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Posted in: More than 75% of Japanese don't want foreign fans at Olympics: poll See in context

If they allowed only spectators and athletes who had been vaccinated, it would pretty much be only foreigners. The Japanese would be mostly excluded from their own Olympics. (Yet people seem to think it is the foreigners who are the danger).

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Posted in: Japan plans to cap daily arrivals at 2,000 ahead of Olympics: Nikkei See in context

That sign next to the plastic rings, a long list of things you are banned from doing! Perhaps one of them says "no entering Japan if you are number 2,001 that day".

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Posted in: COVID-19 inoculations in Japan off to snail pace start due to vaccine, syringe shortages See in context

The only place where vaccinations are going speedily is in the UK, yet “resident experts” only have eyes for Japan’s deficiencies!

In terms of the percentage of population fully vaccinated, there are lots of countries ahead of the UK (partly because Britain decided to extend the time between doses in order to get the first shot to more people), but yes, the UK is doing really well. Shouldn't Japan be comparing itself with the best, and aiming to do the same, rather than languishing somewhere near the bottom of the table?

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Posted in: Yubari may offer Japan a taste of things to come See in context

Want people to have kids? Ban overtime. How are people supposed to raise a family when they are in the office 12 hours a day?

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Posted in: Even before the coronavirus, were you in favor of Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics? See in context

Utter waste of tax-payers' money, even before the virus came along. Worse now of course.

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Posted in: Japanese media urged to address male dominance following Mori uproar See in context

"Variety shows and news programs have the same structure in which a young woman listens to what a middle-aged man says. I don't want to watch them," 

Absolutely. We rarely watch Japanese TV in our home (because there is almost nothing worth watching), but sometimes it'll be on, and we have great fun joining in with the female presenter listening to the older male experts: "yes... yes... yes... I see... is that so... yes... yes... yes...". I reckon they have the toughest job in television!

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Posted in: Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on historic visit See in context

The Catholic church has enough money to do much, much more than this.

It does. I gave a partial list of some of the projects run by the Catholic Church in Iraq. But your original post mentioned the whole Middle East; would you like a list of all the Catholic initiatives across the entire region? I don't have time (or sufficient knowledge) for that, but you can easily imagine how everything the church does in Iraq is replicated in many more countries.

Of course, if you don't like the Church, there are other agencies working in Iraq and you could always support them if you wish.

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Posted in: Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on historic visit See in context

The Catholic Church should open olio its coffers and help the Christians in Iraq and the rest of the ME. It’s not as if the Catholic Church couldn’t afford to help hundreds of thousands of people with all the cash it has.

In the run up to this amazing visit, the Catholic Church announced a new programme to help support young Iraqi Christians worth nearly 2 million dollars. Run through the Aid to the Church in Need charity, the money will be used to help students at the Catholic University (over 50% of the students there are women).

This is on top of many already existing efforts by the Church in Iraq. CRS (Catholic Relief Services) have offices in 5 cities in the country, and have helped over 300,000 people since 2014.

Caritas, another Catholic foundation, was established in Iraq in 1992, and is currently helping 11,000 families every month with food, health, and employment. They also run social, rehabilitation, and youth centres, and relies on the work of over 400 volunteers.

Plus there are many initiatives run by Catholic groups based all around the world. Help Iraq for example was founded by the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Detroit and helps Iraqi people in need with food, medicine, housing, and so on.

So, yes, the Catholic Church, and ordinary Catholics around the world, do help hundreds of thousands of Iraqis every day, and have been doing so for decades, in some of the most awful conditions you can imagine.

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Posted in: The towering sea wall legacy of Japan's 2011 tsunami See in context

For some reason which I can't understand, people back home think that Japan is somehow a country in touch with nature. Yet living here, all you ever see is more trees cut down and never replaced, more roads built, more coast turned to concrete, with never a thought for green spaces or protecting nature.

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Posted in: Legend of Honda See in context

Much, much safer for all.

Until there is a problem, and then "necking a few cold ones" while behind the wheel, as you suggest you would do and as many others will also do, will make the problem so much worse.

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Posted in: Quick response: How to touch customers in contactless commerce See in context

Indeed. Back in the UK my bank card comes ready for contactless payment. Here in Japan it's all done through different companies and apps and is all too confusing.

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Posted in: Cafe staffed by robots piloted by people with disabilities to open in Tokyo See in context

Avatar Cafe DAWN seeks to eliminate human loneliness by enabling people who are bed or house bound to enjoy working as cafe staff and communicating with customers.

If the aim is to eliminate loneliness, there are many better ways than working, alone, from home.

