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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency again; set road map to lift curbs See in context


Pandemic, really? No one has the flu anymore?

Here in the UK last year there were barely any cases of the 'flu... thanks to lockdown and people not mixing the virus couldn't really spread. This winter might be different, but lockdowns don't just slow down Covid infections.

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Posted in: Woman found dead in Kumagaya apartment See in context

Sounds like the poor girl was either the victim of a stalker. What a bloody waste of a young life :(

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan releases new Tsukimi 'moon-viewing' burgers See in context

Nice advert... but why the rabbits at the end?

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Posted in: ABBA announces comeback album, London show after decades apart See in context

I wonder why there's so much hate for ABBA? I'll admit that as a teen I loved them... my music tastes changed as I got older, but I can quite happily still listen to them.

I'm wondering if there's some sort of anti ABBA sentiment here because they aren't seen as a man's group... A bit camp?

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Posted in: Man arrested after urinating in drink bottle of woman coworker because 'he liked her' See in context

You get a better class of nutter in Japan...

Wish I could work out how peeing in a person's bottle can be a sign of affection... totally bonkers.

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Posted in: New Zealand wages high-stakes effort to halt virus outbreak See in context

Since the world will have to live with Covid NZ's policy of keeping it out will effectively seal the country off from the outside world for the foreseeable.

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Posted in: Which is more popular in Japan: British English or American English? See in context

Sure, when I was younger I may have joked around about the way things are said outside of Britain, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve found myself adopting ‘Foreign English’ words, and thereby expanding my personal lexicon and pronunciation instead of limiting it.

Irony? We don't use 'gotten' in the UK - well, not unless it's people brought up on those awful American teen dramas.

I did an online TEFL course and I'm surprised I got through it - it was American English, so it was using words and phrases that I would never use. I feel sorry for non-American teachers and kids having to learn English. If they go to Aus, NZ or the UK they'll be baffled by not just the accents, but also the dialect... just teach BBC English and everyone will be easily understood :)

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Posted in: Japan evacuates embassy staff in Afghanistan to Istanbul See in context

why the international community is not putting a peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, as was done in the past with these types of situations.

Because they would be slaughtered. The UN peacekeepers would have rules of engagement - terrorists don't.

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Posted in: Watching the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, I felt a mix of sadness and pride. After 18 months barred from entering, like many other lovers of Japan – not to mention travelers with plans on hold – I am itching to return. So, for 17 days, I was glued to the Olympic coverage on TV, as much for the thrill of watching Team GB as to catch sight of a country I love; of Mount Fuji, of the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo Bay, of the rolling Pacific Coast, even downtown Sapporo, way up in Hokkaido, where the marathon events were shifted to cooler climes. See in context

I know how she feels - my main annual leave holidays are... were spent in Japan every 18 months or so. I had been booked to go in Autumn 2020, rebooked four times since then... currently planned to go in April 2022... I have the feeling I won't be able to go then either.


I'm actually thoroughly enjoying Japan without the hordes of tourists to be honest

And unlike you I miss seeing tourists here in Scotland from overseas...

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Posted in: UK police arrest 11 over racist abuse after Euros final See in context

Commodore Perry

Alfie NoakesToday  

*Good work from the Football Policing Unit. Perhaps other countries with similar problems of racist abuse on social media could study their tactics**.*

This is a problem unique to the UK.

It would be interesting to know where the 123 overseas posts were made from.

Brits living overseas.

You don't like us very much, do you?

Compared to Eastern Europe and the US the levels of racist abuse, while still too high, are small in comparison. When British teams go to the likes of Russia or other former Soviet countries the black players get abuse... not something that's regular when played at home in the UK.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors may have been motivated to book return trips to Japan, and that could have resulted in future tourist spending of more than $90 billion. See in context

I've visited Japan six times since 2011, and I miss it. But I wouldn't book a thing until the Japanese government removes all COVID barriers. And I hope you don't have to pay for each change of your tickets. That would hurt. I hope you can get there in time for next year's cherry blossom 'season', but I wouldn't hold your breath.

I've been going every year or so since 2007... but last time was 2018 - I can wait a bit longer if I have to. Luckily KLM let me change my tickets for free :)

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Posted in: Foreign visitors may have been motivated to book return trips to Japan, and that could have resulted in future tourist spending of more than $90 billion. See in context

I'm booked to go to Japan in April next year... god knows if Japan'll be open by then... I hope I won't have to change the tickets for a fifth time in two years lol

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Posted in: Athletes from many countries have been the target of hateful messages mainly through their social media accounts during the Tokyo Olympics. Why do you think people post such abusive messages? See in context

Those who abuse their own athletes online are basically morons with nothing else to do with their sad little lives. I don't understand the mentality behind it (I've never been passionate about any sport other than F1 in the 80s and 90s) to be honest - all I know is that they are the lowest common denominator

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Posted in: Japan to tighten border controls on visitors from 3 U.S. states, Finland See in context

So there won't be any "talk" of opening to unrestricted travel for non-visa holders (i.e. tourists) from the majority of the world's countries until spring 2022... and that would be when they might just start "discussing". Japan won't actually reopen to tourists till much later than that.

