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Posted in: Princess Kako to visit Greece to mark 125 years of ties See in context

In response to Shogun36, it is the emperor and empress who are going on a state visit to the U.K., not the crown prince and princess.

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Posted in: AP visual analysis: Rocket from Gaza appeared to go astray, likely caused deadly hospital explosion See in context

People say Hamas does not have the firepower to cause such damage. I believe their missile failed and caused a secondary deadly explosion among munitions stored at the hospital. Hamas is known to hide munitions in hospitals so they are safe from Israeli attacks.

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Posted in: Four minors detained after Rolex store heist in Tokyo's Ginza district See in context

Everyone needs to read the first sentence. They are "minors," and they will be charged, tried and sentenced as such. There will be no "hard time."

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Posted in: 4 things that surprised us about Japan’s completely unmanned, 24-hour meat shop See in context

Pity the writer didn't think about giving the location of the store he visited.

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Posted in: Burger King Japan’s new Guilty Burgers serve up gourmet chip butties on butter-soaked buns See in context

I just couldn't get past the opening: "grabbing fast food headlines with some pretty head-turning men offerings" -- They should be attracting a pretty interesting crowdd.

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Posted in: Tokyo TV station skips ugly controversy over Mako’s marriage; shows 'Blade' instead See in context

Some confusion in the comments here, though that is hardly surprising as the story is poorly written, burying the lead in the fourth paragraph.

It was TV Tokyo that aired the movie NOT TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System), so the praise for TBS is mistaken.

Also, TV Tokyo airs a movie every weekday in the 13:40-15:30 time slot, so it didn't change its programming.

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Posted in: Japan faces longer state of emergency, casting doubt on Olympics See in context

Yet another Covid article and no mention of the government's pathetic vaccination program. What is wrong with the media in this country?

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Posted in: Hashimoto will not give Mori any official Tokyo Olympics role See in context

This is just a PR stunt. The people in charge, the people making decisions are still 70- and 80-year-old men.

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Posted in: Japan set to extend state of emergency for up to another month See in context

The media, including Japan Today, have to start pressuring the government about vaccinations instead of swallowing without question all its BS press releases.

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Posted in: Japan set to extend state of emergency for up to another month See in context

Articles about the state of emergency, more positive tests, more financial aid, but NOTHING about a vaccination program.

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Posted in: Kono backtracks on target to secure enough COVID-19 shots by June See in context

The story should have said that the Imperial family will be first in line for the vaccination -- if they haven't had it already.

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Posted in: Russia's reputation, Olympic status on trial for doping See in context

And yet we conveniently forget the bans on U.S. and Kenyan athletes.

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Posted in: Elderly people hoarding compulsively See in context

Let them waste their time lining up for masks that will not even protect them from the common cold!

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Posted in: Reporter lambasts Japan's domestic media for their copycat reporting See in context

U.S. Embassy in Tokyo: "If U.S. citizens wish to return to the United States, they should make arrangements to do so now."  Yeah, head back to a country where 2,000 people a day are dying from the virus!

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

And still we have this stupid emphasis on wearing masks. There is NO scientific evidence that the masks readily available to the public will protect you from the coronavirus.

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Posted in: Self-preservation strategies for Japan's train commuters have their limitations See in context

What frightens me most is the media's hysteria, creating shortages and panic for the sake of ratings / sales, and the simple-minded who believe everything they read / see/ hear. I read a headline screaming about the first virus death in Thailand. Buried deep in the story was the fact that the victim also had dengue fever (remember the dengue panic in Tokyo after fever-carrying mosquitoes were found in Yoyogi Koen?) This is yellow journalism of the worst kind (that's not racist, by the way -- "Yellow journalism or the yellow press is a type of journalism that does not report much real news with facts. It uses shocking headlines that catch people's attention to sell more newspapers. Yellow journalism might include exaggerating facts or spreading rumors."

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Posted in: Hokkaido declares state of emergency over virus See in context

The media is so irresponsible. They report a shortage, and the stupid Japanese lemmings jump over the cliff and create one.

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Posted in: 44 more people on cruise ship test positive for virus; some elderly to be allowed off See in context

How many flu infections have there been this season? How many people have died because of the flu this season? Perhaps the media should offer such comparisons to provide a more accurate perspective on this virus. But that wouldn't provide such sensational headlines.

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Posted in: Japan speeds up new virus measures; infected carriers to be barred entry See in context

The common flu causes up to 5 million cases of severe illness worldwide and kills up to 650,000 people every year, according to the World Health Organization 

In the US:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that so far this season, there have been at least 15 million flu illnesses for the 2019-2020 season, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths in the U.S. The CDC reports there have been 54 reported flu-related pediatric deaths this season from Influenza B viruses. (The Hill)

Ordinary (annual flu) is much deadlier the Wuhan coronavirus. Forget all the media sensationalism.

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Posted in: Wheels for an emperor See in context

Apparently it cost 80 million yen. You'd think the Imperial Household Agency has one or two other cars he could reuse.

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Posted in: 18-year sentence sought for stepfather over fatal abuse of girl See in context

Forget "abuse," "neglect," he MURDERED the girl. He should hang.

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Posted in: 1,103 South Koreans sue their gov't over wartime labor at Japan firms See in context

Glad to see you are not whitewashing the term "forced laborers." The Japan Times, terrified of falling out with the Abe administration, now calls them "wartime laborers."

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Posted in: 12-year-old girl, 8-year-old brother perish in Hyogo fire See in context

Michael G:

"So, the parents decided to choose the minor burns..."

It's very easy being brave sitting at a keyboard.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist freed from Syria says sorry for involving gov't See in context

Although his desire to report on what is happening in Syria is laudable, the story now is all about him. I'm tired of journalists who rather than report the news become the news.

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Posted in: Imperial family members, Abe attend wedding banquet See in context

I'd be smiling, too, if I'd been given 100 million yen of taxpayers' money.

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Posted in: Former yokozuna Takanohana submits resignation to Japan Sumo Association See in context

Steroids have addled this guy' brain.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy found in car parking lot after his mother, 2-month-old brother go missing See in context

Latest news is that two bodies have been found.

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Posted in: American man arrested for urinating on another passenger on flight to Japan See in context

MarkXAug. 19  05:17 pm JST

Story clearly says they were in business class.

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Posted in: University to fire ex-coaches over player's dirty tackle See in context

The Nihon University football "scandal" has received saturation coverage in the Japanese media, but there has been very little about the high school basketball player who hit a referee after being called for a foul. I wonder what happened to him? I asked that question in a post on this site, and my comment was deleted because it was "off track." The people who administer this site seem quite strange!

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