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Posted in: Japan to give face masks to 50 mil households to fight virus See in context

Just wait: i bet we have to go to our local city hall branch office to pick them up!

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Posted in: Bob Dylan releases first original music in nearly a decade See in context

The first four lines of this "poetry" are so cringeworthy I immediately stopped listening.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context

South Korea did not lock down. Not sure why every country doesn't copy their methodology.

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Posted in: Cherry blossom viewing parties wither away due to coronavirus outbreak See in context

Most blossoms have not opened yet; even so, Koganei park, Tokyo, yesterday was jam packed.

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Posted in: Scrapping cherry blossom parties like taking hugs away from Italians: Koike See in context

Koganei park yesterday was overflowing with kids like I have never seen before; literally crowds. Not to mention the mums and retired folk. The annual popular blossom party there is nothing in comparison.

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

Amazing how people already know they are too expensive and not as good as XYZ even though they haven't tried or even seen them. Lucky we have such experts to guide us.

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Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall on Izu Peninsula; one dead, at least 50 injured See in context

Not sure these flippant comments are appropriate. Some people have already lost their homes, others in evacuation centres . . .

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Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall on Izu Peninsula; one dead, at least 50 injured See in context

Tamagawa river has reached flood level according to an emergency alert. Nogawa in Mitaka/Chofu etc is higher than I have ever seen it.

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Posted in: 50 crows found dead in Tokyo park See in context

They are ravens, not crows.

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Posted in: Honda unveils power storage apparatus for camping See in context

Because camping with a rice cooker and electric blanket is so important.

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Posted in: Japan Railways to offer new three-day unlimited pass for Tokyo and east Japan See in context

Great deal (not). Convenient window of opportunity (not).

I wish we could just get the real pass that foreign tourists are allowed. These days bullet trains are double the airlines' prices.

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Posted in: Google adds voice-activated shopping, taking on Amazon See in context

Google, the ultimate Me Too company,

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Posted in: Trudeau says Canada will continue to take refugees See in context

Americans would do well to take a trip over the border and see what a civilised caring country actually looks like.

Go America!

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Posted in: More than 2 mil retail power users switch to new entrants See in context

Anyone changed? I also would like to know which providers have the best pricing.

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Posted in: Serial foot licker apprehended in Kyoto See in context

She's a sucker and he's a licker.

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Posted in: Man arrested after showing up at police station with woman's body in his car See in context

There are very few laws here that fit act crimes. That's why killing ten cats in a park will get you arrested for "disrupting business."

Pissing off the platform in a train station will get you nothing more than a damp leg because it's business as usual.

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Posted in: 8 reasons Japan is so clean See in context

Japan is dirty and most beaches are disgusting.

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Posted in: 6,588 taken to hospital for heatstroke in week to Aug 7 See in context

Many people, including the old, cannot afford to run aircon.

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Posted in: What do you think of Japan's health insurance system? See in context


You obviously don't know much about the world of health care. Japanese is not bad. But even a poorish country like Thailand is more affordable for its population, less wasteful and of a high standard.

I will not mention Canada and Europe because there is no comparison.

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Posted in: Pink Floyd to put out unreleased tracks in box set See in context

Apart from a few good tracks, the rest is probably rubbish. That's why they never released it when they actually were a band.

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Posted in: Samsung extends lead over Apple in smartphone market See in context


your comment innovation pool seems already empty.

Find a new hobby horse.

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Posted in: Teen couple arrested for burying newborn baby in park See in context

The post about adoption was on the nose; however, any comment with "Japan" included is ridiculous. This kind of thing occasionally happens here and in most countries. They are teens. They are confused. They made a bad choice.

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Posted in: Japan latest battleground in Airbnb home-sharing war See in context

We have all kinds of problems with noise and antisocial behaviour around our house. They are all Japanese idiots causing the problems. We call the police almost weekly. They do nothing.

We also do Airbnb. None of our guests have disturbed anyone by even the smallest degree.

There is a lot of hot air in this thread, some of it ironically smelling of racism--and all of it from people, as usual, with zero personal experience.

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Posted in: Nissan fends off union pressure in U.S. state of Mississippi See in context

The idea of democracy is a good one; but there are downsides. People vote for Abe, for example. So I say, no more democracy.

Can we have a vote on that idea?

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Posted in: 14-year-old girl arrested for strangling grandfather to death See in context

"Try her as an adult and throw away the key, please"

Words like this are cheap. Thinking requires some expenditure. Please.

First, perhaps we should investigate the holders of the keys. She went to the police asking for help.

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Posted in: Pokemon Go seen making billions for Apple See in context

Since they started the whole mobile app revolution and also the online app store, I'd say they deserve every penny.

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Posted in: Trump: France, others hit by terror may face more screening See in context

As far as gun killings are concerned, just look north to Canada where they are quite strictly controlled. Especially hand guns. Deer do have to be careful though.

In terms of murders in general, you will discover that Montreal, for example, is a safer place to live than Tokyo.

And you will also notice they have a very welcoming immigration policy.

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Posted in: Smartwatch market slips on Apple decline See in context

Most people telling everyone how it is a waste of time and money don't have one. I have one. If you have many appointments during the day it is very handy to check time place and details. If you are on the move for much of the day and receive many text messages and emails, it is extremely useful. You glance at it and within 4 seconds have the information you need.

It also tells you the time without fishing in your bag for your phone.

Of course, it is unpractical if you never had one or used one. And of course, people who don't have things but take the time to write on the internet about how useless those things are, well certainly they are the kind of people we can respect and trust.

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Posted in: KFC offering all-you-can-eat fried chicken in Japan every Wednesday starting in mid-summer See in context

Factory chicken meat. Treating living sentient beings as bits and bobs on a production line. Even more disgusting than the colonels original (salt + salt) recipe.

Hopefully the customers will gorge on this great deal and vomit in the stylish plastic tabled restaurant to the merriment of other patrons.

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Posted in: 820 treated with heatstroke symptoms, one dead See in context

Many old people, especially in the countryside, don't have the money to use aircon. And they are not working in the fields for a hobby.

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