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Alfie Noakes comments

Posted in: Abe's two-mask pledge met online with derision and humor See in context

Shouldn't Aso have a lickspittle to put that on for him? Or are they all still too busy shredding documents?

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

Are we really getting screwed over this badly by the government? I really hope there is more, a lot more, being done but I just am not seeing any evidence of that. Which is scary.

THe LDP and Health Ministry have begun pressuring those in the media who criticize:

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

dbsaiyaToday 07:14 am JST

Business as usual mentality during a time of crisis.

There's a very interesting explanation given for the government's sclerotic response to the crisis given by a business consultant on this short video:

Simply put, many of the large companies that comprise Keidanren are dinosaurs totally unequipped to deal with modern technology and modern business practice, for various reasons. They literally cannot function without staff in offices. Keidanren have obviously been leaning on Abe not to insist on a lockdown or a mass move to teleworking etc, because they know many of their members are going to be royally dipped in deep doo-dah when it happens.

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Posted in: Virus breaks the mold for telework in office-bound Japan See in context

RecklessToday 04:11 pm JST

The only persons in this entire country against teleworking are 50-60 year old Japanese males.

Two weeks ago the TV was full of pundits in their 50s and 60s complaining about young people going to hanabi and stuff, but it's men in their 50s and 60s making millions of people ride the trains and sit in offices every day.

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Posted in: Private-sector advisers to Abe call for massive economic stimulus measures See in context

What happened to all those massive piles of cash the corporations are sitting on? The record profits we were told they're making?

I have nightmares, literally, about paying everyone's wages.

Could you pay mine first? Thank you very much.

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Posted in: Businessman paid $8.2 mil by Tokyo Olympics bid lobbied figure at center of French corruption probe See in context

Remarkable, a news report that actually mentions Dentsu involvement in bribery and corruption. A clear indication that the journalism wasn't done by any domestic media organisation.

He said he believed Diack wanted to vote for Tokyo because of Takahashi's support for the International Association of Athletics Federations when Takahashi was a Dentsu executive.

Comedy gold. I laughed until I stopped.

BertieWoosterToday 07:16 am JST

Where did the money for these bribes come from?

Our tax money, of course.

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

Another pointless press conference. No mention in the article of Koike brushing off a reporter who had the temerity to ask why she called a press conference if she had nothing new to say.

It's well known that Abe's press conferences are entirely scripted, with reporters lobbing softball questions submitted beforehand. Why doesn't Koike just a make a speech into cameras and abandon the charade that these press conferences have any meaning?

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Posted in: Eight West Ham players have virus symptoms See in context

Anyone who suggests that season should be null and void has zero understanding about English football.

Realistically, the Premier League and Football League have two choices:

Play out the rest of the season, somehow.

Declare it null and void. Start again next autumn or whenever possible.

Since 1 looks increasingly unlikely at this moment it'll have to be 2, as frustrating as it will be for Liverpool and their supporters.

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Posted in: On Japanese TV debate programs, men discuss difficult subjects while female announcers are on the set like ornaments. On TV dramas, too, you might see men holding a business meeting and women serving them tea. See in context

A long long way to go here - sadly.

A few years ago I read somewhere that there are more high-ranking women in the Chinese Communist Party than in Japanese politics and business combined, per capita. I wouldn't be at all surprised to find it hasn't changed.

Obviously there some high-profile and highly professional women in the Japanese media but they're few and far between. The pace of change is glacial, at best.

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Posted in: Not staying in See in context

Hello Kitty 321Today 11:13 am JST

So much for the people who like to claim that the Japanese always do what they are told.

Who are they, these people who claim that all Japanese do as they are told all the time? Could you point them out? Thank you.

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Posted in: 58 infected with coronavirus at welfare facility in Chiba See in context

So basically, Shinzo called Power Rangers Assemble! on Saturday night and a couple of hundred people turned up for this carefully scripted PR event, all jammed into a small room with most unmasked...and then he announced NOTHING NEW. Absolutely nothing.

