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Posted in: Man who refused to wear mask on plane arrested again after trouble in restaurant See in context


Some people can’t wear masks maybe he couldn’t. What happens in that case it’s discriminatory.

What happens in that case is that he should order delivery and eat at home. This is no great hardship, at least until this situation passes. He has been asked to do something reasonable by a private business that has the right to ask people to do that. He has the right to take his custom elsewhere.

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Posted in: People are delaying seeing doctors or taking coronavirus tests because they have incorrectly assumed their symptoms, such as a runny nose, were caused by hay fever. See in context

As a hay fever sufferer, this seems very plausible to me. The first year I came down with it, I genuinely thought I just had a heavy cold, wasn't until the second year that I realized.

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Posted in: Swimmer Ikee wins Olympic relay spot after leukemia battle See in context


Every venue was completed on time and on budget.

Venues may have been completed on time, but NOTHING was completed on budget!

Wonderful story anyway, really hope she gets to compete.

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Posted in: Suga rocked by virus rebound in Osaka, forced to call tougher steps See in context


Europe and United States, the UK,^and Brazil, these countries are faring far worse than Japan , and yet these countries have been vaccinating, and the results aren't glorious.

And yet the UK has gone from 60,000 new cases a day in January to 3,400 new cases yesterday, and the US from 250,000 to 73,000. Meanwhile the other country you mentioned, Brazil, has been struggling badly with its vaccination rollout and cases have not fallen.

Sounds as though the results of vaccination are glorious.

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Posted in: 23 health ministry employees party until midnight despite virus restrictions See in context

What's most fascinating about this story is that 23 employees of the HEALTH AND WELFARE BUREAU FOR THE ELDERLY were unable to work out that this would look really bad for them. Just how tone-deaf are they??

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Posted in: Restaurant chain operator sues Tokyo gov't over COVID opening hour restrictions See in context

Ahem. you are MISunderstanding how the constitution works. It seems I was misunderstanding how keyboards work...

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Posted in: Restaurant chain operator sues Tokyo gov't over COVID opening hour restrictions See in context


is illegal and unconstitutional as it infringes the right to freedom of business

for heavens sake, in any country the frame of your « freedom » is set by the law. If the law says you must close because of a pandemic there is little you can do.

Ummm, no. You're calling them simpletons whilst fundamentally understanding how the constitution works. The constitution sits above the law; all laws need to comply with the constitution. If citizens believe that a law breaks the constitution then they are perfectly entitled to test that in court. It happens all the time - there is literally another story about this on the front page of this website today.

Whether the restaurant chain is right or not (legally and morally) is another question entirely, but they absolutely have the right to challenge this in court, as do all citizens. THAT is what frames your freedom, here and in most democracies.

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Posted in: Suga pledges he'll do utmost to prevent virus rebound See in context

Suga renewed his pledge to achieve the Olympics in July as “a proof of the victory against the coronavirus,”

Getting all Japanese people vaccinated before the Olympics, thus allow foreign spectators to attend, would have been a victory against the coronavirus.

Announcing in March that we can't get our s@t together in time - despite the fact that some developed countries have already* vaccinated half their populations - is very much proof of the opposite.

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Posted in: Gov't calls for caution as daytime karaoke sessions spread coronavirus See in context


How about the constantly increasing number of people who just refuse to wear a mask then they go into a convenience store?

Not a single day goes by without seeing at least two or three.

Really?? You're not the first person I've heard say this, but it's completely at odds with my own experience. I walk to my office and don't remember the last time I saw someone walking without a mask, even though it's outside. I go to the combini and/or supermarket every day and don't see anyone unmasked there either.

Not disputing what you're saying, am just curious. Does this depend on where we live? (I'm on the East side of Tokyo)

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Posted in: Gov't calls for caution as daytime karaoke sessions spread coronavirus See in context

Last week I heard from a group of old people (all in their 70s) that they were planning on doing some daytime drinking together, followed by karaoke because "it's really cheap at the moment". Whilst I sympathize with retired people wanting to make the most of their free time, this seems pretty hypocritical given the previous scapegoating of young people. It's also pretty shameful when the rest of us can't get a drink after work, mostly to protect the older generation.

If they (and I recognize this is a minority) aren't going take sensible precautions then perhaps it is time to end the SoE.

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Posted in: It’s too hard to sell Japanese people on romance dramas nowadays, says broadcasting president See in context

“Romance has become considered something that happens to other people.” Considering that some of the other popular genres are superhero stories, science fiction, crime and action-adventure I think it is fair to say that being about stuff that happens to other people is not a barrier.

