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Suga pledges he'll do utmost to prevent virus rebound

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Meaning he will do nothing. Got it.

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By being one of the few people in the country to get vaccinated so he can go on a jaunt to the US? Self serving at its utmost for sure.

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Do Japanese PMs do anything other than pledging to do things?

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Victory against the virus ? What a silly joke.

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“We will deliver courage and hope from Japan to the world,” Suga said.

What an inane claim. Deliver courage and hope from Japan? That almost made me puke.

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Come on, not another pledge!

Have seen too many of those without any meaningful action following.

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"Do the utmost/Japan will bring courage,hope/not put our guard down"...

Besides sit-ups and keeping the graft flowing during the pandemic, another thing Suga has mastered is the empty cliche.

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This is a great victory of the virus over humanity,and amazing how the LDP keeps the narrative alive.

No one around the world can care less of the Olympics but here we are brainwashed every day with a daily news about the Olympics.

I’m sorry for the common Japanese people which most of them not capable to speak any other language than their own,and so not able to read news from other great world Newspapers are easy to be manipulate by the local media.

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Suga said, the Olympics would be "a proof of the victory against the coronavirus." The Olympics was about the Tohoku area and its revitalization. The people of the Tohoku region have been forsaken.

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Apparently very few bars and restaurants have seen this daily 60,000.

Many places have taken out loans to stay afloat.

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Suga pledges he'll do utmost to prevent virus rebound

The government will step up virus tests, monitoring for more contagious new variants and pay subsidies for restaurants and bars who cooperate to close at 9 p.m.

So in that entire article, the onbly mention of a vaccine is that Suga got a shot. NO mention at all of a nationwide rollout.

This at a time when the UK has now given half its population at least the first shot (32 million people) and is doing over 800,000 shots per day.

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Suga vowed to do the utmost to protect the people’s lives and health and sought their cooperation in doing what they can to get infections under control and “regain the peace of mind and daily lives.”

So, instead of going to eat steak, it’s take out from now on?

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Rebound? There are still 10,000 cases a week nationally.

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Japanese politicians just "pledge" and "urge".

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Te evorPeaceToday  07:05 am JST

“We will deliver courage and hope from Japan to the world,” Suga said.

What an inane claim. Deliver courage and hope from Japan? “That almost made me puke.”

yup same here I just made it to the bowl! Pledging and delivering verbal diarrhea as always, shameful.

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Nobody believes you, Mr Suga

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OK! [ Sarcasm ] A pledge to me! Wow! Now he could have used another word. But a pledge. That means he is on it. He will fight the virus for us. Like SuperMan. I don't know about you all, however now I feel safe. Secure. Happy Go Lucky! And, I get to go to the Olympics! Since I live in Japan, I am welcomed and will be part of delivering this courage thing to the world. Now, where can I get some of this courage?

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Japan has not imposed a hard lockdown and has kept infections lower than the United States and many European nations. Japan has recorded fewer than a million cases and about 8,800 deaths since the pandemic began, the health ministry said.

Not for long Suga...There is going to be a massive resurgance of Covid cases after the Olympics, if not before. People are careless, and wreckless. They are tired of being "safe". Me and my family? We have adapted and overcome this situation, and are happy everyday!

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Politician...

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I'm glad and slightly perplexed how mortality rates have been so low, but the low infection numbers are from not testing, plain and simple.

We've seen how the government has handled the last couple waves so I don't see how anything will be any different going forward.

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Japan has not imposed a hard lockdown and has kept infections lower than the United States and many European nations. 

What spin - comparing its corona numbers continually with only US and Europe ...afraid of the embarrassment if compared to it's Asian neighbors ?

thankyou for your hard work, Suga-san!

Yeah, staying awake, eating steak and continually " pledging" without delivering results is real hard.

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Suga renewed his pledge to achieve the Olympics in July as “a proof of the victory against the coronavirus,”

Getting all Japanese people vaccinated before the Olympics, thus allow foreign spectators to attend, would have been a victory against the coronavirus.

Announcing in March that we can't get our s@t together in time - despite the fact that some developed countries have already* vaccinated half their populations - is very much proof of the opposite.

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talk too much an no action is often not good.this case as perfect example.

ask Taro who lost job and get once 100.000jpy some many months ago how he will embrace your bizarre olympic ideas...let me guess hw reply may be rude and no so polite...

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Yes, ‘pledge’ and ‘urge’ is all they can do. The wheels must turn very slowly so as not to create any waves that might topple their privilege and grip on power.

Reminiscent of other ‘wars’ on things, like drugs or terror. Just empty spin for the uneducated masses to grasp onto.

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Let's see how long it takes for him to approve another "go to" campaign.

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Spin that wheel of vocabulary! Today it’s “pledges.” Tomorrow will be “vows” or “promises.”

Spin and repeat.

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Empty words designed only to deflect criticism.

