COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics unlikely to be in spring, Mori says See in context

Spring time, April and May, would be the best months for the athletes, weather considered.

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Posted in: 58 infected with coronavirus at welfare facility in Chiba See in context

Get it right, people. Those paper masks are not capable of filtering out the minuscule C. virus. Wear them if you are sick (or a hay fever sufferer). Otherwise, just wishful thinking.

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Posted in: Japan plans huge stimulus package to cushion blow from coronavirus See in context

Dump the sales tax. Automatic 10% increase in yen in the purse for everyone.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context

Gym on Twitter for Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent tweets. He put together a nifty workout for those stuck at home, including links to videos. He is such a guy! The best. Hope this helps. My own gym is open. Studio classes resume next Tuesday, so far.

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Posted in: Yakitori night See in context

So sick of those useless masks plastered over everyone's face.

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Posted in: How to make 'so,' Japan’s 1,000-year-old dessert that’s back in fashion See in context

Enjoyed reading this tale of kitchen and historical drama. Well done!

Who knew milk would do this. Now, to find my court staff to do the hour + of stirring.

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Posted in: Olympic delay may not be all bad news for Abe See in context

Need to change the PM. Enough of Abe. Can the opposition parties find an electable candidate and unite behind him/her?

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Posted in: High hug See in context

Uh, the masks....highly unromantic. Get those things off your faces. Just wash your hands after all the lovey dovey.

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Posted in: 13-year-old donates over 600 handmade masks amid shortage in Japan See in context

Won't stop the virus. Helps keep people calmed down with magical thinking. As long as they realize the real cure is hand washing, go ahead and hide behind the masks this enterprising young lady produced with her own hands and cash. How did she lay her hands on ¥80,000 (around $750), by the way? That is a lot of babysitting money.

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Posted in: When you first heard about the coronavirus, did you think it would escalate into the crisis the world is currently facing? See in context

Yes. As soon as I ran across the "exponential" assessment.

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Posted in: Outdoor smokers on the rise as April law set to take effect See in context

Every obstacle put up results in smokers quitting. My benchmark is the yakitori place downstairs. Staff smokes, smoking allowed, that "green" SMOKING ALLOWED HERE sign on the door. One day, the owner and main cook will be watching his staff succumb to lung cancer. How will he feel then? He encouraged them! I wish this place would truly go cold turkey and stop permitting smoking. Their actual cooking is thoughtful and delicious, but I can't go inside their joint. I keep relations friendly, though. Hoping they will see the light (beyond that match lighting their cancer sticks for all to enjoy). Always shocked that parents take their kids inside to enjoy their first lungfuls of cancer clouds.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

JT: photo, please. Have no idea who this is. Too lazy to do your work for you and google it.

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Posted in: Guide to reduce virus risks issued for schools before reopening See in context

wtfjapan: Medical personnel wear masks because their faces are very close to patients who may sneeze or whatever right into their faces. They are not wearing them to avoid contracting Corolla virii. Your point is invalid on this one.

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Posted in: Daughter of former SMAP star Takuya Kimura becomes a model in Japan See in context

Idle thoughts: I would prefer to see both of these lovely ladies on train advertising and replacing the overplayed models currently cursing my eyes.

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Posted in: Olympic flame to be carried by car instead of torchbearers See in context

What is the point of taking commemorative photos (top photo) with a piece of paper slapped across your faces?

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Posted in: Dolphin show See in context

Release the captured mammals back to the ocean where they belong. Come up with something else for your family "entertainment" aside from torturing animal slaves. Shameful.

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Posted in: Daughter of former SMAP star Takuya Kimura becomes a model in Japan See in context

and loads of hair on both of them.

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Posted in: Koike urges cooperation to avoid Tokyo lockdown See in context

Oh, oh. What am I going to do with my four liters of umeshu that I started 3 years ago for the Summer Olympics? If the games are delayed for a year or so, I guess they will keep. If the games are cancelled, and we are put under Tokyo lockdown, oh, my. Whatever should I do?

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Posted in: Koike urges cooperation to avoid Tokyo lockdown See in context

Most used phrase for 2020 "make efforts"

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Posted in: Royal graduate See in context

That mask photo of her special day is just hideous. Could she not have removed it for thirty seconds? Plus, paper masks are ineffective for the Coronavirus. She is encouraging the populace to believe in the mystery masks, which is not responsible. Pollen is another matter but does she have a problem with pollen?

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Posted in: Why haven't the Tokyo Olympics been postponed already? See in context

Keep the Olympics in a summer and a winter spot permanently. The degree of chaos and graft is not going to decrease any other way.

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Posted in: New Harajuku Station building opens in Tokyo See in context

No imagination in the new building, not even a nod towards what it replaces. Cold and heartless addition to the urban landscape.

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Posted in: Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative See in context

Where is the toilet paper in Tokyo? Heck with the useless masks.

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Posted in: Moving day See in context

No masks on pedestrians, either. Poor police guy. No dignity with those masks.

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Posted in: Expert panel discourages large gatherings, recommends reopening some schools See in context

Ilyas, it is not a matter of "belief", it is proven scientific fact that masks are not effective in preventing the virus from entering one's body. Go to the science for your "beliefs". Most of the mask wearing is simply sheepish virtue signaling.

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Posted in: 70-year-old man beaten to death with concrete block on street in Hyogo Pref See in context

Missing info from this article: What were they arguing about that led to this? Where did the concrete block come from? They are not usually in a person's backpack, for instance.

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Posted in: Woman robbed inside elevator in Yokohama See in context

Why not just say "I don't have any cash on me, dude. Sorry."

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 19 disabled people at care facility See in context

Instead of the death penalty and have taxpayers pay for his three squares and a cot for years, make him take care of paperwork from people with disabled relatives. One day, he may see the light. All of us are on earth for a short time, no matter whether we are 100% or 10%.

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Just hold them with reduced audience and some athletes not able to come to Japan. Next year is not guaranteed to be any better. Could be new virii or who knows what.

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Posted in: If the Tokyo Olympics were to be postponed until 2021, for example, how could the extra year’s preparation be put to good use? See in context

Oh, and finish rehousing Fukushima 3/11 victims. It's been nine years.

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