logical the the issue is allergies. If it doesn’t affect the symptoms, a Covid test is likely in order.

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Posted in: If you only experience itchy eyes, you might have hay fever. If, in addition to a fever, you are more lethargic or your throat is more sore than usual, you might be infected with the omicron variant. See in context

My experience and opinion differs from others.

I tried to see my GP for asthma and allergy symptoms. Have had some level of cough for decades as part of asthma but, it had gotten really bad and wasn’t improving. I couldn’t even make an appointment to see the doctor until I had a negative PCR test. The test was done in the GPs parking lot and cost less than ¥3,000.

I’d been on steroids for weeks and had had to be extremely careful to avoid riskier settings, worn an N95 mask and done at home Covid tests weekly so, even having near zero immunity I wasn’t especially concerned that I had Covid.

Had antibiotics on hand and took some my lung condition improved greatly. So, by the time I saw the doctor I already knew that whatever was going on was bacterial.

I agree that basically there’s no point worrying about whether your symptoms are Omicron or allergies. I meet a fairly large number of people in a week. Many of whom I have been around through many allergy seasons. And this year’s symptoms are wicked. Mine included. So, I don’t think it is quite as easy as the doctor above makes it out to be.

I do think it makes sense for people to continue to practice social distancing and masking and even home testing while going on with their lives.

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Posted in: Is it better to wear an N95 or cloth mask? See in context

Room temperatures not teachers

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