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Posted in: China set to send first crew to new space station Thursday See in context

Express sister

It's extremely funny when people say "Chicoms", like they're LARPing as a general from the 1950s instead of being twerps with no sense of what ideology is or of how regularly and eagerly they regurgitate neoliberal talking points.

At least he isn't on about "reds in spaaaaace!" :)

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Posted in: For those of you who have been working remotely since the pandemic began, how has it affected your spending habits online? See in context

Mr Kipling

I have to shop online for shoes ..Finding my size is a nightmare in Japan.

Other than that I shop locally. Obviously I do my own baking!

I hope they are exceedingly good cakes :)

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Posted in: Gov't considering quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo during Olympics See in context

A joint communique released Sunday by the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States after their summit in Britain said they back the holding of the games "in a safe and secure manner as a symbol of global unity in overcoming COVID-19."


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Posted in: For those of you who have been working remotely since the pandemic began, how has it affected your spending habits online? See in context

I've been spending more on hobbies since I've been saving money by not driving to work (and so saving money on petrol)... lately I have been allowed to go into the office a couple of times a week, so spending on snacks and soft drinks might have increased in the last month or so

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Posted in: Dentist arrested over possession of 3 modified model guns See in context

How can you turn a model gun into a real one? Surely the plastic would shatter if you tried to fire a bullet?

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Posted in: Historic Asakusa shopping street in danger as Taito Ward calls for shop evictions See in context

Buying tat at Sensouji is half the fun of visiting the temple... I can't get enough of those little weather dolls with crash helmets :)

Seriously tough, the shops add to the atmosphere... tourists, girls in kimonos on a day out, conmen trying to get you to buy something they just shoved into your shirt pocket... it's all part of the Sensouji experience :)

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Posted in: Fans booing players taking a knee shows racism still a problem: Henderson See in context

Why are they on one knee anyway? Why not just stand in silence for a minute?

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Posted in: Do you think professional sports stars should be required to attend news conferences after their game or event? See in context

Ultimately these sports stars want to be in the spotlight... if they can't take the press/public interest in them then they've chosen the wrong career. Press intrusion is something else, but press conferences after a sporting event should be expected.

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Posted in: Rebuking someone to the point of letting them break down is power harassment. I filed this suit to let it widely be known to society how much such language and actions hurt people, as I think my husband is not the only victim. See in context

I thought this sort of behaviour was only in films and TV series... what did the poor sod do, drop a cup of water on the floor?

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Posted in: Britain records 5,274 new COVID cases; highest daily figure since March See in context

And now looming on the horizon is the so-called Nepal variant.

I'm starting to think we'll never be rid of Covid - every five minutes another variant raises its ugly head.

Here in Scotland our National Clinical Director has told us that we're at the start of a third wave, thanks to the Indian Variant. It's like a never ending conveyor belt of virus mutations :(

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Posted in: Protected passengers See in context

Either a photo-op or Japan has gone overboard with the PPE. This is crazy

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Posted in: If the Tokyo Olympics are held, will you watch any of it on TV? See in context

Streaming services and my DVD collection will see me through the Olympics - winter Olympics are something different... I sit glued to them :)

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Posted in: Actress Kyoko Fukada diagnosed with adjustment disorder See in context

I hope Kyoko recovers from this soon. I had something like it when my dad died - I just shut down for a week or so. Didn't help that I was trying to hold things in while my father was ill and it all just came crashing down like a ton of bricks.

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Posted in: Doctor warns holding Games could lead to 'Olympic virus' strain See in context

Can you expect all of those precious athletes to agree to a two week quarantine period after being at the Olympics? Whine, moan... and the respective governments relent because the highly strung sports people can't bear to be locked in for a fortnight.

The doctor is right - cancel and so kill off the Japan/Olympic variant before it starts.

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Posted in: Ibaraki health center warns people not to eat with foreigners to prevent spreading COVID See in context

Interesting that it's only foreigners in Ibaraki that spread the virus... naughty foreigners

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Posted in: Paying people to get vaccinated might work – but is it ethical? See in context

I think vaccinations should be mandatory anyway - where public health is concerned the needs of the many should overrule the desires of a few tinfoil hat wearers (Spock forgive me)

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Posted in: Shinkansen driver leaves controls for toilet while train running at 150kph See in context


Easiest solution for this is to have a co pilot .

