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Posted in: Suga meets with ministers over early exit from state of emergency for 6 prefectures See in context

Pukey2Today 05:20 pm JST

What is it with ageing Japanese politicians and sofas?

The uncomfortable sofas you find everywhere here are designed to make you uncomfortable and awkward, Suga almost has it right, propping himself near the edge where he can remain with an upright spine (but appear over eager and amatuer), but ruins his posture by resting on his elbows. the other two just don't give a damn.

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Posted in: Man gets out of taxi on Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge; then jumps to his death See in context

''why would the taxi driver stop, legal or not, knowing there is nothing for the young man to do in the middle of the bridge?''

Take a picture, vommit, make a call...there are lots of things.

Leaping to ones death is not the first thing that would come to mind, I think it was reasonable for the driver to pull over when requested to do so.

Tragic story though.

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Posted in: Suga says G-7 leaders gave unanimous support for holding Olympics this summer See in context

At this point everyone in Government needs to stop flapping their gums about the stupid games and get on with rolling out vaccinations speedily and efficiently . That's it. That's the task at hand.

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Posted in: Has the coronavirus made you rethink what's important in your life? See in context


E-sports, in particular Sim racing is what's important.

I've gone 'all in' and dropped a few thousand dollars.

It's my mid-life crisis, and I'm fine with that.

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Posted in: Senate acquits Trump as Republicans save him See in context

'Burning BushToday 06:34 am JST


You pronounce that like it's a good thing.

The GOP party just revealed themsleves to be craven cowards that stand for nothing that America was supposed to stand for. 'Yay!' I guess.

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Posted in: Rioters acted on Trump's orders, Democrats say in trial See in context

*Trump in his speech:** '***'fight like hell, or you won’t have a country anymore.''**

Rep. Madeleine Dean observed: “And so they came, draped in Trump’s flag, and used our flag, the American flag, to batter and to bludgeon.”

There's nothing confusing or debatable about it. Trump incited an attempted insurrection. People were killed.

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

Well since preparations are under way for the athletes to 'fool around' there's definitely going to be some cross contamination taking place in 'quarantine'....so the arguments about which sports might be dangerous is kind of mute.

The IOC could probably make more money by subscription streaming the off field 'action' anyway??

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Posted in: New Zealand Maori leader ejected from parliament for not wearing tie See in context

''...said forcing him to a Western dress code was a breach of his rights and an attempt to suppress indigenous culture.''

He's right.

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Posted in: Doctors warn of long-lasting COVID aftereffects among youths See in context

Please don't tell me this is 'surprising' for the Economists in charge here.

Long term after effects of Covid have been widely reported internationally from at least 7 months ago.

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Posted in: Japan enacts laws setting fines for antivirus measure noncompliance See in context

I don’t want to keep saying this Government can’t get anything right.

However, rather than actually taking measures to stop the spread of the virus, they just dreamed up a way to collect revenue.

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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency until March 7 See in context

Hey Goodlucktoyou, sad to hear your business is bust. I was on the brink of opening a venture just as Covid hit, and we had to bail out of the plan.

It's proven that countries that lockdown, close borders and enforce curfew measures while testing and tracing for relatively short periods of time can control the spread and allow things to re-open. Japan almost did this with the first SOE, but bailed out just when things were working.

If the Government here had followed health advisors and not economists many of us would be in a better situation than we are now. Instead we get another round of 'Stay Home...but Go out until 8, and keep going to the office' half way BS that is prolonging the pain, not preventing it.

But I've said this so often I'm boring myself...Hahaha!

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Posted in: Osaka accidentally mails out funeral service ads to people infected with coronavirus See in context


Welp...it's probably the most accurate Government comment about their feelings toward the general public.

They'll probably replace this 'mistake' with a donation address for the Olympics.

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Posted in: Senior lawmaker to quit Diet post over hostess bar visit during state of emergency See in context

Zero accountability.

'Oh, I'm sorry I got caught. Oh well. I'll just let myself out. Where do I collect my voluntary retirement funds?'

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Posted in: Trump impeachment lawyers leave team: U.S. media See in context

"incitement of insurrection"

That's a little bit more than, 'We don't like his policies or personality' there Bass.

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Posted in: Suga tells Davos forum Olympics will be symbol of human victory over virus See in context

Was going to type a lengthy opinion about why Australia can host events, and Japan shouldn’t...but, who cares?

Go ahead, Olympics get your damn TV revenue and recover what you can from kick backs, for those you’ve bribed, bought, and loaned from.

Anyone else feel completely turned off by the ‘Olympics’?

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Posted in: Dangerous liaison: New Zealand virus quarantine flaw exposed See in context

Lol. It's not really a flaw in New Zealand's quarantine system, just a flaw in humanity.

You can't fix stupid.

