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Posted in: Trouble mars skateboarding's rising popularity in Japan See in context

skateboarding is a crime in japan like anything else, swimming in the sea, riding in the forest, play with drones in the countryside, pick up mushrooms, etc....

Yep. Basically anything remotely construed as fun and they slam a lid on it. And they wonder why they have such high rates of suicide and death by overwork....

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Posted in: Trouble mars skateboarding's rising popularity in Japan See in context

Japan needs to get with the program already. Skateboarding, using kick scooters etc. are a great way to cut down on commuting times to and from stations; and if you're close enough to your destination, a great alternative to riding those horribly overcrowded trains.

Other countries allow such alternative methods of transport just fine so why is Japan getting their knickers in such a twist about it? I'd even hazard a guess and say their bicyclists are more dangerous - riding on sidewalks, overtaking pedestrians with nary a care etc.

Every time Japan is met with something new/different they treat it like the redheaded stepchild. Just stop already.

As for skateboarders practicing at stations etc. - well maybe if local prefectures invested in more (FREE) skateparks people wouldn't be practicing in aforementioned stations.

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Posted in: Angelina Jolie lets Taylor Sheridan drag her through hell See in context

Saw the trailer; looks good! I'm excited to see Angelina Jolie back in the acting saddle.

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Posted in: Vaccine deserts: Some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all See in context

Japan should donate their supply since they're clearly not using them.

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

This is like watching a train wreck in slo-mo. When the Olympic athletes descend upon Tokyo, just wait and see how the number of cases are going to skyrocket out of control....

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Posted in: Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire on trains See in context

Aside from the gross overcrowding, you know what's scary about that second picture? That everyone is dressed almost the same. Yikes.

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

This is just a cash grab for the tablet company and the Board of Education who probably struck a deal with aforementioned tablet company and will get a cut from these purchases they're trying to force on students and their families. How about actually improving the quality of education and introducing some basic IT infrastructure into all schools instead of forcing students to buy a particular bag, pair of socks, tablet etc. from XYZ store/company? The requirements for these new tablets they want their students to buy is ridiculous - you can get a perfectly functional generic brand tablet at a fraction of the cost. Or better question is why they're heaping the costs onto students? Why not use some of that taxpayer money, of which Japanese residents pay so much of, into the education system and invest in some proper kit for the students?

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Posted in: Tokyo governor says mutant strains of COVID-19 becoming dominant See in context

Koike holding up the "No 3 C's" sign is the epitome of irony - now that GW has ended, the trains in Tokyo embody closed spaced and crowded places with the intermittent smattering of closed conversation. What's it going to take for them to target the companies and offices that refuse to let their employees work from home because that's what keeping the numbers up; not alcohol and eating establishments.

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Posted in: Gov't to decide on extension of state of emergency on Friday See in context

"I can't help but regard the situation as still quite serious," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told reporters Wednesday.

No! Really?!? "Still quite serious"? Good grief; could you make more of an understatement? Just stop faffing about and push out the vaccines already so you don't completely sink an economy already in recession into the mud.

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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

Nice to see that the government can throw money at nonsensical things like this instead of oh, I don't know...tackling the current pandemic and accelerating a vaccine rollout that is embarrassingly slow? Yikes.

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Posted in: Right to disconnect gains ground as pandemic brings work home See in context

Good luck getting any of these rules of pass muster in Japan.

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Posted in: Nurses say they are needed elsewhere, not at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Hear! hear! Stoked to hear that the nurses have spoken up and told the govt. where they can shove their nonsense.

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Posted in: Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan See in context

So, in other words, Japanese people get off light; foreign residents have their lives destroyed.

Is anybody really surprised by this? Japan's got a reputation for not treating its foreign residents the same as the local populace.

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Posted in: Suga says plenty of nurses available to work Olympics since 'many are taking time off now' See in context

Did the PM ever stop to wonder WHY the nurses are taking time off? It's not like Japan is infamous for, oh, I don't know, excessive amounts of overtime? My gods, it's become a sad, tragic parody, these higher ups and their antics.

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Posted in: Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan See in context

...has warned that penalties for noncompliance include publicly revealing names

Ooooh, so scary! Revealing names to the pubic for not "honoring their pledge"! Yeah, that's going to keep the people in line.,.not.

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Posted in: Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to stay home See in context

Can't wait to see the jump in COVID cases come mid-May. This is what the Japanese govt. gets by simply "requesting" people to stay at home. This latest SoE is about as effective as putting a fish on a bicycle - people don't feel the sense of urgency and caution anymore and would rather go about living their lives then to spend what is possibly their only weeklong break twiddling their thumbs at home. I wonder what it'll take for the government to actually rewrite some of constitution and enforce a proper lockdown - when a new mutant strain more powerful than all the current mutant strains combined start dropping people like flies on the street?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,260 in Osaka See in context

I see the new SoE measures are doing solidly. Maybe when we inevitably have another SoE after this one ends, they might actually start targeting the actual culprits, which are offices and companies who insist on their employees physically coming into work and thus packing themselves like cattle into already overcrowded trains.

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Posted in: U.S. advises citizens to 'reconsider travel' to Japan See in context

It's kind of a moot point though isn't it; because Japan isn't allowing tourists into the country.

