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Posted in: Heavy snow warnings issued for parts of Japan; flights canceled See in context

Here in rural Kyoto we have blizzard conditions, the worse I have seen in 20 years

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Posted in: What advice would you give to someone who may be feeling depressed or lonely during the Christmas-New Year period? See in context

If you can, stay away from teh booze, it will make you feel worse.

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Posted in: Do you think having female quotas in college admissions, government and company management positions is reverse discrimination against men? See in context

If the goal is to attract more women then it may not be the best way to go about it. Perhaps rethinking the job or course contents to make it more suitable or attractive for women. For example offereing flexible working hours and a creche would go along way to attarcting women into a job. Make length of service less of a priority. Get rid of all the useless and stuffy ojisans who don't do anything. And yes of course it is sexism to chose one gender over another for gender.

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Posted in: Yakuza may be blocked from using all expressways in Japan within the decade See in context

When I worked for a well known Eikaiwa chain the Yakuza came in to enquire about English classes. Apprently they wanted to be able to communicate with their "foreign female employees". They demanded ashtrays and smoked during the sales talk. The staff asked me to do a demo lesson but to do it really badly as they didn't want the Yaks as customers. That was the one and only time I have been asked to do a bad lesson - and luckily they didn't sign.

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Posted in: French man desperate to find clues on missing sister in Japan See in context

This is my theory

Looking at the youtube video and reading the Reddit, it seem that Tiphanie was very organized and had tightly scheduled her day. She had listed the Kanmangafuchi Abyss as something to do on the day she dissapeared. It seems as though Tiphaine would have kept to her schedule and gone to this place.

It is just 11 minutes walk from the Turtle Hotel where she was staying. It is likely that this could have been her first stop as it was so close. The abyss is a gorge with fast running water. The sides are steep and very slippery even when it hasn't been raining because of the spray from the gorge.

People often want to climb down to the water to get a shot because of the deep blue colour of the rock pools. Tipahnie was wearing canvas sneakers that would have easliy slipped on those rocks. The river is fairly fast running even in good weather, and it had also been raining 2 days prior.

She suffered from epilepsy and a fall into cold water may have triggered a seizure. Although it was summer this river comes down from the mountains and Niko is fairly high so the water would have been fairly cold.

The argument against this is that a body hasn't been found yet, but it does seem a far more likely scenario than a criminal act

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Posted in: What is your definition of virtue signaling? Can you give some examples? See in context

Any of the following words and I stop listening, switch of, or stop reading

Cis gender

Non binary

Plant based



Cultural appropriation



Toxic ......... (anything)

Zero waste

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Posted in: We've got to limit the number of people who can get a COVID-19 test and diagnosis, though we know it's our duty to respond to as many patients as possible. See in context

In my expereince when you have symptoms - basically a fever - it is impossible to get a test. In my area there are designated hospitals that will accept pateients with a fever to get tested. These need to be within walking/cycling distance from your address and the names are provided by the local health authority.

However, the places available are very limited as patients are addigned an isolatation room while they wait. I found it very difficult to get tested as the places went within 5minutes each day.

My company would have given me a pcr tests if I didn't have symptoms, but couldn't give me one once I had symptoms as it was out of my area and involved coming by public transport.

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Posted in: Japan reports record high 250,403 coronavirus cases; 34,243 in Tokyo See in context

People are asking about how this being classified differently affects things., This is my experience of the system.

We didnt gave to pay for the anti inflamatory medicine but we paid about 2,000 yen for the test.

Isolating at home is considered being in hospital so I was able to claim 15,000 yen per day on my life insurance for the 10 day period. My wife claimed about 12,000 per day.

We were also sent a box of food from the local health department that covered 3-4 days of the isolation. We could have asked for more.

