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Posted in: Man’s body left in house since Jan; wife, 2 children arrested for collecting pension See in context

50% death duty goes to government. Pension goes to desperate struggling family.

There is no 'death duty' in Japan. It's inheritance tax, and desperate struggling families dependant on a pension do not pay it.

And only the filthy rich pay anywhere near 50%.

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Posted in: Alcohol allowed but no condom distribution in Tokyo Olympic village See in context

Storm in a teacup.

If the athletes are planning on having sex, shouldn't we credit them with the responsibility to make sure for themselves that they are properly protected? Treat them as the adults they claim to be.

If they all go home with STDs and unplanned babies, it's not the fault of the IOC, the JOC, the TOC or the Japanese government.

Now, going home with the deadly virulent Olympic variant, and passing it on to friends, family and casual acquaintances back home....the bozos who decided holding a major world sporting event in the middle of a global pandemic was a good idea, need to step up and take responsibility for that.

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Posted in: Turkey deports Japanese man for eating cats See in context

Pigs have been known to kill and eat their farmers. 

I’m a pacifist but if I were a pig destined from birth to imprisonment on a diet of slops followed by a one-way trip to the abattoir, I think I’d feel pretty antagonistic towards the person keeping me confined.

People do keep pigs, chickens, rabbits etc as pets.

The cats this monster killed and ate were not anyone’s pets. Doesn’t make him any less of a sad sicko.

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Posted in: Faith still shapes morals and values even after people are 'done' with religion See in context

If there is no God, there is no such thing as true right and wrong

Since God was created in Man’s own image, and by Man, any and all religious teachings and ideas of right and wrong were also created by Man.

Finny how the article takes religion in America to illustrate the idea that the religious have morality. It’s the various religious cults that discriminate against people who are different, who see no problem in sick people being refused medical care, who consider gun ownership to be a God-given right regardless of how many mass shootings take place in schools and shopping malls, who chant ‘God bless Amerrka’ as the US military and/or US arms wreak havoc in foreign lands and kill foreign babies.

People don’t need an imaginary despot in the sky to tell them what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s simple- just Do As You Would Be Done By.

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Posted in: 100 kgs of cherries stolen from trees in Yamagata See in context

Get some dogs, Dobermann best.

Dobies are best, but they make lousy guard dogs. They’re personal protection dogs, stick like glue to their owner and hate being left outside on their own.

My boy is a real Mummy’s boy, he expects me to protect him from scary strangers.

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Posted in: Organizers show off athletes' village a month before Tokyo Olympics begin See in context

The development of the housing project cost the Tokyo government 54 billion yen

No, the development of the housing project cost the Tokyo taxpayer 54 billion yen.

And no doubt taxpayers outside Tokyo will also be expected to chip in.

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Posted in: Turkey deports Japanese man for eating cats See in context

I feel repulsed at the idea of eating dog or cat meat and even whale but is that any worse than all the other animals people eat including rats.

It was the idea of cow meat, hen meat, pig meat or sheep meat being no different from dog or cat meat that finally turned me vegetarian.

The idea of deliberately hurting or killing any living being for one's own pleasure (whether it's the 'thrill' of the hunt, pleasure gained from watching the animal suffer, or pleasure gained from eating its flesh) is one I find repulsive.

Killing and eating baby cats?? This person is sick. If he is sent back to Japan he needs to be locked up where he cannot harm himself or others, and given the appropriate treatment to restore his mental health. And if it cannot be restored, then just keep him locked up.

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Posted in: Heatwave bakes U.S. Southwest for fifth day as power grids hold up See in context

Be grateful if you live in a country with proper air conditioning. In the UK, very few residential properties have air con.

I spent the first 23 years of my life in the UK, and never once felt the need for air con. Heating yes, aircon, no. I never even saw an electric fan until I came to Japan.

25 degrees was a warm summer’s day back then.

Times are changing.

