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Posted in: Sydney floats pub promise to boost double-dose vaccination rate See in context

Japan should do this, but set the rate at 90%.

Japan can do better than Australia at vaccination rate I feel.

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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency again; set road map to lift curbs See in context


Japan govt and regulatory agencies don't usually allow for exemptions. To have a drivers license in Japan you need a residence, so that would probably be their first problem unless their jyuminhou is at their jikka, then they will be fine. They should call their local driver license center, (not an embassy, etc). ask to speak to a higher up, email them, get a firm answer in writing.

Most likely, it will be a scripted response that you have to reapply for license. again, japan doesn't like exceptions to the rules.

If they have been in USA for over 3 months consecutively, and have a USA drivers license for those 3 months, they can do what is called gaimenkirikae. You transfer your USA drivers license to Japan license, and you do not have to go to the school again. There is a simple test true false test, and actual driving test. If you are a good driver you can pass the driving test, and the true false test is so easy, if you fail, then you shouldn't be operating 1200kg moving steel box.

Easiest thing is just come back to Japan to renew. As a Japanese citizen they can still travel freely, just have to quarantine at present state.

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Posted in: Japan considering vaccine passports for commercial activities See in context

I love discounts.

I heard one famous kyabakura is already requiring vaccine proof for admission. Ginza, high class. No vaccine no admittance. Their staff all vaccinated and the free press it got them business picked up 300% since July.

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono draws flak for blocking Twitter critics See in context

You should have to pay to leave bad comments. And likewise have to pay to block someone. The money goes to charity, but the comment can still be erased or poster blocked.

keep people in check a bit more

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Posted in: Japan orders 150 million doses of Novavax COVID vaccine See in context

smart choice Japan.

nice to have different options so those with allergies to mRNA vaccines cannot have a reason to refuse this type.

I love my mRNA shot.

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Posted in: Man dies in Japan after receiving dose of recalled Moderna vaccine See in context

@jay an accountable member of their community would get the shot. Why? It protects you and those around you.

why you should wear a seatbelt or follow the speed limit. it is the same reason.

coming sooner than later there will be vaccine passports. Just the reality of the world today.

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Posted in: Tokyo August virus cases top 125,000, nearly triple July's record See in context


just show us the math if you feel you calculations are correct.

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Posted in: Experts warn of untested COVID cases in Tokyo as average dips See in context

Have they thought to test more?

I thought dentsu had smarter people than this.

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Posted in: This is going to hurt: COVID scams to beware of See in context

You're aware of all those countries that have or had lockdowns and mask mandates, causing businesses to close, workers industries whose jobs can't be done from home to lose jobs and income (a big proportion from lower-income sectors), kids to do schooling from home and be trapped at home during holiday periods, people unable to visit isolated loved ones, right? The inability of deaf people to lipread due to masks, causing high levels of stress. Developmental delays in kids due to disrupted education. There's loads more.

I am aware of lockdowns, I do not see how mask mandates have anything to do with mental stress. I can see your point on the deaf people having issues with people, but I would not underestimate the power of someone with a handicap, certainly stronger than most.

Also, I was not at Obama's party, nor am I democrat, so you lost me on that one. It was a bad look for sure, but you can have a party if you wish as well.

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Posted in: This is going to hurt: COVID scams to beware of See in context

Not to forget all the people who are suffering mental illness and disrupted education from lockdowns and mask mandates.

Japan doesn't have mask mandates or lockdowns. not sure what country you are talking about.

Japan has peer pressure.

And if I knew someone who was having mental illness from a mask mandate, I would think there was probably something else going on besides just seeing a sign at conbini asking to please wear a mask.

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Posted in: This is going to hurt: COVID scams to beware of See in context

I don't want to be a victim of these scams. How can I confirm if the shot doesn't just contain saline?

When you get the shot, there is a QR code on your vaccine passport with the lot number and identifier, where it states the ingredients as well. Just scan the code.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

Will the kids sing Paparika at the event? I thought that was what NHK promoted that song for.

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Posted in: Many people suffer greatly from a variety of symptoms for days and days. Some people suffer from side effects, such as malaise, shortness of breath and taste disorders, for months. Please don’t think of it as just a cold. See in context

Nobody, and I mean NOBODY has said that this is just a cold. What a very ignorant and naive statement.

