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Posted in: Saturday marked the first anniversary of Japan's first confirmed COVID-19 case, a man who returned after visiting the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus at the time. Can you remember what you thought when you read or heard about that case? See in context

For the first time I heard that case on the news, I did not think it was the onset of the novel outbreak and bothered most of Japanese citizens for far. Even though virus outbreak had already on the media in Japan before the case on the topic, I did not take the new into consideration seriously. This lack of interest might be one of the cause of serious virus outbreak, which has stopped economy, education and medical system.

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Posted in: Do you think the state of emergency will be effective in lowering the number of coronavirus cases in Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures? See in context

To some extent, I think. However, current requests for citizens would not reduce the number of infected people to a safer level, because some of them are apparently take the current situation seriously, going to the restaurant with their friends or family members in the afternoon not at the evening. I think this does not make the condition better. In addition, it is urgent that the government needs to support the medical facilities in a specific areas, otherwise they fall into the condition making them have no choice but to refuse the patient regardless of the symptoms.

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Posted in: Police ask public not to use 110 number for non-urgent calls See in context

Such silly and childish behaviors always make me disappointed as one of Japanese citizens. How narrow-minded they are. It's time to give penalties for those who make non-urgent calls to public officials.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,494 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,081 See in context

Someone refer to the increase of the infection on the media, saying "government need ask the restaurant owners to reduce the number of customers throughout the day instead of shortening its operating hours". I think it's exactly right. Actually, there have been misunderstandings such as "people are welcome to have lunch with their friends or family members". In order not to deteriorate the growth of Japan's economy, the government needs to hear the voices of workers on the spot, and change the way it's done at the first state of emergency period.

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Posted in: Workplace trials now popular in Japan: Try out different jobs See in context

That's an interesting idea for would-be employees and employers. However this creates new type of working in place of part-time system. Employers pay small amount of money in order to make up for the lack of workers in a short time and they dismiss the employees who use the system for unfair reasons. Am I thinking of it too much?

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Posted in: Australian state of NSW tightens restrictions as virus cluster expands See in context

I wish Japanese government would take Australia's early measures into consideration sincerely.

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Posted in: 5 taken to hospitals in Tokyo after choking on mochi; one dies See in context

Why do we want to eat mochi even though eating them has a risk of chocking? Mochi looks like one of the innocent killer for elderlies ironically.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context

Finally, prefectural government got tired of waiting for the central one to take the effective measures for the outbreak. I wish I could hear what Suga-san answered the request they gave. I can guess what he said, though. Probably said "keep an eye on the condition". Doesn't he want to take the responsibility so much!?

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Posted in: When you first heard about the coronavirus, did you think it would escalate into a global crisis that would still be with us as the new year begins? See in context

When I first heard of the virus detection on the TV news, I did not think that the virus have spread to the countries around the world. We have been concerned natural disasters such as earthquake. However come to think of it, virus outbreak can be considered as a disaster, so I realized how I underestimate the potential danger of it. Also, lots of people may have had the same idea, which perhaps led to serious condition worldwide. It reminds me that I must watch world news more seriously.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 944 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,834 See in context

Isn't it the time to judge this situation as "explosion" ? What have the government been watching so far!?

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Posted in: Tokyo governor warns of explosion in COVID-19 cases See in context

As a generalist, I think the explosion has already been occurring, and I'd like to know the reason why the government are so hesitant to declare. Something inconvenient hinders smooth judgement?

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Posted in: What do you usually do with unwanted Christmas gifts? See in context

I really appreciate it because I rarely receive anything on the day. How do I deal with the presents? Well, I put them in a storage room and have them wait to taken out some day after the long term hibernation period.

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Posted in: Peach to launch flights from Narita to Memanbetsu and Oita See in context

I think only the company, the first airline business venture, is expanding its business field. The next target I hope is to making a hub at Haneda airport.

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

I had quarrels with my parents a few days before the Christmas, and I realized that I had not had a talk about what I want for that day. At the morning on the Christmas, I got a AWESOME present, which I played with no more than once.

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Posted in: Social distancing at shrine See in context

This reminds me of a digital money offering system installed in some shrines a few years ago. First I felt a kind weird to it because it did not match the scenery. However, it may be playing an important role as one of the counter measures for the infection.

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Posted in: If you are a foreign resident (either permanent, long term or short term) of Japan, do you currently feel safer living here amid the coronavirus, or would you prefer to be in some other country? See in context

I would go back to home country such as Europe if I were a foreign resident. Because I have not been able to see our government's serious attitude to third outbreak occurring now. We have gotten advisories, however they do not work well. More strict counter measures are urgently needed though. In contrast, European countries, for example, have applied measures in response to their conditions.

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Posted in: What is Christmas going to be like for you this year? See in context

Shouldn't it be a true home Christmas like a new year eve in Japan? I presume.

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Posted in: Do you know anyone who is struggling either financially or with health issues as Christmas-New Year approaches? What advice would you give them to try and ease the stress? See in context

I do not spend Christmas as money consuming or stressful event. One promising idea is that you look for the way to enjoy Christmas without spending money. For example, how about stay your house and have a bit more luxurious dinner than regular ones? It reduces costs of restaurant dinner and also does the risk of infection of any viruses.

