Phil comments

Posted in: Gov't considering mask-free school graduation ceremonies See in context

The Diet is now in session, maybe the lawmakers should get the ball rolling and stop wearing masks now.

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Posted in: ANA, JAL see profits soar on travel recovery See in context

What I don't get is why it is alot cheaper for people traveling direct from the UK to Japan than I pay to visit the UK.

It feels like I'm being used to offer tourist cheaper flights.

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Posted in: Kishida weighs Ukraine visit in February to hold talks with Zelenskyy: report See in context

It may just be me, but I would of thought you would not advertise going to visit a country that is involved in a bloody war. If you feel its that important that you need to be there, you just turn up.

Ideally forget about the photo op and use zoom.

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Posted in: Someone crashes car into Japan’s oldest toilet See in context

It is reported that the guy driving the car had just visited the temple as part of his job working for the  Kyoto Heritage Preservation department. Not a fun phone call to have to make to your boss.

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

Yet a couple of weeks ago a bus company was disciplined after throwing off the bus a maskless passenger.

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Posted in: Hopes grow for win-win effect of inbound tourism in Japan, weak yen See in context

We are not on the main overseas tourist trail, but we did get coach trips from the cruise ships. Local news interviewed a couple of people involved in the tourist industry and they are looking forward to the return of Chinese and Korean tourist. For them it was quiet simple, they spend the most money. So even if Japan opens fully tomorrow, it could be a slow recover.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being left in bus for 5 hours See in context

They have just shown a photo of the school bus on TV. It was a minibus with a vinyl wrap over the windows. Cannot get my head around how someone could miss one child in such a small bus. So sad.

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Posted in: Record high number of ambulances struggling to find hospitals in Japan See in context

Yubaru Today  07:50 am JST

> Rationed health care has many good things about it, but overabundance is not one.

It' not really "rationed" health care, it's just an over abundance of small hospitals and specialized hospitals that are not equipped to deal with medical emergencies.

I was trying to explain this to my father back in the UK. I said to him, imagine you have hurt your foot and you broke your big toe. You have to search for a hospital/clinic that deals with feet. You see the doctor and he tells you he does treat feet, but not toes. So you pay his fee and have to start the search again.

This is a silly example, but this is what the ambulance crews are up against everyday and then you add Covid into the mix and there job to find a hospital can be a nightmare.

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Posted in: Injured motorcyclist returned to accident scene after hospital refuses to take him due to positive COVID test See in context

There was a case reported last week with a guy in his 70’s that had hurt his leg. He was taken to hospital and they tested him before admission. Tested positive and hospital would not accept him. Took 35 hours for the ambulance service to find a hospital to take him. It was also reported it had beat the last record time of 20 odd hours.

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Posted in: Kishida says new cabinet members must review ties with Unification Church See in context

"His cabinet lineup will show that the LDP is taking tough measures to deal with what is now mostly a problem of individuals before it taints the whole party," said Airo Hino, a professor at Waseda University.

"The Unification Church problem is something he doesn't want to drag on."

What I cannot get my head around is an old lady gets a phone call from her son. He has lost the company cheque and needs to repay company. He sends someone around to collect the money, then the old lady finds out she had her money stolen. It is on the local news and police are outside the supermarkets warning old people of this con, and maybe someone gets arrested.

We now have a church/cult that appears to have the ear of a number of politicians at all levels and they are asked to just to review there past or present ties. Also causing misery to the public that get pulled into clutches. There needs to be a police investigation into the church/cult.

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Posted in: Japan reports 137,859 coronavirus cases; 17,884 in Tokyo See in context

is it not difficult to know what the true numbers of infections are now? There were reported of shortages of PCR Tests and Antigen test, or has that how been sorted out?

Also last week the Health Minister Goto made a request

"The health ministry is asking people with mild COVID-19 symptoms to not rush to see a doctor if they are under 65 and have no underlying medical conditions."

This is the link to the news report on the news conference held on the 4th August

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Posted in: Truck maker Hino says emissions data faked for 20 years See in context

So no punishment reported except a deep bow. I wonder if anyone has told him how many vehicles western car companies had to repair and buy back for doing a similar thing.

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Posted in: Tokyo June heatwave worst since 1875 as power supply creaks under strain See in context

Our local power station was closed 2 months ago. It was not damaged by earthquake, or in need of repair for any reason. It was oil and coal powered and was closed to help reduce the countries environment / carbon output numbers.

while in the long term this maybe a good move for the environment. Maybe not the best time when during the last winter there were supply concerns. It is going to be a long summer with the heat and possible water shortage due to the very short rain season.

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Posted in: Kishida says foreign tourists should follow Japan face mask rules See in context

The tourism ministry plans to create guidelines on anti-virus measures for hotels and other industries before the resumption of inbound tourism, a key driver for Japan's economy before the pandemic's emergence.

Surely this should already be in place as people have been travelling around Japan for a least a year now. In fact, was it not one of the the plans to restart the GoTo program, to have infection control plan for hotels and tourist sites along with vaccine passports or negative tests.

Or is it a Special set of rules be people coming into the country?

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Posted in: 7 from U.S. arrive in Japan for 1st test tour before tourism reopening See in context

I’m finally visiting family in the UK next week. I’m sure my family think I’m joking with all the paperwork, apps and testing I need to return back to Japan, with the rules at the moment.

If the government is serious about encouraging tourism in the near future big changes need to be made. Not just stopping testing at the airport. The 72 hour test prior to the flight is a real stumbling block for tourists. I have found as testing is being reduced, so are the places to get tested and have the Japanese government form completed. Then having to input the info into the app and a copy of the pcr test at least 16 hours before arriving.

