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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 announces refund policy for ticket buyers in Japan See in context

Hidenori Suzuki, the organizing committee's deputy executive director of marketing, though he had very specific local numbers, said he did not know how many tickets had been sold outside Japan.

Why not?

“We do not have an accurate figure," he said. He suggested it was 10-20% of the overall total, which could mean anything between 780,000 and 1.56 million tickets.

Why not?

In addition, neither the organizers nor the government have said how much the one-year delay will cost, with most estimates at between $2 billion or $3 billion.

Why not?

Who's in charge of this shambles, Hello Kitty and Chibi Maruko? $25 billion down the benjo for Nippon Kaigi sportsday and no-one can answer a few basic questions?

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Posted in: U.S. calls bid to stop extradition of 2 to Japan 'meritless' See in context

"Here, the United States has a strong interest in having extradition requests submitted by Japan (and other treaty partners) resolved promptly," Hassink wrote in court documents.

A bare-faced lie. Does this man not know that the US has repeatedly denied British requests for the CIA agent Anne Sacoolas to be extradited to the UK to face trial for killing 19 year old motorcyclist Harry Dunn by driving on the wrong side of the road?

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Posted in: Save the sea See in context

Greenpeace reporting that the water contains the radioactive isotope carbon-14 which has a half life of 5,370 years. The Japanese govt and Tepco are lying again, it seems.

https://www.greenpeace.org/japan/nature/press-release/2020/10/23/45775/

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. begin military exercise as concern about China grows See in context

MickeliciousToday 08:35 am JST

More fisting!

More fisting and yet more pro-alliance propaganda, not really what you want to see first thing in the morning.

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Posted in: Film depicts Black Lives Matter, #MeToo as new feminist wave See in context

Feminists like JK Rowling are getting steamrolled by the Mainstream Media which is desperate to silence voices like hers.

Fox News is the mainstream media in the US. Did they try to silence JK Rowling? I must have missed that...

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Posted in: Jota's winner puts Liverpool's EPL defense back on track See in context

Seeing the Hobbit celebrate a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford with a fist pump is indicative of how far the Goldman Sachs Soccerdevils have fallen. Ferguson would have been screaming blue murder at dropping two points at home...

Pool ground it out in gritty style, City have no focus without a proper centre forward, United are dire, Chelsea are struggling at the back: it all points to a first title for Spurs since 1961. Mourinho does tend to come good in his second season at clubs. Lord help us all...

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Posted in: Olympic chief says Games cannot be 'marketplace of demonstrations' See in context

Comedy gold from Mr. Bach.

The IOC was perfectly happy with this political demonstration:

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/olympics-are-political-ioc-ban-denies-reality-athletes-their-voice-ncna1117306

"Avery Brundage, the American who was the IOC’s president from 1936 to 1972, “was a Nazi sympathizer and a friend of Hitler. And then another president, Juan Antonio Samaranch,” who held that office from 1980 to 2001, “was a fascist, and a close friend of Francisco Franco. He also was a Nazi sympathizer. They both worked very hard to stand with the Palestinians and against Israel, and that’s why the Israeli athletes were never given the proper respect or justice."

https://jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/i-will-never-stop-talking-about-it/

This article includes a photograph of IOC chairman Samaranch giving a Nazi salute at a funeral. Samaranch was Thomas Bach's mentor.

This idea of the Olympics being "politically neutral" is a joke. The IOC even allowed an all-white team from South Africa until they were shamed into banning the country in the 1960s.

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Posted in: Mute buttons and plexiglass: Inside the final 2020 debate See in context

Simon FostonToday 07:39 am JST

Mr. NoidallToday  07:01 am JST

Of course it's not true. I borrowed it from Peter Cook and Rowan Atkinson

These Trump supporters have never heard of Cook/Atkinson, let alone know their famous lines. Quoting stuff like this just gets them all riled up, which is amusing in itself.

One poster used Ali G's famous line "Is it coz I'm black" yesterday, which immediately provoked fury among the crackpots, who took it seriously. The moderators, who clearly didn't know it either, deleted all the comments. Lol, as people used to say.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country See in context

"Japan is opposed to any actions that escalate tensions in the South China Sea," Suga told a news conference in Jakarta.

The hypocrisy is brain-melting:

"The U.S. conducts many land and sea exercises in the Pacific region. One of the most confrontational exercises is the Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) which are designed to challenge “excessive coastal state claims over the world’s oceans as reflected in the UN Law of the Sea Convention.”

In spring 2017, the Trump administration stopped FONOPs in the South China Sea hoping China might increase its pressure on North Korea to stop missile tests. But by summer 2017, the U.S. restarted them with six FONOPs in 2017 and five operations in 2018. A record number of U.S FONOPs in South China Sea with a total of nine Freedom of Navigation operations were conducted in 2019.

In 2020, The Trump administration has dramatically increased the number of Freedom of Navigation missions. The first FONOP of 2020 was on Jan. 25 with the littoral combat ship USS Montgomery sailing past Chinese claims in the Spratly Islands. During that operation, China responded by sending two fighter-bombers to fly close to the USS Montgomery.

