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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

The IOC themselves are saying why the Games should NOT be held: bc they are looking only after "their" athletes and officials. Maybe journalists. But not so much for the tens of thousands (!) of local Japanese workers on the front lines. Not only health care workers, but cleaners, service staff, information staff, translators etc....they will all come in close contact and their work will not be as clean as those "Playbooks" dreamingly suggest, because of understaffing and logistical shortcomings!

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Posted in: Japan's restaurant alcohol ban sets new COVID-19 emergency apart See in context

Congratulations, you found a new scapegoat! Because with all foreigners gone it would be a difficult sell to blame them! How about banning Kansai slang as well, bc with the huge rise in the west, surly drunk Kansai people must be much more noisier than Kanto salarymen?! Did anybody even try to search for a reason, bc the only reason I heard that made some sense was that the Senbatsu high school baseball tournament was to blame as it took place in Hyogo. But I guess it would be an inconvenient truth on multible sides to cut down on big sporting events!

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Posted in: Head of Tokyo Olympics again says Games will not be canceled See in context

The Games will be held definitely. The gov will sell it to the people by claiming to create a bubble with no contacts between locals outside, and athletes plus their coaches etc inside. What they will not mention is that besides the volunteers, a huge number of local, ordinary Japanese workers will be needed to clean the venues every day, to drive all the cars and shuttle busses around, and the service workers inside the food venues. Those will be front line workers, exposed to different strains from all corners of the world of the Covid 19 virus (We might even get a new strain out of this called "Tokyo 2020"!). But as they are "unimportant" to the great scheme of the LDP and their business partners they will conveniently be forgotten, before and after the Games!

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Posted in: Teacher arrested over paying junior high school girl for sex at internet cafe See in context

Reminds me of the teacher at a friends kid's elementary school: he got arrested for installing a spy camera inside the girls toilet, !!!

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Posted in: Japan to clarify copyright rules to prevent cosplay violations See in context

Let me guess: the ministers came up with this while visiting a hostess club late at night, where some staff were dressed as characters from 鬼滅の刃?!

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Posted in: IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic See in context

So the IOC basically admitted they don't care about spectators, or local people, because they only want to sell the TV rights. Yeah, very good playbook. They also will not care much about what happens to the athletes and other persons involved after the Games have finished. Enough, just burry this farce already. Japan hasn't even started to vaccinate their citizens!

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Posted in: Vaccines not prerequisite for Tokyo Olympics: Kato See in context

So what does the Olympic Organizer say about this? I mean Tokyo/Japan is just the location, the 'janitor' doesn't make the decision about whether the venue is clear to go or not....

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan updates children’s Happy Meals to be more inspiring and nutritionally sound See in context

So the only new thing is the yoghurt, and that might be rather sweet as well...It also targets an even younger age group that shouldn't be in a Fast Food place at all!

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Posted in: Nintendo’s victory over MariCar finalized by Supreme Court of Japan See in context

While very happy of this ending, I don’t really wish for a change in law. Because new laws might make it difficult to introduce single or two-person small EV onto the roads which would be similar in size to go-carts.

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Posted in: NiziU, Babymetal to perform for 1st time on NHK's 'Kohaku' music show See in context

Sorry, but Babymetal is not a female group. Its singers are cute girls yes, but all the guitar, base, drums etc are being played by male musicians. At least thats what I would guess, but all their faces are covered up. And since one of the three original members left, there are two new members who rotate as the "third girl". Not so different from the boys bands, idol bands, etc, and all "produced" by some big agency.

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Posted in: Niigata Prefecture heightens bear alert after woman dies from attack See in context

One combined effect of depopulation and aging is that more and more rice fields are being left dry and unattended and will grow dense with wild plants and young trees in a very short time, giving the bears more cover to hide closer to housings, thus more encounters with persons tending the fields.

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Posted in: 10 anime with compelling female characters to enjoy See in context

Yuru camp has just started on night time BS TV. That and lots of others as well. But I do think there are too many high-school girls (in their cute school uniforms) whether its the hero, adventurer or horror genre. And strangely they are mostly girls-only group, no boys mixed in. Made in Abyss imho belongs on the same level as Akira, saw the first two movies by chance on BS 11 and am fascinated by it's rawness, dark humor, and fresh jokes and much more. But kids might not enjoy some of the scenes of a zombie body crawling around at night, or a big bird of prey ripping out the innards of a human while imitating his voice as a trap to lure other explorers. BTW the third movie from this January was rated up to R15 after its release...so no kids, even together with adults!

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Posted in: Japan's tallest skyscraper, 'Torch Tower,' to be built in Tokyo See in context

I think the office area around Tokyo station will thrive even when other areas are not, because of the Shinkansen, which makes commuting from the country side for a once-weekly office day much more pleasant

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Posted in: Japan sees fewer COVID-19 hospital deaths than other nations: study See in context

Japan has clean toilets yes, but the users...because of fear of spreading the virus, air dryers have been shut off in toilets. So now many persons (not just men, women as well) find it to much of a hassle to use their own hand towel and will just push the pump bottle with the sterilizer in it to clean their hands, meaning that button will house many peoples dirty stuff on it!

