And run another half arsed clinical trial in Japan for the next batch?
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No spectators, but there will be TV technical crews, media, and all sorts arriving and not all will be staying in the Olympic village. The number I've seen is 80,000. I want Hashimoto and Marukawa to show the additional number of beds and medical staff necessary to treat the same percentage of the 80,000 as the weekly infection rate of Tokyo. I also want them to show how they're going to treat additional heat stroke cases among the 80,000. Volunteers / translators have been showing skepticism and have quit. Do they have enough to man the hospitals or are they only going to be at the venues? These are the questions these clowns should be answering if they want to be transparent.
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Then please drink Aso. Talk is cheap. Maybe this will dispel the "harmful rumors" that the people of Tohoku fear.
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Japan's whatabout logic pertaining to China and Korea releasing waste into the environment doesn't hold. If they want to make a more compelling argument they need to provide information on the amount released and the location. I seriously doubt it was on the scale that TEPCO is planning to release. In addition to the IAEA, I'd like to see UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists) add their voice to this matter.
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Tokyo numbers are being suppressed for the Olympics. There's no way that Osaka can have those numbers and Tokyo not. Beware, the Olympic disinformation and misinformation campaign have begun in earnest.
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@Simian Lane, unfortunately for many, life ends alone in a Covid ICU ward. It's not fear, it's called to err on the side of caution.
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These are the "reconstruction Olympics" meant to symbolize how the Tohoku area has recovered. Right. This unilateral move just set the area back decades if not more. No one will trust the Japanese government's claims of safety and local industry will lose significant revenue.
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Not dealt properly the first time, or the second time so this guy thinks he's got a free pass. He needs to get the book thrown at him, maybe literally too.
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No surprise here. I'm sure there are a lot of government officials out partying and going on tours as well. Seems to be the thing to do now...
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Japan is so far behind, I think the government needs a counseling session with Megan Rapinoe.
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So much for the "recovery" Olympics supposedly to tout the Tohoku region's recovery. This will be a huge setback for their fishing industry, as no one will be buying fish from their area anymore.
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Sloppy anti-terrorism measures. Whew, can't say anymore than that. And while this is going on, Suga and Kishi met with the Fisheries cooperative chairman to discuss releasing contaminated water into the ocean. LDP and TEPCO are a real pair.
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Putin is ruthlessly competent. Either way, this does not bode well for the people of Russia or the world.
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Idiot, has no clue. Maybe he can pay and care for all the children born out of wedlock. Or maybe he's going to enact laws to protect these babies? Idiot.
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Duh....I don't know why Japan seems to think it's unique. Just look at all the data from other countries that have already set the precedent. The big difference is Japan's lack of testing and genome sequencing, there is a lot of asymptomatic transmission going on out there that they don't have eyes on. It's ok though, we've got Go to Golden Week and the Olympics to keep up our morale...
12 ( +16 / -4 )
Sweet nothings from an incompetent leader.
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If for anyone, the Olympics for her. Well done, and I hope you remain healthy.
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Suga being the first foreign leader to visit the U.S. is proof of nothing, it's only self-glorifying. All other leaders are refraining because of Covid and understand how busy the U.S. government is in cleaning up after Trump. If Biden visited Japan before any other country then Kato could say what he did, but not in these circumstances. What an idiot.
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Yeah, I wonder what the reason is for this sudden popularity in being a cop? There haven't been any real life situations that have placed them in a favorable light, perhaps TV glorifying their deeds? Interesting to note that a country with an aging population which will require more medical and care providers wasn't mentioned.
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To paraphrase one of the interviewees, "people were feeling more optimistic and willing to travel more." Therein lies the problem. Unfortunately no matter what measures these establishments take, if the customers don't practice the basic protocols, it's all for naught.
0 ( +9 / -9 )
Japanese establishments have cute little posters saying that they won't conduct business with "anti-social groups" aka organized crime. Just change the name junta or military government to organized crime and voila; simple as that. Any company continuing to work in Myanmar is complicit. Divest now. Just FYI, along with the people's movement, foreign divestment played a major role in bringing down the apartheid government in S.A.
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For the nay-sayers, let me remind you that Peter Norman the Aussie in the photo also protested in his own way by wearing the badge of the Olympic Project of Human Rights. For standing with his fellow athletes he was ostracized when he returned home and although the best in his class in AU he was not welcomed for the Munich Olympics. Tommie Smith and John Carlos offered eulogies and were the pallbearers for Norman at his funeral. Muhammad Ali became a Muslim and refused the draft and was against the Vietnam war. He was ostracized, hated, and was stripped of his title and the best years of his boxing career. When he made his comeback and proved himself all over again people called him The Greatest and he became an iconic hero. Where were these people when he was speaking his conscious and hated? Luz Long, a German befriended Jesse Owens in front of Hitler at the Berlin Olympics. Luz Long later was in the Wehrmacht and died in the war. Jesse Owens would later be the best man for Luz Long's son, Karl. "Shut up and dribble" is not an option anymore and people had better get used to it.
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Japan Slams? Me thinks the title of the article is a bit overstated. Japan has not and cannot slam anything, it's just not in the DNA. If anyone needs slamming now it's the junta in Myanmar but no slamming from Japan.
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Oh, and you are now a medical expert? I have not heard one medical or academic expert say that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Many medical experts are hopeful that the vaccination will be able to control this virus but they say it with hesitancy because of the disproportionate distribution throughout the world. Of all places, look at how slow the roll out is in the host country, for crying out loud...
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Aside from the obvious medical perspective against the games, from a purely business perspective these games should have also been cancelled last year. If any Joe Blow Tanaka businessman had a cost overrun similar to the games the project would have been terminated and the person fired. Bach just wants to keep his 75% of the TV rights, everything else be damned. Japan's take was at the gates but since this has significantly decreased there's no further monetary incentive to hold the games except to line the pockets of the IOC. Wake up Japan!
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