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Posted in: Tokyo reports 831 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,705 See in context

Nice. Edging down to the wonderful 500. The magicians can soon get their campaign into full swing and start shouting at me at 8:30 on a Sunday morn. Can't wait.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,220 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 21,570 See in context

NHK News 7 really skipped over the Coronavirus stats today. They didn't even state Tokyo numbers. Just said numbers were down from last week. Interesting. Perhaps to pump up the Olympics.

They did mention the price of eggplants are up 39% from last year though. That left me feeling glum.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

Most of the schools in the city I live have absolutely zero accessibility. They don't even pretend to provide for people with disabilities. No wonder there is no opportunity to 'view (athletes) people with disabilities'. This is an odd country.

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Posted in: Ohtani dominates on mound; hits 40th homer in Angels' 3-1 win over Tigers See in context

The lads were talking baseball at work. Ohtani came up in the conversation and one of the dudes queried, "Kare Nihonjin ja nai?". That made me chuckle a wee bit.

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Posted in: Bach to return to Tokyo for Paralympics opening ceremony See in context

If I was Bach I would've just stayed in that hotel downtown for the duration. He probably had free Wifi and eggs cooked any way he wanted.

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Posted in: Vaccination site for younger people to open in Tokyo's Shibuya district See in context

They should set up in Starbucks near the eki. Give the kiddies a free coffee plus vacs, they'll come.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 5,042 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 15,263 See in context

Oh it's not so bad, snuck over 5000. Numbers might plateau now into the weekend. Perhaps we can have a masked holiday after all.

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Posted in: Australia to play U.S. for women's beach volleyball gold medal See in context

What a matchup. The world has been waiting for this.

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Posted in: Spain beats Japan to reach men's soccer final against Brazil See in context

Smithinjapan. Yeah, perhaps that was a bit harsh, there are sports way more boring than soccer. I can wade through 105 mins +extra of an upbeat soccer match, but I can’t for the life of me afford 7 minutes for baseball. Although I do find the high school baseball tournament here somewhat entertaining. Its kinda genki, cute and emotional all at the same time.

I do hope however the video referee is introduced across the board, perhaps folk won’t fall over so much and just play. I will have to be careful though, I could make a lot of enemies dissing ‘The World Game’.

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Posted in: Spain beats Japan to reach men's soccer final against Brazil See in context

Soccer is a generally pretty boring game and this was a pretty boring match, nothing really happened. I was however pleasantly surprised that the penalty and awarded to Spain and subsequent Yellow Card were rightly overturned by video referee. It highlights the imperfections in this sport.

Where I come from, if athletes go down its because they are hurt, not for theatrics and milking free kicks.

Spain did deserve the win in the end however.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,300 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,743 See in context

Perhaps stupid is the wrong word, apologies. But you get the point.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,300 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,743 See in context

It seems the government actually thinks the people are stupid.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

I like how NHK news is shorter as well. Just don't talk about it

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Posted in: Surfing bronze See in context

It's awesome Japan is winning all these medals in the 'extreme' sports, surfing, skateboarding and potentially climbing. But I don't get it. Japan has the sloppiest surf, with few breaks around and even those breaks are jam packed like sushi, really difficult to get a wave. Additionally for skating the roads are crap and littered with debris and small stones, the enemy of a skater. Local people despise street skateboarding and I have never seen a decent local 'free' skate park. Where do these kids practice, only America?

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Posted in: 'Can't help but cheer': Some in Japan warm to Olympics See in context

What stops you, seriously?

It's complicated, my wife's father died of cancer and the family needs me here right now. But thanks for your concern Zoroto.

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Posted in: 'Can't help but cheer': Some in Japan warm to Olympics See in context

In my Japanese house everyone is going crazy about the Olympics, Covid speak is totally taboo now. It's fine, they are happy. The TV coverage is so pro-Japan, always has been, Absolutely zero coverage of any sport that doesn't give Japan a chance. As a foreigner here at this time I feel terribly alone and homesick.