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A Suga pledge has proven to last even less time and be even less effective than an Abe vow. Rebound has already started. How's he going to blame it on foreigners bringing it in now?

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Suga goes through more vows than drive-through wedding chapel.

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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged Sunday to do his utmost to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus ahead of the Olympic torch relay and his upcoming visit to Washington.

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged Sunday to do his utmost to put the Olympics before any threat of a worsening of the pandemic. There! Fixed it for ya!

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When you are only testing those with a specific set of symptoms the numbers will be low.

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Having done basically nothing, Suga vows to double his efforts!!

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FACT= All politicians are liars.

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Useless does as useless is!!

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What's wrong with this dude? He thinks saying those cliches changes anything?

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The problem is that the government is acting against the advice of the scientific experts. And more in line with anti-science conspiracy believers that are endlessly wrong. That is a terrible combination.

The experts recommend testing and tracing more because it has been proved to help controlling the spread? the government put false excuses about limited hospital resources (as if positive people would require hospitalization just because they are infected even if asymptomatic). Asymptomatic people have a demonstrated role in the spreading and should be taken care of? just ignore them, and hope people don't notice that most of the infections don't have a clear epidemiological link (because they came from an asymptomatic carrier).

At this point the limited control that Japan has over the pandemic is almost completely because of the efforts of the population (that keep strong social distancing measures, even on packed trains) and in spite of the efforts of the government to spoil everything with counterproductive measures.

If the Japanese government were on board with control as much as the ones in other countries are, together with the efforts of most of the population is doing (with clear exceptions) it would not be strange that Japan would had no real need for any state of emergency and would still be in much better shape.

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Japan has not imposed a hard lockdown and has kept infections lower than the United States and many European nations.

Why are we not comparing Japan to its peer counties in Asia and geographic peers?

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neither suga nor the government can really do anything.

But the people can - it’s called common sense

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If only he has the courage to postponed the Olympic n pledge that the citizens will get the vaccines by next year...well i guess he will be defeated in the elections this year.

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One man, one woman, one needle, one syringe. One vaccination at a time.

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Certainly glad I'm in Japan where covid is low, who did or is doing what I don't know,/don't care as long as its safer here than most other places in the world so pledge away

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Pseudoscience: Yan's report

https://mediamanipulation.org/case-studies/cloaked-science-yan-reports

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All Suga has to offer is empty and meaningless words???

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Quiz. It’s not a problem virus but a virus problem. lol

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The only 3 ways, no Olympics. find the correct vaccines as fast as possible and lastly impose very strict laws to the public.

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Most of the people criticising Suga on here haven't got a clue about what his job actually entails.

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It appears to me that most posters here are not Japanese speakers because of the complaints about specific words used in English to try to translate what Japanese speakers are trying to express. Translation is so difficult.

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There is going to be a massive resurgance of Covid cases after the Olympics

We should reopen GoTo Travel until a week before the Olympics so ordinary Japanese, mostly retired and high risk, can at least enjoy the spring before being infected by mass unvaccinated crowds attending Olympics.

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Experts have said they worry about a the potential for 

I am tired of hearing this phrase,

This doom and gloom experts have yet to be right.

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Certainly glad I'm in Japan where covid is low, who did or is doing what I don't know,/don't care as long as its safer here than most other places in the world so pledge away

It's amazing that they are ONLY testing those who are symptomatic (to allow them to manage hospital resources for actual cases better) instead of mass testing the population (leading to false positives and unwarranted quarantines). The number of cases are nothing compared to what is happening in the states. Mainstream is pushing the narrative: Asymptomatic people are spreaders as well!!! In that case Japan should have had massive COV19 cases everywhere all across the country. Didn't happen. Only more symptomatic cases were tested. People in Japan were turned away from being tested if they did not show higher severity of symptoms.

Tokyo and Osaka should have been the center of the world for COVID due to RUSH HOUR alone. Should have been the highest number of cases. Highest number of deaths. It is not. Trains never shut down and were jam packed like sardines in a can every single day with ZERO social distance (since the emergence of SARS-COV2 in late 2019). You're breathing every person's densely exhaled breath on the train even if every single person is masked. It's an incredibly different world in Japan. Thank goodness for that alone. Everything here goes against what the American mainstream news is pushing.

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“We will deliver courage and hope from Japan to the world,” Suga said.

This was cringe worthy to say the least.

Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and say something got lost in translation.

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@Ricky Sanchez

Exactly how have you and your family 'overcome' this situation exactly?

Criticise Suga as much as you like, he is doing his best under the circumstances and so are his cabinet. In the meantime, let's leave smugness outside, shall we?

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thankyou for youre hard work, Suga-san!

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@Ricky Sanchez

And how have you and your family 'overcome' this situation exactly?

Criticise Suga as much as you like, he is doing his best under the circumstances and so are his cabinet. In the meantime, let's leave smugness outside, shall we?

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