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Posted in: India protests 'unfair' Tokyo Olympic rules for COVID-hit nations See in context

Japan's actions are NOT reasonable under the circumstances.

Most European countries for example accept proof of full vaccination and one more negative PCR test upon arrival to be free from any quarantine. And actually they will be doing more than that with multiple testing before and after arrival. All participating countries should be put on same level.

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Posted in: Toshiba colluded with ministry to undermine shareholders, probe finds See in context

Now I expect J-prosecutors to act swiftly, arrest several suspect and keep them for months to prevent them from altering evidence!

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Posted in: Japanese gov't drops bill to revise immigration law amid opposition See in context

Yes, she broke the law, but immigration policy and practice in Japan is seriously outdated, needs reform and humanity! I guess they play it tough because many try to fake again because of the outrageous conditions and because of unacceptable infinite lost of freedom.

The death of this woman is just the tip of the iceberg!

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Posted in: Mother, 4-year-old son killed in car crash See in context

RIP for the family.

As for the kei-cars there are many other reasons to chose one instead of normal size or SUV.

Typically narrow roads make it better for many regions in Japan. Add that many new budget houses in specific regions have parking space only for kei-car (my case).

On the side note - these small cars have surprisingly well disigned interior! I found them more spacious than many normal cars! They are also easier for women to drive and park in cramped space! Of course as owner I have safety concerns but I have no choice!

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Posted in: Pfizer vaccine effective against COVID-19 variants in Japan: study See in context

I saw this on the news last night. Even one dose proves to be effective in producing antibodies in 57% of the cases. Less effective for the mutations though.

What's important is that after the 2nd shot all strains were covered with antibodies for more than 90% of the vaccinated! The sample number is low because they tested the university hospital staff if I'm not wrong.

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Posted in: Do you think vaccination will be the silver bullet against the coronavirus? See in context

The corona/flu vaccines are different and are meant to be applied every year to have any meaning. Besides they protect not against getting or spreading the infection but on a personal level to fight the disease.

So no, it won't solve the main problem but will help to reduce severe cases and deaths.

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Posted in: Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023 See in context

"According to the government's plan, the tritium will be diluted to less than 1,500 becquerels per liter, one-40th of the concentration permitted under Japanese safety standards and one-seventh of the World Health Organization's guideline for drinking water."

What a waste! There are countries without any drinking water! At least pump some for washing hands in the toilets !

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Posted in: Japanese hospital worker infected with coronavirus after 2 vaccine shots See in context

The point most of the people don't get is those vaccines are not preventing infection - one still has to take the usual measures we all follow (masks, disinfection, distancing) .

As pointed out being vaccinated helps you fight the virus and have mild to non-symptoms.

Unfortunately it doesn't stops spreading the virus. We just have to learn to live with it and be responsible!

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Posted in: Japan to extend ban on all trade with N Korea by 2 years See in context

NK just withdrew from 2020 Olympics for the next 2 years :-)

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Posted in: Japan beats South Korea 3-0 to claim soccer bragging rights See in context

Really good game!

Haven't seen Japan play like this for ages! Fast passing without much fooling around.

But their opponent was not in the best shape - all lines had problems and that showed in the result.

The referee should have given yellow card several times to a Korean player that did repeated fouls and even pushing and pulling without the ball.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sending 37 death threats to Square Enix because he couldn’t win at a game See in context

The threat is a threat, but the real question is - do the developers really cheat?

Making games as addictive as they are and on top of that using techniques to steal a gamers pleasure is hard to swallow for many... Some go nuts apparently :(

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs bills to promote delayed digital reforms in Japan See in context

What post will be given to the oji-san who led the IT security department without ever using computer?

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Posted in: I think that more and more people, including those spending more time at their homes, are eager to enjoy analog sound, not being satisfied with listening to the music on smartphones and other devices. See in context

Vinyl is an old love and I even got an old Denon record player and brought some records from my home country a few years ago. The fact that I listened very rarely that way and moving to a new place were the reason I gave up and ditched everything but few favorite records.

The sound even on the compressed sources like TuneIn or Spotify via Chrome Audio's optical out to DAC is more than satisfying! And I was once almost audiophile - can't believe am saying this...

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Posted in: Woman arrested after not paying taxi fare from Yokohama to Tottori See in context

Like most of other noted - probably the taxi drivers in such cases are not discussing because they try to charge full price per km. There should be different fares (much cheaper) for long rides or negotiable prices for irregural routs. And of course certain type of insurance that the client can pay (only valid credit card, etc.)

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games organizers to raise opening, closing ceremony budget See in context

As all have already pointed out - unacceptable waste of funds better used for other needs!

But I guess they realize there will be actually No Olympics so they are concentrating on the ceremony :-)

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Posted in: Japanese architectural craft approved as UNESCO intangible heritage See in context

Well deserved world heritage listing! The Japanese craftsmanship for wooden constructions is amazing. And still used to some extent in ordinary homes as well!

