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Posted in: Tokyo civil servant reported for eating ice cream in front of convenience store See in context

Everybody should first look at their own "house door" before they look at others.

Millions of people are taking a coffee break, having a small talk or eating a small snack during paid working hours.

EVERYONE is doing that!

So first, look at your own "house door", and if you are free of "guilt" then maybe you can complain.

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Posted in: U.S., Russia square off at U.N. over Ukraine See in context

*will “use all means available to us” to defend itself *if its territory is threatened.

But this exactly what the Russian As..les did!!!

They did not even threaten the Ukraine, they even invade the Ukraine, killing innocent people including women and children, raping young Girls, shooting at a nuclear plant, torturing people, mass-bodie graves....and so on...the list of their horrible insane behaviour of the Russian insane mass murdering Mob is endless.

And additional, the Russians are threatening the rest of the world with their insane behaviour.

And the whole world should also "use all means available to us" to defend itself...

But the rest of the world is much more clever than these Russian As...les, and they know how to us "their weapons" against Russia in a clever way.

Russia....if you don't change your path, your end is near!

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will ease COVID border controls from Oct 11 See in context

Visa free!

Yeah! Finally. Very nice!

How about the MySOS App?

Still necessary?

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Posted in: International tourists return to Japan; spend big at top tourist spots in Tokyo See in context


I understand that you need the international tourists for your business and that you really hope that they will come back ASAP.

And I absolutely agree with that.

I also want my friends from my Home country to visit me again here like they regular did before the pandemic.

But so far it is still very annoying for them to prepare all the requirements for the entry.

Especially the Visa.

As long as Japan will not go back to the 90 days Visa free, no vaccination proof, no my SOS App...the amount in tourists will not drastically change.

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Posted in: International tourists return to Japan; spend big at top tourist spots in Tokyo See in context

Maybe the writer of this article should wear or clean his or her glasses.

International tourists return to Japan...Where???

I didn't see any.

Just some business people who basically came to Japan on a business trip, and had one or two days off to do some shopping or sightseeing.

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

What a BS!

Show me one hotel who will ban you or kick you out if you don't wear a mask.

Hotels need guests, Hotels need the guests money. They will never ban or kick you out.

The only thing, that they will probably do is to remind you friendly to wear a mask please.

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Posted in: Higher restaurant prices add to pressure on consumers in Japan See in context

Just a few days, I went to a restaurant where I sometimes go to eat good Sashimi.

Bssically I always order the same menu.

The price was same, but the amount was less.

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Posted in: Hopes grow for win-win effect of inbound tourism in Japan, weak yen See in context

and allowing visa-free short-term visits

This is a big point.

Japan must go back to the 90 days visa free stay.

Most of my friends and business partner overseas said that the necessary visa is the most troublesome point, and therefore they don't want to visit Japan.


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Posted in: Man arrested for abduction of 15-year-old girl he met online See in context

No we don't need more info before we can judge this is a red flag

Of course we need more info.

The Guy said, the girl told him she wanted to run away from home.

If that is true, it must be found out why she wants to run away from home. There must be a reason for this.

Maybe she is getting abused at home.

In that case this guy would be a saviour.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abduction of 15-year-old girl he met online See in context

 I wonder if the girl had the freedom to leave or she was happy to be there


I guess she got volunteer in the car and agreed to go to his home.

And who knows, probably these two were just playing computer games together.

We don't know any detail about the whole story.

So a title for an article, abduction of a 15 year old girl, without any detail can lead in a complete false conclusion.

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Posted in: Russia turns to recruiting trucks, big wages to woo volunteer soldiers See in context

*They’re also releasing murderers & rapists from prison to join the army. *They’ll fit right in.

I 100% agree!

Because that is what the Russian army is, a bunch of murderes and rapists!

But I guess that many of these released prisoners will take their chance and flee from the Russian army and will probably join the Ukraine or flee to another country to be free and not going back to a Russian prison.

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Posted in: Zelenskyy promises no 'lull' in taking back Ukrainian towns See in context

Zelensky announced a second upcoming offensive.

Mariupol, Melitopol, Cherson and also towns on the Crimea will be free from the Russian mass murdering invaders.

Yesterday I also saw a report that Putin is afraid Ukraine will attack towns and cities inside Russia.

Russia, your end is near...you harvest what you sow.

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Posted in: Japan liquor businesses turn to non-alcoholic drinks to attract Gen Z See in context

I think It is a good thing for many people to have opportunaties for nice places where no-drinkers can go.

But I am not sure if it will be a succesful business in Japan.

Japan is a drinking culture and most of the people want to relax and stress out after work with an alcohol drink.

Most of the drinkers are salarymen after work. Go to Kanda on a weekend. Most of the places are empty or even closed at the weekend, because no after work drinking.

And all restaurants and Izakayas in Japan offers both, alcohol and no alcohol drinks. Among my coworkers and friends there are also some people who can not or dont want to drink, but they dont want to go to a non alcohol bar or something like that.

If they want a completely free alcohol place, they go to Starbucks. And there you can also have a good communication.

