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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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Posted in: Have you stopped shaking hands with people since the outbreak of the coronavirus? See in context

Although I do not have so much opportunity to shake hands, I might have unconsciously been stopped doing that. But more impoetantly, we might want to refrain from shaking hands if we trust with each other.

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Posted in: Out of school, Japanese children are isolated by coronavirus policy See in context

As we've been concerned, how we as adults get children who stay in their home to be motivated to study. According to the interviews featured in TV news programs, lots of children fall in playing video games or other hobbies during the day, because they are suddenly excluded from school due to virus concern. What many of them was said is to "study for themselves". Even I cannot come up with any good idea if I were said "study for themselves" without being given extra suggestions or useful materials. A lot of parents are forved to be responsible for having their children study, which actually all of them have to do that to some extent. However, parents are not teacher who have been trained on how to get children motivated to studey, so they are still probably be confused and embarrased.

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Posted in: Why is there so much disagreement about the effectiveness of wearing face masks to stop the spread of viruses? See in context

There would be a few possible reasons. First, wearing face mask might makes a person feel fully enough protected from virus, so this lacks cares for the other measures against it. Second, most Japanese, especially younger generations, think that face masks are for protecting the disease from getting caught, rather than for not spreading one's own virus or germs. The misunderstanding of the use and purpose of face mask hinders the measures of the virus infection. Finally, many of us still might be optimistic to the virus as threat, because it is not considered as fatal for less than 60s.

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Posted in: Angry confrontation breaks out after man coughs on Yamanote Line train in Tokyo See in context

Unfortunaltely, I must say "be an adult" to both of them. Even virus might want to get inside of their body, because it's probably uncomfortable for it to live calmly. Take care.

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Posted in: Nearly all prefectures shut schools over virus outbreak See in context

The other thing the media should report is that the students who have to stay in their houses do not have enough study for all subjects they must learn. Due to PM's sudden request, school teachers are so confused that they cannot prepare suitable amount of homework or materials for self study long enough to cover approximately a month. Furthermore, every student might not necessarily study for themselves like they do in their regular school days, so I'm really concerned that students' motivation and their skills can deteriorated unpredictably. Also, the second year students in high school are supposed to take a newly changed national entrance exam, thus they will lag behind for a month to prepare for that, though the situations are same to most of high schools.

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Posted in: What is your impression of dating apps? Are they a good way to find a romantic partner? See in context

At a first impression I had is that we cannot find perfect matches through such apps, because I've been thinking that persons on the list might not necessarily be credible meaning the pictures of the appearance might be too much edited. However, I heard that recent apps supported by famous companies set strict rules for males and females to register on the list. Also, some research show that the divorce rate of the couples who got to know each other through those apps are much lower than that of whom do that dramatically. When you register to one of those apps, you are requred to add many things such as the data which suggests what personality you have, then the apps automatically or the agent directly search the conterpart who perfectly matches your favorite. That's how dating apps are widely used recently, and I might be using it in near future again.

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Posted in: Do you think the Japanese government's call to cancel or curtail big events is an overreaction to the coronavirus outbreak? See in context

I don't think it is an overreaction no matter how late or early those decisions are made. However, they sound like that the government reacts excessively. The thing is that most of the decisions are announced suddenly and unpredictably making Japanese citizens confused. This leads lots of people to feel they are overreaction.

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Posted in: Are you optimistic for the Japanese economy this year? See in context

Even though the Tokyo Olympic ends up in success, we connot be optimistic for the economy, given the fact that the facilities for each game may go into the negative legacy.

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Posted in: Do you think the Carlos Ghosn case would make for an interesting movie or documentary? See in context

For more or less 20 minutes movie, spending 1,500 yen for the ticket in Japan... awesome. How many explosives would be used in the scene? I'm very interested in it.

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Posted in: What is your prediction for the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa? See in context

I hope South Africa to win the game. They beat Japan down on the last game with large margin. When South Africa wins, this means we Japan bravely competed with them. Go for it!

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Posted in: Is U.S. President Donald Trump a friend of Japan? See in context

He's more like your mother-in-law or father-in-law than friend.

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Posted in: How difficult is it for you to avoid to looking at work-related emails on your days off? See in context

Not so difficult, I think. Just turn off your mobile phone or switch the airplane mode on. I think the important thing is that how far away you mobile devices from you. Today, large numbers of people in our society are involved in the 2 dimentional field, eliminating 3 dimentional experiences such as having conversation with family members, stopping to think about yourself or feeling natures around you to be relaxed. The more hours you engage in the electronic devies, the less time you are as a person. Let's turn yours off to be yourself.

