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Gov't considering quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo during Olympics

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It's all about semantics for this hapless government.

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The sounds of nobody caring anymore filled the air as this announcement was made.

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Quasi state of emergency is an oxymoron. It’s either an emergency or it’s not.

maybe call it a state of caution?

either way, no one really cares anymore.

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State of emergency is a joke in Japan!

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I predict the name "Quasi State of Emergency" will be a target for late night talk show hosts during the Olympics.

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The government is now planning to lift the emergency in most of the prefectures and to shift several of them to a quasi-emergency with smaller fines for noncompliance under which restaurants and bars will still be asked to shorten opening hours but may be allowed to serve alcohol.

The New Quasi State of Emergency (TM)! Now with smaller fines!

Japanese business is known for its "hard work" but I swear most of the government officials are a lazy, privileged bunch.

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Doh...Face Palm....Double Face Palm!...

If it were ANY other event, it would have been cancelled, long ago! The Japanese government continues to show it's total disregard for the health and wellbeing of it's citizens!

Time for the people in "inaka" land to stop voting for the LDP reps!

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Suga and Koike win the Olympics gold medal for synchronized incompetence.

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So bars will be allowed to stay open but serve only low-alcohol drinks in limited quantity, so that customers only get quasi-drunk, and talk only in a quasi-loud voice!

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Quasi? Bar etc will be authorized to extend at 8:05? This bunch of dinosaurs are just cowards to admit nothing will change...I am waiting the new wave and their fake apologies.

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Emergency away, i will still be hanging outside the combini drinking in a partying in a large group.

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It doesn't matter how they word it or how harsh any restrictions. Just the idea that the plebs has to make concessions for a blatant cash grab by those in power is outrageous. Are we moving towards feudalism?

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Will I need to wear a quasi-mask? Will Quasimodo now be the Olympic mascot?

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seems apposite, for the Quasi-Olympics

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The subcommittee will hold a meeting

I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked!

Anyway, we know that nothing counts until the subcommittee has passed on their recommendations to the sub-sub committee, who will hold a meeting on said recommendations and debate whether or not to recommend that the quasi-subcommittee should or should not have a meeting so that they may be advised to accept, or not to accept, the recommendations; in the event they are advised not to, a sub-meeting will be necessary to decide what to do about the rejected recommendations.

Now, as for after lunch…

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given that a number of health experts have expressed concern over a potential spike in COVID-19 cases, officials said Monday.

My partner is a doctor so I have access to doctors private chat rooms. There are zero Japanese doctors that support holding the Olympics. Zero.

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I just don't get it!

" ...... a quasi-emergency with smaller fines for noncompliance under which restaurants and bars will still be asked to shorten opening hours but may be allowed to serve alcohol."

This doesn't make sense at all. But maybe the virus is afraid of smaller fines and shortened business hours?

Or maybe that serving alcohol things will chase it away? What kind of logic is all this?

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Nope. Just another bit of nonsense and lack of common sense.

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If they were not so stupid we could call this govt quasi stupid, but we know that is a nonsense

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Tokyo 2020 will go down in history as the first Quasi-Olympics.

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so go sit in a stadium with 20,000-30,000 other people.

But as soon as it is done, dont stop off at a bar or restaurant with 50 people! immediately return to the safety of your own home, using the same packed train as everyone else.

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@Yotomaya

never left feudalism..... and not only Japan, just look at my 'home country', England... or indeed, the IOC the U.N., and many other nations/organizations.....only the nomenclature for the elite and the rulers has changed, my view.

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Time for the people in "inaka" land to stop voting for the LDP reps!

I think you've addressed one of the roots of the problem. We know they won't. LDP support has always been high in the countryside and I have a hunch many of its inhabitants couldn't care less about how the Olympics affect the indulgent elites in the big city.

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These governments officials are gonna be so bored once this horrendous thing is over.

They will have absolutely nothing to argue about or any work to pretend to be doing.

They'll just go back to their meetings of naps and teeth sucking after Obon is done.

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So they are going to relax the rules on a State of Emergency, which wouldn't even count as a State of Emergency in most functional countries.

