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Posted in: Japan to resume accepting guided foreign tour groups from June 10 See in context

What difference will there be whether the tourists are escorted or not? We aren't the cause of Japan's pandemic...

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Posted in: Guns now the leading cause of death for American children See in context


Guns save lives if used by the right person in the right manner.

By the police and the armed forces, not Kleetus Buttwipe and his chums... Only those assigned to protect the citizens need be armed, if necessary. As far as I can tell the whole thing is a paradox - people own guns to 'protect' themselves against villains, who are armed because the citizenry are armed, and to terrorise those same citizens. By insisting that everyone has the right to own a gun America has created its own private hell.

American kids should be given basic firearms training as part of their school curriculum. It will instil a sense of gun responsibility in them, and the next time a school shooter shows up they will be ready.

And that's why this will keep happening. If a prospective shooter believes that the schoolkids, teachers and janitors will be armed... he'll just bring something bigger.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,391 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 31,008 See in context


Still pretty high. I would urge the government to only allow foreign tourists into Japan under quasi permission until the number of infections is much lower.

Why? We foreigners aren't the cause of the continuing rise in Tokyo - we've not been allowed in!

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Posted in: 7 from U.S. arrive in Japan for 1st test tour before tourism reopening See in context

Seven people... and they are guided the whole time. Wow, that sounds like a load of laughs. Seven people? They can't go where they want, when they want... are they potentially so badly infected that the Japanese people need to be protected from them?

What makes us, as tourists, any more of a risk than your average Japanese citizen? We've had our vaccines, wear masks, etc...

Sorry, but this is a joke!

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Posted in: Kill Japan's elderly? Cannes film probes chilling idea See in context

Sounds like another take on the Logan's Run theme of bumping off people at a certain age.

I find it very very sinister - Logan's Run is set quite far into the future, but this sounds like it could be tomorrow, and I really don't like that.

In a society where the young already resent the old, this sounds like something that could really happen, and you'd have kids forcing their parents and grandparents to die just so they can enjoy their lives. It's horrible.

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Posted in: Japan to trial small group tours from 4 countries See in context

I now have a bad feeling about this - I don't see Japan allowing unsupervised tourists from the UK in before my arrival date in October. I know they have to ensure things are safe... but this is going to be moving at the speed of an ice age glacier.

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Posted in: World's biggest YouTuber PewDiePie moves to Japan See in context

Who is he?

Never heard of him, and going by the stuff the article says about his behaviour I'm glad I haven't.

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Posted in: California ban on selling semi-automatic guns to young adults overturned See in context

And the insanity continues - what does anyone need a semi automatic weapon for? To fight off the zombies? Spaaaace Aliens? Those 'squirls' that dare to fight back? To kill and maim fellow workers because you had a bad day?

The US of A will destroy itself in a maelstrom of bullets.

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Posted in: Japan planning to allow 20,000 daily foreign arrivals in June See in context

In 2021, just 245,900 foreign visitors came to Japan

How? I thought Japan was closed?

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Posted in: Aichi police on lookout for whoever stole public toilet’s flushing handle See in context

Shame the police have nothing to go on...

Seriously though, this makes headline news? How many gangsters have squeezed money from shop owners? How many rapes have gone uninvestigated thanks to an envelope being passed? This is a crime, yes, and it inconveniences people... but to reported like this?

What next? Child's arm stuck in capsule toy machine while trying to get last Pikachu keyring without paying?

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID border controls 'in stages' from June: Kishida See in context

Bit of luck I'll be spending my wedge in Japanese shops, on trains and in a hotel in autumn... bring it on! :)

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Posted in: Airbnb says record bookings signal travel rebound See in context


Planning to finally visit Japan again this summer. So if I walk around without a mask I will not get arrested but might get a few annoyed stares and do the image of gaijin in Japan a great disservice? Thanks all for letting me know.

I'm hoping to get back in the autumn, and if I need to wear a mask to get out and about (providing we're allowed back in) then I will.

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Posted in: Do you think the U.N. is dysfunctional when it comes to dealing with wars and other disputes between countries? See in context

They need to remove the veto from all countries and give the UN back some teeth... at the moment over Ukraine it's more of a gummy hamster. A talking shop, while people are dying or losing their entire way of life because some madman in Moscow wants to recreate the USSR.

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Posted in: New coronavirus strain found in Sendai See in context

Funny how they report this just after someone saying that entry rules should be relaxed.

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Posted in: Japan should ease COVID border controls for foreigners: panel members See in context


I've been wanting to return to Japan for what would be my 8th 6-week visit since 2011. But, if they stick with the testing nonsense at airports and insist I spend three days in quarantine, I'll go somewhere else. Just like I did in February and March of this year.

