Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: Japan to raise prices of imported wheat by 19% See in context

And the price of Japanese rice will remain unchanged?

Why, it's almost as if someone was in the business of pandering to the Japanese agricultural lobby.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,273 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 8,807 See in context

7,000 tests results in a low number of positives.

Gee, whoever would have thought?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,915 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 13,638 See in context

3,112 tests.

An outrage.

1,916 positive cases.

65% positivity.

A very bad number.

I expect the comments on this news to be shut down very soon.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,704 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 24,976 See in context

AntiquesavingToday  05:50 pm JST

As with every day, tomorrow it will be adjusted higher by about 3000 tests.

And as if by magic, the number of positive cases will remain unchanged. As with every day.

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Posted in: Tokyo Paralympics confirm 1st COVID-19 hospitalization See in context

A person from overseas linked with the Paralympics, but not an athlete, has been hospitalized after testing positive on Monday for the coronavirus. The patient is not displaying severe symptoms, committee spokesman Masanori Takaya said.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Japanese taxpayers with symptoms are being told to sweat it out at home with their fingers crossed because there are no hospital beds available for them.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,704 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 24,976 See in context

With 12,389 tests carried out yesterday, I make that pretty close to a 38% positivity rate.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,074 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,492 See in context

Is there any reason the usual link to the official page of test numbers vs. poz cases has been omitted from today's report, Mod?

Looks a little fishy to just take the stats away like that...

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Posted in: Bond movie 'No Time To Die' finally gets London premiere See in context

Any word on when it will be released in Japan?

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Posted in: Smoke confirmed at Hamaoka nuclear plant; 2nd time within a week See in context

Don't worry, everything is fine, they say.

I can remember the Japanese government telling us that the explosions we all saw at Fukushima were only steam escaping.

You will forgive me if I maintain a healthy scepticism.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,962 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,854 See in context

2490 tests.

2962 positive cases.

How does that work?

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Posted in: 3 cabinet members, Abe visit Yasukuni Shrine; Suga sends offering See in context

I think what we can all take from this is tht Abe thinks his corruption accusations have all blown over, so his bowel problems have miraculously healed up. So watch out Leadership elections - Shin-chan Kackybotty is back!

Suga's on the way out and there are a lot of delusional old Obaasans who will be more than willing to vote this fascist Trump-lackey into office again for third bite of the cherry and a third chance to drag the country down even further.

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Posted in: What are your feelings about the upcoming Paralympics which begin on Aug 24? See in context

I will bet you a pound to a penny that the Paralympics will be cancelled.

For the Olympics, we got sold this sob story about how we have to keep the show going because these brave young people have trained all their lives for this chance (like athletes have the monopoly on disappointment).

It worked, people fell for the emotional blackmail, Bach filled his Swiss bank account and scuttled off.

Now the money's gone, we will see a sudden "regrettable" realisation that it's grotesquely irresponsible to hold a major sporting event in an largely unvaccinated host country, and we will be expected to accept that the Paralympic athletes - who genuinely HAVE overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dream - should shrug, say "Shoganai" and return to being out of sight, the way a lot of people here seem to prefer them.

There's less money for the cartels with their snouts in the trough. Thus the Paralympic dream will be sacrificed.

Just watch.

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Posted in: Do you think employers should have the right to require workers returning to their offices to be vaccinated against the coronavirus? See in context

It took my idiot boss three separate outbreaks in our office, and three separate bills of ¥2 million - all in July - before he finally acknowledged that his decision to force the unvaccinated workers back to the office wasn't a good idea.

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Posted in: 7,943 taken to hospital to be treated for heatstroke from Aug 2-8 See in context

I was wondering when we would start getting the annual reports of heatstroke.

Apparently we just had to wait until the Runny Jumpy Show left town before we get a reminder that the Tokyo summer is brutal.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,612 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,574 See in context

5088 tests, 2612 positive.

That's over 51% positivity.

Remind me again about how safe the last two weeks were, please, Mr. Suga? Your German chum seems to have skipped town with a lot of luggage marked "Swag".

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Posted in: Suga thanks people for helping to hold safe Olympics during pandemic See in context

I once got mugged in a back street of Manchester.

It wasn't a voluntary transaction, but as he walked away with my wallet, the thug who held the upper hand in the negotiations said "Cheers, mate"

And I feel better about that robbery than this,

Because that thief robbed from me once, and was very persuasive.

Suga's empty words from his charisma-vacuum face are a precursor to an ongoing robbery every month until the day I die.

If you are going to steal from me, do me the courtesy of having a little pizzazz.

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Posted in: Hot-shot director Waititi shares indigenous humor in 'Reservation Dogs' See in context

I've loved every film I've ever seen that Taika has had a hand in.

But he is really going to have to excel himself to improve on Flash Gordon. I can't imagine anyone outdoing Brian Blessed.

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Posted in: Measures that made Tokyo Olympics possible also left public disconnected See in context

Tokyo public ignored to make Olympics possible.

