Nepalibabu - I still don’t follow your logic. Surely if they have to pay, it is more of an incentive to take greater precautions, not the other way around?
I disagree that m the medical expense burden should be different to a severe case of the flu.
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Nepalibabu - Regardless of your view on whether hospital treatment is expensive, my question was why people should not pay for Covid, but do have to pay for the flu (or anything else)?
It is irrelevant but I disagree that hospital is expensive - as you say, it is capped. For elderly with limited income it is essentially free. Japan has a very reasonable health insurance system IMO.
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Agree, headline needs an “s”, there were two unrelated murder-suicides, not one murder-suicide involving two unrelated families.
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Nepalibabu - I didn’t know there was a difference. If there is though, why should someone hospitalized from Covid pay less than someone hospitalized by the flu?
National health insurance means that the amount paid is minimal any way.
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I don’t know baseball very well but Is this record for pitchers? 10HR and 10 wins doesn’t seem so rare.
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Seems like an odd choice of article to lead with on Japan Today. What is the relevance to Japan?
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The headline sounds a little dramatic… it is still an impressive surplus.
As a very large net creditor nation, Japan is ultimately very well placed economically.
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Derek - there is a civil case ongoing claiming JPY5.8 billion against the current owner (ultimately Yoshimitsu Mugishika of Zen Holdings / Yuniho) and other former owners (Fumio Amano, Shinkansen Building) of the site.
To put it lightly, Mugishima (now about 85 years old) of Zen and his companies have quite a checkered past.
I don’t think there is a criminal case yet, but still seems possible.
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Finally rich - asking the important questions! It is Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho 新宿思い出横丁
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On the one hand China are saying Taiwan doesn’t have a Vice President. On the other, they are complaining that the Vice President attended… cannot have your cake and eat it!
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Huge investment in the emancipation of women is what the world needs most. The rest (education, health, economic growth) will follow.
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He is absolutely right to be critical, but isn’t it his portfolio to ensure that the telecom companies are operating up to scratch BEFORE something happens.
I strongly suspect this is similar to the case of the cyber security minister who had never used a computer. What qualifications does Yasushi Kaneko have to understand how telecoms should operate? Spoiler: none, he is a career politician. How does the layer of bureaucrats below him look? No idea, but probably not much better.
My questions are what experts do they have? What outage monitoring/oversight was in place? How much money/gifts/amakudari goes on between his ministry and the telecom companies?
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The only numbers that really matter are deaths, serious cases, and % hospital beds taken up. These are, and will very likely remain, very low and very manageable.
I hope authorities don’t start to illogically move the goal posts just to be seen to be doing something.
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I hope I am wrong but sounds an awful lot like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
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Eastman - I am certainly in the take the mask-off /get back to “normal” asap camp, but that is only possible because the vaccine has been a tremendous success.
You are right that looking after your health is important, but you should perhaps recognize the purpose and benefit of the vaccine is exactly to build our immune system.
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The government, and indeed a lot of people around the world, would do well to study the story “The Boy Who Called Wolf”.
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Gaijinland - tut-tut on the using other people’s accounts, but I can help you with your South Park problem. South Park Studios (www.southparkstudios.com) has all the episodes, no ads, no vpn required, is free, and is 100% official/not pirated. Matt and Trey insisted on it being available as part of their deal with Comedy Central.
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Pretty pathetic to be an adult and to be known as the “bad-boy” of tennis!
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I’m not sure why these articles often mention the Zaha Hadid design for the stadium. Her company was dropped relatively early on and Kengo Kuma the architect.
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William - The government is even advising people to take their masks off. No one really cares if people wear a mask or not and this is certainly not a foreigner vs Japanese “issue”.
The “I’m not like the other gaijin, I understand Japan” vibe gets tired very quickly. News flash - not all Japanese think the same way either so get over yourself.
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I am pretty sure other countries might draw the “wrong lessons” if only less than 3% of Japan’s companies leave Russia (as reported elsewhere on this website).
The current lesson from Kishida seems to be, invade your neighbors and it is business as usual with Japan.
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Mr Kipling - having the most healthy and educated generation possible growing up behind us will benefit society as a whole.
It is paying for other people’s children, but perhaps think of it more as paying for a better future for all (or at least an attempt).
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How about listing them up (and what products are associated) so that we can make a decision on whether to continue to support them or not?
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The second to last paragraph is complete nonsense. It is not a “particularly perilous” time for the food industry at all – revenue and profit in this sector has been at record levels and has had double digit growth. The outlook is also very strong. The CEOs and senior management of these companies have had massive pay increases over the last two years to, I guess, reflect their success.
It is however a perilous time for consumers who have are fed this false narrative and suffered in the form of disproportionate price increases. Same can be said for the lower level workers also being fed this complete falsehood.
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Whatever your position, I think most can agree that the less abortions, the better.
The best way to reduce abortions is to provide good sex/health education, make contraception easily available, and support mothers/families through and after birth (health care, child support, child care leave etc.).
The countries with the lowest abortion rates are those that address these issues. These matters should be, but unfortunately are not, non-controversial. Whatever your view on when or whose choice it should be - if the focus was on prevention of unwanted pregnancies, the results would be favorable to everyone.
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These measures should be reciprocated by other countries for travelers from Japan… it would take about three days for the government to drop this lunacy.
Japan seems to actively trying to be a complete joke in the world.
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