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Posted in: Travel firms thrown into confusion over rules as Japan reopens to foreign tourists See in context

The only reason Kishida did this at the G7 conference was to save face in front of the other member countries. Japan is extremely contamination phobic and so now it is putting up barriers to travel just as the Shogunate did during the Edo era with 関所 checkpoints to control movement on the main roads. Only the most devout Japanophile will put up with the monitoring and repeated testing. That said, people are entering on student and business visas and going about their business unfettered and unmonitored.

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Posted in: Japan-born American files suit against Japan's dual nationality ban See in context

Happiness and equality aren’t really concepts that are considered by any ‘government’ let alone the Japanese one.

This applies only to Japanese, not to foreigners. She gave up her Japanese nationality, case closed.

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Posted in: Woman’s body found in water tank in Chiba See in context

Reminds me of the Elisa Lam story and the Cecil Hotel in LAX. She disappeared without a trace and there was a lot of speculation when an elevator video showed her acting strangely. Her body was found a week later in one of the water tanks on the roof. There are numerous documentaries about the case, but the Netflix version is the best.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for kicking 2-year-old boy inside elevator at Fukuoka station See in context

I see kids sprawled on the floor at least once a month, screaming kids often. I'm sure in "family friendly" areas, it happens a lot more. Since the parents are oblivious to the public annoyance caused, I've come close to saying "urusai" many times. But kicking? Hmmm...

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Posted in: Man admits killing and injuring over 100 cats See in context

If the police go digging around his house they may find human corpses. A psychopath rarely stops at animal abuse.

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Posted in: Bach, in Hiroshima, says his visit reaffirms 'peace mission in Olympic movement' See in context

Apparently the South Korean delegation had other ideas. What a bunch of losers! After taking all that compensation from Japan and still complaining. It was their president that brokered the deal. They should take it up with their government, or better yet, go firebomb the ex-President's residence.

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Posted in: Foreign business chambers urge Japan to speed up vaccine rollout See in context

It seems like Japan would like nothing better than a return to Tokugawa Edo closure. At this rate, the country will not open till 2022. I wonder who is profiting from all of this? Mask producers?

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

Where's the vax?

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Posted in: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean this time? See in context

Where's the vaccine?!

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Posted in: Suga declares state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka region See in context

Where are the vaccines?! Why is the entire burden being placed on the population? This is one aspect of the Japanese mentality that drives me crazy: risk and responsibility aversion. The government is so afraid someone might die from the vaccines, never mind the thousands that are already dead and the continuing spread of infections. Clearly, something is not working...the government!

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Posted in: Tokyo, Osaka consider asking gov't to issue another state of emergency See in context

Start vaccines, follow the money, close the small restaurants. Japan has the unfortunate cultural trait of tight living spaces. But why is everyone so panicked when in other countries the infection rate, e.g. 58,000 in the U.S. is so small? I've given up on trying to find reliable information on the ages and location of new infections. I just go about my daily life doing all the protocols. I don't eat in cramped restaurants. My general philosophy is to enjoy life while I can.

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Posted in: Suga rocked by virus rebound in Osaka, forced to call tougher steps See in context

I wonder at what point the hoi polloi get outraged enough to start making a stink about the lackadaisical out roll of vaccines? So far, the entire burden is being placed on the population. Granted, vaccination programs have not been carried out effectively even in Europe. But what has been the problem? GOVERNMENT! The citizenry should go to the Diet and fart as loudly as possible to show its discontent.

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Posted in: Do you think events like the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and so on should be commemorated each year or would you rather see the dates fade into history without any ceremonies? See in context

Ask any kid about August 8th and see what happens. That is, if you can tear him away from his Dumbphone while he's walking. Humans have very short memories, nobody thinks this can happen again, so why worry? There's absolutely nothing any of you reading this can do about it.

9/11? Americans still don't understand "why they hate us". Tribalism is alive and well!

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Posted in: Man arrested for confining teenage girl in Yokohama home See in context

Runaway girl, social networking site, how did she wind up in Tsurumi if she's from Saitama? Why is this important?

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Posted in: Parents plead guilty to starving 1-year-old son to death See in context

"The couple have admitted that they frequently ignored Haruto while they played video games" PATHETIC! "Haruto had two older brothers, then aged 4 and 3" TRAGIC!

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Posted in: Ghosn's legal woes highlight governance failings in Japan See in context

If the guy was underreporting income and the government was "unaware" then they were probably in on it. "Follow the money..."

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Posted in: Pet black bear kills caretaker See in context

Black bears are huge! And this guy "kept the animal in a cage in his house"? The animal was probably nuts being caged up all the time. I would have killed the first human I could get my claws into. And so what are the officials going to do? Put down the animal?!

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Posted in: Youth arrested for stabbing three people in Hiroshima See in context

The article says, " WAS in the same elementary school...", not IS. And you thought Japanese were bad at English!

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