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Posted in: Japan to begin Go To Travel Campaign on July 22 See in context

Very limited choice! It is all arranged by JATA and JTB, so their hotels, transportation, shops, souvenirs, tours, etc..

As for the estimated commission fees of up to 309.5 billion yen, just another payola from the same people who spent billions on the Abenomask, to their friends and cronies.

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Posted in: Telemedicine shakes up Japan's health care sector See in context

Still unable to take blood or other body fluids for checking remotely, measure physical symptoms such as heart or lung function, touch the patients to ascertain pain or physical symptoms, and administer diagnostic tests or medicines; but it does provide a useful screening service, and as stated above, is useful for longer term monitoring. Should be integrated into total health plan.

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Posted in: Tokyo coronavirus cases hit record daily high of 224; 80% in their 20s, 30s See in context

@Reckless - I wonder if there are suitable substitutes such as less restrictive bandana like masks, or transparent face shields for people with breathing problems?

Yes, there are. There are transparent full face shields that cover your face from your forehead downwards, smaller ones that cover from the chin to above the nose. My wife uses both of them, and finds no restrictions on breathing. There are also some high-flow cycling masks, with N95 filters and exhalation valves, and an extra band behind the neck, making them great for sports.

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Posted in: Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics See in context

The actual PM is decided in the political backrooms by weighing up debts and favours incurred in the past, and potential debts and favours to be owed in the future. Nothing to do with ability or experience.

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Posted in: Japan's supercomputer suggests changes to travel, work amid airborne virus threat See in context

Most trains now have air-conditioning, and windows that can't be opened!

Maybe leave the doors half open?

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Posted in: In Tokyo, a temple offers pandemic-hit Vietnamese workers a safe haven See in context

A representative of the hotel where she worked told Reuters they were not in a position to comment because they did not employ Luong directly.

Looks like the usual personnel agencies acting as labour brokers, probably taking a large cut, with zero responsibility from the end employer. Just like TEPCO and their nuclear gypsies, though they had 7-8 layers of personnel contractors, many with ties to organised crime.

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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 more rights you claim, the less freedom you have.

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Posted in: Japan's household spending drops at record pace as virus hits economy See in context

@mable - currently ward offices are unable to process the applications - not enough staff. They are even advertising for part-timers to help. Expect it in a few more weeks.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly? See in context

36 years later, no HIV vaccine, but treatments are available for infected people to live almost normally, as long as they take precautions.

Today, Covid-19, no vaccines, no treatment available in anything like the quantity required, prolonged first wave or second wave infections rising, global travel in turmoil, millions unable to work around the world, even training for athletes is difficult.

As I wrote earlier, it is looking more and more like a 2022 Olympics, but maybe best to just cut the losses, cancel it outright, and move on to 2024 in Paris and 2028 in Los Angeles. 2032 Tokyo anyone?

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Posted in: Koike, Abe say they'll cooperate on virus, Olympics See in context

Just a year away to July 2021. No vaccines, no treatment available in anything like the quantity required, prolonged first wave or second wave infections rising, global travel in turmoil, millions unable to work around the world, even training for athletes is difficult.

It is looking more and more like a 2022 Olympics, or just cut the losses, cancel it outright, and move on to 2024 in Paris and 2028 in Los Angeles.

If they have an appetite for it, Japan could have another shot in 2032, when Fukushima might really be under control!

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Posted in: 34 confirmed dead or missing after heavy rain in southwestern Japan See in context

Forest vegetation, especially tree roots, helps stabilize hillslopes by reinforcing soil shear strength. Plant something other than cedar trees with their short roots, to reduce the risk of landslides.

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Posted in: Air Canada stops guaranteeing adjacent economy class seats are empty See in context

Flew on them to Toronto last year - 'Premium Economy - very poor. Flight attendants arguing amongst themselves, meal menu not available due to wrong order, in-flight entertainment not working, and 3 attendants concentrating on some celebrity passenger and ignoring everyone else. Arrived in Toronto airport to a broken escalator and flooded toilets. Return flight was much better. Would give them a second chance, but this PR message seems to be offering less service, not an enhancement.

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Posted in: JR Central gives up on opening new maglev train service in 2027 See in context

Japan Airlines and JNR, now JR Central have been working on it since 1970, obtaining funding in 2007, routes were proposed in 2008, and had official government approval in 2011. So what have the officials in Shizuoka been doing for the last umpteen years?

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Posted in: Koike looks set to be re-elected Tokyo governor even as coronavirus cases rise See in context

@ken wyatt She's probably the least incompetent of the lot. Which is what we seem to look for in leaders these days...

