Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: Takeda to import 50 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine See in context

Takeda to import 50 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine - which does not exist yet.

In other words - Japan's throwing our money at Trump's imaginary "Operation Warp Speed"

https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/08/11/trump-administration-collaborates-with-moderna-produce-100-million-doses-covid-19-investigational-vaccine.html

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Posted in: Halloween revelry in Japan to take new forms during pandemic See in context

The Fun Police have been trying to stop this "Young people having fun in an unregulated manner" for at least five years.

Maybe if the Yaks could get their cut, selling goldfish and candyfloss like they do at summer festivals, it might not be so controversial.

But good luck trying to stop red-blooded boys and girls from enjoying themselves. Old men have tutted at it since time began and they have never managed it yet.

If you can pack the trains every morning and night, and throw untold billions at an Olympic megaspreader event, young people can have a giggle for one night a year. Good luck to them, I say.

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Posted in: JR East to bring forward last train departures on 17 lines in Tokyo See in context

Normal schedule, one train per hour throughout the night. Otherwise can you imagine the crush at last-train time?

Hello COVID!

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Posted in: Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water See in context

Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water

Translation: Suga vows to announce the decision to release the water into the ocean which was made years ago, but which Abe was too afraid of Fishing Lobby pushback to carry out.

This is going in the sea. So let us have no more of the "Japanese seafood is healthy" recitals. You poison your food source, it stops being healthy.

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Posted in: JR East to bring forward last train departures on 17 lines in Tokyo See in context

"Demand for the services will not return (to pre-coronavirus levels) even after the pandemic ends,"

So you want people to pay through the nose for Olympic tickets, jump through hoops and pay premium prices for flights, risk death by COVID and endure heatstroke in late July, then not be able to get back to their hotels at night?

Yeah, that's a pretty flexible definition of Omotenashi you have there.

Count me out.

Just scrap this nonsense. It's not going to happen. Skip to 2024 and reset.

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Posted in: There is still great uncertainly about whether Tokyo can host the Olympics next summer. When do you think a final decision should be made? See in context

The decision should have already been made. We can't have the Olympics next year. Scrap them, and stop funnelling money down the gullets of Mori and his parasitic ilk.

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Posted in: Harris, Pence clash over Trump's coronavirus record at VP debate See in context

The results of the debate:

Winner: Kamala Harris

Runner-up: The Fly on Pence's head

Loser: Mike Pence.

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Posted in: Father arrested over death of one-month-old daughter in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

Life, no parole, daily beatings. Anyone against?

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Posted in: Trial of man indicted for killing, storing bodies of 9 people in apartment to begin Sept 30 See in context

It's three years since the body parts were found in his home and this monster confessed to the crimes.

Why are we going to trial now? Just let him swing.

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Posted in: Japan to allow more people at events from Sept 19 See in context

Discerning, unsheeplike, independent-minded

Are we talking about the same people here, @ChristopherGlen?

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Posted in: Ikee makes competitive comeback after leukemia treatment See in context

A magnificent recovery. Let's see a full public apology from the bloated incompetent Sakurada, who decided in his rank insensitivity to criticise this inspirational athlete when she was stricken by this hellish disease..

A man who can't use a computer has the brass gall to be "disappointed" by Ms Ikee? Hang your head in shame, Sakurada. How dare you keep your snout in the trough?

Oh that's right. Because you don't have 0.001% of the honour or strength of character Ms Ikee has.

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Posted in: Health experts decry Trump's shunning of virus rules See in context

What an egregious abuse of a federal building this was. Using the People's House for a political propaganda parade of shameless Bizarro-world untruth, with a horde of maskless cultists jammed up together in the garden Melania just got through stripping of a century of history.

An utter disgrace.

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Posted in: Japan, with eye on Olympics, lines up half a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine See in context

Japan, eyeing Olympics, lines up half a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine WHICH DOES NOT EXIST YET.

There, fixed it.

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Posted in: Who is next after Abe? Potential successors See in context

Please please please not Aso again. His first tenure was risible. We are in serious times. Give us a serious leader.

Oh what am I thinking? Some other geriatric Nippon Kaigi ultranationalist millionaire will have to do.