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Posted in: Japan reports 249,830 coronavirus cases; 38,940 in Tokyo See in context

Covid knocked the stuffing out of me. Do not take it lightly

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Posted in: Which books or author did you love when you were a child? See in context

In my case it was the early 70s. I really enjoyed the following,

Enid Blytons famous five

Watership Down

The Hobitt

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Posted in: Japan reports 233,094 coronavirus cases; record high 40,406 for Tokyo See in context

I am on my 5th day of Covid. In my expereince the symptoms of this variant are worse than the flu and last longer. It is highly transmissable and my family now has it too. The problem is getting tested if you have a fever. There are a limited number of hospitals locally that will accept patients with a temperature. You have to call first thing in the morning each day to see if you can get a test - and in my expereince all the places have gone within 5 minutes. I dread to think what would happen if anyone becomes very seriously ill.

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Posted in: Japan's daily COVID cases hit new record, above 209,000 See in context

I am on my fourth day with Covid and I can tell you it is nasty. Similar symtoms to a bad flu but it just keeps going. It took me two days before I could find a place to get tested. The local hospitals here in Kansai are swamped. I had my third booster shot in April and the sysmtoms are anything but mild. This current version of Covid needs to be taken seriously.

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Posted in: Russian and Belarusian athletes banned from Paralympics in stunning about-face See in context

News sources are saying that the principle reason was that other teams and athletes had refused to compete if Russia/Belarus took part.

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Posted in: Joni Mitchell says she is boycotting Spotify over COVID 'lies' See in context

Just joined Spotify so I could watch the Dr. Robert Malone podcast episode (#1757) and see what all the fuss was about. It seems his point is that the whole vaccination thing is complex and that the efficacy includes many variables. He says we should be open to discussing and analyzing other threats to virus efficacy, and not be afraid of putting forward other hypothesis. I didn't see anything particularly controversial other than a doctor wanting to look into things more deeply.

As for these musicians wanting silencing Joe Rogan podcast seems a bit of an overreaction. What do they know and why should they be given a voice over a very qualified researcher? Shouldn't we be more open to discussion and debate rather than just silence people whose opinions we don't necessarily agree with. Joe Rogan is doing well in giving voice to a variety of interesting people in long form (this is a 3 hour podcast) that we night otherwise not have access to.

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Posted in: 20,830 suicides reported in Japan in 2021 See in context

It is good that the number has dropped since the 2000s when it was one of the highest rates in the world. I checked the world rates and was surprised to see the US rate higher than Japan, and also South Korea's phenomenally high rate

These are some suicide rates for 2021 from World Population Review

South Korea 28.6

Russia 25.1

US 16.1

Japan 15.3

Australia 12.5

Canada 11.8

NZ 11

China 8.1

UK 7.9

Stopping drinking and taking up hiking made me feel a lot better

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Posted in: Australian and Serbian leaders discuss Djokovic's visa See in context

He should have his visa revoked and be punished for lying on an official government document, as any regular person would be - no exceptions or excuses. He provided the information to whoever filled out the form. There is no way he should be exempt from the conditions that would be applied to anyone else. This another case of different rules for the privileged and it stinks. I imagine the government are desperately trying the choose the course of action in which they look less bad.

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Posted in: Arson suspected after 24 confirmed dead in Osaka clinic fire See in context

Japan really has diabolical fire safety standards when it comes to buildings. Laws are often flouted and they get away with it until something like this happens. Shocking. My heart goes out to the families whose parents or siblings won't be coming home tonight.

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Posted in: Britain savors a new sporting star in tennis champ Raducanu See in context

Raducanu is an absolute breath of fresh air. Her win brought a tear to my eye. Heartfelt and well-deserved congratulations!!

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Posted in: 2 Australian states on COVID-19 alert after infected woman's interstate travel See in context

So it appears that the Australian government is taking this pandemic seriously when there is a single case. However there is no problem sending a softball team two months early to the worlds biggest sporting event in a country with thousands of new daily cases an no vaccines yet. Its confusing. Is this a dangerous disease or not ? Make up your friggin minds!!!

