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Posted in: Japan's Top League rugby on hold over coronavirus outbreak See in context

Only because sportspeople are tested regularly. Sumo also loads of positives, and talentos -- all can get tested easily. For the rest of us, forgedaboudit.

One thing this does show you though: the virus is rife here now.

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Posted in: Japanese approval of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine unlikely until May See in context

Logistical challenges to roll out in Japan: undeveloped infrastructure, lack of clinics/hospitals per capita, corruption, religious reasons, lawless areas, problems with warlords... Wait

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Posted in: Japanese cheerleaders lift spirits amid pandemic See in context

Those plastic shields don't shield against anything! Should be banned.

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Posted in: SoftBank unveils lower data usage fees after gov't pressure See in context

I changed to Rakuten from docomo. It's free for one year then 2500yen ish (2980) per month after than.

Yeah on that now and that at full 5G or 4G speed. Also, changed my fibre over as well. That also completely free for a year. Then just 3980 per month, I think. And no connection fees, or other hidden stuff and can cancel anytime.

BIC Iijimio et al was ok but really slow, since piggyback off one of main carriers.

Still, will NEVER go back to the cartel. Was ripped off year after year. They screw you anyway they can. Don't understand how people put up with it.

Any one of the cartel members at almost 7,000 unlimited and then on top of that, a THREE year contract, plus options that are almost impossible to cancel ???

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes to have short stay in Japan: IOC See in context

The IOC hasn't heard of jet lag.

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Posted in: 13,670 bear sightings reported in Japan in April-Sept period See in context

The sighting reports are probably from dozens of people reporting the same bear over multiple occassions. No need to try and inflate the numbers. There are just not that many bears left in Japan, unfortunately.

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Posted in: Diet session opens; Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050 See in context

Looking forward to Suga celebrating this one in person in 2050! Except, he'll be well gone by then. Kind of seems pointless, like many of the LDP policies. I feel Japan is just jumping on the bandwagon here. Time shall tell!

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Posted in: Woman keeps body of common-law husband in apartment for 10 months See in context


I am not surprised at all after living here for a while, some people are so heartless and cold beyond imagination.

Sounding pretty bitter there, bro. Time to get out? Or just all corona'ed out? Relax and have some camomile tea man.

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Posted in: 2-hour virus test to be available at Narita airport See in context

Cool. Too bad if departing from Haneda, eh. Also, will have to go probably like 6 hour early to be sure. Imagine the confusion and stress. Airports were already too stressful before the virus.

If traveling in an emergency, then perhaps will consider it. But for leisure?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers show security and COVID-19 countermeasures See in context

Omg Japan :(

Totally lost touch with reality....


If the IOC accepts these "counter measures" then they are just as stupid as I thought they were.

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Posted in: What's fake, what's not See in context

A fool and his money.......

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Posted in: 26 Nihon University volleyball team members infected with coronavirus See in context

No close contact?????

Its a ball sport!

They are in close proximity at the net, jumping, and spitting at each other.

以上! wtf

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Posted in: At least 5 Kindai University soccer players used cannabis See in context

Captain Obvious:

I assume all are 20 years of age or over, so shouldn't they be apologizing if any had to be done? 

Never assume ANYTHING.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 208 new coronavirus cases See in context

It’s getting colder...

Don't you mean winter is coming?

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japan becoming target of discrimination due to virus See in context

“Shitty foreigner, corona “

I’d like to know how they said it in the original Japanese.

Probably: kuso gaijin, corona-yarou

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Posted in: Crowdfunding proves popular way to help businesses hit by virus See in context

30 liters of milk a day from one cow? What a sad miserable life those cows must have.

Always thought around 30 was normal for a diary cow. Guessing they diary cows.

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Posted in: How the coronavirus is changing working styles in Japan See in context

The last part of the article tells us what we know is coming after Coronavirus has gone away.

"One big obstacle for introducing such remote work reforms, argue some, is productivity -- which seems to fall when people are away from their office"

This is telling us it will be back to business as usual in Japan, as the Japanese people are too "inefficient" when working from home. Meanwhile, in the rest of the world productivity has been much higher, and some countries are seriously looking at revamping the entire working structure, including seriously considering introducing a four day working week.

The real reason things won't change here is that Japanese workers are controlled in every aspect of their lives and the powers that be want to keep it that way.

