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Posted in: Japan to give face masks to 50 mil households to fight virus See in context

I don’t need fricking masks-I need money to make up my income to pay my office rent

No one pays for your rent. Swallow your pride and ask your families for money. There must be someone employed full-time and kind enough to help you. Besides, there ARE jobs if you are not too picky, too. Perhaps you should have made more careful financial plans when you started your own business.

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

state of emergency up to PM

Not surprising at all she talks like this. She never makes critical decisions herself.

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Posted in: Japan to give face masks to 50 mil households to fight virus See in context

*you may be already infected.

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Posted in: Japan to give face masks to 50 mil households to fight virus See in context

SJToday  07:41 am JST

Wearing a mask is useful for trained medical personals, but not for ordinary people if they do not wear it correctly with careful hand hygiene.

The Abe admin has been consistently incompetent against coronavirus. The mask distribution is a joke.

This sort of thinking has helped the virus spread EVEN MORE in countries where people are reluctant to wear masks. It is true that masks do very little to avoid the infection, but it does work when you are on the GIVING END.

I believe you are one of those who are reluctant to wear a mask. Give up and put on a mask because you have already been infected(asymptomatic). It is not that hard to make one too. Simple googling will solve the problem.

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Posted in: Sex delivery workers, scammers adapt to coronavirus See in context

They include semi-pros, university students seeking to earn income by engaging in papa-katsu (a regular arrangement with an older man), and hard-up housewives hoping to supplement the family budget. 

If university students really believe that this is the only way to make their lives better, they are not qualified enough to be university students in the first place. Guaranteed that they will be paying a price for their action either in the short term or the long term. What goes around comes around.

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

He spent almost the entire time just going over what had happened, and how we are in crisis and that it's important to avoid crowds, etc, etc and how it was a serious situation and how the government would come up with concrete measures to deal with it. 

It is the government's job to report to the public what has happened first hand, not only through some printed media. eg,, Japan Today. So he reported what had happened.

He let us hear him speak live, listen to his own voice, not through private printed news sources, e.g., Sora News.

It is far from nothing.

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

"We will draw up the boldest-ever package by using all policy tools, such as reducing or exempting tax payments and extending financial assistance," Abe said.

Let me thank Mr. Abe for this on behalf of several posters here living paycheck to paycheck!

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to stay at home at weekend See in context

Seriously, Koike is the last person you should listen to. What she has just said is nothing new. I would say just ignore that woman and keep getting information from experts.

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Posted in: Expert panel discourages large gatherings, recommends reopening some schools See in context

I wonder if posters crying for more testing have contacted authorities to inquire about the possibility of getting themselves tested.

Perhaps not.

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Posted in: Expert panel discourages large gatherings, recommends reopening some schools See in context

Despite the people who always insist that they aren't effective, I firmly believe that the widespread use of masks in Japan has been really beneficial. So long as everybody uses them, the R0 value (contagiousness) of the disease should be cut down. This would especially be the case for asymptomatic carriers who would otherwise not be wearing a mask and releasing respiratory droplets unabated. How else do you explain the the lack of exponential growth in cases and deaths without relying on conspiracy theories?

Valid comment. In my view, masks may not be effective for prevention, but wearing them makes yourself and others more aware of the issue, which could help promote other important habits like frequent handwashing among a larger population.

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Posted in: Japan considers postponing emperor's state visit to Britain See in context

And why is this even news? We have important things to think about now.

I agree, and so do most other Japanese-language publications.

But obviously the editor of Japan Today believes otherwise.

LOL

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Posted in: Tokyo governor vows full measures to combat virus during Olympic torch relay See in context

The statement she made about Italians and hanami parties more than proves she’s an imbecile.

I agree, and let me add that she has frequently made irresponsible statements in order to please everybody.

How in the world she will manage this is beyond me.

She will do jack. Other people entrusted with the job will try to come up with something....that could fail miserably.

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Posted in: Nikkei falls to lowest level in 3 years amid virus fears See in context

Not many comments here. I guess not many hold shares.

Perhaps not. I bet most regular posters here are living paycheck to paycheck. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that)

Anyway, like someone said, what has come down will go back up. So, I’m not worried too much.

Well, to be honest, I am concerned...holding my breath.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son criticized for offering free coronavirus tests See in context

It is only reported that the critical comments came from Twitter users. I find it comical (though not surprising) that several posters here blame the Japanese government again with no supporting facts.

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Posted in: Lawson donates 'onigiri' to daycare centers after school closures See in context

Jido club/gaku-do..are two different things, but are basically the same. I have volunteered at a "jido club" for well over 30 years now! 

So, did the place you volunteer at apply for the free onigiri giveaway or not?

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Posted in: IOC stands firm on Tokyo Games despite coronavirus concerns See in context

Wobot wrote:

The US is considering a travel ban. If the situation gets worse and other countries follow suit the games will effectively be cancelled whether Japan and the IOC like it or not.

Thank you for posting what almost all of us, including the IOC president, already know.

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Posted in: IOC stands firm on Tokyo Games despite coronavirus concerns See in context

Kurisupisu wrote:

And the advice currently is...avoid large crowds.

So, which is it?

I’m confused!

The “advice” is not mentioned in the article.

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Posted in: Transportation, tourism sectors hit hard by virus outbreak See in context

the people who are going to get hurt the most are the seasonal and part time workers.

Yes, but that is why those people enjoy more freedom in regards to work in peaceful times. Freedom always involves more risks. We all know that all jobs are not created equal. It might help some of you guys to start looking for a job in the pharmaceutical industry. I’m sure they need more manpower. That is what I would do if I got out of work due to this epidemic. I wish whoever is in trouble good luck.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal beating of wife See in context

HBJ wrote:

The point stands - that the norm dictates the husband is referred to as ‘ご主人'. 

’ご主人’ is only used when the man is referred to by a third party. For example, when a friend of your wife is talking about you with your wife, the friend may refer to you as that.

When your wife refers to you in front of a third party, she uses ‘主人’.

Anyhow, I find it a little comical that a couple of posters seem to have concluded that incidents like the one in the article happen more frequently in Japan.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal beating of wife See in context

HBJ wrote:

they’d all end up going home and calling their husband ‘master’.

Not true. No Japanese wives would call their husbands ‘master’ at HOME.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal beating of wife See in context

Living in Japan you don't need to have read treatises on psychology to understand that all humans, but especially Japanese (and their Asian brethren) are prone to violent outbursts when they can no longer contain the emotions they have been culturally conditioned to repress. From the little information in this article it is unlikely that there was any intent to kill, but now the husband has learned, too late, how fragile our bodies can be.

So you do you think that Japanese husbands are more likely to kill their wives compared to the ones in non-Asian countries?

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal beating of wife See in context

A lot of Japanese people don’t know how to deal with their anger in a healthy manner.

I’m curious how you have gotten such information. Do you think that this type of incident(husband killing his wife) happens more frequently in Japan?

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Posted in: 6 suspects arrested for stealing watches from jewelry stores in Osaka See in context

So, these six made off with 6.8 million yen worth of jewelry. That's about 1.1 million yen per person.

I suggest you spend less time watching movies if you think the money would have been evenly divided.

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Posted in: Man murdered by ex-colleague who was fired the day before See in context

This is the downside of Working hard in Japan, they almost give everything to their Company.

Care to explain how Matsui’s company could have been responsible for his drinking problems? I also wonder how you determined this short article suggested that the fired employee was working hard for the company.

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Posted in: Osaka girl says she was fed only once per day during confinement See in context

I am sincerely glad that these girls are safe and the plick arrested! 

So am I.

(Lol at “plick” though.)

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