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Posted in: Osaka Prefecture eyes collecting fixed fee for inbound tourists from 2025 See in context

It’s only an extra ¥1 to ¥3 for a room at $70/night - I can imagine the extra clean up of their city.

It is better than 20% tip in NYC

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Posted in: ANA Boeing 737-800 domestic flight turns back due to cockpit window crack See in context

Are 737 planes safe? A friend told me he does not like taking 737s.

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Posted in: U.S. military bulk buys Japanese seafood to counter China ban See in context

I ate sushi while in Japan for 3 weeks. It was good. Better quality than seafood from other places

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Posted in: Incident with knives causes commotion on Tokyo Yamanote line train See in context

“Two men, who were apparently injured in the commotion, were transported to the hospital, the Tokyo Fire Department said, with the police questioning a man in his 50s, believed to be of foreign nationality, to gather more details about the situation.”

So sad things like this happen there too. I hope they enforce their laws well for people to feel safe and not copy the other scary places to visit who allow such things to happen. I am confident that there will be Justice.

So many crazy copy cats.in the world!

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Posted in: Just 16% of Japan assembly heads open to foreigners voting in referendums See in context

Voting should be left only to citizens who believe and love their country. Anyone who is really not a citizen may not understand the system well. Bad enough that citizens themselves do not. It's like asking someone outside the family to cook the family dish. If they have never had it before, you may be disappointed. Too many cooks spoil the broth. Meaning sometimes it is better to have one or a few people do a job than to have many people do it.

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Posted in: Japan hosts int'l fleet review with S Korean navy participating See in context

Move on forward. If that was a war flag - I had a photo by it when I visited Yokohama a few years ago. It is like a uniform - wear it! Any flag reminds anyone of history anyway. And parading fleets in the water is a warning too. So use the flag! I personally do not see anything wrong.

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Posted in: S Korea to take part in Japan fleet review despite Rising Sun flag objection See in context

I visited one of these warships in Yokohama. I did not think of the flag at all except it is the Japanese flag like a rising sun with rays on it. I wish the world would stop telling how others should dress up, decorate, etc... this world would be a better place if we just accept anyone's culture. I personally would not want a visitor to tell me how I should have arranged my furniture and what I have to get rid of unless I hired the person as my decorator. In other words, The world talks about acceptance but they all want to mark their thoughts including a flag.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

All wars are hate crimes in any form.

These words terrorist act and hate crimes are new words of the 21st century.

Defending oneself is another story.

To begin the aggression is a crime.

Ideally, we should be able to iron out differences by words.

But the greed and aggression has existed over 2000 years. The methods have become more sophisticated.

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Posted in: Japan government plan for Abe state funeral sparks protests See in context

Yes - go have a respectful day if funeral. The Left is copying the left of other places. You will have trouble being dictated by left thinkers. Follow your decisions. Do not be disrespectful. No one is perfect not even idealistic people.

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Posted in: Before fatal shooting, Abe was up close with the crowd See in context

Japan is such a safe country. They announced that only 10 were shot all year last year with a population of 123.8 million people. Therefore I can understand why everyone was shocked to what happened. I am too!

I am very sad and upset it happened.

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Posted in: ANA to resume one-way flights from Beijing to Narita after 2-year suspension See in context

Sure Europe opened and I just got back from Paris. Lucky I tested negative. But now that we no longer have tests coming back - my friend came back sick with COVID and her husband got it too but was asymptomatic. And another friend who just left for Italy for a month now has COVID in Italy. So not just because others are not wearing masks that COVID is over. My sister’s friend here in NY just got COVID from a show and her other friend just got COVID being with their group when that man tested positive. It seems like more people I hear are getting it but it’s just a very bad cold or fever. They are all elderly. My friend is now feeling better. She arrived June 25 sick. I just get phone calls from these people.

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Posted in: Protesters gather as G7 leaders arrive in Germany See in context

With higher costs maybe they could have done it by Zoom.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games total cost drops to ¥1.42 trillion: source See in context

I still think it could have been moved the following year - this year. Nothing is inflexible. If others can’t participate because they got older - I still believe everyone should have just moved things forward.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward rejects couple's marriage registry under separate surnames See in context

The UN should respect a country’s ways. There is nothing degrading nor discriminatory about taking a new married name.

