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

Japan was like "Game of Thrones" with the wildlings in the north and nomadic horse riders on the Asian continent periodically attacking.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Sorry. I'll try this again.

Ghosn was granted bail too and he was living in his luxury penthouse in Tokyo. He couldn't contact his wife but in retrospect that was a wise decision by the prosecutors since she orchestrated his escape.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Meng was actually granted bail and she's actually enjoying some freedoms that Ghosn would have NEVER been granted with in Japan by their system.

Ghosn was granted bail too and he was living in his luxury penthouse in Tokyo. He couldn't contact his wife but in retrospect that was a wise decision by the prosecutors since she orchestrated his escape.

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Posted in: Seeking justice: The legal risks facing Ghosn See in context

Also the prosecution wouldn't have much ammunition if he had lived a clean and honest life. The fact that he had an Interpol passport meant that even if he is innocent, he still had the mentality of a criminal always looking for an escape.

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Posted in: Seeking justice: The legal risks facing Ghosn See in context

Ghosn could be the worst scumbag of the earth, but his treatment is still unjustified.

I agree, Japan needs to improve its justice system. However it was his greed and arrogance that made him stray from his lane as a boring auto executive and instead pretended to be an investment banker gambling in the risky derivative markets and getting caught on margin calls so a lot of this is his own doing. He played with fire and he needs to accept some of the consequences instead of blaming a global conspiracy.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

In fact the Japanese "hostage justice" system uses detention beyond its original purpose of securing suspects

What about Canada's "hostage justice" system? Why aren't you complaining about how the Huawei CFO Meng is being detained for 2 years?

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Posted in: Seeking justice: The legal risks facing Ghosn See in context

Ghosn has been blaming everyone but himself

If Ghosn used his own money to fund his 1% lifestyle instead of stealing from Nissan,

he wouldn't be in this position today. Greed and arrogance was his downfall.

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Posted in: Nissan bolsters taskforce to prepare for Ghosn onslaught See in context

I guess office politics and backstabbing exists on any country but what's unique to Japan is that they actively employ Gov't and prosecutor's office to achieve their aims."

Reminds me of a Tom Cruise movie like "The Firm" or "Jack Reacher".

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Posted in: Japan to strengthen border checks, review bail conditions after Ghosn's escape See in context

He defied Japan's stringent system and now is untouchable in Lebanon.

Nobody is untouchable.

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Posted in: 3 soccer fans arrested for racist, homophobic abuse See in context

Looks like the Japanese fans are more civilized than the British fans.

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