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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics see 16 more COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 148 See in context

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Majority of them have stayed in the country for weeks already, some of them live in Japan. They have every right to move where they want. The ones who would still be under their quarantine (although they’ve probably all finished them by now) are closely monitored, and have e.g. no permission to even get out of the cars during their commute from previously stated place A and B.

There’s already enough xenophobia spreading around in Japan, I’d wish fellow foreigners wouldn’t further fuel it with baseless claims.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony begins See in context

For once, I agree with the moderator (and Kentarogaijin).

So far I’ve loved the ceremony - stellar job, especially with the dancing carpenters. Some happiness in the middle of these dark times.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics to open under unprecedented conditions See in context

Superhero, so did you approach them and ask who they are, and how long they’ve been in the country?

You know there are thousands of foreigners living, working & studying in Japan, and uni&school holidays have just started. And if they were Olympics affiliated media personnel, they are free to roam around just like you and me, after their quarantine. You think they’re gonna stay in their hotels, when the majority of the local folks are showing them the example of how not to care about covid?

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Posted in: We've recently been seeing an increase in the number of environmentally aware young customers. See in context

Sven Asai

That’s a niche only a very few richer people can afford all the time, what would be necessary to bring a substantial change. Buying there four times a year or going twice a year to organic cooking restaurants is maybe very nice and healthy, but is surely more for show because most people can’t afford such a lifestyle at all.

That's simply not true. If you only shop at Bio c' Bon, then yes, perhaps, as their products tend to be a bit pricey. But you can eat environmentally friendly food at a normal budget. One step in becoming environmentally friendlier is to eat at least less meat, if you feel you can't ditch it completely. Quite often the environmentally friendly/vegetarian/vegan diet can be also be a lot cheaper than the carnivore diet.

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Posted in: To close the gender gap, it is essential to improve the working environment on the set. There is harassment, working hours are long, and sleep time is reduced. Even if we train young women, they can't stand it and leave. See in context


It’s got nothing to do with women’s rights or working hours, it’s japanese culture. Change that, and the problems will disappear

Nope, it's simply toxic culture. If people are leaving as they can't stand the practices at the workplace, then the workplace really needs to change its way of thinking and working.

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


Let's see whether we can hit the 2,000 mark to coincide with the Opening Ceremony... Seems likely by the looks of it...

2021 cases, perhaps?

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Posted in: Olympic Village safe place to stay, Games organizers insist See in context


@Vinke @Tokyoite

Please do not spread disinformation. Not all athletes are vaccinated.

Err, where did I say anything about all athletes being vaccinated?

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Posted in: Olympic Village safe place to stay, Games organizers insist See in context

Some dude

"All of you bashing the games and the village - what, in real & actual practical terms, are you doing every day to try and stop the virus and to protect yourself and the others?"

I intend to get vaccinated as soon as the government gets its act together, I wear a mask every time I go out, I avoid the busy train lines as much as humanly possible, I don’t go out drinking at night, and I’m teleworking every day.


Great! Same here. Mask every time I step outside of the door - even if its to take out the trash, or go for a walk. I have received 1/2 of the vaccination, and will get the second dose a couple of weeks later. I don't go anywhere by train/subway, if possible, but walk or cycle. I order much of the things I need online, and when I need to go to the supermarket, I go there outside of the busy hours - avoiding weekends especially. I haven't really met anyone (=friends, acquaintances) F2F aside from my spouse for the past 2 years. I don't go to restaurants, izakayas (even though I absolutely love them), cafés, movie theatres etc. I also telework (though - this is not possible for everyone, and am really grateful I have this opportunity). I use a hand sanitizer every time I see one - just to also "inspire" others around me. There have been countless times when, after I've used one, e.g. at the entrance to a supermarket - others around me have stopped, "realised its existence" and also used it.

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Posted in: Olympic Village safe place to stay, Games organizers insist See in context


Everyone in the village is vaccinated and tested daily. I'd say the Olympic village is a lot safer than the Yamanote Line train at 08:15 this morning.

What do you think the test results would be if we tested everyone in Tokyo this morning?

THIS. Exactly this. I'm so tired of this lynch mob mentality of everyone, just bashing down on everything that just has the word 'Olympics' attached to it, and people not really rationally thinking things through, and, looking themselves at the mirror. Of course some cases are appearing from the village, since they're testing so vigorously. Just imagine the cases that would emerge if they tested the regular offices of the regular Taro & Keiko ever so often!

I'm extremely happy that some people I know (some with pre-existing conditions) are working exactly at the village, and don't have to take any crowded trains to crowded regular offices in Tokyo. The village really IS much safer than anywhere else in Tokyo. Regular tests, regular screenings, monitoring of movements, hand sanitizers at every corner, staggered mealtimes, etc. Security screening at the entrance. Their own clinic, their own testing station, and so on, and so on.