Sad but true.

She owes the Egyptian government for her 'Degree Validation', for settling the doubts and rumours about her Cairo University study back in 1976, or maybe they owed Japan for all their aid?

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Posted in: Japan's single mothers, female nonregular workers hard hit by virus See in context

Some of the biggest spokeswomen for 'Womenomics' in Japan work for foreign companies or are academics, high-ranking and well-paid employees who are given time to speak, indeed it could be cynically called virtue-signalling PR for them. They have almost zero concept of the daily struggles of the average Suzuki-san, juggling 2 or even 3 part-time jobs to make ends meet, and put her children through school.

They should get rid of the male 'oyajis' on these committees and include more local working women, who would know first hand the realities, and work on practical solutions, not vote-grabbing politcal arrows.

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Posted in: Japanese women feeling pressured by image of perfect 'mama': study See in context

Not just magazines, but manga, anime, commercials, TV dramas, all promoting the same image.

And you can guess who is behind them, the Ministry of Propaganda! D....u.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 107 new coronavirus cases on Thursday See in context

Nothing from Mayor Koike - too busy with re-election.

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Posted in: Only 60% of municipalities have emergency supplies for infants, elderly See in context

Do they keep these items until they expire? And just write off the cost?

Or do they have some sort of rotation and tracking system that enables them to sell the foods when they get close to their expiry date, and replenish the supply?

Even if they were heavily discounted, they would still get some cash to contribute to the next round of supplies.

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Posted in: Japan to delay 'womenomics' target for female leaders by up to a decade: report See in context

Looks like half the headlines today are about Japan changing guidelines and definitions to suit failed policies.

Moving the goalposts. Pencil sharpening.

“You are a slow learner, Winston."

"How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four."

"Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.” 

― George Orwell, 1984

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Posted in: Traffic law to punish tailgating to go into effect Tuesday See in context

*@blvtzpk** It seems that newer and higher end car models have lights that automatically switch on when it grows dark. This is good, but not all cars have this feature, and there’s reluctance for drivers to switch on their lights to account for lighting conditions.*

But you have to engage the auto switch! And that's what these people don't do.

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Posted in: Nissan executives face angry shareholders See in context

Uchida is in control by name only, Gupta and some of the others from the Renault side are now trying to drive Nissan, and what is left of the 'Alliance', thwarted by a total lack of integration in Japan, despite more than 20 years of the three company agreement.

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Posted in: Traffic law to punish tailgating to go into effect Tuesday See in context

@Redtail Swift - In other news, we are starting to see a spike in the sales of car dash-cams.

These may help, though from experience of witnessing a car crash in full 1920 x 1080 and offering the file to the police; they don't seem to know what to do with them, nor where they particularly interested.

To get evidence of tailgating, you need the higher spec models that include the rear-facing camera.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 60 coronavirus cases; highest since state of emergency lifted See in context

Nothing from Koike - she does not want to compromise her re-election bid.

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Posted in: Cat honored by police for leading to rescue of man stuck in canal See in context


Just finished the book, a delightful tale!

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Posted in: JR Central to delay planned start in 2027 of maglev train service See in context

In time for the 2040 Olympics?

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Posted in: U.S. demanded Japan pay $8 bil annually for troops: Bolton See in context

Japan and the UK both function as unsinkable aircraft carriers, permanently off the coasts of Asia and Europe respectively. Would not expect any change to that status.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi UFJ to ban financing for production of nuclear weapons See in context

Virtue signalling of the highest order! Their own sister/ brother company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is one of the largest miltary builders and suppliers in Japan - airplanes, helicopters, missiles, tanks, ships, submarines, virtually everything. They are also trying to get their Mitsubishi Regional Jet ( MRJ Spacejet) off the ground too, after a string of delays, failures and changes in management.

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Posted in: JAL eyes extending ¥150,000 allowance to each employee See in context

Whoops - correction.

eyeing halving summer bonus - however much that might be 

plans to provide up to 150,000 yen in special allowances...for up to 36,000 employees...

All in all, a very vague article of what might happen...

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Posted in: JAL eyes extending ¥150,000 allowance to each employee See in context

eyeing halving summer bonus - however much that might be for up to 36,000 employees...

plans to provide up to 150,000 yen in special allowances...

All in all, a very vague article of what might happen...

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Posted in: Pandemic prevents 6 envoys from presenting credentials to emperor See in context

Digital credentials - tele-presenting - might be a good example for the emperor to initiate.

But he is really well isolated by the Imperial Household Agency - in every sense of the word.

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