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Posted in: 86% fear COVID rebound if Tokyo Olympics held: poll See in context


the Euros are going well

It would be awesome if the Olympics were being held in Europe or North America, where vaccines have actually happened and things are getting back to normal. Games held there this year might actually be fun. The fact is Japan isn't ready to host these games, not by a long shot. Say what you want about the Olympic Spirit or whatever, there are gonna be no overseas visitors for Japan to show off too, no boost in tourism or global image for this beautiful country. Instead it's going to be a sad, TV only event. The athletes are, at best, going to have a boring time in their drab youth hostels sleeping on their cardboard boxes. It's a huge waste and should be postponed until next year so we can see all the benefits.

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Posted in: What are some suggestions for avoiding bitter arguments with your conspiracy-loving friends or colleagues? See in context


There are loads of completely credible doctors, medical scientists and journalists 

Can you name one?

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Posted in: Tokyo: Olympics like no other with Olympic Village to match See in context

Looks exactly like a prison. Those cardboard beds are a joke.

I stayed at a hostel once a few years ago with beds that had no curtain or privacy wall, just beds in a room. After one night of snoring, farting and one dude waking up at 5 to open every zip on his hiking bag I swore never again. Give them a curtain at least, jeez.

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Posted in: Alcohol allowed but no condom distribution in Tokyo Olympic village See in context

Looks like an advertisement for an aged care facility.

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Posted in: Organizers show off athletes' village a month before Tokyo Olympics begin See in context

Since they’ve been told not to use the comdoms I hope the showers at least have a bit of privacy because those beds aren’t going to offer any!

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Posted in: Organizers show off athletes' village a month before Tokyo Olympics begin See in context

LOOOOOOL looks like a youth hostel! I’m sure all the 6’4 olympians will be very comfortable in those ikea beds. Absolutely no privacy. What a mess.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of Osaka karaoke parlor owner See in context

25 years old... and a business owner. Hope this POS gets the rope.

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Posted in: Bear shot dead after rampaging through Sapporo See in context

Rampaged is a stupid word to use i this headline. Poor bear.

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

Anyone remember a few years ago when they were just beginning to plan for the Olympics and there was all this talk of making Japan more foreigner friendly? Things like banning smoking in the streets, making more English signs, more onsens allowing people with tattoos. It's kind of sad to think that that feeling, where Japan was going to be able to show off what a great place it is to all the guests, is (along with public health and opinion) totally unimportant now.

Why has this turned into such a desperate struggle to make them happen this year? If they'd just postpone it for a year it could be amazing. I hope the people here pushing it through feel bitter embarrassment when the Paris Olympics take place and they see what could have been.

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Posted in: Japan to lift state of emergency one month before Olympics See in context

I'd guess a big reason they are doing this is because restaurants and bars are increasingly ignoring these requests anyway. I got home a bit late last night and if I'd wanted to get a drink in a bar or a restaurant it would have been no problem.

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Posted in: Japan looks to ease virus state of emergency ahead of Olympics See in context


Personally I don't want the Olympics cancelled, just postponed. I rarely watch sports, but watching the the soccer world cup in a bar a few years ago, when Australia was playing Japan, is still a really fun, fond memory for me. I was looking forward to something like that again. The way the Olympics are looking to be held, is going to be incredibly lame. I don't even own a TV, I'm sure a lot of people don't, so even if I wanted to watch them alone in my apartment I can't, not that I would anyway.

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Posted in: IOC Vice President Coates arrives in Tokyo to coordinate Olympic preparations See in context

Smug face of arrogant privilege.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympics protest See in context


This ain't China mate.

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Posted in: Sex, social distancing and dining in the Olympic village See in context

Perfectly sums up the mixed messages the government has been sending the whole time. It's actually a good example to explain the situation to people that don't live here. Here's some condoms, but please don't use them. Here's a travel campaign, but please stay home. Please socially distance, but keep commuting to your cramped offices.

Suga would order pizza at a restaurant but then complain when they didn't bring him a steak.

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Posted in: Suga not ruling out election if no-confidence vote submitted See in context


Well Japan hasn't really dodged anything yet, covid is still going strong here. And with the lack of testing I'm sure they've been creative in counting the deaths.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 369 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,884 See in context

Number of people with mild symptoms: unknown.