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Posted in: Are you old enough to remember a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no internet and no way to keep you connected to the world 24 hours a day? If so, do you sometimes think fondly back on that time? See in context

Keeping in touch with family back home was a nightmare;

Letters took up to a week to arrive, another week for a reply. There was the telephone for urgent stuff, but international calls cost an arm and a leg and were a major outlay.

Trips to the library to find info related to work could take half a day, now I can ask Mr Google.

From taking a photo to getting the film developed and seeing you were out of focus or had chopped someone’s head off could take days or even weeks. Sending someone a photo involved extra costs for printing.

No way I would want to turn the clock back.

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Posted in: Bear shot dead after rampaging through Sapporo See in context

Poor thing was shot at least three times by the 'sharp shooter'.

Humane. huh.

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Posted in: Bear shot dead after rampaging through Sapporo See in context

I had to put down a lot of animals from coyotes, bobcats, wolves, feral pigs, squirrels, rodents, it's good 

What possible need could there be to kill a squirrel? Tasted human flesh, had it?

The bear was not euthanised (put to death humanely). It was shot in cold blood by a hunter with a gun. Nothing humane about it.

No doubt a necropsy will reveal that it was suffering from some sort of brain illness.

There will be no necropsy, at least not a proper one in a lab.

You know the real reason they couldn't use a tranquilliser dart?

It spoils the meat.

All the hunters would fall asleep after finishing their kuma nabe.

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Posted in: Bear shot dead after rampaging through Sapporo See in context

Poor bear.

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Posted in: No time to waste, warns Japanese climate activist See in context

Cooling, warming, changing, ozone layer depletion, oil will run out...... what did I forget?

None of these have happened

Where have you been the past 50 years?

Global warming - Showing the change in global surface temperatures over time. The period from the 1990 on is particularly eye-catching.

Ozone depletion - The ozone hole began spreading over southern Australia in the 1970s and 80s. Between 1982 and 2010, the incidence of melanoma of the skin rose by 60%.

Climate change -

Just lookout the past few years in Japan. Higher temperatures, greater incidence of flooding, more powerful and unpredictable typhoons... just the past week or so, instead of the typical drizzly rainy season weather we've been having hot sunny days punctuated by tropical-style squalls. It didn't use to be like this. Maybe you've forgotten what Japan was like 10, 20, 30 years ago?

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Posted in: Gov't to begin issuing vaccine passports in July See in context

When we got our jabs the nurse put a sticky label on our vouchers (sent through the post, what you need to make an appointment) with the date, type of jab, clinic's stamp and a QR code, which I assume is intended as proof of vaccination.

Isn't that a vaccination certificate?

Presumably you'd have to take that to the yakuba as proof to get the details put on your passport.

No biggie.

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Posted in: Japan to lift state of emergency one month before Olympics See in context

the latest poll, done by NHK, shows more people prefer to go ahead than canceling it.

64% vs 31%, in fact.

Did you even read the article you linked to?

It points out that in the earlier polls, NHK asked simply what people thought about the holding the Olympics.

The choice of responses was from

They should be held

They should be cancelled

They should be postponed again.

In the latest poll, the question was altered to include The IOC is going ahead with plans to hold the Olympics. The choice of responses was also altered to

They should be held normally

They should be held with spectator numbers restricted

They should be held without spectators

They should be cancelled.

In other words, even given the premise that the games are going to be held come what may so sucks-boo-to-you, a third of respondents still answered that they should be cancelled, regardless of the dictates of the IOC. That does not indicate that more people prefer to go ahead. It means shoganai.

The doughnut graph further down the page shows responses to the government's explanation of the importance of holding the games and the safety measures to be put in place; only 25% of respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied; 68% said they were not satisfied or not at all satisfied.

Which would indicate that a goodly number of those who opted for holding the games as planned, with or without spectators, would rather the games not be held at all, or be postponed (a choice that wasn't offered this time.)