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Posted in: Abe says decision to resign before accomplishing his goals 'gut-wrenching' See in context

Leaving now like he left first time.

Still, no doubt he and his friends got their nests well feathered with their slice of the 47 BILLION they stung us for the Abenomasks. A much more comfortable retirement awaits him than for most of the people who have to pay for his failed policies.

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Posted in: Gov't to lift ban on reselling masks and hand sanitizer on Aug 29 See in context

And here we go again - get ready for the empty shelves, folks.

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Posted in: Trump to keep pushing allies to pay 'fair share' of defense costs in 2nd term See in context

How a man who hasn't paid his taxes for decades gets the gall to talk about "paying your fair share" tells you all you need to know about the hypocrisy of this painted buffoon.

Tragically, 42% of US voters are OK with that.

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Posted in: After hospital visit, Abe says he will do his utmost as prime minister See in context

Hmmm....two follow-ups to a routine check-up? That doesn't sound like a man who's fit for the job.

And he never was. Colossal failure.

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Posted in: Arrested lawmaker's fingerprints found on bills offered as bribe See in context

I'm shocked - shocked - to learn that an LDP politician would be involved in bribery, corruption, and sordid goings-on in the gambling industry.

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Posted in: Pelosi says U.S. postmaster general has no plans to restore mail cuts See in context

The last news I saw was dozens of locked mailboxes. This is an unprecedented power grab.

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Posted in: Schools restart across Japan after short summer vacation See in context

My family in England, with kids at regular state-run schools, are amazed and disappointed that a country with such a futuristic reputation as Japan has can't figure out how to do online learning. My 10-year-old nephew has been getting online lessons from March, and can't believe that my daughter, in ultra-modern Tokyo has to go to the school every few weeks, pick up some textbooks and plough through them on her own, with no input from the teacher.

Then she gets to sit in an assembly hall with 200 other kids to get tested on what nobody taught her.

It's a disgrace. Monolithic, institutionalised fossilisation.

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Posted in: Schools restart across Japan after short summer vacation See in context

A pound to a penny says we'll be back to the Good old days of six-day schoolweek as standard this time next year.

If in doubt, step back 40 years.

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Posted in: Schools restart across Japan after short summer vacation See in context

"Let's do our best to be able to say that we all made it through 2020, despite the novel coronavirus and the heat," he said

Good work, sir. That'll do it.

Just watch the numbers rise as the kids come home to Mama and Obaachan.

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Posted in: Abe leaves hospital after health check-up See in context

I heard he's suffering from a condition called "kakkibotti"?

I'm not sure of the spelling - has anyone else heard of this?

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Posted in: Abe leaves hospital after health check-up See in context

Abe's pulling a sickie - things must be bad. Much easier to go on the sick than stand up and deal with all the problems you made, eh, Shin-chan?

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Posted in: Abe to avoid visit to Yasukuni Shrine on 75th anniversary of war's end: report See in context

Oh look - I was right.

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Posted in: 1 in 7 young bureaucrats in Japan intend to quit in a few years: poll See in context

No service zangyo in the bureaucracy. I was talking to a bloke working for a major government office who told me he wasn't busy but he took a taxi home at 3am (From Kasumigaseki to Yokohama, on our dime) because he was saving up to go to Machu Picchu.

Didn't even think it was worth pretending he wasn't bilking the taxpayer. Just a systemic assumption that, if your bum's in the chair, you're getting paid. And we just stump up the cash and thank them for their "hard work."

Parasites.

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Posted in: Grounded Japanese try virtual overseas holidays See in context

This looks like a lot of fun! I love sharing one narrow tube with strangers when we're not going anywhere.

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Posted in: Grounded Japanese try virtual overseas holidays See in context

Why so many thumbs down for pointing out that this is nothing like First Class conditions?

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Posted in: Grounded Japanese try virtual overseas holidays See in context

Business class/ First class experience where everyone has to watch the same film at the same time?

Even in economy class, individual seatback entertainment consoles have been the norm for at least 15 years.

Whoever spun this as a luxury experience is a hell of a salesman.

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