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Posted in: Osaka reports record infections, as gov't eyes tougher measures for Aichi See in context

The only way out of this is by the government ordering the army to help with vaccinations

While it might be a good idea, I think the biggest problem is the lack of vaccines that Japan has to administer. Until they can get a large amount, and that looks less and less likely with the problems now with the J&J vaccines, as well as the Astra Zeneca vaccine. There is just not enough to be given to people.

On a side note, I was surprised to see Dr. Fauci saying that even now that he has the vaccine he won't eat in a restaurant, go to a movie, or get onto an airplane. Not sure if that means forever, or until more people get vaccinated. But I thought the point of the vaccine was to allow us to return to some sort of normality.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to settle financial dispute with mom's ex-fiance See in context

You don’t pay the whole tuition up front. There are loans and all kinds of financial aid.

Not sure what you are talking about, when you attend university you pay up front, unless you borrow and then have to repay a bank. Not sure how much financial aid there is for foreign students.

All I am saying is for a young man whose family had to borrow money for him to attend university in Japan, it seems strange that suddenly he is flush to attend one of the more expensive law schools in the US.

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

I love the way they always say that Japan has started to vaccinate 35 million people over the age of 65, making it sound like it will be over and done with in a few days. When in fact we know that even that group, that I still don't understand why they are being prioritized, will take until far into the summer or perhaps fall months! As for the rest of us, I doubt if we will receive anything by Christmas.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to settle financial dispute with mom's ex-fiance See in context

What I would like to know is who is bank rolling Mr. Komuro? Every time we see him in the US he has bodyguards. Last time I checked Fordham law school is about $65,000 per year, and Mr. Komuro was a lowly para-legal. Now he is resolved to pay back an extra Y4 million! Just wondering. I think this is why the family is wary of this guy and what are his motives.

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

Interesting that a temporary staffer is able to get two vaccines, but still so many frontline doctors and nurses have not been given them. And as many people stated, the vaccine is not 100% bullet proof, but gives you some level of protection, and even if you get the virus, the effects are far less serious.

Maybe Mr. Suga shouldn't be traveling to the US so soon after his second shot, he will not have waited the specified two weeks after the second shot.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

If the government is so worried about the rising cases, why would they even wait until Monday for the new measures to take effect, start them immediately. Oh but that was on Friday, and they didn't want to lose a good weekend of business did they, showing they don't care one iota about the people, they just want tax revenue and protect businesses.

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Posted in: Police report record number of cannabis offenders in 2020 See in context

Does Japan not see how other countries are going exactly the opposite route and deeming the drug not dangerous and having real medicinal properties. I don't think I would use it if it was legal, but if others want to, give them the choice and don't act like this thing is going to lead to the downfall of your society!

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Posted in: COVID-19 patient in Japan receives world's first lung transplant from living donors See in context

Hopefully this case will be a lesson for those who think that getting Covid 19 is just like getting the flu or a cold. You might have minor symptoms, but you may also have your lungs destroyed and require a transplant. Not all of us are so lucky to have willing and able donors. So wear your mask and be careful of the 3C's.

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Posted in: Japan getting more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to immunize elderly faster See in context

Also thanks to the EU for not restricting the export of BioNTech/Pfizer's vaccine (like e.g. US), although they also are in urgent need of it.

I would not be celebrating the EU so quickly, they are still stopping the export of vaccines to other countries, just ask Australia! This smacks of nationalism and I really wonder if some countries have the right to sue over breach of contract. Many countries ordered and pre-paid for the vaccines, only to be left in the lurch as politicians demanded they not be exported to other countries.

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Posted in: Suga rocked by virus rebound in Osaka, forced to call tougher steps See in context

People, we all know that Suga is not calling the shots. He is the front man for Nikai, who is the real leader. And he, being Nikai only cares about the economy and not having to have to pay businesses and other places to remain closed. It is "their" money after all!

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Posted in: 13 lawmakers dine at PM's office building amid pandemic See in context

I think it more of the optics than anything else. The government tells people don't eat in large groups, and don't do it after a certain time, but they continue to flout the rules themselves. Then, how can you ask or force others to stay home.

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Posted in: Report finds COVID likely jumped to humans from bats through 'missing link' See in context

I'd like to hear more about the theory about how it was transmitted through frozen food. We kept hearing that it was at the wet markets in Wuhan, so how would it get into frozen food products? And if that is the fact can we trust any food product coming from China?

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Posted in: From April, all price tags in Japan must reflect final cost with sales tax included See in context

This used to be the way it was in Japan before the consumption tax was raised from 3%, if I remember correctly. I liked that system, as there was no ambiguity over the price. But then when it went to 5%, and they knew it was going to keep rising, stores stopped adding the tax. There is one supermarket here that has deceptive pricing. They have in big green numbers the before tax price, and in smaller red numbers the actual price. My elderly mother-in-law often gets confused by these.

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Posted in: Kobe neighborhood occasionally held hostage by owner of only bridge out See in context

I agree he should gift it to the city, but I also think Kobe City is being pretty cheap here and not offering him any kind of compensation. I think he bought it thinking he could get a much bigger payday, either from the city, or the landowners. He gambled and now he will lose.

