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Posted in: Hospital grapples with coronavirus aftermath See in context

I was going to mention the selfishness of the locals in the article, JCosplay, but unfortunately, such behaviour has manifested itself globally. However, I think the secrecy about treatment and testing centres is linked to a desire to avoid such public reactions, which is MORE concerning for me, and seems to me as being more of a Japan-centric way of behaving.

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Posted in: Hospital grapples with coronavirus aftermath See in context

Although it was unfortunate that the outbreak wasn't dealt with effectively (which is understandable, under the circumstances), it's commendable that the hospital helped the Covid 19 patients.

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Posted in: Facebook frustrates advertisers as boycott over hate speech kicks off See in context

Facebook? Isn't that like 4-chan, but with adverts, or something?

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Posted in: Mandatory charging for plastic shopping bags starts in Japan See in context

I read that charging customers actually INCREASES the amount of bags used, as customers feel justified that there are paint for the bags, which covers their "guilt".

I also read that simply removing the bags and supplying alternate bags works far better.

I was also told today that the gov has removed the saving you get from using a card to pay for shopping, at the same time as this "bag tax".

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Posted in: What are some of the most interesting radio programs in Japan? See in context

The best radio station I listen to in the car is "BBC Radio1", via the "TuneIn Radio" App, a phono cable or radio transmitter dongle and/or a charging cable via the cigarette lighter port.

Then, it's like being back home.

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Posted in: Japan to delay 'womenomics' target for female leaders by up to a decade: report See in context

Lol. No surprises here, just Japan as normal. Move along, people.

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Posted in: What are some of the most interesting radio programs in Japan? See in context

None. They're all cr@p, with too many ads, sponsored content and dj talk-time over a smattering of musical content. The Leno of quality Japanese music, compared to foreign content, is another factor.

Most people simply use Spotify, Y-Music/YouTube, streaming radio apps or other music streaming apps. Heck, can even podcasts are better quality than Japanese radio.

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Posted in: Court rejects damages suit by man in forced sterilization case See in context

That's terrible. I'm not surprised by Japanese law though, as it seems to be even worse than the state of the law in other countries.

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Posted in: Japan's fussy food shoppers finally go online amid pandemic See in context

Although the UK's broadband might be below some other countries, it's adoption of digital services has, and continues to be, better than Japan's.

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Posted in: Half of Tokyo residents oppose Olympics in 2021: poll See in context

I don't think the Japanese government deserves to host it now, due to their refusal to test our deal with the virus prior to the IOC deciding to postpone it, and the lack of testing afterwards and the lack of substantial treatment, excessive deaths figures, transparency and lack of lockdown measures, etc.

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Posted in: Trump defends John Wayne legacy over airport 'racism' row See in context

I applaud the need to rethink about the names of places, and the importance of statues, etc. I think it's a bit more complex than "remove it" though. Some ideas include:

keeping the offending item/name, with a plaque explaining why (at the time) it was created, and why many/some people think it should/should not be removed (or why the person commentated did not deserve it). A "warts and all" approach.

moving the offending plaque/Street sign/statue/etc to a museum, where its history can be explained.


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Posted in: Nissan executives face angry shareholders See in context

"One stock owner appeared to speak up for Ghosn, stressing Nissan had lost people’s trust after ousting him without giving him a chance to defend himself over problems that might have been solved internally, instead appearing to collude with prosecutors and government officials."


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Posted in: Tokyo reports 60 coronavirus cases; highest since state of emergency lifted See in context

I thought they would enact a SOE again (in Tokyo) if it reached, or exceeded 50?

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Posted in: 1,744 accidents reported at child care facilities in Japan in 2019 See in context

I'm not surprised. At "Crayon Kids International", in Yachiyo, Chiba, there were a fair few accidents reported to me. They used to push tables and chairs against the only other alternate fire escape, forget to close the faulty front door (that was done by the school manager, in one of the incidents), which itself wouldn't always lock, etc. I saw staff preparing lunch near to dirty nappies, kids climbing makeshift barricades and all manner of safety problems. Wheneve they were reported to the manager, she said "It's ok" and then give some form of excuse.

I feel, with the dearth of adequate child care facilities in Japan, that there are many, badly run ones, receiving government money, to "fill the gap".

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Posted in: Ramen restaurant in Chiba offers lifetime free ramen plan for ¥100,000 See in context

Ahh, Nishi-chiba, so it's near Chiba University then.

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Posted in: The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks See in context

Good for them, although I wish they had come up with a better alternative name. For them to have been treated in such a bad way by the country music scene is disgusting, and serves to strengthen the stereotype of "ignorant, nationalistic, hill-Billy bigots", which is not really true.

