Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: Suga says Japan will not join U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons See in context

"As the only country to have ever suffered atomic bombings during wartime, Japan has a responsibility to take the lead in efforts by the international community to realize a world without nuclear weapons," Suga said in parliament. Then, with a straight face:

"Japan has no intention of signing the treaty."

Perfect LDP Doublethink in action.

Point 1: Play the victim card

Point 2: Assert leadership role

Point 3: Obstruct progress.

Freedom is Slavery

War is Peace

Ignorance is Strength

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Posted in: Man arrested for buying cup meant for ¥100 coffee but pouring ¥200 latte into it See in context

Funny, I remember agreeing to pay 7billion yen for the Olympics, and now we've been given a bill for more than ten times that amount.

Almost like the bigger the theft, the smaller the penalty.

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Posted in: Japan says no truth to Times report on canceling Tokyo Olympics See in context

Only yesterday, Bach announced there is no Plan B. He and the rest of his drove need to get their bellies filled.

I think I'm right in saying the IOC call the shots on this decision?

I for one can't wait to see a ghost Olympics, where the very few fans who are allowed to attend stand in silence, not cheering or yelling encouragement, like guests at a funeral.

Well worth sinking two generations into abject penury for.

Just delay until 2024. Reset and continue, if you reaaly need to build your life around three weeks of running and jumping.

This pantomime that a ghostly facade of the five-ring circus can continue as thousands of people continue to die every day is macabre.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

More than 1400 again today. Shut down. Please.

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Posted in: 'We will be back in some form,' Trump vows at end of tumultuous presidency See in context

The plane then taxied and lifted off as Frank Sinatra's classic song "My Way" played.

Frank wouldn't have liked that. He despised Trump. Trump tried to hire Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr, (who had recently been diagnosed with cancer and really needed the work to pay for treatment in the famously wonderful American healthcare system) for 12 nights at the 1990 opening of his Atlantic City Casino.

Cheap-ass Trump thought the price was too steep, so asked Eliot Weisman, Sinatra's agent "How much would it be without the N*****?"

Frank's agent nervously conveyed the message to Sinatra, who thought about it for a moment and came up with a solution:

"We have two choices: either tell Mr. Trump to go f*** himself, or give me his number and I will do it myself"

Mr. Weisman told Trump to go f*** himself, and Old Blue Eyes played the Sands in Vegas instead - with Sammy.

I am delighted beyond measure to see an end to this preposterous chapter in American history.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

I make that close to 48% positivity rate, and the govt isn't committing to mass vaccination even by July, according to another headline today.

Looks like the pension crisis could be fixed in a most Darwinian way.

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Posted in: Heavy snow causes 130-vehicle pile-up on Tohoku Expressway; one dead, 17 injured See in context

I have never understood why, in a country which gets thick snow and ice every single year, there isn't a policy of gritting the roads in the winter. It's not such a complex thing to do.

But even in ultra-modern Tokyo and its suburbs, we have pavements like mirrors two days after a snowfall. Surely these things can be prepared for? It's not a surprise when things get cold in winter.

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Posted in: Aso vows to revive virus-hit economy, promote structural reforms See in context

I seem to remember in 2008, when this scheister became PM, he made similar vague pledges, and did such a good job revolutionising the sluggish economy then that the LDP lost power for one of the very few times their feudal grip was lost on the country.

Luckily for the LDP, a massive natural disaster happened, which they pinned on the DPJ and here we are again, 10 years later, with total governmental paralysis and snouts in the trough for the Old Boys' Club. Still.

Taro Aso was a joke 13 years ago. Why does he still get to pull the strings?

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Posted in: Cherry blossom forecast 2021 released: Sakura set to bloom early in Tokyo again this year See in context

For those heading out to some of the country’s most famous hanami flower-viewing spots,

I'm waiting for Suga to urge people not to do so, with the same success as he urged people not to go out on the booze.

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Posted in: Tokyo to cut back on athletes at Olympics opening ceremony See in context

Wait a minute - didn't we just get an extra bill of 3.5 BILLION for the opening and closing ceremonies?

So they will be "streamlined" and "simpler", plus hardly anyone will participate in them, but they need 3.5 billion more? And let's not forget the original TOTAL bid price was 7 billion for the whole shebang.

Christ, the grift in this white elephant is eye-watering. This whole thing is a stick-up. We're being robbed, people.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,204 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,925 See in context

3 people at my wife's workplace are down with COVID. She cares for the elderly, so she has to be absolutely sure that she's safe before going back to work.

And can we get a test? Nahhh - no symptoms, luv, you're probably all right. Come back when you're at death's door, then we'll see if we can put you on the books. No point risking bad numbers - it'd make the Olympics look bad.

It makes me wonder how many people are swanning around on trains, in offices, in care homes at this very moment shedding the virus everywhere they go.

This place is going to go down hard.

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Posted in: As Diet opens, Suga pledges to get pandemic under control, hold Olympics See in context

And in my second term I will cure cancer, bring world peace and have monkeys fly out of my bumhole.

What a totally vacuous set of pledges. Why can Japan never find anyone to lead except inept cronies and corrupt dynasties?

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

Tobe's bar was nominally closed, although two regulars were still being served.

