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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay pulled off streets in Hiroshima See in context

Watched the latest 'Torch Relay ceremony' last night. I think it was Fukuoka. An absolute farce.

20-30 participants passing a torch to each other on a stage, grey overall-clad event staff with walkie-talkies overseeing every move that they made, barking orders, while the usual 'Bijin Ana' host tried to drum up support from a lacklustre audience.

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Posted in: Brisbane edges closer to securing 2032 Olympic Games See in context

Check, double check and triple check the contracts. Independent checks, not by anyone beholden to the IOC, politicians, Aussie sports, potential sponsors, anyone who will benefit.

Don't be left holding the giant bag of IOUs that Tokyo, and the Japan taxpayers have been given.

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Posted in: Deaths at home in Osaka Prefecture surge amid COVID wave See in context

A programming glitch has forced the Uji city government in Kyoto Prefecture to abandon use of an internet reservation system for vaccinations.

Senior citizens are now being encouraged to call, fax or mail applications for vaccine reservations.

I knew my fax machine would come in useful one day!

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Posted in: Suga says he has never put Olympics first and that IOC has final say See in context

If the games are cancelled, then all the Olympic venues will automatically be converted into UNESCO cultural heritage sites, in honour of the efforts spent to win the votes to hold the games here, and build these sports arenas!

Win-Win for everyone.

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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

They are desperately trying to recruit staff to do this, information and crowd control for vaccination and PCR testing centres, between 100 and 600 people each day over three shifts, and paying quite high rates at some centres ¥1,200-¥1,700 /hr.. We receive mail every night from employment agencies, but they stipulate: must wear suit, no nail art, no piercings, no training shoes, etc., vital components for people who just have to say, 'Move Along' or 'Wait Over There!'

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

Athletes will live in a 'Bubble', but what about media, officials, technicians, and others who comprise the Olympic family? And before the circus, many of the athletes will stay in training camps located around the country - so-called 'Satellite Villages'

There are also the food and beverage, housekeeping and cleaning, transportation and security staff who have to service the 'Bubble' and these satellite villages.

A couple of masks and some handgel, before they go home to their families via public transportation.

The 'Playbook' contains notable exceptions:

*Use dedicated Games vehicles. Do not use public transport unless it is the only option to reach certain locations such as remote venues!*

And for the VIPs. of the 'Olympic family'

Do not use public transport unless given permission!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

With so much emphasis on money, sponsorship, fees, tickets, bribes, costs, debts and cancellation fees, perhaps the IOC should be renamed the IOU?

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

Again and again they trot out the mantra of 'work from home' - WFH.

It does not apply to manufacturing jobs, most service jobs, hospital jobs, transportation and delivery jobs, event and venue jobs, construction jobs, etc.. And they have to travel to work.

And of course staff at restaurants and bars that can open for limited hours, AND get a subsidy.

WFH is just white-collar office jobs/ salaryman that use a computer.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire on trains See in context

When politicians have never been travelling in anything other than a chauffeured limousine, airplane or train; have never used a computer in their life, and have never gone shopping; this is what you get!

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context

Up to 190,000 now, but it can't compete with the Dentsu/ NHK controlled media pushing the Olympic message.

More athletes now are also gushing over the games, the different Tokyo experience and medal-winning, and 'The Great Measures' that Japan and the IOC are taking to protect them and keep them safe!

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Posted in: Tokyo governor says mutant strains of COVID-19 becoming dominant See in context

Write it in Japanese, then maybe the locals could read it, and understand it!

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Posted in: India reports record 412,262 new COVID-19 cases See in context

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been widely criticized for not acting sooner 

He's been busy building a new parliament building, to replace and hide the elegant circular Parliament House designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the British architect. The cost is estimated to be more than 2 billion US$, money that could have gone towards 40 hospitals or health care purchases, such as oxygen cylinders, PPE outfits, and drugs. Despite the pandemic, he is still a bussing in 2,000 migrant workers each day, to work on it.

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Posted in: Abe backs Suga's re-election as head of ruling party See in context

Behind them both, Nippon Kaigi, Japan’s largest ultranationalist, far-right, non-governmental organization and lobby.

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Posted in: Olympic volleyball test event See in context

There are some high flow sports masks available; washable, with interchangeable filters and exhalation valves. I use them for squash. Depending on where you buy them from, they cost between ¥2,800 and ¥3,600.

But definitely no good for diving!

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Posted in: 'Plus-size' boy band in China seeks to inspire fans See in context

2009 UK - The fat tribute band - Take Fat! A pun on Take That.

Blobbie Williams, Gary Lardo, Jason Chocolate Orange, Howard McDonalds & Mark Growin made a career out of mixing comedy with music.