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This is continuing to get more and more outrageous by the day. While I have seen some criticism in the foreign press, it needs ratcheting up already. What are you waiting for?

The foreigners are the only ones that can stop this now.

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The whole chabang gets dumber and dumber, the J Gov will be hailed as heroes for doing a splendid job of completing the games.

Testing will end, people will be silenced and illness will be renamed just to give them credit

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The prime minister will convene a task force? The Japanese are the worst at making decisions! No offense. My late father was a business man and he always said he would never do business with the Japanese again because they can never make a decision and, if they do, they will act all nice and come to a mutual agreement and then do a 180 once they leave and throw you under the bus. Sounds about right. They have now thrown Tokyo under the bus because of their indecisiveness.

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quasi

New word to describe this government. As in QUASI-Prime Minister, QUASI-politicians, QUASI-parliament. I like it! it fits perfectly! And now that we are on the QUASI subject, QUASI-mask wearing, QUASI-driving, QUASI-smoking, I can go on for ever....

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THis quasi-state of emergency is a pack of nonsense is a pack of nonsense. I know for a fact that at least one dance club in Shibuya was open to 4am today, packed and badly-ventilated.

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"To quasi- or not to quasi-" that is the...pathetic.

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Gov't considering quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo during Olympics

In other words, THIS group of people is free to do, but THAT group is not free to do.

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smaller fines for noncompliance under which restaurants and bars will still be asked to shorten opening hours but may be allowed to serve alcohol.

Well I guess they need an excuse to shower the IOC members and themselves with omotenashi in fancy restaurants & bars.

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Present Japan's government is also obsessed with wishful thinking as same as wartime Japan.

No matter what G7 nations announced, they cannot guarantee safe at Olympics.

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What country holds the biggest international sporting event under a quasi state of emergency ( if that’s even a thing…lol ) ! The Japanese people will face the consequences after the Olympic Games when the 4th wave hits. It will probably be a new strain called the Olympic strain ( not the Japanese strain as Japan doesn’t want a bad image )! This will be more infectious as well as deadly. The current lineup of vaccine won’t work against it! Then the Japanese authorities will come up with an excuse that some foreigners brought this strain from abroad…blame the foreigners as usual.

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PaulToday  08:35 am JST

quasi

New word to describe this government. As in QUASI-Prime Minister, QUASI-politicians, QUASI-parliament. I like it! it fits perfectly! And now that we are on the QUASI subject, QUASI-mask wearing, QUASI-driving, QUASI-smoking, I can go on for ever....

“Quite Useless And Staggeringly Incompetent”?

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I keep harping on about it and will continue to! The complete lack of contact tracing and testing (seem to only test the seriously ill cases) means you have no idea how previlant it is in the population. Its unbelievable 'strategy' and unless there is truth to the Japanese having reslience to covid (and they would be the only ones in the world) Otherwise, there has to be mutation specific to Japan already existing and they are supressing the fact due to the olympics. Sounds odd-ball but when the cases suddenly rose the day after the Olypmpics was first postponed last year, it is completely plausible.

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All the SOEs have been ‘quasi’ with no power to enforce the restrictions.

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I've seen people on acid that made more consistent, coherent decisions than this government does.

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Yet it has reduced the number of infections every time…

If you think so then you must be smoking something really strong! The reduction in infections has nothing to do with the SOE in Japan. Lots of other factors bring about these reductions including lower number of tests, weather conditions and people being more cautious. Bottom line is that SOE is a really serious thing that is being used so lightly in Japan ( close the restaurants at 8pm and that’s it ).

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@jiji Xx

I agree, and I think rising income inequality and crises like the pandemic are situations when it becomes too obvious.

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Yet another 'Quasi SOE', you little ripper, that will fix it.

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The official said staging the Olympics and Paralympics has now become an international commitment after leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies expressed support on the weekend for the sporting extravaganza.

Thats some funny stuff...so Suga goes around the G7 meeting begging for a pledge of "support" from the other leaders and once they give it ( to get rid of him no doubt lol ) J-officials start using this as an excuse that Games are now "an international commitment " and therefore can,t be altered. Freak off.

