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Posted in: Go To Travel campaign may partially resume after state of emergency lifted See in context

I suppose it’s better to get the next wave started sooner rather than later.

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Posted in: Suzuki Motor chairman to retire in June after over 40 years See in context

The 91-year-old

It’s probably time...

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Posted in: Ministry punishes 11 officials for ethics code violations involving Suga's son See in context

On Wednesday, the ministry announced penalties including salary cuts and reprimands for the 11 ministry officials for accepting the expensive dinners and gifts in violation of the ethics code.

Oooh, that’ll teach em.

What an amazing deterrent against future corrupt behaviour this is.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 178 coronavirus cases; below 200 for 1st time since Nov 24 See in context

The only thing more confusing than these official numbers is the fact that the whole world isn't banging on Japan's door to demand to know how they did it - or Japan isn't touting their miraculous handling of the virus to the rest of the world for a considerable fee.

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Posted in: 13 ministry officials wined and dined by Suga's son See in context

Let me guess, none of the nine ministry officials recall attending the meeting... or they have no recollection of matters discussed... or they didn't know Suga Seigo was related to now PM Suga.

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

Apparently it’s haunted and that’s why a few PMs have decided against living there in favour of somewhere else close by.

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Posted in: Japan finds new COVID-19 strain, while immigration faciliity reports infections See in context

This means absolutely nothing and just promoted by government, social media tech companies and media so they can keep this hoax going until we all live in a neo feudalistic society.

@JT I presume if you’re going to remove lighthearted posts then you’re also going to remove this conspiracy nonsense too.

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Posted in: Seiko Hashimoto takes over as Tokyo Olympic president See in context

It’ll be weird for the president not to speak during meetings!!

Only joking... those oyajis seats will be a little less comfortable now.

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Posted in: Another LDP lawmaker quits over nightlife visit See in context

Surely it’d be easier for everyone if they just built and staffed a couple of hostess bars within the Diet building. If nothing else, they’d save a fortune on expenses.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

I think it's probably time to be asking questions as to why it is that we feel that men in their 70s or 80s are able to fulfill these roles better versus a man in their 40s or 50s, or a woman,"

Obviously they aren’t.

The reason it happens though is because these 60-80 years olds grew up in a culture where their voices largely weren’t heard because they were younger than the previous 60-80 year olds who were in charge. They did their time of subservience therefore now they feel entitled to their turn. And on and on it goes.

When you silence the younger generation for the sole reason they aren’t older, and make them wait until they are older before allowing them ‘power’, then there’s no surprise they aren’t going to suddenly defer the power they’ve been waiting for to the younger generation now.

There needs to be a cultural and political revolution of sorts in this country. Until that happens, nothing is going to change.

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Posted in: Japan eyes Sunday approval of Pfizer vaccine, accelerating schedule See in context

for the UK one... for the South Africa one... for the Brazilian one... for the new most potent resistant UK one.

You do know that these different variants are only named in this way because these are the locations where they were first discovered? There isn't a 'UK virus', or a 'Brazilian virus'. They are mutations of the same virus, and the currently approved vaccines are so far OK for these mutations.

Suggesting you will need a separate vaccine for each mutation is wrong.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Some posters are teasing Kawabuchi's age and ojin background. I don't get why they are tolerant of sheer ageism while at the same time being sensitive and critical of gender-prejudice and discrimination.

If anything this decision discriminates against younger people who are more than capable of doing the job.

I doubt they've interviewed for the job - they just selected the next most connected / powerful member of the political/connected elite! It's not ageist to criticize that!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 434 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,695 See in context

I would assume this happens because most clinics are closed on Sundays and thus only the sickest are able to get tested anywhere, whereas during the week, people who wouldn’t have qualified to be tested on a Sunday do get tested.

I understand that Sundays should have a lower overall number of tests than other days because fewer places are open, but this doesn't explain the fact that more often than not the overall number of positive cases ends up being extremely close to the previous days figure.

