They had about 25 min of this in the NHK evening news, interrupted by some Covid numbers. But not a single word about Climate change, climate crisis, that we might see more of this in the coming years! Not even much of how, much less why the weather front moved around Japan in a wider context! Yes, there has been heavy rain with mudslides etc before. But it usually during rainy season or bc of a taifun crossing the country, not in the middle of August, a few days after the taifun has passed. Denial and self-pitying, without any will to educate/inform about global facts.
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Mt Takao is only a crowded hill, nothing more. And I second kohakuebisu, spend a night out hiking up there for an incredible experience ( I did a Yatsugatake range traverse south to north last year). The sunset can be beautiful with pink clouds turning red, than dark. But even better is the hour before sunrise: darkness turns to light and the birds start to sing, ending the long, quiet, darkness of the night
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Can't blame it on Gaijin anymore bc Olympics, so now blame it on another group that are very low in voting...just utterly despicable. Plus, without any serious data-collecting, there is no way to tell what the real problem is, and as such, no way to get us through this mess at a faster pace. So, mask up as soon as you leave your home, and than "gambatte", as that is all that's apparently needed
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On the one hand, I feel sorry for the all the people in Japan who have to put up with a higher risk and less resources because of this mega game show. On the other hand I can't stop feeling that in part the Japanese got what they deserved by not protesting, as in taking to the streets, shut down the government offices...they are just too lame, put on their "sho ga nai, sho ga nai" face and go about their stuff. You got such a huge accumulation of people in the wider area of Tokyo, how was it not possible to stop this madness? The government will just get more lazy and brazen in their ways, because the opposition parties are of the same kind anyway, and critical media reporting is too few!
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More and more this whole soap opera is becoming a crime sit-com: in an neverending effort to hide the first crime of half-@ssed measures and denying broad testing, the government is shooting false flags just to show off, pretending that they are doing something, but of course it cannot work, because nobody knows how many with Covid virus in their bodies are running around and thus it's impossible to say were the most infections are happening.
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Please already, stop calling it "The Olympic Games". Its more like a chopped-up limpless decaying, rotting body of an over-aged, over-worked and exploited xxx "entertainer", displayed on the altar of greed as a money-making piece for the Privileged. It had been deteriorating since time before, but never like this smack-in-your-face attitude of self-service that makes you want to through up!
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Being in Germany now for family visit it's just crazy to see the different approach of both countries: not much masking up here outside, but 100% medical masks inside businesses and transport. And test centers in every corner of the city that only require an online reservation, result comes to your phone in 20 min! Or you buy a self-test in a drug store for about 100 Yen! Plus eating inside, visiting shows, staying in a hotel, all require a test not older than 24 h (twenty-four HOURS!). So you have rather accurate numbers and trends. Whereas in Japan the Gov, after one and half years is still having a "hands-off" approach just for their political agenda. What's worse is, the press and TV are silent as well, protests are spare and fringe in size. Japan is a nice, multi-facetted country but sometimes the sho-ga-nai approach of her citizens can make you sick, literally.
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Stranger than fiction? This is exactly what happened in one of the "Ip Man" movies, except then it was the bad, selfish British Military police doing this!
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Loved him in "Master and Commander". Hope he calculates the rising sea levels right. Otherwise he will soon have to specialize into movies like "Waterworld" :-)
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We must be getting closer to the Olympic Show, the blame game is getting louder and more desperate!
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So bars will be allowed to stay open but serve only low-alcohol drinks in limited quantity, so that customers only get quasi-drunk, and talk only in a quasi-loud voice!
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Seems the Japanese language doesn't even have a word for depression. In the morning news her tweet was translated as something like "長いあいだに気持ちが落ち込んだ”, which sounds rather harmless...
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I have run 100km road races and I have run trail run races of shorter distances. Since it says it happened at the higher stretch, something like 1500m to 2000m would be my guess, it is rather difficult for emergency staff to get there fast, not to mention on slippery, partly frozen rocky ground. Another reason for the high toll could be lax requirements and checks for runners required items like emergency sheet.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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