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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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Posted in: What reforms do you think are needed at the World Health Organization (WHO)? See in context

Potentially why the WHO was saying in the early days that masks are unnecessary was to speed up the spread, creating a panic so that guess who could offer the magic solution. It could then reverse its decision a few months later when the damage was already done, claiming that "the facts have changed."

Whoops! Tinfoil sales up again....

This Bill Gates conspiracy is laughable.... what next... the lizard people are behind gates?

The WHO needs to have a central fund where countries deposit their funds anonymously. That would silence the conspiracy theorists and certain Presidents... possibly...

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Posted in: Man arrested for throwing sand on woman who rejected his advances at beach See in context

Police said Ren Miyanishi, who works as a firefighter in Chiba Prefecture, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying, “I threw sand at her because she didn’t want to have anything to do with me."

Aww diddums... did the nasty girl reject you? Well now you can sit in a corner and pout, contemplating just what an entitled manchild you are.

God, we've all been rejected... accept it and move on with your life.

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Posted in: Are you an anti-vaxxer? See in context

I am not, but I would not agree to mandatory vaccines against the flu or any of these new viruses.

Why would you be against mandatory vaccines? To protect the wider population everyone should be vaccinated...

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Posted in: Japanese grandmothers create 'Monkey Busters' group to fight primates with airguns See in context

These things are a serious nuisance and need to be culled. Macaques, I mean, not old women.

Culling monkeys? Seriously?

To me this is a bit like demanding planes stop flying when houses are built around an existing airport. The monkeys were there before humans... get used to them and accept some loss. Think about how the monkeys feel about the humans loitering in their territories.

I've seen the monkeys at Kappabashi nicking things off cafe tables... THAT was eye opening... but culling them? No, totally against that. I agree with the cap guns... harmless and loud

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Posted in: Should encouraging someone to commit suicide be a crime? See in context

I can't believe some people here are trying to define what encouraging actually means. Come on people, it's black and white - you are either encouraging people to either take their own lives or not. There are no grey areas - there is no 'but'... encouraging someone to take their own life should be treated as a crime. Suicidal people are very vulnerable and should be protected and encouraged to live.

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Posted in: Whale catch See in context

Nothing wrong with a bit of sustainable whaling, and seriously, of course some Japanese people are eating it. Some keen foreigners too

There is EVERYTHING wrong with 'sustainable' whaling... whales should have the same protection as the Great Apes, elephants. They are the only sentient beings not protected worldwide. Japan (and Norway) need to stop this NOW!

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Posted in: Japanese show support for Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow See in context

@Orac...LOL, people in the west cant even place Hong Kong on a map

Speak for yourself!

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Posted in: Japanese show support for Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow See in context


Would Japanese Government allow these kinds of violent protesters on the streets in Japan? It’s easy to verbally support these activists but at the end of the day no other country would want them on their streets!

In any other country they wouldn't need to take to the streets! They would be allowed to protest in peace, without fear of tear gas or rubber bullets.

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Posted in: Do you think events like the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and so on should be commemorated each year or would you rather see the dates fade into history without any ceremonies? See in context

As a British person the attack on Pearl Harbour is meaningless to me... the attacks by the Luftwaffe on parts of the UK were worse and more relevant. We commemorate Battle of Britain day, VE Day and VJ Day, and of course November 11. 9/11 was shocking, but it's an American tragedy...

The A Bomb attacks on Japan though were world changing events... horrific and shook the world to its core.

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Posted in: Couple arrested for extorting ¥1.1 million from man over video voyeurism See in context

So, let me get this straight... they were arrested for blackmailing perverts who filmed up the woman's skirt?

What about the perverts? Do they get away with it? I'm surprised the police haven't been using this method to arrest the pervs themselves.

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Posted in: 'Vaccine nationalism' — Is it every country for itself? See in context


nationalize the pharmaceutical companies, declare the vaccine open source, not patentable

First sensible comment about this. Companies should never be allowed to profit from life-saving vaccines. They are basically holding the world to ransom... pay up or die!

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Posted in: Abe faces backlash after Tokyo residents excluded from Go To travel campaign See in context

With infection rates seemingly on the rise in Tokyo is it wise to promote travel around the country? It would be interesting to know what the city's R Rate is... you need to get it below 1, and keep it below

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Posted in: Japan reports over 600 cases on Thursday; 286 in Tokyo See in context


280 cases in Tokyo.

4,244 in LA County, USA

2,514 In Miami, USA

530 in London.

Wow give the west an hand.

Scotland as a whole: 5 cases currently and NO DEATHS in the last 7 days. We've had a more restrictive lockdown than in England.

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