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Posted in: Japan to allow wage payments to digital wallets from April See in context

Giving people the option is nice and all… but why would anyone want to do this?

Makes no sense to me. Locations you can use it are limited. Network conditions can make digital payments un-usable (basement floors, parts of the countryside etc etc) Restaurants etc during lunch often only accept cash… how about your bank transfers to pay rent etc… there are holes in this idea everywhere….

How much trouble is it really to top-up you digital wallet from a linked bank account?…not much trouble at all and depending on the service you use you can set it up do to it automatically… This looks more of a show to make it appear that things are moving forward to compensate for the banks which are still in the stone age… fact is though you can use your cash anywhere so for versatility it still cant be beaten.

I bet the uptake of this and workers volunteering to get paid in this way would be very small.

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Posted in: Japan's loosening of COVID-19 entry restrictions may keep citizens wearing masks See in context

The irony of everything the government does here never ceases to amaze me.

They removed the requirement to get a PCR test if you have had 3 shots… and a negative PCR test is required otherwise…. So in effect the only tourists that are most likely to be bringing the virus to Japan are those who have had the 3 or more shots since they don’t need to be checked with a PCR…. Case in point,  Kishida got Covid after having had the shot 4 times. So basically Japan’s stance is… if you have had 3 or more shots… you have the right to bring Covid into Japan whilst those with 2 or less shots don’t.

Having said all that, In all likelihood it’s the tourists who have more of a chance of catching Covid whilst here from the locals than the other way around…

As to the masks… well the government guidelines say its ok to NOT wear them outdoors… so if foreign visitors don’t do so outside why should this even be a topic of conversation or have their photo splashed across a news site?

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Posted in: Pfizer COVID vaccine clears Japan panel for use with young children See in context

Maybe if the child is vulnerable and high risk of complications from a covid infection the vaccine could be an option. But in cases like this healthy 13 boy who died the same night after taking the shot you really have to consider the risk/reward. No definitive link between his death and the vaccine… but really… Do you think he would have died if he hadn’t taken the shot that day?


Must be hard a hard decision to make for a parent.

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Posted in: Japan begins giving Omicron booster shots to stem 7th COVID wave See in context

@ Virusex

But it helps reducing both risks (according to scientific data that proves it), which is a reason valid enough to get it.

You forget to mention the harm/benefit aspect…

Since you keep bringing up scientific data, here is some peer review scientific data for you published on the National Institute of Health government site. Published AUG 31st 2022.


In summary: "The excess risk of serious adverse events found in our study points to the need for formal harm-benefit analyses, particularly those that are stratified according to risk of serious COVID-19 outcomes. These analyses will require public release of participant level datasets."

If you are healthy and low risk for serious impact from COVID getting the shot is something to question indeed.

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Posted in: Relaxed mask usage guidelines barely spread among Japanese public See in context

I think part of the issue is that many people aren’t actually aware of the government recommendations… the government isn’t doing a good job of putting the word out…

Here is the official guideline.


I’m tempted to print a few hundred copies and doing a local mail drop.

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Posted in: Japan's outdoor mask relaxation yet to filter through See in context

I think it’s a sad reflection of people’s mental weakness really. Most of my Japanese colleagues say they are only wearing them because they are worried about what other people think. In our office we are free to remove them at our desk (most do) and now it’s our choice whether or not to wear them whilst walking around. It will take time but things are heading back to normal I suppose. I wear mine on my wrist now outside and put it on only when entering a store/building or public transport. Haven’t had any issues, I’m not breaking the law and actually following government guidelines so don't care what people think… Still makes me laugh though when I see a lone person at 11PM in a deserted street with the mask on, I guess some people don’t really care, each to their own. Personally, I can’t stand them.

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Posted in: Arrested Australian rugby player details Japan prison time See in context

Australia's incarceration per capita is about 1/4 of the US

Maybe Steve was referring to home incarceration due to government lockdowns during the pandemic… if that's the case… it’s a gross understatement. Poor Aussies.

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Posted in: Australia to re-open borders to students, workers, vaccinated citizens of Japan, S Korea See in context

Interesting… though why would anyone want to travel to Australia right now? How is it going to work for non Australians? – even those vaccinated, to enter any of the businesses/shops/restaurants the local version of proof of vaccination is required. That’s right folks, unlike our free Japan, citizens in Australia need to show vaccination status for most things… and it’s a QR code via the mygov app linked to your medicare details (this contains your vaccination records in Australia)… Its going to be a really fun holiday having to fumble around to try and convince each establishment you visit that you are vaccinated, and without being on the official system you will be at the mercy of each establishment. Better sharpen up your English debating skills...Safe travels.

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Posted in: Japanese businesses to offer benefits using vaccination app See in context

What a sad state of affairs…

I’ve had both Pfizer shots, but I don’t agree with any kind of discrimination, and that’s all this is. Any business that promotes this kind of “Covid Passport” I will avoid and do my business elsewhere. All we need now is another form of discrimination, its laughable that many people here who may have experienced discrimination based on their appearance or background would support this concept, not surprising though.

