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Posted in: Japan urges South Korea to drop wartime compensation demands See in context

I feel Koreans very different from Japanese is that Japanese never reveal or revealed they had comfort women among their families. In Japan, they were called "pan pan," "only-san" etc. They became "comfort women" to GIs during the occupation era to help their families or to save themselves. It was and is a big embarrassment and something never to reveal. Putting statues of "comfort women" and "statues of forced laborers" openly near the Japanese embassy in South Korea and at many places in the world is a big, big embarrassment and disgraceful thing not only to Japan but also to South Korea too.

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Posted in: Kono to handle coordination of coronavirus vaccinations See in context

Good, Suga appointed Kono for the job. Kono is "osagawase man" he speaks straight but he is dynamic and his thinking new. LDP is a group of "ro gai" old folks.

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Posted in: Japan scrambles to deny reports that Olympics cancelation possible See in context

It is a good idea to postpone Tokyo Olympics to 2024.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

Japanese government was not positive in increasing PCR tests from the beginning. I guess private hospitals and clinics (80% of Japanese hospitals) are against it strongly in fear of their business will go out when corona patients are allowed to visit their hospitals to receive PCR tests. Other patients will not come to visit them.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes punishment for refusal to comply with COVID-19 measures See in context

If such a situation continues longer and economy collapses, a revolt will happen in Japan.

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Posted in: Suga announces new measures to stem virus surge, including penalties, review of medical system See in context

Japanese government is very conservative in taking strong measures to hold down the pandemic. The government is not given power to control people and society in emergency. Japan is too "democratic." Opposition parties are against a new special law to contain the pandemic which includes punishment.

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Posted in: Head of medical body says nationwide state of emergency an option See in context

Tug of war between doctors and businesses.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic president tries to reassure doubting country See in context

Mori is so called "ro gai." Problem caused by old people.

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Posted in: Young Japanese celebrate Coming-of-Age Day under COVID's shadow See in context

It is always nice to see young women wearing beautiful kimono. If you have three daughters, you will go broke.

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

I heard somewhere that Japan's recipients of "seikatsu hogo" welfare money are 20 to 30% of those entitled. They do not go to offices ashamed of becoming on welfare. Newspapers occasionally report about people who died of hunger without receiving welfare.

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Posted in: Coronavirus third wave puts many Japanese hospitals on overload See in context

All the efforts we are trying may be in vain. The nature is trying to reduce the population of human beings which increased too much.

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Posted in: Izakaya stagger under blow of 2nd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

While eating and drinking businesses are facing hardships, computer related businesses are thriving. Pandemic is not pandemic.

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Posted in: Further sumo infections could mean tournament cancellation See in context

Absence of two Yokozuna is very disappointing. Kakuryu is taking advantage of the special right given to yokozuna - they are not demoted even if they are absent from the tournament. (Hakuho is a rightful absence infected by COVID-19. Kakuryu for his injuries which is too often).

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Posted in: North Korean leader Kim says U.S. is Pyongyang's 'biggest enemy' See in context

America's real friend in this area is Japan. North Korea and South Korea will incline to China. Geographically it is unavoidable. Taiwan and Hong Kong are part of China.

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Posted in: Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo prefectures to request state of emergency See in context

The worst scenario the government will face is they cannot put an end to "state of emergency" if the situation will not improve in one month and they have to extend SOE until the vaccines are administered and the efficacy of the vaccines proved. It takes a long time.

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Posted in: Anxiety mounts over another state of emergency in Tokyo, neighboring areas See in context

Photo caption translation is not accurate. The banner says they are against the state of the emergency which (they are afraid) the government will be using it to restrict people's rights in the future. They are left wing activists.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,278 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,883 See in context

This is a great battle between the virus and human beings. The virus wants to wipe out human beings from the earth. They are angry we became arrogant and destroyed the nature. Glory of human beings cannot last forever. Everything has its time.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes declaring state of emergency on Thursday for about a month See in context

Abe issued a one month state of emergency declaration last April. It was successful. But this time, with more lenient conditions and with more positive people, I wonder the state of the emergency will bring the same success or not.

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Posted in: Worry, frustration, uncertainty as state of emergency looms for Tokyo, neighboring prefectures See in context


"Shitsugyo teate" financial support for unemployed is handled by Hello Work and "seikatsu hogo" by Welfare and Labor Ministry.

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Posted in: Worry, frustration, uncertainty as state of emergency looms for Tokyo, neighboring prefectures See in context


If you are a Japanese, you can apply for "seikatsu hogo" social welfare payment. I think it is about 150,000 yen per month. Anyway, the weaknesses of capitalism is revealed in the crisis. Capitalism hand in hand with individualism requires self responsibility.

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Posted in: Worry, frustration, uncertainty as state of emergency looms for Tokyo, neighboring prefectures See in context


The government is ready to send a new bill to the diet "tokusoho" which legalize punishment to violators. However, the law has to provide compensations for law abiders.

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Posted in: Japan begins year's 1st day of work as coronavirus continues to spread See in context


It is not a temple. It is Kanda Myojin Shrine. The shrine is believed to be a god of businesses. Jan. 4 is the first day of work of the year - Shigoto Hajime.

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Posted in: Japan begins year's 1st day of work as coronavirus continues to spread See in context

They think businesses as important as their lives.

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

Suga said the state of emergency will chiefly focuses on eating and drinking businesses. He is saying they have to die.

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Posted in: Another state of emergency would impact Tokyo Olympics See in context

It is a matter of time cancellation of the Olympics is announced.

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Posted in: Coronavirus rains on Tokyo's samba parade again See in context

Mikoshi in matsuri is the symbol of Japan. Last year, they were all cancelled and this year seems the same. I went to Asakusa before to see the samba. I was disappointed seeing volumeless bodies of Japanese female dancers compared with dancers from Brazil.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context

They think they can contain the pandemic by issuing "state of emergency" weeks or months. It is an optimistic idea. If the bad situation continues a whole year in 2021, can the government pay compensation money to bankrupt businesses and job losers?

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Posted in: New Year arrives with U.S. topping 20 million COVID cases See in context

America is facing a crisis. All the merits of American society people believed - democracy, individualism, free economy, human rights, melting races are revealing weaknesses in fight against the pandemic. While China is bragging about their success containing the epidemic quickly under their authoritarian and totalitarian rules. Interesting to see the future in the 21st century.

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Posted in: Novelist Murakami urges politicians to speak sincerely about virus See in context

Japanese people do not want a dictator-like leader. "Wa" is a key word to understand Japan.

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Posted in: Novelist Murakami urges politicians to speak sincerely about virus See in context

It is easy for politicians to warn people about the pandemic and order lock down but they also have to float economy. Did Murakami say any good idea about it?

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