This makes sense, as Japan has done such a good job stockpiling the vaccine we can all feel safe knowing it's in a nearby warehouse, so it's time to open to more variants.
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If a significant number of volunteers opted out, this would stop the "games".
One thing that has not been discussed much is why Suga and his gang can push ahead with the Olympics, overwhelmingly against the present will of the public, and also not care much about moving quickly on vaccinations, which might shift more people back to the pro-Olympic camp. The why is that there is no political risk, because the same lot gets elected time and again, despite taking Japan from the top ranks of the OECD on most social and economic indicators 30 years ago to the level the more corrupt and inept regimes today.
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There are a couple of questions that the neoliberal posters here need to sufficiently answer to have any credibility.
1) Why in neoliberal capitalist nations is some form of democracy upheld as a virtue in the realm civic life, but not in our workplaces?
2) Why should we think that structuring the political economy so that a small percentage of people pursuing an over-accumulation of capital privately will lead to the greater good for the society, especially when the overwhelming evidence of wealth inequality and environmental damage shows than the cost of that over-accumulation is a burden by the few on the many?
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What this article fails to inform readers, is that Japan has one of the largest scholarships and writing on Marx of any country. Read more about this from the link below.
As Saito shows us with his excellent scholarship, Marx was well ahead of his times, not only on the contradictions of capital related to inequality, but also the irresolvable contradiction of never-ending growth on a finite planet. Marx, in looking at industrial agriculture practices and soil metabolism, understood that we cannot keep taking out nutrition and not replace it. He saw that we are bound, inevitably, by ecological limitation, and must live sustainably.
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Did the survey reduce bias by asking how many would prefer or accept the naught alternative?
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"evaluating COVID-19 vaccines swiftly"
While there may be a need for alternative evaluation methods, there is a much bigger need in Japan for eliminating unnecessary approval bureaucracy for vaccines that have already been tested, studied, approved and given to millions of people around the world with minimum side-effects.
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We've had over a decade of population decline in Japan so far and it has produced no noticable environmental benefits at all. None.
This is true, reducing the human population is not sufficient to stave off the pending ecological doom, but it is a key factor. The other is a change in the political economic ideology and practice of never-ending-growth on this finite planet, which basically means an end to the capitalist mode of over-accumulation. Can we achieve either of these in a non-violent way?
Ronald Wright's 'A Short History of Progress' lays out clearly, with historical examples, of what happens when human populations get so set on a course of destruction, removed from their ecological limits, that they dismiss all the negative feedback, until it's overwhelming but far too late. We have gotten to that point, and all we can work for now is to break in time to mitigate the impact, not avoid it.
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This is not a cause of concern, but rather a sign of hope. The population of Japan rapidly grew from the end of Tokugawa and especially in the early half of the 20th century, to the point where ecological carrying capacity was greatly exceeded and Japan was forced to export people, then colonize and, when that didn't work out, accept permanent occupation to have US military protected, global access to enough calories to feed the population. Until Japan can get closer to food self-sufficiency, population decline should be embraced.
With too many humans propelling the climate emergency and collapsing ecosystems, especially the ones with big ecological footprints, actually shouldn't all nations follow Japan's lead and rapidly reduce their populations?
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So, why not just eat fresh and nutritious plants, instead of highly processed, food-like substances, if one has a concern for personal health and environmental sustainability?
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Hopefully this includes those on service duty.
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This makes so much sense. Set up one centre and make elderly people all travel long distances and crowded trains to line up close together for a jab.
Why not set up pop-up clinics in many neighbourhoods, and even train acupuncture specialists and others with similar experience to apply the vaccine?
Hold on, I'm asking for flexible, out-of-the-box thinking from a one-pattern governmental mentality.
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Question is, by the time we get the vaccine, will it still protect us from the most infectious virus variant?
Viruses tend to weaken as they transform, because in a weaker form they are more likely to spread more easily. The data is showing the present vaccines are still working against the variants.
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On NHK news, there is an article about how the government is talking with health providers to get their cooperation to administer the vaccines after normal working hours and on weekends. Yes! Still in discussion. Is this not a pandemic that is causing suffering for especially the more precarious members of society, especially the 30+% working poor? Only in the parallel universe of Japanese governance would this be an issue.
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Olympic organizers insist the rollout's pace will not impact the Games.
"We'll be able to deliver the Games even without vaccination," Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told reporters on Wednesday.
"Of course, if vaccines become available, that would be an upside... But as far as we're concerned, regardless of the vaccine, we will take thorough Covid-19 countermeasures to be able to deliver the Games."
I get it. So us public should pay for these bloated pork and barrel Olympics for decades to come and not get to enjoy them live at all, just so some politicians can show the world Japan fulfilled its obligation to the corporate backers. Nice.
"In Japan, people consider equality important," said Koji Wada, a professor at Japan's International University of Health and Welfare
No doubt the 1/3 working poor population, hit hardest by the pandemic, will agree with this learned professor. In what decade is this guy living?
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The biggest "blow to global immunization" is this example of disaster capitalism, where capital accumulation is derived from mass suffering. In this case, the greed of companies such as pfizer and moderna and their shareholders stops them from sharing their technology, so that their more successful vaccines can be produced around the world.
