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

Congratulations Japan! Enjoying watching all the events on TV since last week.

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Posted in: Bach corrects Chinese slip-up in Olympic talks; calls Tokyo best-ever prepared host city See in context

Lol that's a pretty bad slipup, can't imagine how he could make any kind of excuse for that. Jet lag?? Awful!

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Posted in: New champion for title of longest-running manga ever, creator explains how he’s lasted this long See in context

Love Golgo13, wish they made some more anime series or movies.

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Posted in: Pringles pops the top on smoky Argentine BBQ flavor chips See in context

Nice, can't wait to try them. This Passport Flavors idea is pretty cool, I've tried two of them so far and enjoyed both.

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Posted in: Police arrest Tour de France spectator who caused mass crash See in context

Not sure what her punishment should be but glad they found her, very very reckless her actions and luckily no very serious injuries.

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Posted in: 2 children killed, 3 injured after being hit by truck driven by drunk man See in context

Wow that is so so sad, can't even imagine the pain those families are going through. My son is 7 and walks to and from school in a group just like these kids everyday. Just awful!

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Posted in: Tesla to recall over 285,000 cars in China due to faulty software See in context

So puts or calls on Monday?? Lol

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Posted in: Suga calls on public to watch Olympics on TV as Japan eases state of emergency See in context

I'm fine to watch from my living room with the family and some friends, don't much like big crowds anyways. Good luck Japan, Suga-san, IOC, athletes, and staff/volunteers!

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Posted in: Djokovic, Federer, Nadal: Who's the greatest of them all? See in context

I've always liked Federer, a tremendous champion and what a class act of a guy. Nadal also an absolute stud and for the most part a class act, Djokovic on the other hand, is a faker who can't control his emotions and while trying his best to hide it, arrogant. One of the all time great tennis players no doubt and probably going to surpass the other two in grand slams eventually but as far as having class and being a role model for the game, I'll take Federer or Nadal any day. I'll take Conners over McEnroe too.

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Posted in: Members of media from abroad covering Olympics to be tracked by GPS See in context

It's sounds like the same system they use when you enter the country, same I went through and anyone else (Japanese or foreigner) for the past 3-4 months. It's kind of like the "honor system". Unfortunately as someone stated before, you could always leave your phone in the hotel room and just go out. They do send you daily reminders though to "Check In" with the App and sometimes more than once a day, but still, it's going to be tough monitoring all these people. Will there be a medal count for which country's media gets caught the most breaking the rules? Best of luck all I can say.

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Posted in: American arrested on suspicion of smuggling cannabis oil See in context

I guess he thought the reward would be worth the risk, bad choice obviously. Japan is so strict on drugs and I am definitely ok with that. Whatever his views or others on legalization of marijuana and it's potential health benefits if the law says ILLEGAL then that's it, no matter what county. I remember that show Locked Up Abroad, man I feel bad for his parents.

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Posted in: JOC board member blasts Tokyo Games organizers, IOC See in context

I did see that part, I've had a few friends in the US have people in their office get Covid too, they basically sent those people home, closed the office for a couple weeks while everyone did work from home, had the office professionally cleaned, and then two weeks later everyone was back at the office basically. Sorry to hear you lost family that's very sad and of course I don't think lightly of that at all. My point is I don't think we can go back to the days of complete lockdown and isolation, I just don't see it happening anywhere again. This Covid isn't over yet by a long shot but we are learning to live with it and getting everyone vaccinated will help that too. The Olympics can happen and again, I think Japan and the IOC will do everything they can to make it as safe as possible. One last thing, the slow rollout of vaccines here is actually not any mistake by the Japanese government. Vaccines were made a while back in the US and in the UK basically, some in China and Russia too but no comment there. The quantities that were made were limited initially so the allotments went to the countries where the need was the biggest based on number of cases. At that time, Japan's cases were very low compared to the rest of the world therefore the demand here for vaccines was quite low which is why the government did not immediately secure large allotments of them. Now there are more vaccines available from US and UK so Japan has been ordering them as much as possible which is why we are behind countries like US and in Europe, but again not any deliberate wrongful action by the government. Taiwan too, did fantastic with controlling the cases early on but did not secure any vaccines, so now their cases are spiking and also they are behind on giving vaccines to their people. They didn't do anything wrong they just had no need for the vaccines compared to a place like Brazil or UK 3-4 months ago, which is why they didn't order any. They will eventually get them though, just like Japan has.

