Like Nagoya Magazine

ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jun 28, 2021

Nagoya woman, 43, suspected of swindling men met on dating sites with ‘stolen wallet’ ruse

Rumi Otakeyama, 43, would falsely tell her victims upon meeting: ‘I have to cover my mother’s medical expenses’

The post Nagoya woman, 43, suspected of swindling men met on dating sites with ‘stolen wallet’ ruse appeared first on TokyoReporter.

Source TokyoReporter

ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jun 25, 2021

We visited Akihabara’s PCR Test Center and here’s what you should expect

The low-down on directions, instructions, and more.

As many of you know, you can carry the COVID-19 virus without experiencing any symptoms. It has been arguably more difficult in Japan than other countries to get tested for COVID-19, especially if you are asymptomatic. But there are options out there, even if they’re not well-known! That’s why our Japanese-language reporter Seiji Nakazawa decided to take his seemingly healthy self to Akihabara’s PCR Test Center.

This testing center is organized by a medical group that also has testing booths in areas like Haneda Airport, so you can rest assured that they’re trustworthy. Their goal in setting up booths like this one is to make PCR tests more accessible for people that need a test but not necessarily medical treatment.

“Perfect, that sounds like me!” thought Seiji, and he got ready to go. But wait! If you’re thinking of casually dropping by on your way to mourn the loss of the giant Sega arcade, think again. The first step to visiting the Akihabara PCR Test Center is actually to make an online reservation. When Seiji signed up for a test, there was fairly good availability despite it being a Sunday.

▼ Yep, pretty much all free, as indicated by the circles.

The second step is to arrange payment. It costs 2,300 yen (US$21.01) per test, but they don’t accept cash. That means you’ll have to pay by credit card, your IC card, or another form of electronic payment.

The third step is actually getting there. Seiji admits that he isn’t that great with directions, so he was glad for the giant “PCR Test Center” billboard plastered on the building he was aiming for.

▼ It also helps that it’s bigger than the other signs on the same building!

Next, you have to go inside and take the test, solely relying on the written and visual instructions provided. There are no staff to ask for guidance, so while it might be difficult if your Japanese reading ability isn’t that great, it’s also a good option for those that are anxious or nervous about talking to people.

▼ No waiting line here, either.

To complete the test, you need to unzip the PCR test bag and remove the straw from the testing tube. Then, add your saliva to the testing tube via the straw. Since you need between one and two milliliters (0.03-0.07 ounces) of saliva to get reliable test results, the test asks you to fill up the tube to the 1.5-milliliter mark.

▼ Even if you don’t understand Japanese that well, you can kind of figure out what to do by looking at the picture.

The final steps are to close the testing tube tightly, dispose of the straw, and turn in the testing tube to the reception desk with your information written on the provided sticker.

The one thing Seiji says you should be careful of is to not imitate the illustration when adding saliva to the tube! Seiji’s straw fell to the bottom of the testing tube because he wasn’t holding it with his hands, and it got a bit stuck to the bottom…

Once you’ve turned in your test tube successfully, you’ll receive your results via email by midnight the following day. Seiji’s results took 26 hours to get to him.

▼ Thankfully, his results were 陰性 (insei), which means he tested negative for COVID-19!

Should you test positive according to the Akihabara PCR Test Center (written like 陽性, or yousei), though, keep in mind that it is not an official diagnosis. You should always follow up with a medical institution to get a formal test.

So whether you want to get a PCR test done without going to the doctor’s office or you’re just curious about whether or not you have COVID-19, Seiji recommends stopping by this test center! It took a light load off his shoulders to know he doesn’t have the virus. And if you’d rather not be around the crowds of Akihabara, consider a quiet temple vending machine instead!

Photos ©SoraNews24
● Want to hear about SoraNews24’s latest articles as soon as they’re published? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jun 24, 2021

American father and son plead guilty to helping Ghosn flee Japan

A U.S. Army Special Forces veteran and his son pleaded guilty in Tokyo on Monday to charges that they illegally helped former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos… Source Japan Today

ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jun 23, 2021

Crowdfunding opens on Japanese version of a gadget that makes any canned beer easier to drink

Turn even the cheapest convenience store beer into a classy little beer cup with this device!

