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Posted in: 61-year-old woman beaten to death in Aomori home See in context

Her husband died just a couple of weeks ago? Wow. Hard times for that family.

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Posted in: Truck drives into protesters on Minneapolis highway See in context

Have you all watched the video?

And have you seen Brandon McCormack - poor little tough guy claiming "two black African Americans" beat him out for shouting "All lives Matter!". In fact, he went out looking for trouble, with his hunting bow, wearing his forarm guards, and started aiming his loaded compound bow at protesters, who then piled on him. Mostly pretty pasty Salt Lake City dwellers. His Facebook page shows what a racist, barely literate thug he is.

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Posted in: Tokyo to reopen gyms in next phase of post-emergency road map See in context


those silly plastic sheets, known for letting viruses linger for hours.

Pro-tip to you: don't lick them.

For now, they keep the spittle of shoppers, especially those to precious to wear mask, away from the hard-working staff behind the sheets.

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Posted in: Delivery of 'Abenomasks' starts in 34 remaining prefectures See in context

I'll save mine for the next election. Stand outside a voting centre with the package with the big price tag attached to remind people how much was spent on this useless venture.

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Posted in: Has the coronavirus made you rethink what's important in your life? See in context

None of this makes people reflect on what is really important in life?

Sorry, I don't see how that is possible.

Maybe it's because some of us are older and this isn't our first crisis. (earthquakes, terror attacks, tsunami, global financial meltdowns, cancer diagnosis and treatment, etc.) I expect you'll also so through this again more than a few times in your life.

I hope you remember it during the in-betweens and that your in-betweens are long and drawn out.

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Posted in: Man swims across moat to enter Imperial Palace grounds See in context

The moat is already full of swans and swan poop. Ugh! I can't imagine anyone swimming in that filth. Certainly no one in their right mind.

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Posted in: Trudeau puts on mask; Canadians urged to do same See in context

Very close to a good point, BurningBush, but I think you'll find Trudeau spoke out against the Quebec ban.


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Posted in: Disney+ coming to Japan in June See in context

Huh, what? Disney Deluxe IS already hear. I did my free trial over Golden Week. Watched all that was worth watching and am already done with it. The docomo account creation was painful. It wanted kanji for my name so I had to make something up.

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Posted in: Has Japan dodged the coronavirus bullet? See in context

Japan's testing numbers are ridiculously low, and there have surely been an enormous number of cases that just haven't been recognized.

That said, apparently, the total number of deaths - for all reasons - in Tokyo over the first number of the year is showing no increase that could be attributed to the virus. (*see note below) In fact, the number for the first three months is slightly down - possibly due to more people staying at home, not getting lost climbing mountains, drowning in rivers, and giving each other the flu.

Perhaps we'll find hordes more dead at home who just haven't been noticed yet, but it does seem like we've dodged a big bullet. Let proceed with caution and hope we can keep out of that bullet's way.

(*From JapanTimes yesterday:

"The capital saw 33,106 deaths in the three months through March, 0.4 percent fewer than the average of the previous four years for the same period, according to data from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government."

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Posted in: Las Vegas Sands ends plans to open Japan integrated resort casino project See in context

A bit of good news.

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Posted in: Coronavirus concerns overwhelming Japan's suicide hotlines See in context

I wonder if these "inochi no denwa" lines are taking some overflow from the Corona-virus hotlines, that seem to be so overwhelmed that people can't get through for days. These "inochi no denwa" volunteers, like the TELL (Tokyo English Life Life) volunteers undergo some serious months-long training for the job. You can't just call up a temp agency and add more people on the phones. The Corona-virus hotlines should be able to do that.

Thanks to all the volunteers. I hope they are getting their own counselling.

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Posted in: 2 sisters in their 60s found dead in Tokyo apartment See in context

"these elderly?" They were only in their 60s. Possibly not even eligible for pension yet.

I think my neighbours and I would notice if one of us suddenly didn't appear in the lane for two days in a row. At least most houses. There is one non-social one, where something like this could happen, but despite efforts to engage, that person wants to be left alone, so what can we do but respect that. The 2011 earthquake/tsunami changed my neighbourhood for the better - more sense of community. I hope this time of isolation encourages more people to interact with their neighbours if future.

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Posted in: Mos Burger releases savory plant-based vegan Green Burger See in context

Which 9 stores?

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Posted in: Lakers return $4.6 million from stimulus loan program See in context

Small business loan. Small. Who approved the Lakers and Shake Shack to begin with?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 39 new coronavirus cases; lowest in 4 weeks See in context


... considering SARS, MERS all originated from the same source before introduced to Japan, 

And what source would that be?

