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Posted in: Tokyo running out of beds and gear, medical staff say See in context

What's also alarming is:

"Like many other medical workers, she declined to be named because she is not allowed to speak to the media."

It's this the case in the UK, and other developed countries? I just saw a BBC report in New York, and a medical worker was openly complaining on camera about not having the correct protective gear (she said she was wearing a "garbage bag") while the cameras also showed another hospital worker wearing ski goggles to protect her.

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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

First day of new academic year at my International school in Tokyo was open for business (although it might close soon).

On day one, I witnessed:

One Japanese staff touching the mask and mouth (under the mask) of one kid while saying "sooo cuuute!"

Several Japanese staff hugging and touching the children multiple times (when our company told us not to do so).

A Filippina worker moving kids that I had spaced apart back close together on the same table (although admittedly, I didn't do a good job of spacing the kids to begin with).

A Japanese staff member handing out spare school lunches to teachers, after they opened the box to "have a look" with their hands (whilst not wearing any gloves or washing her hands prior to doing so).

Teachers having to congregate at the cramped/crowded area near the front desk to have a meeting that didn't really seem needed, with other staff and pupils walking through and around all the teachers.

Luckily, most of my pupils didn't come to school today, so there's that.

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Posted in: Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases See in context


"Why is Japan’s death count low? Not cases. Death count. And we are 3 months in."

Lack of testing = A lack of "sick people".

Deaths from people "not sick" are not reported as such.

Autopsies are not performed, as in Japan, family consent is required and why would anyone need to do an autopsy if noone is worried about the virus, due to the low numbers reported.

Rinse and repeat.

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Posted in: Back to school See in context

Disgusting behaviour of the school, during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Absolutely shameful.

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Posted in: Japanese police investigated 11,000 foreigners in 2019: NPA See in context

Wow! They INVESTIGATED some foreigners! My goodness, that means it must be a foreign crime PANDEMIC!

Quick, issue two tissues to every household to protect them!

Japan is the laughing stock of the world.

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Posted in: 5 post-apocalyptic anime to watch while social distancing See in context

Obviously these are for people who are allowed up socially distance/self isolate, so basically everyone OUTSIDE Japan (at time of press), right?

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Posted in: Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing See in context


That's true. I think the main issue is that we have a much worse problem here, due to the government not telling people to stay at home and socially distance (to globally "accepted" standards). At least, in other countries, ignorant and selfish behaviour (or situations of crowded trains of "essential" workers) is regularly reported upon and criticised by the media or by governments, etc.

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


South Korea also instigated rapid, widespread and thorough testing procedures, and have used full "hazmat" style protection for medical workers caring for those infected in (quarantined/sealed-off areas of) hospitals.

Other countries have utilised more testing and/or social distancing.

Japan hasn't done either.

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


Incorrect. People the world over are following, and respect the almost unanimous global decision to enact this form of "martial law". This is in order to save lives from a global pandemic.

Your own opinion, in this matter, is absolutely that of the minority.

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

On Friday, the 27th of March (2020), I walked past a park in an affluent area near Takanawanadai station. It is home to rich Japanese and ex-pats. There was a local park, FULL of kids, mothers (all sitting tight next to each other and chatting) and several elderly people (sitting together).

If it wasn't for the pandemic, it would look like suburban heaven. Unfortunately, it just made me feel like I've gone back in time or a third-world country.

So many selfish diots, risking themselves and others.

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

Ah yes, the typical Japanese government response to a crisis; make a taskforce, have meetings, create a think-tank and then...deny any wrongdoing and make a halfhearted apology after many people have died.

Well done, Japan!

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Posted in: Telework, stockpiling spread in Tokyo after Koike's press conference See in context

My school isn't closed and we have to work as normal. Our graduation ceremony is going ahead, but only one parent can attend per pupil, and those parents will all be sitting right next to each other.

All of the teachers and staff have been in close proximity to each other, getting ready for the ceremony and the next academic year....

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

Japan seems to be in some sort of bubble, where everything is 1932, or something.

Fresh air DOESN'T kill the virus. Why do you think people have been told, the world over, to STAY AT HOME and NOT GO OUTSIDE?

Masks don't protect people from the virus (in the air).

Seriously, this government is trash.

