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Posted in: The 'textbook' evacuation from Japan jet inferno See in context

The evacuation seems to have been successful due to a fortunate combination of the professionalism and bravery of the crew, and the prevailing culture of following instructions in Japan. Result - every soul in that plane saved. Respect and kudos should flow in abundance to JAL, its excellent crew and the culture that contributed to this outcome.

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Posted in: Sinéad O’Connor, provocative Irish singer-songwriter, dies at 56 See in context

I will live by my own policies

I will sleep with a clear conscience

I will sleep in peace

from Emperor’s New Clothes

RIP Sinead with your beloved son.

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Posted in: Australia, New Zealand honor war dead in Anzac Day dawn services See in context

ANZAC Day has become Australia's national day. It has now far surpassed Australia Day. It's the one public holiday of the year that people respect with solemnity and sincerity. Why? Because even though it was decades ago, the current Aussies and Kiwis know instinctively what those ordinary people were fighting for then, and they want to show their true gratitude. Their country, their families and the free and peaceful way of life down under. Those things are precious, easy to lose and are well worth getting up at dawn and fighting for.

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Posted in: Japan's food self-sufficiency alarmingly low; 72 mil could go hungry, magazine says See in context

I like his comment "urgent issues go unaddressed". This sums up modern Japan neatly. There's no urgency, just a quiet resignation and hopelessness. I feel an uneasiness when 'I increasingly see robot waiters delivering meals in a restaurant, self service creeping in everywhere, and when I see all the masses of imported food in the supermarkets. Japan has always been able to adapt and survive (and thrive), but I feel this time the demographic and geographic realities may be just too intractable even for the ingenuity of the Japanese.

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Posted in: World Bank employee, surgeon picked as Japan astronaut candidates See in context

The exam period matches the school juken period. Wonder if there is a JAXA juku somewhere for this?

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Posted in: Koike says 'simplified' Games may be necessary to avoid cancellation See in context

Really which athlete would want a medal from the "simplified" corona Games? Just do it properly or cancel it. And concentrate all resources on Japan's recovery post pandemic.

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Posted in: 80% of Japan mayors oppose, wary of shift to Sept start of school year See in context

Was always a non issue really as fewer and fewer Japanese students wish to study abroad anymore. The more alarming thing is the very low opinion those in charge seem to have of ordinary Japanese people. They are so easily burdened, easily confused and seemingly rendered clueless with any proposed changes. But that’s not borne out in reality as most (non elderly) Japanese I see are typically pretty sharp and savvy and can adapt quite readily.

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Posted in: Japan may re-open borders to travelers from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, NZ See in context

Nobody in their right mind would come to Japan for a business trip under those conditions. Who thought this up? Just keep Zooming until things get better.

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Posted in: Coates says Tokyo Games face 'real problems' due to COVID-19 See in context

I think they are preparing for a cancellation. These messages wil be drip fed out to the media over the coming months and when the announcement comes, people will be already over it.

Just hope they refund the tickets.

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Posted in: I feel so sorry for senior high school students all over the country that I cannot find the words. Now that it has come to this, I want them to shift emotional gears and think, ‘Hey, life is long and unexpected things can happen.' See in context

Once these kids graduate and are a few years on after school, they will realise that high school baseball wasn’t life and death like they were led to believe by everyone - teachers, coaches, the society and the media.

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Posted in: The line should be drawn between foreigners on short-stay visas and those who stay in Japan based on other statuses of residence. Those whose lives are based in Japan need to be able to return. See in context

At least this has woken up all PR holders to the reality of the PR status in Japan. It's been misunderstood by some as being something permanent and close to a citizen. A better name for it would be "long term foreign resident visa" - less misunderstandings that way when pandemics come along.

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Posted in: Australia's coronavirus death toll reaches 100 See in context

Australia possibly went too far with the lockdown, given the economic fallout now playing out. Once the borders were sealed and the cruise ships and travellers dealt with, the issue was pretty much sorted, with minimal domestic transmission.

But overall a great display of leadership and judgement by the Morrison government.

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Posted in: Starbucks stores in Japan reopen as virus spread slows See in context

Only reason I go to Starbucks is because it's guaranteed tobacco free. It's certainly not for the coffee!

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Posted in: Japanese computer-savvy teen designs app to fight pandemic See in context

This kind of headline about a Japanese young person is sadly so rare in Japan now. Truly heartening.