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Posted in: Please stay away See in context


How do you know someone parking there is a local? Is she going to check the residency of everyone who tries to park?

Everyone can see the licence plates.

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Posted in: Under pressure, Harvard says it will reject $8.7 million in relief aid See in context

I will give Trump his due here. He called them out and they (and the others then called out by the media) are coughing up. Well done.

A thing done right.

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Posted in: Cutback See in context


This seemed very unnecessary, couldnt they have just set out fines for whoever goes there?!

Like for the two people in this photo? One in front of the camera and one behind, taking the photo? What could they be fined for? There isn't a law or bylaw that they're breaking. And according to JT readers who live in the area, there are too many access points to try to set up security guards or police to enforce the people "stay away" requests.

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Posted in: Q&A: How do I receive ¥100,000 from the government? See in context

@Harry_Gatto Apr. 21  10:03 am JST

tajToday  08:49 am JST

"The Japanese card tells anyone who happens upon it, or a copy of it, or a photo of it: your DOB, gender, home address, etc. Way, way too much."

But you carry a Resident Card and maybe a Driving Licence?

and @theResident, who said basically the same thing,

Yes, I carry my Drivers License, which includes a lot of info (but not place of birth) and which I use for ID when asked. I usually also carry my residency card, which I will not use as an ID card when asked. If a gym or video rental type place says they need it, I tell them to use the drivers license like they do for everyone else. That card is for Ministry of Justice departments only.

Neither the driving license nor he gaijin card contains the Social Insurance/Tax number (the mainaambaa)

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Posted in: Q&A: How do I receive ¥100,000 from the government? See in context



All those whose names are on the resident register (including foreigners) have a “My Number.” And if you still don’t have a My Number card, just fill in the application form and mail it back.

Or don't. Just ask for the notification card, which will have much less sensitive personal detail all on one little card.

My Canadian SIN card contains no more information than my name and Social Insurance Number. The Japanese card tells anyone who happens upon it, or a copy of it, or a photo of it: your DOB, gender, home address, etc. Way, way too much.

Which is why I'm one of the many (what is it 70%?) who have the Japanese ID number, but chose not to apply the ID card.

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Posted in: New Zealand to ease lockdown on April 27 See in context

Nice to see examples of countries that appear to be over the worst and ready to start the process of easing. It's interesting to look back at what happened in various locations during the 1918 pandemic and the variation of those who started restrictions early vs. late and also those who eased off too much, too quickly and had a second wave which dragged the whole painful shut down on for longer, versus those who were cautious and measured in the reopening.

Best of luck to us all. May NZ be a guiding light.

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Posted in: Economists predict coronavirus job fallout will be greater than Lehman shock See in context

Best of luck, Kurisupisu. I hope the recovery will come soon, and that you are eligible for employment insurance in the meantime.

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Posted in: Japanese firm offers spouses apartments to avoid 'coronavirus divorce' See in context

This could be good for some working couples living in tight quarters. One colleague's spouse works for a competitor and there's no way they can both work in the same apartment and not hear each others calls and meetings. They tried it out, using head-sets, etc., but finally had to work out a schedule for one or the other to commute to their office each day so only one is working from home at a time. If these apartments were closer than the office (which in our case is nearly deserted), they might want to make use of them.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker's family member tests positive for coronavirus See in context

Best of luck to his family. I hope Funahashi is learning to keep his hands clean.

"According to Funahashi, he was called out to a restaurant by an executive of the resort operator in around late September 2017 and was handed 1 million yen in cash when they were leaving the establishment."

from: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200109/p2a/00m/0na/010000c

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Posted in: Complaint calls over virus-related scams top 10,000 in Japan See in context


All these victims have to ask is "Can I call your company to verify?" Anything less than a business card presented means its fake.

Any half-assed decent scammer will have a business card, with a logo that looks legits but was pulled from a website, AND a phone number that they'll encourage you to call. And their accomplice is waiting to field that call.

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel prepares to accept virus patients with mild symptoms See in context

Lots of empty hotels in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Can a dictatorship better serve the public than a democracy in a pandemic? See in context

Depends on how stupid your potential dictator is.

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

Same resource in English: https://www.stopcovid19.jp/#en

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

current state in Japan, prefecture by prefecture. This includes how many patients/available hospital beds, and below that, the total confirmed cases, discharged patients, and deaths.


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Posted in: Japan to keep hospital beds for severely ill; use hotels for mild coronavirus cases See in context

While I am in total agreement with Son and Mikitani, seeing as both have businesses that benefit from people staying home, shopping online, and relying on IT/telecom to communicate, rather than gathering, perhaps they won't be taken as seriously as if the heads of Toyota, Panasonic, etc., or the Keidanren, came out with the same.

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