All of you bashing the games and the village - what, in real & actual practical terms, are you doing every day to try and stop the virus and to protect yourself and the others? Now think of that and compare it to what they're doing at the village. Seen any friends at any cafes or bars recently? Been to a mall to do some shopping? Been at a face to face meeting with anyone? Been in a rush-hour train? If so, then you have no right to complain about the village, as you are the one risking others and yourself.

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Posted in: 1st case of COVID-19 detected in Tokyo Olympic Village See in context

...just imagine all the cases they would find, if they tested the regular office workers in Japan at the same efficiency and rate they test everyone at the Athlete's Village.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite foods or snacks for coping with Japan's summer heat? See in context

Sōmen, hiyashi chuka, fruit smoothies. And lots and lots of cold water.

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Posted in: Daily tests, cardboard beds: 24 hours at Tokyo's Olympic Village See in context


Saw many of foreigners roaming around freely near Toyosu today! They were definitely the team officials from the Tokyo Olympics. I thought they weren’t allowed to leave the Olympics village! So much for having the rule book for a safe Olympics!

Hundreds, if not thousands, of foreigners who live in Japan have been working as officials for the games for years already. Since the action is about to happen, and their preparation offices are closing, they're just gathering more actively near the key venues, like the Olympic village and Tokyo Big Sight (=media) .

Again, as they live in Japan, they do not need to stay in the village bubble. (It is, however a good point, whether they should?)

I'm also a foreigner, and often roaming near Toyosu. Not an official for the games though. How do you tell the difference?

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Posted in: Daily tests, cardboard beds: 24 hours at Tokyo's Olympic Village See in context


Who will check if they abide the rules ? Big Brother ?

But I am quite sure athletes themselves will be careful as they do not want to be positive and have to withdraw from their competition

They have officials and police officers present at the village at all times. There's also a police station right outside of the village.

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Posted in: Daily tests, cardboard beds: 24 hours at Tokyo's Olympic Village See in context

I really don't understand the complaining and moaning about the cardboard beds? What should they be then? Heavy oak? Just to be discarded after the games? Then you would be complaining about "how dare you waste so much money and timber to something so temporary!#%!"

This solution is excellent in my books. It's actually very economical, ecological and practical. Believe it or not, cardboard actually makes excellent temporary furniture and other fixtures. See for example this:

As the pieces can be assembled and disassembled quickly, without tools, surely it's also a safer option - with covid in mind- than having staff members drilling, screwing and packing and stacking for hours, that you'd need to do with e.g. wooden furniture?


OMG its just a cluster waiting to happen .. all they need is ONE positive in there and its like Army of the Dead .. Close the gates and lock 'em all in lol .. its just a cruise ship without the cruise .. or the ship ..

I've been to the village. It really is quite safe, and I'd feel much, much safer there than in any neighbourhood, supermarket, train, office or a shop anywhere else in Tokyo.

What is also not visible from the photos here (or mentioned in the article), there is actually a lot of greenery and outdoor places to chill and relax behind the apartment buildings, with direct views to the Rainbow bridge.

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Posted in: Do you think the Tokyo Olympics will turn out to be a superspreader event for the coronavirus? See in context

The superspreading is happening in offices, schools, trains, shopping malls at restaurants, as we speak. I'd much rather be confined in the Olympic Village or any of the Olympic event locations, than in packed subway cars or trains during a normal weekday in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Chinese athletes complain about lax virus measures at Tokyo Olympics hotel See in context


In another article it is written Japan is doing verything to have high measurements during Olympic games. But I partly agree with that Japan is not doing much. Official lock down has never exist and already 4th state of emergency. Even TV news is broadcasting that people go drinking outside without wearing mask and talk loutly.

Signs mention not more than an X amount of people inside are ignored, trains are full.

I agree. I think that in Japan, compared to other countries, there is genuinely a difference of interpretation or conception, of what really are 'sufficient' or 'high' measures against the virus. Based on what I've witnessed for nearly 2 years now (in addition to an endless amount of news articles, tv programs, etc), people & businesses here seem to genuinely think that what they're doing is "enough" to protect from the virus: sufficient physical distance is around 20cm here, wearing the same and the one mask on your face (or your chin) for the whole day is somehow acceptable, quickly rinsing your hands in mere water after going to the toilet is somehow enough, etc. People around me keep on nodding their heads and saying in a serious, solemn tone, that "we need to be cautious and follow thorough preventative measures" - right before gathering together, side by side, either for a face to face meeting (that could've happened online), or to eat lunch together, or to meet other moms with their maskless kids at a playground, etc.