You can't just select the 500 sickest to test, because you don't know if the next patient is going to be sicker than the previous patient, or if the current patient is the sickest you'll see all day - yet the numbers always end up being close.

You'd expect Sundays numbers to be complete outliers in terms of both testing and positive cases.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 434 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,695 See in context

Less than 3% positive after more than 30% positive the day before

It's this that doesn't make sense and, I'd guess, is one of the main reasons people don't trust the official numbers of positive cases reported each day.

The swing from 3% to 30%, and some days closer to 50% is just too high. That's when you notice that it's usually 50% of a really small number of tests, and then 3% of a really high number of tests. The day to day number of positive cases don't fluctuate so dramatically though - why is that? We are either on a slight upwards trend, or a slight downwards trend, but the day to day numbers are usually relatively close.

The fact that we never see an 'X' fold increase or decrease in positive cases on a day to day basis, yet we can see a ten fold increase in the % of positive cases quite regularly is highly suspicious. What are they saying - that on some days (50%) doctors are unbelievably accurate in their diagnosis, but on other days (3%) they are abject?

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Only in Japan can you replace a sexist 83 year old with...someone older.

I understand that you need someone 'special' to head the Olympic Organizing Committee, but talk about failing to grasp a prime opportunity. What a totally depressing place this is at times.

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Posted in: Fewer people to get Pfizer vaccine in Japan due to syringe shortage See in context

12 months and I haven’t been infected-been all around and will eat lunch out today.

I am getting real tired of this ‘pandemic’

Lucky you. Just because you haven’t personally experienced it doesn’t make it any less real or less infectious. I hope your good fortune continues.

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Posted in: Trump trial gets go-ahead after emotional, graphic first day See in context

If you want private citizen Trump to face criminal charges (and real consequences), the proper authority to contact is the US attorney's office in Washington DC, not the senate.

@M3M3M3 - The Article of the constitution you reference would seemingly solve the problem of how to deal with a President committing a serious offence so late in office.

In this case it’s not relevant as Trump was formally impeached while still in office.

Had the events of Jan 6th happened on the morning or Inauguration Day, then things might've taken the route of charging as a private citizen - but you know the defence would just be screaming ‘you can’t charge a sitting president, you have to impeach - and you didn’t impeach so it’s too late’.

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Posted in: Trump trial gets go-ahead after emotional, graphic first day See in context

the constitution says only a sitting president can be impeached.

@Mr. Noidall - So how would you deal with a President who commits a high crime and misdemeanour during the final hour of his/her final day in office? Does the constitution mean it would be impossible to hold that President accountable no matter how grave the act was?

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Posted in: Fewer people to get Pfizer vaccine in Japan due to syringe shortage See in context

Funny that the J govenment would tell the world about this problem. Strange for a country that has been accused of funny numbers and not being transparent to be honest and open about a problem.

I presume if this is what they are transparently and openly saying, then the actual problem is worse. I base that presumption on years of experience. For example - 'the reactors haven't melted down', 'I can promise the IOC it's all under control' etc.

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Posted in: Fewer people to get Pfizer vaccine in Japan due to syringe shortage See in context

Japan is unlikely to inoculate as many people with Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine as planned due to a shortage of special syringes

Who cares that 1/6 of each vaccine is going to be wasted in the middle of a global pandemic when vaccine availability is highly limited and it's of paramount importance to get people vaccinated so the whole economy doesn't collapse.

Don't worry though, trillions of yen has been spent on making sure the Olympics can go ahead.

Priorities people.

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Posted in: Japan pledges safe Olympics; medical experts aren't so sure See in context

Japanese infectious disease specialist Atsuo Hamada wants to see the Olympics happen in Tokyo this summer, but admits if they were being held anywhere else, he'd probably support a cancelation.

That seems to be a strange way of thinking for an infectious disease specialist.

"With frequent testing, and athletes and staff limiting their movement and staying in bubbles, and everyone watching it on television, that is a possibility that I can imagine now," said Hamada.

