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Posted in: Kyoto wants to add extra charges for tourists to use city buses See in context

"Kyoto has many immature and regressive rules, I find the place tiresome."

Indeed. Lived their for eight years and learned that the Kyoto government is known for its abstruse decisions. Kyoto, like Hiroshima for example, had a tram, the Kyoto city Tram (Kyoto shiden). It had a loop route, East-West and north-south lines. They abolished the tram in 1978 because of increasing congestion and replaced the tram with buses which added to congestion.Personally I think that Kyoto has had some of the worst city managers in Japan, who had some really ludicrous ideas like building an imitation of the Pont Neuf Bridge over the Kamogawa river (which was prevented) and that aquarium to attract more Chinese tourists, which was actually built. It is these days, thanks to its city rulers, just a pretentious shadow of its former self.

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Posted in: Railway line fully reopens after 11 years See in context

Where is the map?

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Posted in: Abe damaged Japan's democracy, left legacy of power abuse, critics say See in context

Abe was the worst prime minister since Nakasone. And Nakasone is treated as a national hero, even he has done more damage to the Japanese economy than anybody before and after - Nakasone that is.

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

Gaman shinasai!

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Posted in: Obama to skip Abe's state funeral; Hagerty to attend See in context

Abe was only important in Japan or with non-Japanese speaking journalists who only understood to Abe's catch phrases like the most ridiculous "Abenomics".

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Posted in: State funeral for Abe appropriate given his achievements: Kishida See in context

Which achievements besides the longevity of office?

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Posted in: Japan eases COVID-19 border controls but tourist surge doubtful See in context


hahaha. Upvote for your humor! Sure you are probably right... But after 49 years here, I am just tired of the pointless gaman stuff. I moved out of here when Corona hit and I'm back now for closure. Gotta life (elsewhere).

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Posted in: Japan eases COVID-19 border controls but tourist surge doubtful See in context

I arrived back today. The Quarantaine procedures were still a huge a pain in the neck, with that almost 2km walk through the airport in Haneda. I have done it twice. To put it short: it is exhausting, humiliating and pointless. Nothing to do with health whatsoever. It is just an exercise in gaman. As usual. If you can hold it, stay away or go somewhere where they are actually welcoming.

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Posted in: Why tensions are rising over Taiwan See in context

Tensions are rising due to America's "Pivot to Asia."

The view from Kitty-Land.

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Posted in: Organizers defend Bach's return to Tokyo for Paralympics See in context

Travelling from where? No quarantine. He recklessly put children and athletes he met in harms way.

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Posted in: Nagoya mayor under fire for biting Olympian's gold medal See in context


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Posted in: Heavy snow causes 130-vehicle pile-up on Tohoku Expressway; one dead, 17 injured See in context

In a country where drivers go bumper to bumper no matter what speed or road conditions this happens all the time. This time just more vehicles than usual.

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Posted in: Support for Suga's cabinet falls to 50% amid virus resurgence: poll See in context

Abe was corrupt and bluster. Suga is corrupt and clumsy.

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Posted in: Suga defends boost for domestic tourism amid virus surge See in context

Suga is the archetype of tanoshikunai Japan. A sour looking Abe without any convincing bluster.

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Posted in: Olympic rings back in Tokyo Bay; a sign of hope in pandemic See in context

Only in Japan denial equals hope.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers plan to host 18 test events See in context

If denial would be an Olympic sport the Japanese would win all medals.

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Posted in: Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation See in context

The Japanese government denounced the report as a “totally unacceptable” viewpoint that will change nothing in the country's legal process.

Sure they won't change. It is part of Japanese culture.

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Posted in: Suga tells G-20 Japan will lead international efforts on climate change See in context

"We will lead international society in realising a decarbonised world."

Suga and his cohorts doesn't lead the world anywhere. They are leaders of pretense, nothing else.

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Posted in: Flower family See in context

Kitsch in gold is still kitsch.

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Posted in: Virus surge causing concern for Japan's strained medical system See in context

@ KnowBette r- Today  07:06 am JST

They refused to test more.....They avoided at all costs testing...They made it near impossible to get tested....They made it nearly the whole year in denial ...

Indeed the best post I have read about this subject on this pages for a while. Not much more to add. Except that when once this very common trajectory here has started, there's little hope for changes of course. But instead, digging in deeper, deny even more vehemently and rigorously follow the dotted line.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics: Many rules, no partying, no hanging around See in context

Rules. Lockep up. No fun. Welcome to Japan.

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Posted in: Japan finds luring businesses from Hong Kong may be tough See in context

Not tomention Japan's medieval justice system, inflexible mindset, rules for the sake of rules... I'll pack my bags.

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Posted in: Japan, China discuss restarting mutual business travel See in context

It's not left or right, never mind right or wrong. It's just sordid flat-out opportunism.

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Posted in: Gov't asks universities, others to join mourning for late PM Nakasone See in context

What did Naksone has achieved during he was the PM of Japan!?

He was an ultra nationalist and megalomaniac, the architect of the economical bubble which lead to crashing the economy and stagnation until now and poverty for many. Abe was the second worst, Nakasone was the worst PM Japan had after the war.

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Posted in: Human Rights Watch report documents abuse of child athletes in Japan See in context

No surprise. Bullying in Japan is systemic, top down, and part of the social fabric.

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Posted in: Twin towers to be built around Tokyo's Shinjuku Station See in context

 twin towers each about 260 meters tall ....... to make the area more connected and accessible 

Are they aware how idiotic this description reads? For Shinjuku especially. Are these planners totally wacko?

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Posted in: Gov't rethinks easing crowd limits at events as infections rise See in context

Why is the economy minister of in charge of of Japan's measures against the spread of the coronavirus? What makes him competent to deal with this pandemic and what is the minister of health doing? In the meanwhile a "subcommittee will hold a meeting in the near future to discuss..." No wonder Japan's leadership's response to the coronavirus is characterized by disarray and obvious incompetence.

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Posted in: Divided Americans clash over mask wearing and schools reopening as coronavirus cases surge See in context

Pigheaded stupidity. That's what you get when you politicize a pandemic.

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