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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccination for those under 65 may start in July: minister See in context

Quote: "COVID-19 vaccination for those under 65 may start in July: minister." And it may not.

What about those people 65 and over? Are they supposed to go die, unless they are rich and with the LDP?

In treating COVID-19 Japan is behind the rest of the world. Like every country on Earth.

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Posted in: Biden recognizes atrocities against Armenians as genocide See in context

Well done, President Biden. Officially, recognizing the Armenian Genocide has been long over due.

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Posted in: Japan rolls out vaccine slowly, despite looming Olympics See in context

Quote: "A majority of Japanese already oppose holding the Games this summer..." I am with the majority of the Japanese and wish a popular democracy was in place to euthanize the Olympics. We do not need the burdensome Olympics. We need anti-pandemic medication and hospital beds. The LDP wants fun and games.

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Posted in: Suspect detained for stabbing 2 men in Saitama says he is ‘mentally ill’ See in context

Actually a lot of mentally ill people, particular those who learn the psychological vocabulary, know there is something wrong with them.

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Posted in: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean this time? See in context

"What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean this time?" No available hospital beds and no vaccine. But if you are lucky you can watch the Olympics on TV as you waste away.

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Posted in: High school kendo coach caught forcing students to pay birthday-tribute money See in context

This extortion had been going on since 2009. Who would not have known about it?

This coach was extorting in absolute broad daylight. But everyone from the administration to parents apparently kept quiet.

This coach broke the law but he wasn't arrested. I wonder if even the tax people took an interest in this.

The long silence has been deafening.

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Posted in: Tokyo state of emergency does not affect Games: IOC See in context

The IOC is putting on a brave face.

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Posted in: Some foreign residents in Japan consider traveling to other countries for vaccines See in context

Careful, the Japanese authorities might not let you back in again.

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Posted in: Suga to declare state of emergency in Osaka; no decision on Tokyo See in context

If you can read only one thing today, read the Asahi's VOX POPULI: "Time to consider cutting our losses, canceling Tokyo Olympics." The title says it all: Don't throw good money after bad.

Coping with the pandemic has to be our first priority.

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Posted in: Osaka request for emergency will include store closures, online school classes See in context

I'm afraid we will have to euthanize the Olympics. We simply cannot have an Olympics when an epidemic is raging and no end is in sight.

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Posted in: Fukuoka man arrested for breaking into store, putting on female staff’s apron and shirt See in context

Aren't there fetish shops to accommodate folks like these?

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Posted in: Out and about in Osaka See in context

A photograph is not necessarily worth a thousand words. In this scene everyone is wearing a mask. So where did all that Coronavirus-19 suddenly come from? A good guess is that there were those times when people took their masks off.

Eating and drinking is impossible with a mask on. The bars and eateries are the most likely culprits for the spread of the virus. If that is the case the bars and eateries should be closed and subsidized for staying closed until the pandemic is over..

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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

Quote: "There are non-Japanese people living in Japan too... at least I'll be a spectator at some of the events, and I'm not Japanese."

Don't count on it. Remember when the virus struck at year ago? All the permanent residents thought they could go home to Japan just like the Japanese. Uh, uh. Those who missed getting in before the restrictions came down were out of luck.

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Posted in: 300 hotel rooms planned for Olympic athletes with minor or no COVID symptoms See in context

This scenario belongs in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Welcome, Elmer Fudd out to get that d'wat rabbit. You can be sure from the beginning that no matter how extreme and inventive Elmer (representing the Olympic committee) is, Bugs (representing the virus). is going to win.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

Is eating banned on the Shinkansen now? But how about drinking? I cannot imagine a long Shinkansen ride without water.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

First, Thomas Sowell is a Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a conservative, and like most conservatives prone to making off-hand remarks that are not true. Durning this pandemic off-hands remarks, if taken seriously, may kill us.

Let's take this on first: "Thousand of people move between Osaka and Tokyo daily, there is no way the more infectious variant in Osaka won't spread to Tokyo," This is a very good point. But how do they pass the variant on in the first place? There is one thing you can do more easily on the Shinkansen than on a packed local commuter train: East and drink. For this you need to slide your mask down.

Another thing. viruses mutate on their own. I don't know how. Maybe the Osaka viruses are smarter.

Finally, Suga is guilty as charged. We should be getting our shots by now.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo to join Fox News See in context

Surprise, surprise.

