Patricia Yarrow comments

Posted in: Japan's suicides jump 16% in COVID-19 2nd wave: study See in context

Quite the headline..."suicides jump" front of the trains?

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Posted in: Quiet day in Asakusa See in context

I miss masklessness.

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Posted in: Company PET partners with Kyoto temple to offer genuine funeral services for beloved pets See in context

Cleo wins the Internet today with her kind, rational, and insightful thoughts on this incredibly difficult time and the choices they await.

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Posted in: Trump says his term is ending; transition will be orderly See in context

Meanwhile, today he encouraged a mob attack on the House of Representatives a woman protest was murdered by someone.

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Posted in: Hollywood productions shut down again as LA virus cases soar See in context

Didn't SAG recently cut off health benefits to workers in the industry? Or, reduce them? Something that might account for industry workers spreading Covid-19 because they cannot afford to stay at home on non-existent "sick leave".

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Posted in: Japan greets new year with crowds despite pleas from leaders to stay home See in context

I went to my local shrines (not famous) at 5:00 a.m. this morning. Just myself and the inari. Pleasantly eerie.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context

Best thing: I started a Zoom academic group.

Worst thing: masks everywhere.

Cheers to Zichi, too.

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Posted in: The seven lucky gods of Fukagawa: Ensuring a good year to come See in context

These are in my neighborhood. Thank you for the explanations! Have long wondered about them. Wonderful way to spend the new year.

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Posted in: Abe says sorry over political funding case See in context


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Posted in: Starbucks, closed due to COVID-19 infecting staff member, gets unexpected response See in context

Why is the specific *$$$ store not mentioned?

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Posted in: Ginza shoppers clean hands, phones with high-tech wash stations See in context

Perhaps they could design these little numbers to include a trash can below them. The government takes our taxes and never brought back the bins, which seems to me to be a civic duty of the government, much less this gambit. Just my two yen.

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Posted in: Suga, emperor speak at international conference on environment See in context

2050? We'll all be cooked oden by then. Shut down the coal plants.

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Posted in: A Japanese vending machine perfect for samurai See in context

Quite nice! Shimane is a long way from Tokyo, however.

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Posted in: Cleaning up See in context

Bring back trash bins in parks and everywhere. Hire people to empty them. Win win.

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Posted in: Restaurant bankruptcies to hit all-time high in 2020 See in context

It is possible that the "bland chains" are making sure the LDP does not give a helping hand to the many smaller (and much more interesting and diverse) eateries going out of business. They want that property. Starbucks showed the way.

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Posted in: Empress Masako turns 57 See in context

3rd largest economy in the world and they still persist with that cheap pegboard as a background? Isn't this an insult to the thousands of years of Japanese artistry? I think I will die and this pegboard will still be in place. Thank you, Kunaisho cheapies.

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Posted in: Take care of your room with cat donut hybrid humidifiers See in context

Drop a wet towel over the fins of the oil heater. 'Nuff said.

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Posted in: A customer accused a teller at a register of spreading the virus after the teller handed back change instead of putting it on a tray. Another shopper assaulted a worker who was restricting customers' entry into a store. See in context

What I do not like is that I have to handle the coin tray, which has been touched by every customer before me. The whole process is overkill. Alcohol spray your hands on the way out the door and wash up once home. Simple. Plastic gloves on workers is overkill.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to make coronavirus vaccines free to residents See in context


My gym mask is secured. The word "flipping" is a euphemism and does not mean literally waving around in the breeze. Not sure why this was taken as my meaning.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to make coronavirus vaccines free to residents See in context

145 million people...what about the REST living in Japan? I'm a PR, which group am I in? Once I have received the vax, can I go to my gym without a flipping mask?

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Posted in: Tokyo pop-up mask store lures shoppers with festive face coverings See in context

Naga T, that was not my point.

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Posted in: Tokyo pop-up mask store lures shoppers with festive face coverings See in context

Pointless to take a photo with a mask.

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Posted in: Russia deploys missiles to Pacific islands claimed by Japan See in context

Declare the islands as neutral territory. Grant dual citizenship to all residents after living there for ten years (like PR here in Japan). Open the borders for business and tourism. No weaponry, of course.

Whale watching, etc., fishing, farming. Peace could be achieved this way.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't to ask older people not to use travel campaign amid virus spike See in context

Farmboy, how about this one: Go Otoshi!

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Posted in: Do you think the media should post the number of coronavirus infections each day? See in context

The information posters are asking for has been available for months on the Covid Dashboard:

The Covid-19 Japan site covers hospitals by prefecture:

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Posted in: Burger King opens a rental site to help fast food lovers find an apartment in Japan See in context

No thank you. Better to have site giving local farmer's markets instead. You know, real food that supports local farmers. That is the way to go. Do not give your money to corporate overlords. They do NOT care about your health.

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Posted in: Big Tobacco gets a pandemic pick-me-up See in context

Addicts...JT....tied together. Meanwhile, I and everyone else, kids included, are ambushed by their cancer clouds and the streets are littered with discard butts, because....addicts want to give the finger to society, I guess.

Yes, raise the price by TEN times and start serious outreach for smoking cessation. We are all paying for these sad addicts in our national health bill.

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Posted in: Japanese firms start to reconsider asking for resumes to specify gender See in context

A more valuable question on an application would be if the applicant is a smoker or not. Toss the positive responses out as that future employee would be spending much of their paid time running outside to feed their addiction, and returning to pollute the office with the fumes on their skin and clothes. Does not matter one's gender or appearance when it comes to JT's addiction slaves. That's my two-yen on this.

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Posted in: SpaceX with Japanese astronaut aboard blasts off for space station See in context

Space suits are actually looking fashionable. Nice to see!

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Posted in: Robot requesting store customers to wear masks tested in Osaka See in context

Pepper = me leaving the store immediately. Too creepy.

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