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Posted in: Go To Travel campaign may partially resume after state of emergency lifted See in context

'The last time we did this, it was followed by the largest and deadliest wave of a virus most people aren't immune to yet.'

'Great, let's do it again.'

'How about we get people vaccinated first?'


Sorry, but it's just impossible take anything about this seriously at this point.

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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

Concerns indeed.

There was a Kyodo article a couple of months ago about a GPS tracking app that would contain visa information, test results and even tickets details. Is all of this necessary for Covid prevention? And how are the authorities going to distinguish between non-Japanese who visit the country for the Olympics and those visiting for other purposes? Why should such a distinction be made to begin with? And, obviously, why won't Japanese people have to be tracked?

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Posted in: Japan considers creating waiting lists for COVID-19 vaccine: Kono See in context


It has to be a politician. Nobody is better at stalling, taking bribes from big corporations and sending ambiguous and meaningless messages to the public.

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


Was just going to write this. One thing I'd add is that the translation might have been established as a convention to express that, since the Emperor is (as some apparently still believe) a direct descendant of the gods, he's more than just your usual king.

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Posted in: Sponsors, volunteers welcome Hashimoto as Tokyo Olympics head See in context

Sexism solved. Let's get all those volunteers back on board and pretend the Olympics are happening.

Just wondering, weren't the same sponsors the reason Mori was indispensable a couple of weeks ago?

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

But it is important for the party's female members to "look" at the party's decision-making process, he said.

He might want to reconsider such a dangerous stance. The decision-making process might be too complicated for their pretty little heads. /s

Also making the rounds on social media were comments by Kengo Sakurada, head of a powerful Japanese business lobby, who said Japan's glass ceiling was "partly women's fault".

Haha, the master at work again.

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Posted in: Mori's sexist remarks show slow progress in narrowing Japan gender gap See in context


Your account might also be reflection on the terrible working conditions in a society with weak unions. It makes perfect sense that (for men and women) spending time with their children can be much more fulfilling than spending most your waking hours doing a soul-crusingly tedious office job.

In this case, however, Mori wasn't talking about women who want to stay at home. I have heard many complaints (in real life) about the inability to progress in the workplace from women of all generations over the years I've spent in Japan.

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Posted in: Despite sexism uproar, Tokyo Olympics chief finds high-level support See in context

There's no conclusive evidence on whether men or women talk more, but there are linguistic studies that suggest men talk more than women. Thinking Mori based his claim on scientific research would be giving him too much credit though.

The bigger problem here is that he said and later doubled down on his claim that women, because of a quality that he inherently (and, mostly likely, wrongly) sees as "feminine", make them less capable of taking on responsibilities in the workplace. This is where sexism goes from "triggering" people to causing actual harm. Mori makes decisions that affect many people's lives. If he decides that women should not be in higher positions, then that has an effect on individual women's career prospects and their well-being (and, by extension, people around them). Furthermore, if most positions of power are filled with bigots like him (which they are), half of the population's talent remains untapped.

I think this can be relatable for many of us in different settings. If you're a foreigner in Japan, how did you feel when you were refused accommodation because "foreigners are noisy" or "don't sort their trash"? Do such "observations" justify the landlord's decision to refuse you housing, which is a basic need?

I'd also go easy on the claim that there's something wrong with "Japanese women". I haven't met a woman who isn't outraged at this. The ones who are in positions of power are mostly there not in spite of sexism but because of the power structures that make up this society. They won't be the ones to rock the boat. The most prominent women, like Koike, only play the game to score political points.

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Posted in: Despite sexism uproar, Tokyo Olympics chief finds high-level support See in context

The Olympics are on despite evidence suggesting that a majority of people in Japan think they should be called off.

The bid was based on lies about the "ideal" summer weather in Tokyo and accompanied by islamophobic remarks against the runner-up, Istanbul.

The IOC condones the displacement of poor people for the sake of their single-purpose stadiums and Olympic "villages".

There's no reason anyone in charge will protect anything or anyone except their fellow fat cats' money.

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Posted in: 390 Tokyo Olympic volunteers quit after Mori's sexist remarks See in context

Good, but way too few. The prestige of the games seems to overshadow everything from the fact that volunteers work for free to make others richer to the reality that those in charge are spineless bigots.

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Posted in: With Olympics at stake, Mori seen as too influential to push aside See in context

If he resigns, there'll be no Olympics.

Sounds like a plan

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Posted in: Olympic organizers apologize to volunteers over Mori's remarks See in context

This might be a bit of a controversial opinion, but I think he should stay. I don't agree with any of his remarks. However, nothing represents corporate Japan better than a rambling sexist and delusional nationalist past retirement age who takes no accountability. Changes need to be much deeper than replacing this guy with somebody who is better at PR.