Actually, there was a Japanese wannabe politician who used the phrase Corona is just a cold as his running slogan. 平塚正幸 is name. Was banned once on twitter for disinformation, made a new account and updated his profile pict.

So unfortunately, someone did and still says it was just a cold.

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Posted in: Bach to return to Tokyo for Paralympics opening ceremony See in context

what if they all booed him outside of the stadium.

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Posted in: Vaccination site for younger people to open in Tokyo's Shibuya district See in context

The govt needs to run some campaigns to encourage the vaccination among the youth if they want this to be successful.

We need a Japanese version of this:

They really need to incentivize the campaign for everyone with a cash payment of 20000yen. The cost savings is huge compared to the healthcare situation we have arrived at today.

Why they have not is beyond me.

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Posted in: Japan extends virus emergency to Sept 12; weighs legal options to enforce restrictions See in context

Just temporarily raise the tax all liquor wholesale to 100%. It would not be a ban, the restaurants can still operate if they want, if they don't report the liquor sales properly, the govt now has a reason to shut them down and haul them off to court for tax evasion.

The govt may actually make up some of the free money they are giving out to the restaurants staying closed.

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Posted in: Man in wheelchair dies after being hit by car driven by 80-year-old man See in context

Sorry to hear this news. As the population gets older, car safety systems need to evolve.

Subaru is one of the few companies to have Reverse Auto Breaking systems standard on their line up.

Seems there are a few back up deaths each year on JT, old people and often kids running behind cars.

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Posted in: Athletes' village reopens with 1 week to go to Tokyo Paralympics See in context

What happened to the thought to cancel the para olympics and turn the village into medical wards for covid patients?

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Posted in: Paralympian arrested for assaulting hotel security guard See in context

Nothing says, "united by sport" like a paraolympian UFC wannabe attacking a Japanese senior citizen working an extra job to pay the bills during a pandemic, while the afghan team no longer has a country to return to. Life in 2021.

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Posted in: Paralympian arrested for assaulting hotel security guard See in context

I thought two georgian judo athletes already got in trouble for going sightseeing at the games already.

Need to teach the GOC a lession about breaking the pledge.

Play by the rules or go home.

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Posted in: S Korea to start live streaming from disputed islands See in context

South Korea going to live stream some rocks in the middle of the ocean.

Meanwhile, Hayabusa and Maezawa we going to MARS!!!!

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Posted in: Australian Olympic athletes under fire for rowdy, drunken flight home See in context

Can't Japan extradite them to Japan and charge them? Acting up a plane is no joke. Poor JAL staff.

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Posted in: Olympic merchandise selling well as Japan's medal haul grows See in context

Dentsu comes up with the best marketing and press strategies. They are such clever folks overthere.

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Posted in: Suga says no link between Olympics and virus surge See in context

their entourages can go clubbing in Harajuku all night, 

obviously Suga would not say this, as there is a lack of clubs in Harajuku.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Love the photo of the article. A building with an izakaya, 3 floors of pachiko and slot machines, 2 floors of dude only saunas, and to top it all off karaoke.

You win money in the slots, get drunk at the izakaya, go to karaoke, then go to the sauna, they probably have a rest area where you can sleep, and wake up in the morning stand in line at the pachinko and do it all over again.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Did she really think closing restaurants one hour earlier would really decease the numbers?

It has been frequently mentioned, the virus in Japan does not work overtime unless approved by bucho by hanko, and then faxed to head office HR.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Japan breaking records on the daily!

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Posted in: 'I can die': Medvedev survives extreme heat at Tokyo Games See in context

It is too hot in Japan during the summer. Everyone knew that, but IOC and NBC pushed them to hold during the peak humidiheat season, so NBC could show the world series, and football to Americans in October.

Indeed the IOC makes athletes sign a waiver and calls out heat stroke as well. They knew it was going to be an issue. Would be interesting to see Bach try and do a light jog for 1 hour in the heat. See if they change things then.

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Posted in: What is umami, the mysterious taste of Japanese cooking? See in context

This is the best Umami flavor spice I have seen or tasted.

I use it on a daily basis.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,387 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,758 See in context

Amazing how testing goes up on week days but suddenly shuts down every Saturday and Sunday.

Covid does not work zangyo without hanko from bucho. Or at least if they do, it won't be paid for.

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