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Posted in: Publisher slams gov't handling of virus in 3 newspaper ads See in context

@Alfie Noakes

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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Posted in: Government advisor sparks anger with tweet laughing off calls for Olympic cancelation See in context

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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Posted in: Government advisor sparks anger with tweet laughing off calls for Olympic cancelation See in context

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

The "leader" of the host country awkwardly distances himself from the Olympics. Brilliant!

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

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

*where you live, sorry about the typo

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


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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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

Someone's friend got a well-paid gig.

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Posted in: Japan faces longer state of emergency, casting doubt on Olympics See in context

The games being in doubt isn't what worries me or people around me the most.

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Posted in: Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to stay home See in context

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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Posted in: Japan's Olympic chief marks pride week with LGBTQ event See in context

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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Posted in: Commuter rush seen despite 3rd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

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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Posted in: Suga declares state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka region See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo state of emergency does not affect Games: IOC See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports 843 coronavirus cases; 1,242 in Osaka See in context

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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Posted in: Japan tightens rules on COVID-19 test certificates for travelers See in context

Pretending to take effective measures while blaming people who come over from gaikoku. Two birds with one stone.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 405 coronavirus cases; 719 in Osaka See in context

This is governmental incompetence

Not sure if it's that or indifference with a bit of corruption. I agree with you on everything else though.

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Posted in: Japan's proposed immigration law revisions deal fresh blow to refugees See in context

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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Posted in: 84% of Americans view Japan positively: U.S. poll See in context

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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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

"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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Posted in: Tougher virus restrictions expanded to 4 prefectures See in context

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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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

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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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

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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Posted in: Japan strengthens anti-virus measures in Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa See in context


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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Posted in: Japan strengthens anti-virus measures in Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa See in context

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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Posted in: U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies See in context


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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Posted in: Gov't fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible 4th wave See in context

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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Posted in: Cherry blossoms' early bloom due to climate change, say experts See in context


Spot on. It's that and a dangerous combination of the Dunning Kruger effect and the need to look clever.

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Posted in: Cherry blossoms' early bloom due to climate change, say experts See in context

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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Posted in: Naomi Osaka raises voice against anti-Asian hate crimes See in context

@Hito Bito

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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