I'm also shaking my head to all the comments bashing the Chinese athletes just because they happen to be Chinese. If you're American, and your government does something questionable (there are numerous examples of this), would it be ok to label all of you under the same umbrella, and say you're all at fault? That since you're American, you automatically represent everything that comes out from there, that you automatically have the same opinions and agenda as, e.g. your president? If your country does something wrong, are you not allowed to say comments that are of the opposite view point?

These athletes have nothing to do with any labs or any possible cover-ups. If they spot a breach in the safety measures, then they are most definitely allowed to voice it out, and I applaud them for doing so.

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Posted in: Heat risks add to challenges for Tokyo's pandemic-hit Olympics See in context


"Tokyo has been notorious for its stifling summer for years."

The caption is correct, yet it still baffles me how many people walk around in long sleeve shirts, and without sun hats mumbling that it’s hot.

I saw a guy in a full suit and tie walking along the main road through our city center at 12:30pm yesterday. It was registering 30C on my car temp gauge and there’s no shade along the road.

On Saturday I went to the supermarket at about 1pm and there was a group of old ladies weeding the parking area. Again it was 29C. Why would you do it at that time? Is it some kind of macho show of gaman? Is it punishment? Is it just idiocy?

Most other countries I can think of that suffer extreme heat in summer have developed their cultures to take into account the stifling heat. Cooler and more relaxed clothing, lighter coloured clothing, siestas, a change to the working day, education to wear sun hats and sun cream, education to keep hydrated, a common sense culture of keeping out of the heat in the middle of the day etc etc etc.

Wear yukata to go to work. Companies - develop yukata so it resembles a uniform with the company logo or something.

Supermarkets - ask the old ladies to stop doing manual labour in the middle of the day in summer.

Business people - wear more sensible clothing.

People - sun hats, and sun cream.

Come on!! It’s flipping common sense.

Yup. Add to this all kinds of schools (from kindergarten up to high schools), who force children & students to have their PE classes outdoors in the heat, right under the scorching sun. There have been several cases where kids have died at school because of heat exhaustion.

Where I'm from, outdoor PE classes are cancelled ( moved indoors) when the temperature goes below -20c. I don't understand why Japan doesn't implement the same, for example when the temperature goes above +27c or so.

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Posted in: Not just COVID: Earthquakes, typhoons pose threat at Tokyo Olympics See in context


That photo shows us a high-tech state of the art facility that probably cost hundreds of millions of Yen whose task is to teach people how to bend over and hold a pillow on their head.

Anywhere else in the world this task could be accomplished by simply telling people "Hey, just bend over and hold a pillow over your head" without the need for the super ultra high tech facility.

The thing they're on is probably also shaking, to imitate a quake.

I actually really recommend everyone to visit one of these facilities, like the Sona Area in Ariake. Thrilling and exciting, but also a little bit scary, and very educational. Free entry.

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Posted in: French father goes on hunger strike for children 'abducted' by Japanese wife See in context

This Japanese practice of inhibiting the other parent to have any contact with their children is simply atrocious, especially for the children. Suddenly their other parent simply 'disappears' from their lives, just because the other parent has decided so in their anger or vindictiveness. Human rights, anyone?

I have a Japanese friend, whose marriage ended after his wife was caught cheating: my friend was out with his kid, and the kid spotted the mom with a strange man. "Daddy, who's that strange guy hugging mom?"

Even the marriage ended because of the wife, she took the kid away, and forbid my friend from seeing his child ever again. I couldn't believe the cruelty, and still can't. It's especially heart-breaking for the boy, as he and his dad were best pals.

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Posted in: Hokkaido man in his 80s gets four doses of COVID-19 vaccine See in context

Mr Kipling


It made YOU sleepy. I felt not difference after first or second jabs. Neither did Ms Kipling or most others I know who have had it.

The side-effects of the vaccines depend on a number of factors: which jab, are you male/female, your health, your age, your weight, have you already had covid, etc.

I had my first covid jab a week ago and my arm was painful for 3 days. On the second day, I was also extremely exhausted (not just sleepy) and had some fever. After that, everything's back to normal.

At least where I'm from, it's common knowledge that any kind of vaccines may make you feel a little bit under the weather for a couple of days. Laguna's advice is reasonable: you have no way of knowing if you'll feel normal or not, the following day - I once had a fever of 39c after a vaccine (several years ago). It really is sensible to have a day-off on the next day.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 950 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,458 See in context


Now, that's quite something!

950 new cases just for Tokyo, that's adding up to more than 6.000 within the past 8 days!

Where and when will the safe Olympics be held?

The danger is not at the Olympics. These 950 cases are not from the Olympics.

The danger is at the packed trains and train stations, the offices, the schools, the shopping malls, the movie theatres, the cafes, the restaurants. That's where the cases are from, that's where the virus is spreading.

