Richard Gallagher comments

Posted in: Osaka launches campaign to make it new financial center in Asia See in context

Suga. The only thing he is going to do, is leave office. As if he is going to shift the houses of finance from Tokyo to Osaka. And train everyone to speak Chinese. His last 'great idea' was industrial tourism and bringing Chinese tourists to Japan. That worked out well.

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Posted in: Railway company employee arrested for voyeurism at train station See in context

Yeah, it is caused by manga and anime and porn. That's a keen sociological & psychological analysis. Might as well toss in some other clichés. Uppies? That's quaint verbiage, for a manner of sexual assault of a young woman.

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Posted in: 23 health ministry employees party until midnight despite virus restrictions See in context

A lot of catty remarks. None offering any manner of insight or understanding.

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Posted in: Crowds line routes in Tochigi as Olympic torch arrives in Kanto region See in context

I thought 80% didn't want the Olympics, must be the 20% out in force.

To be generous, there are over a hundred people in the photo. Practice your arithmetic.

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Posted in: Kono says inoculation pace to accelerate in May See in context

All the muddle-headed commentary about the vaccine, reflects opining within varying media - actual science based, factual reporting, by genuine journalists states that the vaccines are effective and safe. Weird comments about Japanese manufacturers as 'on the take' in some form or lacking competence are simply absurd and ignorant.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay begins in Fukushima amid COVID-19 fears See in context

Good to see members of the World Cup Champions, no matter the event or venue. Unfortunate, Homare Sawa is suffering from vertigo. But there, gathered, are: Ando, Miyama, Sameshima, Utsugi, Ohno Kaihori Maruyama, Iwashimizu, Sasaki and others. They only carried the torch for a short distance and handed off 'the flame' to the first runner. They were initially masked, but kept their distance on the short 'jog' to the roadway. They fully understand the circumstance, but are there to support the possibility.

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Posted in: Stuck ship in Egypt's Suez Canal imperils shipping worldwide See in context

The ship is owned by a Taiwanese company. Not Japanese.

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Posted in: Many Japanese celebrities have no burning desire to be involved in torch relay See in context

Cool. The Covid-19 Games on a downward slide to oblivion.

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Posted in: Restaurant chain operator sues Tokyo gov't over COVID opening hour restrictions See in context

Japan's cabinet decided Tuesday to use 2.17 trillion yen in reserve funds for fiscal 2020 to financially support businesses and households suffering from the prolonged impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding includes 1.54 trillion yen for local authorities to aid restaurants and bars that comply with requests to close early as part of anti-COVID-19 measures. Municipalities will be able to provide 40,000 yen per day in subsidies to such operators.

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Posted in: 'Everything evaporated' - Olympic overseas spectator ban hits Japan tourism See in context

The figure cited for 2019, cites a dizzying increase in visitors, claiming it was due to the Rugby Tournament. Which is hyperbole at best, more an error of fact and totally neglects that the increase from 2018 was minimal. 2018, there were: 31.1 million tourists. 2019, there were: 31.9. A growth rate of 2.2 %. Hardly a dizzying increase. Nor does it indicate the exact or even approximate numbers of tourists due to the Rugby Tournament. The most dizzying increase was in 2015: 47.1%.

Though Ishii spent 18 million yen ( 150,00 USD) a sizeable sum for an independent business, the Japanese taxpayers will spend upwards of $18,000,000,000, with no offset excepting $800, million in potential ticket sales. A piss-poor investment on the behalf of the organizers.

As for ticket sales. 70% of tickets are earmarked for domestic consumption. That is approximately 600 million dollars of the $800 million total expected sales. The 30% will easily be marketed within Japan, as many were denied tickets thru the lottery system - which may be moot if social distancing is required.

The Olympics are a very short term event. Less than 3 weeks. During the height of summer, when temperatures and humidity are near unbearable. A short term boost at most and questionable as 'economic planning' to improve the economy. Especially, considering the total investment, which will never be recovered.

