Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: Japan has entered 4th wave of COVID-19 infections, says gov't panel chief See in context

It really is an utter disgrace that with less that 100 days before the all-important Olympic boondoggle is planned to kick off to empty stadiums, this inept, incompetent corrupt government is still sitting on its hands with vaccination.

For utra-modern Japan, hell-bent on showcasing humanity's victory over the virus (which hasn't happened) to be on a par with Zimbabwe and Botswana in vaccination numbers is shameful.

But come election time, it's another LDP clean sweep. Democracy didn't happen here.

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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

And the award for, “Most vapid set of meaningless cliches in one speech” goes to…


FFS. A wonderful Olympics for everyone (with their snout in the trough)


“pledged to suppress the spread of the coronavirus in the Japanese capital” ohhh why didn’t anybody else think of that? Think of all the lives and economic ruin that could have been saved if we’d only had the common sense to pledge. I didn’t realise you could neutralise the virus with a magic spell like that.

Disparate Virosum!


What an absolute shambles. But never mind – look at the mascots! They have big eyes! Say they are kawaii! Go on…say it!

Then get your hands in your pocket because you’re going to be paying for this heist until the day you die.

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Posted in: Do you think that once the pandemic ends and travel resumes, there will be strong international demand for tourism to Japan? See in context

I suppose it will depend on how many years it takes Japan to catch up with vaccination.

Until then, we will continue to be a giant Petri dish which no rational person would dream of visiting.

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

36.5% of Japanese people polled said they were happy with Japan being ranked alongside Zimbabwe in terms of vaccination coverage?

What would it take for these people to be dissatisfied? Me moving in next door, probably.

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Posted in: Japan starts COVID-19 vaccinations for elderly See in context

Vaccine deliveries to the country's prefectures started last week with 100 boxes, each enough for two shots for 500 people, so far distributed.

50,000 people. Absolitely pathetic.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

"I'll keep my fun to a minimum," added the woman

Ah, there's your life summed up in a nutshell, dutiful citizen.

Get on the packed commuter train every morning. Sit through your pointless, ceremonial meetings that could be carried out just as well on Zoom, or even better, scrapped for the tine-wasting rituals they are. Go to busy shops, bars and restaurants to buy things you don't need. Get on the packed commuter train home every night.

Get your hand in your pockets to pay for the Olympics 80% of you don't want, and which the rest of the world has given up on.

Do as you are told. Just don't enjoy yourself, and all will be well.

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Posted in: Name some movies that left you so confused at the end that you couldn't really figure out what they were about. See in context

I'm with Hito Bito on The Shining. Probably Jack's zenith as an actor (He's kind of fallen into a Jack Nicholson impression of himself in much of the stuff he's done since), but if he'd been driven mad by the hotel, that would have made sense.

But the picture at the end where he was there before he was born? What? I don't understand.

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Posted in: Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection See in context

Wow, what a phenomenal surprise. Whoever could have predicted this?

In other news, Bear uses pristine forest as lavatory scandal.

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Posted in: Leukemia survivor Ikee wins another Olympic swimming berth See in context

Wow, a downvote for respecting a cancer survivor. Thanks, LDP. Have a good time at the trough we're paying for.

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Posted in: Leukemia survivor Ikee wins another Olympic swimming berth See in context

You will be looking for a long time before you find anyone who cares less about sport than I do, but I must say I am delighted to witness this amazing young woman 1) beat cancer and 2) stick one over on the decrepid, corrupt old dinosaur Mori, who had the audacity to criticise her for having the audacity to fall ill when she was required by his Olympics cash cow.

Good for you, Ikee-san, and Mori - succk it.

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Posted in: Rapid coronavirus testing centers to open at Tokyo's Haneda airport See in context

Oh right - so if you're coming here from overseas you get rapid testing as a matter of course (even though you need to have provided a negative test before you're llowed on a plane), but if you live here and pay taxes, you can't get a test unless you're at death's door?

Thanks. LDP. Let's Heartful Olympic.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 545 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs 905 See in context

I realise that we’re going over old ground here, but I’ll say it again: these figures don’t make any sense.


Yesterday: 555 cases, out of 1846 tests. 30% positivity.

Today: 545 cases out of 10826 tests. 5% positivity.


Tokyo/Kanagawa conurbation = 30 million people. Even using the low 5% stats, that’s 1.5 million in this burg with COVID.

What’s going on?

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Posted in: Shimane Prefecture OKs Olympic torch relay after initial opposition See in context

Watching Channel 4 news this morning - they were full-on Politpureau propaganda mode. "2020 plus one!", complete with authorised gestures was being rammed down our throats.

Full-throated applause, cute waves, joyous throngs of grateful citizens dutifully applauding the torch as it brought its healing rays through their grateful streets.

Real 1984 stuff. Doubleplus good.

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Posted in: Suga to meet fishing industry chief over nuclear waste water disposal See in context


"Suga to meet fishing Indusry chief to discuss how big a large envelope it will take to make sure nobody makes any inconvenient noise when these tonnes of radioactive pollution get dealt with by the the highly scientific method of emptying them down the grid."

Various options for disposing of the water? My w!inking r!ingpiece. it's going down the grid.

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay to be barred from Osaka public roads: governor See in context

Ah, that's very appropriate.

Now the relay will be kept out of the public eye. Much like the deals in back rooms which signed our tax revenue away for generations, and the accounts of where the money went, and the favours owed between public entities and the - ahem - "groups" which we all know control the construction industry, and the final bill. None of that information will be public, as long as water is wet.

