Bruce Chatwin comments

Posted in: Japan ratifies world's biggest free trade deal involving China, ASEAN See in context

The RCEP groups the 10 ASEAN states -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam -- as well as Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

Let's take a look at some of the signatories to the agreement:

Brunei: absolute monarchy / authoritarian regime

Cambodia: authoritarian regime

Indonesia: deeply flawed democracy / kleptocracy

Laos: authoritarian regime

Malaysia: deeply flawed constitutional monarchy / kleptocracy

Myanmar: authoritarian regime

the Philippines: deeply flawed democracy / kleptocracy

Singapore: flawed democracy

Thailand: hybrid regime (still essentially a military dictatorship)

Vietnam: authoritarian regime

China: authoritarian regime

And then Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Posted in: Japan starts vaccinating people aged 18 or older at large-scale centers See in context

I still have not received my vaccination coupon. The Japanese bureaucracy is shockingly incompetent...except when it comes to hitting you up for taxes.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

@Zaphod,

In one breath you say,

thanks for the unbiased, non-hysterical choice of words, journalist.

and in the next

do realize that you are part of a huge experiment

Seriously?

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Posted in: Osaka hospitals buckle under COVID-19 onslaught See in context

Japan could've used a certain drug starting with "I" to protect and treat people against this disease, but there's not enough money to be made from it. Lives be damned.

USFDA: Why You Should Not Use "I" to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/why-you-should-not-use-ivermectin-treat-or-prevent-covid-19

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Posted in: Osaka hospitals buckle under COVID-19 onslaught See in context

I have to wonder if the international attention this article is getting will have any effect on the politicians and bureaucrats so ineptly running the country.

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Posted in: Ex-assemblyman held over fraudulent signatures for governor recall See in context

Katsuya Takasu, an outspoken plastic surgeon, outspoken outrageously racist rants. Shame can’t start a petition to stop his ignorant hate talk, wouldn’t have to pay people to sign that.

You can, however, go on his Twitter feed and tell the Twitterverse what a bell-end he is:

https://twitter.com/katsuyatakasu

katsuyatakasubellend

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Posted in: I felt that Japan's policies against loneliness and isolation are gathering attention as the world suffers due to the coronavirus. I'd like to think about how Japan can deliver its message so that its countermeasures become an example for the world to follow. See in context

Thank you Tetsushi Sakamoto for the vacuous rhetoric.

BTW Tetsushi, could you please share some concrete examples of the countermeasures you are implementing?

Tetsushi Sakamoto is reportedly affiliated with the revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi, as well as being a member of a group connected to Shintō Seiji Renmei .

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 732 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,230 See in context

I think people in Osaka are starting to stop caring. Fewer people wearing masks, the bar next to my building even just started doing business again. People are sick of the overblown panicking

As someone who lives in Osaka, I think the people are sick of bureaucratic ineptitude at every level of society. People in Osaka are getting sick and dying at a rate greater than anywhere else in Japan. A lot of us are sick of uninformed blowhards telling us everything is OK.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record 578 in Aichi See in context

Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record 578 in Aichi

Not to worry; Suga's advisor Takahashi assures us it's just a ripple. /s

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

@ false flag steve

Normality must never be considered a luxury. That’s why life must go on, including sporting events loved by millions around the globe. Anything else can slowly turn into oppression and tyranny.

Funnily enough, in a bizarre quirk of history, the 1940 Olympics were cancelled. Where were the 1940 Olympics to be held? In Tokyo. Why were they cancelled? Something about oppression and tyranny.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 573 new coronavirus cases; 668 in Osaka See in context

Down 135 from last Monday, but without knowing the number of people tested...

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

I can’t imagine how you think this event is so dangerous compared to say people on their daily commutes in packed trains.

The Olympics are an option; a luxury.

Going to work is a necessity for everyone I know.

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

Coates: "We're doing it so these kids can fulfill their dreams."

Translation: "We're doing it so we can fill our pockets."

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,032 new coronavirus cases; 875 in Osaka See in context

And.... no breakdown by age groups for the "in serious condition".....

Looking forward to you sharing the info when you find it.

