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Posted in: Many countries require passengers from overseas to take PCR tests for the coronavirus upon arrival at airports, even though they have taken one three days before their departure? Do you think PCR tests upon arrival should be abolished? See in context

I recently took three weeks overseas, from Japan. I think it is an absolute disgrace that these private clinics in Japan are being allowed to charge between ¥18,000 and ¥40,000 for a simple PCR test. it greatly angers me that these private businesses are being allowed to take advantage of the pandemic to price gouge customers who have no other choice but to take this test.

It is a disgrace that the Japanese government are allowing them to do this. These PCR test should be free or the customers should just pay the minimum amount to cover the costs of the test.

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Posted in: Celtic reap rewards of Japanese market on and off the pitch See in context

@Paulstovsky, St Johnstone also won the Scottish Cup last season. Tremendous achievement.

@Simon, how often do provincial English clubs win domestic trophies?

Next to never.

Meanwhile, Inverness CT, Hibs, Hearts, St Mirren, Dundee United, Ross County and St Johnstone have all won Scottish domestic honours in recent history.

Get your facts straight before you criticise our game.

As for the English Premier League, Man City have dominated that over the past ten years and will continue to do so. That hardly makes for an exciting, competitive league.

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Posted in: Australian rugby star fired by Japanese club after drugs arrest See in context

@kyo wa heiwa…

Of course he will be deported and banned from Japan.

I would argue that only losers get drunk every night too, as is the Japanese Salaryman and many Gaijin style.

Or, presumably you think this is OK because it’s legal, therefore deemed socially acceptable.

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Posted in: Australian rugby star fired by Japanese club after drugs arrest See in context

@Khaos

He got caught in possession of cocaine and presumably there are witnesses to the assault.

I think it’s fair to say it’s above suspicion and he’s banged to rights.

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Posted in: Australian rugby star fired by Japanese club after drugs arrest See in context

@SvenAsai

Kind of a dumb question.

How do some thieves, murderers and rapists not get caught?

Are they paying the police off too or part of a big conspiracy?

Or maybe they just manage to avoid attention and detection….

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Posted in: Japan's daily COVID-19 cases reach new high since Omicron spread See in context

A side note, off-topic, on the subject of mask wearing for the foreseeable future in Japan : it must make the police’s job more difficult.

How can you identify criminals if all you can see of the entire population are pairs of dark eyes?

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Posted in: Man arrested for exposing himself to school girl admits to at least 50 similar offenses See in context

@Zaphod

He grabbed a junior high school girl’s breasts, that’s sexual assault.

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Posted in: Man arrested for exposing himself to school girl admits to at least 50 similar offenses See in context

@Sven Asai

Seriously, you are playing down and making light of sexual assaults against children?

That’s unbelievable, you should be ashamed of yourself for writing that.

By the way, what kind of sentencing do these scumbags get since the stories are never followed up on here?

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Posted in: Ex-police officer sent to prosecutors for groping two girls on trains See in context

@Albert

People comment on Japanese police officers who commit sexual assault as they are reported on this news site.

They are hardly going to use the platform to comment on unrelated cases in other countries.

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Posted in: Manga/anime creator Kenya Suzuki arrested for importing child porn from Europe See in context

That’s just a slap on the wrist in Japan, isn’t it? A minor offence

Japan - probably the only country in the world where you’ll get in to more trouble for possession of a tiny amount of marijuana than possession of child pornography.

That’s so, so wrong.

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Posted in: China marks 84th anniversary of Nanking Massacre See in context

50,000 people, including many civilians were being killed every day in South East Asia at the hands of the Japanese at the height of WW2.

A truly barbaric and despicable aggressor.

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Posted in: Drivers playing video games? U.S. is looking into Tesla case See in context

I’m very surprised Japanese drivers are legally allowed to watch TV while they drive, it seems incredibly dangerous to me.