If I walk into a restaurant or business,  I really don’t care about vaccination “status” of the people around me, makes no difference to me. I’m somewhat protected by the vaccine I took, stay fit with exercise daily and eat well.

Lets end the division. Take care.

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Posted in: Gov't promises swift coronavirus payouts, starting in May See in context

If you're on the family register you are eligible, Nationality is irrelevant.


Most top comments support and agree that residents who pay tax and live in Japan legal should receive it regardless of national.

Use the money wisely people.

Stay safe!

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Posted in: Japan to ban entry by foreigners who have visited Daegu See in context

Another unenforceable policy aimed at selling the image that the J-gov is looking after its people.

I’d love to know how they hope to determine if a traveler has been to a city within a country.

Oh thats right, the questionnaire or sign on entry to Japan saying, “Have you been Daegu? If yes please walk to this counter”….

The good old honesty system will keep the people of Japan safe… brilliant plan.

Its too late to restrict visitors from abroad anyway.. this thing is now well and truly in the wild…we were informed today that a visitor to our building last week was confirmed to have the new virus… lets face it this is just the beginning and until a drug or vaccine is made to help deal with it, this virus is going to be as common as the flu.

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Posted in: Tokyo Marathon to restrict entry to elite athletes due to coronavirus See in context

I guy in the office didn't win the lottery so he paid the 100000YEN charity fee to enter. That money is gone.... sure he gets to enter the 2021 event but I think he would need to pay again... doesn't seem fair to me.

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Posted in: Police crackdown nets over 15,000 tailgating violations in 2019 See in context

I really don't get the mentality of tailgaters... sometimes they're not even tailgating to apply pressure for you you to move out the way. I often see cars on the left lane driving a couple of metres away from the truck in front of them... are they trying to save fuel by riding in the wake of the vehicle in front of them? They will need super fast reflexes should the driver in front of them suddenly hit the brakes.

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Posted in: Nissan files ¥10 bil damages suit against Ghosn See in context

Meanwhile, their stock continues heading down down down.. right now at ¥568/share. Hasn't been this low since Q4 2009. This fiasco is hurting shareholders for sure... A pointless lawsuit just wasting more funds....

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy arrested for attempted murder after beating woman with hammer See in context

Too bad this psychopath is a kid who's name won't be disclosed to the general public and will only be referred to as "Shonan A". He won't have to go to school now legally either since he has reached 15, so thats good for the school system I suppose. What kind of a future is he going to have though I wonder?.... he won't be held for long and when he does get released will his idea of "wanting to kill someone" still be there? Will he be treated? if such a thing is even possible. He'll be physically stronger and his next victim might not be so lucky. Glad the lady is going to be ok though, kudos to her for fighting back and glad he was apprehended so soon.

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Posted in: Fugitive gives himself up 10 days after fleeing from hospital See in context

Lets not forget that it was the incompetent police that let him get away from the police hospital to begin with…. The complete story as shown on NHK went something like this…

Kim – “I need t to go to the toilet

Police - “Ok, I will accompany you to the toilet block and wait outside

Kim enters…. a short time later – “Hey policeman, can you go get my note book, its in my room”… wink wink wink…

Police – “Sure, let me go get it for you”…. Gullible Policeman goes looking for non existent notebook…

And that’s when Kim made his escape… Don’t the police here ever learn?…. A few months ago there was a huge man hunt for a man who escaped from a police station (stealing their shoes on the way out)…

Oh and how did Kim get caught? Well he didn’t…. he must have felt sorry for them and decided to make their life much easier by turning himself in…. the same way many fugitives get caught to re-caught in Japan.

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Posted in: Police looking for man who poked another man in eye with umbrella See in context

Damn... hope it doesn't come to the victim losing an eye. That's life changing impact right there...

As for the perp.... really annoying that police here almost never release surveillance footage to the public... the help from the public to identify suspects would be a lot quicker.

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Posted in: Japan lawmakers' average income in 2018 hits 16-year high See in context

Not bad at all..... looks like they needn't worry about having 20million yen in savings for when they retire...

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Posted in: Japan curbs technology exports to S Korea See in context

Its good to see Japan playing hardball for a change.

But really, the title of this story is a little off…“Japan curbs technology exports to S Korea”?? Its not technology they are curbing… its raw materials….Technology is the ability to use these raw materials and actually produce a product. How ironic seeing Japan providing the raw resources for Korea to make their tech which is now superior to Japan… wasn’t it the other way around 20 years ago? Look at LG… their OLED technology is basically being used by all OLED TV manufactures in Japanese makers such as SONY, Panasonic etc…  remember when SHARP was the leader in display technology just 12 years ago?  What happened?

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Posted in: Airports in Japan to introduce facial recognition for foreign visitors See in context

This won’t fix entry…. hope they eventually roll this out to entry as well….. re-entry  in January was mayhem…. Re-entry permit holders and PR’s were put into the same lines as tourists…. The lines were huge and it took about 45 minutes to get through…. The automated gates were only usable on Japanese passports and these were the only entry options for Japanese Passports…. Some exceptions were made for foreign spouses of Japanese Nationals with kids to get though manually alongside the auto gates ….but it was just a mess TBH…. staff were apologetic with the situation though, just too many people too handle. After 20 years here it was quite a shock… I’ve always used the Japanese lines in the past and the re-entry holder gate was often faster than the standard Japanese Nationals lines… those were the good old days.

