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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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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 unveils 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics center See in context

Is there a big public indoor pool in Tokyo already? I don't think so, which would make it workable, summers are getting too hot for outdoor pools anyway. BTW, as for the Nagano facilities, they closed the Ice bob course last season for good, despite it being the only one in Japan bc of too high maintenance costs...

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics water survey shows mixed results on E.coli levels See in context

So lets change this one to Hokkaido as well? Naah, too boring. How about Yokohama, they have Intl triathlons over there all the time...would be too obvious! So, lets move it to Fukushima, it was supposed to play some active role during the Olympics anyway. And we can show the world that its completely safe to swim in the waters off the coast near a reactor that went into meltdown....

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

At first look I thought it's the Nativity Scene...than again, not much difference, both have gods involved and are more about "heavenly" power... ;-)

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Posted in: Tokyo cancels flights, trains ahead of typhoon See in context

Looks like the JR managment figured out how to deal with angry customers: just cancel everything way ahead and trains won't be late - because they are not running at all. Never mind that this might make it difficult for people to get home esp on a weekend spent far away. Same happened to me a year ago when I went (by car) to run the Matsumoto Marathon. Only to find out they canceled this rather big event the night before, because JR announced they would stop the express trains from afternoon in preperation for a Taifun approaching late evening! Guess this falls under Japan's pride "Omotenashi". Only in this case it means not only thinking about all the details, but also deciding everything for the (paying) customers, no questions asked, no complaints taken!

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Posted in: Campaign encourages commuters to stand still in two lines on escalators See in context

Yeah I remember when Tokyo Midtown was newly opened and there were like waves of people wanting to go there but from the Oedo line you need to use quite a few of escalators to go up. They had staff at the bottom of every single one telling the people to stand in both lines because too many people were waiting...

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Posted in: Two 19-year-old drivers arrested for racing each other 6 kms down mountain road See in context

Curvy mountain roads are famous/notorious for racing esp at night and on weekends and there is just too many of them to control....remember the road around Hakone atop the surrounding ridge had many skid-marks and U-turns. While the road here down from Karuizawa to Yokogawa was made famous through 'Initial D', I think the one from Komoro up to Asama2000 would be quite some fun with the right car bc you got very irregular curves with way more than 180 degrees! That said, when it's close to residential areas (most of them are not) it is a disturbance that should be dealt with.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic stadium 90% complete; opening set for December See in context

Would wish that this year's FIT Charity Run Event could use the stadium as Start/Goal venue as they did with the old one, but I guess bc the first big event has to be a "Japanese" one and not an "International", it won't be happening this year.

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Posted in: Tokyo's 'Little Nepal' a microcosm of Japan's evolving identity See in context

Great, now where is a 'LIttle India' evolving, with restaurants, spice shops etc...?

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Posted in: Nissan had tech that drove Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger idea See in context

Saikawa just booted the bloody Gaijin, why would they agree to other Gaijins coming? Not sure about the numbers for Nissan's Leaf car, but the best one nowadays would be the GE Volt and it might even become the No1 by numbers as well.

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Posted in: Doctor suspected of sexually molesting 4 women during health checks See in context

HIs excuse: " I was stressed from work and in the videos I saw, the women always got aroused by a breast massage..." :-)

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Posted in: Beer fear: Japan urged to stock up for Rugby World Cup See in context

Kohakuebisu: Since Heineken is produced by Kirin, they might just switch to something else like Ichiban or so, without telling anyone ;-) doubt many will realize it...

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Posted in: Boeing wins confidence of shareholders, prepares for key 737 MAX test flight See in context

”chain of events”? Yes, as in rushed modifications - brushed away concerns by engineers - depending on one (1)! single data input - short reaction time for pilots because of low altitude right after start. Really not the best choice of words, but if Trump can tell 10.000 lies and still has many believers, business leaders will follow that rhetoric of denying, deflecting, alternative facts.

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Posted in: Josh Stinton: Handcycle Japan from south to north charity success See in context

Sorry, but what actually was his aim again?

His hope was to meet families along the way and visit towns that are still recovering, share their stories of resilience, strength and courage all while raising donations to APRICOT Children

....by cycling by/through them as fast as possible? Leaves me rather clueless and confused with a underlying feeling of angry. But maybe thats how American Expats are doing things?!

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Posted in: ANA unveils new Boeing 787-10 for international routes See in context

So window-seated person now has to ask 2 persons to move to be able to get out?! Thats crazy. Even if they know each other it still means that 2 persons have to get up and clog up the aisle for the 3rd one to be able to leave, two times for every bathroom tour...will get rather crowded in the morning!

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Posted in: Airline complaints: Which bothers you the most? See in context

Rude staff at the check-in counter, not in Japan of course, but home country of Germany....second complaint would be serving kids dinner at 1.00 am after taking the last flight out of Haneda. I will eat, sure, but wtf you expect a little kid to be up and hungry?

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Posted in: Leopalace21 probe finds ex-president directed changing wall materials See in context

There is to supposed to be some checking by the local department for fire safety, esp commercial buildings need stickers on walls and carpets etc as proof of fire rresistant materials etc, how did they get through those checks?

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Posted in: How to approach, or respond to the approach, of a neglected child living in your neighborhood See in context

Thats why I wanted to buy an old house in a farming area, because of the community. But my wife insisted to be close to the station so now we live in a nice but small house with not much direct sunshine coming in and it cost more than to buy and renovate a big old house. And not much of a community around.

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Posted in: Want to live in an abandoned house in Japan? Here’s why it’s not really free See in context

Here in Karuizawa is not much of empty houses and even if, the town office would never start an Akiya-bank bc it goes against the image of a resort town. But next to it in Miyota, Saku and Komoro there are listings 20-30min by car to the station, than 70 (Karuizawa) or 80 (Sakudaira) Shinkansen ride with reclining seats and plugs for your laptop. But you still would want to have a company that is willing to pay most of your train fare of 120.000 or more per month...!

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Posted in: Grocery robots detect spills - with some far-off human help See in context

I think we have advanced enough to accept non-human looking robots as helpers. So why oh why those totally out-of-place looking fake eyes?!

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Posted in: Fire breaks out in under-construction Tokyo high-rise building See in context

Patricia: One of the roofing crew's guys forgot his lighter for his cigarette and asked his colleague for fire... :-)

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