It was announced that will distribute 2 masks to each household. Memes are around, on what for example families from movies would look like with 2 masks..
twitter.com/Longe0829/status/1
japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/04/

I like many things about , but energy politics is not one of them. While climate crisis is already leading to the Olympic marathon getting moved to Sapporo, investments are done in coal and nuclear. And hydrogen fuel cell which they are taking all bets on is not looking good either, for most common use cases like cars the battery looks better.
japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/03/

In , one can 'dedicate' their taxes to a certain area/town. For example people from the countryside living in Tokyo can dedicate to their home town. The home town can decide to give something in return, many say "thank you" in sending meat, sweets or other things.
A city with a toilet paper factory got especially many "tax dedications" this year, because the toilet paper they send out is out of stock..
source: japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/03/

Meanwhile in : a man who "likes bike saddles" piled up 5800 saddles over the last 25 years.
twitter.com/nhk_news/status/12

In , there are now topless meetings / トップレス‐ミーティング .
This means 'without laptop', not 'without upper torso clothes'.
languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/

The safety instructions. For me, an other example of excellent combination of culture and technology in
youtube.com/watch?v=T0Zkey8LMH

I moved to , and some things are strangely 'just right'. Mount Fuji has just the right height so someone like me can climb it.
An other thing: my typographic senses are satisfied as my surname has 4 letters, which expressed in half-width letters are just perfectly lining up with Japanese names, which typically have 2 full width Kanji.
Example meeting attendees list:

Life in : apartment contracts are mostly just for 2 years. After that you ask for renewal of the contract, and the estate agent asks for an amount of months rent "for the renewal". So 850€ for doing a few papers, quite something.. that is my rent for 27m^2.

Meanwhile in : people start to register graves in Hawaii. I'm not japanized enough to understand the benefits..
youtu.be/BOCtfK2ecWU

What are people worried about around the globe?
Number one for is cyber attacks - I would not have guessed that. For it's climate change.
pewglobal.org/2019/02/10/clima

Yearly chore: writing christmas cards.
It's not a habit any more in Germany, but for the Japanese friends where I know that I will receive a new years card, I feel obliged..

Reworked my blog.
Sorry, still no rss feed available for it, wondering how to do this best with the asciidoc file which I use as source to generate the blog.
fluxcoil.net/files/2016_japan_

gets now stores where cameras watch you taking things, and the money is then fetched from the card, most common electronic money here. Well, in contrast to Amazon Go, you can at least get suica without the card being mapped to your name and identity.
translate.google.com/translate

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