With such a dynamic speed they would probably do even better in reverting back in time when people used pigeons to communicate in far distances.
6 ( +6 / -0 )
What happened this time?
their precious and ultra modern fax system got broken?
What a farce.
7 ( +8 / -1 )
Japan still lags most wealthy countries in its vaccination roll-out. Just 2.6% of its population has been inoculated
The article is incorrect and apologetic,Japan is not is not behind on most of the wealthy and developed countries with the vaccine but is lagging behind all of them.
28 ( +30 / -2 )
This is disgusting.
How Suga and the IOC are trying desperately everything in order to save their Olympics which are no more in terms of Olympics spirit.
It is just a powerful business made by an elite group of very wealthy and cynical people.
Until last year they tried to masquerade their true face telling us that these Olympics will be a victory over the pandemic but then when they realized that Covid with it’s very dangerous variants is still here and people are struggling they now have no more excuses to throw at the masses so they just defend this abomination in square.
And Suga telling us that basically the IOC is running the show and he’s powerless is even more disgusting.
18 ( +18 / -0 )
Isn’t this the same guy that promised to hold an Olympic for celebrating human victory of the pandemic and the same one that asked it’s people to do gaman and avoid dinning outside but at the same time went out with his guys in a very expensive steak house me?
Well,in this case his promises aren’t as much more credible as the ones from Pinocchio.
7 ( +9 / -2 )
What a farce, Gifu city which is by far the largest centre in Gifu prefecture with almost a half million souls and borders Aichi prefecture is basically a bed town of Nagoya due to many people commuting there to work on a daily basis,but in Aichi prefecture there is a "real" lockdown but in Gifu there is a "quasi"
This has literally no logic,because with such silly rules the Gifu commuters that move to Nagoya every day will spread the virus.
What a lot of non sense by a government made by Muppets.
14 ( +14 / -0 )
We should stand against any form of racism,and the US as a great democracy as they are,are trying to change things with this administration after Trumps disaster.
Saying that a lot of the anti-asia hate in the States are not predominantly coming from Caucasian people.
What I feel more hypocrite some of our right wingers in this forum that justify literally everything their country does love to give us a lesson about racism,how amusing is this.
-4 ( +3 / -7 )
How desperate are they to keep going and try to convince the people this nonsense.
A hypocrite Olympic committee,a nationalistic corporative government and a bunch of selfish athletes want desperately these Olympics all in the name of money,national and own pride.
6 ( +6 / -0 )
A perfect example of wasting money in such times and a poor sense of responsibility.
So much for the whole narrative that Japanese have a higher morale compared to others.
5 ( +10 / -5 )
South Korea is hammering Japan for every little thing.
South Korea should wake up and realize that we’re living in 2021 in the middle of a pandemic and not in 1935.
But Japan also should realize that deny the history facts and think that just throwing money at them and write a formal apologize letter by a prime minister will suffice.
Both countries are extremely nationalistic and stubborn.
-2 ( +11 / -13 )
I’m very sorry for the Hachimura and I think this passive discrimination is extremely bad.
I can see that the Whatabout people already started to point to others in order to avoid the dark side of their country.
This isn’t doing good to Japan as society.
Anyway categorize the whole “west” again is incorrect and hypocrite.
I wonder if the whatabautist will feel right if we categorize Japan with all the “easterns” including China.
Hypocricy is a bad illness,and no wonder why Japan in world statistics is counted as one of the most xenophobe and racist society in the planet.
5 ( +8 / -3 )
Isn’this the same Motegi who was negatively sarcastic to foreign journalist on last year press conference when Japan decided to ban even long term residents to return back to the country?
And now I see him seeking help and cooperation to a foreign country.
8 ( +12 / -4 )
Interesting how all these article like this one put emphasis of how the majority of Japanese people want reforms in the Imperial succession or how they want to stop the Olympics.
And some of you even side the folk to oppose the government.
But who put these old boys at the helm of the country?
The Japanese people,which despite every scandal of corruption from these cronies keep voting them because in the end most people in Japan despite criticizing them they also want an ultra conservative government to keep them in the bubble.
Most of us here can’t votr because we’re expats but the local people do.
And this shows that very little will change.
Mark my words,despite all the corruption scandals,the Imperial succession,the Olympics and sexism scandals in the end the LDP will win next election,sad but true.
3 ( +3 / -0 )
I’m usually sympathetic with the government of Australia but this time I really feel that they’re doing it soo wrong.
They’ll leave their own citizens struggling there but allow a few wealthy cricketers to return to their home?
A government should help it’s people not abandon them.
Shame on such decision.
