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Posted in: Last trains in Tokyo area to leave earlier from Wed night to help stem virus surge See in context

This is curfew masquerading as virus prevention.

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Posted in: Kirin Brewery head questions restrictions on Tokyo bars, restaurants See in context

I can reword it as: "Why don't I get enough money?"

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Posted in: Tokyo raises healthcare alert to highest level after virus cases soar to 822 See in context

I see Tokyo government not even learning from their own findings yet; they're acting too slow.

The denial bubble is about to burst though and they're gonna regret it.

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Posted in: Santa-san See in context

Fanny Greene

cos there's lots of chimneys in Japan ;)

They also changed to Sagawa delivery for cross-cutting.

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Posted in: 密 chosen as kanji character best representing 2020 See in context

密 is the most obvious one for this year. No other kanji comes close.

Brian Wheway

I would have suggested 距離 Kyori distance.

Good suggestion. That's two characters though so I don't think it's possible.

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Posted in: Japanese water purification ritual at shrines under threat due to the pandemic See in context

The tradition far surpassed multiple pandemics. I'm pretty sure the Japanese aren't that gullible for a crowdfunding scheme profiteering off of fear, are they?

...it got backed with more than 2 million yen.

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Posted in: Japan pledges support to vaccinate Tokyo Olympic athletes See in context

This is just PR fluff for the athletes to still join the olympics. Would they get persuaded, I don't know but I doubt they would comply anyway because of adverse effects that might affect their performance.

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Posted in: Empress Masako turns 57 See in context

Cool. I don't think 57 is significant in any way. See you next year then.

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Posted in: Less contact, short trips: Tokyo Olympics organizers set out rules See in context

These rules make me all hyped and excited!

Sarcasm aside I wonder if people already have buyer's remorse with their tickets.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to make coronavirus vaccines free to residents See in context


-only took a year,

This is the perfect timing since the feasibility studies and efficacy tests for the vaccines are showing up.

You know countries that made the decision faster? Enumerate it here.

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Posted in: Merriam-Webster's top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic See in context

The word Tedros could not utter when it started is now the top word of the year.

How fitting.

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Posted in: Shimadzu introduces lower-priced automated coronavirus test machine See in context

Hopefully we could see more testing numbers on release.

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Posted in: JETRO opens website to promote Japanese liquor shochu worldwide See in context

I get that people don't like shochu, but shochu is a great neutral base for mixes. I'd call it a support liquor.

Get someone like Bill Murray to get a fad on shochu then we'll talk.

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Posted in: Japan to test 15,000 people for coronavirus antibodies by end of year See in context

Can they meet the quota though? I see they're still struggling to have test counts for their PRC tests.

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Posted in: Koike asks Tokyo restaurants serving alcohol to shorten opening hours for 3 weeks See in context

I feel bad for the struggling business owners even with their efforts like installing clear curtains and limiting the amount of people that can sit by half by putting X marks on the seats, the government goes for the neck by instilling fear to the customers with this soft curfew... Never mind the rent, for food and drink businesses, checking the number of cases per day is like checking the weather now.

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Posted in: Koike says Japan can host Olympics despite virus spike See in context

"Bach just reminded me that I am on his payroll so I have to do my due diligence."

Ironically, the sole winner of this Olympics is Russia, which have been banned years prior.

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to eat and drink in small groups See in context

I'm pretty sure she used "小" for subliminal messaging, to make her name stick to people's minds.


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Posted in: Australia, Japan to bolster defense ties amid China's rise See in context

I think this move is for both countries to appease both sides, pro- and anti-china. Are there any disadvantages of being diplomatic with your neighbors?

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Posted in: Olympic athletes won't be forced to get COVID-19 vaccinations, says Bach See in context

Part of me wants to see an olympics with no audience and no participants. That would be the most "I told you so" moment for the new decade.

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy jumps to death from apartment building in Niigata See in context


I feel sorry for the resident who saw that at 8am.

He (she) will be reminded of that every Friday the 13th... Unfortunate timing.

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Posted in: Japanese company creates 'business card masks' that put your name and workplace on your face See in context

I predict when the vaccines start to roll out we'll have the government-mandated "ワクチン済" mask.

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Posted in: Hokkaido town deploys 'Monster Wolf' robots to deter wild bears See in context

Who knew Man with a Mission had a side gig.

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Posted in: JR East to test driverless bullet trains in 2021 See in context

The Yurikamome trains have no pilots yet it has the most expensive tickets in Tokyo. I'm all for implementing this as long as JR East does not jack up their ticket prices for this service.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers say virus fears banished by success of gymnastics test event See in context

If the virus fears have banished the audience wouldn't have to wear masks, do they? What seems to have banished for me is the excitement and hype for the events.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 293 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,270 See in context

Regardless of COVID or not, it's getting colder now. Best to protect yourself by having adequate sleep, exercise and balanced eating habits. In the off-chance that you might be infected, having a weak immune system might complicate your recovery.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 87 new coronavirus cases See in context

Ha! Just in time for the Tuesday vacation.

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Posted in: Local gov'ts plan to use AI to rate seriousness of bullying cases See in context

Beep beep beep we have calculated that you have not yet bullied enough. Try again later.

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Posted in: 'Mask Police' hero fights COVID-19, promotes masks, positive image of host clubs See in context

This face mask guy isn't wearing the proper face mask. I can see part of his chin.

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Posted in: Kentucky Fried Chicken installs fried chicken pick-up lockers in Tokyo, two other cities See in context


Yeah, gobble up that chicken raised as quickly as possible, as cheaply as possible as far away as possible, served as fast as possible by people paid as little as possible.

Oh no, it's the side effect of innovation: productivity.

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Posted in: Disney's 'Peter Pan,' 'Aristocats,' 'Dumbo' get racism advisories See in context

This Peter Pandering from the Aristocrats is getting Dumbo.

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