In early July 2020, the U.S. sent two aircraft carrier strike groups, the USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups, to conduct dual carrier operations in the South China Sea".

https://consortiumnews.com/2020/10/16/danger-in-the-south-china-sea/

It's the US which is escalating tension in the South China Sea.

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Posted in: Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine for 2nd straight month See in context

He’s retired now. He’s allowed to do what he wants, and he’s doing it.

He isn't retired. He's still a Diet member and receives a salary, which means he isn't a private citizen.

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Posted in: Sumo elder criticizes China's banning of Mongolian-language education See in context

the mass ethnic genocide right now being inflicted on the tragic Uighur muslims.

There is no mass ethnic genocide of the Uighurs. Why do you continue to write this nonsense on here every day?

Here:

https://thegrayzone.com/2019/12/21/china-detaining-millions-uyghurs-problems-claims-us-ngo-researcher/

"While this extraordinary claim is treated as unassailable in the West, it is, in fact, based on two highly dubious “studies.” 

The first, by the US government-backed Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, formed its estimate by interviewing a grand total of eight people.

The second study relied on flimsy media reports and speculation. It was authored by Adrian Zenz, a far-right fundamentalist Christian who opposes homosexuality and gender equality, supports “scriptural spanking” of children, and believes he is “led by God” on a “mission” against China.

As Washington ratchets up pressure on China, Zenz has been lifted out of obscurity and transformed almost overnight into a go-to pundit on Xinjiang. He has testified before Congress, providing commentary in outlets from the Wall Street Journal to Democracy Now!, and delivering expert quotes in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ recent “China Cables” report. His Twitter bio notes that he is “moving across the Atlantic” from his native Germany."

If these stories about the Mongolian language being banned in Inner Mongolia are actually true, it's a terrible thing and the Chinese govt should be criticised, just as Japan is criticized for its historical treatment of the Ainu people and the banning of their language.

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Posted in: UK says no to more EU trade talks See in context

In other words, screw the north as usual.

The north should secede and join Scotland as an independent country. The Tories can have their Home Counties autocracy. Democracy is dying in the UK.

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Posted in: French imam says beheaded teacher is martyr for freedom of speech See in context

Why isn't anyone saying anything about this when they had lots to say about previous articles on this topic?

We all know the answer to that.

For the record, I agree fully with the Imam.

Me too.

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Posted in: UK says no to more EU trade talks See in context

This scenario is based on the assumption that UK EU trading relationship will continue.

It simply wont, supermarkets will not stock items they cannot sell, they will source outside of the EU.

There will be no shortage of countries lining up to under cut.

This is the primary reason the EU refuses to accept Johnson Government unwillingness to continue negotiations.

Steroid beef, chlorinated chicken and hormonal milk, all courtesy of Uncle Sam, to compensate for the total destruction of British agriculture. Bless.

Bartering and zero-hours serfdom. The January sales will take on a whole new meaning.

Together with homemade medicine and a repeal of all environmental protection laws. It's a fracking brave new world!

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Posted in: Japan to use cyberattack countermeasures to protect Tokyo Olympics See in context

All part and parcel of the massive US-sponsored disinformation campaigns, Red Scare/Yellow Peril programs and anti-independent media drives which have been increasing for years:

https://thegrayzone.com/2020/10/01/fbi-peacedata-russia-censorship/

"In October 2018, Facebook and Twitter oversaw a large crackdown on alternative news outlets, banning massively popular pages that reported critically on US police brutality and militarism.

A veteran neoconservative operative who works closely with US government-backed institutions, Jamie Fly, took credit for the 2018 social media purge. Fly boasted to The Grayzone contributor Jeb Sprague that that censorship of alternative media was “just the beginning.”

Soon after making these revealing remarks, Fly was promoted to the head of the US government’s media arm the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM), an information weapon created by the CIA during the Cold War to spread propaganda against the Soviet Union and communist China.

A former advisor to neoconservative Senator Marco Rubio, Jamie Fly is also a top official at the powerful US government-funded think tank the German Marshall Fund, which helps oversee a campaign to discredit American independent media outlets by insinuating links to Russia and China that often do not exist."

As mentioned above, all countries (particularly the US, UK, Israel and Russia) are active in disinformation and propaganda, but in the past few years it has totally infected the western media. I'd be willing to bet that in a couple of months this story is revealed to be nothing more than fake news.

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Posted in: Late goals cap another wild day in English Premier League See in context

tooheysnewToday 09:44 am JST

lose the man bun !!

Really. Have you seen Leeds United? It's frightening, half the team have them. The 21st Century mullet....

Anyway, the Spurs game was yet another defensive shambles by both sides. What on earth has happened to defending in the Premier League this season?

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Posted in: U.S. influence in Pacific wanes; Japan considered 'smart power' by think tank See in context

MullerToday 07:38 am JST

Lowy institute? Hardly a neutral “think tank”

Founded and owned by Frank Lowy, former Haganah terrorist and best friend of Bibi Netanyahu, billionaire shopping mall magnate, knighted by Boris Johnson in 2017. Right-wing, neo-liberal, neo-con, pro-US, Zionist, pro-nuclear blah blah blah.

