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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

My daughter said to the restaurant manager that she was mixed and a Japanese citizen his face turned pale and said then we have no choice but to let you in but not the 2 gaijins, not sorry no choice by law and they did not like the idea.

I'm sorry this happened to you antiquesaving. I have said this for a long time but I think the change in attitudes has to start from the top. This is why I have long advocated for a visible member of the royal family to marry a non-Japanese similar to how Prince Harry marrying Meghan Markle helped changed British opinions. A hafu member of Japanese royalty will advance the cause I think.

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Posted in: Who's in charge at Nissan? COO's allies push to give him shared CEO role See in context

Beware the Ides of March.

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Posted in: Hong Kong history exam on Japan questions sparks China rebuke See in context

There’s only one way and that is the CCP way...

There is no spoon...

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Posted in: Cases of patients turned away by hospitals up fivefold over virus See in context

Just building and making hospitals will not solve the problem, as already stated somewhere above, there's a shortage of medical personnel.

One of the great advantages to building a new hospital in the year 2020 is that you can build a "smart hospital" that utilizes advanced information technologies, artificial intelligence, robotics, tele-surgery, 3-D printing, drone delivery facilities, etc. to help alleviate personnel and equipment shortages. These are the things companies like Softbank and Sony and Toyota should be working on.

Also, in an emergency, medical personnel can always be flown in from other regions and even other countries but it is very difficult for the medical infrastructure to scale up overnight.

I am really worried about cities like Tokyo not being prepared for the upcoming great Kanto earthquake.

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Posted in: Cases of patients turned away by hospitals up fivefold over virus See in context

It shows Japan needs to build more public Hospital. Japanese Government needs to spend more money on public health than before.

Japan needs to build a large, super-hospital on the old Tsukiji Fish Market site and make the emergency room accessible by water to water taxis and water ambulances.

Japan needs to buy a used shipping tanker and repurpose it into a floating hospital and natural disaster ship. Build a large superstructure hospital above deck and store emergency supplies below deck.

These two things need to be done not just for pandemics but also for the upcoming great Kanto earthquake that the experts are predicting.

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Posted in: Japanese customs: A guide in a coronavirus world? See in context

And still they want to keep their narrative to be the most clean and unique in the whole planet.

I don't know about the whole planet but I have been all over the world and Japan is definitely the cleanest country among countries with over 100 million people, by far.

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Posted in: Do you think the explosive increase in coronavirus cases that occurred in New York will happen in Tokyo? See in context

Why is Japan not blowing up with deaths like New York or elsewhere? Look forward to that question JT.

Japan and the Nordic countries have similar assets in a pandemic including strong sense of personal space and hygiene, relative geographic isolation, reluctance to hug and kiss strangers, taking shoes off indoors, slender builds, a diet rich in fish and in Japan's case, no shaking hands and no stigma in wearing face masks.

Also, the Korean travel boycott to Japan ironically probably saved Japanese lives.

My question, though, is why was Iran struck so hard and so fast considering Japan gets more Chinese tourists than Iran.

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Posted in: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with coronavirus See in context

Get well soon, Mr. Prime Minister.

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Posted in: Record 49% proud of Japan's history, traditions: gov't survey See in context

well yeah, when youre never told of the atrocities, scheming, and corruption that has plagued your history you probably would be proud of it.

You would be surprised at how many English people are unaware and not taught of the atrocities they committed against the Irish.

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Posted in: Record 49% proud of Japan's history, traditions: gov't survey See in context

And Abe san is endangering Japan's future generation because Japanese youths do not know why all of Japan's neighbors hate Japan and wouldn't hesitate to turn to wars to settle past scores whenever opportunity comes.

I'm pretty sure the whole world hates China right now, not Japan.

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Posted in: Abe says G7 supports 'complete' Games, but polls back postponement See in context

Another thing to consider is that most Olympic venues tend to be smaller than football stadiums so flooding the venue with UV-C light at certain intervals or allowing spectators that can only show they were negative from covid testing to be allowed in could work. The city could also use the extra time of postponement to build a large quarantine center maybe at the old Tsukiji fish market.

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Posted in: Abe says G7 supports 'complete' Games, but polls back postponement See in context

If they postpone American collegiate and professional football in addition to European football, broadcasters and advertisers like NBC might be open to have the olympic games in october because people will be so starved for sports.

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Posted in: On mission to eradicate virus germs, Chinese firms see the UV light See in context

Does UV-C have to be stationary to be effective? Can they attach it to a roomba or a drone?