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Posted in: Do you think the government's Go To Travel campaign was a good idea but the timing was wrong? Or do you think it was bad idea anyway? Did you use it? See in context

Yes, the idea itself is fine for a post Covid Japan.

But to do it in the midst of a Global pandemic: The timing was absolutely (if not criminally) idiotic; comical in its negligence.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

@ ReasonandWisdomNippon.

''Are you perfect with all your decisions in the past year?''

To be perfectly honest; since you ask. Yes.

My company, the companies that oversee my company and the personal choices we have made allow me confidence in my answer.

I have been correct in my decisions for the past year to protect myself and my community at not insignificant personal cost. I do not want to catch Covid, nor spread it. I take it seriously as I have people I care about and people i work with who are at high risk.

I am disgusted by the actions of these LDP representatives, and appalled they live a grand life of privalige on our hard eraned taxes. They are not worthy of their station and can only hope the Japanese remember these transgressions (for once) and use their vote accordingly at the next election.

It is no shock for anyone keeping up with the news that Japan is not alone in it's...let's be honest...horrifying response to a Global Pandemic.

As a worldwide community we all need to take a hard look at ourselves.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

@ Zoroto.

Yes. Probably true

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

...actually just want to add.

I think those LDP members just forfeited their place in the vaccination line.

There is no way they should be vaccinated until every single other citizen has been given the opportunity.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

"Each lawmaker should behave to gain the public's understanding."

....and that's it. Suga was really tough on them.

Hope they all choke on their steak.

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Posted in: Tokyo revises contact tracing strategy, narrowing it to higher-risk cases See in context

O.K. o.k. They've worn me down. This will be my last comment on the topic, Good luck everyone, you're all doing very well.

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Posted in: Pole vault champion throws weight behind Tokyo Olympics See in context


I think it’s fine if they:

1: do it with no spectators.

2: athletes fly in the day before their event. are kept quarantined, do their damn event and flown straight back home; no sightseeing, no public activities. no parades.

3: athletes don’t receive priority vaccination.

sounds reasonable.

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Posted in: New coronavirus cases in Tokyo fall to 618; nationwide tally 2,764 See in context

Hi nakanoguy01.

''Can the govt only lie some of the times?''

This is just an opinion so...whatever.

Yes. Yes they (the Government) can, and it appears they have the will to do so.

The reason I say this is because the J Govt has history in this regard, do you remember 'No meltdowns' at Fukushima?

We can see a pattern of the Government increasing and decreasing testing to reveal numbers until they reach a threshold that makes the Public feel uncomfortable.

As soon as they reach that threshold (which they have been gradually increasing...remeber when 100 cases a day was cause for concern? then 500. Then a 1000) they cut back testing and the reported numbers fall...without any logical reason (when compared to basically any other country).

I hope there is a significant drop in cases and I have to eat my words here.

But I just don't see how Japan can defeat a disease with 'Meh...LOL' that is shutting down the rest of the world? It's not just Japan...the response of many countries has been incredibly poor.

What would make me happier is a more stringent and steady testing/tracing regime to reveal the truth, not obfuscate it.

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Posted in: At least 15,000 virus patients waiting for hospitals, accommodations See in context

''This is the result of decades of positions assigned because of family, heritage or relationships rather than by merit.''

I must agree, it certainly seems none of the Expert Economists put in charge have any sense of urgency nor the will to take action. It's very much a case here of 'let the chips fall where they may.'

''How long before the people demand answers ?''

Hahaha! It seems unlikely to happen a year down the road. People apparently want their kids in school and the spouse out of the house.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 986 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,990 See in context

@ Kurisupusu

There is a lot of advice about how to deal with fever and illness on line. Please do a search and all I will say is tell your friend to stay very well hydrated and keep an eye on 'warning' signs, that is more important than loss of appetite.

Just commenting because your posts sound frustrated. I hope they feel better soon.

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Posted in: U.S. President Joe Biden is caught between two political parties that appear to be in no mood for compromise. Do you think he can unify the country over the next few years? See in context


I think America needs to fight hate with Justice in this instance.

Then once Trump, Cruz, Graham and all the other insurrectionists have been held accountable, you can bring on the love.

You can already see that there won't be a civil war, the Qanon followers are left dumbfounded the wind was blown out of their STORM.

Carrying out trials and punishing those found through evidence to be guilty of incitement sends a better message for America to the world than 'Oh well, a few white people got a little excited.'

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach floats possibility of no fans at Tokyo Games See in context

It's obvious. Televised games if they must.

Now the only remaining issue is how to hold the games without prioritizing selfish athletes for vaccines.

I would suggest suspending the Games until 2024.

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Posted in: Don't shout, don't cheer: Olympic fans face coronavirus curbs See in context

I feel Numb.

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