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Posted in: Majority of Nagasaki high schools have white-underwear-only rules, study finds See in context

Ah, hard-hitting news story.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 290 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,128 See in context

Why IS Japan so slow at rolling out the vaccines? Unless they pull their fingers out the Olympics will be a pointless exercise.... Tourism and business travellers will be hit badly, hotels will find it hard to cope... or do they want Japan to be isolated again?

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Posted in: Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift See in context

This was just sensationalist pap.

A C list actress marries a prince and doesn't expect to be headline news?

"Oh leave us alone!" (poses for photos)

"Oh leave us alone!" (we're having a baby)

"Oh leave is alone!" (talks about the 'taboo' of losing an unborn child)

"Oh leave us alone!" (we're going to America to get away from the media!)

"Oh leave us alone!" (we're having another baby)

"Oh leave us alone!" (we're going to expose dirty doings at Buck House on a global broadcast)

I have no sympathy for either of them. Meghan would have to have been an utter moron if she expected to be left alone by the media after entering the Royal Family. As an 'actor' (who filmed a steamy romp in a filing room in that series she was in) she should realise that mass exposure comes with the job.

As for Harry - what an enormous disappointment he is. Then again, he always has been a media tart... getting drunk and behaving like the spoilt brat that he is.

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Posted in: Supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread See in context

What's the difference between a non woven mask and a cloth mask?

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Posted in: Do you think film awards like the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and so on will eventually go "gender neutral" and replace Best Actor and Best Actress awards, for example, with Best Lead and Best Supporting Lead, or something like that? See in context

I don't really care about the Oscars or the lovies who gush when they step up to receive their little trophies from other lovies. Who cares if they get their knickers in a twist about being labelled an actress or actor...

What next, there are no losers, everyone is a winner, and they all get a sweetie and a book token.

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Posted in: Man killed after leaping from platform into oncoming train in Kobe See in context

Whenever I'm in Japan and at a railway station, or even on the train this is always at the back of my mind: is someone going to kill themselves and I'll see it?

There are always solutions to every problem - topping yourself should never be an option.

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Posted in: Takeda starts clinical trial of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in Japan See in context

By the time the Japanese approve some of these vaccines here in the UK we'll all have had our second doses!

i will not accept vaccination with the AZ vaccine nor the Chinese junk. But i am fine with J&J, Pfizer, Moderna en even Sputnik

Why on earth not? A recent study showed the Oxford/AZ vaccine is 84% effective at preventing serious illness with Covid. Stop buying into the negative hype.

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Posted in: UK royals in TV head-to-head with Prince Harry and Meghan See in context

Ooh no... we hate the press (we're having a baby!)

Ooh no... we hate the media (goes on Oprah)

We demand our privacy (posts photos on t'internet)

Used to admire Harry for his work with military veterans... but now? It's like he's been replaced by a wet blanket.

Be careful what you wish for?

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Posted in: Fewer people to get Pfizer vaccine in Japan due to syringe shortage See in context

Interesting reading the posts above - some people are saying that AZ have not even applied for the vaccine to be rolled out in Japan, and yet the article says:

Britain's AstraZeneca Plc, meanwhile, has said it has formally filed a request to the ministry for approval of its vaccine.

So... it looks like the AZ have applied.

As for the spat between the EU and UK over AZ: The plants in the EU which are producing the vaccine there were not producing enough and the EU believed they had failed in supplying the vaccine... they then demanded that the AZ plants in the UK divert stock to the EU to fulfill the contract. The UK said no, and then the EU decided to play silly buggers with the NI/Eire border... in the end it's all politics.

As for Japan... I really don't understand why they do everything so slowly when it comes to things like this: they can rebuild in weeks after an earthquake, but something like the right syringes and vaccine approval... like wading through treacle.

Also isn't the AZ manufactured for free in other countries all over the world?

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Posted in: Britain to apply to join Asia-Pacific free trade bloc See in context

Thomas Goodtime

And the negative comments toward the UK from posters seem a little odd to me. Japan doesn't have many friends in Asia, so having the UK (a friend of Japan) here is a positive thing, no?

It wouldn't surprise me if they were CCP trolls (remember they don't like us... and we recently offered to let UK Passport holders from HK to come to the UK... which the CCP didn't like, tee hee)

As for the request itself... it's not a unique. Israel and Russia take part in the Eurovision Song Contest despite not being European lol

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Posted in: Kono denies reports of mass vaccine roll-out for general public in May See in context

Japan must be taking advice from Australia... they are also delaying vaccine roll out for some reason. Here in the UK my mother has just had her jab

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Posted in: When you hear about the dark side of people like Phil Spector, Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, Kevin Spacey and so on, can you still appreciate their work? See in context

It's difficult to watch something from the 70s (like the Goodies on British TV) when Rolf Harris is gently mocked - guy was a monster. Gary Glitter, I can't listen to... and Jimmy Saville... he was always creepy. Louis Theroux interviewed him and he was just a weirdo.