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Posted in: Japan to create guidelines to improve conditions for freelancers See in context

At "Crayon Kids International", a day care centre in Yachiyo, Chiba, they employed the "teachers" as freelance, and didn't pay insurance, etc to them. They also tried to take their legal, 1-hour break from them and sacked one worker (with little or no warning) due to a "lack of new kids" in her class. They teacher was so hard working, they used to stay up to 3am, planning and making content for their classes. The company thanked them for their hard work by sacking them during the pandemic and that teacher couldn't get any unemployment aid.

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Posted in: Japan to disband panel of coronavirus experts after criticism See in context

"Media have also reported that the panel refrained from saying in a March statement that the virus could be transmitted from asymptomatic people - those with the virus who do not show symptoms - as the government asked it not to do so to avoid causing panic."

This is why I don't trust the Japanese government, especially with relation to Covid 19.

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Posted in: Office cluster pushes Tokyo coronavirus cases to 6-week high of 55 See in context

At my workplace:

~ one colleague told me he's been partying in Shinjuku/Kabukicho last weekend.

~ many colleagues don't wear their masks while on their breaks together, in the same room.

~ teachers touch (high-five, cuddle, touch their faces) the kids every day.

~ social distancing between pupils and staff isn't really followed.

This behaviour is fine by foreign and Japanese staff alike.

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Posted in: Two more Trump campaign staff members at Tulsa rally test positive for coronavirus See in context

"These staff members attended the rally but were wearing masks during the entire event."

Masks, like social distancing, lockdowns and hand washing, only really protect people if EVERYONE is doing it.

I've had discussions with 4 year old kids from Japan, China and Russia and even they think stuff from Trump sounds idiotic.

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Posted in: Global coronavirus cases top 9 million as WHO says pandemic accelerating See in context

Why? As much as I deplore the eating of dogs, there's no correlation between dogs and Covid 19.

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Posted in: China warns of reprisal as Japanese city changes disputed area name See in context

And so can China. Your point?

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Posted in: Radio makes comeback in Japan for those staying at home See in context

These days, free music is so easy to access online. I've got an Android TV device connected to my TV and hi-fi, my phone with headphones, and both a phono cord and a radio transmitter (which plugs into the cigarette lighter for power) for the car.

Using either "Jango" (a free music service, like Spotify, but I'm not sure if it's still working), "Ymusic" (a free YouTube music app) or "Tune in Radio" (free app that can get most free radio stations from around the world), I can listen to "BBC Radio 1" commuting to and from work, don't the housework at home, or in the car, with my girlfriend.

Who in their right mind would listen to local/domestic Japanese radio stations?

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Posted in: McDonald’s starts new Japan campaign featuring burgers from its overseas restaurants See in context

I've never had that burger in the UK. Client they have just imported something better from McDonalds outside Japan?

How about better customer service, including allowing customers to choose ANY dipping sauce with their chips/fries or mayonnaise? Even better, allow customers to use "food hacks" or customise their burgers, like most other international Macky-D's.

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Posted in: Radio makes comeback in Japan for those staying at home See in context

I read that Japanese radio dj's talk over more of the song than other dj's (globally) due to increased monopolies from Japan's music industry, making it almost impossible to hear most of the song (and thus coerce people into paying for the music instead). The amount of adverts and "paid promotional" content (said by the DJs) is due to the revenue stream.

I read that must Japanese people, unlike most other countries globally, abandoned listening to radio, creating more need by the stations for advertising revenue, etc.

Basically, Japanese radio and TV is dog sh*t.

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Posted in: Tokyo lifts all restrictions on businesses, including live music venues, nightclubs See in context

@Bernard Marx

It was all overblown anyways, as the data now show us.


Data on Covid 19 in Japan is sparse, due to a lack of testing and "Total Excess Deaths" stats, meaning no clear conclusions can be made regarding the current state.

Please refrain from inaccurate opinions.

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Posted in: Tokyo lifts all restrictions on businesses, including live music venues, nightclubs See in context

What splendid idea. It's amazing that Japan is basically how Trump wants to run America, esp. with regards to Covid 19.

"Behold! The virus has disappeared!"

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Posted in: Soap dispenser in Tokyo public toilet switched with one full of acidic liquid See in context

I think what is more surprising is that a public toilet in Japan had SOAP. Usually, only ones in private establishments do so, while ones inside/around train stations or at public parks do not.

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Posted in: NHK to retrain staff after criticism of cartoon about black Americans See in context

The sad fact that, even in the age where (probably) Fox News would hesitate to release something like this, NHK "needs" additional training on something so basically and common-sensical, that is practically "TV producing 101"...

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Posted in: European lawmakers chide Japan over parental child abductions See in context


Although it is an issue (see: - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_child_abduction_in_Japan ), there is also the issue where the non-Japanese court has given rights to the non-Japanese parent and denied the Japanese parent full rights to the child. In one case, restrictions were put into place due to the Japanese parent being suspected of intent to abduct (which they did). Japan also has additional clauses to its interpretation of abuse (including "ignoring" or not replying to a Japanese partner, who, say, is shouting at their partner), which itself is open for abuse by Japan.

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