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Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Norihisa Tamura said at a press conference the big farewell party held at a restaurant in the capital's glitzy Ginza district until around midnight last Wednesday "betrayed the people's trust."

So how many of those 23 people are going to get the sack? Anything less would mean the apologies are empty and the people's trust is utterly misplaced.

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"What on earth are they doing?"

Maybe enjoying the life. Working in the ministry is not easy everyday, certainly boring.

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What on earth are they doing?

Enjoying!

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Need to practice what they preach

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At least someone at a higher level than the division chief should also lose his job, this is not some kind of impromptu escapade by a couple of guys but a well organized party involving quite a lot of people, that means that everybody there felt it was fine to laugh in the face of the people that are actually trying their best to keep the number of infections low.

Not that the requests are so effective, but if the people in charge are going to put lukewarm measures instead of something that would actually reduce the number of cases, the least that they should do is to make sure their own employees obey those measures.

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Maybe their phones were jammed by the restaurant and they could not tell what time it was?

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"It is extremely regrettable''

LOL. well O.K. then.

That's taken care of that. Carry on everyone, you're all doing very well.

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" Health minister apologizes for late-night party by 23 employees "

Well, you apologized. As long as you apologize, we will just pretend that it never happen.

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"It is extremely regrettable ...."

This phrase should be nominated for J-govt phrase of the year...or a decade.

Clean sweep of the awards, nothing else even comes close.

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Yeah, yeah, “It’s regrettable! We’ve hurt the trust of the people. We vow to win that trust back. Well launch an investigation into ourselves. We vow to be transparent,” etc. etc.

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Stupid is as stupid does. Par for the course. Vote these guys out, haven't you had enough of the LDP Japan?

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marcelitoToday  04:49 pm JST

"It is extremely regrettable ...."

... that they were caught.

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The ministry is at the forefront of the state response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How so? It's literally Nishimura who is charge of the response.

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maximum of four people from a close circle, such as family members and colleagues.

Literally the only country in the world where a "colleague" is considered a close circle.

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Goes to show that even those who are requesting the covid measures don't even believe in them.

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Confused. *“**The ministry is at the forefront of the state response to the COVID-19 pandemic*.”

What ’response’ other than periodic ’urging’?

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These are the dudes who mandate returning travelers be put under surveillance and promise not to use public transport for 2 weeks, even if they test negative.

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This is how seriously health officials take Corona.

They know its a joke. We all do.

But lets put on our little face masks, pretend they do something, and continue the giant performance.

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And another apologize from the government. How many times will they do this? Since COVID they made some other mistakes. Just remind me about some lawmakers going to a host club during COVID.

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“It is extremely regrettable”

Of course it is. You got caught you idiot! Lol

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Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Norihisa Tamura said at a press conference the big farewell party held at a restaurant in the capital's glitzy Ginza district until around midnight last Wednesday "betrayed the people's trust.

That's the same Tamura who has no noticeable qualifications for his job except for membership of Nippon Kaigi. If you're going to complain about your staff "betraying the people's trust" maybe you should put your face shield on the right way.

https://twitter.com/senbei0127/status/1314514704413278208

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Go to apology script.

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They know its a joke. We all do.

Goes to show that even those who are requesting the covid measures don't even believe in them.

No, they mistakenly believe so, and that they are above the people so they are "protected" by their privilege.

For a rational person sharing this kind of attitude with inept and hypocrite public servants should be worth of considering if that is the kind person you feel fine imitating.

On the other hand, for science deniers there will never be someone that falls so low that they will not use them as an example to follow against the recommendation of the experts.

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Don't see what the fuss is about. They were being LIBERAL, weren't they . . . They all agreed to do it, so it was DEMOCRATIC . . . And it was a PARTY!

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This sort of thing is not new, in fact it's being happening for years. Government officials in Japan seem to break the rules they preach, then think that "Oh, we regret it" will suffice.

Of course, the millions of ordinary people who adhere to the rules and requests just accept this, as it is just the way it is.

Spoke to a close friend of mine by phone yesterday about this came up in conversation. He said, that's it's just the way it is in Japan. What can you do.

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This sort of thing is not new, in fact it's being happening for years. Government officials in Japan seem to break the rules they preach, then think that "Oh, we regret it" will suffice.

This is not limited to Japan, in the US Newsom, Whitmer, and Fauci were caught doing pretty much the same thing.

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Who is surprised.

Central government costs us trillions of yen each year, but would things be worse without most of it?

On the balance, I’d rather pay less tax and do without the constant news of central government failures scandals and out of control public spending.

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" Health minister apologizes for late-night party by 23 employees " They partied but they enjoyed. Ok I'm sorry if that is what you want to hear. Drink up!!!

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This is not limited to Japan, in the US Newsom, Whitmer, and Fauci were caught doing pretty much the same thing.

except that "pretty much the same thing" ends up being things like removing a mask for a moment to take some water, not exactly the same thing after all.

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Unhealthy form the ministry of ........health yeah what do we expect

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here is an idea.

why dont we all stay home, work from home, order 100% online for next 100 years, just to be sure.

no more going out unless emergency.

that oughtta do it...?

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Health ministers worldwide are working overtime to educate the public on covid preventive measures and lead by example. Does this minister feel he is a good example for kids and the public to follow?

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Apologizing for having a party. The world has certainly gone mad.

