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Posted in: Koike pressures Abe to declare state of emergency See in context

Imagine people cooped up in their tiny, microscopic condominiums with their "beloved" spouses and children (who can't go to school). I hope Koike has enough police on hand to deal with the WAVES of domestic violence cases (France is putting up abused women in hotels for free) and suicides! No work - No life. Free time will kill this city. At least, with me, I am on the mountain in my city, with the conservation area behind my backyard, and so I can go hiking anytime besides doing my garden. What can these people do?

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Posted in: Hit list: Which sports are next in line for possible coronavirus postponement See in context

Entire industries and sports being laid waste, and consider the domino effect, those industries which supplied those sports, ticket sakes, marketing, TV stations (ad revenue), vendors. Sheesh!

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

It's also a relief to the hotel industry suffering mass tourist cancellation.

You're obviously not thinking like a Japanese businessman. I doubt they get any takers, the "image" of housing infected people, oh my. Can't scrub that away, but who knows.

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

And in the Guardian it was reported that 2000 NHS staff (London) have Covid19, so just going to the hospital may kill you.

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

In London the army converted a conference center into a 4,000 bed hospital in 10 days. Others in more city's.

Zichi, also London turned down 800 ventilators from the EU, so one step forward, one step back.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day; New York governor begs for help See in context

Check this website for the predicted number of deaths for New York. For Florida, where I was from, 488,000 because they are all old, out of shape and conservative, so they listen to Rush and Trump who seem determined to kill them off.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

80% of the people in Spain will have it. And so in many other countries, and as a result millions will die. And if the virus doesn't get you, the resulting depression will, like Japan and China and Taiwan not being able to trade.

Here are the stats for each state for next month. Need a seat belt:

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Posted in: Rattled world 'at war' with coronavirus as deaths surge in Italy, France See in context

My Chinese language colleague paints a horrifying picture of what actually is going on in her home town Harbin. Her mother who had surgery is locked away in her housing complex with no one being allowed in or out of it, WiFi just went down, no ambulances around, internet food deliveries stopped, and no postal deliveries on top of that so her food packages to her mom never arrived. Hong Kong is getting worse so maybe this reality is what caused China to expelled those American reporters.

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Posted in: Biden wins big Michigan in crushing blow to Sanders' White House bid See in context

He swore in the face of a taxpaying citizen, the person he's supposed to serve.

What kind of a politician openly uses profanities and derogatory comments in public.

He's not fit to be president.

Oh, Burning Bush, you are talking about Trump? I do remember his followers "explaining away" some profanities a few weeks ago, and that "grab them by the pussy" thing is a real knee-slapper too.

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Posted in: Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears See in context

Are you implying that travel restrictions are "hate and fear"?

If this is the case than a lot of Chinese hate other Chinese at this point in time due to the lock down of Chinese cities (Wuhan and others) and some cities in China preventing the entry of outsiders. Add many other countries to this who have also imposed travel restrictions. Are all these countries engaging in "hate and fear"?

Well, Tokyo-engr, take India's and Japan's tit for tat, doesn't come off as a scientific, let's put health first, more like hate and fear. Did Japan consult South Korea as to the best way to deal with this? Probably not. But invalidating millions of visas is a bit much. If we are THAT worried about this new flu (which is only slightly worse than the old one which we didn't care about or freak out from), then we would prevent anyone from Hokkaido. The cow is out of the barn. The AFTERTASTE from this is bitter, Abe will be lucky to have any foreigners, even athletes, show up for his precious Olympics. Oh and Korea haters, think that the 750 invasions from Japan over a thousand years might be linked to Korea whining a lot?

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Posted in: Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears See in context

Bye bye tourism in Japan and for Japanese wanting a little fun for themselves, and even next year too, as bitter memories stay around a bit AND this virus ain't going magically away. It is the new bad common cold, or flu. Here to stay! Bye bye cruise ship industry too! Bye bye Ryokan and amusement industries too, (our Korean and China haters see just can't stand the thought of you all have customers). Factor in the ripple effect, unemployment numbers and you will see the price of hate and fear!

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases surge across U.S. See in context

Bye bye cruise industry! Shame!

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Posted in: Warren ends presidential campaign See in context

She needs to endorse Bernie, if she is really a progressive and Bernie needs to put her on his VP slot, THEN he can easily win these other states, and it will be bye bye Biden, whose voting record on EVERY social issue mirrors a republican! He is funded by fossil fuels, BIG Pharma, credit card industries, now if you like government by bribery, well Trump and Biden are your men. It is time the government be BY the people and FOR the people, but I am sure some "conservative posters" have a REAL problem with that.

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Posted in: Transportation, tourism sectors hit hard by virus outbreak See in context

CNN had a doctor who said that masks can never stop virus particles. Masks are only good for a person who is sick!

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Posted in: Japan to close all schools until early April to control spread of virus See in context

Just wait for the other shoe to drop when they cancel schools in APRIL too! THAT will be VERY interesting. I guess, we can postpone things until late May or June and have everyone teach and go to school seven days a week to make things up, and go into August and September as well.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten scrutiny of foreign investment in 12 key sectors See in context

This all assumes that the Japanese investors care about Japan. We have many American Hedge fund managers (Romney for one) whose sole purpose was to destroy the company. Ending up in Chinese hands might be a blessing. Ingersoll watches did that and is coming back.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten scrutiny of foreign investment in 12 key sectors See in context

OssanAmerica? Really, the security meme? That tired old thing? Japan needs more foreign investors, not fewer, and foreign guidance on how to manage their outdated and traditional corporations which are corrupt and have shaky finances (Olympus, Mitsubishi's almost a monthly scandal with the latter! And where are these Japanese investors anyhow?