There. Fixed it.

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Posted in: Counting the coronavirus cost at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Has anyone else noticed that this summer, unlike every other of the 25 summers I have been here, there has been no press coverage of the number of deaths caused by heatstroke?

Perhaps the Olympics have some kind of magic influence to keep perennial tragedies from happening?

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Posted in: Counting the coronavirus cost at Tokyo Olympics See in context


To your list of people you've seen out and about (and I can concur that Akihabara seems to be a popular venue for startlingly healthy-looking young men in the same outfit over the last couple of weeks), I would like to add the three members of different athletic teams who were able to visit a friend of mine on different days last week and enjoy his hospitality.

My friend assures me that, in accordance with protocol, the condoms the squad was issued with were not used, presumably so that they can be taken back to the athletes' home countries to spread the message of how to behave responsibly.

There is no bubble. There never was a bubble.

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Posted in: As pandemic Olympics come to a close, Japan asks: What did Games mean? See in context

What did the White Elephant Olympics mean?

Well, for the people who live here, 80% of whom didn't want this boondoggle, they mean increased tax bills, starting from the next budget day and lasting for generations, until we make up the hole left by Bach's heist.

It will mean the people of Tohoku will continue to live within help or hope, because these things cost money and Bach took it all.

Families with in Japan will find there is no money for daycare, nor investment in education, nor an even remotely livable state pension, because the funding to improve the lot of the Japanese taxpayers is now resting comfortably in Bach's Swiss bank account.

These games mean Japan is broke for forty years.

I hope you enjoyed the running and jumping and splashing around. Now get ready to pay for it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,566 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 15,753 See in context

4566 positives out of 10,900 tests.

This is out of control.

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Posted in: Suga says Paralympics spectators to be decided in line with COVID situation See in context

I confidently expect the Paralympics to be cancelled.

With so much less money at stake, suddenly the dreams and aspirations of the athletes who have dedicated their lives to this shining moment will be scrapped in the suddenly-important name of preventing the spread of the virus.

I hope I am wrong, but just wait and see.

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Posted in: Number of Games-related COVID infections rises to 387 See in context

Mr. Bach, only a few weeks ago you told us that the COVID risk of your cash cow was zero.

Would you care to step out of the 3M yen per night suite we are paying for to comment on this?

No, I didn't think you would.

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Posted in: Do you think that the state of emergency in Tokyo has become a state of complacency? See in context

There IS NO State of Emergency. There is ceremonial window-dressing.

Commuter trains are packed cheek-by-jowl every day, with at least 20% of oyajis still not wearing their masks over their noses.

Offices remain packed because Shachos can't comprehend the idea that remote working won't cause the end of civilisation.

Shopping centres, Amusement parks, Lunchtime restaurants, bars before the magical hour of 19:59 are thronging with people.

We have to pretend the magic Aegis of not having a drink in a pub after 8pm will magically protect us from the virus' infectivity. You can go to a coffee shop, though, if you like.

The virus only clocks on at 8pm, and even then only if you're enjoying a beer or two.

We will have 4,000 new cases in Tokyo again today. Just watch.

There IS NO state of emergency.

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Posted in: Suga says no link between Olympics and virus surge See in context

"Since we have imposed virus-curbing measures, such as cutting the flow of people (in public) 

I'm assuming Dear Leader hasn't used Shinjuku station, the Ginza Line, or any commuter train rammed to 240% capacity during the current SoE?

The flow of people is like herded sheep. If 20 million sheep could be herded at the same time.

If you are going to tell me a lie, you charisma vacuum, tell me a good lie. Don't micturate on my face and tell me it's raining.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

Does everyone remember this?

Two weeks ago, when the cases were 1/3 of where we are now, the parasite Bach left his 3M-per night hotel suite (which we are paying for) to say how safe the anti-virus protocols were.

I wonder if we will hear an update on his evaluation?

Not a chance. He will sit, counting his millions, in the luxury we are paying for until it's time for him to leave for his next victim.

This is organised crime.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

There is no State of Emergency. Commuter trains are still packed and the Olympic Bubble is non-existent. Athletes and their squad will (ahem) socialise. That's what they do.

I am sick of restaurants having to close at 8 when the hordes of commuters are still expected to troop onto packed trains twice a day.

This super-spreader was a mathematical certainty.

Only a government entirely out of touch with reality, having sold its soul to the IOC, could even dare to profess alarm at this late stage, when theinevitable results of their inadequacy come to fruition.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

This is more than 1,000 more than two days ago.

It's out of control.

Never mind - look at the shiny medals! Look at the shiny!

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Posted in: TV viewership for Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony 56.4% in Japan See in context

I switched off when there was some bloke in a shroud-type thing throwing himself on the floor in clouds of dust. I'm assuming it was some form of self-pitying "we Japanese are unique in having suffered" schtick, but when his gown flopped over his head by mistake and he had to do the rest of his convulsions blindfold, it was time to put a film on.

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