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Yubaru comments

Posted in: Parents get virus jitters as their child-care leave nears end See in context

The virus also spreads from Monday to Friday!

No! Social distancing is for "after hours" and off days! The virus only spreads during those times!

Even government research here has been stating that the "new" cases are coming from people who went out to drink or karaoke, and went to places that were open all night!

This virus is a night time/off day thing!

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Posted in: Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in See in context

ALL pachinko parlors in Japan are now "smoke free" zones as well!

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Posted in: U.S. death toll eclipses China's as reinforcements head to New York See in context

The more American's listen to the scientists and doctors actually fighting this virus, and the less they listen to Trump, the better the chances they will have to survive!

Folks have to make their choice, follow the doc's, live, follow Trump, die!

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Posted in: Parents get virus jitters as their child-care leave nears end See in context

Sadly the half-arsed approach that the government has took and is taking now is making this an issue for everyone.

The government has to stop "urging" and start "ordering" people to stay home!

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Posted in: Japan enacts legislation to facilitate employment until age 70 See in context

This will be meaningless if there are no provisions to stop companies from forcing people to officially "retire" at age 60, and then keep them on, as basically, slave labor, for the last 10!

Salaries are cut, no bonuses, no "position", but forced to do the EXACT same work!

Make the "mandatory" retirement 65! and make it a law punishable with hefty fines, for those that do not comply!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug 8 in 2021 See in context

Just goes to prove that Abe and company learned absolutely NOTHING. All the complaints about the weather and timing could have been fixed in on fell swoop this time, by rescheduling in October, but Abe had to sink everyone else by stating it would be held BY summer next year, not in October!

Damn, people! DO something about this!

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day; New York governor begs for help See in context

Just like Japan, the US had the chance to do prepare prior to this getting out of hand.

I just hope it ends quickly!

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Posted in: Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels See in context

The people responsible for that were involved in illegal and immoral activities at the time.

Please clarify what the heck you mean by illegal and immoral!

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

because they fear massive testing will fill up beds that are needed for patients in severe need, and cause a collapse of medical systems.

How much more of this asinine BS do we have to put up with! Just because someone tests positive for the virus does not automatically mean they will need hospitalization!

Would be nice if the talking head doctors that are supporting Abe's policies would make this distinction!

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Posted in: Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels See in context

Someone IS to blame. This disaster was preventable.

Maybe at a certain level yes, but not totally. Take a look at other countries, and how they are handling it, and comparatively speaking Japan has not had it all that bad..............YET! I codify that by stating we really have no idea just how bad it is, because of lack of testing!

There is no way to stop an unseen virus entering the country, but if it explodes here, as it has in other places, THEN the someone to blame would be Abe, and Koike, for doing practically nothing to prevent it from becoming a disaster.

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Posted in: Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels See in context

Hey, I feel for ya, but what's more important right now? Customers? Or your life and the life of your staff and the customers you serve?

Yeah it's a blow NOW, but in one year or so, it will be booming. Everyone has to weather this storm, and ya'll aint alone in feeling a "blow" here.

My question for these owners is this, if this is a blow NOW, what the hell did you have planned for AFTER the Olympics?

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 68 new coronavirus cases; 27 at Taito Ward hospital See in context

Folks, if you can, stay home, if you can't, take care, do what you gotta do, and get home!

The government here is not going to do much to assist, and it's up to each of us to look out for each other, and take common sense actions as a precaution.

This virus will end eventually. I just dont want anyone here becoming a victim!

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Posted in: Crowds disappear from Tokyo streets amid virus, snow See in context

It is not going to matter one bit of difference if everyone now jumps on the morning rush hour trains!

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Posted in: Gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle by 2026 See in context

They seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time on the planning stage given the plans still exist from the last time. A competent fire prevention specialist could have updated and incorporated the necessary changes in probably less than a month, so reconstruction could have starred shortly after site clearance. If they got their act together.

It is not as simple as you try to make it here. First off they are still removing the debris, and in the process are attempting to save what they can reuse in the process as well.

Next, getting contractors for this work takes a bidding process, not to mention, construction workers overall are in short supply here in Okinawa, many have went to mainland to work on higher paying projects there. They need a huge number of carpenters, qualified carpenters, to do this rebuild, and it wont come cheaply.

The government has to allocate and disburse the funding, THAT takes time. Also while it's in the process now, how the donated funds will be used in the process, and for what, has to be decided, along with how much the government will fund. This is no small matter as well over 10 Million ($US) has been donated, and for here, that is a major amount of money. Oversight needs to be set up as well!.

Oh dont forget the cops and fire officials took a few months investigating as well, so as you can see, there is no way hell they could have started as shortly as you suggest, even if they had their act together.

There is no magic wand available here, and it helps to understand the process here, to know they are working rather fast, for here that is!

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Posted in: Some foreigners in Aichi feeling concern over spread of virus See in context

you said the same about health insurance. Sorry boy, but that ain’t your decision

Sorry son, but you are wrong on that too. Japan requires, everyone to be enrolled in a health insurance scheme. And if you just got off the boat, it wont cost much of anything either, if you enroll in the national health scheme, as the premiums are based upon your prior year's income.

It's a freaking no brainer to NOT have health insurance, of some type or another, when you live anywhere abroad!

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Posted in: Some foreigners in Aichi feeling concern over spread of virus See in context

How quickly did you master Japanese?

What an asinine comment! It's not about "mastering" Japanese, it's about knowing how to take care of ones self in a foreign country!

If you cant, you shouldnt be here!

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Posted in: Some foreigners in Aichi feeling concern over spread of virus See in context

Although he can find information such as the number of infections by prefecture, he says urgent questions that directly impact him remain unanswered -- what to do if he thinks he is infected, the cost of a virus test, and whether foreigners are treated equally as Japanese people.