To be honest since my holidays are normally 3 weeks in Japan I could sacrifice three days... that'll still give me more than 2 weeks to meet friends and go places. I don't even mind wearing a mask.

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Posted in: Japan should ease COVID border controls for foreigners: panel members See in context

You mean the holiday I paid for at the end of 2019 might actually go ahead? Fingers crossed for the end of October.

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Posted in: Anime 'My Neighbor Totoro' to be adapted into stage play in Britain See in context

Not sure how this can be adapted to the stage... it's a bit... big. Lots of big locations, tree tops...


Unpopular as I may sound, I just can't see why Ghibli is popular. I found Totoro rather messy and not fresh

Messy? Don't agree with that... but 'fresh'? What on earth is that meant to mean? You mean it's not edgy with spiky hair lads hurling magic energy balls at speed line-surrounded roaring monsters?

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Posted in: Freddie Mercury to live forever in statue in South Korea See in context

Fab statue - he'll always live forever in our (Queen fans') hearts, but a statue is wonderful.

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Posted in: Full bloom See in context

Went there some years ago - beautiful place, flowers the colour of the sky... and the blue ice cream was nice too. After that my friend and I went to the beach where I got quite badly burnt on the neck... Factor 50 would have been handy lol

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Posted in: Yen plunges to nearly 20-year low against U.S. dollar See in context

At the moment it's ¥163 to the British Pound... but since we can't go to Japan to spend anything seems all rather disappointing :(

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Posted in: Ukraine evacuees to get up to ¥2,400 a day as living allowance in Japan See in context

¥2.450 a day? That's about £15... 15 quid a day? In Japan?

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Posted in: Australian flood disinformation sparks threats to pilots See in context

Conspiracy theorists are dangerous - there are enough gullible Muppets out there who lap this drivel up and spread it across social media, and it grows arms and legs, and before you know it a lot of people are taking it seriously. It can cause serious harm, and spread panic - look at the so-called Millennium Bug.

If people won't believe the politicians, then get boffins to call out these idiotic cloud seeding claims. It's as bad as the 'chem trails' conspiracy... one person's unfounded paranoia is another person's gospel

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Posted in: Japan to lift COVID nonresident foreigner entry ban for 106 nations; tourists still barred See in context

So Japanese people can come to my country for a holiday, go wherever they like and explore... but we can't go to Japan? How can it be safe for the Japanese to go to other countries as tourists, but bar citizens from those countries from doing the same thing in Japan?

I just hope the bans are lifted by the end of October... but you never know.

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Posted in: Russian media campaign dismisses Bucha deaths as fakes See in context

so called "novichok" attack in Salisbury-same one ever cares about that anymore...

Want to bet on that?

You know, I am getting heartedly sick of people spouting this nonsense about 'MSM', white helmets and fake news... what sort of weird bubble are these people living in? Newspaper cuttings on the wall? Tin foil on the curtains, darkened rooms and police monitor radios?

This is a war, people are being killed by the Russians - executed going by the reports. How any sane person can sit there and spew forth some of the drivel I've seen above boggles the mind.

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Posted in: Do you think the government should restart its Go To Travel campaign for Golden Week? See in context


I would prefer a return to the visa-free status for visitors from the USA.

And the UK

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Posted in: '80s Japanese game show 'Takeshi's Castle' to return on Prime Video See in context

They showed it here in the UK a few years ago, with a voice over by Craig Charles (Lister from Red Dwarf)... it was a tad racist, but if you ignored him the series was quite funny... there was also a fair bit of Godzilla music used, as well as Thunderbirds.

It reminded me a bit of Total Wipeout, but on a shoestring... and a lack of any protective headwear, in the early ones at least.

Hopefully the non-Japanese Prime areas will get to see it... I can see a fair few Japanese TV series on the UK version.

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Posted in: Trump asks Putin to help dig up dirt on Hunter Biden See in context

And so the snake slithers out from under his rock again... Sod off back to your hole Trump! You are irrelevant.

While the world (well, most of it) rallies against Vlad the Invader, Trump thinks it's okay to tap his paymaster for info. Classy.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 7,289 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 47,470 See in context

Omicron is more transmissible (hence more cases), but doesn't result in more deaths and serious illness. That was Delta. Coupled with vaccines the Omicron wave has seen less deaths - certainly in the UK and Europe, although there are more people with the virus now.

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Posted in: Man arrested after confining ex-girlfriend with handcuffs, sexually assaulting her See in context


Fortunately he had a job. Fortunately he let her keep her smart phone. Fortunately her friend believed her and informed the police. She was very fortunate

I'm assuming you don't believe the story? Nothing surprises me about these frustrated loonies surprises me any more.

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