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Posted in: Restaurant chain operator sues Tokyo gov't over COVID opening hour restrictions See in context

What is Global Dining? It isn't a local dining establishment independently owned and operated.

Global Dining is a management company. It has 239 employees. It's stock was at a low of 110 Yen in April and now is at a high of 328 Yen. It's return on capital, equity and assets is subpar. Gross profit margin is negative 8.23%. Gross income growth is negative 147.45%. The market within which Global Dining operates is estimated, by Berkshire Hathaway to decline approximately 10% between 2020 and 2024.

Global Dining is a corporation, not a restaurant. Earnings have declined by almost 70% over the past five years.  Debt to equity ratio has increased from 33.3% to 99.2% over the past 5 years.  Debt to equity ratio (99.2%) is considered high. It's assets do not cover its long or short term liabilities.

Kozo Hasegawa, the owner, is a millionaire. Who presides over a company, not a restaurant that has been in decline and now has suffered impacts from the pandemic. The legalities engaged in seem more a reflection of its ongoing decline and not some convoluted intent to invoke the 'freedom of business'.

Perhaps the journalists who write about such should dig a little deeper, which is easily accomplished.

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Posted in: Restaurant chain operator sues Tokyo gov't over COVID opening hour restrictions See in context

The owner of the restaurant seems to deem himself above and beyond the law. Nor does he hold in common the greater good. "The freedom of business", is nonsensical and devoid of meaning within the context of the law. It is a nuisance suit.

To inform the individual claiming only 100,000 yen and two unusable masks was the total of government response: 1,000,000 yen was available to those who had a reduction of income. Other mechanisms were employed to reduce public contact.

There is evidence, illustrated in studies that factually document the spread of the virus in dining establishments. The assertion of individuality, that deems the government has no power to declare emergencies according to law or establish via executive order or its equivalent, is an incredibly daft conclusion. There is overwhelming scientific research factually determining the contagious nature of the virus and the means for its spread that aptly illustrates Global Dining's facilities meet those criteria.

Mechanisms could have been emplaced that were incredibly draconian and resulted in a lockdown with fines and jail time. The government was fairly hands off and to a degree such was successful as the general population is very cooperative and held to protocols.

As for the assertion the government was issuing edicts and not lawfully mandated orders, illustrates a gross ignorance of the law.

Dining out during the height of a pandemic is beyond foolish. Encouraging such presents a danger to the general welfare. It is a pandemic, businesses will fail and people will suffer. How that came to unfold has to do with large factors of which industrial tourism is a key contributor. Institutional structures which have evolved over the past decades are the greater cause - what can be done immediately is temporary and needs to be respected, such as closing restaurants at 8:00pm in greater Tokyo. No matter how it impacts the profits and wealth of Mr. Hasegawa and his shareholders. To deem him selfish, is an understatement, his behavior is shameful and detached from reality.

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Posted in: There’s something about Sawa See in context

I've seen Sawa, in person, she is indeed very attractive and looks different than in photos & screen. There was a reference to Ms. Nagasato, who is actually rather beautiful in person and one of the fittest athletes to be seen.

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Posted in: All England, All Japan See in context

Japanese women are at the top of the game. Okuhara Nozomi, is emerging as a top singles player. If there is an Olympics, the women's, singles, semi-final will be an amazing display of athleticism. Nozomi, may well win the gold. The doubles matches will be equally exciting.

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

The IOC offered to postpone the Olympics until 2022. Abe refused and insisted on 2021. He was still the prime minister and assumed he would fill out his term which ended in the Autumn of 2020.

Abe wanted The Olympics as his legacy, while he was PM and thusly insisted the Olympics be held in 2021.

So. No matter how incompetent Suga may be, the Olympics belong to Abe and indeed are his legacy.

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

No foreign spectators. Excellent. Keep whittling away. Digital media companies and the like will turn a profit as the 'games' are only available abroad on media platforms. This will be a dismal event reflecting the impacts of a pandemic. Professional athletics are in full swing in the wealthier countries & corporate sponsored athletes are being provided with full training and provide further, unfair advantages. Hopefully, the vaccines do not have an adverse reaction with performance enhancing drugs or the final in the 100 meters and other premier events will be minus its marquee athletes.