Just as well I have a flexible ticket... meant to be flying in April/May... we shall see. By then everyone in the UK will have had both vaccinations, and probably the booster as well.

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Posted in: Japan starts giving COVID-19 shots to citizens temporarily returning See in context

Those subject to the inoculations include people living in places that use vaccines not approved by Japan as well as residents of some developing countries where the progress of vaccinations has been slow.

So that means that any Japanese people living and working in the UK and, like the majority of the UK, was given the AZ vaccine can't return home because the Japanese government doesn't recognise that vaccine? How about next year when tourists may be allowed back in (I can dream)... with those who've had the AZ vaccine be turned away?

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Posted in: Ita O'Brien: In-demand on-screen intimacy coordinator See in context

To put it another way, she is a fornication facilitator since she is involved in sex scenes where the actual sex act is actually performed.

No she's there so that actors in simulated sex scenes are comfortable - you don't get real sex scenes on British TV or films... that's called porn.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Why aren't the Japanese government bringing in laws to force people to get off the streets? With rates rising like this you need an enforced lockdown, not politely requesting people to stay home.

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Posted in: Efficiency and satisfaction with remote work has deteriorated, and 'telework fatigue' is emerging. See in context

I've been working from home since March 2020 and I've hated every single day of it... except when we had heavy snow. I now go into the office twice a week for the sake of my mental health - luckily on my own, so it's Covid safe. I won't go back 5 days a week, I don't know anyone who will, but those few days, with different walls, sights and sounds really do help.

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Posted in: Olympic air rifles turning heads with futuristic looks See in context

Admit it: Hearing about air rifle at the Olympics conjures up images of athletes firing wooden-stocked, pump-action BB guns at ominous cowboys and targets that spin when hit.

For Americans maybe...

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Posted in: Dressel wins U.S. Olympic swimming gold; Aussie Titmus beats Ledecky See in context

Go Adam Peaty... winning a swimming gold for the UK :)

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Posted in: Euro 2020 final: England can finally end 55 years of misery See in context

God I hope they lose - the pundits, news readers/presenters and the thuglife supporters seen roaring and bouncing on TV news reports are bad at the moment... full of arrogance and insufferable swagger. It's bad enough that every time there's a tournament all we hear is 1966 this, 1966 that... ugh!

If they win there won't be any other news for a month, they'll demand that Kane, Stirling and the manager are knighted... Gary Lineker will be gushing and his smug face plastered all over the place.

Please Italy, for the sake of humanity, beat England!

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Posted in: Johnson says UK must live with virus as he eases restrictions See in context

Sheikh Yerboaby

actually "Britain" doesn't plan to scrap face masks and all measures.....ENGLAND does. The other nations may follow suit but at the moment the Scottish parliament, the Welsh parliament and the N. Ireland assembly have said they may retain some measures and don't plan on relaxing the rules fully.

You're right. Here in Scotland masks are to remain mandatory whatever relaxations follow. I've become used to my mask now... always with me in my pocket or on my face.

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Posted in: Takuya Kimura to make his first appearance in a global series, 'The Swarm' See in context

He was good in Space Battleship Yamato (then again it was an excellent film) and he was fun in Mr Brain TV series... I don't think I've heard him speaking English before though.

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Posted in: Man being chased by police jumps from elevated bridge at Tokyo’s Shibuya Station See in context

Hard to have any sympathy for the perv... maybe he should have practiced more parkour

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Posted in: Pressure of hosting Tokyo Olympics during pandemic beginning to show See in context

Also remember that it takes around 10 days for immunity to kick in after the second dose - it's not instant. People may get their jabs but that doesn't mean it's safe for them to attend a mass event where others may be harbouring the virus.

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Posted in: Only 4 teams remain at Euro 2020: Which two are headed to Wembley final? See in context

English confidence bordering on arrogance

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Posted in: What's your favorite coffee shop chain in Japan? See in context

When I liked coffee it was Doutor...

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Posted in: Bill Cosby freed from prison after sex conviction overturned See in context

Released on a technicality... because he was given immunity from prosecution? Come on... seriously? I thought that only happened in films and TV series... well as far as I'm concerned he's still guilty. He was found guilty - not innocent.

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Posted in: Shop hopes its deerskin goods focus minds on Japan's huge deer culls See in context

Despite Japanese deer not being on any endangered species list and actually being on USA and UK invasive species list, I regularly get items I return to clients or items I sell, seized at customs causing massive headaches for all involved.

Only 3 species of deer are on the UK Government Invasive Species list: Fallow Deer, Muntjak Deer and Water Deer. Native Red Deer are hunted by poshos and those who just enjoy killing animals to feel macho.

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Posted in: Shop hopes its deerskin goods focus minds on Japan's huge deer culls See in context

Do deer have a natural predator in Japan? There has been excellent benefits for the environment of returning apex predators to national parks to help with keeping the number of animals in a healthy balance.

If they reintroduced predators the oyaji would only go after them.

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