COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: Abe's two-mask pledge met online with derision and humor See in context

Despite mixed views among experts on the medical value of masks, they are popular in Japan and were commonly worn during cold and hay fever seasons even before the coronavirus pandemic.

Since many people with the virus are asymptomatic, the widespread use of makes may be the only reason why Japan has not been hit harder. HK and Taiwan adopted a similar custom after SARS, and their rates of infection are lower than expected.

The US CDC was pitching not using masks so that horders wouldn't keep masks from medical professionals. Hard to understand the logic, and people balked. If masks are good for medical professionals, then why wouldn't the be good for everyday people. The US CDC has since reversed this advice given the problems with asymptomatic cases spreading the virus.

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Posted in: Japan Post to temporarily stop accepting international mail due to coronavirus See in context

The virus will not last long enough outside a person to survive the transit time. Paper and cardboard has the lowest time (up to 24 hours), and plastic and non-copper metals have the longest time (around 72 hours). Lack of flights seems reasonable enough, but a blanket suspension of all mail from the selected countries seems dubious, like manyof the politicians steps to address the virus.

The Post office should put more emphasis on the pen that the delivery person asks you to use. It has been circulating everywhere for three days potentially collecting and distributing the virus (not to mention other bugs). We don't touch "the pen" at our house. Instead, we just use our hanko.

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Posted in: Trump scoffs at 'Parasite' Oscar win See in context

What's the matter man-baby?

A movie stole the news cycle just a little?

This guy can't stand when he doesn't have influence on the news.

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Posted in: 3,700 cruise ship passengers, crew face 2-week quarantine off Yokohama See in context

Please post side by side this year's influenza stats next to these Corona stats.

Jeez, you want facts, but a side by side comparison of the facts is probably misleading.

Influenza is more dangerous because more people are infected and as a result more people die.

Still, the CV appears to be easier to transmit than the seasonal flu and appears to have a higher mortality rate. So, if left to run unchecked, CV could be worse than the seasonal flu.

That said, people should be using the same hygiene to protect themselves.

Wash your hands. Don't touch your face. A mask is more likely to be helpful by stopping you from touching your face.

Most masks are only partially effective since there are gaps that let air in, and the majority of virus particles from coughing will settle on a surface. So, if you are wearing a mask and someone coughs on you (not especially likely), you are probably still going to get infected.

There is a lot of fear out there.

Yea, I don't have a lot of confidence in compo prescribing doctors.

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Posted in: Sawajiri pleads guilty to illegal drug possession, says she won't return as actress See in context

Confess to anything to get a suspended sentence.

Yea, Japanese justice at work.

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Posted in: Ghosn puts Japan's justice system on trial See in context

Carlos is doing this for all foreigners working in japan

I'm too jaded to believe that Carlos is doing this for anything other than to save his own skin or that there will be any changes.

There are a number of examples of the prosecutors getting tasked with a hit job on someone who overstepped their bounds.

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Posted in: Ghosn puts Japan's justice system on trial See in context

I have yet to find anyone who has analyzed Ghosn's treatment in Japan from the perspective of poor or minority Americans.

The American system is far from perfect. The best example is plea bargaining where prosecutors threaten severe charges to get a person (even if innocent) to agree to a lesser charge. In addition, people who have less influence (money, race, sexual orientation, etc.) tend to suffer disproportionately. Prosecutors are also not held accountable for violating people's rights, like withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense. That said, a judge would dismiss a case or at least declare a mistrial if there was prosecutor misconduct.

However, there is no hostage justice or confessions obtained through torture. A person must be charged within one or two days or they are released. There is an opportunity for bail, and judge's are more likely to be independent of the prosecution. Legal representation is a right, and a presumption of innocence and a jury trial are fundamental.

What exists in Japan is barbaric and needs to change. Will it change? I have serious doubts. More likely, the screws will tighten even further, and the human rights abuses will get worse.

I don't have a firm opinion on Ghosn and whether he committed a crime (aside from the criminal escape). The more I see, the less I believe he is guilty.

Aside from his guilt, I do believe he is just another victim of the Japanese judicial system, and only a person of his means could have escaped. The rest of us would be crushed by the Japanese judicial system, unless we apologized of course, even if we did not commit the crime.

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Posted in: Trump accuses Democrats of 'attempted coup' on eve of impeachment vote See in context

"The GoP can't handle the truth."

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Posted in: Trump accuses Democrats of 'attempted coup' on eve of impeachment vote See in context

What a circus.

But actually Trump revels in this.

No, I think it is really the way he interacts with the outside world. He does what he wants and then turns on this routine to distract people from what is indefensible and criminal behavior.

No reason to expect anything different now.

The hard part is seeing this example of extreme partisanship from the GoP. I can understand the GoP's position. They are losing young and educated voters and are barely hanging on to power, so the GoP is doing everything they can to avoid losing power. Even if it means trashing the constitution.

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Posted in: Court orders journalist to pay damages to reporter Shiori Ito in rape lawsuit See in context

So she gets a measly 3 million yen for being raped and he walks free doesnt see the inside of a cell for one day..disgusting

That was my first thought. I'm glad she won the case and can feel some vindication, but it is hard to really celebrate.

