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Posted in: Remote work can make it harder to manage employees, hinder communication and prevent the formation of human networks. See in context

I have worked as a manager on different levels many years in Japan, partly remoty. At home, I enjoyed the 'silence' (less interruptions). However, I appreciated the opinions and ideas received F2F in our office very much. They inspired me and influenced my decisions. Video meetings could not replace F2F! I assume it was the same for our engineers.

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Posted in: At 39, former Japan captain Hasebe extends Frankfurt career See in context

Very popular in Germany. Like many years ago Yasuhiko Okudera.

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Posted in: Messi, Neymar star as rampant PSG end Japan tour in style See in context

In the net is a shitstorm because of Neymar's shameful dive to win a penalty against Gamba.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,616 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 24,903 See in context


I am vaccinated, boostered, have a vaccination certificate, am ready to make the PCR tests and wear a mask. But to my acknowledge it is NOT possible to get a tourist visa except if you book a guided tour from one of the few authorized travel agents. So, how to get a tourist visa if not for a guided tour???

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Posted in: Over 407,000 on entry waiting list as Japan eases border controls See in context

It is the Japanese government which decide on own immigration procedures. Fair enough. But other countries should apply reciprocal procedures for Japanese citizens.

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Posted in: U.S., European business leaders urge Japan to end COVID entry ban See in context

Their vaccines?

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Posted in: Vaccine protection wanes within 6 months: phone app study See in context

Thanks Albaleo for the clarification regarding the original misleading post.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics draw to a close See in context

In Europe, many athletes express their gratitude to their hosts, in particular the volunteers, that they could live their life dream at the Olympics despite the Corona pandemic. Having lived for many years in Japan I am disappointed by many notoriously negative comments in this forum. I have enjoyed the broadcasting from Tokyo & Enoshima AND the closing ceremony.

Thank you, Japan!

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Posted in: Japan health panel backs AstraZeneca COVID vaccine for ages 40, over See in context

AZ has a pretty good efficiency in particular keeping hospitalization rates very low. For those rejecting AZ, please do not whine about short vaccine supply.

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Posted in: Japan to begin accepting requests for vaccine passports from July 26 See in context

In order to prevent fraud, vaccine certificates with passport number make sense. Every country should apply reciprocal entry regulations for inoculated travellers.

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Posted in: Japan to halt company applications for workplace vaccinations See in context

Welcome (back) to the club, Japan. Because of the ongoing shortage of vaccines, company doctors in Europe only get homeopathic numbers of doses...

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Posted in: EU leaders express support for Tokyo Olympics See in context

There is a shortage of vaccines in Europe. Nevertheless, nearly 50% of the production is exported while the majority is still waiting for the first jab. But in this forum, the export of vaccines is a no-win situation for the EU. If they do, it is not ok, if they don't, it is also not ok.

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Posted in: Study shows dogs can detect COVID-19 infections See in context

A solution only to a limited extent. Dogs can only sniff for 30 minutes because it is very exhausting for them. Afterwards they need a longer break.

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Posted in: Shikoku is a hidden gem of history and spirituality See in context

Most authentic region of Japan accessible by ferry from Tokyo to Tokushima. The UFO (mountain) line between Kochi and Ehime prefectures is recommendable.

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Posted in: Spain to let travelers from UK, Japan in without a PCR test from May 24 See in context

For Germany, UK is because of the spreading of the Indian virus mutante from Sunday on a VOC area. Entry from UK will be restricted.

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Posted in: Deaths at home in Osaka Prefecture surge amid COVID wave See in context

All over the world, unfortunately, many infected elderly people at home or in nursing homes don't make it to hospitals/ICU. It is like a "silent" triage.

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Posted in: 1st batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Japan See in context


Try the internet. Like in Europe, there will be an overload of the telephone booking line.

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Posted in: Japan's vaccination rate lowest in G7: Here's why See in context

The vaccine procurement will remain difficult for some months, but at least the necessary logistics can be provided quickly. I do not assume that Japan will allow drive-through vaccination, but they can build up vaccination centers in public buildings or gyms. The government should supply vaccines to these vaccination centers, hospitals, bigger companies and to pharmacies. From the pharmacies the vaccines can be distributed to (private) clinics for vaccination. The medical systems of the bigger companies are already established. Retired doctors and nurses, other volunteers and military staff can run the vaccination centers which are admittingly pretty expensive. But the hospitals, clinics and pharmacies want to earn money, they will more and more take over from the vaccination centers.

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Posted in: Japan trails world in COVID vaccine rollout 2 months after its start See in context

I wonder why JT repeats writing that EU export controls are partly responsible for the vaccine shortage in Japan. No exports to Japan have been blocked by now. For instance, as of March 25, 164 mio doses have been produced in the EU, thereof 77 mio doses have been exported, mainly to UK, Canada and Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

I am living now in the EU. If the vaccine suppliers keep their supply plans, I will get a vaccination in 7 months! The EU (vaccine) bashers in this forum should address their frustration towards countries which do not export vaccines.

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Posted in: EU approves first shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Japan See in context

The EU has sponsored BioNTech and AstraSeneca with millions of Euro. Unlike the US and UK, the EU allows export of vaccines.

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Posted in: Japan opposed sanctions against China after Tiananmen crackdown, declassified documents show See in context

Nowadays, many governments bow to China for economical reasons, but this (early) case is outstanding.

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Posted in: SDF nurses to help understaffed Hokkaido city fight pandemic See in context


I guess the point Zichi wants to make is that Japan's health system would be totally overloaded if Japan faced Germany's daily infection rate (approx. 10 times higher than in Japan).

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Posted in: Suga sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Japan's neighbors should not make a fuss about Yasukuni, but PM Suga missed a chance to become a truly respected politician.

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Posted in: Japan to lift virus ban on re-entry of some foreign residents from Aug 5 See in context

I sympathize with those who complain about the re-entry ban for foreign residents in order to limit the spread of the Corona visus. However, in European countries it can be seen that foreigners are less disciplined regarding Corona precautions than locals, including not observing quarantine rules.

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Posted in: EU to reopen borders to 14 nations, including Japan but not to U.S. tourists See in context


Requested by Belgium. Ruanda used to be a former colony of Belgium.

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Posted in: EU weighs lifting restrictions on travel from over 10 nations, including Japan, from July 1 See in context

Akie, the mother of all covid-19 types is from China.

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