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Posted in: Nissan profit nose-dives 57.3% See in context

oh well, until the Ghosn fiasco I actually thought I'd buy a Nissan.... always wanted a GTR... but now I know I'll never buy a Nissan, no matter how good of a car they produce.... disgusted with they way everything went down.

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Posted in: Sign of the times See in context

Interesting idea...Looks cool and all that... but two issues I can foresee.

These kind of signs have a sweet spot or ideal position in order to be viewed properly. In other areas they are hard to make out.

Looks great in the photo with no one there... but how well will it be visible when that areas is swarming with people on a busy day...

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing woman near train station in Tokyo See in context

Poor lady. What a low life and coward this man is. Some tips for anyone seeking to go to jail.

Go to an expensive Ginza jewelry store

Try your luck by breaking open a display-case and grab that million dollar diamond.


If you make it your money woes are gone for a while. If you get caught your money woes are gone for a while.

Most importantly you didn't inflict physical pain and suffering on a random weak target.

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Posted in: Mother, 2 young children killed in 4-vehicle crash in Hyogo; trailer driver arrested See in context

Don't know the situation in this case but I often see tailgating and often a small vehicle practically attached the car/truck in front of it. I shake my head in disbelief when I see this, but maybe for some drivers this is normal... I don't know... seems insane to me. I try and maintain at least 40 - 50 meters both in-front and behind of me... not a hard thing to do either especially when doing regular freeway speeds of 90 - 120kms/h you need to have a buffer, on BOTH sides.

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Posted in: Japan proposes end to commercial whaling ban See in context

It’s unfortunate that although the vast majority of people here don’t eat whale meat  the Japanese stubbornly wish to continue to keep the whale hunting tradition alive. The only reason I can see is that there is some level of pride in that it’s their “culture” or their right to do so. It seems more about not wanting to be told what to do and that banning whale hunting is a form of attacking their culture or traditions. The media here also seems to want to push this agenda.

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Posted in: Gov't to pay ¥10 bil for Osprey deployment in Saga Pref See in context

This is related to a purchase for use by Japan's GSD and has nothing to do with the US military. So the answer is "more".

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Posted in: U.S. military to deploy 5 Ospreys at Yokota in October See in context

hmmm... what about these incidents in Japan?

Ground Self Defense Force helicopter crashed in a residential area in Feb 2018.

This month a Rescue helicopter crashed killing all 9 aboard.

Last year 9 people died in another helicopter accident during training.

Not a whisper from the media about the safety of the aircraft involved in those incidents.... but the Ospreys... oh those "unsafe" Ospreys.

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Posted in: Fugitive apparently fled police station 30 minutes after seeing lawyer See in context

All thanks to the incompetent police who let him walk out of a police station.

I mean seriously how useless are the police here... this dopey looking criminal was able to escape a police station with 20 cops in it, along the way he committed another crime buy stealing a policeman's shoes on the way out... its like an episode of Dumb and Dumber.... now they have 3000 officers wasting god knows how much tax payer money (conservatively 10000YEN per officer per day is 30MILLION YEN!) looking for this worthless criminal. EVERY crime this guy does on the run is on their hands.... OK rant over... this story is really ticks me off.

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Posted in: Phone service providers to be required to unlock used smartphones See in context

This is great news. Its absolutely criminal that the phone companies here have control of the phones even when the phones are no longer contracted to them. Whilst I enjoy buying smartphones from overseas to avoid all the Docomo/Softbank bloatware on their handsets... the Japaneses used phone market is great! You can find great condition used phones here and the prices are quite low. Restrictive though if the phone is locked, especially if you want to use it overseas. Also unlocking should be FREE! For all the used phones I unlocked at Docomo in the past (when they used to do it), the 3000YEN charge was a disgrace.

@marcelito @Do the hustle

I've used a number of Docomo branded Samsung phones overseas (Australia/Europe) with no issues (after getting them unlocked here)... most big brand phones support a number of bands so you should be fine in most places... there are a few websites which have the information you need regarding device/country compatibility, google "frequency check".

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy fatally hit by motorbike while returning from fireworks festival See in context

Tough one to call, not much information…perhaps the rider was going above the speed limit resulting him in not being able to stop in time. In that case the rider is partly responsible as he may have been able to stop had he been riding under the speed limit. Irrespective of the rider’s culpability though, the fact remains that a TWO YEAR OLD was able to get on the street without supervision. The parents can blame the driver, the road, the poorly lit street, a momentary distraction, the alignment of the moon etc etc…. but the fact remains that their son depended on THEM to keep him safe and they failed. I see this all the time, kids running ahead with the parent calling out 「危ないよ!」as though calling out is going to stop a two year old in his tracks as he makes it to the street edge.

Kudos to all the posters here who know all too well the situation on the streets… I’m going to keep this kid in the back of my mind the next time I drive, expect the unexpected and drive a little slower.

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