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Posted in: Suntory CEO says 20% of restaurants may fail as coronavirus slams Japan's dining scene See in context

No tests, no feeling of safety and comfort... no thanks, will go for take out.

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Posted in: Japanese hanko (seals) are also traditional crafts and are also an important piece of culture. See in context

Japanese hanko (seals) are also traditional crafts and are also an important piece of culture.

True. And therefore do not belong into a modern, 21-century, computerized office environment.

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Posted in: As Japan reopens, coronavirus testing slowed by bureaucracy and staff shortages See in context

...vested interests and bureaucracy inside Japan's health ministry...

They should just call it what it is: systemic corruption in Japan's medical system. Matched with utter incompetence.

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Posted in: 3 dead after trouble at house in Nagano Pref See in context


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Posted in: String of missteps slash Abe's support rates See in context

Missteps?? Or being caught?

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Posted in: Japanese buff men delivery service will send beefcake, and also things to eat, to your door See in context

What's the problem? Creative thinking in somber times.

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Posted in: Japan eyes introduction of quick coronavirus antigen test See in context

Here are some examples of my favorite words I read daily.

You forgot "urging" and more "urging", "seeking to....", "discussing".... and many more.

In short: waffling about anything and everything and "do shiyo" - not knowing what to do..

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Posted in: Tests show 11 people who died last month were infected with coronavirus: media See in context

Anybody who believes Japan's official statistics hasn't been here long and/or is really naive. That goes for all official numbers, not just coronavirus related.

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Posted in: Japan reports 25 new coronavirus deaths; highest for single day See in context

Does that number include indirect causes of death of coronavirus like for example pneumonia or kidney failure? Just asking.

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Posted in: 568 new cases of coronavirus reported in Japan See in context

 But how do you go about that? You don't want people with coughs, runny noses or fever flooding into hospitals or clinics. 

You test outside hospitals anywhere, everywhere, anybody, as exercised in South Korea, Germany and elsewhere. In countries where testing is scarce or done very late you'll have no idea who's infected or not and the potentially infected enter hospitals. Not only will you have extremly high fatalities with doctors, nurses and medical personnel (as in Italy, Spain, Japan and Indonesia) but hospitals will turn into hubs for the virus and bring down the whole medical system. It's not really rocket science, just common sense and a coordinated strategy.

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Posted in: Hospitals turning away sick people as coronavirus cases surge See in context

Don't get seriously sick or injured in Japan during the next few months.

This rule has always been true since ever for weekends or public holidays. The Japanese medical system was never as good as it pretended to be.

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Posted in: Abe defends mask give-out plan; eyes budget submission next week See in context

Abe should continue to play with his dog and let a cabinet of qualified professionals take the lead to manage this crisis.

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Posted in: Koike takes tougher stance than Abe on coronavirus See in context

In the meanwhile, to give us assurance, PM Abe is playing with his dog.

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Posted in: Abe unveils massive coronavirus stimulus worth 20% of GDP See in context

No social distancing in sight.

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Posted in: Tokyo running out of beds and gear, medical staff say See in context

They have to get the testing out of hospitals and on the streets, everywhere in fact, into drive-thru-testing and similar. Nobody should be allowed to enter a gospital untested. Everyone should get tested, it is the only way to keep the healthy uninfected and to protect medical personnel. And that Oshitani guy who "shapes" the government's policy should be fired immediately for criminal negligence and pig-headed stupidity.

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Posted in: Do you have any suggestions for helping people suffering growing stress and depression from the coronavirus outbreak, especially those who have lost their jobs or are in self-isolation? See in context

Structure your day and make a schedule for a variety of activities, exercise, taking walks, reading, cleaning, cooking, etc. And switch off that garbage oozing out of your TV.

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Posted in: Cluster suspected at Oita medical center after 2 more virus cases confirmed See in context

Ignorance is bliss.

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Posted in: Why Italy? The factors behind a coronavirus disaster See in context

Germany has 25,000 ICU with sophisticated respiratory support systems, Italy 5000.