WTF are these people thinking about? And which Ginza restaurant did he shuffle off to stuff his face in after the PR opportunity?

has JR started putting soap in the restrooms at their stations?


And are half the men coming out of the cubicles still leaving without washing their hands?

Some still run out quickly to avoid the accusatory gaze but others are making a slight effort, allowing a dribble of cold water to slide across a couple of fingers before wiping their hands on their pants.

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for virus See in context

Peter Hitchens leading the revolution.

We're doomed.

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for virus See in context

Corbyn's communists wanted Nationalisation last year??

Corbyn isn't a communist. Who are you, editor of the Daily Heil? My aged parent voted Labour because she supported renationalisation of the railways, as did many people right across the political spectrum. Corbyn's toast, thanks to several years of a vicious smear campaign, and the Tories are still kicking his corpse? Meh.

The destruction of the country by the conservatives dates back to the Thatcher years.


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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

@Bruce Chatwin

Thanks for the links.

I was told this morning that Abe Akie, wife of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, attended a hanami party event earlier this week in the company of several celebrities. I said I couldn't imagine this to be true as no-one could be so tone deaf as to go cherry-blossom viewing right now, but the person swore blind it was true. I haven't been able to find any corroborating evidence anywhere either. Has anyone heard anything?

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

And where is the data on how many people have died from pneumonia in the Tokyo/Kanto area this year?

Even the German embassy in Tokyo thinks that Koike/Abe have been lying through their teeth for weeks about the coronavirus...

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

Mrs. Noakes and I were left dumbfounded by the scenes from the Shinzo Task Force Spearhead Power Rangers meeting shown on State Broadcaster last night: several dozen elderly and middle aged men jammed cheek-by-jowl into a room. The only one wearing a mask was Kono Taro. It's just unreal. What planet do these people inhabit?

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Posted in: Trump's push to open U.S. economy could come at cost of lives See in context

“The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!”

Even by Trump standards that's just revolting. How can anyone support this monstrous excuse for a human being?

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Posted in: Telework, stockpiling spread in Tokyo after Koike's press conference See in context

Koike disappeared for six weeks before resurfacing the instant the games were cancelled, and is now waving placards and glaring into the cameras at nightly press conferences.

There's no plan, no proactive thinking, absolutely nothing. The response is entirely reactive, like Abe's, and is completely driven by opinion polls. The result is utterly incoherent and is causing panic buying across the city. What a total shambles.

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Posted in: Tokyo's delayed Olympics: Who pays bills for another year? See in context

Who pays bills for another year? The most likely answer is — primarily Japanese taxpayers.

I'm a Tokyo taxpayer and I didn't want it in 2013 and I don't want it now. Neither does Mrs. Noakes, nor anyone else I've ever asked about it. If we'd been given a free vote I'm totally certain the good people of Tokyo would have voted No. That's why there was no referendum.

Why do we have to pay for this Nippon Kaigi festival of celebration capitalism where all the profits go to Japanese corporations and Lausanne? We pay, they take the profits. It's daylight robbery.

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Posted in: Olympic delay leaves athletes village in limbo See in context

 dbsaiyaToday 07:15 am JST

 Have the govt lease the unsold units and prep it as an emergency hospital.

That's an excellent idea. It would ease crowding in Tokyo hospitals and show that the developers care about something other than money.

The former Manchester United players Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs own a couple of hotels in Manchester. They've been closed to guests but are allowing health care workers to stay there for free. It's a terrific gesture. Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, has donated 1m Euros to fight coronavirus.

Given the vast profits being made by property developers in Tokyo it's the least they can do.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker faces possible ouster from Diet as aides indicted See in context

Endless corruption, endlessly.

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Posted in: Japan, IOC agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics for one year See in context

CrickyToday 01:50 pm JST

It's already been postponed (BBC, ABC) this phone call thing is just a ruse a way to make the Japanese Government look like they had a say.

It's all about avoiding future litigation:

"Top sports lawyer John Mehrzad QC explains that it will be crucial for litigation purposes who it is that effectively pulls the trigger, because whoever does could open themselves up to potential allegations of breach of the host-city contract.

