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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers show security and COVID-19 countermeasures See in context

What about the 72 hours pre-flight test?

Is it still required?

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Posted in: Subway bad manners See in context

The subtle message is clear; The No. 1 problem is foreigners with bad manners.

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Posted in: Shinkansen to get speed boost along Tohoku route See in context

Same price?

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Posted in: Japan to exempt business travelers, returnees from 14-day quarantine See in context

I'm puzzled.

Is business more important than containing the the virus or the quarantine is really not needed after all?

It can't be both at the same time.

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Posted in: Olympics cancellation likely to sock populace with nasty tax surprise See in context

If they really wanna have the Olympics they better start opening up with no-nonsense rules for foreign visitors to come to Japan.

No-one wants to come and visit if they have to:

Get an authorization letter.

Get a 72 hours pre-flight PCR test.

Get another PCR test when they land.

Do a two weeks quarantine.

Avoid public transport and interaction with the locals (seriously?)

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic athletes to be exempted from virus entry bans See in context

So, the athletes have to be tested twice, undergo a 14 days quarantine and still they're "prohibited from taking public transport" and also they have to "limit contact with the general public".


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Posted in: Suga gets word out: He supports Tokyo Olympics See in context

If every tourist who wants to see the Olympics have to obtain a letter of authorization from the Japanese embassy, a 72-hours pre-flight test and another one at the airport I see very few people coming to Japan, not to mention all the negative press when someone will be invariably sent back for lack of xyz.

Time to streamline the process, one test only, done at the airport and you can get the results in 15 minutes.

I'd say they could even charge for it, so with the whole process they would end up breaking even and show the world a very positive image of Japan.

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Posted in: Former Nissan executive Greg Kelly pleads not guilty as trial begins See in context

Top management at Nissan fretted they might lose Ghosn, who occasionally complained he could make more money elsewhere even though he was paid more than most Japanese top executives. They researched lawful methods to provide incentives for him to say, consulting with in-house and outside attorneys to try to retain him.


Ghosn was offered double his Japanese salary by the Obama administration and he refused because he wanted to stay at Nissan.

It's in the book "Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry"

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Posted in: Judge OKs extradition to Japan of 2 men accused of aiding Ghosn escape See in context

I still don't get the charges against Ghosn.

He was THE highest paid CEO in Japan making more than Akio Toyoda, Osamu Suzuki and Takahiro Hachigo combined.

He refused a US offer from the Obama administration to lead GM for double his Japanese salary in order to stay with Nissan.

Yet he's charged of stealing what amounts to a fraction of his yearly salary.

It just doesn't make any sense.

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Posted in: Japan, Taiwan to reopen borders for long-term residents from Sept 8 See in context

So, all foreign nationals must participate in the National Health Insurance plan.

All foreign nationals returning to Japan have to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to departure.

Does it mean they get reimbursed the 60% of the cost they paid for the mandatory overseas PCR test?

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Posted in: Q&A: Japan's coronavirus-related travel restrictions See in context

I guess the point of a double test is to make sure foreigners are not infected by Japanese while on a plane who have to be tested only once?

But then again, everyone gets tested upon arrival so what's the point of the 72-hours pre-flight test?

I'm puzzled.

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Posted in: Rules urged for personal-bag use in shops due to shoplifting fear See in context

Convenience stores are becoming more like inconvenience stores.

Japan should just adopt biodegradable grocery bags like they do in Europe and be done with it.

Use them and trash them without fear of damage to the environment instead of keeping the status quo and making everyone's life more complicated.

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Posted in: Japanese researchers say ozone effective in neutralizing coronavirus See in context

Ozone is a lung irritant and the state of California has banned ozone generators that emit more than 0.05 ppm.

0.1 ppm seems a bit high, perhaps it's better to use the system to sterilize the room before people come in or don't stay for long (like hallways)?

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners with resident visas: NHK See in context

When Fukushima happened, most foreigners stuck with Japan unconditionally.

When COVID happened, Japan didn't stick with it's foreign population.

This ease of entry restriction is obviously good news but it's delay is a serious eye-sore for Japan.

Now future newcomers know how they will be treated when, God forbid, a major disaster strikes again.

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Posted in: Japan's re-entry ban to contain virus unfair, Western business lobbies say See in context

The foreign-resident travel ban is really a shortsighted policy that will have a negative economic impact on Japan in the long term.

Perhaps the government wants to save money on PCR testing and quarantine by banning foreign residents, we don't know that for sure, but right now lots and lots of businesses are negatively affected.

Even the maintenance of the Shinkansen hinges upon the reentry of Australian technicians.

How are future foreigners (engineers, business people, etc) looking at Japan right now, knowing that the government can deny them entry at anytime simply because their nationality is considered a preexisting condition?

