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Posted in: Gov't policy to only hospitalize critical COVID patients draws flak See in context

They've had well over a year to prepare for this scenario. What exactly have they been doing? And why does Suga always look like a deer in the headlights in every picture taken of him? Could he not at least pretend he has the situation under control?

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Posted in: Garth Brooks reassessing stadium tour because of COVID surge See in context

A pity. Garth Brooks is AMAZING live. But safety first, for him, his crew and his fans.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling party policy chief seeks Diet debate on virus lockdown See in context

Err... It's a little to late to be "debating" this issue isn't it? Like a whole year and a half too late? I think the government would be better off streamlining the vaccine program. At the rate things are going, getting everyone vaccinated is probably the best route.

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Posted in: To say ‘get vaccinated’ when there are no vaccines available shows that she has no understanding of the situation at the local level. See in context

Sing it! J-govt keeps consistently dropping the ball when it comes to handling the pandemic, to the point where they've managed to push the famously patient Japanese citizens past their breaking point. You can only ask people to voluntarily comply for so long.

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Posted in: The working-age generation is more susceptible to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on their working environment, and we want to effectively connect people with anxiety and worries to counseling services. See in context

There's be less anxiety and worries if the government would just issue a work from home mandate for all businesses that are able to do so. You think squeezing onto one of Japan's infamously horribly packed trains is not a cause for stress and anxiety? Especially during a pandemic? Think again.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Well when the Japanese government decides to let throngs of people from all corners of the globe in for the Olympics....

Also, it's now the FOURTH SoE. People are resigned to the fact that this is their new normal. Any sense of urgency and panic has long since passed. You can only ask people to voluntarily comply for so long. Compassion fatigue has set in.

If the government really wanted to get a handle on this situation they would have rewritten the constitution to allow for stricter lockdown measures back during the first SoE. Now, vaccines are running low and people are still commuting to work in horribly packed trains. What did they expect exactly?

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Posted in: Olympic Games organizers admit to wasting about 4,000 boxes of food See in context

A) how badly did they plan the schedules that the poor volunteers didn't have time carved out for food and rehydration? Did they misunderstand the term "volunteer" for "slave"?

B) why didn't they donate the food to homeless shelters, food banks etc.?

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Posted in: Kono says gov't trying to reach young adults to combat vaccine misinformation See in context

What even is the point if you can't make a reservation? I got my vouchers in the mail today but my list of inoculation sites all say that they are either not accepting reservations or all slots are full up.

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Posted in: Nishiya, just 13, gives Japan sweep in street skateboarding See in context

Congrats to Japan on winning though it's rather ironic considering the country's aversion to the sport. Maybe these victories will help make skateboarding less of a "taboo" and result in more skateboard parks and spaces being built.

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Posted in: Frenchman's hunger strike over 'abducted' kids enters third week See in context

Can someone explain to me why joint custody doesn't exist in Japan?? Do they expect the kids to just be devoid of the chance to grow up with both parents and foster resentment to the absent one?

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Posted in: Suga asks Pfizer CEO to bring forward COVID-19 delivery amid shortage See in context

There's that word again - "considering". Does the Japanese government ever just grab the bull by its horns and just do??

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Posted in: Do you think the Tokyo Olympics will turn out to be a superspreader event for the coronavirus? See in context

People coming in from all corners of the earth to congregate in one of the most densely populated cities in the world? You're basically begging for a super spreader event...

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Posted in: Olympic athletes to put on own medals; crowd noise to be fed into arenas See in context

This just keeps getting sadder and sadder. I bet it's not even enjoyable for the athletes anymore - all of these changes and restrictions. Why couldn't they just postpone it to next year if they so desperately wanted the Olympics to be held?

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Posted in: Daily tests, cardboard beds: 24 hours at Tokyo's Olympic Village See in context

All of that money funneled into the Olympics and the best they can come up with are cardboard beds? Prison cells have better beds installed.

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel criticized for 'Japanese only' notice for elevator use See in context

This kind of ignorant racism is all too common in Japan and it's just disturbing that it keeps happening. When are they going to learn that discrimination is not okay and that Japanese people are no different than anybody else in the world?

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Posted in: Suga declares state of emergency lasting through Olympics See in context

Isn't the point of a State of Emergency to counter large scale events where people congregate in masses and social distancing is...challenging? And yet the Olympics are still happening? I fail to see the logic in this.

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Posted in: Man arrested after assaulting visitor to nextdoor apartment for being noisy See in context

Perhaps if building companies here didn't use shoddy building materials that allow you to hear your neighbor 3 blocks down cough, this would be less of an issue.

