Patricia Yarrow comments

Posted in: What do you think it will take to persuade the majority of Japanese people to go maskless after the government downgrades the coronavirus status to the level of influenza? See in context

Praying that on 8 May, all the hideous plastic partitioning and curtaining is removed. Surely that is part of the Great Demasking. Thinking positively here.

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Posted in: Japan reports 32,459 new coronavirus cases See in context

Likewise to forgoing the facial cosplay drapery. Today was asked "rules" to wear one in a tiny corner farmer's marketing store that is wide open to the street. I donned my symbolic, handmade face shield so the cashier would calm down, and took it off the second I left. Sheesh. Will return after 8 March, when hopefully their sanity has returned. The more people unmask, the stronger will be the social agreement to defenestrate. Saw a record of 30 free faces today in Tokyo. It is getting better.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan changing ingredients in Chicken McNuggets See in context

McD is not interested in your health. They are interested in the bottom line. Do not patronize them. So many other honest restaurants in Japan to patronize. Please do so.

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Posted in: Ex-Japan defense chief Kishi to resign as lawmaker over health issues See in context

JT, a photo please of Kishi-san.

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Posted in: Millennium-old Japanese temple offering funeral service for broken record player needles See in context

Jeepers, people, chill out a bit. I find this utterly charming, and part of why I enjoy living in Japan. For all we know, stylus and cartridge may indeed have some sort of spirituality, which is what Shinto is all about. After all the human hand touching of them, they deserve a respectful ceremony. Cheers for the pagers ceremony, too.

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Posted in: NATO chief wants stronger ties with Japan to defend democracy See in context

Saving that photo to celebrate May 8.

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Posted in: Anti-insect laser gun turrets designed by Osaka University; expected to work on roaches too See in context

If I could laser-gun the occasional roach in my kitchen, I would be only too happy to do so. For now, it is the ice-cold spray to freeze the buggers, then out the window they go...

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Posted in: Police, tech firms hold response drills to counter attacks ahead of G7 summit See in context

Jeepers. Take off the face paper when you are outdoors, as it does nothing. I long to see people's entire faces again.

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Posted in: Japan decides to ease medical rules on COVID-19 on May 8 See in context

Make it so. The sooner, the better.

Does this include tossing the plastic partitioning and curtaining? Staff faces finally back in view?

My landmark will be when my local chain sports club (Renaissance Sports Club) removes the acres of plastic and the mask mandate. Oh, what a happy day that will be.

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Posted in: We want people to thoroughly check product manuals and trash separation rules set by local governments when they dispose of the items, instead of making their own judgements. See in context

How about returning the much needed trash bins to train station platforms and around town in general? What are our taxes good for, if not this civic duty by governments?

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Posted in: Japan reports 82,614 new coronavirus cases See in context

Cases vs Mortality Rate, absolutely, D.M. We are all being held hostage by miniscuule numbers of severe cases in hospitals. Stop the madness asap, please. It is utterly dystopian in Tokyo with all the half-faces.

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Posted in: Should governments alert people to every new coronavirus variant that shows up? See in context

Masks, plastic, are not effective. Covid is no longer a death sentence, more like influenza for the usual demographics. We need to see FACES for a normal society.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors to Japan in 2022 up 15-fold to 3.83 million See in context

JapanToday, Please start using photographs featuring unmasked peeps. It is really time to get beyond this needless scaremongering.

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Posted in: Acquittal upheld for ex-TEPCO execs over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

So the stones uphill from the plant warning against tsunami were just decorative rocks.

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Posted in: Watch where you're going See in context

Right! Please stop normalizing masking in ads. It is not normal, and actually dystopian and off-putting. Needed more is a cute campaign ("Let's GoFace", for instance), and a mask-free cartoon character. Fits the Japanese culture, so why not?

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Posted in: Gov't considers lifting anti-COVID recommendation to wear masks indoors See in context

Just make a cosplay and cute chara campaign to convince the habituated in Japan to ditch the masks. Come on, everyone, "Let's GoTo Faces" and ditch the magical plastic, whilst at it.

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Posted in: Sensoji selfie See in context

The latest Covid variants are highly infectious, yet not particularly harmful. Time to follow the foreigners and ditch the useless masks, and completely silly plastic shields/shower curtains!

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Posted in: Here’s how your cup of coffee contributes to climate change See in context

MubaiR* What is wrong with almond milk, for pete's sake?

Please enlighten us.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes spring or summer for Fukushima plant water release See in context

First this: "the need to gain public support. Second this: "Most of the radioactivity is removed from the water during treatment, but tritium cannot be removed and low levels of some other radionuclides also remain."

Third: "some other radionuclides" are never defined. As I understand it, each of the giant tanks has a different composition of "some other radionuclides".

I am the public, and TEPCO will likely never gain my support, given their proven track record of decades of lying to the public, and making head in the sands decisions for the "cheapest". Look what "cheapest" bought them, and all of us.

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Posted in: Toyota pushes zero-emission goals by converting old models See in context

Put the men into shorts, please, to match the leggy ladies. I am into men't legs, so let's go for fashion attire equality. OR, skip the overt sexism. JMHO!

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Posted in: 5,000 sprint for title of Lucky Man See in context

Nice photo, too.

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Posted in: Japan reports 245,542 new coronavirus cases See in context

But, what about all the masks and the filthy hanging plastic and magic plastic partitions....?

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Posted in: Emperor wishes 2023 to be year of hope amid pandemic, war See in context

Seems the weirdo partition board as a background has been dropped. Next: No masks Japan. It's endemic and over.

Oh, and why not open the Crown to women? We are not inferior to men!

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Posted in: What is your biggest hope for the year 2023? See in context

That Japan drops the masks, and endless magical plastic partitions. Back to endemic normal.

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Posted in: Japan reports 192,063 new coronavirus cases; 420 deaths See in context

It is never about the numbers of infections. The important point is how many are dead because of it. We are all being held hostage to extremely LOW numbers of hospitalizations.

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Posted in: Japan reports 202,853 new coronavirus cases See in context

What will it take for Japan to finally stop the useless dystopian masking and magical thinking of the filthy plastic partitions. I want to see your face! I want to see the faces of the restaurant staff again.

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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: Finally seeing friends in person that I haven't seen in nearly three years. Exhilarating.

Endless masking, especially on staff everywhere. Depressing to the point of dystopia.

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Posted in: Sake plant in New York seeks to make new cuisine trend brew in U.S. See in context

As far as I can see, sake in the US is 3 or 4 times more expensive per bottle than in Japan, which puts into the category of "for the rich". Will Dassai be able to sell their bottles in a price range for the average Joe?

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Posted in: We don't really want to install surveillance, but we have to put a stop to littering. It's embarrassing to have tourists and others see the Kamo River littered with garbage. See in context

BINS. BINS.BINS. What does the government of Japan not get that this is part of their civic duty?

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Posted in: Japan eyes higher corporate, tobacco taxes to fund defense spending See in context

The never-ending irony of wearing a face mask (for health reasons), then smoking.

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