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Posted in: Since there’s been no thinning, their growth stopped while their trunks were still narrow. It is time for trees to be cut down. But they are left uncared for due to low demand for domestic timber and a shortage of forestry workers. See in context

How about chopping down the cedar trees off of western Tokyo? Replace them with young trees of various sorts to recreate a forest again, instead of a failed industrial tree farm that continues to torment the population of springtime Tokyo?

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Posted in: Gyms facing COVID mask dilemma amid summer heat concerns See in context

What will it take for gyms like the one I go to, Renaissance Sports Club, to give it up? Take down the tacky plastic shielding (useless), and not have to wear masks (pretty useless against B.4 and B.5)? Also, I cannot recall what the lower half of people's faces look like any more, in the gym. Keep working out, but it is adversarial and depressing. When will this end?

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Posted in: Japan election may be tailwind for nuclear restarts as public mood shifts See in context

This article should have a warning label, "Pure propaganda brought to you by TEPCO and the LDP". Paul is right, too.

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Posted in: Whale meat is still not recognized as an ordinary food product. I want to spread the word about delicious ways to eat whale meat, even to people who have never tried it before. See in context

Jeepers. What whale meat tastes like is completely irrelevant. Stop the slaughter, Japan and Norway.

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Posted in: Whale meat is still not recognized as an ordinary food product. I want to spread the word about delicious ways to eat whale meat, even to people who have never tried it before. See in context

Mercury laden. We do not need to eat these magnificent mammals. They have a purpose in the oceans. They are also sentient, family oriented, sing to each other, and know when slaughter occurs and show grief. What more is needed to know? Leave them alone.

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Posted in: What word or phrase annoys you when you hear someone use it? See in context

"...just saying."

Same as above.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Abe in critical condition after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

Latest news release says he is showing no vital signs.

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Posted in: Misty for me See in context

I thought masks were no longer required outdoors. Could we please start seeing photos with people's real and entire and maskless faces again? That might help start the ball rolling.

This is just another creepy photo spoiled by the mask. It is not photogenic. Sorry, no.

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Posted in: U.S. Pacific admiral says cooperation with Japan key to regional security See in context

Wrapping your mask (aka: face cloth) around your cane handle shows how casually people now take the mask. WHEN can the masking be mandated by our rulers on high to be done? It is not working, has anyone noticed? Omicron (not seriously a threat) is now on the level of the common cold.

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Posted in: Japan judo hits crisis point as bullied, burnt-out children quit See in context

At this point, training with a mask would be enough to make me quit.

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Posted in: Peaceful walk See in context

Ditch the masks. No one is near. You two are a couple. No problem. TIME TO STOP THE HYSTERIA.

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Posted in: People in some parts of Japan now legally allowed to smile for their driver’s license photos See in context

Most Japanese will wear a mask for their photo. May as well, at this dismal point. Time to unmask, Japan.

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Posted in: People will continue wearing masks for the time being. Makeup around the eyebrow area will continue to attract attention. See in context

Oh, and do not forget the Nail Art going on, as people desperately try to communicate their personalities.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,076 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,800 See in context

Time to de=mask and get back to normal. The Pandemic and Death are OVER.

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Posted in: 1 in 4 singles in 30s not willing to marry: Japan gov't survey See in context

Masks have to be the least attractive aspect of life today in Japan. Please, let's stop the mask wearing mandate. Covid Omicron is running rampant, yet few are hospitalized. It's endemic now. STOP with the cosplay already.

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Posted in: It’s effective to install high-performance cameras at self-checkout systems to monitor shoppers’ eye and hand movements. It’s also essential to assign employees to appropriate areas to help deter crime. See in context

It is more effective to remove the self-checkout systems and return to personal interaction with staff and cashiers.

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Posted in: Colorful locomotive See in context

Where in Tokyo?

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Posted in: Sakura shower See in context

People are going to regret all the masks in their photos.

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Posted in: Waiting for customers See in context

Time to stop wearing masks, especially outside.

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Posted in: Gov't lifts power outage warning for Tokyo area, but supply outlook fragile See in context

Go back to the sources of the problem: the energy consumption. Turn down/off the overabundant lighting everywhere, for instance. Remove those hideous advertisement speakers in store that have removed the rather tranquil experiences of shopping. There are many more solutions to address the cause of the need for energy here in Japan, and surely everywhere on planet Earth.

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Posted in: Japan ends COVID-19 quasi-emergency in 18 prefectures See in context

When can the masks come off, and the magic plastic sheeting removed?

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Posted in: Master brewer teaches tradition to rivals, sake brewer heirs See in context

Cricky, What in the world were you drinking? Some low class rotgut sake? Surely not the delicately flavored junmai and other premium sake so many informed sake drinkers love, none of which would trigger your violent reaction...

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Posted in: Master brewer teaches tradition to rivals, sake brewer heirs See in context

Cooperation and opening up within the sake industry is absolutely needed to slow down, even reverse, the ongoing decline of the sake industry. Many young people are interested in it, and in working in the shuzo. Sake making is a craft and industry that brings joy to many. Not everyone is cut out for office work. Good for Dewazakura! They are on the right track.

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Posted in: Why some women are traveling to South Korea to find boyfriends See in context

Can anyone explain the weird pink lipstick on both men and women? And those bowler haircuts on the guys?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 8,461 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 53,587 See in context

Re: ozellis: the virus is "super easy, barely an inconvenience!"...

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Posted in: Shot 9 times at New Zealand mosque, survivor walks for peace See in context

What an inspirational man.

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Posted in: If we could have the nuclear reactors working, if we could speed that up, if you could obtain the understanding of the people after having verified safety - speeding up inspections and then speeding up the restarts, that's definitely a choice. See in context

The malarkey phrase "obtain the understanding of the people" means "the people" do not agree with you, and for good reasons.

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Posted in: Japan to remove attendance limit at large events as infection slows See in context

Has anyone noticed that Omicron is literally everywhere throughout Japan, in spite of the three items currently disfiguring life in Japan: masks/alcohol wipes/magic plastic shielding? Very few severely ill in the hospital. Conclusion: live with it and ditch the largely useless Holy Trinity. Back to wearing masks if one has a cold, or the pollen clouds in Tokyo are bothersome.

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Posted in: Biden vows 'never again' in marking 80 years since Japanese Americans' internment See in context

Palestine. Gaza Strip. Guantánamo. Julian Assuage.

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