My words exactly. I don't want to get into tin foil hat territory, but Abe's recent reappearances in the media could mean Suga was just put in place for this practically unmanageable period and Shinzo will make a triumphant comeback.
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The problem with your simple search is you don't take into account the population and other factors.
Except Namibia, all the countries listed have fewer deaths per capita than Japan.
The point, however, shouldn't be a comparison who is "better", but the fact that people are dying and it's utterly cruel to laugh in the face of this tragedy while blatantly prioritizing the pockets of the wealthy.
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He's an economist, not a medical expert. This is what happens if you see people as numbers and work as an advisor for a government that does the same.
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The "leader" of the host country awkwardly distances himself from the Olympics. Brilliant!
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For decades, the Olympics have been nothing but a cash grab for large corporations. The fact that the IOC and others involved are hell-bent on holding the games during a pandemic only proves that.
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*where you live, sorry about the typo
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Can someone please clarify that foreign resident signatures are, in fact, valid?
You don't declare your nationality, only when you live. Even if you're not based in Japan, that shouldn't invalidate your signature.
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Someone's friend got a well-paid gig.
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The games being in doubt isn't what worries me or people around me the most.
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Many of us try to take reasonable precautions. However, this is likely to last another year what with the horribly slow vaccine rollout and abysmal testing availability. Is it, then, a reasonable precaution to spend a couple of years between home and work (possibly commuting on overcrowded trains)? All that while the leaders keep talking about holding an international superspreader event?
I've met people with delusional ideas of Japanese immunity and (sigh) superior hygiene. Most of the people I know, however, have been very cooperative. The problem is that we are not machines, but get treated as such. By now, much of the public knows that the J govenment had the resources for an efficient responses but put corporate capital first.
Anyway, anger and frustration aren't antidotes to viral infection. This might turn out to be a grimmer version of what happener after last year's GoTo campaign.
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Of course, like almost everything else about the Olympics, this is just a performance. Still enough though to anger a lot of people unaffected by LGBTQ issues.
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Socialising and other activities that bring joy are, along with public health, a luxury that needs to be sacrificed to keep the stock market afloat.
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ambulance sirens in the background and nightly news showing the ICUs being overwhelmed
That might be exactly what happens even if (or actually because) the SOE is lifted. But that shouldn't be a problem to them. The IOC has a lot of experience ignoring issues in their host countries and "cleaning up" the sites before events.
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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is preparing to request an emergency period be declared from April 29 to May 9,
A one-and-a-half-week state of emergency isn't going to do anything. If it did, why not let people stay at home from work rather than just ruin the only week off in the whole year most of us get? We already have to risk infection on cramped commuter trains.
This is just a way to appease the IOC without making any sacrifices other than public health and well-being.
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Up 252 from last Wednesday.
No amount of mindo and jishuku is going to make up for the complete lack of joshiki of our leaders. Doing the reasonable thing and staying in for a year has paid off in that we know how to do that for another year. Glad the economy is safe.
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Pretending to take effective measures while blaming people who come over from gaikoku. Two birds with one stone.
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It's a terrible piece of legislation that will make lives worse for already downtrodden people. Unfortunately, Japan is far from the only culprit, even though 1% of accepted applications is ludicrously low.
What every nation in the global North needs is to realise their wealth is directly link to someone else's poverty. Unless that happens, there will be refugees "coming to your country" and staying. Legally or illegally. For many, having few rights as illegal immigrants is preferable to risking death in their original countries, frequently due to wars caused by or dictatorships supported by developed nations.
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This is incredibly simplistic. 'Positive views' can mean anything. I have some positive views about every country but have big problems with some of their aspects, including Japan. What is this kind of poll trying to achieve? Make Japanese people feel good about themselves?
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"The way the vaccine is handled differs between one country and another. So it cannot be assumed that vaccination will be necessary," Koike said.
Oh yeah, the "we do it differently, so don't compare us to anyone else" argument. Also, Japan is an island nation and the people here have nothing in common with the rest of the world. Right.
If any hope was 'rekindled', it didn't last get long, as far as I know. 9 years till the Great Depression and all the events that followed. Is that what they want to repeat? Now that I think of it...
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They will be able to impose a maximum fine of 200,000 yen ($1,800) on restaurants and bars failing to follow the mandate to close early
How about a fine for the politicians who through stalling (possibly kickbacks) and not listening to scientists brought us here? But I guess it's easier to go after small businesses.
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To be fair, to these Nippon Kaigi members, Olympics with an exlusively Japanese audience and possibly predominantly Japanese sportspeople must sound 'wonderful'. Death and disease never looked like an issue to them anyway.
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Only 60% dissatisfied? That's impossible.
Propaganda works wonders. If many of the respondents keep hearing the mantra about superior Japanese hygiene, the government portrayed in a positive light and reports about how high the numbers are in most of gaikoku, then this is the result.
Actually, 60% isn't that bad considering how much nonsense from the government the public usually puts up with and that it's not really on to complain about politics to strangers in this society. Also, wording is key in surveys.
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Good analogy. But I'm not sure it's only incompetence. It seems to me there are two more factors. One is Nippon Kaigi's blind nationalism, i.e. 'We can't learn from others because we, as humans, are fundamentally different'. The other one corruption that is putting the Olympics and domestic pharmaceutical companies before public health.
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The virus upsurge in Tokyo underscores the difficulty of balancing anti-virus measures and the economy.
There is none. Billionaires are getting richer and stock prices haven't dropped. 'The economy' is just an excuse to let the average person risk their lives on crowded trains to make money for the ones who own everything.
I've said it here before, but an overwhelmed healthcare system, thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of sick people aren't sings of a good economy. Taking measures from the beginning would have been much more efficient. But what do I know? I'm not even tied to any of the Olympics sponsors.
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A quick reminder though that the Olympics have taken place in Nazi Germany, the colonial and genocidal British and French empires and was scheduled to take place in imperial Japan. Ethics or humanity were never the point, even when there was less money involved. If it was otherwise, Beijing wouldn't have won the bid to begin with. And let's not forget what lengths the J government is going to hold this year's Olympics, literally at the expense of human lives.
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The SOE in Kanto finished while the 'third wave' was in full swing. Why is there talk of a fourth one?
To those complaining about others complaining about Japan's handling of the pandemic. We've all met bitter non-Japanese irl who will complain about everything that happens in this country. However, we've also probably met many locals who will drone on about how Japan is 'safe' and Japanese people are 'polite'. It might be a coincidence, but I feel it got slightly worse during the pandemic. I talk to many who seem to have the need to prove the Japanese are somehow superior to others because of lower infection numbers than the rest of the world (which, incidentally, isn't true, if you compare Japan to the rest of East Asia). This can really wear thin. Also, none of us are responsible for what's going on in our old countries. We live here and participate in this society.
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Spot on. It's that and a dangerous combination of the Dunning Kruger effect and the need to look clever.
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Early cherry blossom season is one of the less destructive signs of climate change. Unlike extreme weather, rising sea levels and the displacement of hundreds of millions of climate refugees. But what do I know, I only repeat what "experts" say. It might be better to become an armchair climatologist and post comments on how climate change isn't real because a random year in the past was warm too.
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Against my better judgement, I respond to somebody who talks about an 'anti-white agenda', but you're misrepresenting the data. For anyone who wants to see for themselves, here's the information:
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