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Posted in: 4 die after being buried by snow in Yamagata See in context

I think there is another issue hidden in these cases. All of them are elderly. Aging population in these regions lead to the incident. Unless this long term issue is solved, we will have to watch these sad reports on the media.

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Posted in: How would you compare Japanese and American animation, particularly in terms of technical aspects and story-telling? See in context

I often watch Japanese Anime, so I will be able to talk about the aspect of Japanese side. First, well known Japanese Animation company stick to a way they use: tegaki, or hand drawing. On the other hand, it seems that lots of animation company overseas use digital drawing. Second, characters of Japanese anime show their expressions with eye movement or making a few seconds pause, however characters depicted in overseas company do that with their mouth and eye brow movement or body language. By comparing Japanese anime with the others overseas, we will be able to understand each country's culture. Very interesting.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite getaway spots in Japan when you feel the need for a short holiday? See in context

Something that soothe me such as nature park or countryside. When I first visited a dam, which situated at Chichibu city, Saitama, I was so impressed by the magnificent view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Also, the temperature is a little lower than that of the city, though it soon reaches above 30℃. Such area is well maintained for visitors so some restaurants are open there, and many people living in urban areas often go to the places such as Disney Land or other exciting ones, so the dam areas are not so crowded. I highly recommend this.

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Posted in: What do you think of video-sharing app TikTok? See in context

I've never used such app to share my daily life or performance, because I'm sure nobody gets interested in what I do. In my opinion, I do not understand how other people enjoy sharing their personality with their friends and unknown.

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Posted in: What is your stance on doctor-assisted suicide? For example, should a doctor accept money from the person wishing to die? See in context

I think that doctor-assisted suicide is not so bad idea given the fact that patients suffering from serious disease are having a hard time in their life. If they desire to give up their struggle, that choice might have to be accepted. Also doctors need to allow to get in a family discussion about its patients.

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Posted in: What do you think of the various potato chip flavors in Japan? What are your favorites? See in context

My favorite is the taste of "consommé". Also, that of salt comes to my mind. Both of them bring out the taste of potato. Recent trend is the potato chip without any flavors. You can enjoy the crispy texture and delicate taste of potato.

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Posted in: Telework challenge: Do you find it easy to work, live and relax in the same space? See in context

Although I've never been involved in the teleworking, I might be able to be patient working and relaxing in the same place. I usually try to forget about the daily task do in my workplace when I'm on the bed, so I don't want to bring a mind of working into my personal space.

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Posted in: The Japanese government is considering cash handouts and coupons to support households hit hard by the coronavirus. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

Umm, depending on the amount of money we receive, we can judge it whether or not effective. However, on the Japan Today's topic today, PM Abe is thinking of providing two masks on each house hold. Scraping up masks to suit the need of this situation requires an incredible amount of hard work. However, we will run out of two masks soon, meaning an effort that's bound to fail. Providing the same amount of money falls on the same result as well.

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Posted in: When you first heard about the coronavirus, did you think it would escalate into the crisis the world is currently facing? See in context

Never expected. That is the point led to cause world epidemic crisis. One factor is the small symptoms no one can detect as a cause of the virus, especially for younger generations. In addition, cultural difference choose the fate of spreading the virus. Some country do not often wear a mask in daily life, compare to Japan for example. In Japan, wearing a mask sometimes regarded as on of the fashion.

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Posted in: As governments around the world apply strict measures to contain the coronavirus, millions of people are losing their jobs and companies are facing bankruptcy. Do you think the economic fallout is worse than the health impact? See in context

The health problem especially pneumonia broadcast in a media is caused by the virus, which can be solved by medicine soon developed in near future. On the other hand, economic fallout is caused not only by the virus itself but also by malicious rumor and absurd quarrels. The latter is much more difficult to be stopped or restrained due to rapid spreading through the Internet. The more suspicious news about the virus is on the media, the worse the economic impact gets.

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Originally, I was thinking that it was not the right time to hold the Olympics in Japan when Japan was elected as a venue. At that period, for example, Tohoku areas were struggling for long term aftermass of the disaster such as Fukushima nuclear power plant or negative rumors for the produces harvested in that areas. Although the government says "Olympics for Fukushima's reconstruction", the main problems have not still been solved. As a matter of fact, new problems come from them have occerd recently. According to the news, even though the JR Jyoban line resumed its operational service in the seriouly damaged are in Tohoku areas, passerngers and residents who lived there still cannot walk around the towns after arriving at the stations, due to suspended decontamination. In that situation, the areas which have not seriouly been affected by the disaster are on the spotlight... I do not think that is not fair and the conditions of Fukushima areas get better after the Olympics. I'm afraid that Tokyo should not have attended to the Olympic election at that time (I'm really sorry for the people who related to the selection of the event).

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Posted in: How has the coronavirus affected your travel plans so far and in the near future? See in context

I work as a teacher at high school. I do not often travel abroad as well as across my country. However school events which offer the interactions with foreighers have already serioulsy affected. For example, though we were supposed to accept students from Beijing as an intercultural communication program, we got a request of canceling the event unfortunatelly. Moreover, we are now concerned whether the annual short/long term study abroad program should be canceled and postponed or not.

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