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Posted in: What are some practical ways that the Japanese government could speed up the coronavirus vaccination process? See in context

Cancel the Olympics and divert all resources to the covid fight. Use the stadiums as mass vaccination centres, for starters.

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Posted in: Labour's Sadiq Khan re-elected London mayor See in context

Khan banned a poster because it showed a photo of a woman in a bikini. The idea that city mayors have censorship powers is unsettling, especially for materials that are clearly outside "hate" criteria. Also, pretty scary for those of us old enough to remember more enlightened times when bikinis and miniskirts were symbols of liberation among a free-thinking youth.

But then, today's new left puritans are in the process of their great purge.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of Ibaraki couple in 2019 See in context

It doesn't matter where you live 

He scanned Google maps in search of an isolated house where there wouldn't be any witnesses, according to some unconfirmed media reports.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of Ibaraki couple in 2019 See in context

Japanese people have told me they are reluctant to live in a house in a quiet (and thus dark) location due to the danger of intrusions by dangerous people. This could be a case in point, I guess. I'm waiting to hear the suspect's MO.

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Posted in: There’s a limited quantity of vaccine available right now, so local governments have no alternative but to make better choices flexibly. For instance, by diverting vaccines earmarked for elderly people to medical personnel. See in context

This is kind of misleading. Unused vaccine shots are piling up right now in Japan, according to a story by Reusters yesterday. 24 million shots are still sitting in freezers, while 10s of millions of more are about to be imported.

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Posted in: Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over anti-virus measures See in context

Hypocrisy and unfairness are what anger this Tokyo resident. Several children's soccer and baseball teams have migrated into my local park after their facilities closed, while I cant play tennis because all the courts are closed and my normally tranquil park has become a jam-packed circus, where I'm not allowed to have a glass of wine on a warm spring day anymore.

And then there was that cruise ship with hundreds of people packed aboard. Too many examples to cite here. It seems they are generally targeting small groups of individuals while leaving organizations alone.

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Posted in: Over 3-meter-long pet python on loose after escaping in Yokohama See in context

Those are extremely dangerous. A python killed 2 sleeping children in Canada a few years ago. Why do people feel a need to keep these as pets?!? Get a cat or a dog, for crying out loud.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

Japan needs a national health service, like the UK's. The current system, relying heavily on the private sector, is badly equipped to deal with national disasters.

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Posted in: By refurbishing the interiors of our vehicles, they’ll be transformed into mobile vaccination units that can be used in depopulated areas and other places where the majority of the population is elderly. See in context


why are private businesses having to offer, donate and volunteer for these kinds of things?

The article doesn't state that this is a charity project! It says local governments would be paying these companies - whose normal tourism services are dead - to supply shuttle services in converted vehicles. For example, a Hokkaido govt - not a company - is providing a free shuttle service using large taxies via a contract with the private sector.

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Posted in: More young Japanese look to Marx as pandemic, climate crisis magnify economic inequalities See in context

The world's 2 fastest growing economies are run by communists, which doesnt escape the attention of informed people. And one of those communist-run states is destined to become the world's dominant economic power.

We will ALL have have to study Marxism in the future, whether we like it or not.

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Posted in: Japan's child population hits record low after 40 years of decline See in context



but there won't be enough money

You seriously believe Japan will run out of yen, ie, its own money? How would that happen?

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Posted in: Hands off my hijab! Young Muslim women protest proposed French ban See in context

If face coverings are an expression of devotion, then how come the boys and men don't wear them? They aren't devoted?

Yep, this IS about "discrimination." But not the kind of discrimination the defenders are talking about. Kind of ironic, if not illogical, no?

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Posted in: Can therapy ease the trauma of U.S. racist attacks and systemic racism? See in context

 those whites who insist white European culture is superior to all else,

Yeah, it's not as if the Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, and nearly everyone else in the world would ever see their cultures as superior in any way. LOL.

The US is a country of Western culture, derived directly from European culture, and for some reason, attracts millions of millions of people around the world who crave a better life for themselves and their children. The other big destinations for such freedom seekers are Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Hmm, I think were seeing a pattern here....

If "white people" are proud or even smug about their culture's success and universal appeal, they have very good grounds to be that way.

