COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: High hug See in context

Love in the Time of Coronavirus.

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Posted in: Telework, stockpiling spread in Tokyo after Koike's press conference See in context

Right now I am sitting in front of my computer here in Columbus OH US. The governor sent kids home from schools starting 3/16 and has set a date for return on 4/6, but has stated that they could be out for the rest of the school year (which would likely end the first week of June). As of 11:59PM 3/23 all "non-essential businesses" are to be closed until further notice, and many are working from home; that includes the local news media, which I watched earlier. They have one person at their studios while the rest are reporting from their homes (comedy in the raw if a kid/dog/cat/lizard somehow walks in on them :))

There have been panic buying for the last two weeks, even before the order on 3/23; all the stores around me have been sold out of TP, hand sanitizer, alcohol (including wipes), bread, water, lunch meats, bleach, milk and a variety of other household items, despite the fact that we regularly see video on the news demonstrating that their warehouses are FULL of these essential items, and there is no shortage of them.

But the howling mobs keep running in, loading up their carts, cramming the lines and, who knows, making a fortress of TP protected by the masses of guns they are also buying up at Vance's?

Earlier today I got a card in the mail that details guidelines that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been telling us for the last several weeks (wash your hands, keep from touching your face, practice social distancing, etc.)...except that, in big letters on the front, it says, "PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA".

Now, knowing that our functionally illiterate "leader" has spent the last two months downplaying the threat of COVID-19, and even now spreads false and misleading information about what is being done about the spread (and at least two people have died from his misinformation involving an anti-malarial drug), now the government agency responsible for these little cards expect me to believe that our orange king is lucid enough to "produce" these guidelines?

He's simply using the threat of coronavirus to win a second term. God help us all if that happens.

As for us, since we buy essentials when they are on sale, and use coupons to pare down what we spend, we're good on TP and other needed items. Grocery stores are considered "essential" and thus are kept open, so I'll likely only visit them to attempt to buy needed items or to pick up needed medicines (I'm diabetic, so according to the guidelines I'm considered "high-risk"). I have nitrile gloves if I need them, as well as a mask to cover my mouth/nose when I do go.

But given the situation I will likely not go as much as before. Not because I'm overly worried about getting coronavirus (not any more than I should be), but because I just get thoroughly disgusted with all the people STILL loading up their carts like it's the @#$@ apocalypse.

My parents grew up during the Great Depression; my mom lost four members or her family before the age of five during that time because of malnutrition. I had relatives in WWII, and an elder brother fighting in Vietnam. Compared to those things, I can deal with this MUCH easier.

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Posted in: Diamond worth ¥200 mil stolen in Yokohama See in context I have the Lupin III theme in my head.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

If you all want some REAL fun, read the message through Google Translate :)

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Posted in: Elderly anime fan allegedly threatens to kill man who complained about loud TV See in context

57 is elderly now? I'm 57 and my hearing isn't shot (yet), and whether I watch anime, cartoons, movies or a good documentary I don't crank up my sound enough to disturb others. And as long as I am able to support myself I'll watch what I like. People can think that watching these things are "immature" but as long as I enjoy what I watch it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

As long as you don't hurt or bother others, that's all that matters.

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Posted in: Report discovered detailing Japan's wartime use of nerve agents See in context

"Chemical weapons against a military target. Yes. If America and UK can use muster gas during WW1 against German troops.. Why can't Japan use chemical weapons against Chinese troops. It is war."

The first instance of chemical weapons during WWI was by the French, using tear gas against German forces. However, it was the Germans who began extensively using chlorine gas against French, Canadian and Algerian troops at the 2nd Battle of Ypres, in 1915.

Yes, all sides in Europe used chemical weapons. Yes, their use would constitute a war crime under the 1907 Hague Convention. And NO, this fact does NOT absolve any war crimes the IJA did before and during WWII.

A man owns up to his mistakes. A coward hides the evidence.

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

Is this sexist relic still thinking it's prior to 1970 or what?

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Posted in: Japanese manga queen Rumiko Takahashi wins top French prize See in context

I'm happy to see such an honor go to such a deserving manga-ka as Takahashi Rumiko. I've been a big fan of her work since the late 80s when I became aware of it, through Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku and the Mermaid stories.

Even after all these years I still have full manga sets of UY, MI, Ranma and the Mermaid stories among my library of books. Eagerly awaiting what she comes up with next!

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Posted in: Customer berates convenience store staff after misunderstanding about cigarettes See in context

Let me tell you, in the US there is a similar phrase for retail people:"The Customer is Always Right." Except that, if you've been in retail more than a few weeks, you'll realize that is utter BS.

In the 13 years I worked in retail (first as an associate, then as a department manager) I can't tell you how many times I was confronted by dolts who would berate you, humiliate you and insult you and your bosses would expect you to take it with grace. I was called a liar to my face, a fatass when I wasn't moving fast enough with the 30 pounds of boxes I was carrying for them, ethnically insulted ("Are you a Jew? You look like a Jew" by two older ladies who were upset with me because they wanted a layaway with no ID or receipt), and pretty much called everything but a milk cow.

And yet, we would get no backup from store managers and expected to say "Thank you, come again". I am sure these poor convenience store clerks are in the same boat as I was. And we too, are taught to de-escalate an angry customer. But more often than not, they just feel like hollering at someone they think is beneath them.

Boy am I glad I no longer work retail :)

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Posted in: Japanese Buddhist seeks to educate West on swastika of good fortune See in context

It is a valiant effort, but I don't think a single American newspaper has picked up on this story. But here's the thing: in the US and Europe the swastika was well-known as a symbol for good luck prior to the Nazis' use of it. In my home city of Columbus OH there used to be a medicine company that made things like liver pills, and their symbol was the swastika for a good thirty years. When Hitler rose to power and became well-known in the US, the company quit using it.

A local newspaper (the Columbus Citizen) devoted it's front page for July 20, 1917 to the first day of the WWI draft in Franklin Co., and one article on the front page pointed out that the room chosen for the draft had swastikas on the walls and the ceiling. Once again, the article pointed out that it was a good luck symbol. As a newspaper collector, I own this particular paper.

Rudyard Kipling used to have the symbol on his books, until he ordered the publisher in the mid-30s to stop using because of the Nazis' appropriation of it. I have a copy of one of these books, from 1912.

Unfortunately the damage to the symbol's meaning under the Nazis (as well as the pure evil of what the Nazis did and tried to do) is done in the West. Unless there is a consistent media presence on the true meaning behind the swastika, it will continue to be misappropriated by white supremacists and neo-Nazis to spread their filth.

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Posted in: Japanese police officer pursues, pulls over Lamborghini supercar…while on a bicycle See in context

A bike cop pursuing and catching a guy driving a, this has to be the most Japanesque thing I've read in awhile. Well done, bike cop!

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Posted in: 61-year-old man arrested for stealing women’s underwear says he’s been doing it for 20 years See in context

Sheesh...sounds like Happosai....or Arnold Layne.

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