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Posted in: Biden expected to nominate Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan See in context

Does he have any connection to Japan? Any?

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Posted in: 280 sports doctors apply for 200 spots needed for Tokyo Olympics See in context

In 2 words "LDP toadies"

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors claim Ghosn said Nissan pay plan was not set See in context

I lost the thread. Why is this detail (that Ghosn believed his compensation was still under negotiation) important?

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Posted in: Aichi city gave pharmacy chain chief, wife priority bookings for vaccination See in context

not good, but you know this stuff is going to happen. Just get more vaccines in more arms and move on

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Posted in: Publisher slams gov't handling of virus in 3 newspaper ads See in context

i feel we are close to the breaking point of this Suga nonsense. Surprised he has lasted this long, actually.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record 578 in Aichi See in context

Japan has a lot of excellent scientists. And a lot of money. They could turn things around if it were not for this one horrible cultural trait: shame. No one wants to admit that they made a mistake. And so, the doubling down on nonsense continues. Even the DPJ doesn't seem to want to seize the moment and offer new leadership.

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Posted in: Job offers for 2022 university graduates improve as COVID-19 fears subside See in context

depends on the industry. i would not want to work at one of the airlines right now.

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Posted in: 48-year-old man arrested for stabbing younger brother after fight over video games See in context

Are you even surprised? Every possible combination of family member murder under the most trivial of circumstances appears here daily.

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Posted in: Opposition leader Edano says Olympics cannot be held safely See in context

It would be nice to see the opposition step up. Hey, DPJ, this is your cue!

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Posted in: Osaka man finds stranger eating in his kitchen at night; intruder dies shortly after See in context

Hopefully they will determine the cause of death. If it was strangulation, then it sure sounds like they left out some details. If it was poisoning, it sounds much darker. If the guy was on some bad drugs, it would also be revealed by an autopsy.

I don't think to the house is haunted, for what it's worth.

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Posted in: One-year-old child found dead in car; mother unconscious in suspected murder-suicide bid See in context

Yeah, I'm more or less ok if a person chooses to end their own life, but killing the kids is horrifying. Serious mental health issue here.

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Posted in: Another security breach at TEPCO nuclear plant uncovered See in context

I think it's important to put pressure on the companies that would like to run nuclear power plants. Complacency is one of the greatest dangers in this business.

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Posted in: 10 Japanese firms may have links with Myanmar's military junta See in context

I'm glad the info is being shared with the public. People have every right to boycott these companies, even if it's something as simple as chosing a different brand of beer.

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

"If the Olympics were really a normal event, they would simply cancel it because of the pandemic."

Very succinct observation. And since it's not being cancelled, people have every right to be suspicious and even angry.

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Posted in: People in Japan can now earn ¥10,000 bounties for scamming scammers See in context

Unless the police actually employ undercover grannies with bank books dangling from their purses I don't see how this is going to lead to more arrests. I know it sounds harsh but maybe, just like getting a diver's license is harder when your eyes begin to fade, bank transactions by the elderly should be given greater scrutiny...

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Posted in: Philip Morris to phase out cigarettes in Japan within decade See in context

Isn't Japan Tobacco the one who needs to stop pushing cigs?

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

A disaster in slow motion. Well, at least there will be consequences. And one of them will be to hold those incapable of saying "No" responsible.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context

I signed. Totally support this.

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Posted in: Suspect arrested for robbing man on Osaka street See in context

I also wondered why he needed to rob someone. Probably the police will be looking for gambling debts, etc. Definitely sounds like he could have used some lessons.

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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

Hense the squid

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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

I'm afraid that most of the billions of dollars spent on covid19 came with no restrictions. This is on the LDP. They literally just threw money at anyone who asked.

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Posted in: Gov't to decide on extension of state of emergency on Friday See in context

They have to extend. But probably a number of rear-ends need to be covered in the process.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 621 new coronavirus cases; 668 in Osaka See in context


SARS-CoV-2 (the virus) vaccines do protect most people from getting COVID-19 (the disease).

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Posted in: Osaka governor eyes asking for extension of virus state of emergency See in context

Most people (though certainly not all) have been complying with the SOEs and other government guidance on COVID-19. But, as the Washington Post article clearly articulates, the Government has not taken any effective action. I would even go further than the article and say that the current government is indifferent to human suffering and death.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, anarchy comes on two wheels See in context

Evidently someone in the Osaka government is thinking about bicyclists, because they have painted bike lanes in very thick paint on the left side of many of the main streets. But, no one enforces these lanes and they used for illegal parking. Nice thought though.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 609 new coronavirus cases; 884 in Osaka See in context

SOEs do have effects. The previous waves support this. However, decreasing testing does not!

And, simply calling SOE after SOE without a serious vaccination effort is like crying wolf--it works until it doesn't.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 609 new coronavirus cases; 884 in Osaka See in context

Ok, but if Tokyo ends SOE and lots of people get sick (i.e. 2-3x Osaka numbers as a conservative guess), that's also political suicide, no?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 609 new coronavirus cases; 884 in Osaka See in context

knittyelfMay 3  08:03 pm JST


Fewer cases in Tokyo today compared to yesterday is extremely significant because **it could so easily have gone the other way**. It might be due to the state of emergency. It might be due to fewer people gathering for work due to Golden Week

No, due to the way Japan tests, you have to compare the same day from previous weeks. Japanese media are pointing out that the previous several Mondays all had new cases in the 300s or 400s. Hitting almost 800 today is a huge jump in the wrong direction.

This from yesterday's article (for which comments were disabled). Wanted to say "I stand corrected" after confirming what everyone else here seems to know: that the number of tests are different each day of the week.

Question: is the SOE ending triggered by a particular target value for positive cases? If the testing has decreased that seems a bit too transparently political...

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Posted in: Australian PM retreats from threat to jail Australians trying to return from India See in context

Just goes to show Jp doesn't have a monopoly on inhumane governance

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Posted in: Japanese schoolgirl and karate teen subdue violent shoplifter See in context

I like the story as much as the next guy, but what is this style of writing? It sounds like a trailer for a tv series. Is this a translation from a gossip magazine?

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