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Suga adviser steps down after tweets downplaying COVID-19 situation

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One down 49 to go! Now we just need Suga to step down due to his poor (an understatement) handling of the virus. Then Coates, Bach need to be fired as well.

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For moments I read “Suga steps down”.

Would be appropriate.

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Takahashi drew further criticism for his tweet on Friday, saying that Japan's state of emergency, seen from Europe and the United States, is "something like a fart (in the wind)" given that it is not martial law.

Of all the inept non-actions this past year and 3 months, this is the first ept thing I've heard out of a mouth of an LDP cronie.

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But Takahashi deleted the tweet on Monday apologizing in a new post that using the expression was "improper," but maintained his stance that the country's state of emergency is not tough enough to restrict people's behavior.

So this is the real reason he "stepped down", not because of the "ripple" comment.

He criticized the ichigo farmer's handling of the pandemic.

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An embarrassment to the university and Suga's administration. Just shows that being in academia doesn't necessarily imply a possession of common sense and decency. Idiots come in all shapes and forms...

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Indeed, viewed from outside the SOE is a complete farce. Suga just shot the messenger.

How could a country possibly hold the Olympics under a true COE? Everyone is supposed to be locked down.

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He sort of backflips into a deeper hole, not very bright. But without his advice what will happen to the economy....oh, might get better? Doubt it. New adviser please agree with our destructive policies.

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For moments I read “Suga steps down”.

Would be appropriate.

Read the same thing and felt a tiny rush of optimism. Then reread and reality came crashing in. No hope.

Japan is a mere ripple" in the ocean, along with a graph showing the number of infections in Japan as much lower than other countries, including India and the United States. "So the Olympics should be canceled for this? lol lol."

because your country's testing is a complete and utter joke.

 that Japan's state of emergency, seen from Europe and the United States, is "something like a fart (in the wind)" given that it is not martial law.

But Takahashi deleted the tweet on Monday apologizing in a new post that using the expression was "improper,"

Oh I think it was proper- that's how I would have described the J gov's response in general.

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On May 9, Takahashi tweeted, "Japan is a mere ripple" in the ocean, along with a graph showing the number of infections in Japan as much lower than other countries, including India and the United States.

It's a fact, and many are not blaming him for it.

"So the Olympics should be canceled for this? lol lol."

This part is offensive, and it's not a figure of speech.

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Had it coming! Glad he say the writing on the wall. Moron.

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Bye bye ridiculous oyaji.

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Ah. Sleight of hand. Dispenses with one individual, as if that person does not reflect the position of the ruling junta. Which deflects from Suga's embrace of the IOC and 'games at any cost'.

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There have been repeated incidents that someone resigns by some media's persistent criticism. This time, too, the media has shown its violence and again got a success story. I am looking forward that the genius Mr. Takahashi, who is now free, speaks freely from now on.

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This guy is out of touch with the real world! But officals like him is common in the Japanese govt.

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The ‘ripple’ part is not so wrong, but his conclusions the more.

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Kaetsu University.

Not exactly Harvard......

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He was talking about COVID-19 Stringency Index,

where Japan's measures of so-called "State of Emergency" is nothing like "lock-downs" in other countries. It is so weak, compared to other countries, that he called it like a "fart".

https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/covid-stringency-index?tab=chart&country=IND~JPN~USA~GBR~CAN~FRA~DEU~ITA

He is actually right.

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Blame the guy that hired him in the first place too.

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shogun36:

Blame the guy that hired him in the first place too.

Why blame? This guy used a relatively benign word "fart" to criticize Japanese system of "State of Emergency". He said a right thing. PM should be commended for hiring him.

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Yeah... steps down... until the next election.

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