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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

Oooohhhh, slowly but surely, something is happening:

they are now “strongly urging

slowly changing their language, that,s right... key word here being: “slowly”...

Nothing to worry about!

When it is a thousand or two a day then it’ll be newsworthy....

the thing is, it is already... we just don,t know about it ( or we know, but it,s not official ). they,re not testing enough people. no tests, no numbers.

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Posted in: Essential services to run in Tokyo even in state of emergency: Koike See in context

This "kindly refrain from...." weak sauce rhetoric is not working. Their have been another 100+ people infected in the last 24hrs. Th Jgov needs to take more drastic measures and lockdown all major cities. This should be done by shutting down public transportation.

i agree with everything that was said in this post ... except with the last sentence ... you, ve been watching too many post-apocalyptic tv shows or something ...

Tokyo residents will be asked to refrain from leaving their homes but essential services will remain in operation should Japan declare a state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus, Gov Yuriko Koike says.

The guidelines, announced in advance to prevent public confusion, said stores selling essential items such as food and medical supplies, and services necessary to keep society and the economy running such as banks will remain in operation even during a state of emergency.

The metropolitan government will request facilities and event organizers to limit or cease their activities to prevent further spread of the virus. It also plans to establish a call center to handle inquiries from citizens and business operators.

OK with all of this ... makes sense ...

but please enough with this “would be” talk and “requests”(?!!) to stay home on weekends ( apparently in Japan the virus is lazy on weekdays and rests during weekdays which must be really nice given the fact that a week has seven(!) days ). enough with that nonsense.

state of emergency and lockdown... before it,s too late. good timing is everything.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day; New York governor begs for help See in context

New York, “ the greatest city in the world “, begging for help ... ...

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

"If we wait until an explosive increase in infections before declaring an emergency, it will be too late," Satoshi Kamayachi, an executive board member of the Japan Medical Association, told a news conference, in comments carried by broadcaster Nippon Television.

can somebody please listen to this man ?

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

( USA ... , most of Europe ... , China ... , South Korea ... ) ... and while we,re at it, why not the whole world ...

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to stay at home at weekend See in context

not really good at math, but... weekend ,s just two days ( against five weekdays ) ... i think it,s gonna take more than two days to slow this thing down... this “request” ( really? ) is just the prelude to the real lockdown coming up in the next few weeks...

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Posted in: Guide to reduce virus risks issued for schools before reopening See in context

yeah, guidelines and warnings... that,ll do it...

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Posted in: Abe says schools to reopen after spring break; remains cautious about big events See in context

Abe closes schools in March: Madness ... the man’s a fool.

Abe opens schools in April: Madness ... the man’s a fool.

the man’s a fool for wanting to close schools just for the sake of doing something. ( and the logic of it, ( to make it work ) if they want to shut down schools, they have to shut down everything, or at least, more than just schools ). and it came out of nowhere, people were not expecting it and many parents were caught off guard. now he wants to reopen schools like nothing happened. still gonna be risky out there. so yeah basically the man’s ( still ) a fool.

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Posted in: Japan Times changes reference to 'comfort women' after backlash See in context

“worked in brothels...” , “to provide sex...” , “women who were forced or coerced into Japan's wartime brothel system...” ... they,re very gentle in their words... how about “slaves that were raped ( constantly ) and abused ( physically, mentally and psychologically ), under disgusting conditions...” ... that,s more like it ...

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Posted in: Father gets 16 years in prison for fatal abuse of 10-year-old daughter See in context

16 years? you gotta be kidding me ...

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Posted in: Japan to ask travelers from Europe to self-quarantine for 14 days See in context

unbelievable ...

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Posted in: UEFA postpones Euro 2020 by 1 year because of pandemic See in context

the European Cup is a little bit easier to postpone than the Olympics but ... even if the European Cup is big, the Olympics are way bigger so it doesn,t many any sense to still hold the Olympics this summer... this shows how ridiculous it is when Abe says everything,s fine, normal and on schedule...