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

Under the contract, if the Olympics is postponed twice, or cancelled on the second time, the host country must pay (using our tax money) full compensation to the IOC, all major international sponsors and American companies who hold copyright rights for the media transmission. They can also demand compensation for expenses.we are not talking about peanuts here.

A big thanks to the chuckleheads who agreed to those conditions. I wonder what motivated them to agree to the conditions.

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

Coates' sordid history of corruption is emblematic of the rot that is at the heart of the IOC.

Cancel the Tokyo Olympics.

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Posted in: Japan faces longer state of emergency, casting doubt on Olympics See in context

Japan covid 19 deaths 10,000

US 580,000

Covid-19 deaths per 100,000 population as of May 4, 2021

Japan: 8.23

Malaysia: 4.85

South Korea: 3.56

Taiwan: 0.05

Japan does not compare very well with its neighbours.

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccination for those under 65 may start in July: minister See in context

The rollout of coronavirus vaccines in Japan for people under 65 may begin in July 

"may begin in July..." So, July is the best-case scenario, with August or September or later being the more likely date for rollout.

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Posted in: Suga orders defense ministry to set up large-scale vaccination center in Tokyo See in context

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday instructed Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi to set up a large-scale vaccination center in Tokyo to deliver COVID-19 shots to the elderly faster.

The center will launch on May 24 and be staffed by Self-Defense Forces doctors and nurses, running for about three months, Kishi said at a press conference.

And nothing for the rest of the country. Why the focus on Tokyo at the expense of the rest of the country? Surely other areas would benefit as much or more from the same largesse. I wonder if it has anything to do with the benighted Olympics.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 828 new coronavirus cases; 1,231 in Osaka See in context

GDT,

Sorry to hear of your troubles. You are of course right that the perilous state of the medical system in Kansai doesn't just affect Covid patients.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 828 new coronavirus cases; 1,231 in Osaka See in context

people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 55

55 people among 14.000.000 is 0.0003%

That is all that need to be said.

The medical systems of Osaka, Hyogo, and Nara, are reportedly overwhelmed. Aichi, Mie, and Okinawa are also on the brink.

"In Osaka and Hyogo, the overall use rate of beds and the use rate of beds by patients in severe conditions are continuously increasing with the upsurge in number of new cases of infection, putting the medical care provision systems under very severe pressure."

https://www.niid.go.jp/niid/en/2019-ncov-e.html

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 828 new coronavirus cases; 1,231 in Osaka See in context

Not to worry. The LDP geniuses at the helm have it all under control. /s

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Posted in: Do you think vaccination will be the silver bullet against the coronavirus? See in context

According to NHK, a paltry 157,864 people were vaccinated in Japan on April 22. At that rate, it will be 2 more years before everyone in Japan is vaccinated.

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Posted in: Gov't to impose state of emergency soon in Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo See in context

For some reason I am reminded of a horse and a barn door...

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Posted in: Osaka governor says 'we are in a critical situation' as virus cases surge See in context

I don't get it. Why does Yoshimura "intend to ask"? He's been intending to ask for a week now. When's he actually going to get round to it?

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Posted in: Hitler Youth 1938 trip to Japan now largely forgotten See in context

As is well known, Japan was one of the three major signatories of the Tripartite Pact that formed the basis of the Axis alliance during World War II.

Not sure this is in fact well known.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 591 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,130 for Osaka See in context

autoimmune issues have shot up drastically after widespread use of vaccines"Took a little digging, but I fornd this to support your statement

There's no mention of autoimmune issues in the link you posted.

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Posted in: China protests over Japan-U.S. statement on human rights; blasts U.S. 'evil past of genocide' See in context

Trudeau and Canadian MP’s are doing disservice to some Canadians and disrespectful for even call it a genocide. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Thanks for sharing the talking points of the Chinese Communist Party propaganda machine.

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Posted in: China protests over Japan-U.S. statement on human rights; blasts U.S. 'evil past of genocide' See in context

China the little dog with the inferiority complex is barking again

The little dog that owns over $1 trillion of US debt?

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Posted in: Japan to stage Tokyo Olympics without overseas spectators See in context

Surely nothing diminishes the seven Olympic values of friendship, excellence, respect, courage, determination, inspiration and equality more than the host country saying "no foreigners allowed".

Cancel the damn Olympics.

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