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Posted in: Suga says tackling COVID-19 takes priority over general election See in context

But The Olympics still get top priority right? Ridiculous...

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Posted in: Commuter rush seen despite 3rd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

Yeah but creating the infrastructure to do everything online is costly and time consuming. You just can expect the vast majority of companies to do it within a year.

If Japanese companies would have gotten on board with digitizing their stuff and investing in IT infrastructure years before the pandemic hit, they would not be in the pickle they are in now. J-inc's refusal and reluctance to adopt IT into their workplace has come back to bite them severely in the behind. COVID has shed harsh light on just how backwards a lot of companies are run here - I mean some still use fax machines! Their lack of modernizing has finally caught up with them and now they're paying for it.

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Posted in: Japan's restaurant alcohol ban sets new COVID-19 emergency apart See in context

Yeah right!

In over 30 years in Japan I am trying to think how often I have seen people congregating in public to drink not associated with some special event like Hanami parties in parks or after a matsuri all of which will not be happening.

The times I have seen such gatherings not part of a local event, it is mostly non Japanese standing around the entrance of a conbini.

The idea that the Japanese are suddenly going to start doing something they rarely if ever do just to stand around and drink in groups is ridiculous, they will just go home and drink.

@Antiquesaving - of course you'd have to point fingers at all the expats and non-locals. Typical xenophobic hogwash, As for your "experience" having lived in Japan for over 30 years, you've clearly been walking around with your eyes closed and not reading/watching the news - people have taken to congregating in public parks, riversides etc. to drink and hang out BECAUSE izakayas, restaurants, bars etc. have to close early. The situation has forced people to consider other options.

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Posted in: 3rd COVID-19 state of emergency begins in Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo See in context

the measures have more teeth than the previous declaration in January.

Lol, "more teeth"? You've got to be joking, right? Are these "teeth" made out of rubber because they sure don't bite hard.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says cancelation not being considered See in context

"We are putting our utmost efforts to prepare coronavirus countermeasures so (the public) can understand that the Tokyo Games can be held," Seiko Hashimoto said 

Bahahahahahahaha!!!! That is the most hilarious thing I've read today. "Utmost efforts"? You mean another toothless "lockdown", beyond sluggish vaccine rollouts, trains packed to the brim with commuters, and no enforced restrictions on traveling between cities and prefectures - these efforts? Yeah, try again.

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Posted in: We will be asking for illuminations and neon signs to be turned off at night. Hopefully, that will discourage people from going out at night. We are also asking non-residents to refrain from entering Tokyo as much as possible. See in context

So are they going to ask the convenience stores, which operate round the lock, to turn off their signs because ya know, you can, and people will be, buying their booze from there.

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Posted in: Prefectural governors seek COVID financial aid for businesses See in context

I do not understand, why Japan is provided by vaccines so slowly? Why don’t they buy Russian vaccine, for example? We have 3 different types, everyone has a chance to get a vaccination here, and my country is ready to sell vaccines. Aside of the politics and any good/bad relationships. Aside of Cold War between America. Can’t this COVID situation be a neutral zone, where only the people’s health is important? All of my relatives and friends, including me got vaccinated and yes, many had a muscular pain and one day of fever. But that present in Pfizer’s vaccine too. Everyone is okay. I really believe this should be ended as soon as it’s possible. I wish everyone in Japan and all over the world to overcome this nightmare.

A combination of factors, which include:

Japan's regulation of needing to domestically test imported vaccines from overseas (due to some ridiculous notion that Japanese people's physiology is somehow unique as compared to everyone else in the world)

a long standing history of the public being wary of side effects from vaccines (most probably due to misinformation, lack of information and clarity from the government)

currently approving only one type of vaccine - Pfizer

Honestly, at the rate they're going with the vaccine rollout, the vast majority of Japan's population will be lucky to get their first shot this year.

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Posted in: Japan's restaurant alcohol ban sets new COVID-19 emergency apart See in context

All this ban is doing is driving people to go drinking out on the streets since drinking in public is perfectly legal in Japan. Thus, instead of people clustering in groups inside a bar or restaurant, they'll just be clustering together in groups outside. All they've managed to change is the location where people will be drinking. Nuts.

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Posted in: Suga declares state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka region See in context

Don't serve alcohol in bars.

Stop the trains running earlier.

Turn off the light.

Does covid only come out after dark in Japan?

Apparently so. It's afraid of sun and alcohol hence the ban on alcohol all-day and only closing stuff down when the sun dips below the horizon.

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Posted in: Suga declares state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka region See in context

This is honestly pathetic. No, it's beyond pathetic. Any sense of urgency, patience and compliance they're hoping to get from the populace has died out after the 2nd SoE. The current "quasi SoE" is about as effective as trying to put a fire out with gasoline. What they should have done during the first original SoE was to revise their limp sad laws regarding lockdowns and declare a full, proper lockdown. While that goes on, they should thoroughly planned out a vaccine distribution program that doesn't move at the pace of glaciers. Seriously, this is asinine, the government's approach to the handling of the pandemic. They want to host the Olympics? Then they should have thought things out better. I honestly doubt it's going to happen now - they keep saying it's "safe and secure" but yeah, no. It's going to end up being canceled.

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