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Posted in: Trump seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators See in context

He's backtracking almost as fast as he's lying this week!

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Posted in: Trudeau objects to U.S. posting troops to control border with Canada See in context

Meanwhile in Canada, the hashtag #NoCanadian is trending as Canadians scratch their heads and wonder what Trump is thinking, because no Canadian in their right (or wrong) mind is looking to leave Canada, with its free healthcare, for the chaotic USA during a pandemic.

This idea only makes sense if you realize it's all about telling his base that he's all about strong borders.

Meh. Waste of US resources, but maybe it'll keep infected Americans from sneaking into Canada in search of affordable prescriptions drugs.

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Posted in: JAL to let female crew ditch high heels after #KuToo campaign See in context

after a feminist campaign took off.

after a *common-sense** *campaign took off.

(There. I fixed that for you.)

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker faces possible ouster from Diet as aides indicted See in context

So 14 people working for 5 day, getting paid the max of 15,000 per day would work out to 1.05 million yen. Looks like the got paid about double. This is a lot of scandal for not a lot of money, but seriously, these people should know the basic rules. Mr. Kawai was once minister of justice, wasn't he?

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Posted in: Royal graduate See in context

They'll all be having a turn getting their photo by the sign at the entrance. Hardly worth the risk of taking the mask off and putting it back on just for that shot. The mask will be part of the memory / history of the day.

I really hope she gets out of Japan for the next phase of her life and gets a chance to do a gap year somewhere where she can taste some freedom. All the best to her.

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Posted in: Canada won't send Olympic team in July; urges postponement See in context

delay the games for a year.

They'll need a whole new plan for athlete village and housing for all the officials, etc.. The newly built flats have all been sold and people are waiting to move in as soon as the Paralympics end.

We may end up with a "temporary housing" village. Could be worse.

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Posted in: IOC to start 4 weeks of discussions on Tokyo Olympics See in context

Just saw the Canada news as well. THANK YOU.

Now maybe Japan can give up on keeping the numbers artificially low and focus on keeping the infection and death rates low!

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Posted in: Trump angrily defends his handling of pandemic See in context

Exactly, browny1!

It was a softball question that Pence handled presidentially, with, “Don't be afraid, be vigilant."

Meanwhile the actual president makes sensational accusations,... about sensationalism. He's very far out of his depth. This isn't a reality show. Your nation deserves better than catchphrases at a time like this.

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Posted in: Panel may advise easing virus controls in some areas; Hokkaido to end state of emergency See in context

I hope the early action by the Governor of Hokkaido has led to seriously impeding the spread.

I fear that the spread is continuing unabated, especially outside Japan, as people are becoming complacent, because with very limited testing, the real scale is masked and the worst is still ahead of us.

If the Olypmic question were out of the way, I'd have more trust in the national governments efforts and words.

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Posted in: Vegan hamburger steak rice bowls added to over 1,900 convenience stores in Tokyo See in context

"the rice bowl also comes with sides of stewed carrots and roasted kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) and bell pepper."

Making it sound better than it looks.

I'll give it a go, but with expectations that the sauce will be overly sweet, like most Japanese "western-style" sauces.

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Posted in: Gov't considers cash handouts to households to ease virus impact See in context

I'd rather see a permanent tax elimination on essential goods: food, diapers, children's clothing, school supplies.

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Posted in: Gov't considers cash handouts to households to ease virus impact See in context

Last time, we resident foreigners also got it. I thought it ridiculous - tiny amount for so much processing cost. But a friend with a husband, son, and elderly mother-in-law told me their household total and what they planned to do with it and I realized that it means more to the people who need it. I can donate mine.

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Posted in: Fujifilm shares jump 15% on China coronavirus drug trial boost See in context

This seems hopeful. I hope expanded testing shows the same results!

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Posted in: No. of suicides in Japan at historic low in 2019 but more teens kill themselves See in context

The suicide rate edged down to 16% per 100,000, ... what?

per 100,000 deaths? people?

now add the 16 per cent

16 per hundred per hundred thousand.


Can someone explain this stat?

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Posted in: Trump to nominate Hudson Institute CEO Weinstein to be U.S. ambassador to Japan See in context

I didn't realize that the US was again without a Japan ambassador. Didn't it take more than a year for Haggerty to finally be appointed? He sure didn't last long.

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Posted in: Awkward moment: Trump and Irish PM skip the handshake See in context

Trump, a self-described germaphobe, acknowledges that he came to accept handshakes as part of the territory that comes with being the world’s most powerful leader.

Oh, so before being president he didn't shake hands! That explains why he never learned how normal humans do it.

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Posted in: ANA’s kabuki-themed in-flight safety video receives Grand Prix from Cool Japan Matching Award See in context

I think it's a load of self important nonsense. 

Are you referring to the award or the safety video.

I quite like this safety video, including the "making of" version they play as passengers are disembarking.

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Posted in: Court scraps acquittal of man; sentences him to 10 years for raping daughter See in context

I want to give you all the likes, Maria.

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Posted in: No giving up See in context

On TV yesterday there was a feature on a couple who finally got back there daughter after 8 years and 7 months. Their joy upon being handed the white cloth wrapped ash urn blew me away.

8 years and 7 months after she was washed away from a driving school, a leg bone washed up.

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Posted in: Live music venues emerge as new coronavirus transmission sites See in context

great source of data for Japan:

I see we finally got over 1000 tests in a single day! (thanks again to whoever introduced this site on JT).

for worldwide data:

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Posted in: Live music venues emerge as new coronavirus transmission sites See in context

Where are the mask that should have been produced and distributed as stores throughout the entire country of Japan are out of stock.

Logged in to say what Educator60 just posted. At the request of the government, mask manufacturers are prioritising health care facilities.

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Posted in: Mask resellers could face 1 year in prison, ¥1 mil fine under new ban See in context

WakarimasenToday  04:45 pm JST

So a chemist or conbini or wherever that now sells a mask for more than it paid the wholesaler or manufacturer is guilty of a crime?

No, Selling at normal retail prices is perfectly fine.

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Posted in: Mask resellers could face 1 year in prison, ¥1 mil fine under new ban See in context

I thought it was up to 5 years... Must have missed something. Was that the original proposal and it got limited to 1?

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Posted in: 'Seventh Seal,' 'Exorcist' actor Max von Sydow dies at 90 See in context

RIP Brewmeister Smith.

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Posted in: Politician apologizes for ¥8.9 mil face mask price gouging See in context

There isn't enough information here for me to decide he should be hoisted. Did he flag the gouging? or did someone else?

If he put a bunch of masks he happened to have on hand up for sale on an auction site in early Feb expecting they'd sell for a few thousand and then turned around to see they'd sold for tens of thousands, quickly stopped the auctions after 89 sales had been made, I'd cut him some slack. If he kept on selling after seeing the shortage and thefts from nursing homes and health care centers unfold, he's a dickhead who should not be in public office.

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Posted in: Robot passenger See in context

I wish the media would stop referring to glorified iPad stand that is Pepper as a "robot".

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

Thank you, Flute! is exactly what I've been looking for!

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

Anybody have a good source for number of tests being done daily?

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Posted in: U.S. TV anchor retires on air after harassment claims See in context

The key is that if you don’t know whether or not it’s creepy, you probably should assume it is.

Amen to that.

Also, if you don't understand the difference between socialize and sexualize you should probably not try to socialize at work.

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Posted in: Woman confirmed as coronavirus case for 2nd time, weeks after initial recovery See in context

Yes, thank you VirusRex. It's nice that we have someone knowledgeable about viruses commenting here. I really appreciate your posts.

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