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Posted in: What is the best way for parents of children of mixed heritage to make sure their kids grow up bilingual? See in context

Exposing them to both languages from the get-go is important. Having them immerse in both and using it as much as possible is also necessary for them to retain their fluency. However, it's hard to be truly, equally fluent in both languages - usually one or more of the passive or active skills (listening, reading, writing) gets sacrificed a little. I grew up in a trilingual family and while I can speak and understand all three, English emerged as my dominant language as it was the most useful and necessary. I retain enough of my other two so i can converse with my grandparents and relatives but reading and writing have fallen to the wayside because I just didn't have enough practice.

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Posted in: The rising number of suicides, especially among women, could become a serious social problem if left unaddressed. We have to try to understand the problems people face and lend them a helping hand. See in context

"...could become a serious problem..."

Could?! It already is a serious problem in Japan! They should have worked on tackling this issue years ago starting with the horrendous amount of overtime local companies make their employees do. A little too late to address the issue now don't you think?

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Posted in: We will be unable to control infections if more businesses decide they can do whatever they want. See in context

You want to know why businesses are doing whatever they want? It's because your "requests" are about as scary and effective as a declawed kitten. The urging and requests may have worked last year when the first SoE was implemented and people were rightly scared and worried about COVID but now? Now people are tired, frustrated and resigned to living with COVID - the fear has ebbed. It is our new normal and so you can take your "requests" and shove it.

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Posted in: Voting under way in Tokyo metropolitan assembly election See in context

Lovin' their adherence to social distancing measures...

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Posted in: 70-year-old man arrested for keeping wife’s corpse at home for 2 years See in context

Is this an emerging pattern in Japan or has this always been an issue? Either way, it's very unnerving.

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Posted in: Olympics may bring more risks than economic benefits for Japan See in context

I think the author mispelt will in their title. It's not spelt "may" but w-i-l-l.

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Posted in: What's your situation concerning vaccination against the coronavirus? See in context

Still waiting on getting the jabs. Wasn't too anxious about when I'd get it but since the knuckleheads have decided to let the Olympics go on, I'm seriously thinking of just holing up at home until this nonsense is all over. 2 Olympic athletes from Uganda have already tested positive for Covid; this is not going to be an isolated event. Don't understand why they couldn't just postpone it for another year.

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Posted in: Top court says laws requiring married couples to have same surname constitutional See in context

Personally, I don't understand why you would want two different last names as a married couple, What message does that send? However, the women and the man do both have a choice. To me, the problem isn't the law.

Aside from the fact that your surname is an integral part of your identity from birth and you might want to pass it down to future generations? Well let's see: many people have made a name for themselves in their places of work/industry/etc. using their maiden names. They've built up a reputation based on their original name and to have to change it due to marriage would potentially hinder this.

And since societal conditioning has the majority of women taking their partners' name upon marriage, women are usually the ones who have to face the potential fallout/issues of said name change.

Japanese citizens should have the right to choose to take their partner's name, keep their maiden name or if it's even possible, hyphenate both last names. It should not be mandatory. That's fundamentally UNconstitutional, despite what the dinosaurs running Japan's Supreme Court says.

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Posted in: Top court says laws requiring married couples to have same surname constitutional See in context

How asinine of them clinging to archaic and patriarchal societal and gender roles that other countries have phased out because it's the TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. This "law" in in direct violation of a Japanese citizen's rights - they should not have to give up their familial identity given to them from birth just because they're getting married. Why Japan insists on clinging to the past, I'll never know. And they wonder why fewer people are getting married, staying married, and having kids. Ridiculous.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't backs 4-day workweek, but experts split See in context

Japanese companies can't even adhere to a 9 to 5 workday; in what universe are they going to adopt a 4-day work week?!?!

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Posted in: Tokyo LGBTQ center head hoping Olympics spark social change See in context

It's going to be extremely hard to eradicate discrimination of any kind in Japan, especially since a large majority of Japanese society just don't question why the discrimination exists. I mean, take a look at their attitudes towards tattoos for example - people with ink can't visit onsens, some beaches, waterparks etc. As someone who has tattoos, the number of times I've gotten stared at for my ink or have people move away from me on public transport because they saw my tattoos is more than I can count on my fingers. Then there's discrimination against non-Japanese folk - the casual, ignorant xenophobia and racism I've seen on display in Japan is kind of disheartening. Now, trying to get the Japanese society to be LGBTQIA inclusive? Gonna be a hard sell. You'd have to undo and restructure decades of societal conditioning. Frankly speaking, Japan is just a country and society that doesn't like change.

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Posted in: All Olympic live viewing events in Tokyo to be canceled: Koike See in context

Finally, a modicum of common sense. A little late but better late than never.

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Posted in: For those of you who have been working remotely since the pandemic began, how has it affected your spending habits online? See in context

I want to say I've spent more online but it kind of evens out as I've spent less in brick and mortar stores, restaurants, cinemas etc.

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