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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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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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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Visiting dignitaries often pay visits to the cities
I would hardly call this clown a dignitary...
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A handful of selfish Olympic athletes is not the "sporting world". I suspect some "pocket lining" is taking place.
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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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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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And so it begins...
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The next step should be to cut about 15,000 athletes and we should be at about the right number...
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Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings?
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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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Probably best for him to call a quick, snap election before the Suga-Bach-Coates variant starts ripping through Japan.
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...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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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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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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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?
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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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Let's call it the Bach-Coates variant.
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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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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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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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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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Of course he will. He has to kiss the rings of Bach and Coates because Paris is hosting 2024...
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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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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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This is why he was willing to incite an insurrection - to keep himself in office and out of prison.
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"It would have been better if we had fixed it from the start," the minister said
Ummmm, ya think??!!???
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What a coincidence!!! Seems like we're right on track with decreasing numbers just in time to lift the SOE almost 2 months before the Olympics and 4 months before Suga stands for re-election...the government is doing a nice job of decreasing testing and playing with numbers to fit their agenda.
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JT - it would be great if, in these daily updates, you could include the number of tests conducted to put the case number in perspective so that we don't have to go chasing around for that number. Just a thought...
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