I was never a fan of Spacey or Cosby, and I'd never heard of OJ Simpson before the car chase. I loved the Naked Gun series of films but Simpson's character never really stuck in my memory - I watched them for Leslie Nielson.

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Posted in: Do you think the post-pandemic world will be awash with corporate bankruptcies and prolonged unemployment in most countries? See in context


I think humans are intelligent and flexible and will make changes for the good of mankind when the vaccine is widely used.

In fairness the rates wouldn't be so high if so-called intelligent people would act responsibly and stop spreading the virus.

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Posted in: 密 chosen as kanji character best representing 2020 See in context

I can think of one word descriptions for the year 2020, but they aren't suitable for publication.

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Posted in: UK begins giving 1st doses of COVID-19 vaccine See in context

It's anti-vaxxers who could keep us in restrictions - I for one will be ready for my vaccine shots when they are ready for those over the age of 50. I have no fears or reluctance to be vaccinated.

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Posted in: New Zealand PM Ardern set to declare climate emergency See in context

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's government is to declare a climate emergency in a symbolic step to increase pressure for action to combat global warming.

Let's get the pandemic out of the way before we worry about other things... just my opinion of course

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Posted in: When a vaccine that is proven to be effective against COVID-19 becomes available to all, will you take it? See in context

Yes, of course I would have the vaccine... unless there are medical reasons I see no reason not to. Only the tinfoil hat brigade would refuse it unless on medical grounds.

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Posted in: J-Pop superstar Kumi Koda’s new music video stars manga/anime cornerstone 'Urusei Yatsura' See in context

First time I heard of her was in the film version of "Monkey" where she plays a fake Tripitaka... in a mini dress and long boots :)

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach confident Tokyo Olympics will be safe for athletes, fans See in context

I'd be amazed if Japan let anyone into the country by summer - I'm booked to fly to Japan at the end of April but I know I will need to rebook (again).

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Posted in: We may soon have a COVID-19 vaccine. But will enough people take it? See in context

I'd have it without a pause, and only the most ardent anti-vaxers or conspiracy nuts would refuse.

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Posted in: Do you support the government's call for companies to take an extended holiday over the New Year period until Jan 12? See in context

As long as they pay their employees, yes...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 242 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,123 See in context

The numbers just don't seem to be going down at all, do they?

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Posted in: Trump backers converge on vote centers in Michigan, Arizona See in context

As a non American I watch the news utterly gobsmacked - a president who stamps his feet like a petulant child because things don't appear to be going his way... threatens legal action for the same reason... protesters (some armed) turning up at counting depots because they're cult leader has thrown his toys out of the pram... seriously this is all great TV. Certainly a good distraction from the misery of COVID.

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Posted in: 2020 has been a year of restrictions because of the coronavirus. When the virus is finally behind us, what are some of the things that you would like to do most of all? See in context

Go to Japan like I was meant to do at the end of this month for a holiday and see my friends... hopefully by the end of April next year things will have changed.

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Posted in: Around the world, freedom is in retreat and tyranny is on the rise under cover of COVID-19. Do you agree? See in context

I'm not paranoid enough to believe it.

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Posted in: Asakusa stroll See in context

The area, once popular with tourists, has started seeing more domestic visitors this week.

Bit obvious isn't it?

@Dango bong

chunky but funky


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Posted in: Do you think China made the coronavirus and released it either deliberately or by accident or it wasn't manmade? See in context

I don't trust the PRC but there's no way they would have deliberately set out to kill hundreds of thousands of people with a virus... that way lies the tinfoil hat brigade. What would they gain? Look at the way the world thinks of China even now - if it was deliberate then it backfired massively.

Nope, it wasn't man made and it wasn't deliberately unleashed upon the world.

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Posted in: Japanese actress Sei Ashina found dead in suspected suicide See in context

Another tragic case of a life cut short... way too many suicides still :(

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel offers free stay, drinks, and sashimi on one very simple condition See in context

@R. T.

No thanks. There is no free lunch. Probably the food and drinks are bad quality and the rooms are not clean.

Unreal... Sounds like a fantastic deal... as for the lack of a lunch - go to a restaurant, hardly going to break the bank is it?

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Posted in: The most visible symbol of COVID-19 around the world is the face mask. Do you agree? See in context

@El Rata

Masks are only the symbol of oppression, silencing and an attempt to erase our identities. If it is indeed the symbol of this 'plandemic' it does not represent a lot of us.

Absolute mince! I suppose you also deny the existence of the virus as well? Would you turn down a vaccine? Oh, no... you probably think Bill Gates has inserted nano tracking thingies...

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