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Posted in: Maezawa to sell Basquiat estimated at $70 million See in context

Although I'll never understand how artwork and nfts can demand such high prices, if he is going to make millions in profit on an investment then obviously he's doing something right. That's a solid business investment in my book. I guess that's why the rich become richer. At least he's not making his money by exploiting cheap labor....

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Posted in: Nearest fishing port to Fukushima nuclear plant reopens See in context

I bet most people here don't know where their sashimi or sushi's seafood toppings are coming from. For those of you who are concerned.....good luck! lol

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Posted in: Gov't orders disinfection of poultry farms as bird flu outbreak worsens, See in context

So does this mean I shouldn't eat delicious hanjuku tamagos right now......? :(

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Posted in: 2 key Abe staff may have led decision to illegally cover dinner cost See in context

Why is this considered news.....? An average of $38,400 for each dinner event. Maybe a little more than half is covered by the guests. So he spent a few thousand in pocket money/his fund's money to cover the cost. Big deal. Who cares?!

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Posted in: Tokyo shares jump on hopes for COVID-19 treatment See in context

Eternal falls hope.

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Posted in: Japanese rapper Kan a.k.a. GAMI arrested for marijuana possession See in context


If murdering or stealing is illegal, just don't do it, even if you feel you can get away with it.

If something is illegal, just don't do it, even if you feel you can get away with it.

Yeah! Tell the Chinese that it is against the law to voice their opinion. They shouldn't try to have freedom. It's against the law. (insert sarcasm)

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Posted in: Japan's household spending drops at record pace as virus hits economy See in context

This page shows what percent of residents by wards, received their stimulus. Adachi-ku seems to be doing a dang good job. Shows 97% of residents already received the stimulus.


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Posted in: Woman conned out of ¥14.2 mil in coronavirus scam See in context

How does one pretend to be the sibling, especially if talking to them on the phone? What if the bro actually was the one calling, had someone pick it up for a cut, then claim innocence.... Desperate ppl do desperate things.

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Posted in: Pachinko parlor has weird way of combating COVID-19 that does nothing about swarms of customers See in context

Well, at least hand sanitizer and disposable gloves are available there. Not that I would know.......... :/

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Posted in: Experts warn Japanese growing complacent of coronavirus risk See in context

The government is smarter than I thought. They will be able to fool the general populace with their sneaky ways....

With the Olympics now canceled (postponed), the government has lost it's main reason to resist testing the people properly to reflect proper outbreak numbers. Now they are having all of these officials public statements that there "could be" (although there already is) a big outbreak soon. Experts that 'guide' the government saying that the people aren't taking the virus seriously [Shouldn't the expert be 'guiding' the government to take the virus more seriously?!] Notice how they are setting it up so that when the 'official outbreak' (actual testing) begins, it will look like it is the residents' fault and less of the governments.

I love how on Monday, after imminent postponement of the Olympics seemed certain due to several countries announcing that they will not participate in the Olympics, the governor of Tokyo announced that 'residents' (apparently not the government) need to exercise more restraint to prevent a Tokyo lockdown. Again, making it seem like it is the people causing the problem and not the fault of government's lack of preventative measures and ENFORCEMENT.

They are doing a smart job setting it up so that most of the blame will be taken off Abe and the government and putting the fault on the people when things get bad later on.

Well played Abe....well played...

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Posted in: Japan's economic package to deal with epidemic to top ¥30 tril See in context

That won't be enough money. I bet a large portion will be used to cover the major investors in the Olympics and not the general public.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan may not have enough new virus test kits See in context

The corona numbers reported in Japan are not accurate at all. It likely represents less than 10% of actual infected....if that. My partner and I tried to get tested for good reasons, but were given the round about. We tried hospitals, clinics and even the city ward's health center. A doctor there told us that hospitals and clinics will refuse to see you if you want to get a Coronavirus test.... I am not kidding. This came from the mouth of a city representative.