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In the UK the police have been giving out fines if people, shops are breaking the rules ie opening, when they shouldn't and fining people if they have traveled unnessery etc, are the Japanese police doing the same? if so is that resturant going to be fined for opening beyond 9pm? how can you tell people not to go out and drink up and close bars, resurants before 9pm, and then have the ordasity do the compeatle opposite? what standards are you setting by doing this? I can see a lot of bars and resturants staying open beyond 9PM now. Ive notice they have not used the old chestnut, "I was drunk and I dont remember"

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Apologizing for having a party. The world has certainly gone mad.

I agree in that there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a party. What&s wrong is that those same party goers are telling the rest of us to stay home alone...

This is not limited to Japan, in the US Newsom, Whitmer, and Fauci were caught doing pretty much the same thing.

except that "pretty much the same thing" ends up being things like removing a mask for a moment to take some water, not exactly the same thing after all.

Oh, it is widely known that they've done much much worse than having a quick sip of water. Why do you even bother responding if you don't know what they did.

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I agree in that there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a party. What&s wrong is that those same party goers are telling the rest of us to stay home alone...

There is of course something wrong with having a party while it is a well know factor that increases the risk of transmission. The people in the party are wrong from that moment, and complicate things with their hypocrisy.

Oh, it is widely known that they've done much much worse than having a quick sip of water. Why do you even bother responding if you don't know what they did.

So what is what Fauci did? how is he supposed to be an example of doing something similar to this? is it like the Raoult data, something only you can see so everybody else have to believe you?

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I agree in that there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a party. What's wrong is that those same party goers are telling the rest of us to stay home alone...

There is of course something wrong with having a party while it is a well know factor that increases the risk of transmission.

For most of us, having a party now is just as "bad" as having a party at the same time in 2018, 2017, 1984 ....

So what is what Fauci did? how is he supposed to be an example of doing something similar to this?

Are you serious? You haven't seen the pics? He's at an empty baseball stadium tightly sandwiched between 2 people (they could have easily sat at least one seat apart). His mask was on his chin for some time and he was not sipping water. And Newsom was attending a dinner party seated close to health officials and others...

something only you can see so everybody else have to believe you?

Oh you mean like you seeing Fauci have a sip of water?

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For most of us, having a party now is just as "bad" as having a party at the same time in 2018, 2017, 1984

That is false according to the consensus of science, your personal belief simply doesn't carry the same weight.

Are you serious? You haven't seen the pics? He's at an empty baseball stadium tightly sandwiched between 2 people (they could have easily sat at least one seat apart). His mask was on his chin for some time and he was not sipping water.

This gross exaggeration is the worst he did? that is not comparable at all, and well know as a very innocuous event in context.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/fauci-without-mask-baseball-game/

"The woman on Fauci’s left is his wife, Christine Grady, and the man on Fauci’s right is a “close friend” of the NIAID director. This man was also described in a photograph from USA Today as one of Fauci’s “guests” at the event. In other words, the two other people in this photograph appear to be part of Fauci’s inner circle, which may reduce the need for social distancing in this instance."

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/anthony-fauci-face-mask-down-photo-coronavirus/507-e33379cb-d79e-479b-9960-13293c96572f

"I think this is sort of mischievous with this thing going around. I had my mask around my chin, I had taken it down. I was totally dehydrated and I was drinking water trying to rehydrate myself," Fauci said."

This is absolutely nothing like going to a dinner with 2 dozen other people for hours until late night.

Oh you mean like you seeing Fauci have a sip of water?

At least now you accept this imaginary data is invisible for anybody else but you.

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A classic case of "Do as I say, not as I do".

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"I think this is sort of mischievous with this thing going around. I had my mask around my chin, I had taken it down. I was totally dehydrated and I was drinking water trying to rehydrate myself," Fauci said."

That is complete BS. In one picture, all 3 are holding smartphones and Fauci is laughing. In another pic, he is focusing on the game; and nobody is holding a smartphone so some time went by between the two pics. Clearly, the mask was not down temporarily for a quick sip.

Again, I see nothing wrong with not having a mask on, I do it too. But he's they "expert" who is now not only telling everyone to wear a mask, but to wear 2 masks.

This is absolutely nothing like going to a dinner with 2 dozen other people for hours until late night.

Close enough, and in the case of Newsom, it is exactly the same (actually, perhaps just one dozen)!

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Again, I see nothing wrong with not having a mask on, I do it too. But he's they "expert" who is now not only telling everyone to wear a mask, but to wear 2 masks.

Strawman, what this means is that temporarily removing your mask o consume a drink while in company of members of your household or very close associates which you are spending a lot of time every day is not the same as having dinner with two dozen other people for hours and hours, especially when you have a recent test that says you are not infected nor spreading the pathogen.

Again, I see nothing wrong with not having a mask on, I do it too. 

And you can still be proved wrong, and yes, experts should recommend things according to scientific evidence, so if the scientific community gets more and better evidence day with day that means the recommendations should also change to reflect it.

Close enough

Not at all, in any sense. Only people without a real argument would think two completely different situations are "equivalent" when the risk is not even similar. Do you also consider people indecent if they wear no clothes in the shower?

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 the big farewell party held at a restaurant in the capital's glitzy Ginza district

This being a farewell party, for someone who sounds like a fairly senior employee of the Ministry . . . . . I'm going to ask the question Who Paid?

If the Ministry is paying the bill for breaking their own restrictions, that would be even more embarassing. Strange how it hasn't been addressed though . . . . . . . hmmmm.

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