Perhaps a better policy would be for everyone (Japanese and foreign residents) to pay for quarantine after they travel more than a certain number of times so that people who really need to travel can factor that in.

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Posted in: Int'l school teachers in Japan exempted from entry ban See in context

There are some downsides with this policy:

1 If you employer, for whatever reason, fires you while you're overseas on vacation you won't be able to come back to find a new job, see your family or even pick up your stuff. 2 If you decide to advance your career and move on to a different job, you'll lose the re-entry privilege, but that's minor compared to #1

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Posted in: Int'l school teachers in Japan exempted from entry ban See in context

Wait, I thought the entry ban was to "prevent the spread of novel coronavirus" as MOFA clearly said on it's website.

So now, English teachers are no longer "dangerous" but non-English teachers are?

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Posted in: U.S. says Ghosn's son paid $500,000 in cryptocurrency to man for escape from Japan See in context

I don't know if Ghosn is guilty or innocent, but something doesn't sound right.

Ghosn was THE highest paid executive in Japan, 1.4 billion yen, more than Akio Toyoda, Osamu Suzuki and Takahiro Hachigo (Honda) combined.

The guy speaks basic Japanese and (afaik) he doesn't read or write any.

How's it possible that he was somehow able to fool a large team of accountants for so many years and risk it all just to be able to steal what amount to just a small portion of his yearly salary?

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Posted in: Japan to grant re-entry 'gradually' to foreign residents stuck abroad See in context

Also it's worth noting that the German government is now banning Japanese from entering Germany because they feel German citizens living in Japan are treated unfairly by allowing them not to reenter Japan if they leave.

Here's the announcement from the German Foreign Ministry (in Japanese)

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn calls Renault/Nissan results pathetic See in context

He can also be tried in absentia, he doesn't really need to be present and if they want his testimony he could give it via zoom.

Ghosn has already made it clear he wants to participate in a fair trial.

Personally I wouldn't mind if the trial is open to the general public to see it, so all of us can make our own opinion directly.

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Posted in: ACCJ urges Japan to end 'double standard' re-entry rules See in context

Foreign residents pay taxes just like Japanese citizens.

Some Japanese citizens travel way more than foreign residents (e.g. business people).

There's no reason (economic or otherwise) why foreign residents cannot leave the country, come back and go thru PCR testing just like Japanese citizens do and I bet the majority only go once or twice a year to see their relatives.

This is sending a clear message to future workers who are thinking about coming to Japan.

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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan See in context

Nowadays if you wanna get some attention and possible some help you have to have some coronavirus cases.

Launching missiles no longer works.

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

We don't need to cancel the Olympics, just postpone them for six to twelve months until the situation is under control.

Once the Coronavirus is over (and it will be over) people and businesses would naturally want to make up for lost time.

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Posted in: Two men found dead in Indian restaurant due to possible carbon monoxide poisoning See in context

It's hard to find carbon monoxide detectors at retail stores and the general population is not educated on their usefulness.

If you try to go to a store and ask for one they don't even try to search for it, they say "no" at a lightning speed.

I remember ordering a few online and when I gave one as a present they politely said thanks but it was clear they just couldn't care less about it.

And yes, I also saw people using a kerosene heater in their bedroom!

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Posted in: Teacher who sat for anthem deserved pay cut: Japan court See in context

So, people in a wheelchair will be forced to stand as well? We don't want them to disrupt the ceremony either.

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Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year See in context

The article is poorly written, Japan has 15 statutory holidays while Spain has 32 paid holidays? Do they mean paid holidays = paid vacation days? or does paid holidays include also include statutory holidays? I assume the term statutory holiday means "national holiday" which is separate from "paid vacation days" So, do Spanish workers enjoy 32 paid vacation days on top of their national holidays or it's all combined?

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Posted in: Sayonara See in context

This is kinda weird.

Obama is not a company executive, manager, or a company worker, he is the president of the United States. You just don't take the president of the Unites States to a .... "restaurant" or let him stay at a ... "hotel" no matter how fancy they are.

Jiro should have prepared sushi for Obama at a state dinner, not in this "shop" in Roppongi. I understand that Japan is trying to promote the image of it's establishment, but these actions are kinda of no no.

I am pretty sure if the White House would have treated Abe to the same deal (restaurant and hotel) there would have been plenty of comments in Japan. I am surprised that the Obama team has accepted this arrangement.

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Posted in: Fishermen take cover to slaughter dolphins in face of Western criticism See in context

"Dietary culture"

What kind of culture is it, if you go a great length to hide from the rest of the world?

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Posted in: Fish shop owner arrested for putting sewing needles in fish at rival supermarket in Osaka See in context

Don't joke too much about it.

You swallow a needle - you die.

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