The Nomad comments

Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

No hard feelings, we're all here to give our opinions and lots of us disagree with one another.

By the way, I'll check out the hotel on our dates

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

I see that my point has gotten Rare Reason wired up. Look i am at no means poor, wife and I both work and pay close to a million yen in taxes annually. What I was trying to say that domestic tourism is way overpriced here. For example, end of month we were thinking of a trip to Nasu. A run down hotel costs 40.000 for the 4 of us, 2 adults, 2 elementary age kids. Throw in the highway, gas, parking and food/ souvenirs it's too expensive. Why do the hotel's keep their prices so high and don't have their own promotions, vouchers etc. If they fail to lower their prices they don't deserve subsidies with tax money. Japanese hotels are overpriced on national holidays and autumn foliage season. Why do hotels like APA charge so much money while in Tokyo it's only 5000 for the same room? Just don't think a one day trip is worth so much not saying I don't have the money for it

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

Rare Reason

You gott be quite rich in Japan to afford to travel when most people travel aka peak season as hotels charge by the person here and a family of 4 staying at an average 3 star hotel pay 30.000 yen easily. I guess you don't live here to know that. So a two day one night trip can set you back 100.000.

Guess you must be loaded not to think that's a lot of money

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

They can't let it go, can they? Use the money for better use instead of sponsoring the outings of privileged people who can afford to travel because they haven't been affected financially

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Posted in: Restaurants, venues in 13 prefectures to try using proof of vaccination See in context

What if you refuse to cooperate, can they refuse entry? As far as I know it's against the law to refuse entry without a legal reason

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Posted in: Gloria Estefan says she was molested at music school at 9 See in context

And my teacher slapped me a few times when I was a first grader, think it's time to sue her if she's still alive

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Posted in: Japan's next PM must work quickly on virus, economy, China See in context

Don't understand why they are on TV every day to explain what they're planning to tackle if they become PM if the LDP is going to choose the leader and not the citizens. Please explain this to me, maybe I'm lacking the intellectual to understand

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Posted in: Gov't to shorten quarantine period for vaccinated travelers See in context

So what's the point of vaccination if you still need to quarantine? Looks like there won't be any traveling till at least the end of the year

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend arrives from U.S. for wedding See in context

Couldn't he get a nice haircut before getting on the plane? Guess his in laws are happy to see him like that.

And no quarantine in hotel for 14 days?

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Posted in: LDP president candidates vow to double spending on children See in context

So Taro-kun, will you take responsibility for any child suicide or child abuse that occurs after you become prime minister? How can you promise such a thing? So that's what your Georgetown degree has taught you?

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Posted in: Gov't leans toward lifting state of emergency at end of month See in context

But the article failed to mention that daily testing has been trending down too with a measly 28.000 tests conducted yesterday, that's nationwide not just Tokyo

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Posted in: Chinese students hit by U.S. visa rejections See in context

China, you sow what you seed. When you arrest and convict people without any proof and don't allow people to film in public for national security issues, you shouldn't expect other countries to treat your citizens any differently

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Posted in: Topix stock index ends at 30-year high on news that Suga is resigning See in context

So it's not just the expats here showing their dissatisfaction with Suga but the whole Japanese business world couldn't see the light at the tunnel with this useless captain steering the country.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

Good riddance!

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Posted in: Boxes of unused COVID-19 medical goods dumped at Tokyo Olympics See in context

What a waste! Do people here need to be instructed about everything? Common sense to donate them to the necessary establishments when you have unused medical goods, this is worse than the discarded bento boxes

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Posted in: Osaka plans to help out Haiti earthquake relief efforts See in context

She can also donate money without her telling the world. Thought she didn't want to be in the limelight due to mental issues but I guess that's only when she needs to address the media, when it comes to her image it's a different story.

Having said that, we all need to help out other human beings when they are in dire need, but I don't announce it to the world

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Posted in: Japanese companies to be banned from locking cell phone SIM cards See in context

Weiwei

"That is old, old information. GSM or CDMA has not been used for years anymore. The networks are still there but nobody uses them anymore with a modern cell phone.

The technology everyone is using is called WCDMA (3G) and LTE (4G) and all of the operators in Japan have them. As long as the frequency bands are supported by the phone, it will work just fine in any of the networks."