And let's be honest...the taste of a non alcohol beer, non alcohol wine, or non alcohol sour is totaly bad compare with the alcohol one.

I had once a non alcohol lemon sour from a supermarket. The taste was very aweful and artificial.

No idea what is more toxic for my body, this artificial one without alcohol or the original one with alcohol.

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Posted in: Japan set to waive some visa requirements in October to boost tourism: Nikkei See in context

And yes, they recognise proof of tax from other countries as long as its in some proper format.


Yes, and additional, please investigate and make sure that the vaccination proof of the country you are coming from is in a format which is accepted by Japan.

My Co-worker came from South Africa, 3x vaccinated over there, had proper and clear certificates, but the certificates were not accepted from Japan.

Luckily he asked the airline in advance if his certificates are accepted by Japan, and they said, not from South Africa.

Before he left South Africa, he needed a PCR test.

But that was before Sept. 7th, 2022. So I am not sure about the current situation.

But better double check it before you go to the airport without PCR test.

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Posted in: Japan to roll out Omicron booster shots free of charge from Tuesday See in context

*That's probably not going to be how this all works out.*

You nailed the point: Probably.

Probably means, maybe yes...maybe no.

So far the tendency doesn't look good to me.

Like I said above, When we took all the current and upcoming shots, we reached already 5 -6 shots.

And that within 1 year!

But I agree with you, or let me better say, I also hope that, That's not going to be how this all works out....without probably.

So how many vaccine shots are you ready to take?

As many as necessary.

This is also a point to consider...is it really necessary?

But again, to come back what I said above, we are all adults and grown up to decide by ourselves what is necessary and what not.

I have to go back to work.

Have a nice day.

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Posted in: Japan to roll out Omicron booster shots free of charge from Tuesday See in context


The use of vaccines adapted to the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants is also being considered, the ministry said.

That article, the more you read it, the better it gets.

You do understand that you need an additional vaccine shot for the BA.4 and BA.5, right?

So how many vaccine shots are you ready to take?

Where is your limit?

I think this is the question which everyone should ask himself.

But I guess there are some people without any limit.

Are we not always told, consume in moderation to stay healthy?

But countless vaccine shots don't sound for me like a moderate consume.

But yeah...we are all adults here and grown up to make our own decisions.

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Posted in: Japan to roll out Omicron booster shots free of charge from Tuesday See in context

the shots tailored to the coronavirus BA.1 subvariant

Pfizer on Tuesday submitted an application for its bivalent vaccines that work against the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5,

This vaccine here is just for the BA.1 variant, and not for the BA.4 and BA.5.

The vaccines for BA.4 and BA.5 are still under application.

That means, for the BA.4 and BA.5 you need one additional vaccine shot.

So two more shots to cover the BA1, BA4 and BA5.

Which means in total, within the last one year: 5 - 6 shots!!!

5 - 6 times vaccinated within one year? My goodness!

And If a new variant appears...you probably need an additional shot.

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Posted in: Vietnamese man fatally stabbed in Kawasaki See in context

the laws will change and they won’t be coming here anymore, you can bet that.

And that is good!

If you are an immigrant, you should not commit crimes in the country that gives you an opportunity for a better life.

And to say thank you to that country, you commit crimes and make the safe lives of the population more dangerous.

And as an additional point...these idiots, who are guests here and commit crimes, are making the lives for us foreigners here in Japan more harder.

No wonder why more and more japanese people want to keep the borders closed.

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Posted in: Japan reports 99,491 new coronavirus cases; 9,240 in Tokyo See in context

Herd immunity does not exist with Covid-19…

Then what is the reason why the numbers dropped?

It can not be the vaccine, because like I explained above, same amount of people are vaccinated, same amount of people are not vaccinated. No change since months.

But whatever the reason is that the numbers are decreasing, let's be happy about that and let's hope that it will continue.

I am out for my Mom and Pop's izakaya.

It's friday evening...

I wish you all a nice evening.

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Posted in: Japan reports 99,491 new coronavirus cases; 9,240 in Tokyo See in context

Guys...again...we are talking here why the numbers are going down.

Elvis said, because of the vaccine.

That assumption is wrong.

We had about 40000 cases in Tokyo a few weeks ago, with the same vaccination rate which we have today.

And today we have 9000 cases.

The vaccination rate didn't change, which means that not more new people took the vaccine.

Same amount of people are vaccinated, same amount of people are not vaccinated.

So how can the cases drop because of the vaccine, if the vaccination rate didn't change?

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Posted in: Japan reports 99,491 new coronavirus cases; 9,240 in Tokyo See in context

I sincerely do believe in the success of the vaccine programm

If the vaccination rate would have change during the last weeks, from let's say 81% to 85%, which means that thousands or millions of people got new vaccinated, then, yes I would agree with you.

But the vaccination rate didn't change a bit.

So if you think logical you will understand that the vaccine can not be the reason that the numbers are going down.

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Posted in: Japan reports 99,491 new coronavirus cases; 9,240 in Tokyo See in context

 It only goes to show what a robust and effective vaccine programme can achieve.

