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Posted in: Wealthy nations, once praised for success against virus, lag in vaccinations See in context

Comparing Japan to Aust/NZ is like comparing apples to grapes. You will look like an idiot.

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

So what can you do about this? Just ignore them. Don't watch the TV for a month or so either side of the Olympics. Also, don't buy any of the sponsors' products. Easy enough to switch brands. Let's collectively hit them where it hurts: their bottom lines.

As others have said: it WILL go ahead. It HAS been decided.

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

the question is what's going to happen when the Indian strain gets here. That's what I'm worried about.

It's here. Been for a month or so. Of course, same stand as with the others: we have found one case, and it's stoppable. We will work to stop it spreading, take a lot of precautions, etc, etc. The same harp is playing on and on.

The problem is they don't test much from the limited tests for the variants.... Just a handful of samples here and there. Even then, there were 20 of the Indian variant the last time they announced it.

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Posted in: Government advisor sparks anger with tweet laughing off calls for Olympic cancelation See in context

Wonder how "Professor" Takahashi treats his students and the reputation of his research among other academics.

A professor since 2007, has authored 8 "books" between 2006-2008 (five, yes, FIVE in 2007 alone) one called:"The Japanese Economy is not in Danger!".

My translation, and yes, it does have an exclamation mark.

This is the calibre of a top government advisor.

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

Japan often takes the cake when it comes to these things. Never cease to be amazed.

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Posted in: Wages in Japan see 1st rise in 13 months due to less part-timers See in context

Chiapet, I got it! Lucky you to have those millions in pension payouts. But for most of us, we'll have to rely on the modest pension, whatever that will be. Of course, doing some investing but can't see it getting to a million dollars unless take significant risk.

And Chiapet, breaking down wages is difficult since it depends on what industry and contract you're on. But basically, paid monthly with between 3-6 month "bonus" (which is actually just deferred salary), at around half in summer and half in winter. So for example, think of total yearly salary ÷ 18 (if getting 6 month "bonus"). Salary divided into 12 monthly payments + 1 x 3 month bonus + 1 x 3 month bonus. But 6 is highly unusual and most just get 3 month or in many cases no bonus, especially parttime workers, contract workers, etc.

Total deductions (including pension payments, health insurance, taxes) works out at about 20% (for me at least). But then you have indirect consumption tax at 10% on goods purchased.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

It's because of the planned protests during his visit. It would be picked up by the foreign press and Japan generate a lot of negativity and questions would be raised.

The JOC really fear any possible indepth enquiry and resulting fallout.

Got to protect the games at all cost! Except it's all going to backfire. Wait and see. The world is waking up to this nonsense.

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Posted in: Wages in Japan see 1st rise in 13 months due to less part-timers See in context

ChiaPet can you explain which pension system you are on? I am guessing you're not in Japan. Unless you invested like crazy for those 14 years and are replying on your own savings/investments, this doesn't make sense. Anyway, please do elaborate. And Mods: don't delete the reply!

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Posted in: Japan to expand, extend virus state of emergency See in context

And actually as cases increase, they are planning a weaker version! Shouldn't it be something stronger, since cases are continuing to spiral out of control? If extending this ridiculous system of requests for businesses to close early, or not serve alcohol, perhaps get it right, eh? You had three chances already for god's sake. But no. Where is the end game here, Japan????

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

Just 32GB ?? And what are these extra fees???

The local officials have been smoking something stronger than Camel, that's for sure.

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Posted in: If you have been working remotely since the pandemic began, what kind of work style would you prefer after (if) the pandemic has been eliminated? See in context

I teach at a university and zoom is terrible for managing classes [snip]

Well, perhaps time to take the opportunity to adapt.

Online teaching in some form is the future of education. I actually couldn't be happier using zoom. No issues at all, and the students all enjoy it too.

It's called adapting and taking the time to develop yourself to deal with the situation at hand.

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

Texas A&M Aggie

Don't blame that on the people of Japan. It's an issue of leadership of lack thereof. When they declare state of emergency, quasi-state of emergency, medical emergency, etc, etc, all with requests not to go out or to go out until 7pm or 8pm or stay home please; or they request restaurants to close at 8pm,and then decide 7, and then 8, and then request they don't serve alcohol, or alcohol depending on the area; or they request department stores to close, or not go close, depending on the area; or offer support payments to some businesses and not others, and certainly none to the ordinary person; or send 2 small masks to the ordinary person; declare national tourism and eating at restaurant campaigns during the pandemic, then cancel them, then plan to restart them as soon as possible... Are you confused? All that and general population still can't easily get officially tested, nor are vaccinations hardly rolling out; but the Olympics must go on.

The latest is that train operators are going to actually reduce numbers of trains, to "reduce numbers of commuters". But all that will do is cause even more into already extremely packed trains in in the mornings now. You'd think it would be the opposite, right? No, because it is "quite difficult" for japanese companies to allow people to work from home. Similar with schools. It's all "quite difficult".

Are you confused? I am, and the Japanese people are. We just do what we do. What else can we do?

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Posted in: Quiet airport See in context

Meanwhile, your clothes, your food, your smartphone, your video streaming platform pollute more.

So what are you suggesting I do? And what are you doing go reduce YOUR carbon footprint then?

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Posted in: New Zealand declines to call China's Uighur treatment genocide See in context

Unfortunately It's 5,000,000 vs at least 1,500,000,000.

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Posted in: So you want to start a blog in Japan? 5 tips for beginners See in context

Blog? How passé.

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Posted in: India's official count of coronavirus cases passes 20 million See in context

Don't think the Indian variant isn't going to do well in japan. 20 cases here already. I remember the original virus and also the english variant. The government here said the same thing: mask up, keep apart and keep on working. Economy comes first. Otherwise open for business.

