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Posted in: Japan Post to temporarily stop accepting international mail due to coronavirus See in context

A-holes! That's crazy! In the 21st century. Do we have to send it by ship like 300 years ago? I don't think that posts abroad act like that!

They already work like slowly like princesses for whatever is unrelated to NENGAJO and they do not even come bringing the mail a second time when you are not at home, like other services... you have to summon them...

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

Just accept it and try to cope with it. No health care is able of curing more than a very tiny part of its nation population. That is the way is simply is and that is the nature of an an epidemic disease. There is no much to talk about it or to prepare. You could just try to keep numbers down a bit...

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Lockdown in Tokyo will mean only mayhem: empty markets, skyrocketing prices, fake news, general panic and depression. Beside, police in the streets? lol I do not understand why so many are invoking it: what's going on abroad isn't evident enough? And numbers are not going down. We already had a similar thing after the quake in 2011. What can't be done now that would be possible with the emergency state? Stealing people properties or imposing to hotels to become hospitals? They could do it even now.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

I agree with the policy that is being adopted here in Japan. The reference does not need to be necessarily Europe, because the situation is not necessarily the same. Societies are different, places and ways people relates to each other too are different. Here in Tokyo and in many parts of Japan people wear masks almost as standards and doing it is seen as a act of regard toward others, in Europe wearing a mask means being sick and normal people usually does not do it. And when people are told to refrain form certain things, usually most of them follow the indications, while in Europe the trend is the opposite. Indiscriminate test doe snot guarantee from contracting the virus... you need to do it several times in the course of two three weeks. But I think there should be more testing for suspect cases. All must be prompted by doctors, not single individuals.

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Posted in: Domino’s, Pizza Hut introduce 'Zero Contact' delivery service amid virus fears See in context

I find it a bit silly... any delivery I have received so far (outside DOMINO) was made to me in person. And you do not need to touch the delivering party nor to kiss him in the mouth or breath onto him (you can use your pen to sign, instead of using that handed by the delivery guy, if that worries you - beside, the hanko is your own...). In any case you can always wash your hands after that. It certainly will not kill you. There are so many passages in the pizza process that taking a pizza directly from a guy who (according to DOMINO policy) washed his hands and drove with a mask at any delivery, won't certainly give you anything to worry. If got no credit, then, and have to pay cash, wattch'you gonna do? Starve? ;-)

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Posted in: Nissan shareholders blast management over Ghosn scandal, dismal results See in context

It is funny they still keep on blaming Ghosn, as he was responsible for the economic plunge or he stole all the liquidity of Nissan. The plunge the company took is the result of the inapt and blind policy-making of people that do not deal with marketing and auto-making themselves and are only interested in profit. I seem to recall tha Nissan was not doing all that bad until allegations where forcefully brought against Ghosn, despite all the money they said he took allegedly 'illegally' (I wonder how that was possible, since expenditures and stipend should be almost publicly visible).

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Posted in: Japanese warship heads to Middle East to protect oil tankers See in context

Cool! But what are doing in the case of an emergency? Talk the enemy to death or wait they get hit?

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Posted in: Fuji flyover See in context

Bella!

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Posted in: Prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Ghosn, 3 Americans over his escape See in context

What a circus... Where are the prosecutors who should indict Abe for clearly and admittedly using tax-payer public money for his party and its own benefits with the Sakura-miru-kai and related - that is supposed to be a 'public event' -while the list and the data of the participants are said to by a privacy-issue? Why is he not indicted formally and prosecuted by authorities for evident misconduct?

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Posted in: Anime voice actor fired for 'inconsiderate comments,' possibly that women shouldn’t drink sake See in context

He is totally correct in his statement. Also men should drink less. Society too shouldn't advertise it, like for tobacco. Paradoxically alcoholics get you dependent more than light drugs... and certainly makes you fat, beside butting nice girls into a very bad light.

