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Posted in: Japan to keep hospital beds for severely ill; use hotels for mild coronavirus cases See in context

They did such a good job on the cruise ship. How could using hotels possibly go wrong?

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay to go ahead; organizers seek crowd restraint See in context

He is literally telling crowds not to crowd. Ridiculous.

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

Now would be a good time to introduce V.A.T. Reduce tax on essential items that people need for day to day life and raise the tax on non-essentials.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 torch handover to take place in empty Athens stadium See in context

If Japan is too stubborn and in denial to delay the olympics then they can expect the Tokyo 2020 games to forever go down in infamy as the ghost games. A permanent reminder of Japan's head in the sand approach to problem solving.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head shoots down comments about delaying Games See in context

According to the opening paragraph of Mori's wikipedia article.

'Described as having "the heart of a flea and the brain of a shark," he was unpopular in opinion polls during his time in office'

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head shoots down comments about delaying Games See in context

“There is no plan now to change our plans," Mori said.

That sounds like a bad plan. Or should I say non-plan. Don't want to make Mori-san angry.

“He certainly said an outlandish thing.”

There is a plan and it must be followed to the dot regardless of reality or extraordinary circumstances. How dare he suggest we have any sort of contingency plan for dealing with what has now just been declared a global pandemic.

Delay the olympics for a year or two. No sport and certainly not Japan's pride is worth the price of endangering peoples lives.

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Posted in: Film about Fukushima heroes warns against complacency See in context

As suspected this looks more like a propaganda piece than the difficult, probing film it needs to be. (See the Chernobyl TV series)

As gogogo said according to the official investigations the PM Kan had forced the staff to remain at the reactor to prevent a full melt down against the wishes of TEPCO.

The situation was caused by the LDP government that has been in power almost continuously since WW2. Not the Kan government which was unlucky enough to catch the bomb the LDP had been cooking up over generations of incompetence.

If complacency is involved it's on the part of TEPCO who were warned specifically about the potential of a tsunami but simply blew off the warnings with a "that'll never happen". As the report stated. Fukushima was a man made disaster. Not a natural one.

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Posted in: Man arrested over theft of 5,800 bicycle seats See in context

Hopefully with the help of a sniffer dog they may be able to return the seats to their forlorn owners.

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Posted in: Japan to close all schools until early April to control spread of virus See in context

Looks like Abe hit the defcon 5 button after weeks of inaction as soon as the olympics were threatened.

Most children traveling to school will be traveling locally on foot or by bike. Salary men filling up cramped trains and travelling back and forth across the entire city to commute to work seems to have a much more serious risk of spreading the virus.

Abe's so out of touch that I don't think he knows that single parents or families with 2 working parents exist to be aware of how much big of an issue he's just created.

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

Sorry, I forgot plan B. Announcements and posters!

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

Abe: The IOC are getting spooked. How can we stop the number of those diagnosed with the corona virus going up?

Bureaucrat A: Implement stricter quarantine measures? Develop a robust counter measure to infection?

Abe: Hmmm, sounds a bit mendo kusai.

Bureaucrat B: Stop diagnosing people?

Abe: Now that's a government strategy right there. Remember all the trouble we got into when we actually started reporting bullying?

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Posted in: Gov't panel, responding to criticism, says cruise ship not designed to be hospital See in context

Bureaucrats not designed to be doctors.

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Posted in: 'Bureaucrats were in charge': Japanese doctor blasts ship quarantine See in context

Some have asked about the doctor's qualifications in quarantine and disease control. As mentioned in the article and the video he has worked with SARS and ebola before.

Not mentioned in the article is the fact that someone was trying to prevent him boarding the ship despite his much needed expertise. He effectively had to sneak on the ship and then was promptly removed once he was discovered. Why the coverup?

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Posted in: Couple at center of Abe cronyism scandal found guilty over fraud See in context

Takes 2 to tango. Where are the sentences for those in government involved in the scandal?

The school they built is sitting mothballed not far from where I live. It's a huge, modern looking building that is going completely unused. What a huge waste of money.

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Posted in: Japanese police officers increasingly forgetting their guns in public restrooms See in context

Why police in Japan need a gun to begin with is a mystery let alone a flipping 1940's style revolver. Guess they've got to solve those mamachari crimes somehow.

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Posted in: Woman hit with hammer by man outside her home See in context

Osaka obachans are made of tough stuff. Fighting off a 20 year old with a hammer.

Hope she recovers okay and hope they find the reprobate responsible.