"The party that 'cancels' or 'postpones' that agreement, unless mutually agreed by the other party, will put itself in breach of contract and expose itself to huge [billions of dollars] damages claims," he said.

The recipient of any claim could point to the coronavirus pandemic being a "force majeure", or 'Act of God' - though Mehrzad points out that an insurer would be likely to say it must be impossible for the Games to be staged for such a case to stand.

At present, there is no World Health Organization diktat saying that the Olympics cannot be staged.

The IOC has the contractual right to cancel the Games on safety grounds, and is protected from any claims for damages by the host city in such an event.

However, the host-city contract does not refer to postponements, and it is understood that the IOC would much rather it was Japan that ultimately took the decision.

The boycotts from certain major NOCs could therefore play a key role in clearing this logjam, because not having the participation of Team Canada and the Australian delegation would make it an incomplete Games."

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Posted in: Koike urges cooperation to avoid Tokyo lockdown See in context

Koike has been invisible for the last six weeks but with the impending Olympic cancellation she's suddenly reappeared, playing Tough Mama. GTF, as they say in Glasgow.

Where was the leadership two weeks ago? These politicians are an utter joke.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context

noriahojanenToday 12:31 pm JST

Very few were able to predict the current situation. Just a month ago, it is suggested that London would be an alternative venue for the Games. Instead, the city is now near lockdown.

Nori-kun, that wasn't a serious suggestion, it was just some Tory failure in the London mayoral election looking for a cheap PR hit.

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Posted in: IOC chief rebuts growing calls for Olympic postponement See in context

Ashley ShibaToday 12:51 pm JST

Alfie Noakes, if this man has such a CV and he is as great you wish to believe why has he not halted the Olympics based on all the stats.

I didn't say he was "great," I said he isn't thick. The two words have different meanings.

Just because a subliterate, narcisssistic clown can become President of the US it doesn't follow that an organization like the IOC will allow a "thick" person to lead it. Bach is many things but he's not "thick".

why has he not halted the Olympics based on all the stats.

Because neither the IOC, the JOC, the government of Japan nor the Tokyo government want to cancel it.

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Posted in: IOC chief rebuts growing calls for Olympic postponement See in context

Ashley ShibaToday 09:45 am JST

This man is thick in the head. Clearly, he got in position not based on his brains but by who he knows.

Mr. Bach is very far from thick:

His CV is flawless. He was born in 1953 in Würzburg and was already a promising fencer at the age of five. He soon made it into the national team and, when he was 22, won the gold medal in the team competition in 1976. A year later, the team won the world championship. But, all along, Bach was always working on his post-fencing career. He studied law and took on the job as the athletes' spokesman at the 1981 Olympic congress.

Bach later worked for Adidas, learning the ropes of sport lobbying and building his network of contacts. He speaks English, French and Spanish and was supported by former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch. Bach got voted into the IOC when he was just 37 years old. Not long after, he made it to the organization's executive committee. Finally, in 2000 he became Vice President of what is one of the world's most powerful sports bodies.

Mr. Bach is a protege of the original lord of the rings, Juan Antonio Samaranch:

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Posted in: Japan plans corporate tax refunds for virus-hit companies See in context

HBJToday 09:15 am JST

Abe and his cronies once again proving they haven’t got a clue.

Even the most myopic are beginning to realise that the New Emperor has no clothes. Instead, Abe is covering his nakedness with money; it's the only thing he knows how to do.

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Posted in: Finance Ministry will not probe Moritomo Gakuen scandal again: Aso See in context

Comedy gold. But not for the family of Toshio Akagi, the man who killed himself. More blood on the hands of Abe and Aso. How long until the Japanese people wake up and throw these monsters into the sea?

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Posted in: New Harajuku Station building opens in Tokyo See in context

It will house the first city-style Ikea furniture store, as well as a Uniqlo shop, among other popular brands.

Ikea and Uniqlo, right at the bleeding edge of Tokyo's pop culture.

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