Is that all the damages the court thinks she suffered? Apparently.

Will this deter another assault? No.

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Posted in: Apple tunes out trade war as new AirPods, services lift holiday outlook See in context

I bought these. Best headphones I’ve ever owned hands down. Very impressed.

Are you OK with the 18-30 month life?

Basically, Apple's hardware has turned into a subscription service because the hardware cannot be serviced (it is replaced with a refurbished piece) and it breaks soon after the warranty period. Bose another over marketed product is similar.

Warranties sold to customers were always a losing proposition for consumers, and a win for the business that sold them. Products that lived past the manufacturer's warranty generally didn't break, except with normal wear and tear, and the money spent on the warranty would be better saved for a future replacement.

Now, Apple's AppleCare just extends the time before you have to buy new hardware. Expect to be buying these things over and over again.

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Posted in: Trump says Pelosi may be guilty of treason See in context

Trump is a complete embarrassment.

Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution because tyrants had used charges of "treason" to imprison anyone they wanted. They had someone like Trump in mind.

“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/30/james-madison-warned-us-that-trump-is-dangerously-un-american/

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Posted in: McConnell says he would not be able to derail House impeachment effort See in context

McConnell is as much a part of the problem with the current government as Trump.

So, it is impossible to believe much that he says.

Democrats recently changed the whistleblower rules to allow third-party complaints

Wow, this falsehood has already been debunked. Of course, Gulianni is spouting these lies to the true believers, so they are repeated.

Why is it the GoP always claims the weak underdog position: those dastardly Dems changing the rules to allow in evidence of Trump's wrong doing. Hmmm.

Assume that this was true (it is not), How does that change your opinion of soliciting the Ukraine to interfere with the 2020 election? Because Trump was by his own admission soliciting Ukraine. How can anyone justify that as being appropriate? I guess if you are losing and you will do anything to win.....

This may be why elected Democrats haven't actually begun an impeachment. They still don't have any actual evidence of wrong doing.

Yes, with the exception of the admissions in the transcript (which are patently criminal) the WB statement is mostly hearsay, which can be used to obtain a subpoena to obtain the direct evidence.

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Posted in: Trump allies in disarray as Democrats push impeachment See in context

We all should hope that the impeachment process goes quickly.

The evidence is damning, and Trump is handing it out against his own top advisors. He can't even tell when he commits a crime. And then, there is the cover up.

The big downside of impeachment is Pence. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

In need of a distraction, Trump is also chasing the Clinton server again.

Let's hope he doesn't completely "Wag the Dog" and decide he needs to do something disruptive, like start a trade war or an actual war.

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Posted in: Robert Pattinson picked as the new Batman: report See in context

Another Batman origin story, this time dark and moody.

I liked nearly all the batman movies (minus the Kilmer and Clooney one's) , but the thing is done to death.

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Posted in: Pentagon tells White House to stop politicizing military after USS John McCain incident See in context

The goal would be to ensure there is less ambiguity about how the military should support VIP events and how service members should respond to such political requests

My first thought is that the military should not act on political PR requests. However, that is naive.

Officers are representatives of the government and are creatures of and subject to political influence. Still, senior officers should shield their junior officers as much as possible from inappropriate political influence and take the heat if necessary even if it is career suicide.

The actions of the military in this instance just appears to be confused and embarrassing. The political acts? Are commonly confused and embarrassing, if not deadly.

What is clear, is there is a lack of leadership starting with Trump. And, that lack of leadership has flowed down the chain of command. A tarp, then a tug was put in front of the name. Then, someone grew a brain and stopped the idiocy.

The officers and sailors on that ship should not have been compromised in this way, and a leader somewhere in the chain failed those men and women in a large way.

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Posted in: Trump hits Mexico with 5% tariff in response to illegal immigration See in context

So he is just going to do whatever he thinks is right. 

Two problems with that statement: (1) the dude is unable to make educated decisions (besides base self-enrichment), and (2) his decisions usually violate the constitution (including the bill of rights), the law, human rights, objective facts; you know, those pesky obstacles.

Excellent!

Yea, not so excellent because then everyone thinks that they can do what they think is right. It is already happening. Fools are accosting Americans demanding to see green cards or a drivers license, lawless vigilantes at the border.

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Posted in: Trump hits Mexico with 5% tariff in response to illegal immigration See in context

So he is just going to do whatever he thinks is right. 

Two problems with that statement: (1) the dude is unable to make educated decisions (besides base self-enrichment), and (2) his decisions usually violate the constitution (including the bill of rights), the law, human rights, objective facts; you know, those pesky obstacles.

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Posted in: Trump hits Mexico with 5% tariff in response to illegal immigration See in context

Well, goodbye new NAFTA... This was quick !

Disappeared faster than an agreement with NK.

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Posted in: Trump hits Mexico with 5% tariff in response to illegal immigration See in context

Well, looks like we're all going to pay for Trump's immigration policy.

That can't be true, Trump said China pays tariffs. So, Mexico will be paying these tariffs. Right???