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Posted in: Health minister urges Tokyo to remain vigilant as virus cases soar in Osaka See in context

"Remain vigilant" in this case is a cry of utter despair.

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Posted in: Education ministry hosts Twitter campaign to recruit teachers, but it backfires right away See in context

The best thing for teachers is to avoid most schools, particularly, state schools, altogether. The worst thing a school can do to you is transfer you to remote place away from your family and anything civilized. The best way to get into that state is to join the Teachers' Union (unless it is bought off), show any little bit of originality in your teaching and argue with your corrupt principal.

I helped my spouse to get out the high school system into university. Happiness! Lots of free time. Teach what you want the way you want to.

The Board of Education would not accept my spouse's resignation at first. Too valuable to lose. We took a holiday in Europe to celebrate.

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Posted in: Restaurants, hotels in Osaka, Hyogo and Miyagi prefectures disappointed at stricter COVID-19 steps See in context

The problem. We cannot let the restaurants and bars go broke and we can't let people go on eating and drinking out as if the viral plague does not exist.

The easiest solution would be to subsidize everyone--if money were no object. Perhaps money is "no object" if kept in reasonable bounds. At least, the restaurants could be kept afloat and staff kept off the street. Longterm loans perhaps?

Japan is rich enough to host the Olympics. It should be rich enough to support restaurants and bars.

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Posted in: Do you agree with the decision not to allow spectators from overseas to attend the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games? See in context

If nothing else, Permanent Residents of Japan (a legal title) should be allowed to go to the Olympics after providing proof of vaccination--like Japanese fans.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cuts jobs, boosts stocks, widening economic gap in Japan See in context

Main customers were the store's wealthy regulars and the so-called "new rich," including young managers of information technology firms and YouTubers who increased their earnings by taking advantage of the pandemic.

This is not a prediction but a cautionary note. What the article appears to show is a bubble economy. All bubble economies have one thing in common. They pop.

If the worst happens, there will be a lot of "previously owned" jewels and luxury cars on sale.

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Posted in: Experts warn COVID-19 rebound could exceed 'third wave' in Tokyo See in context

It is time to be brave and face the obvious. The virus has not been beat back. It is mutating and and becoming stronger. Everyone in Japan is: at risk: the Japanese national, the permanent foreign resident, the passing business traveler, the casual tourist, the Olympic athlete and the Olympic staff.

For the good of all concerned the Olympics must be cancelled.

And we must act as if in a state of siege. At this point I fear we are losing,

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Posted in: Tokyo area extends shorter business hours over virus rebound worries See in context

Is this really the best time for the Olympics?

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Posted in: Japan rejects bid from China to use 'AINU' trademark for products See in context

Congratulations to Japan for rejecting the "AINU" trademark. It is progress, however incremental.

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Posted in: Korean kids nurtured to remember history with anti-Japanese toys and games See in context

The patriotic games are unfortunately not exciting. The assassination set is not a game and might be better used as a shrine.

The moral of this story is that when some country like Japan commits atrocities for years and years then that country should expect years and years of anger from its victims. That Japan wants the world to forget what it did only adds to the the Koreans' anger.

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Posted in: Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by marriage ruling See in context

My best wishes on a long and happy life together.

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Posted in: 10-year-old boy on bike hit and killed by car; driver arrested See in context

First, my condolences to the family of the departed little boy.

Second of all, cycling is dangerous in Japan because most roads are not really made for bicycles in the 21st century. The ones that are generally made for parks. On a typical urban road you watch out for parked cars, suddenly opened doors, kids and pets running in front of you and--yes--those less than wonderful people who refuse to stop for pedestrians and bicycles. The poor little boy is a casualty of rotten urban planning and bad driving.

I'll end with a call for helmets. Not the cheap plastic helmets but regulation cycling helmets. As doctors will tell you, they can rebuild any part of your body except your head.

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Posted in: No overseas spectators at Tokyo Olympics mirrors Suga's weak standing See in context

Minor footnote to all this. Will legal permanent non-Japanese residents be allow to view the Olympics along with the Japanese spectators?

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Posted in: It's official: Spectators from abroad will not be allowed at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Might as well cancel the Olympics. Japanese Only spectators do not make for a true Olympics. Also, foreign and Japanese athletes will be a great possible risk due to the pandemic. Shots may not be enough for dissident strains.

The Olympics are Suga's "Go to travel" and "Go to eat" on steroids.

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