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Posted in: Volunteers from abroad won't be allowed in for Tokyo Olympics See in context

No foreign volunteers. Excellent. Keep whittling away. Digital media companies and the like will turn a profit as the 'games' are only available abroad on media platforms. This will be a dismal event reflecting the impacts of a pandemic. Professional athletics are in full swing in the wealthier countries, same with corporate sponsored athletes and will provide further, unfair advantages.

The approximate 8,000 volunteers from abroad would have presented myriad problems, as it would be difficult to contain their interactions with the public at large.

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Posted in: Park place See in context

At least the Mirait Group is a Japanese company. However, large companies, thru the use of apps and smart phones are displacing local bike rental shops. Mobike, is a Chinese corporation that is operating in Nara and other locales and adversely impacting local bike rentals. Mobike has no employees in Nara and all profit goes directly to China.

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Posted in: Coe urges Tokyo not to rush decision on fans for Olympic events See in context

Coe. A Tory. England aka the UK, an unmitigated disaster in terms of covid-19. He should be put back on the shelf.

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Posted in: Tokyo's 'Kill Bill' restaurant cuts hours to avoid fines over COVID curbs See in context

A truly malignant individual, spurning the notion of the common good. Spouting bizarre rhetoric as a justification for failing to act properly during a pandemic.

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Posted in: Former idol singer arrested on fraud charges; police say she found victims through dating apps See in context

Most arrests occur during the commission of a crime. Otherwise a warrant must be issued by a judge who is independent of the investigation.

 Critics of the Japanese criminal justice system often use the term “hostage justice” to describe the Japanese system based on their claim that the Japanese system seeks to force confessions out of suspects or defendants by detaining them for an extended period of time and by refusing to easily grant bail as long as they deny allegations or remain silent.

 To the contrary, the Japanese criminal justice system does not force confessions by unduly holding suspects and defendants in custody. It is therefore not accurate at all to criticize the Japanese system of being a “hostage justice” system. In Japan, there are strict requirements and procedures stipulated in law with regard to holding suspects and defendants in custody, with due consideration given to the guarantee of human rights.

 To be more specific, under Japanese criminal law, the detention of suspects is subject to examination by judges independent from the investigative authority, and such detention may only be approved when there is probable cause to suspect that the person has committed a crime, and that there is a risk of a suspect concealing or destroying evidence of crime or fleeing from justice. Suspects may appeal against the decision by the judge to detain them.

 It is the same with the detention of indicted persons. Indicted persons may be granted bail by a court (a judge) unless exceptional circumstances apply, such as the existence of a risk of concealing or destroying evidence of crime.

 The decisions by the court (or judge) on detention or bail of suspects and indicted persons are made in accordance with the legal provisions stipulated in the Code of Criminal Procedure, taking into account the specific facts and circumstances of each case, thereby preventing unnecessary detention in practice.

 The Japanese criminal justice system does not force confessions by unduly holding suspects and defendants in custody, so it is not accurate at all to accuse the Japanese system of being a “hostage justice” system.

The maximum period of holding suspects in custody after their arrest until the decision on whether or not to indict them is 23 days in any single crime, regardless of the complexity or seriousness of the crime, or the necessity for extensive investigation.

 Moreover, suspects may appeal the decision by the judge to detain them or extend the period of detention.

 Similarly, the detention of an indicted person is granted only if a court (judge) finds a risk of concealing or destroying evidence of crime, or fleeing from justice. Bail may be granted by a court (judge) unless exceptional circumstances apply, such as the existence of a risk of concealing or destroying evidence by the indicted.