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Posted in: Japan to look at building a common infrastructure for digital yen payments See in context

@Japantime Even the article says most payments are still dealt with in cash. It is the average Japanese person who has no clue. But who can blame them, where there are dozens of different ways to pay now, and it depends on the business as whether they accept one particular form of payment over another. Some take only one type, some take several, some take them all, but they all accept cash!

I can't recall the number of times I have been screwed by not carrying cash and assuming that LinePay or the Railcard would work for payments.

No wonder people here prefer cash. It has nothing to do with foreigners.

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Posted in: 2 Yomiuri Giants players test positive for coronavirus See in context

So they compulsorily test some baseball players and lo and behold, they find some positives. Now if they only extrapolated this throughout the general population, or even just made it simple for get tested. Me thinks this shows that the coronavirus is much more prevalent than they are saying.

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Posted in: Switch to teleworking prompts boom in ‘digicam-friendly’ clothing See in context


LOL!! Can see if now: everybody looking spiffy, but really they're naked in front of the camera. Would be great in the Japanese summer.

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Posted in: School restarts picking up in Japan amid lingering coronavirus fears See in context

Mikan Yamada, 8, said, "I had been worried I might not be able to attend school ever again.

Mikan? Nice parenting! Also the comment says it all.

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Posted in: Meiji Gakuin University gives all students ¥50,000 grant to offset the cost of digital classes See in context


Its worth mentioning that this is not Meiji University, just a uni with a similar sounding name. Meiji University is among the top private universities in Japan. 

My bad! You're right. That makes it even more disconcerting.

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Posted in: Meiji Gakuin University gives all students ¥50,000 grant to offset the cost of digital classes See in context

Loads of unis doing it.... Sounds like an advertisment for Meiji Uni.

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Posted in: Japan begins distributing cash handouts for virus relief See in context

"Upgrading the system to create the registration forms and sending them out will take time," an official of the Hokkaido capital said.

That is ridiculous! Is he saying that they need to install software so they can create a form? This needs to be explained clearly! Other countries didn't have to "upgrade systems" in order to process emergency support payments in timely manners. Somebody needs to get on Zoom and talk to German officials to see how it is done.

This is Japanese bureaucracy at its finest.

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Posted in: Marijuana possession charge dropped against former HKT48 member See in context


Taniguchi was arrested at her family’s home on April 16 after 0.025 grams of dried cannabis were found inside a bag.

It's a translation. The passive voice is pervasive in the Japanese language. That causes a lot of confusion for native speakers, too.

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Posted in: Abe to consider starting academic year in September See in context

(cont), this is a huge change and will require considerable thought and planning to implement.

At the moment, Abe should concentrate on successfully dealing with the coronavirus.

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Posted in: Abe to consider starting academic year in September See in context

This plan assumes that the pandemic is over by then. Experts are already warning of a possible second wave in the autumn.

Second, the plan at the moment seems to up the the high school level. Universities have already started or will start teaching courses one for this semester. This makes sense, since we don't know when the crisis will be over. It is possible the second semester will also have to be taught online too, depending on how things pan out with the virus.

I think it is a good plan, and necessary, but needs to be set up and implemented along with a change in the university year and company hiring practices. This is a huge change and will require conaiderable

At the moment

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Posted in: Universities to help subsidize students' costs for online learning See in context


Sorry but there is absolutely no excuse for not having regular access to a PC at the University level. This is NOT the early 90s. Even in the early 90s most students had their own laptops at my uni.

Students in Japan all seem to have 100,000 yen iPhones, and most spend up to 10,000 a month data plans, yet cry out they can't afford to buy a laptop. The issue is that they NOT getting computer literacy skills before university. That is unacceptable.

Students should be required to have their own PC at the University level, especially in a developed country like Japan. Universities should not have to put up with students wanting to submit assignments handwritten or via iPhone.

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Posted in: Japan to review seal-stamping custom to better contain coronavirus See in context

As I posted a few days ago, it's entirely possible (and acceptable) to go entirely digital for seals. The digital one will suffice for most daily things, including internal company documents.

The issue is the official, registered veraion that is used for important documents, including your bank Although, go easy on the banks. They have recently introduced inkan'less accounts.

Change is possible and Japan should use this crisis to ease up on a lot of the bureaucratic processes that encompass life here.

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Posted in: Universities to help subsidize students' costs for online learning See in context

The university that says that they are able to provide the same level of education online as off, needs to be careful! They are effectively saying what we suspected all along: there is no need for face-to-face classes. This crisis will expose the whole higher education scam in this country.

And a translation issues in the article:

"My heart bleeds...."

To me, as a native speaker, it means: "I couldn't care less."

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