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Posted in: No Plan B for Olympics; questions remain over Chinese presence See in context

This is a BRILLIANT solution to the problem. So Japanese! Thus way, if you adopt a harsh plan B that offends people or CANCEL the Olympics (to like, save lives), well, you avoid criticism and blame, you avoid disharmony! A crime--creating disharmony, you know! I am sure our dear viligant moderators will call this Japan bashing, but let us call this as it is.

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Posted in: Data show Fukui Prefecture may be best place to live in Japan, but survey results differ See in context

Horrific place, lived there 22 years ago, rain everyday, only saw the blue sky for 30 minutes, chock-a-block with bigots and back then everyone was into burning trash. I mean everyone, during the RAIN even. The only person I EVER saw smiling was a lunatic I ran into in an underpass! Boring as hell. Conservative as heck! Stay away!

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Posted in: Tokyo stocks plunge, yen surges amid rising Middle East tensions See in context

There may not be much a stock market left after WW3, after Grumpy bombs those 53 sites (cultural too) and the rest of the Muslim world goes ape-crap on us.

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Posted in: Japan Post starts delivering about 1.28 billion ‘nengajo' See in context

128 billion is still a lot, but as young people never send these out and often do not have friends, this might be a dying tradition.

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Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what best job for a husband is, with architect topping list See in context


Oldman, police are often ranked last, because they are too rigid and rule oriented, abusive, and like giving orders after having to take then all day. I asked my secretaries about marrying one and they both shuddered.

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Posted in: Trump 4th U.S. president to face impeachment as Democrats unveil charges See in context

Demos are crying that President Trump is not above law. But they lapped Biden, Sir. Biden is above the law. No law above him, If you want to become above the law then do two things. Join the democrats, be an ex-vice president. Second be a candidate for the US election with democratic party ticket. Bingo! you are above the law..

Amusing! Since when are the actions of the sons and daughters of politicians who may or may not have been thrown a job or two because of their daddy or mommy’s position in the WH? If so, all of Trump’s spawn and Guilliani, and Barr’s spawn would also be in jail! I think there should be a law prohibiting the children of politicians benefiting financially, but this is so case by case. Some children are just bright and well connected—not Trumps. But Biden has to go, this Hunter Biden gig is the same nonsense as Hillary’s emails. It won’t go away and will be parroted for 20 more years, mindlessly.

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Posted in: Myanmar's Suu Kyi heads to Hague court for genocide showdown See in context

Blame the British for this, they divided up Burma, imported millions of Muslims as they were cheaper "workers" (slaves in reality) much against the others in the country. So after hundreds of years, the anger popped. This is Britain's usual strategy of conquest, divide the people, worked in Fiji, New Zealand, America. Too bad religion, as ususal, fueled the murder and rape instead of stopping it. But this crazy old hag needs to be put into the dustbin of history.

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Posted in: Accused groper who jumped onto tracks to escape turns himself in See in context

Don't understand groping. The actual sensation of touching some one's pants, and to risk name, job, reputation! Why not grope yourself? Or just call one of those massage parlors? This is more about male dominance than anything else. And HOW is this behavior learned?

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Posted in: Gunmen kill Japanese doctor, five Afghans See in context

Found it a bit odd that he said the Taliban were good at governing. I heard multiple stories that they were lazy, disinterested in it, (calling it a day by 2:30), and couldn’t keep records for anything, and had a habit of shooting people who liked music, movies, and song birds. All too often Japanese don’t see the big picture.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police shoot protester as activists block streets See in context

 The rail operator, MTR, suspended service on several lines, and public broadcaster RTHK reported that a fire had been set inside a train at Kwai Fong station.

Wow! I was just there yesterday in Hong Kong over the weekend for a conference and was at a hotel right near Kwai Fong station and took the MTR around and did not see ONE single protester, and saw only ONE cop exiting from one van. Amazing how one day can bring some change. I was actually disappointed, wanted to show some solidarity with them.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten foreign investment rules for national security See in context

Well, Japan is far "safer" by having rich Japanese oligarchs manipulate stocks and policy than some wiser and more objective foreigners ever would. (Sarcasm). Nothing like having particular stocks roped off only for Japanese to play with: no more Nissan issues.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. has reached trade deals with Japan; no word on cars See in context

And tomorrow, we learn that this is all wrong! When are we going to learn that Trump's approach to politics is to create chaos with all if its allies, which makes Trump's master, Putin, very happy.

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Posted in: Trump says it looks like Iran was behind Saudi oil attacks See in context

Vlad's scenario: US attacks Iran getting US involved in a third middle east war taking up even more of its military resources, Russia sells military hardware to Iran, Syria and Turkey, the region's oil output drops and Russia picks up slack, after all Russia's objectives met, it steps on to play peacekeeper further enhancing its image.

Exactly right, Lincolnman. It is all kabuki. Buy oil stocks.

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