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Posted in: Hyogo Prefecture to give 320,000 fans to restaurants for customers to cover mouths, dine 'safely' See in context

slide your mask on between bites and sips. It’s literally THAT easy.

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Posted in: Why a Japanese man proudly took his wife's last name See in context


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Posted in: Hyogo gov't worker leaves water running for a month; forced to pay half ¥6 mil bill See in context

They probably said you can pay 1/2 or you’re fired?

I would have fought like hell to not pay it. How could a person afford that kind of money?!

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Posted in: With Olympics at stake, Mori seen as too influential to push aside See in context

I’m so confused. An 83-year-old is too influential to fire? Isn’t it entirely possible that he could pass away at any moment? (Sorry to be morbid—just reality)

There is no backup plan!?

“NO Olympics if he resigns”


I’ve been shocked before but this is on another level!

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Posted in: Mori apologizes for sexist remarks, but refuses to resign See in context

The famous DOUBLE-DOWN!


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Posted in: Mori scolded by wife, daughter after saying women talk too much at meetings See in context

Women need to speak up MORE to get people like this OUT of power.


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Posted in: Japan urged to link private, public testing to better grasp extent of pandemic See in context

They are not included!?!?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 393 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,792 See in context

It’s a miracle.

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Posted in: Woman disciplined after putting up partition between herself and older male coworker See in context

If only people could move around the office and change seats....

sounds easy everywhere but here.

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Posted in: Tokyo revises contact tracing strategy, narrowing it to higher-risk cases See in context

my head hurts.

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Posted in: 120-year-old condom found in Ishikawa Prefecture See in context

Judging by the photo, how did it work?

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Posted in: New coronavirus cases in Tokyo fall to 618; nationwide tally 2,764 See in context

I want to believe!

I want to believe that Japan is capable of miracles!

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Posted in: Don't shout, don't cheer: Olympic fans face coronavirus curbs See in context

How exciting

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

I simply cannot understand the lack of testing.

more testing——more people quarantined——less chance of spread——-less grandparents/great-grandparents die.

what am I missing here!?

Japan, you’ve had a year. Even if it saves 50 older people a day isn’t that WORTH IT!?!?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,204 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,925 See in context

Paraphrased from the local newspaper:

”Two high school girls tested positive, but since there were no close contacts the school was not closed.”

Also, I heard that from a friend who used to work there that no one else was tested.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context




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Posted in: Gov't to expand state of emergency to cover Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo See in context

I guess the decision has been made. Just waiting on the announcement.


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Posted in: Sumo wrestler quits, saying his coronavirus fears were ignored See in context

Good for him. Policies remain policies because what I see on a micro-level is no one speaks up.

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Posted in: Japan begins year's 1st day of work as coronavirus continues to spread See in context

the photo should have been of a packed morning train.

missed opportunity

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Posted in: Male-only rule should be prioritized in imperial succession: Suga See in context

absolutely disgusting

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Posted in: Japan 'extremely behind' in promoting gender equality, gov't admits See in context

100 year goals

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Posted in: Gov't shuns different surnames for married couples See in context


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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context

Foreign brotherhood army-

Teaching in many high schools is mostly geared towards university entrance exams—not speaking. The English used in textbooks is outdated and very formal because the entrance exam questions are that way.

I’d blame the entrance exams—not the ALTs who basically have no power to make or change policy.

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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context

Bravo to this woman. This is the school/BOE rearing its ugly and controlling head.

A large part of being an assistant English teacher in Japan is cultural exchange. Remember, they are assistants because many do NOT teach grammar. That is what the Japanese teacher went to university for. Japanese teachers are licensed teachers, and most (not all) ALTs are not.

(Many high schools in Japan are focused ONLY on entrance exam for university and have grammar-heavy classes. Speaking is not a priority, which is one of the reasons Japan ranks so low for English ability)

Instead, many ALTs were hired to come to Japan to immerse the children in an English environment with a focus on cultural awareness. ALTs come from all over the world, not only English-speaking countries. They create games, listening/writing/reading/speaking exercises, multi-week projects, assist with translation work etc.

Some of the children have never talked to a person from another country before. It’s extremely important for these children to see that people from abroad might have different styles and come from other unique cultures.

Wearing earrings is part of her cultural identity. Of course some will say, what if carrying a gun is part of her culture or some nonsense like that. The reality is that the earrings are harmless and the rule is unnecessary and controlling. In my opinion, Japan needs to get rid of these old ideas and embrace the realities that are happening outside its borders.

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Posted in: Japan to suspend Go To Travel campaign for whole country from Dec 28-Jan 11 See in context

What about reservations that are already made? Seriously, asking for a friend.

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japan becoming target of discrimination due to virus See in context

Parking our bikes outside a restaurant this weekend. Restaurant staff see us and rush to the front door with hand sanitizer. She even said “Sorry!”

Since this has happened before, I’ve now check to see if this treatment is given to other customers.

It never is. The other customers just walk in. They don’t see the hand sanitizer. Nothing is said to them.

It’s getting old.

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Posted in: Japanese man rides 1,000 kilometers on stolen 'mamachari' bicycle to see Tokyo for first time See in context

Mamachari has been the name for the standard Japanese bike since whenever - long before e-bikes were invented

Thank you

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Posted in: Japanese man rides 1,000 kilometers on stolen 'mamachari' bicycle to see Tokyo for first time See in context

Was this an e-bike? When I think Mamachari I think of an electric bike.

There is so much more to this story. Where did he stay? How did ride that far, seeing as he didn’t even have his own bike?

if it was electric, how did it only cost 10,000 yen?

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Posted in: Japan, faced with criticism, scrambles to do more coronavirus testing See in context

I am truly disappointed by the J Gov’s response.

I am also confused on so many levels.

too little, too late.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

If this happens...

How about the teachers? Hopefully they will also be able to stay home as well.

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