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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

...Tamayo Marukawa, is married to Taku Otsuka, but she doesn't use his name!

Trademark behaviour of the LDP - Do as we say, not do as we do!

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Posted in: Brisbane already preparing for 2032 Olympics See in context

Just get the AOC to call Dentsu in Australia - they'll get them the Games, at a price!

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

Why is the Japanese Government so tight-lipped on the status of the local vaccines?

There are none, though Astra-Zeneca are planning to produce some here, probably with Daiichi-Sankyo.

The latter are researching nafamostat mesilate as intra-nasal treatment too, with clinical trials possibly starting next month.

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Posted in: If a decision is made to cancel the Tokyo Olympics, how, when and where will the announcement be made public and who do you think will make it? See in context

Insurance will cover most of the future costs, whilst all the money spent on infrastructure and getting the games is sunk and accounted for, at least the costs that are known.

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

@theResidentToday - only one I can think of was mango nata de coco...

I still have some episodes on VHS! About the same time as Fumie's 'Cherry Vanilla!'

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

@theResidentToday - who remembers Gilgamesh Night on TV Tokyo in the 90's???

Iijima Ai and Hosokawa Fumie - along with Yashoku Banzai cooking with Yuki Hitomi, hosted by Iijiri Okada.

Classic!

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Posted in: Emperor feels grateful for strength of Japanese people over pandemic See in context

A little disappointing, he and his family have been invisible for the best part of a year, in total contrast to his father and mother. I guess the IHA are terrified of him getting sick, and keeping him safely isolated.

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Posted in: 13 ministry officials wined and dined by Suga's son See in context

Remember it is illegal to bribe public officials, but not illegal to bribe private citizens!

'From a bribery case around 2-3 weeks ago!'

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Posted in: Water leaks indicate new damage at Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

Waited until the weekend to 'Leak' the information, when the Mass Media is asleep....convenient!

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Posted in: Hashimoto asks staff to work as 'one team' to win public trust for Olympics See in context

Seiko Hashimoto was Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs for a year or so, and was virtually invisible, except for a few hand-shaking photo opportunities. My neighbour who worked at the MFA at the same could not remember anything she did, except read what the bureaucrats wrote. She expects her to do exactly the same in this new role, just be a new face for the old men behind the scenes.

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Posted in: Gov't, TEPCO ordered to pay damages over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

Expect an appeal to a higher court, then the Supreme Court which will side with the government, part of the 'nuclear village', and dismiss the verdict or reduce the damages to a miniscule amount.

It's happened before, it will happen again.

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Posted in: Shockwaves worldwide after Facebook turns off the news for Australia See in context

It started off as a kind of "BonkBook" - a free rating page of students' photos at Harvard; morphed to a 'family and friends' picture sharing website, and has now ended up like the ubiquitous 'Borg' sucking the life and information out of people for sale to anyone.

Just use it for sharing pictures, if you like, though there are other platforms for that.

Get the news direct from news site, the weather direct from a weather site, Covid info from a Covid site, etc..

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Posted in: We’re confident that people will choose an attractive neighborhood even if working from home becomes more widespread due to the pandemic. We’re determined to create an exciting neighborhood that people feel like going to. See in context

Only the rich or corporate-types live there. No-one else can afford it.

Hard to park, inflexible building management, little greenery (real greenery), trash disposal awkward, few cheap eating places for locals to enjoy, nature forced to move, etc.. And the heat island effect.

Reminds me of the real estate developers in the UK who chopped down and flattened green lands and woods; then named the streets after them: Acacia Grove, Sycamore Lane, Oak Road, Forest Avenue, the last of the trees...

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Continuity - he has been involved with the preparation of the games; and one of the members of the Olympic Organizing Committee, the only body which could fire him.

Seemingly clean too, not involved with the bid; nor the The Jigoro Kano Memorial International Sport Institute, established in 2009 and run by Mori, which received around 130,000,000 JPYen from the Tokyo OC towards the Olympic bid, and suddenly closed down in December 2020.

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Posted in: Imperial couple planning to meet with 2011 disaster survivors online See in context

They have been invisible to the public for the best part of the year, apart from a couple of photos of a Covid lecture and an obscure ceremony. The Crown Prince has garnered much more publicity with news of his daughter's on-off marriage and his son's potential role as a future emperor.

