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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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Posted in: 2020 Tokyo Olympics consider daylight saving to beat heat See in context

The IOC needs to step in. FIFA eventually had the sense to move the 2022 World Cup to November / December because the Qatari organizers could only offer vague promises about new technologies to combat the summer heat, pretty much like Tokyo's empty promises. The Tokyo organizers have no idea because Mori and the like spend the summer being ferried around the capital in air-conditioned limousines.

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Posted in: Family of injured college American football player files criminal complaint See in context

I'm sure the "criminal complaint" will disappear when money changes hands.

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Posted in: Serena's French Open seed denial stirs fresh debate See in context

"arguing an expection for the 23-time major winner should be made for Thursday's draw."

I presume that should be "exception."

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Posted in: Travolta family's mob film to finally hit the screen See in context

Armand Assante was great as Gotti in the HBO movie, much better than Travolta could ever be.

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Posted in: Member of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kissing girl See in context

It doesn't matter that the girl / her parents accepted a monetary settlement. A 46-old-man sexually assaulted a minor and should be prosecuted.

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Posted in: Uniqlo teams up with McDonald’s for special T-shirt which will get you a discounted Big Mac See in context

Actually, "on" is not missing. The wording on the red T-shirt is a list of the constituent parts of a Big Mac, not a description of how one is put together. And let's not forget, these are T-shirts, not English grammar textbooks.

And what's a "gingle"?

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Posted in: Abe congratulates Putin on re-election See in context

Congratulations from one very corrupt politician to another, Who care what the people want as long as we stay in power.

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Posted in: Ohtani struggles in first pitching start with Angels See in context

I saw another stupid AP story that said he had been "pulled early." He was scheduled to go two innings or throw 30 pitches, so he wasn't "pulled early." Stupid journalists trying to sensationalize nothing.

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Posted in: Japan eyes imposing departure tax ahead of 2020 Olympics See in context

I remember when I first came to Japan in the 1980s, you had to pay an "Airport Tax" of around 3,000 yen when you left. It was always worth it!

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Posted in: Two quakes jolt eastern Japan See in context

The first quake had a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale. It registered a 4 on the Japanese scale of 7.

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Posted in: Nifco to sell Japan Times to PR firm News2u Holdings See in context

The building in Shibaura is owned by NIFCO and The Japan Times occupies only 2 of its 14 floors. So the real estate may not be part of the deal.

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Posted in: Gamba Osaka fined Y2 mil over fans hoisting banner resembling Nazi symbol See in context

People are talking about swastikas

because their display in Japan is more evidence of Japanese ignorance of what such Nazi regalia stand for / symbolize.

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