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Posted in: World on alert as more countries report cases of COVID-19 variant See in context

….international travel from the likes of me.

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Posted in: World on alert as more countries report cases of COVID-19 variant See in context

@hiro

Judging by your screen name, you are Japanese and your family and friends are all here.

People like me aren’t Japanese and are extremely eager to visit our families and friends back home, who we haven’t seen for more than two years.

Thats why their is such a desire for a internation

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Posted in: Europe's COVID crisis pits vaccinated against unvaccinated See in context

What is the point of these endless below the line “debates” anyway?

The pro-vaccination people won’t change their viewpoints.

The anti-vaccination people won’t change their viewpoints.

It all seems rather pointless to me.

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Posted in: Japan ruling bloc on course to keep lower house majority: exit polls See in context

31.64% voter turnout. That’s terrible.

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Posted in: Prosecutors drop indictment against man over sexually assaulting woman in hotel See in context

@Ingvar

So, you know she made a false allegation based on those four short sentences which go in to no detail?

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Posted in: Konami's 'eFootball' release mocked by fans See in context

This is very concerning.

I’ve played Pro Evo since 1995, it’s always been a classic game and well-known for being a better representation of football than big budget FIFA.

The 2021 version is truly excellent, as it usually is.

I hope this can be fixed.

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Posted in: COVID-19 state of emergency lifted but challenges abound See in context

@Shinkansen

What an idiot that guy was.

He put his job in front of some daft “principles”.

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Posted in: COVID-19 state of emergency lifted but challenges abound See in context

@blvzpk

Yeah, he probably doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him.

I do care what people think about me, especially my work colleagues and people I am in regular contact with.

I know of one foreigner who is a Covid non-believer, anti-vaxxer and general conspiracy theorist who refuses to wear a mask and only makes a token gesture of waving his hands under sanitizers when instructed to do so by restaurant staff.

I find him really childish and embarrassing to the point of me not wanting to go anywhere with him in public.

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Posted in: COVID-19 state of emergency lifted but challenges abound See in context

@El Rata

I’m not comfortable with breaking social taboos.

I don’t want to be the one guy sitting on a train not wearing a mask getting dirty looks from everybody.

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Posted in: COVID-19 state of emergency lifted but challenges abound See in context

A further point on masks - I’m an English teacher and it is virtually impossible to gauge students reactions and whether or not they understand something when they are all wearing masks.

It’s also nigh on impossible to remember everyone’s names when you never get to see their faces, only their eyes and foreheads.

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Posted in: COVID-19 state of emergency lifted but challenges abound See in context

On the subject of face masks discussed above, I also despair at the thought of them being standard wear in Japan forever.

Yes, in Japan they have always been worn but not by everybody, all year round and in all seasons.

Yes, it’s not a huge sacrifice to have to wear one but I too am tired of having to. They aren’t comfortable and, on hot and humid days they make it difficult to breathe properly.

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Posted in: Prosecutors seek 2-year jail term for Kelly See in context

2 years? I expected 15 years as that was repeatedly mentioned in every story about him.

It hardly seems worth the huge expense and effort that has gone into this trial.

It therefore seems very petty by the Japanese prosecutors.

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Posted in: Kishida to become next PM after winning LDP leadership vote See in context

The more right wing of the two male candidates who it was obviously going to be between.

How depressingly predictable.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 154 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,147 See in context

@Meiyouwenti

it hasn’t crossed your mind that the large number of vaccinations administered has contributed to the lower numbers….?

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend arrives from U.S. for wedding See in context

Two week quarantine?

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Posted in: Suga suggests optimism for lifting state of emergency See in context

I trust Suga was immediately taken away to commence his two week quarantine, like his government are ordering everyone else to do.

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Posted in: Gov't leans toward lifting state of emergency at end of month See in context

They’ll end the SOE, people will start going out normally again, cases will rise and we’ll have another SOE.

I’ve seen this film before.

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