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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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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

More soap in all the restrooms. Most have none.

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Posted in: Night shopping See in context

Very nice photo of a great place to visit and relax in the...crowds.

Just wash hands afterwards, but do not desert your favorite venues.

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Posted in: Gov't to take bold steps to beat virus fallout: economy minister See in context

Why not just name the "shopping district in Tokyo" photo? It is clearly Omotesando in Harajuku, no?

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Posted in: For some Fukushima evacuees, Olympics no reason for cheer See in context

Quite like the revised Olympics rings on the protest sign.

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Posted in: Food deliverers split on whether to wear masks amid virus spread See in context

Those masks are not effective! Why do people continue to rely upon magic thinking? Guess it is easier than actually doing something that works, such as Dominos' idea. That is a practical solution. Wash hands.

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Posted in: For some Fukushima evacuees, Olympics no reason for cheer See in context

Is this a translation misstep?

""There are only five households left in that situation. We are helping them find housing, but it is hard to communicate with them," he said."

Why is it "hard" to communicate with them?

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Posted in: Japanese model gives tutorial on converting bras to masks See in context

This is really getting ridiculous. At least it is entertaining while waiting for the C19 to finally peter out.

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Posted in: Film about Fukushima heroes warns against complacency See in context

The poster is beautifully disturbing.

Going to see the movie this week because of the Comments here.

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Posted in: Politician apologizes for ¥8.9 mil face mask price gouging See in context

Perhaps some politician is hoarding all the paper de toilette? There hasn't been any in my part of Tokyo for a week!

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Posted in: Gov't set to revise law allowing Abe to declare state of emergency over virus See in context

PM Abe cannot launch effective action without declaring an emergency situation? He only has legal rights to govern during normal times? What am I missing here?

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Posted in: Kobe woman, Nagoya Sagawa delivery man, JAL cabin attendant test positive for virus See in context

By now, it's probably best to decide that everyone has the virus. Please remove your masks and breathe the fresh air and wash your hands. Keep a healthy lifestyle. Stop smoking, at the very, very least.

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Posted in: Japan begins coronavirus travel restrictions for China, S Korea See in context

VInce, I would agree with you that "Show me evidence of an otherwise healthy person dying from the Coronavirus?" except that the Wuhan doctor in his 30s who first noticed this in his patients and tried to get the word out to colleagues caught the virus then DIED in the hospital. Did the Chinese government decide to kill the messenger? It's hard to say, but this young man is no longer with us. Still, your broader point is correct as far as I can tell.

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Posted in: Sakura stroll See in context

Ditch the mask, dude!!! Please, JT, use photos without these useless masks. Showing a mask-wearer just reinforces the myth that they are useful. Check the science at CDC and other scientific sources.

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Posted in: Mick Jagger finds he can get some satisfaction - from acting See in context

Toasted, that is one of the best movies of all time. Bowie owned it. JMHO.

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Posted in: Sumo tournament begins without spectators for 1st time See in context

This was a sold-out basho. Will all the ticket holders be fully reimbursed?

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Posted in: Abe in dilemma as coronavirus response could cut both ways See in context

Commanteer, please check responsible web sources for scientific information, such as the CDC. Your beliefs in the mask's effectiveness is ill-informed.

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Posted in: Across Asia, countries race to boost face mask supplies See in context

" Under a new policy going into effect on Monday, people in South Korea will be able to buy two masks per week on certain days of the week based on their birth years. "

So two masks to long? Why not just get real and give it up on the masks? They do not protect against viruses. Ask the CDC and other medical authorities, not the mask makers (making a killing!) and politicians. Where is PM Abe's face mask?

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Posted in: Organizers downsize arrival ceremony for Olympic torch See in context

Could a more unflattering photo have been found?

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Posted in: Trump names Meadows his new chief of staff See in context

"It’s going to be a great 2019!” ? Look at the calendar, please. What year is it?

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Posted in: Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears See in context

Still no toilet paper in the local grocery stores here in Tokyo. When is this crisis going to end? Then, we can deal with all the diplomatic doings.

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Posted in: New classroom See in context

No masks in sight, which is a relief. As long as there is good air circulation, it seems alright. Children are not the main carriers and there is a lot of space between the students. Less congested than the usual classrooms, and less touching.

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Posted in: S Korea protests over Japan's virus travel restrictions See in context

Photo shows two unhappy rented kimono wearers with their beautiful outfit ruined by those ineffective white paper masks. Not the photo I would want of my sweetheart moment in the national papers. Why not show lovely kimono-clad young couples washing their hands, instead? Should they even be strolling hand in hand?

Please, JT, show photos that help, not reinforce the erroneous magical belief in the power dust masks. On the other hand, maybe they are both kafun/pollen sufferers, in which case I have heard that the dust masks work. Otherwise, if sick, wear the mask to prevent spreading your germs (maybe).

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Posted in: James Bond film release pushed back 7 months due to virus See in context

I want to see it in the theaters, not online venues. I can wait a few months.

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Posted in: Entertainer Tashiro found guilty over drug use, possession See in context

Photo please. No idea who this person is.

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Posted in: Coronavirus temporary legislation likely to clear lower house on March 12 See in context

TP just arrived today on the shelves of my local Eastern Tokyo Conan's Home Center. Limit is one big bundle. Thought people might want to know.

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Posted in: Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe See in context

On a more positive note, after five days of empty shelves, my local East Tokyo Conan's Home Center finally had packs of 16, I think. Limit now is one/customer. Hopefully, by next week, all the local grocery stores will be back with their Miffy and other cartoon characters TP varieties.

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Posted in: Lifely Walking Pants help elderly to walk with confidence again See in context


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Posted in: Bloom times See in context

Please do not use photos of masked people. Completely wipes out the interest in the photo. Lazy, too.

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