 In short, suspects and defendants will be held in custody only for a necessary and reasonable duration under Japanese criminal proceedings.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay: Masks, quiet cheering and caution See in context

Nearer my God to Thee, should be the official song of The Tokyo Olympics.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers to consider daily COVID-19 tests on athletes See in context

There was a month long competition in the USA, among all the teams in the National Women's Soccer League, in 2020. There were no spectators. Players were completely isolated in a so-called 'bubble' for the entirety. They were tested every day. Everyone was tested prior to and on arrival and travelled as a team to the event.

If the IOC and the Tokyo Olympics authorities are insistent on conducting an event which the population as a whole opposes, at a minimum they could follow such guidelines.

As is, it will be a fiasco. The organizers in Japan and abroad appear to be 'mental'.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO says Games to be symbol of solidarity See in context

Solid gold. Where's Waylon Flowers, to bring the good newz?

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Posted in: IOC approves set of reforms for Olympics, host cities See in context

The Olympics, flushing tax dollars from the host nation down the toilet. Tokyo, loss of $18 billion (1.8 trillion yen) and counting. IOC, wants to have the Olympics, IOC needs to fully fund it. There are World Championships, in myriad sports, that do not require the absurd amounts of capital and if one is piqued by the sport, the event is available in mediated form or sitting in the stadium or arena and watching. World Cup Soccer is a fine example. The IOC is akin to a cabal of crooks or gangsters.

Stationary cycling. Really? Surreal.

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Posted in: IOC members worry about banning overseas fans from Olympics See in context

800 million in ticket sales, to offset the cost of approximately $18 billion. Which is a purposeful obfuscation, as 70% of tickets are for domestic sales. 7.8 million tickets. 4.45 million have been purchased in Japan. That is 80% of the available tickets slated for Japan. The potential loss is 240 million, not 800 million.

It has been projected based on the availability of tickets and the potential buyers, that the entire 800 million will be easily sold.

That still leaves a $17.2 billion cost, which has absolutely no offset from attendance.

It is projected that the 'consumer experience' can/will benefit from what is being tabbed as digital consumption, due to the pandemic and the available media architectures that can deliver the product aka Olympics. Digital technologies can create an enhanced home viewing of The Games and generate immense profit for those entities that exploit those technologies.

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Posted in: IOC members worry about banning overseas fans from Olympics See in context

The comments from the Swedish representative to the IOC are amusing. Sweden with a total population less than Osaka has mismanaged the covid response and it has been an ongoing and continuing disaster.

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Posted in: IOC members worry about banning overseas fans from Olympics See in context

That there is a worldwide pandemic seems to slip by the members of the Olympic committee. IOC member Spyros Capralos, worries about the impacts to foreign tourists banned from attending the Olympic Games. The concern reflects a very shallow understanding, weighing the inconvenience to a few select individuals, while completely neglecting the health and welfare of Japan and its citizens.

Capralos states:  “...the consequences of that decision might be extremely difficult for a lot of people in the world. Many of these people are parents or relatives of the athletes.” The consequences to the population of Japan over-rides the less than necessary attendance of a few, no matter their relationship to the athletes.

The article cites a loss of ticket sales, citing the $800 million expected revenue. 70% of tickets are/were slated for domestic sales. $800 million was expected from ticket sales. 57% of domestic tickets have been purchased. If the entirety is purchased, that is a shortfall of $240 million. Currently, domestic sales amount to approximately 400 million, a shortfall of 400 million. The article purposefully obfuscates the revenue loss. In comparison to the approximately $18 billion cost to Japan, it is miniscule.

Organizers are considering allowing some fans from abroad to attend if they have tickets from sponsors, national Olympic committees, or sports federations. This is honoring a sense of entitlement and privilege to individuals who are corporate stooges or emissaries from on high. The ban should apply to any and all. Be they street sweepers or heads of state.

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Posted in: 25 health care workers in Japan suffer anaphylaxis after vaccination See in context

0.0001% And. Everyone recovered.

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Posted in: Japan to stage Tokyo Olympics without overseas spectators See in context

Excellent. One step closer to cancelling The Games. The Japanese citizenry, with a large majority, opposes The Games, LDP should try 'listening' to The People, at least for once.

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