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Posted in: Sake is losing ground as it fails to offer classic combinations, such as wine for steak and beer for ‘yakiniku’ grilled meat. It’s a critical situation. See in context

Most booze you can just pour it straight from the fridge, or pour it over ice and it's ready to go.

Sake you have to warm it up, which adds an extra layer of bother; fiddling about in the kitchen, and more stuff to wash at the end.

I like a nice sake tipple with a nice posh Japanese meal in a restaurant where I'm not the one responsible for preparing everything, checking everything's at the right temperature, or washing up afterwards.

At home - nah. Wine with Western nosh, shochu or chuhai with Japanese, a mishmash of rum, vodka, tequila or whatever else is to hand long cocktails with fusion.

It works for us.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 501 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,703 See in context

Great news, severe cases falling fast

Not so great news if it means people stop being severe cases because they're dead.

The nationwide figure is 803, down 24 from Tuesday.

67 covid patients died yesterday, which could mean there were around 43 new severe cases nationwide.

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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context


You suggested that if the government relaxed the (in your experience) mandatory pre Vaccine video lecture, Japan would have the same results as in Canada. Zichi and I commented that in our local areas there are no mandatory video lectures, in other words, agreeing with you - there is no need for these videos, parts of Japan (apparently not Tokyo) are doing fine without them.

We're agreeing with you.

So what's with all the sniping and snarking?

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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context

Anyway 2 here always know better despite others actually having experience.

Obviously different folk have different experiences depending on what part of the country they’re in.

The mass centers in Tokyo may have television screens and mandatory videos; the private, one-man clinic we went to didn’t.

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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context

 the mandatory pre Vaccine video lecture

We didn’t get no mandatory pre Vaccine lecture. Just the nurse took our temperatures, the incho sensei asked if we had any allergies or had ever had a bad reaction or convulsions, then another nurse gave us our jabs. It was all very easy.

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Posted in: Japan to provide greater COVID vaccine support to foreign residents See in context

how about those who have only been in Japan for a year or two? Do you honestly think that everyone can learn that fast? There are many here who have spent six years learning English at school and still can't understand one spoken word.

There is a world of difference between trying to learn a language at school, (if you're in Japan, using a textbook that is out of date and/or full of mistakes, and possibly with a teacher who is less than fluent) and actually living in the country of the language you are trying to learn.

If you've been here (or anywhere) a year and have actually interacted with the locals instead of living in an English bubble, you can hardly avoid picking up enough spoken language to get by, even if the written language remains a mystery.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympics protest See in context

The problem is, if the Olympics are cancelled/postponed, Coates does not receive his $1.5 mill.

I thought long and hard about that problem (a good 2 seconds at least), and no matter how hard I tried I could not find a toss to give.

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Posted in: According to many polls, the majority of the Japanese public say they want the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled or postponed again. So why haven't opponents of the Games taken to the streets in large numbers to protest? Is it a cultural thing? See in context

why haven't opponents of the Games taken to the streets in large numbers to protest? Is it a cultural thing?

I suppose it's a cultural thing, not in that the Japanese are adverse to protest as such (witness the rumpus over the opening of Narita Airport, or the student riots of the late sixties) but in that the objection is to the Games being held in the middle of a pandemic and the whole point is that folk don't want folk to gather together in large numbers, whether it's to run and jump and show off how good they are, or to protest said folk gathering from all over the world to run and jump and show off in Tokyo.

Gathering in large numbers to protest people gathering in large numbers would be pretty stupid.

Jumping up and down in large numbers and screaming slogans never did much good nohow.

I'm hoping people protest good and proper in the next elections.

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Posted in: Wasabi the Pekingese named Westminster's 'Best in Show' See in context

There's no such thing as an ugly dog.

That said, those so-called 'breed characteristics' need to be changed to prevent breeders selecting for ever-flatter noses, ever-curlier tails, ever-longer bodies, ever-slopier backs, that lead to all kinds of health problems. Dogs should be bred for health, not looks.