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Posted in: Gov't welcomes Ukraine evacuees with eye on int'l recognition, election See in context

I think these Ukrainians are hoping they can go back to resettle in their own country even if they have to rebuild. It is their home. But if they keep getting attacked - they will try to rebuild themselves in Japan. But I am sure they are wishing to go back. It is always home sweet home. After all, they were not planning to move. This is an extraordinary circumstance! It is hard to learn a language in 6 months!

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Posted in: Black hair, white shoelaces: Japan's school rules under fire See in context

With hair color green or pink - since these are children - they are better off not dying their hair at all. Chemicals ruin their beautiful shiny hair. Just keep it natural. Neither dying their hair black is attractive. Just keep their natural color.

I personally prefer they look better uniformed with no overly fashioned haircuts since it distracts attention and creates gossip and intrigues anyway.

The endowed kids with money will show off their possessions and jewelry etc… pure consumerism and will make others who cannot afford feel deprived. That is the beauty of uniforms.

With uniforms I would think it is easier to make friends because it lessens show and tell. You spend once a year. Maybe they are available in thrift shops for those who cannot afford to buy uniforms. Second hand uniforms?

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Posted in: Rattled by spectator's insult, Osaka loses at Indian Wells See in context

Maybe it’s about time she find another career. Being in public is tough. Nowadays people are cruel and nasty. Look at the politicians tough it out. She is too weak. I’m a woman. It makes women look soft. And I thought we were supposed to be tough. It’s bad enough to be in a very competitive world. But here she is in a truly 100% competitor’s arena. Better find a different career where she won’t use tears. I have never seen a player whimper all the time. Too sensitive. Sometimes people are just not cut out for the job even if you are good. It’s just not for everyone. You have to be tough and learn to ignore.

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Posted in: New U.S. envoy Rahm Emanuel arrives in Japan See in context


Caoline Kennedy was US ambassador to Japan between 2013-2017

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Posted in: Jet characters See in context

So cute!

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Posted in: Japan extends entry ban on non-resident foreigners until end of February: Kishida See in context

Be patient. Omicron is very contagious. In general you may be negative when you boarded the plane but when you arrived you became positive. Or when you arrived a few days later, you are positive. Better to think of others you might contaminate recklessly than complain being quarantined. I can name countries requiring quarantine upon arrival.

For the sake of the majority that sacrifice, those who oppose and complain can live somewhere else. More countries now are requiring masks and vaccination if they want to continue working.

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Posted in: Osaka arson suspect identified; all similar buildings to be inspected See in context

Kerosene heaters pose danger. They should not be used. It could either have been accidental or are not, kerosene heaters are combustible.

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Posted in: Tokyo finds Omicron case in U.S. arrival isolating at home See in context

Do not let anyone from countries with high cases come in. Or no one enter till mid January.once a person leaves the country during pandemic, they should not be allowed to come back unless they are a citizen.

That is what some other country is doing. If you leave and you are not a citizen they will not guarantee you a visa to come back.

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Posted in: Japan confirms 8 more cases of Omicron variant infection See in context

Glad that Japan is monitoring the in-coming people well because you’ve really reduced your cases from the last time thousands were allowed to enter. I think as an island your contamination will only happen from outsiders who come in.

Best to quarantine everyone at least 5 days in case the symptoms is latent.

Omicron and it’s group of COVID-19 gang of variants is an invisible enemy and doubting Thomases should have more faith in the vaccines. We lose more if we continue doubting. Maybe it is mild because it tries to penetrate the vaccinated? How did the unvaccinated do when they caught the Omicron?

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Posted in: Gov't to make security cameras mandatory on trains See in context

The stations should have security cameras too. Buildings should have security cameras outside too.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games uniforms for 28,000 volunteers remain unused See in context

Sell through their respective stores - people may buy them. Every item

sold returns to Japan.

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Posted in: Taliban ask Japan envoy to reopen embassy in Afghanistan See in context

Too dangerous.

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Posted in: Japan to release hundreds of thousands of kiloliters of reserve oil See in context


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Posted in: Japan to release hundreds of thousands of kiloliters of reserve oil See in context

How about only those with oil in their land participate in this? Have we asked South America to release some?

I pity those that stocked up and bought their supply.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 7 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 79 See in context

Please be very careful in letting anyone in. I am visiting a country in Europe who have also vaccinated a majority. They fine or arrest anyone who does NOT WEAR a mask in stores or anything indoor. Unless you are eating. And it works. Not as good as your numbers - but better than its neighbors.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 7 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 79 See in context

Outstanding!!! Congratulations!!! I love the people of Japan! Yes! A compliant society and cares for others. The world should follow your example!

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