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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

People need to stop spreading misinformation here.

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Posted in: Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in See in context


And any smoker found discarding cigarette ends on the street should be made to pick them up, along with any others in the vicinity, and eat them on the spot.

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Posted in: Japan enacts legislation to facilitate employment until age 70 See in context

The good question to ask is there going to be work. Seems for me like big unemployment is coming up!


I would be delighted if the government could guarantee me gainful employment until the age of 70.

No going to happen, though.

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Posted in: Gov't considers cash handouts to households to ease virus impact See in context

Per day? Count me in.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

As long as Japan isn't faking the death and serious-case statistics, I'm not too worried about the low number of tests being conducted.

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Posted in: U.S. stock market plunges to worst day in more than three decades See in context


If only I had spare cash to throw at it once the chaos clears.

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

They can only catch you if you use a fax machine.

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Posted in: Eilish's 'Bad Guy' named top global song of 2019 See in context

Methinks "global" is a bit of a stretch.

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Posted in: Abe requests event cancellations for 10 more days See in context

One of the persons infected via the live house in Osaka apparently worked on the 14th floor of my office building.

I work on the 9th. Probably rode the elevator with her once or twice. Who knows?

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Posted in: Health ministry not helpful for foreigners in Japan seeking virus info See in context

What exactly do they want to know?

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Posted in: Influenza wave significantly wanes in Japan See in context

@ rgcivilian1 & beentofivecontinents

What, pray tell, is "blasting"?

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Posted in: Olympic crowd crush expected as Japan Inc rules out work from home See in context

Fax machines will fly before telework becomes commonplace.

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Posted in: Professor denies he was pressured to remove videos on virus-hit ship See in context

To those wondering why, watch the video linked to by showchinmono:

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Posted in: Mother-son pair cost hotels over ¥100 mil in no-shows See in context

That's a lot of work just for some crummy points.

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Posted in: Former 7-Eleven store owner sues firm over contract termination See in context

... and also for the sake of franchise store owners across Japan (similarly experiencing a labor shortage)

Let's see how many of his fellow franchisees pitch in for his legal costs.

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Posted in: 88-year-old ex-bureaucrat indicted without arrest over fatal car accident See in context

In the meantime, I regret Japanese people never stand up to unfairness - a special treatment for a former high government official.

What do you propose the average Japanese citizen should do?

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Posted in: Face masks scarce in Japan; resale prices soar See in context

I saw a young guy on the train wearing a surgical mask with another closer-fitting mask on top!

Whatever makes you feel safe, I suppose...

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Posted in: Harry Potter theme park expected to replace Toshimaen in 2023 See in context

They should build Mario World there instead and just extend the existing Harry Potter section in USJ.

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Posted in: Japanese nationals return from virus-hit Wuhan on charter jet See in context

Apparently, around 140 of the 206 have requested to be monitored rather than just sent home.

Let's hope the Government will listen.

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Posted in: Comedian Teruyoshi Uchimura, TV announcer Asami Miura voted most ideal bosses See in context

Sounds like these kids didn't learn that much at university.

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Posted in: Nose-blowing and face masks provide deep insight into Japan’s social norms See in context

Why don’t Westerners wear face masks?

Because they know that they do next to nothing to safeguard the wearer against airborne diseases?

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Posted in: Lebanon issues travel ban for Ghosn See in context

Ghosn has said he would be willing to use his expertise to help Lebanon if asked, but he does not want a position or to get into politics.

Such as by shutting down government departments and laying off 21,000 civil servants?

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Hideously embarrassing for Japan. Makes them look like an Asian country.

Comment of the year. Beautifully put.

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Posted in: Plain Japanese key to inclusive, multicultural Japan See in context


That sort of thing??

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Posted in: Tuna fetches ¥193.2 mil at New Year auction in Tokyo See in context

People are commenting as if this guy bought the thing for his own personal consumption.

Presumably he will make back at least half the money when he sells slices of the thing to his customers.

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Posted in: The hell of adult bullying See in context

The cleaning lady was putting toilet water on her bento!? What kind of country is this!

It's a country in which one female out of approximately 60,000,000 sprinkles toilet water on the lunches of people she doesn't like. Your point?

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Posted in: JAL to offer free domestic flights to foreigners via mileage program See in context

No thanks. Awful airline.

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Posted in: 4 years after daughter’s suicide, mother again blasts Dentsu in letter See in context

She should also reflect on why her daughter chose death over a change of job.

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Posted in: What are your fondest childhood memories of Christmas? See in context

Getting a 240V electric shock while fiddling with the Christmas lights at the age of three.

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Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what best job for a husband is, with architect topping list See in context

It's clear that many of the women polled don't know what an architect does.

Accounting will be one of the first casualties of the AI revolution.

Unless you work for one of the big four firms, being a lawyer doesn't pay what it used to.

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