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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

If someone told you they would give you a million dollars if you could go out and catch coronavirus today, do you think you could catch it, even if you wanted to try?

You couldn’t. Not counting going into Covid hospital wards, do you think frantically running around downtown Tokyo or Osaka, asking people to breathe on you....Do you think you could get it?

You’d come home tired and broke.

That’s called odds. I live by odds.

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Posted in: Osaka declares COVID medical emergency with 878 new cases See in context

Osaka 878 cases.

Is that the Osaka 2.7 million pop. or the Osaka 19 million pop.? Or somewhere in between?

It would be nice to know. Just for mathematical odds calculation.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 446 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs record high 666 See in context

Here in Kyoto, I always ask people the question: Do you know anybody? The answer is always no. When you look around in an average winter, you see people sick with colds/flu, so you know there is sickness around. People just do not see sickness around them with this virus. So they just cannot take it seriously after such a long year of warning. Look, 666 is a big number, but out of many millions it is not. The odds - the odds! They KNOW, still very little chance they’ll get it, and if they get it they aren’t going to die. Just separate themselves for a week.

This is the picture young people, and even older people, see. And over the past year, there has been no change in that picture.

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Posted in: Gov't designates Osaka, Hyogo, Miyagi prefectures for stronger anti-virus measures See in context

Looking ahead on this, I can only come to one conclusion: Japan - a country known to be too slow-too late whenever disasters are concerned - has got to change that now. Specifically, Japan better get those vaccinations available to the population FAST.

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Posted in: Cherry blossoms' early bloom due to climate change, say experts See in context

It’s true there has been snow on the cherry blossoms before. But that’s because warm weather preceded the snow event. I’m saying that kinda proactively, in case someone disconnects blossoms from temperature.

Blossoms react directly to the temperature - if it’s cold they just will not come out, or maybe grudgingly late in the spring. They are smart ! ( Just like viruses)

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Posted in: Cherry blossoms' early bloom due to climate change, say experts See in context

It’s a warm spring. I love it. We started 20 degree plus days in February, and there’s been a countless string of them through March. And that’s why the blossoms are really. It’s so simple.

Why don’t you just enjoy the warm days gratefully? Instead of whining about it.

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Posted in: Cherry blossoms' early bloom due to climate change, say experts See in context

If it’s a warm spring, they bloom early. If it’s cold spring they bloom late. This year has a very warm spring. So...(not too difficult to understand). And funny temperature data comparison - Kyoto March 2020 with all of Japan 2021. Isn’t it more logical to compare Kyoto 2020 with Kyoto 2021?

Also! They have blossom date records for the years 1612, 1409 and 1236? Really? Forgive me, but that’s kinda hard to believe. Is this a misprint or misunderstanding by an absent-minded, uninterested reporter?

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Posted in: Jay Leno apologizes to Asian Americans for decade of 'wrong' jokes See in context

Re: Making fun of one’s own culture being good (?)

This doesn’t work if you’re a foreigner in Japan and you make fun of your home country culture.

Making fun of ANY culture is an uncomfortable downer for many conversations, especially in a group. Just bad manners. Also, the thinking is If you can’t fit in with your own culture, there’s something wrong with YOU.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 290 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,128 See in context

Comments asking why is Japan slow with vaccines.

Slowness in preventing, slowness in reconstructing. This is Japan. Why would it be any different in affairs concerning the pandemic?

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Posted in: Restored Chaplin films to be released in cinemas worldwide See in context

Yes, everybody was worshipping Chaplin. But a guy who went after the very young girls as he did would never survive in today’s Hollywood.

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Posted in: Tsunami survivors call lost loved ones on 'phone of the wind' See in context

The tsunami deaths - over 18,000 of them - were overlooked internationally because of the Fukushima nuclear incident which killed - nobody? Maybe, one, two?

18,000 people died in that wave. This is the greatest loss of life in Japan by incident since the Second World War. Never forget it. Never forget those people who died silently and whose deaths were not given nearly enough attention!

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Posted in: No. of people out and about in Tokyo up despite extended virus emergency See in context

Early spring this year. And cherry blossoms coming along in a couple weeks or so. People missed their Hanami events totally last year. What do you think they’re going to do?