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Posted in: JOC board member blasts Tokyo Games organizers, IOC See in context

@RichardG you can go ahead and tag me if you feel like commenting on my previous comments, this is all a healthy and much needed debate. Without further getting into the rights and wrongs about holding the Olympics, I'll clarify some baseless assumptions you might have about me. I've lived in Japan 6+ years actually and this is my second time living here, first time was in Tokyo, now Nagoya. My wife is Japanese, I speak Japanese fairly well, 95% of my friends are Japanese, and I have a son in elementary school here. I completely respect Japanese culture and follow their rules to the T. My activities I mentioned before happen to be carried on primarily with other Japanese. Don't generalize or categorize people just because they hail from a country you may not have a great opinion of, the US has many flaws, I am well aware of that and enjoy my life here in Japan which is why I am pretty much permanent here now and have built a house for my family to stay for the long haul. If you choose to buy into the media fear and isolate yourself from society then please go ahead, I rather live my life best I can under the current situation following all the precautions I can and rules and expectations that my host country has put in place, as do my immediate Japanese family and my Japanese friends. By the way, I was a big Oasis fan back in the 90s, saw them live in Barcelona, rock on!

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Posted in: JOC board member blasts Tokyo Games organizers, IOC See in context

As I stated before, I will remain cautiously optimistic about this and hope they can pull it off. People who are working within the games and facilities all know the risk they are taking and are offered no guarantees, as well as the athletes, so everyone already knows what they are walking into and are accepting the potential risks. As for myself, I have been in Japan since March of 2020 when the whole pandemic basically started kicking off all over the world. I have made 2 return trips to the US, stayed 2 months and then another time stayed 3 weeks there. My son here has not had to miss hardly any school, maybe a few weeks back in April of last year, at the same time I go out everyday to stores and restaurants, hang out with friends and family routinely, play tennis a couple times a week, go biking a few times a week, and all this while NOT BEING VACCINATED (WOW IMAGINE THAT!) I wear a mask all the time, I use hand sanitizer all the time, I keep distance from people I don't know, and I don't frequent places that are small, enclosed, and with poor ventilation. I have not contracted the virus to date and I pray I never do and I hope the same for everyone, everywhere. Life goes on people, vaccines or not, stop drinking the media's fear punch. Be cautious, be safe, and manage your own risks you take. That is all we can do. Good luck to the Olympics and all involved, I will watch from my living room.

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Posted in: JOC board member blasts Tokyo Games organizers, IOC See in context

William that was my first question, seems that is what people are overly concerned about and to me I think that's a little silly because having wide spread vaccinated population doesn't guarantee you won't still get it. Keep in mind the athletes coming into Japan will definitely be vaccinated as will their entourage, as small as those will be, and almost no foreign fans. At the same time Japan is working on getting the public vaccinated, so again I see two steps in the right direction to try and make things as safe as possible, not perfect but nothing is right. Sure there have been some stuff-ups along the way with tournament management and stuff but at this point in time I think they are turning the corner and seeing some light at the end of the dark tunnel, so I am trying to stay cautiously optimistic.

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Posted in: JOC board member blasts Tokyo Games organizers, IOC See in context

Is the main concern about the Olympics being held, the worry that Japan as a nation hasn't been vaccinated as fast as other Western countries? Sure there is concern about bringing in more variants but what about all the other major sporting events happening right now and in the coming weeks around the world. Euro 2020 Soccer tournament is about to kick off this month in cities all across Europe, the NBA playoffs going on right now, French Open just started, baseball in full swing both here and in US, so why can't Tokyo pull off a successful Olympics? These athletes and their coaches are tested daily, sometimes twice a day. Are we not seeing that these events are being done in other places without issues? I am not pro Olympics or anything like that but all I see on this website is constant bashing and neverending doom and gloom surrounding anything Olympics related. To me I think they are doing everything they can to make it as safe as possible for everyone, as strict as Japan has been with their borders the last year and a half, I would think the measures being implemented for the Olympics will be just as strict, at a minimum. Just my two cents.

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Posted in: Sympathy for Osaka in Japan over French Open withdrawal See in context

All people in all walks of life deal with stress and life's troubles in a different way so if she has some mental issues then all we can do is hope she gets help and gets better soon. I'm not a big fan of hers but I don't dislike her either, I think she is a very good tennis player. Biggest thing affecting her is the Japanese citizenship and all the pressure that brings, especially being weak minded and thin skinned as it appears she is. Add to that she grew up in the US and speaks very little Japanese, kind of a recipe for disaster with that Japanese passport in hand, although not sure Haiti would have been the better option either. Hope she gets back to normal soon.