This article is looking to stir crap up, just like what happened after the earthquake and tsunami!

Folks need to take a deep breathe! If you have insurance, Japanese health insurance, your medical needs will be taken care of. If you dont have the insurance, you shouldnt be here anyway!

If you are also worried about being "treated the same as Japanese" WHY ARE YOU HERE!

This article is looking to bash Japan about how foreigners are treated!

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Posted in: Some foreigners in Aichi feeling concern over spread of virus See in context

Juliana Nishi, a 34-year-old Brazilian living in Nagoya, worries that her son may start losing some of his Japanese skills as his school, along with others throughout Japan, has been closed since early March.

Oh hell....If this woman's son looses his "Japanese skills" in less than one month, there are other problems in the home that are not being shared here!

You dont lose language "skills" in one month in the country you are living in, if you had any in the first place!

Sorry, but this sounds like BS!

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Posted in: Gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle by 2026 See in context

Pity they do not try to rehouse people who have suffered in natural and atomic disasters quite as quickly as a fake castle where nobody lives.

When they say "government" in this case it's Okinawa, and we dont have any refugees down here. Your concern is misplaced in this case.

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Posted in: 58 infected with coronavirus at welfare facility in Chiba See in context

Don't hold you breath Yubaru, LDP is a family and family don't turn on family.

From experience, the LDP will eat him like a cannibal if his polling numbers fall low enough. They've done it in the past to countless numbers of PM's and Abe is nothing special in that regard.

The only thing Abe could do if things got hot for him, (His wife Akie) and his poll numbers dropped, into the teens, would be to call a snap election and dissolve the lower house of the Diet.

But now he cant because of the virus pandemic.

It would be a huge political risk, but if Abe keeps screwing up, the opposition could call a vote of no confidence and force the issue, but the result would be the same, an election, which would effectively end Abe. But again, because of the virus, it wont happen.

Hence my previous statement about the LDP doing something about him after this has all passed.

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Posted in: 58 infected with coronavirus at welfare facility in Chiba See in context

It is unforgivable in my opinion, that Abe knowingly led the people into a false sense of security and now are facing an explosion of numbers of people with the virus.

People have been calling for increased testing from across the world, yet Abe ignored it.

I sincerely hope that the LDP take him to task for this and his other screw ups!

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

@Yabaru .... Abe is the longest serving PM... so the Japanese Voters keep him in Office.. Foreign residents - even though who have Permanent Residency are not allowed to vote, either here or back home - so don't blame us for anyone's woes.

You have no idea how the system works here if you think the "Japanese" voters overall keep him in office!

All he has to worry about in any general election is a tiny corner of his home district. That's it, THEY vote him in!

So what about people with PR not getting to vote, if it was THAT important to them, they could apply for citizenship and get the right!

But you still havent answered the question, you deflected it! So you gotta be Japanese, or at least a Japanophile!

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Posted in: Gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle by 2026 See in context

Wood to reconstruct the burned-down Seiden main building will mainly come from domestic Cupressaceae, a type of cypress tree, as the original native wood species is likely to be difficult to obtain.

Yeah, original "wood" would need to be procured from either Philippines or Thailand, and it wouldn't be cheap.

Fortunately this time around they have the designs available and will not need to "rebuild" those from scratch as they did last time, and which is why it took so long as well.

THere are many hurdles to be overcome, as many of the artisans than worked on the project are now dead, and there were few apprentices to follow in their footsteps. One example is the ceiling tiles that were lost can not be remade exactly as they were, as the man who designed them and made them is no longer alive

I hope, really hope, it gets rebuilt in the time frame they are talking about, but I also hope they dont cut corners just to get it done.

Do it right, folks wont mind waiting an extra year or two for it!

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Posted in: Tokyo Disneyland won't reopen before April 20, operator says See in context

Seems like Mickey Mouse and company have a better grasp on things than Mario!

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

Japan is lucky to have Abe as a leader. He makes the right decisions in these tough uncertain times.

I challenge YOU and any one else to name ONE thing that Abe has done for the people of Japan!

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Posted in: Tokyo governor says people can enjoy cherry blossoms next year See in context

A weekend at home is not going to do much, if people head back out to Monday morning rush hour trains!

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Posted in: Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing See in context

I can not imagine having to quarantine myself in a Japanese apartment...shudder, like a prison cell!

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

That would give local authorities legal basis to ask residents and businesses to restrict movement and work. Nishimura, the economy minister, said no such declaration is planned for now.

Without calling an emergency there is no legal basis to ASK? Then I guess Koike and the other Gov's are breaking the law?

How much more asinine can things get? ASK?

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Posted in: Half a million infected with coronavirus worldwide as economic toll rises See in context

And through this all, the people who are staying home, and waiting this out, are the one's who, for the most part, can. Those who live in poverty, or have jobs that pay little, have no choice but to go out and work.

In a country like the US, if grocery workers, gas station employees, bank tellers, and others in these industries are now considered "necessary" it's about damn time that they, and others like them throughout the world, get paid a living wage!

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese stranded overseas amid coronavirus travel curbs See in context

Those on holiday were out of their crazy minds to travel abroad in the first place. It's not like they only found out about the pandemic last week. 

Here in Okinawa, we recently had an "imported" case that came to light, as during the off period for schools that Abe declared at the beginning of the month, a 19 year old girl and her family went to Spain.

They came back to Narita, where the girl tested positive, but left the testing area, against the will of the people there, prior to her test results coming back, her other family members, 4 I believe it was, tested negative. THey took a bus to Haneda, then a plane to Okinawa.

Heiwa boke..... "Oh this kind of stuff only happens to OTHER people" "If I wear a mask I'll be fine" as they pull the mask down to cover their mouth to cough and pick their nose!

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