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Posted in: Around 68,000 elderly die alone in Japan annually: police See in context

A friend’s Japanese MIL was hospitalized on Mothers Day and as she’s elderly and lives alone it took multiple calls by the ambulance drivers to find a hospital who’d take her. She said her two brothers had their kids babysat by MIL for years yet they did not even bother picking up when she phoned and texted them for help. What is wrong with these people?

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Posted in: Sharp to stop making LCD at Osaka plant, end TV panel output in Japan See in context

It can’t be the stagnantly low Japanese salaries directing this move.

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Posted in: Japanese police seek to question Singapore diplomat over voyeurism See in context

CANE PEDOPHILES! In Singapore “involving a child in producing child abuse material, imprisonment up to 10 years, accompanied by a fine or caning.” If the suspect gets off scot-free due to his diplomatic immunity the victim will suffer more from the injustice.

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Posted in: 77% of Japan's COVID-19 oral drugs set to be destroyed: estimate See in context

Infuriating that the world’s gold standard, Paxlovid which has been proven to decrease long COVID has been impossible to have prescribed at most clinics and hospitals in Tokyo. For family and friends who are elderly or immunocompromised I’ve called countless clinics, if they prescribe it and 99% don’t. I called pharmacies to see which physicians are prescribing it and there aren’t any. One international clinic in Minato did and only one nearby pharmacy had it.

In the U.S. and Europe physicians prescribe medications after discussing the options and side effects with patients. Patients then fill prescription at a pharmacy and the pharmacy will order the medication if they’re out. In Japan Paxlovid has never been an option here. Japan pushed Lagevrio which in other countries is given to those who can’t take Paxlovid. A friend’s Japanese MIL collapsed yesterday The ambulance driver called a well known university hospital and was rejected. the second hospital took her but its Google reviews are horrible. She has COVID. She’s is a healthy, two time cancer survivor. . She is currently not on any medications but Paxlovid was not an option. What a travesty.

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Posted in: U.S. comedian Jimmy Kimmel says he was blown away by Japan’s bathrooms See in context

What astounds me is how toilets at new malls and train stations continue to have one stall fitted with a squat toilet that nobody wants to use. Even the elderly refuse it as squatting hurts their arthritic knees. Why are there public toilets with washlets that nobody uses because they consider the water unclean? I do appreciate the warm seats!

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Posted in: Not your ordinary face mask, introducing the Privacy Mask by Canon See in context

Canon would do well to produce hearing aids for the elderly gentlemen complaining about their hearing here.

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Posted in: Kishida revamps cabinet; record-tying 5 women appointed ministers See in context

Why would you want the bungling 60 year old Digital Minister or is it Minister Digital(?) to continue bungling? Choose someone young enough who actually can propose new digital shortcuts!!

Reconstruction Minister Shinako Tsuchiya what was she doing the previous 71 years?

Sports Minister is also geriatric! Seiko Hashimoto wasn’t that old.

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Posted in: 100-year-old gingko trees may get ax for Tokyo redevelopment project See in context

Tokyo was one of the first world capitals to suffer from the heat island effect. Removing what little greenery we have in order to add a thousand more air conditioners will make the outdoor humidity and temperatures unbearable. Tokyo Mayor Koike, Meiji Shrine, let’s protect our parks.

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Posted in: Stay fresh for longer with Cool Worker See in context

Details? What do you wipe all over your body? Is it a wet wipe for your neck? ? Are they reusable? How do they rate compared to the rings?

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya deputy mayor resigns for calling assemblywoman 'pig' See in context

The UK, France, Sweden, Denmark, etc guarantee 5-6 weeks of annual vacation by law!

Lifetime employment is no longer so it’s time for Japanese salarymen and women to shed their lifetime junior-high mentality. Dare to refuse after work a golf invitations from colleagues, take time off monthly, avoid meaningless meetings and focus on productivity.

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Posted in: BBC reports on Japan's 'chikan' problem which now includes videos See in context

9:30AM waiting for my train at dimly lit Roppongi Station, without warning an angry sounding man touched, then patted my shoulder and neck from behind. The hairs on the back of my neck stood straight up! Do I run?! I turned around and found a station employee scolding me for standing on and not behind the yellow line on the barrier protected platform! He returned to his spot completely ignoring the men standing on the yellow line so I took their photo. Incensed I went up to him and said you scared me. I said there are barriers, the train wasn’t pulling in, he had time to approach me from the front and he should not have touched me. I pointed to the men standing on the yellow he had ignored and asked why did you only target me? He apologized.