Now that some travel advisory levels have lowered and the temperatures are creeping up, people are beginning to dream longingly about venturing out to hang out with people outside once more. Spreading out a picnic blanket, sitting a responsible distance apart from each other, and then grazing on snacks and drinks…what a beautiful fantasy!

There’s one element of the fantasy that American-based business Draft Top thinks they can improve upon. Imagine taking an ice-cold beer can from the cooler, and cracking it open. Pause. What comes next?

  • You lift the can to your mouth and purse your lips into the tiny opening like you are trying to French kiss it, in hopes of extracting some beer
  • You rummage in the picnic bag for some plastic cups, find none, and settle for pouring beer into a paper bowl and drinking it that way
  • You lift the beer can above your head and pour it down into your waiting mouth like a lion drinking from a waterfall

There has to be a better way to enjoy a canned beer on the go. And there is!

The Draft Top 2.0, which modifies the existing Draft Top sold in America to a size tailored to Japanese beverage cans, removes the top of the can altogether. Slot the can into the device and twist, and the top will slide off easily—and the device even neatly shaves away all those sharp edges and tucks them into a smooth, finished edge that’s safe to sip from without risking your lips.

Japan has been flirting with similar products recently, such as Asahi’s “draft beer in a can” and the “Nama-Jockey” which allows you to peel the whole top off in one go, but there’s a gap in the market for a product that will cleanly remove the top of any standard-sized can.

▼ This product really allows you to enjoy the sight, smell, and flavor of your canned beer.

The marketers even argue that canned beer tastes better without an intense cap of foam, and so this manner of opening it will minimize bubbles. A controversial take in these times, but a brave one!

Allegedly, sipping from beer in a cup-like can allows you to appreciate its malty flavor more directly than siphoning sips through a tiny keyhole opening. This also makes the empty can easier to clean, as you can rinse it out more easily before dropping it in a recycling bag. As an added bonus, the Draft Top 2.0 itself is light and small enough to tote around wherever you might need it—a garden party, a barbecue, or a park outing.

▼ It’s much easier to chug a canned beer in this form too, for what it’s worth.

The crowdfunding campaign is being hosted by Kibidango, who will also serve as the primary representative company for Draft Top in Japan. A range of rewards is offered for backers, including deeply discounted Draft Top 2.0 sets which have almost all been snatched up. A single Draft Top 2.0 can still be purchased through the crowdfunding campaign for a 13 percent discount — while the product ordinarily costs 4,000 yen (US$36.55), Kibidango is offering it for 3,500 yen.

The campaign offers additional bonuses like branded T-shirts, caps, and stabilizing cooler sleeves, that come at an additional cost. It certainly seems like a better option than the ham-fisted attempt we made to recreate a Nama-Jockey can with a normal can opener, so here’s hoping we can get our hands on one!

Related: Kibidango Draft Top 2.0 Campaign
Source, images: PR Times

● Want to hear about SoraNews24’s latest articles as soon as they’re published? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jun 22, 2021

Aichi cops raid illegal Nagoya casino suspected of funding yakuza

Police seized several computers, monitors and about 3.4 million yen in cash.

The post Aichi cops raid illegal Nagoya casino suspected of funding yakuza appeared first on TokyoReporter.


ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jun 22, 2021

Japan to provide greater COVID vaccine support to foreign residents

The Japanese government adopted a policy Tuesday to strengthen support for foreign residents who may face hurdles in getting coronavirus vaccinations, together with local municipalities.
Under the policy,… Source Japan Today

ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jun 21, 2021

Japanese woman wins ‘Green Nobel’

A senior member of a Japanese nongovernmental organization fighting climate change has been picked for this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize. (NHK)

ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Jun 21, 2021

Let’s Tour: Nagoya’s Underground Labyrinth

Nagoya has a deep and dark secret… Well a deep, but pretty well-lit secret, actually. Did you know that it is home to Japan’s oldest underground pedestrian passageway and shopping mall network? Underground shopping malls, or 地下街 (chikagai), are pretty common in the larger urban cities in Japan.  They can provide a dry, comfortable, climate-controlled […]

The post Let’s Tour: Nagoya’s Underground Labyrinth first appeared on H&R Group K.K.. Source H&R Group K.K.