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Posted in: Teacher in Japan literally picks up truant kid, carries him out of house to make him go to class See in context

Learning is from the top down, not the bottom up at a desk. Refusal to go to school is a symptom of much larger problems. Also, not everyone has to study the same subjects as parents and grandparents. Schools need to allow students to specialize in subjects in high school, grade 1.

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Posted in: Japan to receive 2nd shipment of Pfizer vaccine on Sunday See in context

It is reported in the USA that Pfizer vaccine can be stored in a common freezer. This change could save a lot of money and increase the number of vaccine shots.

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Posted in: Saitama begins plans to regulate how to use escalators; prohibit walking up and down See in context

This story is similar to the question about men's shirts and jackets in the world. Why is it left over right? It is so the man can draw the sword carried on the left with the right hand, and unbutton the French blouse (jacket) with the left hand to give more freedom of movement. When the reader goes to city hall in Japan, does he/she naturally move to the left or the right to enter the door? Where are the Enter and Exit signs? Most likely, Enter is on the left as the viewer approaches the doors. An esteemed expert who resides now in CA, USA, says the real reason for left or right is that Tokyoites were the military people so they stayed to left to protect their swords and let people pass on the their right. Osakans were merchants and carried the money bag on the right, so they moved to the right to protect it. They could afford to hire an escort. Thanks to Napoleon and his ego, most cultures drive on right now. Good luck to the Japanese government trying to get everyone, Japanese and foreigners, to stand on the same side.

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Posted in: Japan to set guidelines for flying car tests by March 2022 See in context

Heads up if they fly, so to speak, like the Osprey. Use the trains and buses for safety.

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Posted in: 1st batch of 400,000 doses of Pfizer COVID vaccine arrive in Japan See in context

Don't let this happen in Japan,

USA 1/12.21 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Moderna permission to increase the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses per vial from 10 to 14, the New York Times reports.

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Posted in: China's Mars probe sends back video See in context

Heaven? I don't understand sending questions to heaven. Maybe it is a mistranslation. Isn't heaven looking south to a warmer place and not up?

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Posted in: Fewer people to get Pfizer vaccine in Japan due to syringe shortage See in context

Poor planning after Trump announced Warp Speed is not an excuse. Everyone knew the vaccine would eventually be developed. Planning should have started in January 2020. In the next election, vote for any body other than the present office holder. It needs to be done in every country so that nobody can just apologize and stay in office. Will it be done by the electorate? NO

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Posted in: Tokyo seeks 10,000 medical staff for Olympics See in context

Is there any possibility that a bi-lingual Japanese/English, Japanese citizen, Registered Nurse (RN), Bachelor's Degree, (RN-BSN) with eight years of nursing experience in Covid 19 and ICU training can work at the Olympics? NO, NO, NO. She doesn't have a license in Japan. This probably means an American and many other nationalities who speak English (Europeans) attending the Olympics will have to rely on translators. If there is a way for her to work at the Olympics, post the answer. Thank you.

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Posted in: Sendai high school cancels entrance exams day before due to virus concern See in context

There is supposed to be a population decline. The faculty should be thankful young people are even applying for entrance. Stop pretending to have a uniquely high quality education program. Be thankful that potential students even know the school exits. However, if the school is so small that it can afford to exclude potential students, then the unaccepted students can save schools that have low census.

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Posted in: Milley urges 'relook' at permanent overseas basing of troops See in context

The best solution is to double the military pay for anyone who is single, no significant other and has no dependent children. If the person wants to bring anyone to Japan, Korea, Germany, etc. to live with him/her, it is at his/her expense.

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Posted in: Almost 90,000 sexual abuse claims expected against U.S. Boy Scouts See in context

It is a typical suit in the USA courts. A Scout does not have to prove anything. Fill out the application, and the check is in the mail. It is a very sad situation in USA law.

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Posted in: Japan newlyweds can receive up to ¥600,000 to start new life See in context

Is this retroactive? We were married in 2012.

