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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?


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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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Posted in: Gov't pledges to fix embarrassing vaccine booking system flaw See in context

"It would have been better if we had fixed it from the start," the minister said

Ummmm, ya think??!!???

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 419 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,677 See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,010 new coronavirus cases; record high 712 in Hokkaido See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports 969 new coronavirus cases; record high 529 in Hokkaido See in context

Had I known this was going to happen, I would have trained hard to become an Olympic athlete so I could jump to the front of the vaccine line - which is another disgusting screw up by the government.

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Posted in: Japan to vaccinate Olympic athletes: reports See in context

Why am I not the least bit surprised...

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

How do they expect to vaccinate 126MM people when they can't even get the reservation system working. Not to mention the issues they're having in procuring, distributing and administering the vaccines. Over a year to prepare and this is where we are? And they want to host a world class event in the Olympics??? Talk about not being able walk and chew gum at the same time!

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context


I have!!! Also, I've written to Trudeau and Tricia Smith (https://olympic.ca/board-members/tricia-smith/) and others. I'm proud that Canada was among the first to pull out of the Olympics last year and I hope my country does the same this year. As a resident of Tokyo, I don't want the citizens of my adopted country put at risk for money.

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

Although I like the Olympics and usually watch them, I do not agree with putting my fellow citizens at risk and removing hundreds of nurses and other healthcare workers away from their regular jobs to support the games for the sake of money so I will #BoycottTokyoOlympics this year.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

My guess is that he wouldn't be very welcome here anyhow. The J-Olympic committee and the J-government may roll out the red carpet but no one else...

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Posted in: Gov't extends state of emergency through May 31, adding Aichi, Fukuoka prefectures See in context

Unfortunately, simply declaring a state of emergency is useless unless it is backed by concrete actions and enforcement...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 698 new coronavirus cases; 1,043 in Osaka See in context

Would it be cynical of me to assume that the 698 new cases is based on a total of 700 tests???

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay suffers 1st total cancelation See in context

To those who down-voted @Zoroto, note the "/s"...

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Posted in: Osaka request for emergency will include store closures, online school classes See in context

Why school closures? It's not the kids who are spreading the virus. It's young adults in their 20's and 30's who think they are invulnerable.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 510 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,452 See in context

@Kyakusenbi, asymptomatic people who test positive can still spread the virus.

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Posted in: Olympic torchbearers run through empty Osaka park as virus surge tops 1,000 See in context

@Kyakusenbi, asymptomatic people can still spread the virus so it's not a waste to test them. I think the above photo of torch bearers running in an empty park in circles says everything we need to know about whether it's safe to hold the Olympics.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 414 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,832 See in context

When the state of emergency was lifted, the government said they were going to ramp up testing, so I guess they ramped up from 10,000+ to 1,724...

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Posted in: Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic See in context

Too little, too late, Kemo Sabe...

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Posted in: 'Stunning' start for Windows 8: Microsoft chief See in context

There are over 1.25 billion Windows users worldwide...4 million is stunningly pathetic.

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