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So China offers to vaccinate all Olympic athletes and Japan rejects this, because....??? opting instead to let unvaccinated participants into the country, and then considers letting its own athletes jump the starting gun on the rest of the public, who are left in the dust of government confusion over vaccine regulation and roll out. This would make great theatre.
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I was cycling near the imperial home in the heart of Tokyo on Saturday, and a police officer jumped out in front of me and directed me to continue along the sidewalk, which goes against the traffic laws. I inquired as to why, and he said it was because the emperor and entourage would be driving by. Further, I sought to clarify if this means laws and regulations of the land, that should apply fairly to everyone in a constitutional democracy, need not be followed if for exigent imperial circumstance? Without answering, he gruffly waved me on my way.
Yes, debate the gender bias of Japanese monarchical practice, but considering conditions of equal treatment, shouldn't the more significant issue be up for debate?
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"It is necessary for people to think 'This is a serious situation,'"
It's a lot of do what I say, but don't do what I do. A big stinking pile of contradiction. Join GoTo. Let's hold the Olympics. No need for testing. Little rush to approve vaccines. Party in Ginza with other ministry employees. But stay home. Work remote. Don't meet anyone. Keep masking. Be fearful.
We are all tired of the pandemic; no need for the added burden of hypocrisy.
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In most other wealthy nations, we see it is a furious race of vaccines against variants. Sure, Japan has not seen the same number of deaths so far, so the authorities might think they have time for a slow roll out of vaccinations. But the surge of cases in Osaka and other areas indicates this could easily get out of hand, and with too few critical care units for the size of the population, another wave and stronger restrictions is not unlikely. So why not a greater sense of urgency?
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So let me understand. The Olympic host, a public entity, outsources the ticket selling process to many private ticket-seller, in neoliberal fashion, to cut their own costs. Then it legalizes graft, by authorizing "20%" margins, up there at the level of the credit card swindlers. Finally it graciously offers the middle finger to people reasonably seeking reimbursement for a cancelled service they had to pay up front for months in advance. Is this part of Tokyo Olympic's Omotonashi?
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This could make the winning submission for a sarcastic game of "Why I'm happy to pay my taxes." It's hard to make this stuff up.
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Some cast spurious doubt on the seriousness of the crisis in Japan, yet a wave need not be meters high to have a huge impact, as any beach-goer knows. In Japan, because of the neoliberalization of the health and medical systems, the government can not easily mobilize the necessary resources to deal with the pandemic. Coercion and incentives only go so far. Finally, if it is not in the private interest of medical institutions to provide critical care beds and staff, then the country's limited capacity means a smaller wave can wash away the sandcastle.
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So now it looks official. Biden has become the latest in the long list of US presidents who commit war crimes.
The US regime sets up military bases around Iran and throughout that region to contain and threaten any opposition to their territorial domination and access to cheap oil supplies, then when they face opposition, they launch strikes, with the President's approval, committing murder in places far from their own country. Clearly, this is not in defence of nation and is an aggressive act, that should be prosecuted in international courts.
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The payments probe shows that this timeline omits the pre-selection bribery activities, all the pre-selection false narratives about cost performance and the budget projection lies spun by Dentsu, the media and various corporate welfare recipients eager for public handouts.
Also omitted is how the pro-Olympic insistence of so-called leaders, such as Koike and Abe, has delayed government response to the pandemic.
We can add to the timeline the coming decades taxpayers will have to fund the massive debt for what ultimately is just a one month celebration for nationalists and the construction industries.
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Japan is a first-rate neoliberal nation, which is why the government does not have a strong public response to the pandemic and cannot collectively solve either the production of a vaccine or its timely distribution.
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If hegemony must persist, at least shouldn't US and Japanese corporations be providing the funds as the US bases here, as around the globe, are mainly to protect global trading routes and supply chains? It would seem logical that those who exploit people and appropriate resources pay the "externalities" of their business practices.
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The pandemic is a great opportunity to rethink the Olympics.
Dentsu and other media could fool the Japanese citizenry into mortgaging their and their children's future for a 2 week party, but informed locals in other countries are waking up to bankruptcy that is the Olympics and rejecting proposals to host.
This time, whatever, but going forward, why not just choose the place with the best facilities for that particular sport and have competing athletes gather there. So there could be multiple hosting cities each time and there wouldn't be a need for the corruption, wasted money, exploitation, dwelling removals and deaths for building the facilities, often soon abandoned. Or the need for all the security. Most of us only watch on TV, so do we really care where it is taking place?
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Thinking strategically, would it not be better for the Dems to have the republicans infighting for the next 4 years by pitting the Trump loyalists against those who used him when his brand was favourable but want to dump him now that it's toxic and he has a losing electoral track record? McConnell and his gang would boot Trump in a minute if they though it wouldn't hurt their reelection chances. Oh, the cynicism. Isn't it time time for the 2nd coming of GWB and his kinder, gentler form of imperialism?
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If you look around the world, countries with right wing neoliberal governments or populist leaders or both are suffering the most from the pandemic. In Canada, the provinces with the most right wing governments have the worst numbers. Maximizing private benefits will never lead to the greater good. Better to finally bury Boris and his gang's corrupt ideology than more Covid victims.
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