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Posted in: JR East to inspect baggage at Tokyo stations during Olympics See in context

If dogs are involved, I hope they’ll check me on a daily basis. Multiple times. ^_^

And FYI, they’ve been doing something similar at least in London, for years, as a normal procedure. If you’ve done nothing wrong and have got nothing to hide, then it shouldn’t be a problem, should it? I’m glad they’re doing this.

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Posted in: VIPs allowed at Olympic opening ceremony, but no fans: report See in context

"Some people in government are concerned that the public won't accept them being given special treatment," it said.

Oh, you bet. I'm one member of the angry public if this really happens. Make it fair: either no one goes, or then e.g. 2,500 VIPS and 2,500 common folk (limiting the number of spectators is more than fine and reasonable). But not so that it's all just VIPs who can enter.

I have tickets to the opening, have been really looking forward to this (especially after 2 years of being and going nowhere), and nope, can not get a full refund of the tickets, if they decide us peasants aren't allowed in.

Will only get around 2/3 of the ticket value back. Well I guess the VIPs need funding to ensure catering works without a glitch during the ceremony and after.

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Posted in: Man arrested for corpse abandonment after storing parents’ bodies inside refrigerator See in context

Just what exactly is up with people storing dead bodies at their homes here (or leaving them at train station lockers)? So many of these stories recently. Why does anyone do that? Some insurance money scam? Inability to handle the procedures that follow after someone’s death? What? For me it’s just unfathomable - wouldn’t want to spend even a second with a corpse, but also, the deceased deserve better than to be shoved in a fridge or some cupboard.

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Posted in: Japan arranging to end full operation of state-run vaccination sites in August See in context

Commodore Perry

The medical worker looks dressed appropriately and ready to do his job. Gambare!

But I don't get the old guy wearing that hat indoors.

Um, first, what does it matter, and how is it relevant to this article?

Second, the old guy looks very stylish and cool. You know we live in the 2020's, not 1920's - you are allowed to wear your hat where ever you like, and additionally, the old guy was actually very wise to wear a hat if it was a hot, sunny day. Follow his example.

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Posted in: Hashimoto, Koike say no fans at Olympics still an option See in context


Good to see Gov Koike back. Her leadership has been missed this past week.

She should show an example for others and properly REST at home until she's 100% ok (doesn't matter if you agree with her policies and thoughts or not), and at least work remotely. Now she's basically just saying everybody should 'gaman' and show up at the office even when you're not well.


Low case numbers, low mortality. Really not a case to go for zero fans.

The European football finals are on at the moment and the stadiums are half full, and even fuller in places.

Yup, exactly. And Japan is enforcing much, much stricter rules for the Olympic fans, than the Euro locations for the football fans. One example is St.Petersburg, where majority of the locals actively avoid wearing face masks, even though the city is bristling with the virus (especially delta). Even so, fans were chanting, shouting etc. at the stadiums, partying at the pubs, etc. One good point for Japan is that majority of people wear a mask, at least some kind of a mask, at least somehow, and possible fans at the stadiums are banned from chanting, shouting etc.

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Posted in: Chinese people vexed by Communist Party's image among Japanese See in context

I've had two bigger culture shocks in my life; the other one was in China, when I went there from Japan. I was expecting it to be more similar with Japan, but in reality it was miles and miles apart. Add to to that the encounters I've had with Chinese tourists over many years (especially in Japan), and sorry to say, but my image of China or the Chinese in general is not very flattering (there are amazing individuals though, of course, as always). Some adjectives and nouns I associate with them: dirty, noisy, ill-mannered, violent, cruel towards animals (and minorities), tacky, superficial, materialistic, unecological, unethical, regressed.

What is good about China, is related to nature, tea and art - but I sadly can't come up with anything positive about the current society there.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 673 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,751 See in context


Here in the UK 15% of the Scotland fans who came down to London for the Euros match against England have tested positive on their return home. Any superspreader sports events on the horizon in Japan?

Genuinely asking:

How were the restrictions at the match/stadium like, how about pubs, trains, buses, and whatnot?

How many people (rough %) wear/wore masks?

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Posted in: Shop hopes its deerskin goods focus minds on Japan's huge deer culls See in context


Just like us meat-eaters do! I respect the lives of the animals, who died to sustain me and my family!

Great, if you do. Then you're surely not buying and eating industrially produced meat, as there sure is nothing respectful in that. It is simply just horror and torture from the beginning to the end.

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Posted in: Shop hopes its deerskin goods focus minds on Japan's huge deer culls See in context

Aly Rustom

Its such a wasted opportunity. Instead of culling deer and wild boar, they should create farms and raise them as livestock.

Such a wasted opportunity.

How about no? We should be aggressively reduce industrial meat production (and consumption of meat altogether), not increase it.

If you really must eat meat though, then it's of course better you eat wild game - then at least the animal has had a good, natural life up until its death.

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