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Posted in: Every year, a dwindling pool of working-age Japanese people is forced to support an expanding pool of gray-haired consumers. This is why Japan’s living standards are falling behind rich countries with growing populations. This means more adults are forced into spending hours doing elderly care, more taxes to pay for pensions and health care, and lower living standards for the elderly. See in context

I have mixed opinions on this. I found in many ways Japan is not expensive and public health etc. is something to be proud of.

But from a simple human perspective I feel sorry for most of the population. Overcrowded cities, small living spaces without place to relax. People in Europe and US even with lower incomes enjoy bigger living room and at least small garden than 90% percent of the Japanese. It is very stressful life that is accepted as a norm here.

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Posted in: Temperatures soar across Japan, topping 40 degrees in Gunma See in context

I go to the beach every possible moment! Funny thing is Japanese go home around 5pm when it is the most pleasant time. Great seeing the sunset from the sea! The water right now is actually quite cool - close to minimum temperatures of around 25!

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Posted in: Japan to lift virus ban on re-entry of some foreign residents from Aug 5 See in context

And where are the small letters of this announcement? I mean if the 'lucky stranded before the ban' foreigner decides to apply and return to Japan he will become literally Japanese prisoner! Not?

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Posted in: Abe criticized over lounging-at-home Twitter video See in context

It seems to me the accent in the article is wrong and taken out of context.

The ooint is many talented musicians joined Hoshino Gen and made fantastic collaboration with him staying at home (you should watch the videos).

Then suddenly Abe PM is also there next to him but not singing or playing instrument but posing. And he is under fire in the parliament for not giving hand to the artists who were the first to suffer from the situation with the virus!

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Posted in: Japan considering ¥100 bil investment in large firms hit by virus impact See in context

What??? Big businesses helped again!!! Because till now the first 2 Abe's arrows were only meant for them with the corporate tax reduction, etc. And we were told the usual lies that helping the big corporations will help the workers in long term. Now is the time to show it!

Those corporations never passed the benefits to the lower levels and now getting help again! I'm furious!

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Posted in: Japan expands ban on arrivals from 73 countries See in context

Osaka_Doug, you J-friend was coming from a country that was not banned or in the list of countries that had 14 days quarantine I guess. Or simply the airport authorities didn't do their job.

All but permanent residents and spouse of Japanese nationals are banned from entering (their visa is canceled including working visas, etc.)

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Posted in: Why the coronavirus became a social media nightmare See in context

Let people decide for themselves. We are all adults.

That's the problem. People believe to what they want to hear! Thus it's very easy to spread false information that is multiplied in seconds around the globe by re-posting of believers.

Repeat one lie a thousand times and it will become truth! Whose words were that?

These are the tactics of the totalitarian regimes for decades - first taking control of the media. Now it's even easier for them hidden in anonymity behind the social medias.

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Posted in: EU food exports to Japan soar due to free trade pact See in context

Haven't seen lower prices. A friend said french wine is cheaper but how about cheeses and meat products, olives, etc., etc.?

Guess trading companies in Japan are very happy getting richer while their employees working longer hours for the same pay...

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Posted in: Criticism of Japan's coal policy raising climate awareness at home: Koizumi See in context

Yeah, when he got the badge he said he was proud Japan was given the credit (not realizing the irony of the prize). Also when all the ministers were saing they are not happy with the results of the meeting he apealed that it was very success event!

Just beyond stupid and Japanese media is under-reporting his gaffes...

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Posted in: 7-year-old girl killed after car rear-ended in 5-vehicle pile-up See in context

RIP little one.

Sure Kei-car is less sturdy but reading that 9 people in 5 cars were injured implies not all cars were K and still people were not protected!

As noted, often back seat belts are ignored despite some years ago it was made mandatory. Car owners no matter the size of the vehicle should also adjust the seat neck protector to appropriate hight as this is what saves life in rear-ending!

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Posted in: SoftBank considers tie-up with messaging app Line See in context

Terrible news!

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Posted in: Nobel laureate Yoshino craves more research discoveries See in context


daito_hak , thank you for the detailed information. I beg to differ though - what is the point of a discovery if it can't be used? Thus all contributing significantly for the practical implementation are equally deserving to be awarded!

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Posted in: Kansai Electric chairman resigns over gift scandal; president to follow after 3rd party report See in context

Exactly - resigning they will still collect retirement benefits equal to several years of their fat salaries!

The level of corruption is unimaginable ! Gifts? And mayor getting a commission! Well he's dead and clean - he passed all the money to the executives. And they were afraid not to accept... Pathetic!

In the same time the workers of both construction company and at the nuclear plant were underpaid and putting long hours.

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Posted in: Uber Eats delivery staff in Japan form labor union See in context

Some mistake Uber Taxi (not permited in Japan) vs. Uber Eats - delivery service that the couriers can only use bicycles or motorcicles up to 125cc.

Good for them to rise up and fight for better conditions. Don't know if the model has accounted for such expenses but we will see...

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