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Posted in: Oscars set inclusion standards for best picture category See in context

Thank goodness the awards are after the presidential election. The acceptance speeches are just political lectures. If a person really wants to know who won whatever, read it on Fox or CNN at real time or the next day. Anyone who appropriates an opportunity to be recognized for any award needs to remember, he or she (not they, which is grammatically incorrect, puts on his or her pants the same way - ONE LEG AT A TIME. You know what people say about opinions!

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Posted in: U.S. vote-by-mail begins See in context

The world population that reads such articles is probably saying, "What is the problem?" Mail in voting means the government mails a ballot to every registered voter in precinct (county, department, or wards in the USA.) The recipient completes the vote and mails it back to the registrar. Absentee voting is done by a written request from the voter to the registrar that is signed and is matched to the original registration which means a written signature (not a hanko) is required. The ballot is mailed to the registered address and returned to the registrar. In the first situation if the voter died yesterday, anybody can vote for the deceased. In the second example, most dead voters cannot sign a ballot so the signature will not match. Many states are sending ballots whether or not they were requested. There are people who go house to house and collect ballots. They ask the voter to sign it, then they vote (complete the ballot) and send the ballot to the registrar. In both situation no photo id is required to vote at the official voting area. This system is called "Vote early, vote often."

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Posted in: Handheld mask for dinner use See in context

In polite Japanese society young ladies are taught to cover their mouths with a fist so that the other person doesn't have to watch the chewing. Yet, slurping/sucking noise is normal for the Japanese men at the noodle shop at the shinkansen train station. A handheld mask can be useful in other situations such as a quick, stolen kiss or a walk through a train station where cameras are everywhere as a couple goes to a more "secluded" environment such as a "sakura picnic."

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Posted in: Japan considers offering COVID-19 vaccines for free to all residents See in context

Do anti-maskers and anti-vacciners believe that a little chlorine in the "gene pool" is good for the survival of the swimmers? In Japan and most of the countries in the world there is freedom of choice. Several countries will require lines of people. Get the vaccine asap or just wait. It is okay in a free country like Japan. But, just remember to wear the mask and social distance, please. Thank you.

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Posted in: 'How dare we not vote?' Black voters organize after DC march See in context

"You reap what you sow.You reap what you sow is a proverb that says future consequences are inevitably shaped by present actions. Vote ONCE, not multiple times through ballot harvesting or for deceased relatives.

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Posted in: Australia blocks Kirin's $430 mil sale of dairy business to Chinese company See in context

Great decision ever made to protect the children. We all remember the Chinese baby formula controversy in China and Japan.

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Posted in: Virus spurs Japan to develop contactless garbage collection system See in context

In Iwata, Shizuoka, a person has to purchase a garbage bag, put his/her name and address on it, then put it under the tarp. ONE BAG per week, unless the city ordinance is disobeyed. Ironically, the garbage man just throws the bags in the back end of the truck. There is no recording, but older people still follow the rule and are afraid.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's marriage to boyfriend in limbo See in context

Yes, spend more than anyone has ever seen spent on the ceremony. Stimulate the economy, make a lot of people happy to work, and, let's hope, give a couple happiness forever.

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Posted in: Trump holds up coronavirus aid to block funding for mail-in voting See in context

Is it true that in Japan a voting card with the voter's name and address is mailed to the voter's registered residence and that card must be presented at the voting area in order to receive a ballot in Japan? If the answer is yes, then that is equivalent to absentee voting in the USA. Is it true that a relative can take the recently deceased grandmother's voting card to the voting area and vote for her? If the answer is yes, then that is equivalent to mail-in ballots. In addition, are there any illegal aliens in Japan? If the answer is yes, then that is equivalent to mail-in ballots. According to law, a voter must be a US citizen to vote. People with green cards cannot vote, but they will be able to vote with mail-in ballots that may have been completed by another person.

Just because a person hates the president doesn't me that person has the right to illegal elect the opponent.