Here's hoping Japan doesn't suck all that optimism and creative thinking out of him in the future as he progresses through The System...

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Posted in: Remdesivir may be approved in Japan on Thursday: health minister See in context

Was used for ebola and it didn't work. False and dangerous hope.

There will likely never be an effective vaccine. Society will adapt and learn to live alongside this coronavirus. It already is in that process.

Life goes on, it always has. Humans are amazingly adaptable, the key to their survival and domination of the planet.

RIP to the ones who haven't survived this pandemic.

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Posted in: Flowers unexpectedly bloom at Fukushima school closed by virus See in context

I heard the reason the school sports grounds are kept as dustbowls is because the public schools don't have the extra funds for grass maintenance (mowing, watering etc.). Poor kids.

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Posted in: How would you compare the leadership shown by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike so far during the coronavirus outbreak? See in context

Well, not sure whether we've seen much leadership in either case, but Koike san definitely wears way nicer face masks.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020: 'No Plan B' for another Olympic postponement See in context

Cancel it now. The dream is over.

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Posted in: As the world struggles to cope with the coronavirus, do you feel safer in Japan (if you live here), or would you prefer to be in your home country right now? See in context

Australia went from laid back to a police state in a matter of days, where you can now be jailed for going to the beach. Japan seems reluctant to disturb people’s lives and livelihoods and the general harmony of the society. Only time will tell which approach was right.

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Posted in: Experts foresee Tokyo Games without spectators if virus lingers See in context

The problem is that it may be peaking in July in many countries, even if it has subsided in Japan by then. Japan would be basically inviting the virus back in. Why would they do that? Just beg the IOC to postpone it.

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Posted in: Japan's economic policymakers now factoring in Olympics cancellation, sources say See in context

Why would cancelling (or most likely postponing) this sporting event freeze consumption?Are people suddenly going to stop eating or something just because the olympics are not on? I think the average Japanese is sensible enough to understand reality, unlike their elites.

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Posted in: Japanese airline thanks passengers during coronavirus slump with special message See in context

The airlines are at the very front line of this crisis. Those desperate signs say it all. I hope they survive.

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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

It’s a good time to switch to domestic travel and support your own travel industry which will be struggling to survive soon.

This is a unique time to see your own backyard in peace and quiet without hordes of international tourists. Grab the chance while you can, including in Japan. .

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Posted in: MLB: No plans to alter schedule because of virus outbreak See in context

The virus supposedly peaks 10 to 15 weeks after first appearing. Worst could be over by Golden Week in Japan.

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Posted in: For some Fukushima evacuees, Olympics no reason for cheer See in context

July is simply way too soon now. It must either be postponed to 2021 or held as a TV only event, although still loads of risk in that for the athletes. I hope the IOC has the decency and common sense to move it to next year due to these extraordinary circumstances. What alternative universe do they live in?

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Posted in: In Fukushima, Olympic torch relay faces cool welcome from nuclear evacuees See in context

If they truly cared about the evacuees, they wouldn’t run the relay through places like that out of respect.

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Posted in: Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic organizers say on-track despite virus outbreak See in context

It's really time to rethink the whole Olympics idea and move to a more sustainable model for a pinnacle global sporting contest. It's out of control. The show must go on it seems, in spite of a global pandemic (which it is). Probably even a nuclear war wouldn't stop the iOC. Just hold the Games without spectators they'd say.

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Posted in: Health minister says it is too early to talk about canceling Olympics See in context

If Japan gets travel bans from the big countries over the next few weeks (US, Europe etc) that will seal it. Even if the warmer weather kills off the virus and travel bans are lifted, it will be too late for the olympics unfortunately. Postponing it to 2021 may not work either. What if COVID 20 emerges next winter...too risky. Just refund the tickets and lets move on to Paris 2024.

Japan did a great job of building the infrastructure and being ready for the Games. In a wealthy city of 30 million those venues won't be wasted.

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Posted in: All 16 of Vietnam's coronavirus sufferers cured See in context

An interesting angle on this is whether after recovery your body has built up some resistance or immunity to reinfection by this particular virus. Need a medical scientist to comment. How depressing it would be to recover and then contract it again.

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Posted in: Some investors worry as coronavirus puts question mark over Tokyo Olympics See in context

Investors hate losing money more than anything, so look to the stock market for some indication of what to expect over the next few months. The future is already priced in.

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