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Posted in: Japan to lift virus ban on re-entry of some foreign residents from Aug 5 See in context

No reason to praise the government. They have banned foreign residents from re-entry despite them having valid visas. That is not only discrimination, but also shows the real level of omotenashi towards foreigners. I can understand gaijin complaining about being treated like second degree residents here.

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Posted in: 'Watchmen' leads charge for Emmy nominations relevance See in context

I see. Thanks for the clarification and sorry. I misunderstood the intention of his post. I guess, I would even agree to that.

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Posted in: 'Watchmen' leads charge for Emmy nominations relevance See in context

I have not seen it, but in these unprecedented times, it doesn't matter if it is good, it has to win.

That you have to explain to me, because I don't get your criteria for evaluating a media. You have not seen it and therefore you can't really properly review it, but the quality doesn't matter to you anyway, because you sympathize with its political and social views and therefore it has to win regardless of its quality?! What kind of statement is that?

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Posted in: Gov't persists with 'Abenomask' giveaway, reigniting social media outcry See in context

These ugly masks arrived at my apartment around the time when every drug store sold them as usual.

Maybe they should focus on transacting the promised 100.000Yen. It has been almost seven weeks since I have applied, but still no sign of it.

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Posted in: Cancel culture takes the fun out of life, says comedian John Cleese See in context

Cancel culture pretty much translates to "I am too lazy to deal with other opinions or any social and historical context, which oposes my own world view, so please shut up and leave me alone."

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Posted in: Man arrested for spreading false Twitter rumors about five Japanese idol singers for revenge See in context

However, the Japanese entertainment industry routinely takes an extremely strict anti-drug stance, with studios and music companies quickly cutting ties with even A-list talent if they’re found to have been in possession of illegal substances, and often also purging the performer’s completed works from circulation

Japanese entertainment industry is another word for hypocrisy. Drug abuse, sex affairs, sexual and power harassment and corruption are common in that industry, yet when there is a scandal, they excommunicate the artists involved and act like they are the purest industry in the world.

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Posted in: Japan's Go To travel subsidy campaign kicks off See in context

First, the ugly Abe-masks that nobody wanted and arrived exactly at my place when you could buy masks at every drug store. Then, the promised 100.000 yen which take decades to be transfered to our accounts. Now, every day we are having significantly more new cases than before the state of emergency was declared. So the best the government can come up with is to launch a campaign that invites the virus to spread throughout the country. What a terrible resume for Abe.

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Posted in: Japanese summer holiday spending to hit record low due to virus: poll See in context

Still waiting for the promised 100000 Yen. It has been more than six weeks now since I have applied.

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Posted in: Japan's sports leagues seek entry of foreign players hit by travel ban See in context

Banning foreigners despite a valid visa for residency and the lack of coverage in media shows the true level of omotenashi towards gaijin in Japan. No wonder a lot of foreigners feel like second class citizens here.

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Posted in: Downloads of Japan's COVID-19 tracing app slow to 7.7 mil See in context

I installed the app. The concept is great, but unless all infected actually use it and have their results registered, it won't work as well as originally intended. the best way to protect yourself drom the virus are hand washing, social distance and masks, anyway.

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Posted in: Japan's governors want more areas cut from travel program as needed See in context

Considering the recent developments, the timing for this campaign is simply not adequate. Cancelling it entirely is too drastic, as economic revitalization is necessary. Excluding Tokyo is unjust, because residents will pay for something they will not benefit from.

Postponing for a few months is the only option that makes the most sense in my opinion. Priority should be given on anti-virus measures first, otherwise it will be a never ending circle of new infections and all its economic and social consequences.

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Posted in: 650 new coronavirus cases reported in Japan; 290 in Tokyo See in context

Without testing en-masse, without contextual reading, these daily numbers mean nothing.

Well, here is some context:

Japan 985 deaths,

USA 140,000 deaths,

here is some context:

There have no covid 19 deaths in Japan in three weeks.

In the USA 8000 in one day.

As we are talking about context, please elaborate what your point is. Nothing to worry about? Continue as usual? Life goes on?

Yes, the US has significantly more infections and mortality rate, but that does not mean that we should ignore the recent numbers. Moreover, why should the situation in a foreign country dictate the anti-virus measures in another? Germany for instance just reported four corona deaths yesterday. So should the Germans be happy that they have less deaths than the US? Realtivism is dangerous in this matter, as it leads to carelessness.

Keep on wearing masks, wash your hands and avoid clusters.

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Posted in: Paper made up quotes to defame Depp, actress tells UK libel trial See in context

@Vanessa

I wasn't refering to individuals suffering from physical or emotional abuse, who finally couldn't take it anymore and snapped. I think we still have the moral double standard, where when a woman slaps a man in an argument, it is widely accepted that it was him who deserves it and if he complains, he should man up and just take it. Using violence to emphasize a point or outrage in an argument is despicable.

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Posted in: Paper made up quotes to defame Depp, actress tells UK libel trial See in context

Regardless of gender, if you start getting violent in an argument, then you are an abusive piece of trash. No tolerance for such a behaviour.