Meanwhile, in the real world, the US continues its aggressive show-of-force policies in the Pacific and South China seas. Needless to say, US arms manufacturers are making billions, flogging their junk to Taiwan et al.

For anyone interested in reading something other than propaganda, here's a great overview by Ann Wright, the former US Army colonel and diplomat:

https://consortiumnews.com/2020/10/16/danger-in-the-south-china-sea/

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Posted in: Suga vows to do all it takes to organize Tokyo Olympics next year See in context

This seemingly endless tsunami of Olympic propaganda is becoming seriously tedious.

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Posted in: TikTok video propels Fleetwood Mac classic into top 100 See in context

Rumours is a great pop album, one of the very best. It's all the more remarkable as the band members were going through brutal divorce proceedings from each other at the time of recording and were out of their minds on drugs for months, by all accounts.

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Posted in: Gal Gadot 'whitewashing' row sparks Cleopatra history debate See in context

Stories like this are annoying because they allow the extremist far-right to dismiss all minority concerns as trivial frippery.

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Posted in: Japan to release treated Fukushima water into sea, media report See in context

All nuclear power plants release treated water into the sea. Given Tepco's long history of lying, corruption and astonishing incompetence though, I wouldn't believe them if they told me it was raining outside.

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Posted in: Ex-head of Japan science group urges Suga to appoint rejected scholars See in context

https://japan-forward.com/speaking-out-the-science-council-of-japan-should-protect-academic-freedom/

An ultra-nationalist, Yasukuni-licking fountain of lies and propaganda.

Dictatorship is liable to hate intellectuals or scholars.

Particularly dictatorships that want their universities used for military research, against the wishes of the staff, students and most ordinary people.

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Posted in: Ex-head of Japan science group urges Suga to appoint rejected scholars See in context

This is all because Japan's academics don't want their universities used for military and weapons research. Suga continuing his precessor's chip chip chipping away at Japan's peace constitution.

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Posted in: Trump, Biden plan dueling town halls instead of scrapped debate See in context

Trump's personality is disintegrating, the man's in serious trouble.

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Posted in: Dentsu lobbied for and funded campaign for Tokyo Olympics, documents show See in context

Bribery, corruption and endless lies. These revelations won't be a surprise to anyone, nor Dentsu's role at the heart of it. While there are good people at Dentsu the company itself is evil.

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Posted in: Gov't asks universities, others to join mourning for late PM Nakasone See in context

How thrilled I am to see my family's tax money being wasted on a celebration for a racist bigot who ran a sex slave camp during the war. Yet another Nippon Kaigai day out for the Yasukuni boys.

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Posted in: Japan tells S Korea it will skip trilateral summit over wartime labor dispute See in context

happyhereToday 07:19 am JST

The perfect chance to turn the page and move on is being lost. Second huge mistake by Suga in less than a month.

Third, if you count giving a job to Yakuza-linked Nippon Kaigi knuckle-dragger Hakubun Shimomura.

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Posted in: How can public health officials around the world help COVID-weary people, who are are sick and tired of being told to wear masks, keep their business closed and keep their distance from others, to maintain their guard against the coronavirus? See in context

kyushubillToday 08:01 am JST

Stop the draconian "public health" edicts by unelected bureaucrats who get off showing off their power

Like in Sweden, where the response by the Public Health Authority has resulted in a death rate nearly as bad as the the US?

Not to mention:

Sweden’s overall Covid fatality rate so far has been on a par with America’s and roughly ten times that of Norway and Finland;

Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, expected to see Covid antibodies in 40 per cent of Stockholm county residents by the end of May but the actual level was 6 per cent;

Not locking down did not save Sweden’s economy, which shrank faster that its neighbours’ in the second quarter of the year, by 8.3 per cent.

More than 40 per cent of Covid deaths in Sweden have been in care homes, suggesting a strategy of shielding the vulnerable while letting the rest of the country stick to business as usual didn’t work either.

7% of all Stockholm nursing home residents have died.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/it-s-been-so-so-surreal-critics-sweden-s-lax-pandemic-policies-face-fierce-backlash

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Posted in: JOC to protect female athletes targeted by exploitative photos See in context

Athletics officials say pro athletes are not the only ones targeted, as demonstrated by a case last year that became a police matter when a guardian noticed a man taking photos of a child surreptitiously from the stands at a national-level meet outside of Tokyo.

Ten men were taken to the police station after the incident, but a few returned to the track the next day because the preexisting law provides no penalty for such voyeuristic-style photography unless it involves distributing nude, sexual, or pornographic images without consent.

Paedophiles at a athletics event photographing children. Revolting, but sadly no surprise. Why on earth is there no national paedophile register in this country?

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Posted in: Japan to give some travel agencies more subsidies for Go To Travel program See in context

LDP eminence grise Toshihiro Nikai is chairman of the All Nippon Travel Agents Association. This is yet more corporate welfare for Japan's travel industry, using our tax money.

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