Read this article from CNN. We experience almost exactly the same thing here in Japan.


I can understand the government's/Abe's decided to prioritize economy over health, but now that the olympics most likely won't happen, they ended choosing the losing side. The only good decision they have left is to immediately take aggressive measures and compliment lock downs to control the situation and prevent more economic loses in the long run.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

Just to inform all of the ignorant people out there. Japan is doing the BEST.....to prevent people from being tested. The reported numbers are a TINY fraction of the actual outbreak in Japan.

First of all, Japan to-date has tested fewer people than the state of New York has in the past 2 days. Currently New York is able to do 10,000 tests a day, which they have fully utilized (hence the high outbreak numbers). Japan has tested less than 17,000 people over the course of 2-3 months.

Second, Japan's official Corona deaths does not reflect the actual number of deaths. There are many deaths which are not being reported due to the fact that the victims were not or could not be tested for the Coronavirus before dying and the government is not going out of their way to do a proper autopsy to check if the death was due to Corona in order to maintain official low numbers.

Third, the majority of people are being turned away when they have a legitimate reason for getting tested. I can verify this since me and my significant other both recently tried to get tested but were refused. Both of us had recently visited one of the top 5 outbreak countries. About a week after our return, we both showed unusual symptoms (chills, chest in pain, cough, slight fever). We called the corona hotline in Japan and was on hold, waiting for an operator to pick up for almost an hour before giving up. We went to a hospital and a clinic, both which said they do not have testing capabilities and told us to call the corona hotline. We called the hotline again and eventually was able to get through. We told them of our plight and they just said to self quarantine at home. That's it......we couldn't get tested. So we did. A week later and we got better and had no more symptoms (luckily we are still fairly young). Unfortunately, half a week later the symptoms sprang back with more force. We went to a clinic who tried to refuse to see us, but we were very stubborn about seeing the doctor so finally they told us to come back at their closing time when all of the other visitors were gone. Either they were worried about us infecting the other patients or they didn't want other people to know that they had a potential corona patient in their clinic which might require them to close the clinic for a few days to disinfect since that would cause them to lose money.

Anyway, since there was a bit of time until we had to return to the clinic, we decided to go the city wards health service center. We saw one of their doctors and from the start, it was VERY OBVIOUS that the doctor was trying prevent us from pursing getting tested. He showed us the statistical probability of us having corona. At one point he even asked us if we wanted to go to Korea to get tested. I AM NOT KIDDING....... We told the doctor that we cared more about getting our lungs checked for any problems than getting tested for Coronavirus. The doctor replied, "OHHH..... so you don't want to get a Corona test and only want to get a health check!! Then he went on explaining that if we go to a hospital or a clinic with concerns of possibly having the Coronavirus or wanting to get tested, they will refuse to see us. Again, I AM NOT KIDDING...... I wish I was. This was a doctor from the City's health center telling us this.

This just proves why Japan's Corona testing numbers are so low and why the number of official cases are low as well. If you are stupid enough to think that the official numbers are low because Japan is probably cleaner than other countries, then you are an idiot. Have you been out recently? Do you not notice all the sick people in public recently!

I will continue the rest of my rant later.......I am too tired right now.

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Posted in: Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy: survey See in context

Go cheap on the first couple of dates. If she continues to see you then you know she's not after your money. Also, dates don't need to be expensive to be fun. Besides, the point of the first couple of dates is getting to know each other (most likely in the form of conversation which can happen in any setting)

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Posted in: Japan grapples with serving Fukushima food at 2020 Olympics See in context

Umm.....don't most of us eat Fukushima food products already?? I was told that most convenient store already use their products like the rice in their onigiri's and many fastfood chains like Yoshinoya to keep costs low. Unless, you all do 100% of your own grocery shopping at high end organic grocery stores and never eat convenient store foods for lunch at work, then I'm pretty sure you've been eating radiated food for years without issue. Please correct me if I'm wrong, because this was hear from a 3rd party.

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