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Posted in: Legend of Honda See in context

There is a global environmental catastrophe going on, and cars are one of the main causes. Their production, their emissions, and the tonnes of plastic micro-particles shed by their tyres are literally destroying this planet. Not to mention the many deaths they directly cause every year from collisions. This car is designed to drive automatically in a traffic jam, but if governments promoted public transport, traffic jams wouldn't exist, and we'd have a world without the noise, pollution, and carnage of cars.

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Posted in: Do you think hanami (cherry blossom viewing) gatherings in parks should be discouraged in order to lessen the spread of the coronavirus infections? See in context

If it's okay to squeeze onto a packed commuter train twice a day, what's the problem with going to a park or riverside? Not a fraction as crowded as a train, and plenty of fresh air.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

Kids, women, foreigners; the old men who complain about one group are also complaining about the others, they hate everyone, and they make this country a very unpleasant place.

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Posted in: Japan asks China to stop anal COVID-19 tests on Japanese citizens See in context

The Japanese government has requested China not to subject Japanese citizens entering the country to anal COVID-19 tests...

Requested? Japan should be demanding.

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Posted in: Drink-at-home 'Secret Base' tent is our new must-have interior item See in context

Yeah, sure, I really "must-have" one of those.

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Posted in: Protest in LA See in context

I really can't understand this protest. Looking at other news sites, it seems they don't want residents moved from one facility to another. But exactly what the issue is, I don't get.

I noticed though that one of their demands is for "affordable bilingual-bicultural care". I don't know, but I imagine, that America is way ahead of Japan on that one.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay scheduled to begin in one month — without cheering See in context

No cheers for the Olympics.

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Posted in: Toyota begins building smart city near Mt Fuji See in context

the homes will use sensor-based AI to check the occupants' health

No thanks.

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Posted in: China urges U.S. to lift trade restrictions, stop interference See in context

don't buy anymore

Indeed I shan't. For years now I've been doing my best to avoid buying anything made in China. It's difficult, and you can't always succeed, but the effort is worth it. The sooner the CCP falls, the better it is for regional peace, and for the Chinese people too.

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Posted in: The Japanese way of disciplining children See in context

Yet when I asked how people in Japan handled the ‘evil age,’ she just smiled mysteriously and moved on.

Very helpful.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl on bike dies, mother injured after being hit by car See in context

He didn't leave home intending to kill anybody

No one ever does. And yet the global car carnage continues. No one leaves home intending to kill, and I don;t know the details in this case, but drivers drive too fast, they don't concentrate on what they are doing, they try to multi-task in their cars, they don't remain aware of road and weather conditions, they use phones, eat, smoke, and even try to look at screens while they are driving. And every time these behaviours lead to death, they claim it was an "accident".

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Posted in: Kyoto slammed for manga telling people not to talk at restaurants See in context

In the first panel, a character called Isamu enters a ramen restaurant and notices it’s quiet inside, 

No it's not. As he enters, the staff are shouting いらっしゃいませ at the top of their voices. As usual.

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Posted in: Japan's celebrations rocket into orbit as Osaka's win takes off See in context

At a large pub in the Japanese capital

The only pubs in the Japanese capital are British-themed ones. Japan doesn't have pubs.

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Posted in: No-go zone See in context

Don't do this, don't do that, don't sit there, don't walk there, don't stand there, don't don't don't.

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Posted in: Remote medical technology useful tool in battling pandemic See in context

Vaccines would be more useful.

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Posted in: Foreign convenience store employee in Japan saves elderly woman from scammers with quick thinking See in context

Foreign convenience store employee

Twelve years in Japan, Japanese wife, Japanese family, working for a Japanese company, using the Japanese language, saving a Japanese person from Japanese criminals....

..... and the first thing we learn about him is that he is "foreign".

There is something seriously wrong with this country.

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Posted in: Saitama begins plans to regulate how to use escalators; prohibit walking up and down See in context

Yes, great idea - let's take the time to create ordinances that aren't binding for things that aren't a problem.

But it is a problem, for at least 3 reasons:

1) It's dangerous. I have mobility issues and need to take up a bit more space on an escalator because of it. I can't tell you the number of times I've been bashed into by selfish people pushing to get past.

2) It slows everyone down. More passengers get through quicker when everyone stands. People walking up the escalator slow things down for everyone.

3) It damages the escalators.

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Posted in: Saitama begins plans to regulate how to use escalators; prohibit walking up and down See in context

Now it's not enough that you have to travel on fully packed trains, you will also be forced to be late wherever you go.

No one is forcing you to be late. If your time management is so bad that you have to save a few seconds by walking up escalators (and thereby endangering others), then I'd suggest setting your alarm clock a minute earlier each day.

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