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Posted in: Couple dreams of revitalizing Fukushima with Jersey milk See in context

I believe people need to get used to the idea that Fukushima will not be the same and enjoy the same image as before at least for a hundreds years or even more. Radiations and memory last longer than human life. There is a physical and a psychological effect to radiation contamination. Artificial radionuclides are there even if not displayed on geigers (penetrated deep into the ground, into forests and places not cleaned and treated, etc). We still discover now in Europe hotspots of the Chernobyl era (not dangerous, because most of times in areas not easily accessible, like mountains or forests... wild animals from woods). The psychological effect also is relevant: that is the same reason for in Japan standard salami and cheese are not sold like in Europe, i.e. if they are not sealed in plastic they look dirty because of the mold and the color that the aging produces. Government did not pay any effort to clear up in a internationally recognized way and in a nationally and generally accepted way also from the victims the contamination areas and the compensations. So everything related to the name Fukushima remains stained by radiation. There is little to do, IMO. That si simply the price you pay for choosing the nuclear way. It is an option for countries with large territories... space that can be sacrificed in case something happen, it is not something you can clean up and go on like before, like a fire. Everybody should wake up.

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Posted in: Hot water: Pressure to move Olympic open-water venue from Tokyo Bay See in context

heat*

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Posted in: Hot water: Pressure to move Olympic open-water venue from Tokyo Bay See in context

BackpackingNepal... it is triathlon. It is not swimming for fun in a no-man-land river...

Hosting the Olympics in Tokyo in summer was itself an insane decision from the start. People do not want to stay outside and try to take shelter in kombini and commercial centers every 100 meter because of the eat, while elderly hardly venture outside during day hours if it is not strictly necessary for risk of fainting, as it happens already to kids and younger folks doing sports outside. Beside the average Japanese are already pissed off and freak out when tourists crowds streets in groups, or trains with luggages, and occupy whole shops to eat right now. I have students - adults - already worried for their commuting to the office, which is placed in station that leads to Olympic venues... Moving competitions outside is the wisest thing they could come up. After all they have been spending an awful amount of public taxes to build up mostly only Tokyo, and just to fit it structures for spots that after it, nobody will ever care about... (Badminton and Trampoline at the Olympic...?!! Are we serious? Really!?)

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Posted in: Japan's households tighten purse strings as sales tax, typhoon hit See in context

You're gonna see the crisis. It has just started. These folks really do not get it... If they want money, they need to get it where it actually goes... on fat stipends not on daily consumption. Particularly in a consumeristic place like Japan. I myself even changed supermarket because I found myself spending about 300-500 yen more for daily groceries... which is unbearable. Many shops like restaurants act also badly, having applied a 10% over the previous price, which was already including 8% tax, so instead of paying a 2% more you are actually paying more than 10% now.

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Posted in: Radiation 'hot spots' near Olympic torch relay in Fukushima: Greenpeace See in context

I think that nothing international should be done anywhere close to Fukushima. Hot spots don't kill you, not give you any noticeable effect (unless you stand on a piece of a crude reactor bar). Yet, you never know and never can know. TEPCO and the government never did it, and still do not say everything about it now. Would you eat an apple, if I tell you that now it is clean because I washed it very well, but previously I dropped it into the the sewage? I doubt it . And that it is not because it is stinky or dirty.

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Posted in: Starlight Garden See in context

Pt some lights... and you have Christmas. Pull them away, all finished. lol

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Posted in: Nissan's new CEO reaffirms alliance, promises revival See in context

Yeah, that is easy to say after foreigners did the dirty job and get a kick in their bu**! Like in the past for Olympus. Usual Japanese hypocrisy. Shame on you Nissan.

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Posted in: Fukushima melted fuel removal to begin in 2021 See in context

I wanna see that...!

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Posted in: Local gov'ts adopting ordinances for bicycle liability insurance over accidents See in context

Totally agree with Wobot.

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Posted in: Local gov'ts adopting ordinances for bicycle liability insurance over accidents See in context

I think it is total idiocy. What about enforcing traffic laws for bicycles riders... If bicycles are regarded just like vehicles - like in the rest of the world - you will have no accidents with pedestrians. No more damn bicycles going up and down the sidewalk, no more red light disrespect, no more crossing on the stripes, no more riding against the one only direction... Safe walking and safe riding.