This is the problem with selling something as a celebration of victory over adversity when no victory has happened. Fukushima is not recovered - despite Mario milking that emotional blackmail to and the bid in the first place. Mankind has not triumphed over Coronavirus, despite the lies of the JOC schills.

You can't celebrate something until it has happened.

Sadly, though, you can bill the taxpayers for the celebration.

Can we just pretend this nonsense five-ring circus already happened, and stop throwing more money at it?

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 says not true that Osaka leg of torch relay has been canceled See in context

Just scrap this nonsense. Even the PM of the host country is not being permitted to give information on the greatest waste of money in living memory wthout being cancelled by Dentsu.

My firends in 9 countries all report there is absolutely no interest in, or news of, the Olympics. literally the only people still flogging this dead horse are he JOC nd Dentsu.

It's done. Forget it. Invest the money somewhere valid.

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Posted in: ANA provides luxury meal experience on parked airplane in Tokyo See in context


Boozing on a plane is a no-no.

Are you serious? It's the best bit!

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Posted in: Terumo begins production of 7-shot syringe for COVID-19 vaccine See in context

Ohhh right - so now a Japanese manufacturer is involved, maybe we can start trying to catch up to Zimbabwe in the vaccination game? Nothing in this burg that can't be solved by a dose of protectionism. Global pandemic? Pfui. Make sure Japan Inc gets their slice and maybe then we'll start thinking of doing something about it.

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Posted in: Amazon to bring workers back to offices by fall See in context

Lucky Amazon.

My boss started bringing staff back to the office last month, where nobody has been vaccinated and he, his boss and a whole pack of oyajis walk around for most of the day with no mask on.

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Posted in: 23 health ministry employees party until midnight despite virus restrictions See in context

I really hope the voters remember this gross hypocrisy next election season.

Some chance.

Hope you've got deep pockets, folks - they're making it abundantly clear that your money is their money, to do with as they choose.

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Posted in: Osaka reports more new coronavirus cases than Tokyo; nationwide tally 1,785 See in context

I think the word "reports" is doing a lot of the heavy lifting in this sentence.

Anyone who believes that these numbers are even vaguely connected to the numbers of real infectins is welcome to visit the seminar I'm giving for real estate property on the Rainbow Bridge.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay providing cultural showcase amid pandemic See in context

The torch relay for the Tokyo showcasing Japan's culture, history and landscapes

Showcasing to whom? Only those people currently living in the areas through which the torch passes.

Literally nobody else in the world gives a monkey's about this.

Is anyone else getting a bit sick of this desperate Pravda-esque phrasing of this boondoggle into a triumphant parade of glory?

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay ignites business recovery hope of Fukushima flag maker See in context

You see it here plainly, folks.

If you do not pin your colours to the Olympic mast, you have Japanese small businesses.

Never mind that this poor bloke should have better things to hope for than three weeks of running and jumping that no tourists will be able to attend.

Stop thinking, stop asking questions, let's heartful Olympic, and then empty your pockets for the next 40 years. Dentsu needs paying..

Don't forget to vote LDP again, unless you hate people like mr. Abiko.

No more thinking. You're getting the Olympics. Love the Olympics. You are required to do so.

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Posted in: Mori makes another offensive remark toward women See in context

There are a number of things this preposterous pantaloon is not too old to call.

Remember a few weeks ago, when he was "too important to fire"? When the Olympics would collapse without his wisdom?

Well he took his payoff, the grift goes on, and he still doesn't have the nous to keep his hoary, sake-staind gob shut.

And we are supposed to keep paying him for input like this?

Can this parasite. What a loathsome old tool he is. Every time he opens his draw he makes Japan look worse. Why are we paying him?

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Posted in: First day of Olympic torch relay ends with waves, smiles and protests See in context

 "The small flame did not lose hope, and just like the cherry blossom buds that are ready to bloom, it was waiting for this day."

Oh, for eff's sake. The award for tritest bit of propaganda Newspeak goes to...

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Posted in: First day of Olympic torch relay ends with waves, smiles and protests See in context

First day of Olympic torch relay ends with waves, smiles and a big slap-up feed at a steak restaurant on the taxpayer dime for the Dentsu/NTT/LDP elite, to celebrate jamming this white elephant through.

Couple of hefty tabs got signed off in Ginza hostess clubs last night, too, I don't doubt.

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Posted in: Many Japanese celebrities have no burning desire to be involved in torch relay See in context

Many Japanese citizens (80%) have no interest in holding the Olympics at all. As mentioned above, this is just to line the pockets of Dentsu and NTT.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay begins in Fukushima amid COVID-19 fears See in context

I have to say that, after winning this bid with the emotional blackmail of the victims of Fukushima, then ignoring the area totally for years while all the juicy construction grift was getting siphoned into Tokyo, it’s really pretty sickening to see the poor people of Fukushima getting trotted out again for propaganda purposes. Support the shambolic Olympics, or you don’t care about the victims. In the meantime, pockets keep getting stuffed in NTT, Dentsu and smoky back rooms in Kasumigaseki.

No masks in any of these pics either – what happened, the victory over the virus we’re supposed to be celebrating?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 420 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,917 See in context

My train this morning had the standard crush - no space to move your arms - and maybe 50% of the masks in use covered the nose.

But the SoE is over - let's Heartful Olympic! Now those worrisome foreigners can't come with all their dangerous gaijin cooties.

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Posted in: Japan spends billions on technology for absent Olympic fans See in context


Someone in the LDP gives his mate at NTT billions of our money for no good reason, in an unaccountable backroom deal, on a nod and a wink while the taxpayers prepare to get squeezed dry for the next two generations.

Fixed it.

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