Why does he think any country except Japan is incapable of doing this? The PL in England, the NBA and NFL in the US are just 2 very high profile places that have implemented athlete bubbles relatively successfully.

Michael Head, a senior research fellow in global health at Britain's University of Southampton. "But I think from... the global public health point of view, there's nothing about the Olympics that makes any sense whatsoever right now."

Correct. All efforts should be focussed on more important areas now, such as funding health care and making sure doctors and nurses can work 100% on their jobs and not thinking about whether they have to go and serve a vanity project at a big unnecessary party.

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Posted in: With Olympics at stake, Mori seen as too influential to push aside See in context

"If he resigns, there'll be no Olympics. We need him to continue whatever the cost," 


What about if he’s fired?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 429 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,626 See in context

a) Contact tracing is even more limited now, and Tokyo & Kanagawa gave it up pretty much completely. Less contact tracing = less testing = less cases.

b) People are being diverted to be tested at independent testing sites, and they do not share/report their results to the 'official' stats. More tests done & more positive cases found through independent testing = less positive cases in the official stats.

c) Check the rate of deaths. That hasn't really gone down.

JT actually really should add this reminder to each article they publish about the found covid-19 cases. Now people get the false sense that the situation would be getting better, when in reality, we actually have no clue of the real situation - not until each testing site is required to share their results, and until testing is ramped up all together.

Well said Vinke.

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Posted in: Average monthly household spending down record 5.3% in 2020 See in context

Friday's data also showed that the average monthly income of salaried households with at least two people grew a real 4.0 percent to 609,535 yen in 2020

What is the significance of this stat over simply the average monthly income?

’Salaried households with at least 2 people’ means 2 or more people earning salaries, or just 2 or more people living in the house? Does it include a partner working part-time or on a non-permanent contract if the other person is salaried, or only includes the salaried earner?

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Posted in: More than 110,000 sign petition against Mori after sexist comments See in context

One thing is for sure, Japan needs more Momoko Nojos.

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Posted in: Nonregular workers at big firms left out of virus-related benefits See in context

That’s the thing about being non-regular. You don’t get regular benefits. As harsh as it is, it’s pretty easy to understand."

The benefits / state subsidies being discussed in the article are paid by the govt not by the company. Company just has to apply for them thats all.

That's true, but the fundamental problem is the increasing trend of companies employing people on non-regular contracts.

The number of people employed on such contracts and the types of companies making use of these contracts has shot up in recent years, however the protections available to these workers are still minimal. This wouldn't be a huge problem if there was still a clear path to permanent status, but unfortunately that isn't an option for most. The perceived gain is only short term and it's going to create a more serious long term problem if people being employed on these kinds on contracts aren't properly protected.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics face another headache - not enough medical staff See in context

Again, would we be in a rush to send all the firefighters to a party if the city was burning down?

Medical staff are clearly required in medical institutions right now and for the foreseeable future.

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Posted in: No. of recorded crimes in Japan drops to lowest postwar level in 2020 See in context

I guess a large proportion of those crimes would usually be committed at Izakayas or karaoke places after 8pm, or during alcohol affected travel home.

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Posted in: Nonregular workers at big firms left out of virus-related benefits See in context

Asked why she was not entitled to compensation like her manager, the company said those who work permanently devote more of themselves to earn their living compared with part timers.

I know many part timers who devote more of themselves to work in terms of time spent working each week than some permanent employees. The difference is they devote their time to 2, 3, or 4 companies rather than just 1.

Any company should be forced to support all their employees in the same ways relative to the hours they are employed. Therefore if a non permanent employee is working at 2 different places, they would still receive 100% of all compensation they deserve - but it might be payed 50-50, 75-25, or 50-25-25 etc depending of the amount of time they are spending at each place.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context

Japan kind of works on a ,’if you don’t like it, you can go home’ policy.

Except if you’re Japanese where whether you like it or not you can only go home after your boss has gone home.

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