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Koike discharged from hospital; to resume work next week

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'did not have any illness and is recovering?'

Huh? Does that even make sense?

Her disappearance for a couple of weeks could be read many different ways. She could be genuinely exhausted. She could have been laying low for election season - I know the feeling. She might have had Covid - not at all surprising for someone who must meet so many people through work. She might have long Covid and that would be a no-no to state publicly. Long Covid seems to be a kind of taboo in this country, even though figures in other countries have put the incidence of long Covid as high as a third of all people infected (meaning symptoms lasting at least 12 weeks from initial infection). With someone in a high-stress job, of her age, I'd think the risk of Covid turning chronic would be quite high. I don't understand why it's such a taboo here, but I can imagine if she was still suffering symptoms, there would be a lot of pressure to keep it quiet.

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A week in hospital because she was tired? Well, you can see why so few women get elected to office in Japan.

Either she is lying about her health or she just isn't up to the job and should quit.

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Wonder what is making her so tired? Too many meetings, no doubt.

She is a very clever politician - quite popular, a surprisingly good image but hasn't actually achieved anything in her role.

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She will turn 70 soon. Just retire already, Koike. You had your time in the sun at the empty Olympics. Chance of becoming PM is now one-in-a-million.

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Everything seems suspicious. Japanese people of means and power like to hide in hospitals when they do not want to deal with their issues. Similar to European aristocracy a century ago. Whenever someone wanted to get away from the real world they would check themselves into hospital for a "vacation not really a vacation vacation."

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The irony of it - Koike floats into a hospital for a week with no illness, 'just tired', yet the number of seriously ill people with Coronavirus who are left floundering round the city trying to find a hospital which will accept them......

That's been one of the big reveals, the absence of a national health service for all in Japan.

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Overwork and lack of sleep are two different beasts.

I usually go back to my home country at least once a year...sometimes two. Japan is a great country but really not conducive to solid mental health in the long term particularly for foreigners . The covid experience has been educational for me at least. It confirmed a couple of my many suspicions.

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Gambare Nippon:

She will turn 70 soon. Just retire already, Koike.

Using your logic, most of the LDP should retire too. On second thoughts, go ahead.

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Twice hospitalized for fatigue this year.

She must have an underlying condition that for some reasons is not disclosed.

It is not fatigue

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike needs take as much time as Yuriko Koike needs.

In the mean time consider feet up, retirement.

I understand you are gifted a watch.

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The same people making excuses for Koike would be the ones complaining your weak if it was a man this happened too. Do better or quit if your a man.

The only time you people defend a Japanese politician is if She's a Woman!! 

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You allow more women into politics base on their gender, the fact that she's a woman and only that = The consequences will be disastrous for Japan!

How much respect would Putin, Xi or Kim have for Koike as PM if she passes out in front of them???

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A male pol would be roasted for this.

This woman needs to either resign or face dying in office sometime in the next year.

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Plenty of male politicians have pulled a similar stunt in Japan. Abe himself played the sick card once and got away with it

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Plenty of male politicians have pulled a similar stunt in Japan. Abe himself played the sick card once and got away with it

I can think of just 1; Abe.

And he got roasted for it.

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Twice hospitalized for fatigue this year.

She must have an underlying condition that for some reasons is not disclosed.

It is not fatigue

Sounds like reduced effort tolerance following blood clots at the capillary level. She is vaccinated, so it would make sense. Lots of famous people, including athletes, are just collapsing for no apparent reason these days. There's something crazy going on with all this.

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ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  09:32 pm JST

The same people making excuses for Koike would be the ones...

Sorry, who would those people be? I don't see anyone making excuses for Koike here. Have you actually read any of the comments?

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Yeah, Abe got ‘roasted’ for it all right. So much so that he went on to become Japan’s longest serving PM.

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She works hard. After managing the Tokyo Olympics successfully and taming the pandemic, she is entitled to have some rest. Hope she gets rest as much as possible because her next task after her second term is to fix Japan by deposing LDP.

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@John Delaney. Nice try with the conspiracy theory.

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She will turn 70 soon. Just retire already, Koike.

Using your logic, most of the LDP should retire too. On second thoughts, go ahead.

Now THAT'S an idea!!!!!

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socrateosToday  03:24 am JST

Hope she gets rest as much as possible because her next task after her second term is to fix Japan by deposing LDP.

She had her chance. She blew it.

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