Meanwhile on Netflix, of the ten most popular shows in Japan SIX either have the word "love" in the title, or have the words "romantic", "swoonworthy" or "soapy" in the genre descriptions. Japanese TV stations may have forgotten how to make romantic stories, but the appetite for them seems to be there.

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Posted in: Cafe staffed by robots piloted by people with disabilities to open in Tokyo See in context

@Tokyo-m on the contrary: giving people who are bed or house bound opportunities to participate actively in the outside world is a fantastic initiative. Most people like to be useful and most people would prefer to work than be reliant on handouts. This applies to people with disabilities just as much as everyone else. Good luck to them!

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Posted in: COVID-19 death toll in U.S. tops 500,000 See in context

@Slickdrifter, nobody blames Trump for the virus, it's his utter incompetence in trying to do anything about it that is the problem. He didn't just do nothing about it, he actively made it worse - encouraging people to not wear masks, super-spreader events etc.

A vaguely competent president could surely have halved the death toll. THAT'S what people blame him for.

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

I'm unimpressed with Suga so far for all sorts of reasons, but this really shouldn't be a big deal.

The "emergency response" issue is a complete red herring. There are literally hundreds of occasions throughout the year when a PM is much further away from the office/official residence than 250m.

He is very likely going to be a short-term prime minister. Who wants to move twice in a year?

The renovation costs are a pittance. The new paint job will still be there when the next PM decides to move in. The maintenance costs are not a result of him choosing not to live there.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee to pick Mori replacement; is a woman likely? See in context

I'm told that one of the issues with Seiko Hashimoto is that the position is supposed to be filled by someone who is not a current politician. Given that this is at best a 6-month position, and at worst a 2-month position with the main duty being to announce the cancellation, one can imagine it would be a tough sell.

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Posted in: Some remain skeptical as Japan set to roll out vaccines on Wednesday See in context


Actually, the majority of people in the UK are against the vaccine.

Given that around 22% of the UK population has been voluntarily vaccinated already, this is plainly nonsense.

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Posted in: Activists call for more reform by Tokyo Olympics organizers See in context

It's almost comical that Seiko Hashimoto wasn't immediately offered the job. She's the OLYMPICS MINISTER, and has represented Japan at BOTH SUMMER AND WINTER OLYMPICS. How qualified does she have to be?

Hats off to Kawabuchi for reading the air and turning it down - this is not the time for yet another old man who would be retired if he did any other job that politician.

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Posted in: Virus threatens 'game over' for Japan's arcades See in context


So, we wish the main accompanying photo was of a ‘game arcade’ and, not a pachinko parlor.

Ummm, no, NONE of the accompanying pictures are of pachinko parlors. Arcades are completely different.

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Posted in: Biden says decision on Tokyo Olympics has to be based on science See in context

"Based on science" is a bit of a red herring. The decision, as with all similar decisions around the world, will inevitably be a balancing of factors (health risks, economy, politics, PR considerations, external pressures etc) with unavoidable trade-offs. The "science" is just one of them, even when the scientists agree. That is as it should be.

Having said that, as much as I'd love to have a TV Olympic summer, it seems to me that the most sensible balancing of all these factors is probably Tokyo 2032.

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Posted in: With Olympics at stake, Mori seen as too influential to push aside See in context

"If he resigns, there'll be no Olympics. We need him to continue whatever the cost," a government source said.

Were he to pass away peacefully (as 83-year-olds are unfortunately prone to do) I find it hard to believe that Japan would be unable to drum up a substitute oyaji with the necessary qualifications. There are a LOT of 70-something oyaji in need of amakudari positions who would be more than happy to chair meetings.

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Posted in: Only 37% of firms met Japan gov't target of cutting commuters by 70% See in context

It's ridiculous that this target has not been reached. Whilst it is true that some work cannot be done at home, it is equally true that you don't need all of your staff to work at home all of the time to achieve it.

At my (small) company we have achieved this by simply switching the default from "office" to "home". If you want to come into the office you can, but you need to a. explain what you need to do that can't be done at home, and b. coordinate with colleagues so that the number of people in the office at the same time is minimized. We're also insisting that people coming to the office do so outside of rush-hour, and that client meetings are always proposed as online, and that is the default unless the client really wants to do it face-to-face.

The result has been that none of our staff visit the office more than once a week, nobody travels in rush-hour, and our clients have been extremely positive about doing 90% of meetings online.

This is not difficult to achieve - we're in a business where pre-covid 95% of our work was done in-person, and we were able to make this switch before the end of March. Most of the obstacles could and should have been overcome by most office-based business by now.