Will I need to wear a quasi-mask? 

You should already have one...the Abenomask..only covers about a quarter of an adult face.

So bars will be allowed to stay open but serve only low-alcohol drinks in limited quantity, so that customers only get quasi-drunk, and talk only in a quasi-loud voice!

LOL, nice one.

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Quasi? Either there is one or there is none.

And I'm kind of wondering why declare an emergency at all. All the time they are saying how they are keeping the disease under control and presenting us with graphs and figures where the numbers are steadily decreasing. So I don't understand it at all and it doesn't make sense.

Not allowing foreign spectators to participate was argued on the grounds that we did not want contagion from abroad. Which implied that the infection rate here was kept low and foreign spectators would drive the numbers up. So what's the real situation? Or are there multiple people making different decisions and one doesn't know about the other? Or is it some kind of Monty Python ministry, e.g. "Ministry of Conflicting Decisions"?

The more havoc they make, the more work they add to others and the more money falls into it.

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So it's a state of emergency "in principle", like all the others. The Olympics must not be held if infections are out of control "in principle". The strictest infection controls will be in place, 'in principle".

Japanese official rules and contracts are always "in principle" "原則" (gensokutoshite), which means the little people have to follow the rule exactly (I'm sorry, it's the rule, no one chan change the rule, you lose), while officials and important people don't (It's important to be flexible to suit the situation, )

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The sounds of nobody caring anymore filled the air as this announcement was made.

... accompanied by the soft crackle of manila paper slipping through greased palms, to the swish and ebb of saliva flowing backwards through dentures, as the Japanese government considered deeply (but with double Abenomasks taped over each ear to drown out any intrusive expert opinions).

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The foreigners are the only ones that can stop this now.

How? G7already g

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Maybe they should put them on double secret suspension.

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A joint communique released Sunday by the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States after their summit in Britain said they back the holding of the games "in a safe and secure manner as a symbol of global unity in overcoming COVID-19."

Idiots

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If you take a quasi-test and find that you are quasi-infected because vaccinations are only quasi-available, then someone should surely declare a state of emergency.

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I shall raise a quasi-beer in my quasi-bar that has quasi-cooperated with the quasi-state of emergency measures thought up by this far thinking quasi-government!

quasi-kampai!

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Wonder why the the state of emergency doesn’t have a mascot yet. They even have one for the polluted waters in fukushima. This Pippo the quasi-state of emergency mascot. 我慢して!**

Surely the name of the mascot is Quasi-modo??!!

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If you think so then you must be smoking something really strong! The reduction in infections has nothing to do with the SOE in Japan. Lots of other factors bring about these reductions including lower number of tests, weather conditions and people being more cautious. Bottom line is that SOE is a really serious thing that is being used so lightly in Japan ( close the restaurants at 8pm and that’s it ).

The results speak. You have no proof it has anything to do with weather, definitely didn't in winter. People being more cautious why? Because of SOE! And yes closing restaurants early is the right thing to do. People don't do house parties here in Japan, they mostly gather in restaurants and izakayas. That is why it is effective at greatly reducing transmission. People are thinking too much in terms of their home country.

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wonder why the the state of emergency doesn’t have a mascot yet. They even have one for the polluted waters in fukushima

This is Pippo the quasi-state of emergency mascot. 我慢して!

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My partner is a doctor so I have access to doctors private chat rooms. There are zero Japanese doctors that support holding the Olympics. Zero.

Maybe not in your chat rooms, but in reality, there are at least 500 or more that do, as they are singed up to "assist" in the Olympics.

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So, basically nothing will be in effect but hopes and dreams and "requests". Perfect! I like it!

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And just by that all the supposed economic profit coming from the games gets erased by the cost of yet another pseudo-quasi-semi-SoE.

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Therougou

Great post old boy! Very well put and it’s important to understand there are many reasons why Covid I requires a different response here. And the low deaths show the response has been a resounding success.

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State of emergency is a joke in Japan!

Yet it has reduced the number of infections every time. So what is your definition of joke?

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