LTE is based on GSM network and WCDMA is based on CDMA, it's just an upgraded version. If you have a phone with only CDMA or WCDMA band but not GSM or LTE then you won't be able to switch between the two. Also in Japan most companies use LTE 1,2,3,6,7,8 bands so make sure your phone has these bands. In a year or so when most companies have enough 5g coverage and people switch to 5g phones there will be similar problems. Buy phones which support the most LTE and 5g bands otherwise you'll have the same problems

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Posted in: Japanese companies to be banned from locking cell phone SIM cards See in context

I see many people still don't know the full picture how phones work and what sort of locks they have. Japanese phone have both a phone lock and a SIM lock. AU use CDMA network which is not compatible with GSM. So if you buy a AU phone, unlock it you'll still not be able to use any carrier. You'll have to find a CDMA carrier in order to use the phone which means no SoftBank or Docomo as they are on GSM network.

That's why when you change to a MVNO plan they ask you if you want to use Docomo network or AU network.

The SIM cards are locked too, you can't just pop it in and use it within a minute after purchasing it. First you'll have to download the app of the SIM provider then get into the settings and kinda make the phone accept the card through changing some of the settings which can take like 15 minutes. This shows that the SIM card has a lock as well which can only be activated through a set of instructions.

If the writer is correct and this SIM lock disappears then you can truly buy/order a SIM card, pop it in, turn on your phone and use it like in most Western countries

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Posted in: 24 more COVID cases associated with Olympics reported See in context

Whatsupdoc

Don't have a link but have seen on BBC how they live inside a "bubble"

Was only 5 minutes but they showed what they could and couldn't do in their free time. Dutch, German news showed similar mini focus. Maybe you can find on you tube

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Posted in: 24 more COVID cases associated with Olympics reported See in context

They aren't living in a different parallel, stop saying things which you have no idea about. We see in foreign Olympics reports that they are able to shop twice a day and train without supervision so they could be doing anything in between the time they're in their room and "shopping and training"

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Posted in: Czech Vondrousova beats Osaka in third round of Olympic tennis See in context

What a great athlete, she lost and soon left again? No press time Osaka? So you still wanna be in the limelight only when you win? Great example for the young tennis players of Japan! Glad she's out

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Posted in: Frenchman's hunger strike over 'abducted' kids enters third week See in context

If I had time I'd go there with some supplies for him and spend a night with him for moral support. I'm in a toxic marriage myself and scared of exactly this to divorce my spouse. I'd rather be in a miserable marriage then divorce her and go through the same process as this guy. I admire his courage but don't know if his actions will change anything in his favour. Poor guy, showing the ultimate power of a father's love to his children

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Posted in: Man gets 9 years in prison for killing woman with drink laced with stimulants See in context

Take a young life and you only get 9 years in the dumpster. Don't think that's justice.

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Posted in: Suga asks Bach to ensure Olympics will be safe, particularly for Japanese public See in context

So Suga is passing the responsibility to Bach? And they're still working on ensuring the " understanding" of the people? Don't they listen to the general opinions? The citizens DON'T understand why the Olympics have to go ahead while they have to give up their summer holidays

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,149 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,194 See in context

Wow, over a 1000. The numbers guy will have return his summer bonus for not delivering the promised 500-800 daily numbers

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Posted in: Suga apologizes for asking wholesalers to facilitate alcohol ban See in context

We don't need you to apologize, just want you to stop lying! Can't politicians just for once speak the truth? People apologize for mistakes not lies!!

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Posted in: Gov't under fire for plan to use financial institutions to enforce alcohol ban See in context

appeared to contradict Suga's assertion Friday that he "had no knowledge" of Nishimura's statements the previous day.

In most countries this is regarded as lying but in Japan politicians can twist words and get away with anything

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Posted in: Chinese athletes complain about lax virus measures at Tokyo Olympics hotel See in context

I guess they're so used to the constant monitoring and limited freedom of speech and freedom that they don't know how to handle all the sudden freedoms they enjoy. How ironic

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Posted in: Japanese lawmakers earned average of ¥24.16 million last year See in context

Are you surprised they don't understand the average Tanaka if they make nearly 5 times the median income! When there is such a huge income discrepancy between politicians and the working class they'll never be able to improve people's lives

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Posted in: Alcohol allowed but no condom distribution in Tokyo Olympic village See in context

What's the point of handing out condoms on departure? Are they gonna have sex with the other athletes in their own country? The whole point is to prevent STDs here when they are all together and have a moment of.... you know what!

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