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Posted in: Japan to vaccinate Olympic athletes: reports See in context

I am absolutely disgusted and very angry with this behavior. Utterly reprehensible. It will take a long time for Japan to recover its image after this Olympics debacle

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 510 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,452 See in context

The difference is because Osaka finished their SOE 2 weeks earlier than Tokyo. Tokyo will catch up in 2 weeks.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands rally around Australia to demand justice for sexual assault victims See in context

I hope these protestors are treated better than those in the UK. The images of the police dragging women away from the vigil were truly disturbing. Power to these ladies.

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Posted in: Gov't leaning toward ending Tokyo area state of emergency on March 21: report See in context

Hanami season is fast approaching along with universities going back at the beginning of April. It seems most universities have opted for face-to-face classes this upcoming semester; or at least partial face-to-face. Students will be moving around the country to their university towns. I wonder if we'll see a spike of cases around the end of April or going into Golden Week, and maybe a return to SOE or similar? It must be quite stressful for the first-year university students, or any university students for that matter.

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Posted in: Canada vows to be next country to go after Facebook to pay for news See in context

Or am I missing something?

The Murdoch oligarchy is feeling pressure and looking for ways to make money. These are the death throws of a dying industry.

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Posted in: Johnson under fire as UK again faces onslaught of COVID-19 See in context

Blaming the Prime Minister is very easy to do - as a whinging pom myself it comes as second nature. However, compared to the Japanese government the UK has been positively proactive with the handling of this pandemic. Us Brits need to stop whinging and realize not everything is the government's fault.

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Posted in: Study says Britain must vaccinate 2 million a week to prevent a third COVID-19 wave See in context

Well at least the UK is actually taking action: A tiered lockdown system and the first country to start vaccinating. The bumbling Japanese government is risking people's lives by not testing and delaying the vaccination program until March next year. What's more, it is believed the general public may not have access to the vaccine until 2022.

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Posted in: Niigata Prefecture heightens bear alert after woman dies from attack See in context

Make hard noise preventively. If attacked, just leave your food and pretend to lie dead. Done.

Absolutely do NOT play dead with black bears. Make noise as you walk so the bears know you are there. The bell is so that you don't startle them. But any noise will warn them of your approach. Black bears particularly dislike the sound of metal. So clanging pots and pans works well, or banging your hiking poles on rocks.

If you do meet a bear walk away slowly. If possible try to keep facing them. They are curious and will want to check your bag for food. But they will only attack if you run. Stand tall and make yourself look as big as possible. They are likely to be as frightened as you and will attack when startled. If they start to come at you aggressively raise your arms and shout loudly and aggressively back. Never run or play dead.

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Posted in: Hiking restrictions result in huge drop in climbing accidents, with zero on Mt Fuji See in context

I went on a few hikes this summer and it was very quiet out. Many of the huts were closed due to the virus and shuttle bus services were also suspended. This meant that if you wanted to hike those trails you needed both a car and a tent. However, some areas don't allow access to private cars. There were heavy rains just before the climbing season which washed away a lot of paths. And even some small earthquakes in places which made everything very unstable. Central and minami alps routes were all but closed. I have never seen the place so quiet. However, the few people who were out were friendly and looking out for each other which made for a nice atmosphere.

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Posted in: Haneda Airport, train stations in Tokyo busy as travelers head out for Silver Week See in context

I have just been out near my house in Kyoto and there are a lot of people around this weekend. Much more than there were over Obon. Also there seem to be foreign tourists, or at least people that are looking and behaving very much like foreign tourists. I didn't think any were currently allowed in? I was also subject to a few more snide comments than usual - I detect a little aniti-foreignerism at the moment....

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Posted in: As sports embraces activism, what should Tokyo Olympics permit? See in context

Professional athletes have worked long and hard to get where they are. Like actors and musicians their popularity gives them a certain amount of political clout. It would be nice if we all lived in fair and just societies. However, certain groups continue to suffer due to ignorance. Athletes are individuals with their own views and opinions. Personally I don't see any wrong if they want to use their power to raise awareness of these issues ad do some good in the world.

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