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: A super-cheap, semi-secret alternative to a coffeehouse break in Tokyo See in context

I guess the food, internet access and a few hours of just being away from the crowds would enable me to endure the smell of stale tobacco. Thanks for the idea!

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Posted in: How deadly is new coronavirus? It's still too early to tell See in context

@Strangerland: Correct, rhinoviruses (common colds) and other coronaviruses (flus) are instable and tend to mutate happily. If COVID is stable as it seems to be it might go away like SARS did. If it doesn't I hope we'll be able to get vaccines in time like the ones actually working for influenza.

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Posted in: World battles virus epidemic as cases multiply outside China See in context

@zichi: at your age oxygen sat at over 85% is considered okay, please don't worry. Individual levels of oxygen utilization may vary, someone who has lived in a mountainous region may have an oxygen saturation deemed critical for other persons. Good luck! :)

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Posted in: World battles virus epidemic as cases multiply outside China See in context

In Germany we got pretty large bread bags... some other advice I heard was to breathe through slightly closed lips or onto your finger in front of them when you have breathing difficulties - if this makes breathing easier, you got asthma. If it doesn't, see a doctor...

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Posted in: What makes dogs so special? Science says love See in context

I'm a bird person. I don't like dogs much. I don't like their smell, their slobbering, their attitude of gnawing at or eating anything they can get. They are like wolf pups, forever stuck in lupine childhood.

But why do they love me? Sometimes I wish they would love me a little less, especially the slobbering ones...

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Posted in: World battles virus epidemic as cases multiply outside China See in context

Over here in Germany it is indeed a wee bit worrisome that the poor fellow who came down with COVID has been merrily celebrating carnival in the west of the country and his wife, who has meanwhile been tested positive as well, is a kindergarten teacher. It might lead to another cluster like the one in northern Italy and despite I firmly refuse to give in to overworrying, I might use public transport a bit less and wash my hands more thoroughly after gripping handles. Still no need to panic, though.

I might panic if folks in hazmat-suits paint my door with a plague cross because I dared to cough in public. It's hay fever season yet!

Be sensible and take precautions - fear will only make your immune system more vulnerable.

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Posted in: Have you been on one of those giant cruise ships for a holiday? What was your experience like? Did you have a good time? See in context

No desire to travel on a floating city with bars, theatres, and thousands of people. However, travelling on a freighter, dining with the crew, reading lots of books and maybe helping a bit in the galley - that sounds somehow enticing to me.

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Posted in: In honor of Valentine's Day, we ask what is your favorite chocolate brand? See in context

Lindt is my favourite.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy arrested for stabbing mother with scissors See in context

At least he called 110 and didn't run away or tried to kill himself. There's still hope...

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Posted in: WHO to reconsider declaring global emergency as China virus evacuations begin See in context

@Peter14: Agree with you on taking action on battling climate change.

Not agreeing with you on the new virus. It's less deadly than influenza: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

About 2%, all fatalities in China.

Please don't panic. Even if it goes world-wide, it will just be another case of "flu" - and a rather mild one, unless it chooses to mutate.

There is still time to panic later.

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Posted in: WHO to reconsider declaring global emergency as China virus evacuations begin See in context

@Tokyo-Engr - every information about 2019-nCoV is interesting. For me it is even more interesting to filter what is credible, logical, entertaining or discardable. I'm at over 590 pages now, still reading.

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Posted in: WHO to reconsider declaring global emergency as China virus evacuations begin See in context

@GreenPeas: I read about that as well - seriously, if I was a scientist working on a new biological weapon, I wouldn't pick a coronavirus as a tool. There are much more efficient options available without much bioengineering necessary. Of course pollution makes lungs more vulnerable to 2019-nCoV but also to other pulmonary diseases, influenza, bronchopneumonia and such. By the way, air pollution in Beijing is even worse, so why not start there?

While cutting down on panic, could we please cut down on paranoia as well?

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Posted in: WHO to reconsider declaring global emergency as China virus evacuations begin See in context

I'm still busy reading every bit about 2019-nCoV, over 500 pages so far from every online page available. I agree with virusrex that for the WHO it's a "damned if you do, damned if you don't"-case.

Here in Germany, with a thriving Chinese community we have 4 cases so far, all originating from the same vector, all patients in pretty good health.

On the other hand, we have fatalities from flu ranging from several hundred to over 20,000 every year - at the moment I see no reason to panic over a new coronavirus with a low fatality rate and long incubation period which enables a working immune system to wake up and work on the intruder.

2019-nCoV seems stable and not likely to mutate into a more deadly strain at the moment. Of course it needs to be watched closely, like every new virus.

But please, don't panic. This is not the thing that's going to wipe humans off the face of the earth.

The human race won't need a virus to accomplish that.