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Posted in: Human pyramids continue in Kobe schools as injuries mount to 51; mayor’s pleas to stop unanswered See in context

I'm one of those who don't support bad habit, "gymnastic formation".

When the season of sports festival comes, I used to be depressed, remambering P.E teachers roaring. They force us to make many kinds of formation, some of which needs lots of patience. I would often be scolded for not being able to lift my teammate's legs when we make the formation called "airplane". Among all of the students, one of the teachers point our team out saying "why can't you hold up the simple formation, huh? Look everybody around you. They are waiting you. Hurry! Hurry up!" Then, he goes "stop! Hey, you guys, start all over again! You can't go home until you complete all of the formation planned to show!" The practice went after 5 p.m.

What do you think? Are we a member of an army? I don't think it's not an education. It just increases students' risk of injury and stress which is inessentially needed. 98 percent of students in our junior high school were complaing about it.

At that time, these things were considered as usual, but they are an almost mental abuse now.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abducting junior high school girl with intent to commit sexual assault See in context

Exaclty what he did needs to be blamed. However, who taught students to get into a car when they are asked something by the driver? I think it's common thing to know you shouldn't follow a person you don't know. Also, this should be naturally taught by people around you such as neighbor or school teacher.

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Posted in: What sort of wearable tech do you see being developed in the near future? See in context

It might be childish to say, but I hope eyeglasses with embeded monitor will be developed. That's been thought to be a science fiction, however, such technology can be realized when recent wearable ones are considered. If so, we might not have to stick to the small screen of the smartphone when you're walking around the street. Furthermore, I hope that type of eyeglasses to be as thin as they are today.

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Posted in: Study debunks Japanese belief in link between deep-sea fish, quakes See in context

I've never heard of such belief. I believe the existence of clouds which thought to appear before the earthquake occurs, and it's called "jishingumo." I'm not in geology, but some of my predictions based on that type of cloud were right, so I hope this investigation method is studied more in the future.

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Posted in: Should Japan send Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels to the Strait of Hormuz to escort tankers bringing oil to Japan? See in context

In terms of humanitarian mission, I think it should.

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Posted in: How do you think the planned increase in the sales tax in October will affect your spending habits? See in context

Not in particular, in my view. Because I don't often purchase expensive goods such as TV, PC or luxrury car, or rather I cannot afford to buy them as the salary doesn't increase, actually our employer is unwilling to do so. On the contrary, it'll become a little easier to caluculate the total cost at the supermarket than in a few dacades.

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Posted in: Portable fans a breath of fresh air in sweltering summer heat See in context

Ironically, the more extremely the climate become, the more technologies will be created.

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of teleworking? See in context

The pros is that you will be relieved stress such as commuting in the crowded public transportation, getting busy in deal with family member, children in particular, innthe morning. The cons, I think, is that you might be less communicative in business field because of lacking of the opportunity to have person to person conversation even though you have telecommunication tools.

I'm teaching English at high school, so I want to try teleworking, but I don't know whether it works or not.

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Posted in: How much water have you been drinking a day during the current heatwave in Japan? Are there any other drinks you prefer to quench your thirst? See in context

I usually drink more or less 500ml barley tea called "mugicha," or mineral water. I don't drink sports drinks so often. I prefere barley tea the best. It plays a roll in decreasing body temperature, and good flavor of roasted barley makes your mouth refreshing, compared to sugar-containd drinks.

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Posted in: Heat wave claims more lives in Japan See in context

I'm going to go outside and lead visitors to the parking lot for more than one hour. I'm really afraid of getting heatstroke, so I purchased umbrella called "higasa" which is used at the hot sunny weather yesterday, and brought another shirt. Until now, "higasa" is not widely taken root in male workers, therefore I'll be a pioneer in this circumstance.

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Posted in: Do robots and AI lead to more job creation than they destroy? See in context

If they become highly sophisticated to deal with any troubles or unpredicted incidents, the number of our jobs might decrease, but I don't think these AI and robots will be like that for a long while, so I'm not too afraid of some jobs being taken place now and in a few dacades.

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Posted in: Is it OK for a man to take his girlfriend to restaurants like Yoshinoya on a date? See in context

I won't say "no," but during looking at the girlfriend's eyes with each othre, the Gyudon will be served. You can't be relaxed.

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