Or a bottle ^_^

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Posted in: Japan OKs Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines, but AstraZeneca to be put on hold See in context

I've had the AZ vaccine and I'm fine... You're more likely to get hit by a car driven by a nun on a quiet road than get a blood clot.

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

To those stating that if the Japanese people really cared they would be protesting in their hundreds and thousands... that would be irresponsible... there's a virus running rampant out there. You don't hold protest marches and massive rallies in a pandemic. It's crazy.

These games should really be cancelled right now... nobody wants them (nobody that matters anyway - do we really care what athletes and businesses want?)

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Posted in: If you have been working remotely since the pandemic began, what kind of work style would you prefer after (if) the pandemic has been eliminated? See in context

For the past couple of weeks I've been working from the office, other three days working from home. I have caring responsibilities so couldn't go back into the office 5 days a week even if I wanted to.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire on trains See in context

If people were advised not to travel... why are the trains so busy? Why aren't people complying and staying at home?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 907 new coronavirus cases; 1,005 in Osaka See in context

Japan really needs to have a proper lockdown for a month and eliminate all non-essential travel... AND get started on a proper vaccination programme. These figures for Tokyo are yo-yoing constantly... there really is no progress at all

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Posted in: Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks See in context

There's a percentage of the populations of most countries that are racist, and are using the virus to act out their racism. Those people are of all colours and races, but are united by the fact that they are as thick as pig sh*t and hate those not like them. So egged on by peers, politicians and other imbeciles they target one group of people because of the way they look. Doesn't matter where the victim is from (born in their country of residence, visiting, working, studying, immigrated...) because of their facial features they are attacked for something they have nothing to do with.

The virus isn't some escaped Chinese bioweapon as the tinfoil hat brigade would have you believe... the average Chinese person didn't unleash the virus...

It. Is. Insane.

It's happening here in the UK too - mindless morons picking on Asian people, injuring them just because they are Asian.

Once this is all over they'll probably find another target group to attack... they're just basically a bunch of inbred bar stewards who get their jollies by being violent racists.

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Posted in: Prince Harry and J-Lo lead 'Vax Live' concert in Los Angeles See in context

Ah, nice to see Harry shunning the media again.

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Posted in: Britain, Japan agree to strengthen trade and security partnership See in context

Ai Wonder

Will Toshimitsu Motegi come back with a new strain of covid? Why on earth have a meeting like this face-to-face? Can you imagine the entourage that would have had to go with him to the UK? No doubt a small army of staff, reporters and the like marched into covid-ridden Britain for this daft meeting. The UK has been an epicentre for the covid virus and has been one of the top three worse countries in world for dealing with it. So many, many lives lost. About the only thing they got right recently was the roll out of vaccines, something the Japanese fossils at the top here can't seem to get their heads around.

More than half the adult population of the UK have had their first dose of the vaccine, and we had ONE recorded death from Covid yesterday. Covid-ridden?

I'm more concerned about Motegi's entourage bringing a new strain here than flying about.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

Here in the UK our vaccines are administered by the NHS, we don't have the option on which vaccine we are given. If Japan decides to refuse entry to those who have had the AZ vaccine then they are crazy - most people in the UK will have had the AZ vaccine, which means that Japan will be barring millions of British people, including me.

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Posted in: Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to stay home See in context

They should have made travel illegal like they did here in the UK - this is only going to create a wider spread of the virus in Japan. Like some others have said, the Indians allowed festivals to take place, and they are dying! The Japanese are not immune to the virus, the people and the JGov need to realise this and start taking it seriously

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,260 in Osaka See in context

jiji Xx

thank Dog!!!! booked my jabs today.... first one...... July 13th.

July? That's mad. I'll have my second one by then... Honestly, where is the sense of urgency? Are they JGov not taking any note of what can happen when it gets out of control (India)?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,260 in Osaka See in context

I was hoping to go to Japan in October/November - just asked if I can rebook for next year... no way will Japan be ready for foreign tourists by the autumn

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Posted in: Do you think Olympic athletes in any country should be allowed to "jump the queue" and be vaccinated before other people? See in context

The most vulnerable in their respective countries should come before athletes. It's only sport, not a matter of life or death.

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