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Posted in: 6 torch relay staff in southwestern Japan test positive for COVID-19 See in context

There are quite large numbers of staff at these torch relay events. Personnel agencies are busy trying to recruit staff for them; one advertisement last night wanted 50 staff for a June event. Must wear black chino pants, T-shirt provided, only no-brand training shoes, no piercing, no nail art, and their role is looking after the volunteers!

Add the actual 'runners', professional event staff, mass media, local security staff along the road, volunteers, police, officials in their cars and vans, spectators, etc.; and you are into the 1,000s.

And from the daily NHK videos, many do not wear masks, they hug and touch each other, shout loudly, stand close...

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

@thepersoniamnow - many other people (like myself) who are not bars or eateries have also closed down.

The LDP/ Government seem obsessed with supporting bars and restaurants, who are able to open for limited hours anyway and earn money.

Anyone or any business involved in events, conferences, exhibitions, media, art, music, who have all been closed down receive nothing. But they still have to pay for office space, warehouses for equipment, insurance, some personnel and overheads.

Reductions in salaries take one year to have any effect on taxes and health insurance; trying to sell corporate assets to raise funds has little effect as no-one has money to buy them; few small companies have enough saving to last beyond one year without significant income; and using personal savings to support your business gets very complicated.

Still, at least we are still alive!

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

Dentsu have a rather large HQ building down by Shiodome, that is hardly used now. Perhaps they could offer it for free, as a recompense for all of their profits from the management of the Games, distribution of money and other activites that they have undertaken these last few years,

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

They have had a number of practice sessions, using a pencil instead of a hypodermic needle!

The only bottlenecks that these ministers and bureaucrats see are wine bottles with their names on in hostess bars and steak houses!

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Posted in: Britain to send 'strongest ever' swimming team to Tokyo See in context

Let's hope that they don't bring the Indian variant with them, hiding in their Speedos, waiting for the 8 p.m. opportunity to spread.

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Posted in: Tokyo area governors warn against holiday travel amid virus surge See in context

When will they realise that many jobs cannot be worked from home, that you need to be physically on-site to do them, and that you have to travel there to do them?

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Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

I've had a government-issued vaccination book since the 1970s, covered with clinic stamps and signatures, batch numbers and dates, for smallpox, yellow fever, rabies, Hep B, tetanus, cholera, meningitis, polio, typhoid, and a few others. Hard-wearing, quality paper, written in multiple languages, it's got me on to planes and ships, and in and out of many countries around the world. Free of charge too!

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Posted in: China, Japan trade acrimonious barbs over Fukushima tweet See in context

There are more than 500 versions of the Great Wave off Kanagawa on Pinterest, more on Deviant Art, and 1,000s on the internet; many creatively alluding to anime, coffee drinking, robots, ramen, AI, pollution, and even one on the MIT website!

It's called a sense of humour!

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Posted in: Harry and Meghan to lead 'Vax Live' fundraising concert See in context

By the time their various fees, expenses, costs, and overheads have been deducted from whatever is raised at this 'Fundraising Concert', the charities will be lucky to get more than a few dollars!

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Posted in: 3 nuclear reactors to become 1st in Japan to operate beyond 40-year limit See in context

offered up to 2.5 billion yen ($22 million) in subsidies to revitalize the local economy per nuclear plant 

A nice euphemism for a bribe!

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 to decide on limits for spectators this month See in context

3 days to make a decision, one of them a National holiday.

Bars and restaurants not serving alcohol, and hostess bars closed.

However will they manage to do it?

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Posted in: U.S. advises citizens to 'reconsider travel' to Japan See in context

Maybe the US State Department advice should read 'U.S. advises athletes, coaches and Olympic officials to 'reconsider travel' to Japan'

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context


check addendum 4 - look for under relevant events - scope and financial impact - commitments, costs, undertakings...room to make adjustments, but IOC must approve everything.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context

For reference, all the Tokyo 2020 contracts and addenda are here:


It includes: 71 Unforeseen or Undue Hardship - should the provision of the contract give rise to undue hardship affecting the OCOG (Tokyo), the local OCOG may request the IOC to consider changes as may be reasonable in the circumstances, provided that such changes shall not adversely affect either the Games or the IOC, and, provided, further, that any such changes shall be a matter of discretion to be exercised by the IOC,, being understood and agreed that the IOC are not obligated to consider, agree or otherwise accommodate any such changes.

Looks like a pretty one-sided contract! Heavily dependedent on flexibility of the IOC Lords of the Rings.

There is a lot more in the 83 pages of the basic contract, and the other addenda and operational requirements.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context

In the meantime, athletes, their sponsors, and their national committee officials around the world, except for North Korea, spout out to the media the same 'We've trained for XX years, and don't want to give up a chance of a Medal," oblivious to the risk a trip to Tokyo could be to themselves, their families, fellow Olympians, and people in Tokyo.

Along with, 'We Trust high-tech/ highly developed Japan (and the IOC) to provide a Safe and Enjoyable experience for us.'

Two challenges!

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