Patricia Yarrow comments

Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman apologizes for remarks against LGBT rights See in context

Mr. Kipling, And what if he postulated, "If everyone was Catholic (or Mormon, or Islamists, etc., take your pick), the birth rate would drop (or Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines lose believers and income, etc., take your pick)"?

It is not just a matter of "All he said was" that matters. It is that he is a politician, allegedly working at the long past due date of 79 for all of his constituency. His statement was ill-considered and hurt many, as well as contributed to shaming Japan as a whole in the eyes of the world, as the protests and petitions clearly demonstrate.

He should retire immediately and enjoy his fat pension.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite places in Japan to view the beautiful autumn foliage? See in context

These days?? YouTube.

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Posted in: Do you think remote working, where possible, improves productivity, creativity and staff retention for a company? See in context

Sooo, how will annual bonuses be determined now that staff are not shlepping long hours ostentatiously in the "office" after 5pm?

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Posted in: Gov't asks universities, others to join mourning for late PM Nakasone See in context

Goodlucktoyou...was that sarcasm or not?

Would be helpful if you indicated this.

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Posted in: The underground 'Parthenon' protecting Tokyo from floods See in context

Would love to visit these sites. Vividly well written article, by the way.

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Posted in: Serene surroundings See in context

Masks ruin the aesthetics. Sorry. Don't print these sad photos.

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Posted in: Niigata Prefecture heightens bear alert after woman dies from attack See in context

One could ask who is the interloper in these areas (Niigata, Yellowstone, California)...humans or the animals who have lived there for millennia?

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Posted in: LGBTQ landmark: Pride House Tokyo opens as part of pre-Olympic project See in context

OK, but where is it?

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Posted in: Japan extends deadline for casino host city bids to April 2022 See in context

"how else is Japan going to replace the tax revenue that is lost every time 2 Japanese retire (and stop paying taxes)" (Muratafan said) No one ever brings up the most obvious: Abolish mandatory retirement age laws. Let people work until they personally decide to call it a day. Politicians work until the grave welcomes them, it seems.

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Posted in: First-ever foot-operated vending machine appears in Japan during pandemic See in context

Use a hankie to touch buttons and surfaces. Wash hankie. Done.

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Posted in: Typhoon expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds over weekend See in context

Won't everyone's masks get very wet? Why not just take them off when outdoors?

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Posted in: Five new Pokemon manhole covers arrive in Tottori Prefecture; now with one in every municipality See in context

Those utility covers add something extra special to being out and about in Japan.

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Posted in: Guitar rock legend Eddie Van Halen dies of cancer at 65 See in context

Smoking or constant exposure to second-hand smoke, a hazard of the rocker's world, on top of the booze and coke? Ouch.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman under fire over remarks against LGBT rights See in context

It is not his age, but his grievous statements, which he has probably made all his life. Why isn't he retired and fishing or something? Eleven terms!

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Posted in: Japan seeks to boost catch limits of prized bluefin tuna See in context

Really miss the Tsukiji jonai days.

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Posted in: A winter work-from-home essential from Japan: The kotatsu desk See in context

Too bad Kenzo never designed better looking blankets for these things. Great idea, soul-flattening presentation.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 108 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 396 See in context

"Hands, Face. Space." Finally, a decent English slogan.

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Posted in: Fujitsu still investigating cause of Tokyo Stock Exchange outage, says CEO See in context

"making utmost efforts"...that always does it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 78 new coronavirus cases See in context

No need to mask in the open streets.

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Posted in: Gov't urges people struggling to cope to seek help after death of actress See in context

What was her problem? No information on this.

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Posted in: 72% of children in Japan feel stress over coronavirus pandemic: poll See in context

I am with Daito and El Rata.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 144 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 470 See in context

https://ncov2019.live/data/asia reports 81,055 cases, 1,540 dead, and 74,151 recovered in Japan

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Posted in: Airline passengers want to see plastic barriers to boost confidence: industry execs See in context

More Magical Thinking. The virus goes along the air and does not care about your plastic shields.

Skip it. Plastic companies are making a mint, no doubt.

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Posted in: Number of suicides among Japanese jumps in August See in context

Not officially, but then what was that 100 days when I felt it best to not leave my home? Sure felt like a lockdown to me. I'm in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Does Burger King’s Ugly Beef Burger taste as bad as it looks? See in context

Enjoyed the writing on this burger article.

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Posted in: Samurai face mask covers are here to serve during the pandemic See in context

This is kinda brilliant.

Especially on my gaijin face.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka hints at more racial justice activism See in context

Athletes did not become who they are in a vacuum. If they can use their celebrity to highlight serious issues, I say good on them.

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Posted in: COVID robocop: the droid that reminds you to wear your mask See in context

Fine. Put a mask on that hideous robot, first of all.

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Posted in: Japan's tuna market, the world's largest, hit hard by pandemic See in context

Just look at how small the maguro/tuna are in that photo. Over the years, I have witness the decreasing size. In the 90s, there were rows and rows of enormous, longer a man is tall, tuna. Long live the tuna, whales, dolphins...the oceans need them much more than we do.

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