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Posted in: Japan may start inoculation against Omicron by end of September See in context

Bring it on.

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Posted in: Ex-baby sitter gets 20 years in prison for sexually abusing 20 boys See in context

I am just thankful they didn't add the usual, "suspended for 5 years."

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Posted in: Japanese governors seek change in COVID reporting to help hospitals cope See in context

Does this mean we won't have to reload the National page at 4:45 every day to check out the numbers in Tokyo? LOL.

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Posted in: Little Leaguers See in context

What? No masks? Oh, that's in America where people have learned to live with Covid instead of being afraid of it.

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Posted in: If Biden decides not to run for reelection, he faces a big threat: Being a lame duck See in context

I guess that we'll see President Biden resign sometime around January 21, 2023, so that Kamala Harris can have two years before running. He will probably cite family troubles (Hunter) as the reason. However, I doubt Harris will win. The only Democrat I see that has a real chance is California Governor Gavin Newsom. Others are way too progressive. Not that he isn't, but I think he has the best chance. On the right, I don't see Trump running again. He talks the talk now, but I don't think he'll do it. My guess for Republicans is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. We shall see. However it works out, I am tired of having septuagenarians run the White House.

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Posted in: Japan's population falls by record 726,342 to 125.93 mil in 2021 See in context

I have a daughter who got married last year, and I desperately want to be called "Grandpa," but there is no way I would encourage her to have children. (Nor would I discourage her. It's completely her and her husband's decision. But that is not my point.) We live in one of those Tohoku rural towns and the closest obstetrician is at least a 30-minute drive, and that would be booking it. More like 45 minutes to an hour. Why? Because neither the prefectural nor municipal (so-called) general hospitals that are in our city offer obstetrics. (I'm not sure about gynecology, but I know they don't offer obstetrics. And don't even get me started about how they have the gall to call themselves "general hospitals" when they can't offer the most basic of services.) The only private doctor still left in our city retired as of March this year. (He was my wife's doctor for 2 out of our three children. I don't know how old he was, but he'd been working for at least 30 years, so he well deserves retirement.) I know several city council people and offered them a piece of my mind about how they are doing nothing to help people build families while complaining about the population decline. Well, my ranting didn't do too much good. (I knew it wouldn't.) Instead, they started saying that they can't attract obstetricians to the area because the pay is so low. So if paying obstetricians more than other doctors is the answer, that's what they should be doing. But for some silly reason, all new doctors get paid the same, regardless of discipline. Who wants to have to be available 24 hours a day for the same pay as a dermatologist working 9 to 5?

Hopefully, someday I will be called Grandpa, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Posted in: Pelosi lands in Taiwan, defying China threats See in context

I do not like Speaker Pelosi one bit, but this one she got right. Glad to see she went.

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Posted in: Nichelle Nichols, Lt Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 89 See in context

She certainly Lived Long and Prospered. She will be sorely missed.

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Posted in: Tsunami could kill 149,000 in Hokkaido in worst-case quake scenario See in context

Indigo, I don't know where you live, but I am an American and a 防災士 (disaster relief specialist) after taking a course here in Japan. I am working with our local government to help foreigners in case of disaster. They would not turn away someone just because they are foreign.

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Posted in: Japanese firm seeks halal approval for non-alcohol udon soup stock See in context

Thank god I'm atheist and can eat and drink whatever I want without worrying about some ancient books that have not been properly translated.

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Posted in: Angels rebuff calls to trade star Ohtani See in context

Being from Georgia, and living in Otani's hometown (Oshu, Iwate), I hope Atlanta can get him. That would be wonderful.

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Posted in: Comic-Con returns in full force with costumes, crowds See in context

I was surprised at the number of masks on in America, and then realized it was California. A whole different kind of crazy.

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Posted in: Man gets 20 years in prison for taking woman hostage at internet cafe See in context

The only real surprise is that the first sentence didn't read as follows:

The Saitama District Court has handed a 20-year prison sentence, suspended for five years.

For some reason courts often like to suspend sentences,

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Posted in: Opposition launches probe into lawmakers' links to Unification Church See in context

Wish it was someone other than communists. Sorry, but not sorry. I don't trust any communist. If the CPJ got into power, they would be just as corrupt as the CCP, Venezuela, Cuba, etc. I agree they talk a better talk, and I even agree with some of what they say. But I would never vote for a communist.

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Posted in: Japan extends detention for Abe's accused assassin See in context

So many people wondering why it takes so long. You have to remember this is the Land of the Rising Bureaucracy. Everything has to be faxed and hankoed by everyone at all the relevant stopovers.

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Posted in: Tokyo chosen to host 2025 track world championships See in context

@N. Knight

You are correct. From Wikipedia:

The 2025 World Athletics Championships will be the twentieth edition of the World Athletics Championships, are scheduled to be held from Summer 2025 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Posted in: IOC's Bach praises Japan's coordination behind Sapporo bid See in context

Bach said the high level of coordination between stakeholders in Japan was integral to successfully hosting the games.

Because there is no need to let the little peasants who have to pay for it have a say.

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Posted in: U.S. companies could face hurdles covering abortion travel costs See in context

Want a free trip to California? Just get pregnant.

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Posted in: Disaster-hit residents unimpressed by 'recovery Olympics': gov't report See in context

As a long-term resident of Iwate, I was absolutely devastated when I heard Tokyo was going to host the Olympics. I knew from the beginning that absolutely nothing would happen to help the Tohoku region, and I was right. The pandemic certainly didn't help things, either.

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Posted in: Capitol riot panel blames Trump for Jan 6 'attempted coup' See in context

Except for a few idiotic leaders of the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers, I doubt anyone seriously thought that this "attempted coup" would work. This committee is just doing busy work. There are much bigger problems that Congress should be working on.

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Posted in: 3 Japanese schools to introduce genderless swimsuits with unisex two-piece design See in context

Who wants to swim with long sleeves? Being someone who sunburns easily, I can see why some might want to, but even I want some freedom of movement. Make the sleeves removable and I can go along with this. Good on them for making them genderless, though.

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Posted in: Gaffes or trial balloons? Biden loose lips rattle world stage See in context

I doubt he'll last through his full term.

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Posted in: U.S. airlines want to bring back passengers banned over masks See in context

I swore off flying long before COVID because the TSA and airlines themselves made it so irritating. The mask mandate just steeled my resolve. Removing the mandate makes it more likely that I will one day fly again, but that likelihood still hovers around a 0% chance.

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Posted in: NZ, Japan boost security ties amid Russia, China concerns See in context

Paper beats rock in the first picture.

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Posted in: Wimbledon bans Russian and Belarusian players, but ATP, WTA slam it as 'unfair' move See in context

Sounds good to me. Until the Russian people, including athletes, get rid of Putin and put in a leader that is more rational and end the war, they are all culpable.

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Posted in: Gov't weighs ¥50,000 cash handouts for low-income families' children See in context

In other words, the average Taro has nothing to look forward to except higher prices, higher taxes to pay for subsidies, and no relief.

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Posted in: Police search for motive in Brooklyn subway shooting suspect's videos See in context

@KetoCoffee

He probably got it from the article he just read.

James had no felony convictions and was not prohibited from purchasing or owning a firearm. Police said the gun used in the attack was legally purchased at an Ohio pawn shop in 2011.

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Posted in: Sapporo says it won't hold referendum on 2030 Winter Olympics bid See in context

When is that mayor up for election? I hope the voters turn him out.

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