They need to be seen to be doing something, to justify their relevance and expense, but it has to be safe, super-safe, or the IHA won't allow it.

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Posted in: Former SMAP member Mori out for year after auto race injury See in context

SMAP - one of the most successful boy bands from the late and infamous Johnny's Jimusho.

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Posted in: Japan to draw up guidelines on how to transport COVID vaccines See in context

Probably they'l consult Dentsu again, who will establish another expensive task force, and use Yamato and Sagawa for delivery - they have coolers in the vans and trucks, don't they?

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Posted in: Out in the cold: How Japan's electricity grid came close to blackouts See in context

50/ 60z conundrum - explained here:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2011/07/19/reference/japans-incompatible-power-grids/

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Posted in: Out in the cold: How Japan's electricity grid came close to blackouts See in context

TEPCO is not the only power option in Tokyo; Tokyo Gas provide electricity too, usually at better rates.

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Posted in: COVID case at Australian Open hotel cancels play at all tune-ups See in context

IOC, Tokyo LOC, and the rest, try and learn something from this!

A small event with just a few hundred athletes, and 20~30,000 spectators and officials.

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Posted in: Lawmaker Anri Kawai resigns over 2019 vote-buying scandal See in context

Just 1.6 million yen, peanuts compared to some of the bribes handed out here in brown envelopes.

Never bribe a public official, only private citizens!

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Posted in: EU vaccine curbs may delay Japan's inoculation drive See in context

The UK started sourcing fridges and freezers last July, in anticipation of vaccine storage and distribution.

Japan started this week, but have made no firm orders yet.

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Posted in: Japan's probe into alleged Olympic bid bribery flawed: French court See in context

Under French law, bribery of private citizens and public officials is illegal whereas in Japan such a transaction is only considered bribery if a public official is a recipient.

So it is OK to bribe private citizens, there you have it.

Hence the good sales of large brown envelopes in Japan, the chosen delivery method.

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Posted in: Lower house OKs bills to introduce fines for those who don't comply with anti-virus measures See in context

The restaurants and bars are still open for business from 08:00-20:00, so they still have a chance to make some money and get an income, unlike some whose jobs have totally disappeared and get no income.

Still curious as to how the virus knows to lie low until 20:00, before it becomes infectious!

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic sponsors shelve ads as mood sours over Games See in context

There is a great deal of Insurance taken out on these games, detailed elsewhere, which will cover most of the losses, and refill the coffers of the Lords of the Rings - The IOC, as well the Tokyo Olympic Committee and others. The losses won't be as large as they claim, and much of the money has already been spent on the infrastructure.

If they have secretly overspent and non-accountable money, as independent audits have suggested, it is their own fault.

The insurance companies may lose something, but that is the nature of their business; they stood to make a great deal from a successful, profitable games, and no doubt they have hedged their losses, and will recoup them quickly.

If Japan concentrates on the managing the safety of their people, and other countries do the same, there is a good chance of some tourism from a weary world in autumn, to boost the economy.

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Posted in: WHO teams visits Wuhan food market in search of virus clues See in context

Everything at the food market will have been eaten by now!

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Posted in: Kono says nationalism could disrupt global vaccine supplies See in context

Japan was busy boasting of Takeda's so-called expertise in immunotherapy last year, and how it would easily develop and produce a vaccine. Other than a temporary and much-needed rise in their 'share price', nothing has even come close to being developed, let alone produced.

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Posted in: WHO team visits Wuhan hospital that took in first COVID-19 patients See in context

They have had a year to delete files, shred evidence, bleach and sanitise the lab; and disappear crucial staff. Nothing incriminating wll be found.

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Posted in: Fans or no fans? Tokyo Olympic organizers still mum See in context

Surely the IOC have made enough money from the last 5-6 Olympics that they could tighten their belts and waive this one?

The greed of these Lords of the Rings grows stronger every day...

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Posted in: Gov't scraps plan to imprison disobedient virus patients; penalties pared down See in context

When the government elite are dining at restaurants and drinking late at night at hostess bars, it's totally hypocritical to punish and fine restaurant and bar owners for staying open late.

Pot. Kettle. Black.

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