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Posted in: Japanese police investigated 11,000 foreigners in 2019: NPA See in context

Even in the midst of a global pandemic the Japanese government wants you to know that the gaijin is public enemy number one and the biggest threat to the Japanese way of life not a faceless corona virus. They won't miss a chance to remind you of that.

I dare the moderator to remove this one too.

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

The government of Japan and it's leadership behaves like the proverbial ostrich. When it sees danger coming, it buries its head in the sand, hears nothing, sees nothing until it is swept away.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

The money will go to households whose income have fallen to " a certain level". What does " a certain level " mean?

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Posted in: Japan considering ¥100 bil investment in large firms hit by virus impact See in context

I don't know what this means if it is not money for cronies. If any type of business needs this investment, it is small and medium size companies which may be forced to lay off workers not big companies The money can be given out as interest free loans not the government directly buying stocks if these companies.

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Posted in: Chilean man accused of killing Japanese student to be extradited to France See in context

It appears Zepeda killed Narumi Kurosaki and fled to his native Chile. Send him back to France to face justice. He must hang if found guilty.

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Posted in: Economic fallout mounts as coronavirus cases top 1 million worldwide See in context

Corona recession is knocking. It's not gonna be pretty.

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

Abenomasks. Very apt.

You see how wasteful people entrusted with your tax money can be? If he goes ahead with this, he must be charged with willfully causing financial loss to the state.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Japan needs to convert the corona virus task force into a crisis management commission with full powers to manage the upcoming crisis. They will need it.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

So Japan wanted to hold the Olympics under these circumstances?

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

Itbis a National Scandal of enormous proportions. This portrays lack of transparency here in issues relating to public health. Very scandalous.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

RIP Ken Shimura. He was funny, genuinely funny.

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

They pretended everything was fine all in a bid to have the Olympics at all cost. When the games was postponed, the reality of the spread of corona virus hit home and now they are in a race against time to contain an explosive outbreak here. If next year by now the virus is still around, kiss the Olympics goodbye.

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to stay at home at weekend See in context

There is nothing new here. Finally they are admitting the reality. Japan had been living a life of lies concerning the corona virus outbreak all in a bid to protect the Olympics. Once the games was postponed, they have now come face to face with the reality and forced to admit it is unpleasant. If they ramp up testing, they know the real situation on the ground.

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

Now that the Olympics has been postponed, Japan can go back to testing people for this virus. If they do test like the way South Korea did and I'd doing, we will see an explosive growth in the numbers. Thousands of cases are lurking in the dark not caught by anyone yet.

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

Finally outside pressure has brought this country and the IOC back to their senses.

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay to proceed as planned See in context

It was only a fool who thought and believed that this games could happen as planned.

Is Abe leaving office this September? It hurts him so bad that he may not be in charge if and when the games happen. He wanted this to be his only legacy for his long reign.

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Posted in: Why haven't the Tokyo Olympics been postponed already? See in context

The IOC and the local organizing committee must not be insensitive to the athletes health and safety. I believe we need note of the athletes and national organizations to speak up.

"The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family's health and public health to train every day? You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months."

-- Greece's Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi.

"I think the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity."

-- Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian IOC member and a four-time Olympic ice hockey gold medallist.

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

The IOC and the local organizing committee must not be insensitive to the athletes health and safety. I believe we need note of the athletes and national organizations to speak up.

"The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family's health and public health to train every day? You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months."

-- Greece's Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi.

"I think the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity."

-- Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian IOC member and a four-time Olympic ice hockey gold medallist.

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Posted in: IOC asks member countries about coronavirus impact See in context

The IOC and Japan must start caring about the athletes health. When the athletes themselves start speaking up, may be they will listen.

"The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family's health and public health to train every day? You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months."

-- Greece's Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi.

"I think the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity."

-- Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian IOC member and a four-time Olympic ice hockey gold medallist.

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Posted in: Virus poses new threat for Olympics that only war has stopped See in context

The IOC and Japan are being insensitive but I believe when the athletes whose life will be put at risk start speaking up, they will listen.

"The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family's health and public health to train every day? You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months."

-- Greece's Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi.

"I think the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity."

-- Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian IOC member and a four-time Olympic ice hockey gold medallist.

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Posted in: Norwegians: Olympics must wait until virus under control See in context

When the athletes whose life will be at risk start speaking up, the IOC and Japan will have to listen.

"The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family's health and public health to train every day? You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months."

-- Greece's Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi.

"I think the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity."

-- Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian IOC member and a four-time Olympic ice hockey gold medallist.

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Posted in: On or off? Who's saying what about Tokyo Olympics See in context

"The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family's health and public health to train every day? You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months."

-- Greece's Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi.

"I think the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity."

-- Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian IOC member and a four-time Olympic ice hockey gold medallist.

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Posted in: IOC reviewing Games scenarios; cancellation not among them: Bach See in context

Bach said the final decision on the Games would not be determined by financial interests. Protecting the health of everyone involved and containing the virus were the main objectives, he add

He sounds contradictory. If the final decision won't be determined by financial interests but by public health safety, then all options must be on the table. You don't take away the option of cancelation. The only thing that makes IOC takes away cancelation as an option is financial interest. Having spent $12billion dollars in preparations, they don't want to cancel and lose that financial investment. The games in their weird reasoning must go ahead even if it means millions of new covid-19 infections and hundreds of thousands of new deaths. Let the athletes whose health will be put in danger start speaking up and the IOC will listen.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics chief Mori attended meeting with official who now has coronavirus See in context

Mori is spreading the virus before he starts showing symptoms. Test him, quarantine him, start treatment early and stop the spread. At his age and his underlying conditions if he develops symptoms before testing and starting treatment, it may be too late.

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

If it can be moved, then they should move it to September or October. The sports calendar for 2021 is already full. No space to accommodate an Olympics.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

Japan is doing all this in a bid to save the Olympics but it can't be saved. The Olympics does not depend on what is happening in Japan alone however important that is. It is equally important to look at what is happening around the world.

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Posted in: Diamond Princess quarantine critic says Tokyo Olympics should be halted See in context

Tokyo 2020 will be postponed or canceled, no two ways about that. It can never be held as scheduled. Many athletes have not qualified yet, and the qualifying competitions are either canceled or postponed. You can't tell Athletes to keep training for the games while you tell all others to stat at home. Individual athletes can continue training but how about team sports players? When do they train? At a time when all team sports are suspended. Tokyo 2020 is doomed. I feel sorry for Tokyo and Japan but public health first.

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Posted in: Man arrested for lying about coronavirus infection, causing train delay in Gunma See in context

Expensive joke. I can imagine him saying ' Jodan, jodan desuyo'

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Posted in: Japanese man who threatened to spread coronavirus dies See in context

MariaMar. 18  05:04 pm JST

They don't say that he died of the virus, only that he died.

It makes you wonder whether he died of the disease or they killed him.

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Posted in: Trump to nominate Hudson Institute CEO Weinstein to be U.S. ambassador to Japan See in context

Didn't even realize Hagerty has left the post. Trump is struggling to fill obviously more important cabinet level positions let alone a diplomatic outpost somewhere in the Pacific. This Hudson guy won't last two on the job.

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