And so, cases are going to start crawling back up. Not to where they were in early January, but back up a little. So, what’s Japan going to do then? They really want to show good numbers for the Olympics. What are they going to do? Introduce even another state of emergency? And every time cases crawl up until the Olympics?

Ridiculous situation.

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Posted in: LA police probe fire, vandalism at Japanese Buddhist temple See in context

Gangs of black teenagers attacking Asian business has been going on for years. Elderly Asians being pushed to the ground randomly - not because of corona. This has been going on for years! Recently, 84 year old Asian man slammed into a wall by @ 19-year-old who jumped across a road to attack him. The man died. The 19-year-old’s neighborhood wants him released. Asians are perceived as easy passive targets by African American criminals. And they are hated for the way they have succeeded without welfare or Affirmative action campaigns.

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

(Oft repeated)

Scared of ghosts.

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Posted in: Fujifilm to restart clinical trial of Avigan to treat COVID-19: report See in context


Treatments talk is needed talk. Everything these days is masks, vaccine, masks, vaccine.

Look, if treatments are good then people will be less scared of the disease. And then less panic about mobility.

Uh-oh. Think I just answered my own question, didn’t I? They don’t want us to be mobile!!

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Posted in: Kyoto slammed for manga telling people not to talk at restaurants See in context

How about silent walking too? Then, they will have completely succeeded in another step towards total control of people by using the virus. After all, robots don’t talk either.

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Posted in: Rush Limbaugh, ‘voice of American conservatism,’ dies at 70 See in context


Would have to see the context of the program. Not sound bytes.

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Posted in: Rush Limbaugh, ‘voice of American conservatism,’ dies at 70 See in context

He didn’t mock .those people. This is taken out of context in his programming. And it was done to defend conservative policy which was attacked under cover of pandering sympathy for certain individuals. He didn’t attack unprovoked.

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Posted in: Melbourne enters snap 5-day lockdown over virus; spectators barred from Australian Open See in context

Peter 14

In other words, survival rates getting better worldwide. Without Australia’s absurdly draconian lockdowns.

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Posted in: New COVID cluster in Melbourne grows to 11 cases See in context

You’ll never have a normal life if you get slammed into lockdown every time a small cluster occurs.

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Posted in: Japan to start COVID vaccinations next week despite syringe shortage See in context

Always amazed by Japan’s fastidiousness to detail. But syringe capacity doesn’t seem very difficult (6? 5?).

Most Japanese obsession to detail doesn’t involve danger.

This one will cost lives! Who’s accountable?

Do you really expect we’ll ever know?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 429 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,626 See in context

Are the numbers played with?

Sure - but to make us feel the situation is worse than it is. I check worldometer every day. It’s really strange.

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context

My basic conspiracy theory:

Someone (thing) wants to make sure the left and right can never make peace again. In other words, irreparably broken.

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context


What a joke. You wouldn’t have given Biden the time of day a year ago. Now you have to pretend you like him and celebrate him. Awful.

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Posted in: Worry, frustration, uncertainty as state of emergency looms for Tokyo, neighboring prefectures See in context

Simian Lane

An alarm? What do you mean by an “alarm”?

Do you mean like in George Orwell’s “1984”?

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Posted in: Heavy snowfall forecast in regions bordering Sea of Japan See in context


Yeah. They’re the same old guys who get up roofs to adjust tiles in typhoons.

OnTheTrail One of the nicest snow adventures for me used to be taking the Joetsu Line from Tokyo up to Niigata prefecture when a snowy cold wave hits. You go through this long tunnel and suddenly come out at Yuzawa. Everybody on the train goes, “ WHAA..”. It’s great.

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese adherents of QAnon contesting Trump's election defeat See in context

You can get an idea of the mentality of readership on here by the fact that a simple short comment like:

” They should be able to think what they like”

gets a barrage of down votes.

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Posted in: Hard work See in context

And a new cold wave coming in before New Years. The snow country areas are going to get totally powdered!

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Posted in: 90% of Japanese firms plan to skip year-end, New Year parties due to virus See in context

Lots of comments to read regarding corona virus. But all I have to do is look at which comments gather a -10 rating and which gather a plus 10 rating, and I already know what their sentiments will be.

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Posted in: Shibuno fires 67 to take U.S. Women's Open lead See in context

Would love her to win!

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