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Posted in: Virus spurs Japan to develop contactless garbage collection system See in context

It has already been shown that the virus last a very short time on any surface. There is no need to sanitize the kitchen, toilet, etc. after every use especially if only the family uses it. So, what is the problem? Sanitation workers always wear gloves. Issue the type of gloves that are very difficult to tear or puncture. It would be better to sanitize the steering wheel and gloves after every stop.

People leave the futons out in the sunshine everyday because it dries any sweat and sanitizes them. Why discard the paper mask after one use? Leave it in the 40 C. sunshine. It is safe to reuse.

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Posted in: Japan's summer holiday begins quietly amid requests to avoid trips See in context

Yes, an interesting picture. Are those fairy wings? Look at it again, it is worth a smile in these very stressful times!

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Posted in: Biden eyes major U.S. foreign policy shifts if he wins See in context

A reversal of foreign policy means another plane load of cash to Iran (he approved it,) a wonderful relationship with our friend, China (anybody seen Hunter lately?), and questionable behaviors at public events (no need to go there!) Mr. Biden needs to learn speak for more than 10 minutes without notes and a teleprompter. He also really needs to know that he has to get approval for all "his" decisions from Ms. Veep-to-be and Ms. Pelosi before he presents them to the public. Maybe it is true, "Behind every successful man, there is a more successful woman (women.)

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Posted in: Chinese man wins ¥1.8 billion from betting on Japanese horse races See in context

The most important is which countries and how much do they get so the winner knows what is left.

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Posted in: Trump's show of federal force sparking alarm in cities See in context

To understand the situation in Seattle, NY, and other major cities, the question is: Who paid for the post office buildings, income tax office, police office, mayors' offices, health department offices, etc. in JAPAN? Answer: The tax payers, many of whom are now senior citizens who expect service and protection. If the governors of the prefectures refused to stop a mob from vandalizing, burning, or destroying these buildings in major cities, does Abe have the responsibility to send in any forces to protect the buildings or does he just look the other way and call it "another demonstration for the betterment of society" or "Summer of love?"

What if the mob attacks a reader's house in the affluent district in Tokyo or another major city after the police department has been defunded? Does that person still call 110 and hear nobody can respond to the call or the danger? It is the responsibility of the reader to defend his/her family and property with a weapon?

The citizens of Japan are very fortunate. They still have respectful protests with no violence, etc. The "What if" question still remains? Let's hope decency and respect for law enforcement continue here. Time will tell.

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Posted in: Roger Stone calls Black radio host 'Negro' in interview See in context

CORRECTION: 39% were black students 39% were Black students, 44% were Hispanic,

11% were Asian/Pacific Islanders

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Posted in: Roger Stone calls Black radio host 'Negro' in interview See in context

"Mo'Kelly" is an offense nickname. His name is Morris. "Mo" was used in the South and implied "boy" another offensive name now. Mr. Kelly needs to use Morris Kelly. Yes, "Big Mo" is the nickname for the US battleship Missouri, an affectionate nickname given to the ship by sailors who served on it. Stone should be old enough to know that the word "negro" is the original word used to describe human beings (slaves to today) whose ancestral history is in Africa and has gone through several changes, finally ending with "Black." However, in the USA today there is the "United Negro College Fund which provides scholarships for black students and general scholarship funds for 37 private historically black colleges and universities." It should change its name and use "Black students" and "Black colleges and universities" to whom scholarships are provided. That begs the question, is the UNCF a discriminatory organization?

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Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

If the medical personnel are not happy with their pay or lack of "bonus, " strike. Norms have to go. So, how is the amount of the incentive or performance decided for medical personnel? Less deaths, more positive evaluations by the patients and family members. And, what about the gas station attendants - increased sales, customer loyalty, or drinks by waitresses at night clubs? If you want your doctors and nurses, waitresses, gas attendants, and TEACHERS to be happy, increase the monthly salary.

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Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

The concept of a "bonus" pay is archaic and inappropriate to modern business and labor practices. It needs to be abandoned and replaced with an hourly, weekly, monthly, or yearly income so that employee knows exactly how much income is earned and sent to the bank account.

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