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Posted in: Tokyo coronavirus cases hit record daily high of 224; 80% in their 20s, 30s See in context

If we have to announce national emergency again, it will give traumatic damages to Japanese economy.

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Posted in: 870,000 urged to evacuate after torrential rain lashes southwestern and central Japan See in context

I am staying at a city in Tohoku for my mother who is at a nursing home. The home is located about 100 meters from a river running through the city. There is a river bank which is not very high. In the wake of floods and landslides happened in Kyushu, I became a little worried about the location of the home. I contacted a city hall and they said the home is located at a place included in "hazard map." The home was built about five years ago while hazard map was first instated several decades ago. I asked the city official, why the home was built despite the area was designated as a dangerous place in the hazard map? He said the "hazard map" is to awaken the cautiousness of people living in the area but the city does not have power to prohibit building houses there.

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Posted in: Americans face testing delays as virus surges See in context

It is said 80% of the positive people will heal without becoming serious. As Trump says "do not test," I do not test. I do not want to be isolated and given unproven medicine that might get my health worse.

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Posted in: Americans face testing delays as virus surges See in context

What meaning does it have in testing while there is no cure medicine? Doctors are saying if the symptoms are not serious, stay home and relax like the cases of influenza. Testing and hospital beds have to be reserved for serious cases.

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Posted in: Japan to consider easing travel curbs for Tokyo Olympic athletes See in context

Are they worried about refunding the tickets already sold?

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Posted in: Southwestern Japan hit by more heavy rain as death toll rises to 49 See in context

Japan may be the top country in the world which loses money by natural disasters every year. We are broke.

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Posted in: Koike, Abe say they'll cooperate on virus, Olympics See in context

We cannot afford the Tokyo Olympics. Japanese companies cannot sponsor the event. Their coffers are empty.

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Posted in: Images of submerged homes, cars, and rescue calls flood social media See in context

I always feel when disasters happen in Kyushu, they live closer to rivers and mountains. Probably, they do not have flat land very much. I am now in Tohoku temporarily. Here, we live in wider flat land and do not have much worries about flooding.

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Posted in: Radio makes comeback in Japan for those staying at home See in context

"Nikkei, Japan's sole nationwide commercial broadcaster" The were called Nippon Tampa Hoso before and was and is still broadcasting stock market and horse racing on short wave. Today, people prefer Radiko to listen to it since sound of short wave radio is unstable. Though it is nation wide, listeners are limited.

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Posted in: Abe's support rebounds despite ex-justice minister's arrest: poll See in context

Japanese people know we cannot have a politician of his caliber.

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Posted in: Japan detects foreign submarine passing near Amami-Oshima See in context

In formality, Communist Party directs and controls China in ideas. The communist party is above the government and watch what the government does so that justice prevails. While the same communist party is allowing expansionism of the government and threatening the peace of neighboring countries.

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Posted in: Japan to scrap costly land-based U.S. missile defense system See in context

It is not the time we spend money for military defense but for pandemic defense.

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Posted in: Dentsu gets ¥76.9 bil windfall from gov't SME aid scheme See in context

Japanese people know DENTSU - Japan's largest public relations company undertaking a lot of jobs of the government. They receive due commissions. The government is short staffed and they cannot handle everything.

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

Who thinks we can hold the Olympics next year?

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Posted in: Protesters clash with police in New York; Pentagon deploys 1,600 troops into Washington region See in context

Some African-Americans in U.S. enjoy astronomical income in sports and music. That gives us an impression that America is an equal place and everybody is given same chances. But, that may be only a hypocrisy to cover the frustrations of many discriminated black people.

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Posted in: Tokyo issues alert after 34 coronavirus cases confirmed See in context

Of 34, 15 are Musashino Sogo Hospital which is a mental disease hospital. The hospital is lockdown and tracing is not difficult. This pandemic continues long. We have to live with it. Otherwise, economy falls.

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Posted in: Japan OKs saliva-based tests for coronavirus detection; 34 new cases reported in Tokyo See in context

Can it not be checked by blood? Do not people get contracted from blood transfusion?

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Posted in: Anger over police killings boils over in several U.S. cities See in context

What happened this time in the civilized country America is not different we see in Africa and South America - rioting, looting etc. etc. Police brutality reminded me the movie "Godfather." If you want to understand U.S. truly, you have see "Godfather" movie series.

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Posted in: Tokyo to further relax restrictions on Monday, Koike says See in context

Threat of the coronavirus is not gone. Koike and other leaders are toning down recently since economic damages are becoming serious. Holding down the pandemics and saving economy is a big dilemma. I think a solution is increasing tests - various tests are being developed. Even if they do not prove 100% accuracy, employ them as many as possible if possible to all the people. Then economy will recover sooner.

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Posted in: Trump escalates war on social media companies See in context

I consider Twitter and other social medias a place for gossips. So, I do not take it seriously. It was my surprise that President of the United States used it very often to state his opinions and express his "feelings." From its nature of social media, it is not official and ideas are written without deliberation.

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Posted in: U.S. death toll from coronavirus passes 100,000 See in context

G7 is planned to be held June 10-12 in D.C. Abe has to be in isolation for two weeks after he returns to Japan. Do it video conference.

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Posted in: U.S. death toll from coronavirus passes 100,000 See in context

Does this have anything to do with high cost of going to doctors in U.S.?

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Posted in: Ruling bloc to urge gov't to retain April start for academic year See in context

Hands are full with the coronavirus.

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Posted in: Many major firms continue to push teleworking See in context

I would rather work at offices. It is a place I can meet many different people and learn from them. It is a place to brush up my personality and know the society.

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Posted in: Many major firms continue to push teleworking See in context

Unlike optimism for telework, divorce may increase. It is not easy being together with other person 24 hours a day. What would happen if both husband and wife are working at home? Things are good keeping some distances even among a couple. They need a break. It is a happy time for a husband to drop in "izakaya" after work. Will it be possible a husband go out from his house to "izakaya" at night?

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Posted in: Many major firms continue to push teleworking See in context

When workers are at offices, they use company utilities free. But when they are at home, they have to use their own toilets, telephones, powers, water etc. If they are living in apartment houses, neighbors will complain about noises.

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Posted in: WHO warns 1st wave of pandemic not over as infections surge in Brazil, India See in context

People and doctors focused on cancer too much and overlooked danger of infectious diseases by viruses. Study about viruses must be strengthened.

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Posted in: Japan's small clinics driven to brink as virus-wary patients stay home See in context

That also means they used to visit clinics without serious problems.

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Posted in: Wuhan lab had three live bat coronaviruses: Chinese state media See in context


According to your logic, the coronavirus was brought in to Wuhan by travelers and China is a victim of the virus. They are saying the world should thank China. They held down the disease quick by locking down Wuhan. The Chinese government so claims. Or the virus fell from sky?

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Posted in: Wuhan lab had three live bat coronaviruses: Chinese state media See in context

It might not be the laboratory but It is a sure thing that it originated in China. They have a responsibility to explain to the world why it got started from China.

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