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Posted in: UK gamers and politicians take aim at console 'scalpers' See in context

I bought my switches in yodabashi for the standard price on 2 separate occasions about 3 years ago

Yes, that was long before the Corona virus hit and many people were forced to stay at home. Also there is a chip shortage so the producers are not able to pump out as many consoles as they want causing a shortage and then the scalpers step in.

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Posted in: UK gamers and politicians take aim at console 'scalpers' See in context

Lythegreat, you are incorrect, just up until recently the Switch was sold out all over the place, and the only place you could buy was either on Mercari or Yahoo auctions. I have heard they finally have resumed selling in traditional stores but that was only recently!

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Posted in: Coe urges Tokyo not to rush decision on fans for Olympic events See in context

I wonder if Seb Coe is getting those nice brown envelopes full of cash from Dentsu, as they are like to do. If even some tourists are allowed, you know full well they will be the most healed and will be staying in the most expensive hotels and dining in the best restaurants. All things that will help the 1%!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics hit by yet another scandal over demeaning comments See in context

Maybe Taro Aso was correct! These games are doomed to fail!

Japan’s deputy prime minister has said the Tokyo Olympics are “cursed”, as speculation mounts that the Games will have to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Taro Aso, who has a history of making gaffes, told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday that the Olympics appeared to be blighted by world events every 40 years.

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Posted in: Japan temporarily sets higher tariffs on U.S. beef imports See in context

Hey Lieutenant Dan, if US beef is chewy trash meat, then why is Japan importing so much? Also, why is the US punished because the Aussie's can't export enough beef due to draught?

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Posted in: Popularity of Harry and Meghan plummets in UK after Oprah interview, poll says See in context

The Uk press has been objectively racist in their coverage pre and post interview.

Please link to examples of this. I'm guessing you can't as it's completely untrue.

Here you go sparky!

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ellievhall/meghan-markle-kate-middleton-double-standards-royal

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Posted in: Popularity of Harry and Meghan plummets in UK after Oprah interview, poll says See in context

What I would like to know is what was the purpose of the interview? If they were being held captive by the royal family and this was their only way to make a break, ok, I could understand it. But they were out! They had made their split and are in the US to start the new lives. So why now throw fire bombs at your family? Was it just to raise their profiles in the US? Was it for money? They had to know the blowback they would receive for this. Whomever is advising them made a glaring miscalculation.

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Posted in: The big problem for the Japanese is that they're simply outnumbered and outgunned. See in context

All you have to do is read where he works, the Rand Corporation, then google which military hawks have worked there before and the troubles they have gotten the US into.

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Posted in: IOC members worry about banning overseas fans from Olympics See in context

Unless both the Greek and Swedish governments are ready to pay for all the hospitalizations and deaths caused by allowing foreign visitors in for the Japan, I would like them to just shove it!

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Posted in: Nearly 400 infected with new coronavirus variant found in Japan See in context

This just goes to show that even the precautions they have taken, requiring a PCR test 72 hours before flying to Japan, and another PCR test when arriving is not precaution enough. They also need to have a stricter quarantine system when people return. Two full weeks in a hotel or some place, separated from the local community.

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Posted in: World's biggest wealth fund puts Kirin Holdings on watch list over Myanmar link See in context

So Kirin will give up a 1.7 billion investment because the Norwegian Trust fund has 222 million in stock holdings. That is one heck of a haircut to extract yourself from an unfortunate tieup.

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Posted in: Tokyo experiences drop in population for 7th consecutive month See in context

Just wait until the state of emergency is lifted and the vaccine is administered, the people will be flocking to Tokyo again. This is just a covid blip.

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Posted in: Naomi Watanabe moving to U.S.; switching base of operations to outside Japan See in context

Is she going to do her Beyonce imitation for a US audience? Not sure how that will go over. I wish her luck, but as others have said, many of these performers make the move to the US, but end up making all of their money in Japan. But they are able to sell the dream of moving to the US and Japanese TV loves that story. How many times have we seen Laura(SP) the half Japanese model/talent living and painting in her Los Angeles house!

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Posted in: Are bidet-type toilets a health hazard? See in context

So if you shower twice a day and soap and clean that area wouldn't it have the same effect of removing the skin flora raising the PH level? As someone said above, if used too much or incorrectly anything can do damage. But I think this is far better than wiping and wiping using lots of tp and never really getting completely clean down there.

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Posted in: Opposition demands resignation of elite female bureaucrat over scandal See in context

I think the real scandal here is that 60% of a civil servant's monthly salary is 705,000 yen, meaning she makes about 1,180,000 yen a month. Waste tax payers' money much?

And remember that is before her two bonuses as well!

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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

This is too rich for me! Tamayo Marukawa, is married to Taku Otsuka, but she doesn't use his name! Only in Japan

Tamayo Marukawa is a Japanese politician and former announcer of TV Asahi, who serves as a member of the House of Councillors of the National Diet. She is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. She served as the head of the Women's Affairs Office of the LDP on October 2009. Wikipedia

Born: January 19, 1971 (age 50 years), Kobe, Hyogo

Spouse: Taku Otsuka (m. 2008)

Parents: Seishirō Marukawa

Office: Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games since 2021

Education: The University of Tokyo (1993)

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