For me I am having to stay at Heathrow for a couple of days to get tested. This is not ideal, but it is what I have to do if I want to see my elderly parents.

Not sure I would consider doing this if I was just a tourist. Would not have the time and it is not cheap.

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Posted in: Town in Yamaguchi Prefecture sues after ¥46.3 mil subsidy mix-up See in context

This has been in the local media a few times now. It was reported that the town had around 3500 population, so not that big. A little while ago the city office was able to pay another ¥100,000 to the 463 residents, including the guy who kept the 46 million. Cannot make this stuff up.

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Posted in: Gov't confirms it will start accepting some foreign tourists in June See in context

BigPToday  06:55 am JST

It’s the testing before and on arrival that’s bothering everyone, especially possible tourists. 

Vaccinated with a booster (3 jabs) should be enough, don’t you think?

Planning to go back to UK next month to finally see my parents again. The 72 hour test before flight is the first thing I would like to see stopped. A local health centre can do the test, but concerns if they can get the sign doctors form to me in time. So have to get to Heathrow a couple of days early to get tested.

Also if your flight is delayed more the 24 hours, the 72 hour test is invalid and have to start the process again.

Maybe a little off topic, the prices to travel from Japan to UK are around ¥150,000 more than travelling UK to Japan. This is In economy, I was shocked at the difference on the same route and times.

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Posted in: Ukraine evacuees to get up to ¥2,400 a day as living allowance in Japan See in context

Within a family, the first member would receive 2,400 yen and the second member 1,600 yen per day.

I would have thought they could pay every adult family member the same allowance .

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Posted in: Toyota to resume Japan production after cyberattack hits supplier See in context

A computer system failure of any kind and Just in Time manufacturing really do not mix.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 18,287 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 97,833 See in context

You don’t hear anyone talking about it. Is the levelling out of infections partly due to the shortage of test kits as reported at the end of a January.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson plans to visit Japan in mid-February See in context

Am I the only one that has googled “ when is Kishida’s birthday”

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Posted in: M6.6 quake hits southwestern Japan; over 10 injured See in context

Always amazed how quickly the quake alarm makes me jump out of bed. The alarm does not give you much time to do anything, but it does get you ready to think about whether to head for the door. Not too strong where we are, but did rattle around for a while. Spooked the cats but the dog slept through it.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors to Japan in 2021 fell to record low 245,900 See in context

As stated in other comments these numbers probably include all people who come into Japan.

The JNTO site gives more details of people arriving and from where. Last update is for November and some surprising numbers at the top of the list. Also if you look around the site you can see the number of Japanese travelling overseas each month during 2021, I know I should not be surprised at how many.

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Posted in: Foreign researchers facing stricter quarantine; 'jailed' in hotel See in context

If they are researchers, maybe they needed to have researched the rules before they arrived. These are a variation of the rule in place here since last year.

These rules seem no different to the number of YouTube vlogs posted by JET teachers arriving in Japan. As I posted before, as an individual traveller the quarantine seems to be less strict which I think is not so good.

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Posted in: Japan to ease quarantine rule to 3 days for business travelers See in context

Taki MataToday  08:39 am JST

Phil Today 08:20 am JST

But why no mention of Japanese Citizens or Residents being included?

There is no official announcement yet. This news is based on a series of "exclusive" reports by Nikkei Shinbu

That is where I first read about these changes in Nikkei Shinbu. This was then reported by NHK yesterday afternoon with what looks like a little more information on when this will start.

Who know what to believe sometimes which reports are going to be closer to the official announcement.

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Posted in: Japan to ease quarantine rule to 3 days for business travelers See in context

I have been looking into going to the UK to visit my parents. Looking at the current quarantine rules they do not look very strict.

If you cannot afford the ¥30,000 to ¥ 40,000 for a special taxi to your accommodation, there is a free shuttle bus. This bus drops you off at a handful of train stations not too far from Haneda. You then have to walk to your accommodation and can then go out shopping during quarantine. On the 9th day you have to then walk to a government approved PCR centre for a test and then to get the results.

A 3 day strict quarantine arranged by immigration as they did before sounds a lot better and meaningful. After all we would have had 3 PCR test over the last 5 to 6 days.

But why no mention of Japanese Citizens or Residents being included?

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Posted in: 83 million unused 'Abenomasks' remain in storage in Japan See in context

Someone is earning good money storing these masks. Yet after the Olympics they throw away the unused PPE .


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Posted in: Gov't plans lifting alcohol ban even under state of emergency See in context

I know we all need some normality back in our lives. Vaccination started back in the spring and we are now as 47.1% fully vaccinated. It will be amazing if the other half of the population is fully vaccinated in the next 2 to 3 months.

I hope they are not publicising these plans are some sort of election strategy. After all the hardest half of the population is yet to be vaccinated. People have already found it difficult to get time off work for vaccinations.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges huge COVID relief package if he wins LDP leadership vote See in context

We have been told by government that the welfare of the population is the most important thing during this medical crisis.

Here we are, elections cannot happen this month as they need to work on the Covid situation, but look like they could happen in October. It is OK to have a election to pick the Prime Minister. Campaigning to start mid month and election towards end of month. Yet we have candidates putting forward they plans now. So the campaign has already started?

If the Covid situation is so serious and the lives of the population so important, surly there should be debates these plans in the Diet and get actions now. Not horse trading between candidates for the best part of a month.

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Posted in: Boxes of unused COVID-19 medical goods dumped at Tokyo Olympics See in context

The officials said they had discarded the supplies as they could not find places to keep them. 

Im sure a few medical facilities could have help them with that problem. People here need to think out of the box a little more, or maybe more to the point, be allowed to.

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