Poor little Wasabi looks for alll the world like a floor mop.....

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Posted in: Nationwide bookings eyed for mass vaccination sites in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

Another of those Words Fail Me moments.

State of Emergency means stay close to home, don't travel across prefectural borders, avoid crowded, enclosed spaces....

...unless you're going for your vaccination, in which case you should travel across country, which for most people means crowded public transport, to line up at a mass vaccination centre. Not to mention the cost of travel for folk on a pension.

My local council set up a communal vaccination programme, which it is impossible to get onto cos all the slots are taken within five minutes - my friend has been told to try again next month. At the same time they have also distributed the vaccine to a number of local private hospitals and clinics, at one of which Mr cleo is a regular; we were able to get in first try. Second jab is scheduled for tomorrow.

Meanwhile in Tokyo 95-year-old MiL, not mobile enough to get to the mass centre, won't get her first jab until sometime in July.

Forget these mass gathering centres. Let the small local clinics handle the vaccinations, they appear to be much better at it.

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Posted in: Suga aims to finish vaccinating Japan's population by November See in context

"I want to send out from Japan a message that the world has confronted the difficulties brought on by the novel coronavirus and overcome them by uniting," Suga said.

Yes, I'm sure we would all like to send out that message. Trouble is, we aren't united (either within Japan, or in the global community) and with only a tiny fraction of the population vaccinated and covid hospitals bursting at the seams, we haven't confronted the difficulties, either. So sending out that message this summer would be a bare-faced LIE, Yoshi-kun.

So, first things first.

Vaccinate everyone.

Bring down the numbers of new cases, hospitalisations, and covid deaths.

Give overworked medical staff a well-earned rest, a hefty bonus and a pay rise.

Then and only then, consider inviting huge numbers of folk in from all over the world to mix and match in perrfeck harmonee.

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Posted in: Half of Japanese people think Olympics will be held this summer: poll See in context

Good to see public opinion changing to more favourable of the games. No doubt the recent articles in the media and on TV are making the public see sense. As we get closer to the starting date we will see the majority in support 

'People think the games will happen' does not suggest growing support.

I'm dead set against the games being held this summer, I think the whole idea is ludicrous; but I do think they will happen. By your logic, that means I'm being 'made to see sense'?

They will be the worst games ever, but they will happen.

Because the IOC is run by folk who care only for the cash, and Suga is a moron being led by the nose by his IOC overlords.

I'm pretty sure it will grow dark before morning, but that doesn't mean I'm in favour of the dark; just that I have no more control over the heavens than I have over the IOC and the tax thieves in the LDP.

Just like I have to switch the lights on to deal with the dark come evening, come July I will have to make a point of staying away from Tokyo and preparing other stuff to do instead of watching TV coverage of a mega-super-spreader event. At least I'll have had both jabs by then, which is more than can be said for most of the poor souls who will be running round at the athletes' beck and call.

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Posted in: Communication the game changer for Tokyo Olympics: ex-IOC marketing chief See in context

the Olympics are a sign that we have taken control of the Covid situation

it we quite clearly have done no such thing. Tokyo is still under a state of emergency.

Or are you admitting that the Olympics are a blatant dirty lie?

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Posted in: Hikaru Utada’s haunting new music video for 'Pink Blood' released See in context

Well, maybe not to you, and that's your personal opinion

How the English language works is not personal opinion, You can’t just string words together in whatever way it suits you and expect people to guess that you actually meant the opposite of what you said.

Not if you want to communicate meaningfully, at least.

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Posted in: Australia finds highly infectious Delta variant in Melbourne virus outbreak See in context

The Delta variant, which has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the four COVID-19 variants of concern due to evidence that they spread more easily, likely caused the latest devastating outbreak in India.

If you have to add in a whole extra paragraph to explain what the Greek-alphabet variant means, why not just say the Indian variant?

And what has Greece done wrong to get all the variants named after it?

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