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Posted in: Glove at first sight: The Japanese man obsessed with lost gloves See in context

Gloves...? With shoes I could understand it much more, because there are so many single ones on the side of the roads, in the middle of it, etc...

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Posted in: Virus travel bans separate families even as restrictions ease See in context

It's even more annoying when you think that it was Japanese coming back from overseas travel that brought back Corona with them in several cases bc instead of "voluntary quarantine", they had welcome-back parties with friends...!

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Posted in: Abe weighs skipping visit to Russia next month in favor of G7 summit See in context

At least when in USA he wouldn't have to wear his cute mask, because it's seen as political incorrect :-)

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Posted in: Mt Fuji to be closed to all climbers in summer due to pandemic See in context

Closing the mountain is a bit over the top. Regulating the number of people at the 5th station and staying at the huts would have been enough. Than again, this is Japan, and closing it is far easier to decide on than debating numbers and figuring out who will control it and whether fines are even possible etc...

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Posted in: Abe to consider starting academic year in September See in context

Reg Online lessons:My kids both got chrome books from their school, my older one, 4th year elementary, loves it. My younger one, 1st year, is a bit shy type, doesn't like it very much, often just listening. And he says it is not school. So I guess it depends on kids nature. Also, many teachers and students are just thrown into this, so they don't know how to make the best of it.

That said, I think starting the year in September would be great. One thing about this Pandemic is that nobody knows when it will be 'over', as in part of our live like flu. It might well be that next winter will turn bad again, and than students won't have the possibilities to study as much as needed for exams.

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Posted in: Gov't waiting for Golden Week to decide on extending state of emergency See in context

Would love to see the highways closed down for GW with only trucks allowed...Living in a "refugee" town (Karuizawa) its disheartening to see so many out-of-towners cars at the supermarket who think just because they pay taxes on their summer houses here they can go back and forth as they like..!

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

Meanwhile back in Germany, the whole country is in lockdown and tests are being done about 500.000 PER WEEK! Japan will need a few weeks to even get to 100.000 tests. Pathetic.

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Posted in: Tokyo Disneyland won't reopen before April 20, operator says See in context

Lots of reports about park closures and shops closed, but no mention about the many staff that work by-the-hour, will be compensated for their financial loss...

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Posted in: Japan, IOC agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics for one year See in context

So bets are open again over were the marathon events will be held: Tokyo at night, Sapporo, or maybe even inside the long highway tunnels beneath Tokyo, should be possible by now to fit a 42km course inside ;-)

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Posted in: Japan, IOC agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics for one year See in context

Telephone call is just for the public, in reality IOC and Japanese committee members have probably already worked out a deal with their layers present. Problem is postpone to what date? Summer didn't work out (no marathons), so to request it be done exactly one year later would go down very bad with athletes. But autumn would have the sport TV companies quarreling about scheduling conflicts...

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Posted in: Japanese man who threatened to spread coronavirus dies See in context

So apparently Abe did the "Japanese Thing": not testing (only 15354 as of today!) and hoping it will go away. Now we have a sleeping giant in numbers of Japanese walking around with Corona. Just wondering when this all will blow up like Italy, Spain, and USA

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Posted in: 'Isekai' anime: 5 must-see fantasy anime set in a 'different world' See in context

Not so much into Anime (more bc of time restrains), but I really loved the first 2 movies of "Made in Abyss", just so fresh and raw, with it's mentioning of bodily parts and functions and dark humour (" I'm sorry I have to use you little bunnies as bait for the big monster. I would have rather eaten you myself.."!)

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Posted in: Tokyo Marathon limited to elite runners over virus fears See in context

While loosing your starting fee already sucks, imagine those who lost in the drawing and went for a "donation" ticket for 100.000 yen bc they really wanted to run this year. Wonder what will happen with their money, but probably the same as regular runners...

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

Alex Einz - The issue in Karuizawa last year was that same areas in the forests were without electricity for 3-4 days after the taifun tore down many trees. So the organizers thought it wouldn't be right to hold an event while some people were still not able to have a normal life. In the end, electricity was restored to all places before that weekend, but the decision had already been made...Anyway, the Autumn race is mainly to make money, following the very popular race in May!

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

Similar thing happened to me 1 1/2 years ago with the Matsumoto Marathon: the organizers canceled it on the night before, at 19.00 o'clock. The reason? A taifun was approaching and would reach the area late afternoon or evening, but since the town is surrounded by mountains it's never as dangerous as near the coast. Nevertheless JR decided beforehand to stop the express trains to Tokyo from noon that day, and the organizers thought the inconvinient return to Tokyo, or maybe impossible if further to the west, to be enough reason to crash everyone. What really pissed me off was the reaction on twitter: 95% of the comments were thankful(!) that the organizers would "worry" about them so much!!! Anyway, now I'm running trails only, enjoying it, getting stronger, going for longer distances and new challenges. Beats training and running just to be a few minutes faster by a lifetime!

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Posted in: Japan confirms 2nd new coronavirus infection See in context

Regarding masks, wearing them has the positive side effect that you cannot unconsciously wipe your mouth with your hands for whatever reasons, itching, habit, dryness, which is the easiest way to get infected when outside!

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