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Posted in: Trump says impeachment is 'dirty, filthy, disgusting word' See in context

the Democrats just don’t have the votes and the Republicans with the exception of one will not remove him from office. So this is all a fantasy in the Democrats head, he will not be removed

Basically true for once except you are jumping the shark a little. How will the public feel watching a Senate trail run like a third world country while damning evidence is presented? People are already fed up privileged people getting off, ala affluenza, the Stanford rape case, DWB.

Maybe you are right though, the public is too uninformed and misinformed to understand the water is boiling and they are getting cooked.

Dems will take the bait soon. It’s doubtful even all their own side will vote for this. Will be a total embarrassment when they do.

The Dems haven't yet because they don't want the same consequences of the Clinton impeachment when the Republicans lost control of the legislature because the GoP thought it was politically important to impeach a president for something as mundane as lying about consensual sex.

No, if the Dems bring impeachment charges, there will be more than a stained dress to cry about. Part 2 of the Mueller report clearly shows the President obstructed justice, the first article of Nixon's impeachment.

My worry with impeachment is Pence. That dude is afraid to be alone in a room with a woman who isn't his wife. If that isn't extreme and delusional, I don't know what is.

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Posted in: Mueller says probe did not clear Trump as Congress weighs impeachment See in context

Viking: Good to have you back.

Let's not lose sight of how petty, vile, and repugnant Donny is:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-ordered-uss-john-033241611.html

Got burned out and needed a break.

Wonder if the confirmation hearings for the acting SecDoD will ask about the USS John McCain and actions to protect the baby man.

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Posted in: Mueller says probe did not clear Trump as Congress weighs impeachment See in context

So then Mueller could have recommended that, but he didn’t, so regardless of what Mueller THOUGHT or FELT, it’s irrelevant, was there a crime committed or not? He couldn’t prove it, so than there was No crime.

Still in the Truthiness business?

"Truthiness is the belief or assertion that a particular statement is true based on the intuition or perceptions of some individual or individuals, without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts."

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Posted in: Mueller says probe did not clear Trump as Congress weighs impeachment See in context

"Democrat fish story from hell"

Superlative marketing.

"Trump will be re-elected considering there are no competitors smart enough."

Funny, you think intelligence is required to be elected when Trump's in the office.

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Posted in: Mueller says probe did not clear Trump as Congress weighs impeachment See in context

This is the era when "spin" isn't enough.

Mueller: "The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,"  For those who can't fully understand English: We couldn't prosecute because the only action against a president's criminal acts is impeachment, but we couldn't exonerate because the facts didn't support exoneration.

Trump, Barr and GoP (and supporters): Clearly, “There was insufficient evidence" “Today was phenomenal news."  The GoP has become a party of zealots knowingly telling and believing outright lies. Shameful.

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Posted in: As outrage grows over children, Trump says he will not let U.S. become 'migrant camp' See in context

How to Mislead with Statistics, DHS Secretary Nielson Edition:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/06/18/how-to-mislead-with-statistics-dhs-secretary-nielsen-edition/?utm_term=.2bb93c1a233d

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Posted in: Trump escalates China trade dispute with extra tariffs threat See in context

The more erratic things he done the more boosting for Communist China to emerge as world hegamony! Not a bad idea!

China has more to lose in this game!!

What happens if Trump follows through and hits all Chinese imports with tariffs?

That is the threat.

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Posted in: As outrage grows over children, Trump says he will not let U.S. become 'migrant camp' See in context

The current situation is a problem because the number of families who enter the US illegally is skyrocketing.

Because the Trump administration is denying entry for asylum seekers, so asylum seekers are entering illegally.

There is no change in the number of families entering the U.S.

The other fallacy (part of your skyrocketing statistics) is that smugglers are using children to enter the country and escape incarceration. The number of people doing that is 6 in 10,000, and that hasn't changed.

The statistical methods to measure immigration are being manipulated to produce a skyrocket effect. The only change is a slow change to normal immigration after immigration slowed following Trump getting put in office.

Trump and co are too dumb to keep the lies going.

This is all about deterrence, which is criminal and unethical.

The people still supporting Trump on this should be ashamed.

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Posted in: Trump escalates China trade dispute with extra tariffs threat See in context

Trump and Xi are both dictators, but one of them is much better at it.

China will fight to keep the gains it has won through its unbalanced trade policies. They will not give in easily, and they have a stronger control of their country and economy.

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Posted in: As outrage grows over children, Trump says he will not let U.S. become 'migrant camp' See in context

My state is a sanctuary state and to me I think it’s disgusting to watch to see how my beautiful state is crumbling and turning into a Third World stat us. All of the politicians in California are sick!

The horror. Being human is a sickness.

Your state has always been known for its Hispanic history and what that brings, gangs, poor people, farm workers, great food. It isn't all white, and it isn't all Hispanics. You see every ethnicity.

In the early days, the farms were completely dependent on migrant workers, and without the farms and migrants, your state would be half of what it is.

Even the biggest and most well known cities there are named using Spanish, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco.

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