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

i,m not the expert but maybe 2021 ......

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Posted in: Premier League may not finish, says FA chief See in context

even if they don,t cancel the season, Liverpool is going to be the winner of the 2019/2020 Premier League, period. that,s a fact. forget about the “9 games left”. the thing is, these poor Liverpool fans waited 30 years for this, and now they can,t even celebrate in the pitch / stadium / going to the streets after the match / etc, like all the others do every single year. bad luck huh. ok so there,s no problem about the first place ( every club accepts giving the title to Liverpool ), but how about those teams fighting to stay in the Premier League and others fighting for “European spots”? the 2nd, 3rd and 4th go to the Champions League and 5th, 6th and 7th go to the Europa League. not so simple after all. they have to sort that out.

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Posted in: Empty airport See in context

to the two previous posters : that was spot on ... we just gotta ask what time is this ( must be late at night, probably ). if there,s one place that,s gonna keep having lots of people, that,s airports. they just wanna add more fuel to the hysteria and make ( some ) people believe the world is completely paralyzed ( which it is, kinda, but... ) and coming to an end ( not, it,s not ) ...

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Posted in: Europe now epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic: WHO See in context

in Europe, everyone and everything is connected... sometimes it feels like it,s one country instead of a group of countries ( not a bad thing depending on how we look at it ) ... also because, if we look at the size ( comparing with countries such as the US and Australia ), it,s actually super small... ... it,s Europe we,re talking about so it,s not easy to get used to this idea... Europe is supposed to be a synonym of “clean”, “safe”, “attractive”... ...

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Posted in: Express train knocks suicide jumper back onto platform, injuring 3 people See in context

i heard about this... body parts were flying around and those poor people had a taste of his legs and arms... they got even more traumatized than you think... indeed, what a selfish b-st-rd...

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Posted in: Scrapping cherry blossom parties like taking hugs away from Italians: Koike See in context

and that includes the non Japanese taxpayers?

i was careful enough to say “the people living in Tokyo”, not Japanese and/or Tokyoites...

Agreed. That's social media. A lot of people who have nothing better to do than to criticize to make themselves look good.

Don't let it get you down. Your comment was valid.

thank you!

A lot of people felt her analogy was ridiculous. Of course you two still have valid comments, it’s just that 85% of people don’t agree with you.

the analogy was ridiculous. but when people here start insulting her and saying she should resign, etc., that,s when they stop making sense, imo...

Hanami is once a year and involves intoxication for most. It’s a downgraded BBQ.

i think i said in my previous comment that most of the people here criticizing are not even Japanese, so... there it is, you,re not a Japanese so of course you,re not gonna think/feel the same way about it...

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Posted in: Scrapping cherry blossom parties like taking hugs away from Italians: Koike See in context

nice... so many thumbs down to my ( simple ) comment. i,m gonna say it again, why do you feel like you need to attack Koike Yuriko for just pointing out how important hanami is for the Japanese people ( most of you here are not even Japanese). ... yes, difficult times and all that, but she,s gonna keep defending the interests of Tokyo and the people living in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Scrapping cherry blossom parties like taking hugs away from Italians: Koike See in context

the analogy is weird but why attacking the woman for just pointing out how important Hanami is for the Japanese.

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Posted in: Trump first foreign leader to call for postponing Tokyo Olympics See in context

i thought it was in the “Olympic” contract or something that the Olympics can be delayed as long as it,s still 2020, so it,s gotta be somewhere in 2020... but this 2021 talk, maybe it,s not such a bad idea...

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Posted in: Ignore the coronavirus hysteria – now's the perfect time to visit Japan because airfares are cheap, there are less crowds and the chance of being infected with the virus is low. Do you agree? See in context

i might agree with those things but it,s still risky. and it,s not worth it. unless you already bought the tickets a few months ago or something, then sure, go ahead. but deciding to visit Japan now because it,s a little cheaper and less people? nah.