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Posted in: Why Apple has chips for iPhones while Ford got caught short See in context

That's why places like North Korea and Cuba have no supply issues for chips...

those are small developing countries. May as well compare, say, Guatemala's high tech industry. How about China? It started stockpiling chips last year due to the efforts of its communist central planners and through its state-own enterprises, and now isnt suffering as badly from the shortage as its capitalist rivals.

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Posted in: ANA to install world's first hands-free lavatory doors on 21 aircraft See in context

Surface contact is a very low risk and shouldn't be the focus of such efforts. The fact that passengers in economy class are seated cheek to jowl in the hundreds and sharing the same air is thousands of times more risky, which is what ANA should be working on first.

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Posted in: New Zealand PM Ardern says differences with China becoming harder to reconcile See in context

Years ago, I recall how frustrating it was for me to remind globalists and other neo-libs of the fact that China is a communist authoritarian state and that thus partnering with it thru the global supply chain and offshoring would eventually wreak untold harm on the West.

Thank god, many now are finally coming around to my worldview, although the seeds may have already been sown. The globalists may well sell us out in the end.

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Posted in: Strong wind gusts damage 92 buildings in central Japan See in context

It felt like a typhoon with no rain.

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Posted in: Over half say Japan needs to amend Constitution for virus response See in context

This is the biggest canard out there. The forced evacuations of residents in Fukushima, enforcement of subsequent no-go zones, not to mention enforced evacuations and other actions during numerous volcanic eruptions are all possible under the Japanese constitution.

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Posted in: Noguchi, 3 other astronauts return to Earth from space station See in context

US media: SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station

Japanese media: Noguchi, 3 other astronauts returned from the International Space Station

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Posted in: Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan See in context

The system seems pretty weak and lax.

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Posted in: Gov't to aid virus-hit firms with ¥500 bil from reserve funds See in context


There always seems to be these endless reserve Funds available to governments in Japan. 

It's a number that is decided on and then written on a spread sheet, rather than an account stuffed with cash.

 There always seems to be these endless reserve Funds available to governments in Japan. 

True. That's why stimulus money is spent within a couple of days of being decided on. Because there are no "funds" that need to be collected or borrowed first.

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


Curious but why are you not allowed?

Tokyo Metro has closed all its public courts during the SOE. Several sessions our group had planned were suddenly and automatically cancelled by the booking system.

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

There are still more jobs than applicants -- 110 openings for every 100 seekers - which is too much anyway.

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Posted in: Gov't to aid virus-hit firms with ¥500 bil from reserve funds See in context

There are no "funds." The money begins to exist once the government presses buttons to mark up the accounts of the recipients.

As the definition of "fund" is a sum of money saved or made available for a particular purpose, it would be nice if the pundits used language reflecting the reality, so that readers aren't mislead. Ergot:

"Japan's cabinet has decided to give businesses 500 billion yen from a 5-trillion yen stimulus commitment to counter the impact of the coronavirus."

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

I'm not allowed to play tennis, which is outdoors and distanced, due to the pandemic, but 100s of people are allowed to cram themselves onto a boat?

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Posted in: Summer bonuses at Japan firms to fall 1-3% on year due to coronavirus See in context

The level of this summer's bonuses is largely affected by a company's business performance....

If Daiwa Securities and Mizuho Research can't be solidly profitable in today's climate of, respectively, roaring financial markets and a surge in demand for IT services, then they don't deserve to exist.

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Posted in: Japan's business leaders suggest ways for gov't to speed up vaccination rate See in context

Use the Olympic stadium and other large facilities, instead of shoehorning large groups of people in small buildings. The MacDonald's drive-thru in my Tokyo neighborhood is probably the area's most popular businesses.

Ironically, it's because nearly all the medical institutions are "businesses" (private sector) that the govt is struggling to move ahead in a coordinated, cooperative fashion.

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Posted in: Japan's unused 14 mil doses of COVID-19 vaccines point to logistical hurdles See in context

NHK had a report this week on a village that received all its doses. But it has to wait for around 2 weeks at least for it can begin the shots, as it still needs to hire staff who would accompany people home if they had side-effects. Unbelievable.

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Posted in: Ranks of 'refugee smokers' surging with no place to puff See in context

If these disgruntled smokers are in the Tokyo area, I recommend they go to the TGIFs in Shibuya. Smoke all you want there in indoor comfort! The main central section is for smokers and you can even send your thick clouds of smoke wafting into the smaller non-smoking sections squeezed along the periphery, as there are no barriers whatsoever.

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