On my way home I told the Roppongi manager to train his staff not to touch women and especially not from behind. I told him to look at the video footage for evidence but the angle was off and didn’t show contact. How convenient!

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Posted in: Godiva Cafes in Tokyo now have delicious, surprisingly affordable breakfast sets See in context

Would like to see Godiva Cafes open at 8am in residential areas of Minato and Shibuya!

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Posted in: First restaurants in Vietnam awarded Michelin star See in context

Where is Hanoi’s Obama Banchan?! Definitely rates a star for its marinated grilled pork noodles on a silky bed of rice noodles.

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Posted in: Air France flight turns back to Osaka after malfunction See in context

Pilot spent hours dumping most of the fuel in the tanks over the Pacific Ocean before the plane could safely land.

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Posted in: Anime 'Slam Dunk,' 'Suzume' locations in Japan a magnet for tourists See in context

We were very puzzled seeing 50 Chinese Mandarin speaking tourists at this Kamakura area Enoden train crossing on a weekday. Security guards on bullhorns requested people not block automobiles but in Japanese. I’m not looking forward to a further influx of mainland Chinese tour groups.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID-19 guidelines for mask-wearing on March 13 See in context

Throughout the pandemic we learned Japan’s masking up is meaningless as the locals eat in restaurants with different people everyday. They spend hours inside Starbucks, Dotour cafes unmasked.

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Posted in: Trial of new COVID treatment yields encouraging results: study See in context

Why was it originally rejected by the FDA? How much does it cost? Japan currently relies on Lagevrio (not Paxlovid) which have been shown to create new variants.

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Posted in: Company uses whale meat vending machines to promote sales in Japan See in context

Whale meat is no longer being consumed. Why are the Japanese government & Kyodo Senpaku wasting 6 billion yen ($46 million) on a new whaling ship?

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Posted in: Warmer noses are better at fighting colds: study See in context

Yet masked-up Japan experienced its largest COVID wave this past summer with new cases exceeding 200,000 a day, making Japan the world #1 COVID hot spot for weeks.

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Posted in: Flying home for the holidays will cost you more this year if you are in U.S. See in context

450,000 yen in economy class on Japan Airlines to Paris!

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Posted in: Number of new coronavirus cases in Japan surges to 102,829 See in context

What’s the point of wearing masks all day if you eat inside packed, unventilated restaurants? Long Covid patients have packed the waiting rooms at major hospitals and there’s no cure in sight.

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Posted in: Greasy spoon eateries to avoid like the plague See in context

Another giveaway is the nasty mildew smell from the dishcloth used to wipe down your menu and table. Check recent photos on IG and see how much business they get. If there are just a few customers during peak dining hours, stay away.

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Posted in: Junior journalist See in context

No masks to protect the child and athlete on the day Japan records the highest number of covid ?

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Posted in: Malaysia Airlines to launch Kuala Lumpur-Haneda flights; expand codeshare with JAL See in context

What merit is there for passengers departing from Haneda and Kuala Lumpur to drop off their baggage five hours before departure? Compared to JAL’s First lounge in Haneda, the Malaysian Airlines First Lounge in KL is claustrophobically tiny and the roti canai sauce seemed defrosted by microwave.

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Posted in: Brand names See in context

Yet why can’t my kids in university in the US and UK come home to see us in Tokyo?! Outrageous.

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Posted in: It's all about legs See in context

Crossing my legs is my way of maintaining social distance on the subway! Don’t want people breathing down on me through their gaping nylon masks.

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Posted in: No. of foreign trainees in Japan falls for 1st time amid pandemic See in context

How much are these army of trainees paid to guide, process, test, feed returnees from landing until sent off on buses to quarantine hotels, at Haneda and Narita airports? How much to deliver and collect meals, drinks, towels, pcr tests, and then clean the returnee quarantine and covid patient hotel rooms?

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Posted in: Japan to delay launch of children's agency to FY2023 or later See in context

The Japanese government missed out on a chance to provide laptops to school aged students so online learning can happen even at public schools.

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Posted in: Pastry World Cup See in context

At the World Cheese Fromager Championship also this month in Tours, France-Japan placed 3rd!!


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Posted in: Online bookings begin for large vaccination centers in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

Expiring vaccines! Last nights news announced tens of thousands of Pfizer vaccines delivered in March would expire June 30th. Their plan is to vaccinate pharmacists, ambulance staff, vaccination centers, and smaller hospitals. Front line workers?

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