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Posted in: What are the worst things about the first year working in a Japanese company? Survey investigates See in context

I get free lunch and dinner when I have to stay late plus snacks and tea as well as juice all day long.

If we work late and the trains are already stopped we get cab fare home.

you shouldn,t have to stay late, that would be better than all the “free food, snacks and juice” and cabs in the world. but the words “when” and “if” are important because you,re talking like if it,s just a few times. a few times ( less than 50% ) is not considered normal in Japan.

Hotels are often paid for if beyond midnight.

i mean, c,mon, you,re supposed to be able to sleep in your own bed, but again, you said “if...”...

We get bonuses and really do not work so hard.

that depends and instead of talking about yourself you should talk about the majority. they do work hard and in some cases they even wonder if it,s worth it ( bonuses ) ...

The bosse take us out to eat drink and be merry.

again, that depends. many people don,t even like their bosses and coworkers. after a long day of work, they wanna go home to their families and relax and enjoy their free time ( precious free time ).

your comment reminds me of those salaryman, they might look happy but we know they,re drunk with work. and they don,t even realize something: they,re not actually living life.

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Posted in: What are the worst things about the first year working in a Japanese company? Survey investigates See in context

“I was told I’d get a two-day holiday each week, but it ended up being only once a week. I’ve also ended up having to work even after the time for the last train home.”


“At first, I was praised – ‘Wow, you’re a fast learner!’ or ‘You’re really working hard!’ But then I started being given more and more work, and it’s hard to keep up. and now I get reprimanded every day. Eventually I asked my boss if he could reduce my workload, and he got cross at me again.


“I wasn’t performing to the same level that another worker was when they were in their first year. I got scolded in front of others a lot. I work at a bank, so the customers get to see a lot. If I got scolded, I’d start to cry, which then made my boss yell ‘You’re a member of working society now. Don’t cry here (where customers can see you)!!’ I ran in the back and cried.”


“The atmosphere between coworkers isn’t great.


“It feels like you’re just expected to work overtime. Even if you finish ‘on time’, it’s not clear when you should actually leave and you just end up hanging around for no reason.


“...We’re just expected to work from morning to night, usually getting home around midnight and leaving for work around 6 a.m.

that “ “banzai” / “ganbaro” / hard-working = respected “ mentality is a bunch of bs and needs to change asap(!) ( it will, eventually ). sorry, ( older ) Japanese, welcome to the 21st century ...

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Posted in: 27-year-old man arrested for cutting high school girls’ skirts at game center See in context

I said it before ... people do it for the thrills.

thrills, yes, we all know, but you can,t deny the “interesting” factor ... i mean, cutting pieces of skirts? and also ... it,s not just the “thrills”, is it? what comes after that? what is he gonna do after cutting the skirts? i mean we just gotta ask what the h-ll does he want pieces of skirts for...

and you gotta love their explanations, this reminds me of that guy that was filming up a woman,s skirt and then he said he was doing it because he wanted to know what kind of underwear she was wearing...

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Posted in: 27-year-old man arrested for cutting high school girls’ skirts at game center See in context

for cutting high school girls’ skirts at game center


The teenagers told police they were decorating their photos at a purikura(print club) booth when they felt the presence of someone squatting behind them.

seriously, this looks like a horror movie ...

was quoted by police as saying, “I got a thrill out of cutting their skirts.”

and here we go... these excuses......

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Posted in: Warren ends presidential campaign See in context

should, ve done that three days ago ... the timing s-cks ( Pete “something” was even worse, he knew what he was doing... ) ... Bernie can,t be happy with that ... this probably cost him the nomination ...... the establishment stinks already ...

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Posted in: James Bond film release pushed back 7 months due to virus See in context

i am ( or was ) actually really excited about this one ... i feel like it has the potential to be considered one of the best action movies of all time ... well, waiting is also part of the excitement so ...

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't urges people to refrain from cherry blossom parties in parks See in context

good luck with that ......

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