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Posted in: Divided Americans clash over mask wearing and schools reopening as coronavirus cases surge See in context

I don't understand why some people consider masks as a violation of their freedom and refuse to wear them. I mean, I couldn't care less when they and their family member end up getting the virus due to their selfish and stupid behaviour, but the problem is that they put others at risk as well. So wear masks to protect yourself and others.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic venues lined up, schedule remains the same See in context

As much as I want to see the Olympics, neither Japan nor other countries and regions will be able to control the virus until next year. Even if they manage to largely decrease infection numbers, an event as big as the Olympics is too much of a risk for another outbreak.

I feel sad for the Japanese, as they were really hyped up for the Olympics.

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Posted in: Abe faces backlash after Tokyo residents excluded from Go To travel campaign See in context

Basically, the logic here is that residents of Tokyo are paying with their taxes for a program, they are excluded from, but non-residents will benefit from. If they don't want to cancel, maybe postpone the campaign or at least introduce it step-by-step. For example, start with the least affected prefectures and then have bigger prefectures gradually join throughout the year or next year. Why is it all or nothing?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 293 new COVID-19 cases See in context

How could this be? I was under the impression that Japan had higher "cultural standards" than other countries, right Mr. Taro Aso?

If lives werent at stake here, I would laugh about this guys arrogance.

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Posted in: Abe faces backlash after Tokyo residents excluded from Go To travel campaign See in context

Before promoting tourism despite the sharp increase of infections within a few days, maybe they can make sure that residents get the promised 100.000Yen? I got the documents end of May, applied in the early beginning of June and still nothing. Neither my friends and collegues have received the funds. Is this government capable of doing at least one thing correctly?

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Posted in: 'Top Gun' helmet and 'Alien' spaceship in Hollywood props auction See in context

Aiens came out more than fourty years ago and it is still a masterpiece. Same can be said for Indiana Jones. Call me nostalgic, but they don't do movies like those anymore.

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Posted in: Competition between streaming services heats up in Japan See in context

My TV is basically just a monitor for games consoles. 

Same here.

You really can't go wrong with Netflix and Hulu.

I did the Disney Plus trial, but immediately unsubscribed. Unless you have children and are a Disney/Marvel/Star Wars Fan, I don't think it is an option for casual viewers. With more original content, I think I will give it another try.

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Posted in: Tokyo enlists nightclub workers for Q&A-style videos to fight coronavirus See in context

Oh, I would like the lady in the pic to teach me about some Nouko sesshoku indeed !

She will probably tell you afterwards how handsome and kind you are, ask you to visit her again or maybe do some dôhan. The bill might shock you, but at least your ego is flattered. Then, you can return to your wife and kids and apologize for the overtime work.

I mean that's how it works right?

Seriously, I don't get these clubs or the people going there.

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Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

Abroad, medical workers are considered as heroes. In Japan, they are discriminated against their profession and on top of that they have their bonus cut. But at least the government has money to make some ugly ill-fitting masks, promise 10man Yen which never arrives and subsidize tourism despite growing infection numbers.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 206 new coronavirus cases See in context

Increase the testing, identify the clusters and go after them. It is no secret that kyabakura and host clubs in Shinjuku and Ikebukuro have largely contributed to the increase of infections. If they don't cooperate in setting up appropiate anti-virus measures, shut them down. It's not like they are essential to society.

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

Most high-end kyabakura in Shinjuku can make way more than 500.000 each night and sometimes their No. 1 girl can make that amount with just one wealthy client.

It is the cheaper, low-end bars that might benefit from it as competition is fierce in that industry.

Instead of burnIng money, let's make it easier: Oblige kyabakura and host bars to wearing masks, disposition of sanitizer, social distance etc. If the fail to comply, shut them down.

Give the money to people who have lost their jobs due to covid.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly? See in context

Spoiler Alert!!!

There won't be Olympic Games next year.

Call me pessimistic, but It's unrealistic to expect that the infection risk significantly decreases within the next 12 months in all participating nations.

Send the invoices to China.

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Posted in: Japan's household spending drops at record pace as virus hits economy See in context

Didn't the goverment promise 100.000 Yen to every citizen to tackle the economic repercussions? None of my co-workers have received that money, yet. I got the papers in the beginning of June, applied a couple of days later and still no transaction. Thank god, I am doing fine, but for people in financial need, that is unacceptable.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'Can I sue my husband's mistress for psychological stress?' See in context

Cheating seems to be more common and accepted Japanese society more than in Europe or the US. As a student I used to work at a luxury hotel and everyday we had multiple couples checking in for day use. After a while you could pretty much tell who is married or not.

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

Who falls in the category of"nightlife workers"? It is such a broad term. Why not say kyabakura and host clubs, where lots of infections were traced back? Maybe it is time to put some restrictions on these establishments or at least enforce a stricter virus prevention policy for them.

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Posted in: F1 star Hamilton to set up commission to increase diversity See in context

Many more than Black F1 drivers, thats for sure!

I see your point, but what I am trying to say is that you could accuse any sport of lack of diversity provided a certain race is underrepresented in it. For example, I have never heard of a black ski jumper, but that does not mean that winter sports is discriminating against race. It's not like there are racial criteria that banishes people of colour to pursue a career in motorsport or winter sports for example.

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