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Posted in: Saitama man arrested after calling telecom provider 24,000 times to complain See in context

If you have a call service, you answer and provide the service! And you shut up!

If you have an issue like this, you call the guy to the office and solve the situation face to face. Nobody has to apologize to anybody. If the owner of the phone is unsatisfied with the service, the company cancel his contract and he goes to another company. A phone company that calls the police because one of their customers calls too many time, is weird and unethical. Complain is legitimate. If they have problems with the call center, they should increase the employee. What if 59 different people called the center all at once that day to complain about a broken line or service? Did they call the police for that? Said that, I find ridiculous that many people in Japan waste their life to obtain excuses for any sort of petit lack of service (described or not in the contract). Just like the excuse would make up for the damage. Very childish.

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Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

These folks are insane...I'd say. Why don't we have people wear badges indicating how much of a stipend they earn, which area they live, which handicap they bear. We could start with a mandatory hut for those with influenza or a cold... who knows.

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Posted in: Tokyo sightseeing boat firms fear damage to business during Olympics See in context

How comfortable, uh? Change job, then...!

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Posted in: Japan grapples with serving Fukushima food at 2020 Olympics See in context

It is not a problem if it is safe or not, the issue is people are free to chose. If I propose you two apples, bot beautiful, both throughly washed, but I tell you that the left one earlier fell into my latrine, which one do you pick?

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

Because the government is expert of nuclear things, isn't it?

As I said before, they should bottle it and sell it or give it for free to next year Olympics visitors and tourists. After all it is safe, isn't it? Fukushima mineral water... rich in oligoelements.

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Posted in: Emperor completes secretive key succession ritual See in context

I totally agree with those who filed a lawsuit! If I knew about ti I would subscribe to it too. Shinto is not a state religion, nor Japanese are true Shinto believers. The same Shinto religion is managed privately (temple owners are privates who not only have no specific duty or rules from a central religious authority to abide to, but even do not even pay taxes). Why should the government pay for a religion/belief that involves only the imperial family? It is pure absurdity. Those money should be given to the people that suffered the damages of the typhoon and of Fukushima disaster (which is government responsibility for sure). If they want to keep up with that tradition - which benefit themselves only - they should pay from their pocket, as any other royal family around the world does.

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Posted in: SpaceX sends up 60 mini-satellites with plans for thousands more See in context

Who give them the right to flood the orbit with private property stuff without any regulation? Then another company could send into space a craft or a device that collides with them or that willingly hit them. In that case what is the regulation? I mean, I find the thing pretty absurd. It would be just like a private company starts building uncontrolled and unregulated a networks of tunnels underneath our houses, cities without any responsibility taken whatsoever...

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Posted in: Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen See in context

Nobody want to go cashless except banks, card companies, companies involved with the remote payments tools, large markets and the government (to track your expenditures for the taxes). Cashless is the most expensive and technology requiring way of making business. It requires tools, know-how, running costs. And it exposes you to be seen by anybody involved with any one of those systems. And in a disaster afflicted country like Japan, it does not offer any certainty in case of emergency (I myself experienced it during 2011 quake, when I remained for days without the possibility of taking cash from the machine because there was a prolonged blackout).

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyers accuse prosecutors, gov't officials, Nissan execs of collusion See in context

Why nobody is surprised and only Japanese newspapers present it as something incredible?

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Posted in: Foreign dignitaries treated to Japanese traditional arts at banquet See in context

I have to agree with SEMPERFI comment: in another age, perhaps all this was OK. But considering the fact that they have to represent and protect the tradition of Japan - as they declear (because they have no other function) - I think that the astronomical amount of money paid for the ceremony and the treatment of guests from abroad was better spent in a donation fund for the disaster hit areas. I understand that it is not their job to support financially the reconstruction, but I find it really a waste throwing away money in flight tickects, first class hotels and expensive obento (because at the end, to feed so many people at once, the only thing you can do is to prepare obento-like style stuff). Times changes , traditions too...

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