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Posted in: Bestseller Musk biography to be adapted into film See in context

Yet another book I won't be reading and film I won't be watching

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Posted in: Summer soup See in context

A great picture - wish I had been there to taste it...

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Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system? See in context

Sorry - "You do what you want but leave me (or Americans) to do what I want." is not what I meant.

It should be:

Let me do what I want and Americans do what Americans want.

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Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system? See in context

Not being an American, it is not up to me. Americans should use whatever Americans want to use, just as any other country should use what the people in that country want to use. I know what a six mat room means in Japan - I don't want to be told what that is in square metres.

I use mixed metric and imperial measurements at work everyday and it is not a problem - in fact, in my job, it is almost universal to measure depth (length) in metres and width in inches. The depth may be in feet or metres depending on the country but I have only worked in one place (not even the whole country, just one part of it) that used mm for width. The only time I had a problem was on that job where people used mm for width instead of inches.

I am very happy using metres for length with the width in inches and anyone who says I should change can go and [fill in as you see fit] You do what you want but leave me (or Americans) to do what I want.

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Posted in: 10 Japanese superfoods to boost your health See in context

I like all of those except the natto.

Natto or shiokara are the two things I never want to try again.

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Posted in: Prince Andrew's settlement 'worth £12 mil' as anger mounts in UK See in context

perennially cash-strapped prince

I think their idea of being "cash-strapped" is somewhat different to mine.

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan to put large-size fries back on menu from Monday See in context

If they were only serving small sized fries, surely if somebody wanted more, they would just have bought two or three small size in place of the medium or large ones. Maybe I am missing something.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson cancels planned visit to Japan: gov't sources See in context

I beg to differ IngvarJan. 31  08:21 pm JST

Japan makes better Scotch Whisky than the UK does. Why would they want to import an inferior product?

Japan cannot make Scotch. A whisky cannot be called Scotch unless it is entirely produced and bottled in Scotland


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Posted in: Top Japanese YouTube channel ranking: Who placed first in 2021? See in context

Have you ever wondered what is popular among young people in Japan and what Japanese influencers people tend to watch?

No, never.

Are you curious about the current trending YouTube channels in Japan?

No, never.

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Posted in: Whatever your personal views are about coronavirus vaccines, what advice would you give to an unvaccinated person who was worried about whether or not he/she should get the vaccine? See in context

Whilst getting vaccinated may be the individual's choice, restrictions are rapidly being applied to the non-vaccinated. These may be travel restrictions or even whether you can can go to a restaurant - even if you are a tennis star!

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Posted in: Miyagi restaurant refuses to accept customers’ money after tsunami warning evacuation See in context

they were simply following company policy to value human life above all else

An outstanding company policy. Well done Bikkuri Donkey.

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Posted in: One view on dealing with the coronavirus is that we have to learn to live with it. What does "live with it" mean to you? See in context

What does "live with it" mean to you?

Not having any more state of emergencies due to corona, be they quasi or not

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Posted in: Do you feel a sense of frustration about how worried you should be and whether you can trust the government and medical experts on the coronavirus? See in context

My only frustration with the government is why it is taking them so long to follow Singapore and make all people who choose not to be vaccinated pay for any Covid treatment

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Posted in: Japan one of only two countries where Twitter beats Facebook in social media market share See in context

"Social media has become an integral part of everyone’s life"

everyone's ?????

I am sure I am not the only one who isn't part of this "everyone"

Maybe I don't actually exist?

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Posted in: Quiet reminder See in context

I seem to be reading/reacting to this poster differently to other people???

I didn't think of it as having anything to do with noise levels but rather as an additional step we could take to prevent the spread of Covid 19. - based on articles such as the following:


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Posted in: Filipino in Japan forms labor union for overseas workers See in context

For me, if I did not like being here, I would go back to the UK - but I really enjoy my life here. There are problems in life wherever you are. If I have a problem, I solve it and get on with things - not blame other people, Covid or whatever.

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Posted in: It's official: Spectators from abroad will not be allowed at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Excellent news.

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Posted in: COVID-19 inoculations in Japan off to snail pace start due to vaccine, syringe shortages See in context

@robert maes: Should i cry or laugh ?

