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Posted in: Viral virus briefing: Where science meets all things Trump See in context

And with all the talk, twisted facts, idiotic statements and lies, this buffoon is almost useless. He denied that a problem existed until very recently. Germany had developed a test in January and is quietly and efficiently dealing with the problem with very low numbers of deaths. China also denied it at first, but once they got started they dealt with it - albeit with very severe methods.

What's up with the States?

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Posted in: Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus See in context

It isn't that Germany is so great as much as how totally disorganised and useless the governments and health departments of most other countries are.

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Posted in: U.S. death toll eclipses China's as reinforcements head to New York See in context

Trump blames China. "When a finger points in accusation, three fingers point back at the accuser."

Certainly, the bull that entered the china shop came from the outside, but Trump let it in.

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Posted in: U.S. death toll eclipses China's as reinforcements head to New York See in context

But President Trump said it was all under control!

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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

Where did the money for these bribes come from?

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Posted in: As coronavirus takes emotional toll, mental health professionals brace for spike in demand See in context

OMG! The last thing we need is mental health "professionals!" It's hard enough coping with the physical aspect. Keep the psychs out of it!

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

Shame! This guy taught me Japanese. Not directly, of course. I used to watch the Drifters every Saturday. Most of the gags were repeated each week with minor differences, so if you didn't get it this week, you'd probably pick it up next week. When there was almost no English on TV 45 years ago, it was great just to be able to understand something!

Many other "comedians" on Japanese TV are either "one trick ponies" or use ridicule and make fun of people. Shimura Ken was neither. He was a professional and will be missed.

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Posted in: Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus See in context

That's what I love about the media. Always a happy word to cheer you up in times of darkness. Thanks JT!

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Posted in: Hanged ex-Aum member urged would-be terrorists to halt attacks See in context

Yes, but Aum was not a religion. Wearing a white coat and a stethoscope doesn't make you a doctor.

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

Oh, don't worry! Abe will find the money!

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Posted in: Television audiences surge to 12-month highs as coronavirus keeps Americans home See in context

Good Lord! Nothing else better to do than watch the box?


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

This is not just one isolated case. The longer a political party remains in power, the more corrupt it gets. The LDP has been in power too long. This guy was a minister of justice and he has the ethics of a used car salesman!

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for filming up girl’s dress See in context

Why on Earth? With Hi Res pron just a couple of clicks away - or so a friend told me!

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

Consider it swept under the carpet, Aso-san.

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Posted in: More Americans think U.S.-Japan relations improved under Trump: poll See in context

Toasted Heretic,

Over here, I can count on one hand the amount of people who have anything good to say about him.

That's been my experience too.

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Posted in: More Americans think U.S.-Japan relations improved under Trump: poll See in context


In my business, I meet several hundred people a week. Many of them for the first time. Most are Okinawans, a lot of them are from mainland Japan and about one tenth of the total are Americans either working on base or serving the military in one way or another. Of these people very few have anything good to say about Trump and most detest him. This direct experience is what I base my opinion on.

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Posted in: No need to rush Games decision, say U.S. Olympic chiefs as splits emerge See in context

Why can't we have a PM with just a little balls?

Even if the corona thing is better, the Olympics turnout is going to be poor. Hotels are going to stay empty. Japan is going to be massively in debt and the only people to profit from it are the US TV networks.

Abe-san, just do it! Be brave, just for once.

Tell them they'll have to wait!

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Posted in: Japan Times changes reference to 'comfort women' after backlash See in context

Is this what it was really like, then?

"Come on in, dearie. Sit down, have a cup of ocha and tell auntie Keiko all about it."

"Um. I don't really want to cup of tea. I was hoping for a bit of . . . "

"Rumpy pumpy?"

"Well, I was hoping . . . It's been a very tough war and . . . well . . ."

"Naughty boy! What would your mother say? There will be no rumpy pumpy here. We are comfort women. Not sex slaves!"

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Posted in: Japan Times changes reference to 'comfort women' after backlash See in context

"Where's the - er - geography?"

"Which one, dear, Number One or Number Two?"

These are euphemisms. For most Americans, the toilet is called the bathroom, even when there is no bath in the room at all and "toilet" comes from a French word meaning "to wash the hands." The French, incidentally, use an English term, "W.C." (water closet). Euphemisms are used when people are too embarrassed to say what it is.

These girls were "volunteered" to provide sexual services for the Japanese military. Let's call it what it was. "Sex workers," "Sex slaves," and please, let's stop the ridiculous "comfort women."

In any case, comfort women is a poor translation. A closer one is "relief women," but that is a bit too descriptive for those ultra right wing nutjobs who want to pretend that it never happened.

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Posted in: More Americans think U.S.-Japan relations improved under Trump: poll See in context

I've not met one Japanese person who has anything good to say for him and most Americans I come across, almost of them in the military, don't have a good opinion of him either. I can't think of any president who has been so universally disliked.

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Posted in: Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative See in context

Let's tackle the spread of bigotry as well.

Well said, Toasted Heretic!

Trump's actions mirror China's initial reaction - sweep it under the carpet! But they ran with it and beat it. And now they are helping other countries with the problem.

That's bad?

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Posted in: Bottom may fall out of Japan's economy if demand keeps slumping: bank lobby head See in context

Crippled by taxes at every turn, it is difficult for small businesses to turn a decent profit. Every time money changes hands, Mr Abe grabs his ten percent. A restaurant owner buys meat, fish and veg to make the meals that give him an income. TAX. He puts gas in his car. TAX. He pays his staff. TAX. His staff deliver food. TAX on their income. TAX on the gas. The chairs, tables, knives, forks and ohashi. TAX. And TAX on the dinners they eat and TAX on the tips.

And what do they do with the money they collect? Lavish life styles, car with driver, entertainment such as cherry blossom parties, etc. The civil service in Japan does far too much. Much of it could be done by computer.

A lot of the money they collect is completely wasted. Nanjo City recently put in a mini bus service. There is a fleet of mini buses, with drivers. Splendid. Seems like a good idea, but nobody uses them.

Abe buys 105 F-35s at astronomical prices. Wasted money.

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Posted in: From beef bowl to beef pouch? Taste testing Yoshinoya’s instant gyudon packs See in context

If it tastes anything like what they dish out at their "restaurants" no thank you!

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Posted in: Abe could be big loser if Tokyo Olympics canceled, postponed See in context

Abe could be big loser if Tokyo Olympics canceled, postponed

Yes, yes, yes!

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Posted in: Sales tax cut emerging as option as gov't battles coronavirus fallout See in context

How about dumping sales tax altogether?

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally stabbing estranged wife on Saitama street See in context

associate professor of criminal psychology at Bunkyo University's Saitama Prefecture

It's true then. Most psychs are more insane than their patients.

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Posted in: Doubts growing in Japan over Tokyo Olympics See in context

Time to face reality and cut the losses.

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Posted in: U.S. stock market plunges to worst day in more than three decades See in context

U.S. stock market plunges to worst day in more than three decades

This is indeed good news. Lets hope it plunges itself out of existence. No more money games and corporate greed!

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 19 disabled people at care facility See in context

Justice should be swift. The decision has been made. There is no reason at all to keep him hanging around. Waste of taxpayer money apart from anything else. What's the betting that, the next time he comes around, he will be disabled!

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