If they can use these to clean planes, cruise ships and trains that would be great!

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Posted in: No plan yet for China's Xi to cancel visit to Japan in April: Motegi See in context

In difficult times like this is even more important to meet and discuss issues and how to handle them.

The problem is that a lot of resources, energy and political attention needed to handle the virus will be redirected towards Xi's visit. It also doesn't look good for either leader if they are having a party while people are dying.

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Posted in: Raising relief funds for China means that Japan will aid the very nation taking hostile action against it. It could send a wrong message to the Chinese authorities. See in context

Help the Chinese people but don't give political cover to Xi or the communist party for their incompetence and bungling of the situation.

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Posted in: Gov't panel, responding to criticism, says cruise ship not designed to be hospital See in context

In the future, Japanese government should buy a used tanker/cargo ship and convert it into a large hospital/quarantine/natural disaster shelter ship and keep it in Tokyo Bay ready to be deployed at moments notice.

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

I attribute part of that to social factors like not much talking, physical contact.

Good point. Japanese are hypochondriacs by nature and have always practiced cleanliness in daily living. In fact, if I am not mistaken, Japanese started the surgical mask wearing trend decades ago before anyone else.

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Posted in: 'Where's Abe?' critics ask, as coronavirus spreads in Japan See in context

If this pandemic isn't solved by August, the world will be in a nasty great depression and we will have more things to worry about than a virus with a low mortality rate.

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Posted in: Hokkaido turns into hotbed of coronavirus cases See in context

What about Okinawa? Didn't the cruise ship stop there first? Is it because Hokkaido is very cold and the virus loves the cold?

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

Despite all the drama, Japan still has less deaths than Italy or Iran, so that is comforting and also a little strange.

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Posted in: 23 passengers not tested before leaving cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

The poster claimed that "endless meetings" and "nobody wants to take responsibility" are uniquely Japanese.

I am saying otherwise. In fact endless meetings and consensus-driven decision making is very common in Nordic countries, too.

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Posted in: 23 passengers not tested before leaving cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

In all, it took Japanese officials more than 72 hours to impose a lockdown after they were first notified about the case connected to the ship." Nobody with the power to make a decision. Nobody wants to take responsibility. Endless meetings. The Japanese way.

Watch the tv series Chernobyl and get back to us about the "Japanese way".

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Posted in: 23 passengers not tested before leaving cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

i am disturbed that Japan didn't have a quarantine center ready and built as part of the preparation for the olympics. in the future, the government needs to do 2 things:

1) create a Japanese version of the CDC

2) find a couple of isolated islands with runways like Mage Island or Iwo Jima and build quarantine and emergency supply centers there.

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Posted in: 23 passengers not tested before leaving cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

Quarantine didn't work for the dinosaurs either in Jurassic Park because of something called Chaos Theory.

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Posted in: 66 more people confirmed with coronavirus on cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

Maybe it'll be like being arrested - each new case will bring an additonal 14 days of quarantine, whether you're sick or not.

Welcome to the Hotel California...

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Posted in: Number of foreigners in Japan with new working visa totals 1,621 See in context

How are foreign health care workers going to communicate with their patients if they can't speak Japanese or read prescriptions? As for agriculture and construction, I think AI and automation can help alleviate some problems with labor shortages.

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases on cruise ship in Yokohama jump to 61 See in context

In the future, they should turn part of Iwo Jima into an emergency quarantine and supply center since they already have an airstrip that can handle commercial jet planes. Find a way to build a dock for large ships as well as large-scale medical facilities and you are set since you already have the military there to keep order. Japan needs to be better prepared when a more lethal outbreak like ebola happens.

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Posted in: Population inflow exceeds outflow in Tokyo area at accelerated pace See in context

If you are in Hokkaido, live in Sweden Hills and commute to Sapporo for work. Then go skiing in Niseko during the weekends.

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Posted in: Ghosn's aide Kelly stands high chance of acquittal: ex-prosecutor See in context

the international reputation of Japan is badly damaged in the juridical field.

You do know that Japan's judicial system was created by a 19th century Frenchman and based on the Napoleonic Code, right?

Also, Ghosn is no Papillon. He played with fire and got caught.

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Posted in: Aso apologizes for remarks about Japan's historical unity See in context

However, again, unlike China, the Emperor and the Yamato elites did not had actual power

In the 4th century, the elites were building huge "key-hole" shaped tombs that were bigger than the Pyramids of Giza so that would indicate that they had some kind of power and authority.

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