Not sure if this policy will work with this new strain.

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



No, no. It{s perfectly believable. This is just how things roll here. Should be used to it by now.... Having said that, I still want to cry though.... back to my Nigori-zake then. It helps.

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

As Zoroto says, the Wizard behind the curtain is going to ensure this state of emergency is going to be lifted on schedule. Welcome Back, Bach!

Only, after Bach has gone back, the truth will come out. It has too. I think the variant that is coming out of India will ravage this country. It is a perfect setup for it to get to work.

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Posted in: Australia bans arrivals of its citizens from India; says offenders face jail, fines See in context

Those Gvernments can't be simultneously racist - i.e. won't allow people in from India - and non-racist - i.e. welcoming skilled Indian migrants as citizens - at the same time.

Yes they can. When times get tough. When it no longer suits them, etc, etc.

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Posted in: Fewer people traveling during Golden Week amid virus spike See in context

Up to 500,000 SEATED people PER day going OUT from Tokyo ALONE on one day alone (shocked emoji face)

I noticed they reduced seat numbers from previous years, but still, that's a huge number moving in and out of one city during a pandemic.

And these things are running day in and day out, outside of GW as well. And that's just the trains! (Two or three shocked emoji faces in a row).

Japan is providing the ultimate conditions for this virus to spread around the country as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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Posted in: Fewer people traveling during Golden Week amid virus spike See in context

"I will always be careful about the risk of infection," the 71-year-old said, adding she took a virus test ahead of her trip that came back negative.

This! Seems many people think that if they line up for a private test (non-socially distanced) by going deep into Tokyo by public transport, then it comes up negative, they can travel around and all will be good.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,050 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,262 in Osaka See in context

Look up the story of 高橋広夫 from Ishikawa-ken, as well. The poor man was only 42. He was left to die at home despite seeking help repeatedly, and they only found he was sick with COVID after he'd passed

Yeah and this case of the professor was worse in that he was judged by the phone operator to not have bad enough symptoms to warrant being referred to the official testing centre to get one of those gold plated PCR tests. So he was left to die.

A national enquiry should have ensured right then and there.

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Posted in: Australia bans arrivals of its citizens from India; says offenders face jail, fines See in context


Good National Geographic documentary for you, mate. Time to open your eyes.

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Posted in: Australia bans arrivals of its citizens from India; says offenders face jail, fines See in context

Kind of typical in recent times coming out of Australia. Look up Xmas Island and their treatment of refugees, or treatment of their mates across the ditch in recent times. Not to mention their treatment of their indigenous peoples and other "non-desirables". Pretty appalling and not surprised their cricketers allowed back in with no issues.

To Indian Australians: Make sure you get your revenge against those Aussie battlers in the test series.

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Posted in: Japan's job availability ratio in FY2020 sees largest decline in 46 years See in context


Maybe if you are a foreigner it lasts for only a few months ;)

No, that's how it works. And the duration of the benefit depends on how long you worked. I think after 5 years of paying in through deductions from your pay packet you get maximum of 6 months? And to qualify of you have to report to Hello Work each month to show you are looking for work. After that, you're on your own.

Have to look it up...but it's really a residual safety net system here, especially regarding unemployment. Huge societal stigma in japan regarding unemployment in general doesn't help either.

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

This tells me testing is not 100% proof. You might have been tested before COVID-19 surprised you and missed getting detected.. I would only consider traveling if everyone was vaccinated. I do not trust testing alone.

Obviously. You get tested ,and then a few days later tested again and come up positive. It's due to incubation time. So really, before taking a cruise, or international flight, should be quarantined for 14 days before leaving AND upon return to be absolutely sure there is no chance of transmission. Even in that case, small chance the virus will find a way. The issue is, as others had pointed out, it's rampant in japan now. There is no way can stop this thing without a total hard lockdown for a few months.

Other places like taiwan, NZ, Aust went hard as soon as they had a few cases. Japan could have gone that route but instead chose to prioritize the economy. Look at where that got them. If they had half a brain they would have chosen the former.

A little hardship and then would be open off business and we could enjoy the Olympics without masks etc (or at least enjoy them more than will be able to as things stand now).

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Posted in: Japan's job availability ratio in FY2020 sees largest decline in 46 years See in context

Take a close look at the numbers and NEVER included in the statistic reporting here is the people NOT looking for work. This "number" of unemployed is those actively pursuing a job through the government agency "Hello Work"

Yubaru: excellent thoughts, but I think (correct me if I am wrong) that it's worse than that: Only people who have paid into the "unemployment insurance system" while working full-time, and are therefore collecting unemployment benefits through Hello Work while looking for a new job, are classified as being unemployed. By the way, the unemployment benefit (70% of your wage?) lasts for 3-6 months, from memory. After that, if you have no job, you're basically in your own (and not counted as unemployed anymore) :(

I was one of them, back in the day.

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Posted in: Altercation between train otaku leaves one with fractured skull, other in custody See in context

-It’s time to just outlaw photographing trains. Nothing good comes of it


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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics could be held without fans: Hashimoto See in context

And in three weeks they will announce the possibility of the first online games, with Zoom as the only sponsor, after the major sponsors all pull out, one after another. That way the JOC/IOC still come out with something.

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

But no, they're returning to Yokohama and all will disembark and spread into the community.

COVID is already everywhere in the community. Letting these people disembark will not change anything, FWIW.

But, but.... everyday we read things like this:

"Without hard lockdowns, japan has handled this virus much better than other countries, and so far only recorded just 10,000 deaths. In addition there have only been 500,000 accumulated cases since the pandemic began."

Zoroto: I think I will join others here and just put my head back into the sand, where it belongs.

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