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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

Luis David Yanez,

Well said and factual. There is no real evidence that masks do much to help. I believe that anyone who have an active flu or cold of any sort should wear a mask if at work or among other people. That to me is common sense. I just can't believe the amount of people wearing masks in their cars, while jogging, while walking and on their bicycles on deserted streets and parks. What disturbs me is the people who were wearing masks long before any virus. Japan is coming to be a nation of faceless people. Recently, a company took interviews for job applicants. I was told that they all had masks during the interviews and never once saw their real faces.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

The sheep will still be wearing masks when there is nothing around- " for the public good " After all, what are the manufacturers and shops going to do with all the mask products stocked up.

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Posted in: Kimono maker creates face mask for hostesses See in context

Sick of looking at masks all the time.

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Posted in: Uniqlo to launch AIRism face mask See in context

Face masks are for people who are sick with a flu and coughing. Research shows that wearing a mask does not stop the entry of viruses etc, if any are around. The most important thing much more than mask wearing is to wash hands and not to touch your nose and eyes.

Comment from " El Rata " is 100 percent right.

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Posted in: Uniqlo to launch AIRism face mask See in context

Turning in to a country of faceless people. Bet they will be wearing masks permanently now. People wearing the masks in the car, outside in the open air. It's ridiculous. Continually breathing back the carbon dioxide exhaled breath reduces the oxygen in the body which is bad for the immune system.

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Posted in: SoftBank creates $100 mil fund for black entrepreneurs See in context

Why the special treatment ? There are black lawyers, politicians, footballers, in baseball, tennis, golf, singers, medical doctors, surgeons, Hollywood actors and most earn far more than other people.

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Posted in: Some Tokyo department stores resume operations as virus concerns ease See in context

I meant to say,

When you wear masks you are exhaling CO2 thus you are re breathing the co2 and depleting your oxygen levels.

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Posted in: Some Tokyo department stores resume operations as virus concerns ease See in context

I have to agree with post from " Yeah Right " Renowned Doctor Russel Blaylock has a good article on wearing face masks. When you wear masks you are exhaling CO2 thus depleting your oxygen levels. I can't understand why people wear them while walking or cycling out in the open air. Masks are only useful for people who have a flu and who are coughing and sneezing. I am getting tired of looking at all the faceless people around me. Social distancing ? that is ridiculous. Go in to a supermarket and people are continually walking front and behind those keeping the gaps front and rear.

https://www.technocracy.news/blaylock-face-masks-pose-serious-risks-to-the-healthy/?fbclid=IwAR0EtvZsmXqKARtPaJNamsuFPsAOrrHq-CHcH0_wcPDwMihQfpgcCgMA0g8

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Posted in: NZ's Ardern says many restrictions to be kept in place when lockdown ends See in context

The real reason NZ does not suffer so much as other countries is because of a small population . Most people live out in the suburbs in houses with space around and not concentrated in apartments. Car use is greater than the use of public transport as well.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

Someone said

perhaps sell the Aegis and the faulty U.S fighters... I Agree !!

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Posted in: EU food exports to Japan soar due to free trade pact See in context

What is a free trade agreement ? I always imagined it to be like the following, guess I was wrong. New Zealand has free trade and as an example allows the imports of thousands of used motor vehicles each year without duties or tariffs whilst NZ butter imported in to japan has high tariffs.

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

noun Trade between nations without regulatory barriers such as tariffs or quotas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

noun international trade free from government interference, especially trade free from tariffs or duties on imports

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

noun international trade free of government interference

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Posted in: EU food exports to Japan soar due to free trade pact See in context

bogvaFeb. 3 03:34 pm JST

Haven't seen lower prices. A friend said french wine is cheaper but how about cheeses and meat products, olives, etc., etc.?

Guess trading companies in Japan are very happy getting richer while their employees working longer hours for the same pay...

Don't blame the trading companies. Find out who controls the imports of many food products and subjects those products to ridiculous tariffs.

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Posted in: Suzuki Motor says it must respond to Dutch emissions probe by mid-February See in context

The problem I see is that governments ( who don't design cars ) setting fuel and mileage targets that are difficult to attain.

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Posted in: If you live in Japan but were not born here, which food or drink item do you miss most from your home country? See in context

New Zealand,

Cheese of all sorts, crumbed Lamp chops, smoked Mullet, Real chicken thighs (no hormones) Vogel grain bread, any food that is not at ridiculous Japanese price. ,

Fruit sold by the kg and not each, Golden crumpets, lots of fresh cream at half the price of Japan, NZ Scotch fillet steak.