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Posted in: Gov't scraps plan to imprison disobedient virus patients; penalties pared down See in context

It was a ludicrously pointless idea in the first place - were they planning to start rounding up the 15,000 people recently reported to want hospital treatment, but who couldn't get it because there aren't enough beds?

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Posted in: Coronavirus vaccination simulation to be held on Wednesday See in context

Doing simulations makes perfect sense. Approval of the Pfizer vaccine in Japan is currently scheduled for Feb 15th, so for the next 3 weeks the more that can be done to streamline the vaccination process, the better.

More interesting issues are:

why it is taking Japan so long to approve a vaccine that, as of now, has been administered to around 70 million people worldwide. Just what is the Japanese approval system adding to the process, aside from hankos?

why the simulations haven't already been conducted. The vaccine did not suddenly appear out of the ether this morning.

People tend to say that Japan is good at planning, and poor at reacting quickly to a changing situation. On this issue I don't see much evidence of planning - see also the inability of the government to secure enough hospital beds or dedicated hotel spaces a year after the virus appeared.

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Posted in: Japan finds COVID-19 variant in 3 people with no record of travel to UK See in context

A health ministry official said that the authorities are looking into how the three became infected but that there was no proof yet that the variant first detected in Britain was spreading in Shizuoka now.

Well it has certainly spread to at least 3 people in Shizuoka!

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Posted in: Sumo wrestler quits, saying his coronavirus fears were ignored See in context

The Sumo association rarely misses an opportunity to bring themselves into disrepute.

Some people may well be over-stating the risks of coronavirus; however, I think it's fair to say that an athlete in a full-contact sport where most of the competitors are grossly overweight (and therefore already at higher risk) who has recently had heart surgery, and where on of his co-workers has literally died, is entitled to say "nope".

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 1,591 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,001 See in context

I think the super-high positive rate is a little misleading. My (possibly incorrect) understanding is that non-hospital tests are not counted as "tests" so are not added to the denominator. However, non-hospital positive tests are added to the numerator.

It is, however, clear that it is far, far more prevalent than the official headline figure. My money is on 5,000+ on Friday when we have the post-holiday rush.

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Posted in: Tokyo raises healthcare alert to highest level after virus cases soar to 822 See in context


It is not unreasonable to act within the guidelines that the government has proposed.

Do you listen to the guvmint (who by all accounts don't know what they are doing and don't follow their own advice) or do you listen to common sense ?

Stay out of crowds as much as possible, avoid enclosed spaces, wear a mask in public when you're in spitting distance of another person, wash your hands. Nowhere in that is 'spend hours drinking and wassailing every day in the pub'.

Well I'm not going to the pub every day but I am going a couple of times a week. According to the Tokyo Metro government we should "Be sure to take basic infection prevention measures, such as hand washing, wearing a mask, frequent disinfection and ventilation in various situations. When dining out, keep groups small, keep meals short, keep your voices down, keep portions separate, and make sure to wash your hands, disinfect, wear masks and ventilate frequently. We urge everyone of all generations, not only the elderly but also young people, to be thorough in their infection control measures."

I'm doing all of those things, and plenty of other things too (working from home, sent staff home in February and have encouraged them to work from home as much as they want since then). I will also comply with whatever restrictions are places on us, as I did during the previous state of emergency, and I'll put my name down for the vaccine as soon as its available. However, if as a society we actually aren't going to bother too much then I won't feel guilty for spending a few yen supporting struggling local businesses.

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Posted in: Tokyo raises healthcare alert to highest level after virus cases soar to 822 See in context

 I am still going to the pub every day after work with my colleagues.


@Cleo, this is an interesting question. One possible answer is that the government has not asked us to stop, and indeed senior figures in the government are not staying home.

I'm all for complying with government requests for public health, but the best I can glean from the colossally mixed messages we've been getting is "avoid large groups (unless you're the prime minister), go home at 10pm (which most places seem to be complying with) and travel all over the country (except at the time when people are actually on holiday)"

It is not unreasonable to act within the guidelines that the government has proposed.

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Posted in: Japan says it is seeking closer ties with U.S. after Biden's win affirmed See in context

Everyone already forget the Abe-Trump bromance?

Or Koizumi-Bush

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Posted in: Japan to suspend Go To Travel campaign for whole country from Dec 28-Jan 11 See in context

The real risk over the holiday period isn't people going to hotels, it's people traveling from the metropolises to visit family in the countryside and then spending several days cooped up inside with them. All of the Japanese people I have talked to have been weighing up the wisdom of doing this WITHOUT considering Goto Travel. In a normal year they would go, this year some (many) say they won't, but it's because of fear of transmitting the virus and not because of cheap train tickets.

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