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Posted in: Trump peace plan delights Israelis, enrages Palestinians See in context

With this and the earlier decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem the U.S. has shown they can't operate as an unbiased mediator. Time to ditch the U.S. and fine someone else to mediate a solution between the 2 sides.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate at 42% amid cherry-blossom viewing event criticism See in context

Why didn't the poll ask about plans to rewrite the Japanese constitution since that is this government's main stated objective.

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Posted in: Boy falls to death from apartment while under treatment for flu See in context

I remember going to a clinic for fly a few years ago and being asked by the doctor if I lived by myself because one of the side effects of tamiflu was (Oji-chan doctor confers with his English dictionary) psychosis. I politely declined the treatment.

Tamiflu was banned in the UK and a number of other countries and has been proven to have virtually no effect on recovering from the flu.

Pretty sure it was also banned for use on children in Japan because of numerous cases just like this one.

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Posted in: Japanese lawyer comments on legality of tattoo ban at hot springs See in context

“The tattoo ban is a ban on yakuza. It’s not that Japan hates foreigners’ tattoo culture, we just hate the yakuza.”

“Stop trying to dilute Japan’s culture.”

Foreigners can't be Yakuza so therefore there is zero logic to a blanket tattoo ban.

Dilute your culture? Then the solution is to exclude people from your culture? Seems the only dilution of culture here would be the dilution of Japan's grand old tradition of rules for rules sake.

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Posted in: New H&M tagline sparks outcry over gender violence association See in context

I've never heard of GBV before. All these "outrages" don't really benefit the cause of the LGBTQ community. If anything it puts a lot of people off interfacing with them in any way due to their hyper-sensitivity and extreme volatility.

Incidents like this where clearly there was no malicious intent should be dealt with more rationally. The goal should be to spread awareness and sensitivity not run people out of town with pitchforks for every minor, unwitting infraction.

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Posted in: Justice minister quits over wife's alleged election law breach; 2nd cabinet exit in a week See in context

Seems like a fairly minor infraction. Frustrating to see the dinosaurs higher up on the political ladder get away with murder on a regular basis and there be no such repercussions.

Being a member of the old guard seems to place you above reproach and grant complete political and legal immunity.

"I'm sorry that you thought I broke the law". Bow, move along, no accountability necessary.

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Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' creators withdraw from 'Star Wars' trilogy See in context

Following the relative failure of the stand-alone film "Solo" in 2018, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger announced he wanted to slow down the pace at which "Star Wars" films are released.

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"The duo were due to write and produce the trilogy,"

"Another series of "Star Wars" movies is also being put together by Rian Johnson"

"And in September, Disney announced that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige would make a "Star Wars" movie for Lucasfilm."

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Posted in: Japan to tighten gasoline sale rules after Kyoto arson attack See in context

Maybe they should tighten fire safety rules instead. When over 30 people die because they can't escape a single fire in a building with only 2 floors clearly there's an issue.

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Posted in: Sarcastic Koike says: Let's hold Olympic marathon on Russian-held islands See in context

Koike said she is aware that athlete-first arrangements are essential but that the matter should be addressed in a larger context

In other words she prefers a Tokyo-first approach which is one of the main problems with these games. They were billed as an opportunity to rebuild the parts of the country ruined by the 2011 quake but instead Tokyo has hogged all of the funding for itself.

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Posted in: LDP exec apologizes for calling typhoon damage 'so-so' See in context

told reporters that the comment "was inappropriate if I caused misunderstanding to people affected by the disaster."

Classic political non-apology. This guy's a true vet.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

Sorry, that's Renho. Not Rinho.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

To clarify. Japan DOES NOT allow for dual citizenship.

I know that in a lot of cases people who have dual nationality accept Japanese citizenship but then don't relinquish the passports for the other country. Japan usually only sends a polite letter asking you to destroy your other passport and never follows up on it. That might not be the case for a public figure like Naomi if the nationalists decide to make an example of her. Just look at what happened to the Japanese politician Rinho a few years back.

This is a good career move but a potentially bad life decision.

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Posted in: Women treated as eye candy in films even when they play leaders, finds study See in context

There seems to be an obsession with creating an artificial equality everything. There will always be fields of interest which attract more men or women. The focus should be on giving equal opportunity regardless of gender etc.

And besides it's not like male actors are hired for their sex appeal right? Would Titanic be one of the biggest grossing films of all time if Gilbert Gottfried played the main character?

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Posted in: Alligator in Nagoya zoo pond swallowed hundreds of tossed coins See in context

I'm going to build a pond in my front garden.

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