I know I probably shouldn't but I can't help but laugh at "Japan has secured rights to at least 564 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines" but then forgot to order enough syringes and at "At the current rate, it would take 126 years to vaccinate Japan's population of 126 million" even ignoring any boosters that may be required.

Then again, I am still laughing at Mori's comments about women talking too much in meetings and in his apology saying he doesn't listen to women.

I know it is not PC, but I still find myself laughing at such incompetence.

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Posted in: Japan pledges safe Olympics; medical experts aren't so sure See in context

The quote,

"If you have your public health lens on, this is doing everything that we don't want to be doing right now."

from Vally in the text pretty well sums it up for me - the Olympics are too big a risk this year.

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Posted in: More than 110,000 sign petition against Mori after sexist comments See in context

Too many people have lost their sense of humour and end up getting easily offended instead.

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Posted in: Would you support airlines refusing to admit passengers unless they have proof of COVID-19 vaccination or immunity, as a condition for international travel? See in context

I don't think it is down to the airlines to do this. It should be governments that decide on their immigration restrictions. Perhaps travel insurance companies may also decide not to cover any Covid-19 treatment for non-vaccinated travellers.

At present, it is the governments deciding if travellers must have a negative Covid-19 test result 72 hours before travel (or whatever time limit they set), quarantine requirements, visas, etc.. The airlines simply check the requirements they can check are being met when checking-in. I do not see a reason for this to change.

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Posted in: Man arrested after wearing wig to enter women’s bathing facility See in context

"a woman bather thought there was something strange about him and summoned an employee"

I suspect that if a 36 year old woman went into the men's area, nobody would have "summoned an employee" - even if she took off her towel...

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Posted in: At least 15,000 virus patients waiting for hospitals, accommodations See in context

The situation:

"At least 15,058 people were on the waiting list for a hospital or a designated accommodation after testing positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this month in the 11 prefectures covered by a state of emergency, a Kyodo News survey found Sunday, as public health centers have been swamped with surging numbers of new cases."

LDP's Response:

"The government is now planning to make a legal revision to penalize those who reject hospitalization with imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of 1 million yen."

How is fining or imprisoning people going to help?

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Posted in: Opposition raps gov't virus response as Diet debate starts See in context

The government is now planning to make a legal revision to penalize those who reject hospitalization with imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of 1 million yen.

I was under the impression that there is a shortage of hospital beds and facilities??

Generally, I agree with all of points Edano has raised in this article

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Posted in: Japan now has talking 'Evangelion' ATMs See in context

Currently, your transactions will be guided by the voice of Misato (portrayed by voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi). On Jan 25, Misato hands off ATM duties to "Evangelion Unit-02" pilot Asuka (Yuko Miyamura)

Thanks, but I have enough women telling me what to do already.

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Posted in: It's extremely embarrassing that the NPA was successfully attacked when it should have a computer security system that is unbreachable. See in context

If a computer is connected to the Internet, it is not "unbreachable", assuming "unbreachable" means it cannot be hacked.

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Posted in: As state of emergency looms over virus, some experts say one month won't be long enough See in context

From what I have read and heard on the news so far, these planned state of emergency restrictions are going to mean absolutely no change to my current daily life. I guess the experts feel that all the people getting Covid 19 have a much more exciting nightlife than me.

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Posted in: When you first heard about the coronavirus, did you think it would escalate into a global crisis that would still be with us as the new year begins? See in context

At first, I did not think it would develop into a global pandemic that was going to have such a direct affect on my lifestyle. I thought it would be similar to the recent SARS, MERS, H5N1, Ebola and Zika outbreaks, none of which really changed my lifestyle in any noticeable way.

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Posted in: AstraZeneca: Shot will be effective against COVID-19 variant See in context

@Haaa Nemui.

LOL. Nice one

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Posted in: AstraZeneca: Shot will be effective against COVID-19 variant See in context

“We think we have figured out the winning formula and how to get efficacy that, after two doses, is up there with everybody else,” Soriot said.

I would certainly hope you could get the efficacy up. I expect that it is unlikely I will be able to choose which vaccine I get but 70% does not sound like particularly good odds to me. 70% instead of 95% means nearly a third of people having this vaccine could still get sick from Covid-19 - If you cannot get it up, I want the Pfizer vaccine.

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