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Posted in: Criticism keeps swirling over Tokyo Olympic chief's sexist comments See in context

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike said the comments were "impermissible" and told reporters that she was at a loss for words when she learned about the remarks.

Interesting, coming from a member of the explicitly sexist Nippon Kaigi.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context

You're on the wrong track. This problem stems from corporate greed, not govt malfeasance.. Companies expect first-world profits by exploiting third-world labor.

You're right, but it's the government that enables this behaviour. The new visa programme from a couple of years ago was nothing more than that. It was a huge fail even before the pandemic, which could be partly because word has spread of what kind of treatment these overseas workers get here.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context


Agree. The government doesn't care about neither J nor non-J people. It just can get away with more when it comes to foreign workers, especially citizens of lower income countries.

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Posted in: Mori apologizes for sexist remarks, but refuses to resign See in context

I'm pretty sure he has no clue why anyone found his remarks offensive. Anyway, him resigning would change nothing. Remember Sakurada's one-liners a few years ago? It took insulting Tohoku earthquake survivors for him to step down.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 393 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,792 See in context

If the numbers are lower, it means they are not as high. Fact.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 868 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,534 See in context

Do you personally know anyone in Japan who got Covid

I do, one person directly, one had to quarantine because their family member tested positive. I also know somebody who got refused even though they had symptoms. That's not someone I know in person though.

I think the problem most people have here that people who have mild symptoms can't get tested. By now, even people with more severe might get rejected because the public centres are overwhelmed. This makes the numbers look lower than in other countries, while the virus keeps spreading through people who'd otherwise self-isolate. At least that's why I'm reluctant to trust the numbers.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,064 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,133 See in context

That's six times the number of tests compared to yesterday's results, but only 91 more positive cases. I've no idea how statistics work, but is that even realistic? I'm not asking that to criticise anyone, just wondering how such fluctuation in positivity rates is possible.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

To be fair, the SOE means everybody should avoid unnecessary outings. Perhaps for these guys, paying women to listen to them is a necessity to keep their egos going.

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Posted in: Tokyo seeks 10,000 medical staff for Olympics See in context

This all looks like an elaborate practical joke in very bad taste.

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Posted in: Tokyo revises contact tracing strategy, narrowing it to higher-risk cases See in context

A quick search shows that, in Tokyo, around half of all the detected cases have been infected through unknown routes. Scaling down testing is probably the worst thing that could be done right now. Where are the robots when we need them? Or how about actually preparing for the third wave? Perhaps those in charge believe that good, old-fashioned mindo was enough to deal with it?

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Posted in: Man arrested after wearing wig to enter women’s bathing facility See in context

This is a cisgender heterosexual man who wanted to peek at women in the bath, and thought he could wear a wig to disguise himself.

We can't be sure of that, but wearing a wig to get in looks suspicious. In my experience, transgender people tend to look their gender in real life, not just when going bathing, but none of us were there or know the person (I think).

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court upholds ban on dual citizenship See in context

The constitutionally 'protected' concept of happiness is very blurry. A different result of this case would have been encouraging but very surprising. Many aspects of this society are rooted in hostility towards anything that's even partially foreign. Allowing dual citizenship would mean a step towards embracing diversity, something I can't see happen here any time soon.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context


That's tragic. They were refused because they were classified as a 'mild' case. It's the unpredictability of this disease that makes it so scary.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

The fact that there are more and more severe cases but new cases in total are going down isn't reassuring. Just guessing, but it could be that healthcare facilities that deal with the virus are getting so overwhelmed they are forced to arbitrarily refuse to test people with less severe symptoms so that they can focus on severe cases. That would be understandable on their part but inexcusable for those in charge who've had a year to deal with this.

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Posted in: Japan eyes use of robots to boost COVID-19 testing See in context

This article comes straight after another one which says there are no jobs and many Japanese live in poverty.

It looks like a futuristic, 'cool' image is more important than humans' livelihoods and, indeed, lives. Late-stage capitalism at its best.

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Posted in: As Diet opens, Suga pledges to get pandemic under control, hold Olympics See in context

If the Olympics do take place, it will prove a victory of corporate interests against humanity, if anything.

Either way, "pledging" means nothing. If anyone gets the virus under control it's medical experts and the public, not him.

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Posted in: Japan's suicides jump 16% in COVID-19 2nd wave: study See in context


Exactly. Always wondering what these super-rich out-of-touch leaders mean when they say stuff like that. Surely, an ill, miserable population and people dying of preventable causes can't be too good for 'the economy'.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

How can anyone be 'caught off guard' after a year? This might have as well been a headline last February.


Definitely. There's also the fact that media are businesses and, especially on TV, presenting the mantra that 'our people are better than everyone else' does well if public opinion is already shaped by nationalist education.

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