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Posted in: Japan asks Interpol to issue red notice for Ghosn's wife See in context

Public Prosecutors Office, said Nahas, 53, may have also destroyed evidence according to Ghosn's wishes.

May have, we think, we believe, could have, we are sure, we suspect, it is possible etc. etc. These are the words that the prosecutors spout out all the time.

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Posted in: Japan asks Interpol to issue red notice for Ghosn's wife See in context

Prosecutors accuse Ghosn's wife of perjury - Well, here is the true meaning of perjury.

the crime of telling lies in court when you have promised to tell the truth:

She wasn't a witness in a court case !

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Posted in: Japan asks Interpol to issue red notice for Ghosn's wife See in context

A red notice for perjury? Is that a joke? There are over 7000 current red notices and not a single one is for such an minor crime.

I thought perjury pertained only in an official court case. I understand she went voluntarily to speak to the prosecutors. How can it be classed as perjury ? Of course we are not told what the supposed lies are according to the prosecutors.

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Posted in: Japan asks Interpol to issue red notice for Ghosn's wife See in context

Prosecutors already have asked USA to check the 2 sons of Ghosen living there. They seem to think it is a crime if family has them any money in the past. They have nothing on Carlos and were counting on another year of delays to break him and confess.

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Posted in: Over 70% worried about economic outlook after consumption tax hike: survey See in context

The consumption tax is not the problem. It is the low wages coupled with a contract and part time work system.Add to the problem is high food prices for imported products caused by very high tariffs.

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Posted in: Aso plays down need for stimulus after tax hike See in context

If they want to increase consumer spending, just raise the minimum wage- is that so hard to understand since something like 60% of workers are on low wages and contract work.

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Posted in: Tax hike adds to woes for low-income households in Japan See in context

The consumption tax raise is not the problem. Low wages eg. minimum wage is the problem people with higher incomes can afford the tax. NZ for example has 15% tax but public hospitals are free, pension is funded out of the tax take, there is accident compensation, no compulsory health payments- you can join your own health payments system, food is cheap, welfare for poor and disadvantaged people is very good. A newly introduced system of quite a large rebate on winter power charges for everyone.

It is not he government that produces tax money. It is the workers who pay the taxes so it is only right that the government give back to their citizens in meaningful ways.

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Posted in: Musk unveils SpaceX rocket designed to get to Mars and back See in context

No one can go to Mars .

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Posted in: People living on ¥1 mil a year: How do they manage? See in context

Many Japanese are working on the very low minimum wage trying to survive. Japan has the lowest minimum wage of all OECD countries surveyed. So much for a country that is regarded as rich by the rest of the world. It is not just young people who are forced to take low wages on contract and non permanent jobs. Many are in the older group of people.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. seek to sign 'very big' trade deal in September See in context

GMO Corn ?

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Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad? See in context

BertieWooster,

Nice looking cheese, but Wow- the price per 100g ! NZ price Blue vein, 100g-333Yen. Colby cheese & Edom cheese ,740 Yen for 1kg. Brie & Camembert ,125g 250 Yen.

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Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad? See in context

Butter, cheese, bulk spices, ( none of these stupid small overpriced bottles of spice in Japan), Vogel bread.

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Posted in: U.S. aviation regulator bans select MacBook Pro laptops from flights See in context

kiwiboy,

Buy a Japanese computer.

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Posted in: There were an endless stream of people at the crosswalk. I thought pedestrians would stop for me. See in context

gaijintraveller,

pedestrians often trust the green pedestrian light and cross without checking the actual traffic situation.

Totally agree with what you say. Most Japanese just blindly cross a crossing without even a glance to judge the traffic, and in many cases peering down on their smart phones. When waiting on a left turn at a crossing, many times pedestrians and cyclists advance from behind the car and not the marked crossing and then feel bad if you didn't see them coming. These people have no idea of what drivers in Japan have to put up with.

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Posted in: There were an endless stream of people at the crosswalk. I thought pedestrians would stop for me. See in context

How about all those people crossing and especially the cyclists deliberately racing across the pedestrian crossing well after their light has turned red ? I encounter this every day when driving.

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

afanofjapan

 Maybe this will motivate you to find a better paying job.

Do you really think that people want to work at a job for 900 yen per hour ? Many companies that should pay a proper livable wage employ people on contract and non permanent work thanks to the morons who bought this system in to Japan.

I know people who had special training for their job, and then after 5 years have to leave unless the company employs permanently. But, the good news is that they can return to the same job after 6 months away. People from necessity want to continue their work after 5 years even on their low wage but are punished by these idiotic Japanese rules.

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