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Posted in: All signs point to Tokyo Olympics being postponed See in context

This isn't a "maybe" (as the Japanese press had erroneously been reporting); this is a fact. The Olympics have been postponed.

Abe and cronies don't get to make a decision, because the IOC has already decided.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan may not have enough new virus test kits See in context

To those that think a reduction in testing is "good":

The idea is to phone a hospital first and then, if they agree, to go in for testing.

Other governments have also instigated strict lockdowns and/or those societies have agreed to, and followed strict social isolation procedures.

Many other countries have understood that washing hands (NOT including "gargling"), avoiding touching faces, etc is the correct way to avoid the virus. They have also understood that wearing a mask does NOT prevent the virus (and in the case of touching a potentially contaminated mask, while removing it, can potentially SPREAD infection).

Thus, the lack of awareness/following of adequate preventative measures AND the lack of testing, coupled with no strict measures in place to socially distance the population are factors of high concern in Japan right now.

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

Typical Japanese construction (i.e., ugly). It's like reading about how they bulldozed Kyoto station to make something just as ugly, in the book "Dogs and Demons".

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

"The use of masks" is NOT a valid reason for low infection rates. They don't protect you from airborne particles and offer SOME protection from coughs, sneezes, etc.

Please note that Chinese people also have a culture of "mask-wearing", but that did little to protect them from the virus.

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Posted in: Japan Times changes reference to 'comfort women' after backlash See in context

I stopped reading the Japan Times soon after they became a puppet of the Japanese government, just like NHK.

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Posted in: Apple brings PC-like trackpad to iPad tablets See in context

Wow, in a few years' time, iOS will almost be up to the same standards as Windows PCs and Android devices, which have had mouse and keyboard support for ages.

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Posted in: Father gets 16 years in prison for fatal abuse of 10-year-old daughter See in context

Apart from the abuse from the father, this seems to be a classic case of Japan's shamefully inadequate social services, linked to the shockingly backwards way that the police and education authority's intact with them.

Comparing Japan's broken system to ones in developed countries, such as the UK (which isn't great itself) is night and day.

Japan should be ashamed of itself.

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Posted in: Vegan hamburger steak rice bowls added to over 1,900 convenience stores in Tokyo See in context

Great news! Japan is starting to become more and more developed.

Great work, Japan!

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Posted in: Trump calls himself 'wartime president' as he battles virus See in context

If only he would start the fight against (his) errors...

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Posted in: Local gov't ordinance in Kagawa aims to limit kids' time on internet, video games See in context

1/ This can't, and won't be enforced.

2/ Good luck enforcing it during Coronavirus social isolation...

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Posted in: Express train knocks suicide jumper back onto platform, injuring 3 people See in context

Although suicide is a terrible thing that should be avoided, I'm always surprised by the selfish way some people in Japan choose to commit it.

Perhaps they'll wake up in a purgatory, specially designed to resemble a train platform with a perpetually delayed train?

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Posted in: Customers who complain and are abusive are frustrated that they can’t get an item that they used to buy all the time, and they develop a sense of deprivation. They also feel stuck with no way out as the outbreak continues with no end in sight. See in context

(Japanese) customers should instead be given leaflets, educating them that masks don't actually protect against any airborne viruses, and that washing hands regularly and staying at home if they are sick are normal, common-sensical things to do amongst most other people around the world.

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Posted in: Doraemon Arrives at Baskin Robbins with new ice cream flavor and traditional Japanese sweet See in context

Why, oh why didn't Baskin Robbins simply serve hot dorayaki with (vanilla) ice cream? It's AMAZING.

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Posted in: U.S. Soccer president quits after gender discrimination suit See in context

"...And so say all of us".

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Posted in: Court scraps acquittal of man; sentences him to 10 years for raping daughter See in context

A great first step for Japan in this area. Now, if they could just change rape-related laws and related criminal procedures to bring them in line with the rest of the developed world, that would be lovely.

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Posted in: Japan to expand anti-online piracy law to encompass manga, magazines See in context

Most hosting sites and link sites are based outside Japan anyway.

This is just lip-service. Nothing has changed.

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Posted in: Cat shot with crossbow bolt in Shiga Pref See in context


It might have been Geralt of Rivea. I suspect he was aiming at a nearby Lurker but missed.

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