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Posted in: Sleep next to railroad tracks at closest hotel to a train station platform in Japan See in context

"How often does the train run by here?"

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Posted in: 2 dead in livestreamed attack targeting German synagogue on Yom Kippur See in context

Rightwing nutters like this one are emboldened by rightwing talkers like Trump and his ilk who makes them feel safe to live out their irrational hatred by violent means. It is further fueled by judges like that one which turned down Renate Künast's request to prosecute hate-mailers who called her names which would get moderated here.

Germany has a problem but it is not the refugees who are responsible.

The enemy IS on the right!

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Posted in: Livestreamed killings test social media measures to block extremist content See in context

Rightwing nutters like this one in Halle/Germany are emboldened by rightwing talkers like Trump and his ilk who makes them feel safe to live out their irrational hatred by violent means. It is further fueled by judges like that one which turned down Renate Künast's request to prosecute hate-mailers who called her names which would get moderated here.

Germany has a problem but it is not the refugees who are responsible.

The enemy IS on the right!

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Posted in: Do you remember when you first sent or received email? What was your reaction? See in context

Don't remember but I guess it was like "welcome to AOL" or such.

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Posted in: Trump suggested nuking hurricanes: report See in context

KuroAug. 26 01:52 pm JST

With the radioactivity the sharks in the tornado will probably mutate and start firing laser with their eyes... that's probably how discosharktornado starts...

Now that's a B-movie I would watch... thanks for the laugh amidst such a sad topic, Kuro!

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Posted in: Dutch ban on burqas in public places takes effect See in context

Looks like it's not easy to enforce anyway:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/01/dutch-police-signal-unwillingness-enforce-new-burqa-ban

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Posted in: Dutch ban on burqas in public places takes effect See in context

Actually, this ban also covers integral helmets and balaclava masks in offices, hospitals and schools. Sounds quite fair to me.

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Posted in: Do robots and AI lead to more job creation than they destroy? See in context

Just wait until AI becomes smart enough to replicate themselves, mine for resources to build more and more and cut out the middle man - humans. Industrial revolution replaced humans by 1:100 and that was 200 years ago.

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Posted in: Trump tweets threaten to disrupt U.S.-China trade talks See in context

8T: "DemocRATs still living in a dream world."

Seriously, this goes unmoderated?

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Posted in: New drug to boost women's sex drive approved in U.S. See in context

Addressed to the men trying to find the G-spot: Search for spots A to F first.

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Posted in: Häagen-Dazs Japan’s 35th anniversary Green Deep Tea ice cream is no ordinary matcha dessert See in context

濃い is a wonderful word to describe intensity. It means thick (beard, fog, make-up), dark (colours), close (relationship), strong (taste, drinks) and even sensual. Great example for the Japanese language being build on context rather than having precise words for everything.

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Posted in: What do you think of Japanese pop and rock music? Heard anything you like? See in context

Still stuck in the past glory of psychedelic J-Rock:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15g9nz2TZTI

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Posted in: Japanese actor Kenichi Hagiwara dies at 68 See in context

While I preferred the "good boys" to the "bad boys" of the GS時代, this news really saddens me. Great singer, actor and a true character. Still love the PYG supergroup, about time to listen to the CD again.

Thank you ショーケン. You will be missed.

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Posted in: Snowy jump See in context

Not quite, her name is written 有希, Yūki. Could be translated as "there is hope".

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Posted in: Japan to ban physical punishment of children by parents See in context

Sitting here reading, mouth open aghast at the number of yous condoning disciplining children by "smacking" or the use of a belt... Are you serious?! I grew up in the 60s when physical punishment was the norm according to my classmates. When I was in kindergarten age I got a spanking (flat hand to the butt) once and from then I prodded my butt with cardboard just in case it might happen again because I had no idea what I had been punished for. Only once I got a slap across the face by my dad when I came home late from school. I had good reasons to be late but he wouldn't listen. My dad is dead since 2001 but I've never forgiven him that single slap.

Beating kids is wrong, no matter if its "just a slap" or reducing them to a crying mess with belts, spoons, sticks or whatever. Reading all the comments from folks that claim it didn't do them any harm convinces me it did. Very much so...

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Posted in: World's oldest man dies in Japan at 113 See in context

@GyGene: Ashoro https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashoro,_Hokkaido

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for murder of 2 children in 2015 See in context

Death penalty facing a murderer and screaming "You're disgusting!" is like looking into a mirror. It's like beating a kid to lecture him about not beating other kids.

If a murderer cannot be rehabilitated he should be kept away from society. But to kill him to teach other potential murderers that killing is wrong? What's the logic in that?

And don't let me get started about wrongful convictions and all the other reasonable facts that Deadforgood has mentioned before.

I'm against the death penalty. Always have been, ever will be.

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