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Posted in: Japan to decide on Beijing Games political boycott based on national interests: Kishida See in context

@Ricky - Good point and well taken, I agree it's not as black and white as principles vs. money, but I am also of the opinion, perhaps incorrectly, that China is fairly well entrenched in their current course of action and will not come back to the table unless it's with guarantees that the west and Japan will not compromise on. I should have added in the above that in reality, Japan's national interest goes hand-in-hand with American interests to a large extent as its main ally and so they won't send anyone, or they will send a delegation comprised of no one of consequence.

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Posted in: Japan to decide on Beijing Games political boycott based on national interests: Kishida See in context

If national interest equates to doing the morally right thing, don't send anyone, but if it's economics, they'll send a delegation. Principles vs. money. Money usually wins. Maybe he can split the difference and send an "offering" like he does to Yasukuni shrine...

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Posted in: End of an era: Germany's Merkel bows out after 16 years See in context

She served alongside four U.S. presidents, four French presidents, five British prime ministers and eight Italian premiers.

And 10 Japanese Prime Ministers...

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Posted in: Many cars do not stop at crosswalks in Japan, although they are required by law to do so. Why do you think that drivers don't stop? See in context

Drivers in Japan don't even stop for an ambulance with sirens blaring that is clearly in the middle of tending to an emergency because god forbid they have to stop for 30 seconds when someone's life could be in the balance so do you think they care about stopping at a crosswalk???

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Posted in: Suga apologizes for asking wholesalers to facilitate alcohol ban See in context

First the J-gov asks financial institutions to cut off financial ties to those restaurants and now coercing alcohol wholesalers??? They try to get others to do their dirty work because of their own incompetence. If they had done their jobs properly and gotten everyone vaccinated in a timely fashion, we wouldn't be in this mess.

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Posted in: 3 weeks before Olympics, Japan still unsure about spectators See in context

Indecisiveness is a sure sign of weak leadership. COVID has been around for over a year and a half so it is not going away anytime soon. It will still be here is 3 weeks and spectators at the Olympics will intensify the super-spreader event that it will already become.

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Posted in: Bach to arrive in Tokyo on July 8; infections on rise again See in context

Visiting dignitaries often pay visits to the cities

I would hardly call this clown a dignitary...

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Posted in: Japanese sporting world welcomes having fans at Tokyo Olympics See in context

A handful of selfish Olympic athletes is not the "sporting world". I suspect some "pocket lining" is taking place.

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Posted in: Organizers show off athletes' village a month before Tokyo Olympics begin See in context

The IOC and JOC are set to make billions of dollars off of the athletes so the least they could do is provide more hospitable accommodations. This room looks like a really cheap motel.

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

Suga, Bach and Coates should be made to personally greet, shake hands with and hug every athlete and person arriving in Japan because of the Olympics to put their money where their mouth is.

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

And so it begins...

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Posted in: Number of officials from overseas at Tokyo Olympics could be cut by another 25,000 See in context

The next step should be to cut about 15,000 athletes and we should be at about the right number...

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings?

Money

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Posted in: Australia finds highly infectious Delta variant in Melbourne virus outbreak See in context

I thought the whole point of using the Greek alphabet was to avoid associating a variant with a country to prevent prejudice against that country, but then JT goes ahead and associates Kappa and Delta with India so wtf is the point of the new naming convention???

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Posted in: Suga likely to call snap election after Olympics, Paralympics: report See in context

Probably best for him to call a quick, snap election before the Suga-Bach-Coates variant starts ripping through Japan.

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Posted in: Yes. Tokyo Olympics are still on, despite opposition, pandemic See in context

...a decision by the Japanese government to stay the course, which might help Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga keep his job.

In what world does he keep his job for a decision that over 80% of the population opposes???

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Posted in: Department stores, cinemas reopen in Tokyo as some restrictions eased See in context

These half-baked plans and actions are just going to prolong the pandemic and the pain of a tanking economy. Suga has to pick a course of action and go all in. Either open up completely to revive the economy and take his chances with Japanese lives, or enforce a strict lockdown while getting shots in arms for a month or 2 and get this virus under control. I'd refer the latter because I'm tired following the guidelines while others don't and continue spreading COVID. In either case, he needs to push for a postponement of the super-spreader Olympics.

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Posted in: Osaka fined $15,000 for skipping French Open news conference; could face disqualification See in context

She should do what Marshawn Lynch did during the 2015 Super Bowl - go to the interviews and answer every question with, "I'm just here so I won't get fined".

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Posted in: Other athletes support Osaka's decision to skip press conferences at French Open See in context

I don't blame her given the ridiculous things media asks professional tennis players. Remember the interviewer who asked Eugenie Bouchard to do a twirl?

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/tennis/eugenie-bouchard-asked-to-twirl-by-on-court-presenter-1.2921644

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Posted in: Beset by coronavirus wave, doctors lead push against Olympics See in context

I would challenge Suga to leave his ivory tower for a day and visit hospitals to talk to doctors and nurses, as well as families of those who lost loved ones, and then grow a spine and do the right thing.

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Posted in: Doctor warns holding Games could lead to 'Olympic virus' strain See in context

Let's call it the Bach-Coates variant.

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Posted in: Australia's Victoria state says next 24 hours critical as COVID cluster grows See in context

This is why I worry about lifting mask mandates. On the one hand, I, like everyone else, do not want to wear a mask forever, but on the other hand, as long as there are people who cannot and/or will not get vaccinated, the virus will continue to spread and eventually there will be variants that are resistant to the vaccines and we'll be back to where we started. I don't know what the right answer is but I hope someone smarter than me can figure it out for all of us.

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Posted in: Japan sees no impact on Olympics from U.S. travel advisory See in context

It's not like Americans, or anyone else, is flocking here in droves anyhow, but surely it's a sign that the US doesn't view Japan as safe, so how can holding the Olympics be safe??? 100K+ athletes and officials cannot be contained, especially when the Olympic officials view themselves so highly and think they can get away with anything.

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Posted in: Japan plans to extend COVID-19 state of emergency beyond May 31 See in context

No one is taking the government seriously when they declare a SOE extension but then in the next sentence say, "oh, by the way, the Olympics will definitely go on". People think that if it's safe to have the Olympics, it's safe for them to live their lives normally. The government needs to stop being weak and commit to a course of action and stick to it.

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Posted in: SoftBank CEO again slams Olympics See in context

We need clear headed thinking and leadership like this in the government and IOC.

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Posted in: Gov't refers to possible state of emergency extension as Okinawa added to list See in context

I agree with @Aly Rustom...now that the IOC has made it clear that they couldn't care less about the people of Japan because money is more important, the J-government doesn't have to worry about the optics of an Olympics during a SOE. Sad and pathetic.

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Posted in: French president to attend Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony See in context

Of course he will. He has to kiss the rings of Bach and Coates because Paris is hosting 2024...

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Posted in: Okinawa to be placed under state of emergency until June 20 See in context

If the government would do proper contact tracing, they could identify the source of increases in cases and avoid these random closures of restaurants and bars that may or may not be the source.

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Posted in: Widow indicted for allegedly killing Japanese 'Don Juan' See in context

While there is a lack of direct evidence, it is believed that the Wakayama District Public Prosecutors Office feels it can establish guilt on the basis of circumstantial evidence.

I'm sure the J-cops and prosecutors will beat a confession out of her eventually...

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Posted in: New York state opens criminal probe into Trump Organization See in context

This is why he was willing to incite an insurrection - to keep himself in office and out of prison.

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