I'm not going to die in Japan from Covid. But what troubles me is as the cases go up here the ease of me returning home, goes down. I really want to go home.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 2,848 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,629 See in context

Kinda saw this coming a mile away. Told my wife yesterday it would be this high and she nearly divorced me. She kinda sums up a lot of folk right now. Gold fever and denial.

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Posted in: Emperor tells Bach holding Olympics amid pandemic 'not easy' See in context

The Emperor probably signalled he was planning to watch the opening ceremony from home, whereupon Barfch set him straight with 'you're not staying behind and hiding in your palace, ahright?'

Ha, yeah. Did you catch Coatesy giving Annastacia Palaszczuk a manly serve about not hiding in her room? Dick.

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Posted in: Emperor tells Bach holding Olympics amid pandemic 'not easy' See in context

They certainly have skills for making rooms kinda tastless here. Who tossed my granny's old mat in the corner back there?

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Posted in: Bach corrects Chinese slip-up in Olympic talks; calls Tokyo best-ever prepared host city See in context

Seriously, I teach English in better looking rooms than that.

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Posted in: COVID means business is far from usual in Olympic athletes village See in context

I kinda have a little more respect the athletes. To live in that prison, then compete in front of no one, to no fanfare. Then get kicked the hell outta town when you’re done. You would have to love what you do.

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Posted in: American arrested on suspicion of smuggling cannabis oil See in context

I'm pretty sure it's not for medicinal purposes. Unless, Ferrari guy is looking to help the elderly. How would you even move that shipment from an English school in Ibaraki. He's in deep.

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Posted in: Japan strengthens anti-virus measures in Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa See in context

My buddy is getting the vaccine Monday. He's the first person I know in Japan to get it. He's a pharmacist with some form of responsibility for distribution in the town I live in, so he has to take it.

He doesn't want it. Classic.

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Posted in: Springtime in Japan but COVID-19 limits festivities for cherry blossom fans See in context

There's no weird English on that sign! They're letting their guard down.

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Posted in: Japan expected to announce state of emergency extension on Tuesday See in context

Apart from not being able to stop in my smoky-ass local for a nama on the way home, I didn't see any 'state-of-emergency'.

No change for me.

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Posted in: Japan's capsule with asteroid samples retrieved in Australia See in context

Yep. If there is anywhere I would anti-mask it would be in the Aussie desert. It's brutal out there, Corona has no chance.

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Posted in: Survey finds only 23% of vehicles stop for pedestrians at crosswalks See in context

Only 23%? Ha! Yeah, I call bs on this, I'd wager around 2%. Where I live virtually no vehicle will stop at a crosswalk unless you throw yourself on the road or the driver is foreign. Even if you do throw yourself on the road the driver will be up in arms and blame you. I think it's a combo of selfishness and tunnel vision.

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Posted in: Fireman photographs female in bath; gets chased by parents and drives off with mother on bonnet See in context

Yeah really. Most bad people used to be unemployed, recently they've become firemen.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor calls for restraint in travel during Obon holidays See in context

Is that a snack bar? If so that's just cranking up the weird level. The ones near me I see on the way home from work don't look remotely like that.

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Posted in: 8-year-old boy hit and killed by bus; driver arrested See in context

Traffic is crazy in Japan, this accident is just the tip of the iceberg. I've worked behind the wheel in many countries and the traffic here has to be the worst I've seen, including Asia. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike have a very laissiez-faire, apathetic attitude towards navigating the roads. Add their seeming lack of peripheral vision, obsession with screens, selfishness and then the poorly designed infrastructure and you have one huge recipe for disaster. The saving grace is they never really go that quick.

I feel for the kid and his family and perhaps the bus driver (without knowing the full circumstances). However, as much as it may be claustrophobic living in Yokohama I would not let my 8 year-old kid ride around on her/his own there, or anywhere for that matter.

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