Number of people that have bad symptoms but no time to convince a doctor to give them a test: unknown.

Contact tracing: N/A

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Posted in: Australia's Victoria logs biggest rise in COVID-19 cases in a week See in context

But really, it was never about that. It's about control.

Gooch, why don't you think about that crackpot, internet conspiracy theory for a second. Lockdowns as a form of control don't make sense at all. Why would the people supposedly doing the controlling want to stop everyone from working, shutting down the economy and production? Wouldn't that be costing them a lot of money? Especially in Australia where people are being financially supported during these lockdowns.

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Posted in: Tokyo bar offers 'babysitting' service for annoying husbands and boyfriends See in context

Are self serve nomihoudais common? And for 1000 yen, jeez.

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Posted in: Japan donates more than 1 million AstraZeneca doses to Taiwan See in context

How about you donate a few vaccines to the people that live in Japan?

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Posted in: Eco-friendly Tokyo Olympic podium, medals, music unveiled See in context

LOL the podiums are literally made of garbage. Perfect.

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Posted in: As teams pull out of training camps, Olympics buzz fades See in context

a much smaller Portuguese delegation of one female artistic gymnast and two accompanying staff

I laughed. What is with all these tag-alongs? I never knew the athletes brought so much dead weight with them.

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Posted in: Tokyo nightlife bustles despite state of emergency See in context

A year ago these scenes would make me think these people were total idiots. But at this stage it's hard to blame them.

That dude in the suit with the watch drinking a beer. I'm guessing he commuted to and from work on a packed train for close contact meetings all day. Some beers at a bar aren't worse than that.

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Posted in: Olympics chief says cancelation unlikely with 50 days to go See in context

@Elvis is here

It's unreal how they always bring everything back to the games. Vaccines 'picking up' means we can see our friends and travel again. The Olympics will be the last thing in most peoples minds.

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Posted in: Olympics chief says cancelation unlikely with 50 days to go See in context

How many days in a row has someone come out to say the games definitely aren't cancelled? Feels like everyday there are articles like this.

And why do they always say how safe and secure the games will be when having dinner at Gusto after 8pm is considered too dangerous? Is it the case where if you say someone enough times eventually you will believe it?

'It's not a lie if you believe it' - George Costanza.

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Posted in: Australia's Victoria state posts lowest rise in daily COVID-19 cases in a week See in context


Japan has been in a half hearted, emotionally abusive lock down since the beginning.

-Don't have any fun or see your friends, but keep commuting to work everyday.

-Don't travel anywhere but here is a travel discount scheme please don't tell anyone you used it.

-Stay home but please go shopping to revive the economy.

I'd much prefer Australia's method, at least they have total freedom when the virus isn't rising.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 487 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,036 See in context

Steve how is “a year or two” a good thing? Most countries are looking at a month or two for this to be behind them. I don’t get why you support ignoring the virus and everyone going out and acting like there’s nothing to worry about.

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Posted in: Yes. Tokyo Olympics are still on, despite opposition, pandemic See in context

The Tokyo Olympics feels like someone who wants to make lemonade but they forgot to buy sugar at the store. They're too stubborn to wait and go back to the store, so they just squeeze the lemons into some lukewarm water and tell everyone to enjoy it. And by the way the house is on fire, but for some reason making the terrible lemon water is more important than putting it out.

If life gives you lemons, be patient and make lemonade when you can.

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault of 10-year-old girl 8 years ago See in context

Bloody hell that poor, poor girl. She had to go through elementary school, junior high school and high school with that hanging over her. I hope she gets all the help she needs and more.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 471 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,643 See in context

Australian government sees a few cases: lock it down and contain it, lives are important.

Japanese government sees hundreds a day: Shouganai, open the mall so my buddies can make their millions again :(

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Posted in: Department stores, cinemas reopen in Tokyo as some restrictions eased See in context

It's unreal seeing other countries striving to get infections and deaths to zero when Japan seems to not care at all. I'm not going to participate in 'reviving' the economy, which I'm 100% sure won't be helping anyone that needs it.

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