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Posted in: Le grand retour: Federer wins return to Paris; Serena Williams advances See in context

Love Roger, the epitome of class!

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Posted in: Shikoku is a hidden gem of history and spirituality See in context

The Shimanami Kaido is high on my list of places to go cycling for sure!

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Posted in: 60% feel it is hard to raise children in Japan: gov't survey See in context

I'm not an expert on tax laws in Japan but from what I can find the 50% rate is on Estates more than 600 million yen which is like 6 million USD. It similar in the US at like 40% over 5 million per individual. You took your name off the will of your parents because you didn't want to pay inheritance tax, am I missing something? When my parents passed years ago I had to pay taxes on all that we received, seems pretty common practice in any country, what's the issue?

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Posted in: Ferraris for the people: luxury goods now sold in fractions See in context

I guess for an investment it makes some sense, as long as you can flip it at some point for profit. In Real Estate it makes total sense obviously but shoes or a Ferrari, kind of made me laugh but hey there must be a market for it otherwise we wouldn't be commenting here. I'll stick with stocks and crypto. If I can afford a Ferrari one day I'll just buy it, the whole car not just a door handle.

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Posted in: 60% feel it is hard to raise children in Japan: gov't survey See in context

This survey is old news basically. Will Japan change, IDK but hopefully. Every country has issues though keep that in mind. Japan definitely needs more births to be able to survive long term. My wife and I have a 7yr old boy, he is in second grade, has friends and does various activities throughout the week from piano, art, tennis, English school, and Shichida. He's doing well overall and we are not overwhelmed or exhausted and we both work. We live just outside Nagoya city, maybe 25min. Life here seems pretty comfortable, we moved here from US two years ago and my son's school and healthcare costs and those important expenses are mostly covered by the government until he is a teen I believe, so not complaining. I think if people ventured out of central Tokyo they would see there are plenty of places in Japan to have a very comfortable life. Sometimes I wonder if these surveys are gathering info from people just living in the most expensive and competitive and congested areas of the country, seems kind of a setup for bad results but in reality as I said, plenty of happy kids and parents living in many other areas of Japan.

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Posted in: Ethereum breaks past $3,000 to quadruple in value in 2021 See in context

What's wrong with trying to make a profit on something with your own money, that's the whole point right, to make more money than you put in. Stocks, real estate, crypto, tulips, etc it's all just speculation really, nobody knows what will happen tomorrow. You have to be willing to take the chance and roll the dice. Some are riskier than others yes but still, everyone has their own risk tolerance level and nobody can say who is right or wrong there. If you make money then great job, just understand the risks going in and have an exit strategy. I've been in it since early 2017, what a ride and the account is still growing, have taken profits along the way too.

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Posted in: Japan wants more pre-departure testing for Olympic, Paralympic teams See in context

@divinda yeah unfortunately there can never be a full proof system it appears, unless we are all following the rules from the top to the bottom. That will never happen of course. I did my two weeks as they asked me to, it sucked but I made it through and back to life as normal.

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Posted in: Japan wants more pre-departure testing for Olympic, Paralympic teams See in context

@didou thanks for clarifying, I thought their might be some special exemption for them just wasn't sure. FujiTV must know that too otherwise they wouldn't risk the backlash. Pro athletes do get tested more frequently from what I've heard. Glad he won still.

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Posted in: Japan wants more pre-departure testing for Olympic, Paralympic teams See in context

Did anyone watch Junk Sports last night? Hideki Matsuyama was on there after winning the Masters Tournament. My question is what happened to the 14 day quarantine for all people entering Japan? The tournament ended April 11 which was already April 12 in Japan, I'm not great at math but 25-12 is 13 right and that's of course assuming he went directly from the golf course to the airport that Sunday night in the US. And the 14 days starts the day after you arrive here BTW. Maybe I am missing something and there is a special exception for famous people. I'm happy he won the tournament by the way.

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Posted in: 'Downton Abbey' sequel to be released in December See in context

Nice, will watch!

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Posted in: Konstantin Ishkhanov and Tomomi Nishimoto Present Japan Grande Classico Music Festival See in context

I hope they can get some decent crowds. I'd go but obviously am concerned about coronavirus and don't feel comfortable sitting in an enclosed room for an extended period of time. Arts community, among many others, has been affected so much, hope things turn around soon.

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Posted in: New Nissan GT-R NISMO unveiled in Japan See in context

An absolute beast!

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Posted in: Matsuyama makes history by winning Masters See in context

Congratulations Matsuyama-san!

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