1 ( +11 / -10 )
Is this the same panel of experts that allowed the GoTo thing and decided to close bars by 20:00 and allow crowded trains to run at max capacity?
The same panel that left the few medics and nurses struggling with the pandemic and keep testing and vaccinating people at a turtle speed?
Well,fear not people because we’re in very good hands (sarcasm)
9 ( +9 / -0 )
Not only rethink but cancel the whole event please,now that the pandemic is starting to hit hard with it’s multiple variations the third world countries and still the developed ones are struggling with it they should really stop this non sense.
Olympics and hosting athletes in several towns are all about happy celebrations.
Right now there is nothing to celebrate and be happy.
Stop the madness please.
17 ( +17 / -0 )
It’s noble from European countries,Australia and the U.S. to try their best to help India despite they’re still fighting the pandemic.
It would be nice to see Japan give a hand to India as well,but they’re too busy to save their Olympics and even can’t protect their own people.
I hope that India can go over this,also the article didn’t mention but even Pakistan decided to help India.
10 ( +12 / -2 )
He got a point considering that most northern east asians are either militaristic or ultra nationalist.
It won’t be a surprise to have a conflict starting from that region.
1 ( +6 / -5 )
Another wonderful example of how politics work in Japan,honesty and transparency are their motto.
3 ( +3 / -0 )
The real news here after all these scandals and corruption plus their ineptitude to control the Covid crisis is that with Suga they still have over 44% of supporters.
This clearly shows that no matter what,most people in Japan tend to remain ultraconservative and unwilling for changes,I think a lot of people dislike Suga but they’re willing to vote the next LDP frontman thrown at them.
So much for the conception of democracy and alternatives.
3 ( +3 / -0 )
LucaToday 10:49 am JST
Let's be realistic, most of people outside Japan don't really know what is going on here.
Usually the news are just very "general" ones, probably taken from official japanese media, and when I explain the situation here to family or friends, they are always quite surprised. Because the image, the perception they have of Japan, is totally different from the reality.
So I guess that japanese government is way more interested in what other countries can easily see, rather than what is actually happening.
If pulling some nurses away from hospitals will lead to some more "local" death, that is something they can live with, during a pandemic, and something that nobody can directly link to those "removed" nurses.
On the ohter side, if something happen to an international athlet during the Olympics because Japan didn't have enough medical personnel, THAT would be a disaster for japanese government.
And here we are talking about nurses, but what about other doctors? or all the paramedic staff? All people that can help with covid treatment or vaccinations.
I think Luca’s post summarize the crude reality and what we expats already known.
Still,I find hard this time for the J-politicians to fully hide the gravity of the situation.
The world is watching with more concern this time,which means the truth is becoming obvious all around the civilized world despite their affords to suffocate it.
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Japan has had some success containing COVID-19, with just over 10,000 deaths despite never imposing strict lockdown measures.
Why in every single article related with Covid do they have to mention this?
just to show how Japan is doing better compared to the others?
When in fact the expat population knows well that this propaganda narrative can work only with the local population.
Japan is doing “better” because the number of tests are one fraction of what is done in every western country.
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The man’s moral are highly questionable and for sure not an example of virtue,saying that is this even a crime to date with multiple people at the same time?
Is this even a news when Japan is famous for it’s hostess clubs where married men,respected politicians and leaders lie and cheat their wives or partners often with other women?
This clearly shows how little of a modern democracy is Japan.
And probably their institutions and society fails to comprehend the meaning of a free democracy based on human rights.
They still stuck in a puritan mid-50es mentality.
3 ( +3 / -0 )
The photo is frankly disturbing and intimidating at the same time.
We have a bunch of cops sent by the government,marching with a baton to intimidate people to cover the government ineptitude.
Good news is that the world is finally waking up and seeing what is Japan really all about,saving face,big corporations and little democracy.
Rather than using citizens taxes to send a bunch of officers to show off against the already very docile and domesticated local population they could do something more procreative like stopping mass gathering in closed spaces and trains.
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It’s okay,in Japan politicians,high ranked people have a free pass for almost everything.
in some aspect not much changed from the Edo period.
5 ( +5 / -0 )
And I thought that a modern democracy is made by a government that listen to the will of it’s people,obviously this country doesn’t have a real one.
9 ( +9 / -0 )
It’s remarkable how they’re preparing on the go laws just to show to the world that they are more liberal and open minded than they really are.
But then after the Olympics are over they will return in their xenophobia.
What a pity.
7 ( +7 / -0 )
And who is so naive in believing in such numbers thrown at us?
I think it’s way worse and so their narrative is not credible.
7 ( +10 / -3 )