Elvis, this is nonsense and you know that.

The Vaccination rate in Japan is still the same since months. It is still at 82%.

The numbers are going down, because many people got infected during the last weeks and months, and a kind of herd immunity is build up.

That is the reason and not the vaccines.

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Posted in: Is COVID-19 winding down? Scientists say no See in context

My doctor also told me, after I took already 2 shots, that I should not take the third one.

He said I should better let my natural immun system works.

But me, as an idiot, took the third shot, and the side effects of taking the 3rd shot lasted as long as a Covid infection, and to deal with these side effects seemed to be much tougher than to deal with a Covid infection itself.

But the next shot, like this new one which was tested in just 8 mice,...no thank you.

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Posted in: Shelling resumes near Ukraine nuclear plant, despite risks See in context

They’re either stupid or crazy, probably both.

100% both!

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Posted in: Putin mocks West; says Russia will press on in Ukraine See in context

He sounds like Hitler.

He does not only sounds like Hitler.

But from the history we know that some people tried to assassinate Hitler.

So I do not yet give up hope...

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being left in bus for 5 hours See in context

a staff member in her 70s had also boarded the vehicle with the kindergarten principal in his 70s in the driver's seat.

Staff members in their 70s have to take care of kids in a kindergarten?

Most people in their 70s can not even take care of themselves so how the hell are they allowed to take care of kids? And I guess from morning to afternoon every day.

And how the hell can somebody in his 70s drive a kindergarten bus?

That is completely irresponsible!

Many old drivers here in Japan are a very high risk for the safety driving in Japan.

Sometimes when I take a taxi and I see how old my driver is, I start to pray that I can reach my destination without an accident.

And this guy in his 70s is driving a kindergarten Bus?

Unbelievable and irresponsible!


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Posted in: When people go to work, they enjoy casual conversations with their colleagues, and have lunch together. The sense of fulfillment and social rewards derived from such simple interactions is impossible to overestimate. See in context

When I go to work, I enjoy to meet my beautiful female coworkers.

Conversation during lunch is not possible, because we have to sit separate from each other in the cantine, because of Corona.

During working hours we have a little bit casual conversations, but not too much.

Boss is always watching us.

I enjoy more the ride in the morning train with all my commuter friends.

We talk a lot about Sports, Izakayas, News, Corona situation, women, ....

During the past 2 years we just talked on the platform or on the way to the station, but these days we are getting more relaxed about Corona and we start to talk more and more on the trains too.

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Posted in: Tips to relieve back pain caused by working from home See in context

My company refuses work from home, but me and my other coworkers have the same problems at the office.

Posture is everything! Sit up straight with your shoulders back to take the strain off your lower back.

The Chairs at the office are too low.

Even you lift up the chair to the highest position, the chairs are still too low.

And my Boss refuses to buy new chairs.

Don’t look down at your screen. Make sure your computer is at a comfortable viewing height for you to look at with a straight neck.

The Desks at my office are too low.

If you lift your chair up to the highest level, the desk is more too low.

And of course my Boss refuses to buy new desks.

*Walk around your room every 30 minutes**. Standing up and getting some movement helps to get the blood flowing back into your muscles. *

That is what I am doing at the office. Luckily my office is on the 3rd floor and I can go down the stairs to the first floor and walk around a little bit.

But as soon as I am five minutes absent from my desk, my Boss is looking for me.

Even when I am on toilet, this idiot is sending me messages or calling me on my phone.

He seems very lost in business without me.

Back Problems are a real problem in japanese companies because of the low chairs and desks.

The furniture at many offices in Japan are not healthy for your back, especially if you are an office worker for the next 30 years, and you have to sit in front of a PC every day.

But japanese people never complain about that, even their back hurts a lot.

One of my coworkers had a horrible disc prolapse in his back.

But even so he came to work! (Totally crazy)

But I gave him some painkillers from my home country and he was so thankful for that.

He said the painkillers he got in Japan are to weak.

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Posted in: Zelenskiy tells Russians to run for their lives from Ukraine offensive in south See in context

"If they want to survive, it's time for the Russian military to run away. Go home," 


You Russian mass murdering Mob!

Go home, so that the world can live again in peace.

Nobody needs your war aggression, mass murdering innocent people, destroying their families, homes and lives, and raping young Girls.

Nobody needs and nobody wants you anymore Russia!

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Posted in: U.N. agency to inspect Ukraine nuclear plant in urgent mission See in context

I guess its better to start from Minsk agreements 

The Minsk agreements were already broken by the Russians 3 days after the signature.

The Russians broke the Minsk agreements already after 3 days.

Russian Pro Separatists and the Russian army attacked Debalzewe already 3 days later.

So again...everything was started by Russia.

And...nothing, absolutely nothing, can excuse to invade a country and mass murdering innocent people, incl. women and children. And additional, raping young Girls!

And additional, pushing the world at the edge of a third world war and now pushing the world at the edge of a nuclear catastrophe.

There is absolutely no excuse for that.

But that counts for every country, not only for Russia.

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