How many were tested? Without info on what proportion of the sample this 143 is, the number is meaningless.
If they tested 20,000 (I can dream, can't I?) this is great news.
If they tested 200, not so much.
If they only tested once people presented themselves to hospital already sick, pretty dire.
Give us some facts.
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Let's take a moment to thank VP Mike Pence, and Golden Boy Jack-of-all-trades Jared Kushner for the splendid job they've done spearheading the Coronavirus Task Force. Just five months in, and they've killed more than WWI and Vietnam combined.
Jared certainly earned the emergency small business relief fund money Big Daddy Don funnelled to him.
What an abject failure.
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The politicization of mask-wearing during a pandemic is one of the most egregious failures of the Trump Presidency.
Look at this clown, milking the death of George Floyd to "comic" effect, to bellows of "Freedom" from his crowd of assembled Trumpa-Loompas:
I think I heard it best expressed a coupe of days ago by a doctor coming off a long shift at the over-capacity ICU:
"If you can't breathe with a cotton mask on, then you really don't want to get coronavirus".
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This kicked off the instant things reached the point of no return during my morning visit to the lav.
The wife's running around, banging on the bog door, panicking, "It's an earthquake! Earthquake!"
I had very few options available, mobility-wise, so I just commanded it to stop, and mighty Poseidon heeded my word.
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Well now - how did I guess this was a member of our venerable retired community throwing his entitled weight about?
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led by Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a physician who ... chaired a commission on the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Oh, right, because we got that little hiccup under control really quickly, didn't we?
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Anyone who believes the LDP figures on anything is a gullible sap.
Remember when they told us it was just steam escaping from the Fukushima Nuclear Plant? And that Fukushima was totally under control?
And more recently, how there was no COVID-19 problem until the day after the Olympics got cancelled?
Fool me once, shame on you. Tell me more lies, you get called a lying b'stard.
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It's a small miracle that anything of worth has been achieved given the total shambles that passes for a government in this country.
Alfie Noakes, that's the most wonderful assessment I've ever heard...but never mind...
The LDP still seems to be following the Trump route of if you don't test, you don't get bad news. That's the reason I didn't take the JLPT. If I don't test, who's to say I don't have perfect Japanese skills?
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It was quite a jolt, but at that time in the morning it would take a lot more to get me out of bed. Mrs. Grebe was running around flapping, "Earthquake! Earthquake!"
So raised my mighty arm and commanded it to stop. And lo, it stopped.
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You know, for someone who likes to think of him self as a tough guy, Trump seems to spend an awful lot of time whining like a spoilt child.
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The main choices seem to be bland salt, bland seaweed or bland cheese. Or bland salt with red dust on it, which makes something chilli, apparently, with none of that troublesome spiciness to injure the delicate Japanese palate.
Unless you're prepared to fork out 280 yen for an imported pack with flavour (which I'm not), you're stuck with "various" bland crisps here.
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foreign tourists wont be necessary.
You might want to try explaining that to the Government, who so very wisely placed all their eggs for a economic rebirth into the basket of encouraging foreign tourism.
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I was waiting for this to be one of the perennial "while the unemployed parents went inside to play pachinko" stories. Oh well, the summer's only just beginning. Give it time. It will happen.
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"We can simplify and reduce the cost of the games. That is our full concentration."
Reduce costs? With Cryptkeeper Mor and his LDP cronies' snouts in the trough funnelling barrels of cash to Dentsu?
This whole fiasco was a white elephant we couldn't afford from the beginning. Just scrap it. 2024 is the only viable option - if civilisation can survive that long.
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Oh look! I guess they finally found that magic money tree which wasn't able to fund education or childcare for 40 years.
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The experts are imploring the government to delay its decision on releasing the radioactive water
Sorry, experts, the decision was made in a smoky back room several years ago. They're just waiting for a moment when people will be preoccupied with something else, so the can get away with it unnoticed.
Tick tock - oh quick - look over there (flush).
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Thanks DrLucifer. Just when I thought Abe couldn't sink any lower, he pulls this scam on a country in crisis.
The goon never ceases to disappoint.
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Look, every year we read about 2-year olds left in cars while the parents go to play pachinko for 6 hours.
Every year we read about some venerable 88-year-old died of heatstroke, working in a rice field at 12 noon on the hottest day of the year.
Every year we read about kids and their proud parents, at school sports days, collapsing with heatstroke.
I really don't think the masks are going to make the slightest difference.
What might help would be if the government would stop pruning the trees lining the hot streets to within an inch of their lives every year. If the pavements had a welcome shadow on them, they wouldn't be radiating the sun back up into the airless streets.
Maybe if we had a bit of shade, we wouldn't be so damn hot all the time.
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As a matter of fact, Japan's hygiene standards are well above the Western "civilised"world,
I'm sorry, Ebisen, but that's bolleaux.
Disposal of household trash? Vinyl bags in the street.
Need a poo at the station, or when you're out in the park with your kids? Good luck finding soap in the washrooms.
If you're 60 or over, you've got carte blanche to pee and gob in the street.
Japan does seem to have largely evaded the plague. But it ain't because of some mystical WarewareNihonjin cleanliness.
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I made a point of thanking the revered member of our retired community who hawked up a good old-fashioned courtesy bolus of phlegm on the pavement outside my apartment this morning. He's in his 70s, you see, and of pure blood, so I have much to learn from his wisdom.
Maybe talking out of only one side of your mouth like Aso does has some kind of epidemiological effect?
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Perhaps, according to LDP plan, I haven't heard anything about the Abenoalcohol scandal. Do you have a link we could take a squint at and learn more about the tawdry business?
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76 billion for this is nothing. I'm still waiting for my 46.6 billion Abe mask which neither works, nor fits, nor arrives.
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as sit was the CIA who installed the LDP, and a common mantra was always to label any protester in Japan as a communist, which justified any and all police/judicial action.
Gee, ya don't say?
Still, wouldn't it be nice if people started to stand up for themselves, rather than bow in acquiescence to a CIA/Yakuza cursus honorum?
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For once in my whole life, I will say this:
Japan should be more like America.
Citizens should be enraged, take to the streets, and demand change.
But they never, never will. LDP will be reelected next time, regardless of how blatant and extortionate the corruption is displayed.
Democracy never happened here. This place is a feudal kharzi.
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When I am out walking my dog, three weeks since I started working from home, I see our venerable elders, mask pulled down over their Adams Apple sneaking a swif
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Face it: When you get a legion of inept, bullying office oyajis with no kohais to bully and no daily ritual of subordinates making ceremonial displays of respect to them, these sad b@stards are going to take their frustration out on whoever is closest.
And when you're locked up with a woman they consider as a chattel - guess what happens next?
If - and I'm not holding my breath here - any factual data ever reaches us about how COVID affected the populace, we are going to see a whole lot of brutalised women and kids in this burg.
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Friends and donors of the LDP elite - we now declare this trough open.
Get your snouts deep in it and fill your bellies. There will be no accountability, or awkward questions asked. Feel free to lay your serfs off any time you see fit, and pocket the cash anyway. What are they going to do about it - vote differently? Don't make me laugh.
It's party time for the well-connected, and three generations of hardship, austerity and crumbs from the table for the rest of us.
Next stop - the Olympic swindle!
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I would love to find out what the relationship is between Abe and whoever got the 46.6Billion yen contract to produce these masks, which don't fit, don't work, and don't arrive until the hordes start piling back onto commuter trains.
That must be one hell of a brown envelope.
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