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Posted in: IOC chief rebuts growing calls for Olympic postponement See in context

"You can't postpone the Olympic Games like a football match next Saturday,"

Sure. Does Bach think we are as stupid as he is, putting greed over brains?

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Posted in: Japan Times changes reference to 'comfort women' after backlash See in context

Why not call a spade a spade and use "women forced into slavery to provide sex".

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Posted in: Sales tax cut emerging as option as gov't battles coronavirus fallout See in context

Japan's leaders need to show leadership!!

I think you expect too much from hereditary second-third-fourth generation politicians who never had a real job and are born in an incestuous parallel universe.

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Posted in: Abe could be big loser if Tokyo Olympics canceled, postponed See in context

Abe will manage to find a way to sugar-coat the guano sandwich he feeds to the people here!

He will stick to his mantra until the decision is taken from him and the Olympics are cancelled. Then he'll blame others.

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Posted in: Confirmed new coronavirus infections in Japan now 1,528, including cruise ship cases See in context

InspectorGadgetToday  07:14 am JST

Those numbers don't seem right. With WHO giving a global mortality rate of 3.8%, I struggle to believe that Japan with a massively aging population managed to get away with 2%. Something doesn't smell right.

Indeed. When the first two COVID-19 infected Japanese died - an elderly couple from the cruise liner - the minister of health announced that one of them had died of the Coronavirus and the other of pneumonia. It would be interesting to look at the number of pneumonia victims above the national average since the outbreak.

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Posted in: WHO pandemic declaration won't change Tokyo Olympics plan: Suga See in context

It doesn't really matter what they say or wish. One thing they never even think about is the athletes who by the nature of their activities are obviously very health conscious. They have to be. Does the Abe cabinet, including the IOC really believe that thousands of athletes from all over the world will agree to be put together in the Olympic village, an enclosed and rather small area which isn't that much different from a cruise ship. And are the Chinese, the South Koreans and Italians invited too? They may stubbornly go forward with the Olympics, sure, but the real question will be: Will there be any athletes coming to compete?

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Posted in: Virus cases top 100,000 worldwide as economic impact snowballs See in context

Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

Alex80Today  04:36 pm JST

I noticed very harsh criticism towards Japan also in the German press

Links please.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't will announce more measures on March 10 to counter virus See in context

@ OssanAmerica

When that first elderly Japanese couple died, Minister of Health Kato announced (as reported), that the women had died of the Corona virus and her husband of pneumonia.

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Posted in: Australian politician calls for immediate review of all anime due to depictions of 'child abuse' See in context

@ Paul Laimal-Convoy

Fine, if you limit your protest to rides in crowded trains and the general public and not books or museums. The particular example you mention of ""imagery of octopuses sexually abusing young girls" isn't really anything new for Japanese or foreigners who know the works of Hokusai and other Ukiyoe artists. It obviously derives its inspiration from Hokusai's well known "The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife" among others:

Would flyers and advertisement for an exhibition of well known Ukiyoe and shunga artists offend you? Just asking, not trying to provoke.

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Posted in: Abe's abrupt call to close schools triggers confusion See in context

@ DaDude

Funny thing is yesterday everybody here was commending the Hokkaido governor for doing it.

I was commending the Hokkaido governor for doing it. Nothing funny about it. The education board of Hokkaido called for the schools' closure because among the infected are students, a teacher and a school bus driver.And Gov Naomichi Suzuki also said "......there may be criticism that we are going overboard. But I will bear the responsibility..." While Abe abruptly made his decision after diving poll numbers, criticism of his non-leadership and talk that the Olympics may have to be cancelled. It was as usual for Abe an enitrely opportunistic show off and taking responsibility is not even on his mental horizon.

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Posted in: Japan to close all schools until early April to control spread of virus See in context

Abe should shut down his government, a high risque age group anyway, instead of schools. Then technocrat professionals who are qualified to manage this calamity can take over.

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