And Tobe was doubtless claiming his government subsidy, despite not closing his business. Fraud. Wonder how much the Yak's slice of the 60K is?

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Posted in: Why do you think government leaders wear work overalls at press conferences ad meetings during crises like the coronavirus? See in context

Because, as happens so often in this burg, what you do isn't important, so long as you put on a Noh drama of appearing to be doing it. That's why it takes so many office workers 14 hours to perform a day of inefficient non-production. Nothing was achieved by gazing earnestly at that excel sheet, or sitting in silence, nodding through six hours of meetings which accomplished nothing, but you performed the ceremony.

Exactly the same with the silver-spoon dynastic oyaji politicos. Wear the costume, nod with a serious look on your face, and it counts as the same thing as dealing with the pandemic or pretending Fukushima is under control, or was just steam escaping (remember that one?)

Ritual above action at every opportunity.

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Posted in: When do you think a decision will be made on whether or not to cancel the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

I think the decision has already been made. There is still just too much left in the trough to be guzzled down by Mori and his Dentsu goons for now. Once the grift starts running dry, they'll announce it to the serfs like you and me, along with a new "recovery tax" to start paying for this boondoggle over the next 60 years.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,502 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,587 See in context

When 30% of the population here is aged 65+, this is going to be very bad indeed unless "leadership" acknowledges action against the disease is more important than continuing to cling to the Olympic teat.

In other words - this is going to be very bad indeed.

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Posted in: 6 types of English conversation students and how to handle them See in context

Kyronstavic - "Girlfriends" might be a generous definition of what they were looking for.

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Posted in: Head of medical body says nationwide state of emergency an option See in context

A state of Emergency means nothing unless people act accordingly. My boss was calling us into town to attend a New Year lunch until a couple of days ago when we all told him to forget it.

"It's OK, the company will pay for lunch"

"It's not OK, there is a global pandemic and I'm not sitting at a table with five salarymen without a mask spraying spraying saliva particles around"

"It has been decided that the new year lunch meeting will be postponed. Thank you for your consideration".

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,433 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,871 See in context

I agree with the above posters. 2,684 tests in a population this size is simply unforgivable.

That Olympic grift must be pretty sweet stuff to merit keeping the figures this artificially low.

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Posted in: Pet ownership in Japan on the rise amid pandemic See in context

I agree with the posters above - pet shops here are a racket with dubious or non-existent ethics. Far better to adopt a pet from a rescue centre. These people introduced me to my best friend five years ago, and they're very thorough.

We had to submit pictures of the living area, to make sure the dog would have enough space, and we were interviewed to check if we were ready for the responsibility of ownership. Luckily we made the grade and that's why I'm off out to the park in a moment before the sun goes down.

If you're looking for a pet, get in touch with Ark:

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic president tries to reassure doubting country See in context

“Spring will always come, morning will surely come even after long nights," President Yoshiro Mori said. "Believing in that, to give joy and hope to many people, we will do our best until the end.”

In other words, "We know 80% of you don't want the Olympics, and there's no way they're going to happen, but if we keep pretending they will, I've got a good few months left with my snout deep in this delicious trough which you and your kids will be paying for long after I'm dead. "

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Posted in: Japanese pray for end to pandemic in annual ice bath ritual at Tokyo shrine See in context

What a surprise: scrawny oyajis choose to continue carrying out a ritual they do every year, stick the word COVID on it and pretend it's some kind of action.

Mask protocol in that picture is risible, and zero social distance.

Science would be a wonderful thing to try out from time to time, but ceremony wins every time in this burg.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 1,591 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,001 See in context

Bye bye, Olympics.

Now we get the bill for the white elephant, but not the actual show.

It's almost like it wasn't a cure for the moribund economy after all.

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Posted in: Japan begins year's 1st day of work as coronavirus continues to spread See in context

At my company meeting yesterday, our new boss told us to go out, meet clients, and shake hands.

I may not be working there much longer.

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Posted in: Japan to lose trillions of yen in consumption with virus emergency See in context

Well we have had trillions of yen to throw at TEPCO for ten years, and trillions of yen to throw at concrete for the five-ring circus... suddenly we're being financially cautious about preventing an explosion of a killer virus?

Let's not forget that 30% of this country is over 65 years old. This could be a mass cull unless Suga starts acting like a leader.

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Posted in: Japan begins year's 1st day of work as coronavirus continues to spread See in context

"We Japanese are not religious".

Then this superspreader event makes even less sense. Even the Pope is telling devout Catholic believers to skip church.

We got away with it for a while, but this is going to be a very deadly few months in Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 816 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,149 See in context

816/2828? That doesn't sound good at all. 2500 a day by the end of next week. Lockdown on the way. Kiss the Olympics goodbye.

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Posted in: Only 30% of Fukushima residents happy with disaster recovery progress See in context


Why has it taken so long to reconstruct the disaster zone? Because all the money's been squandered on this bread-and-circuses shambles.

To date the central government has spent more than ¥25 trillion on the Tohoku Reconstruction and another ¥25 trillion on the nuclear disaster.

Correction: The central government has disbursed that huge sum, but where did it go? What proportion of it went to the people who needed the help, and what proportion went to Onion-like, yak-controlled shell companies, paying daily rates to of 10,000 yen to the people actually doing the clean-up and pocketing the rest? How much went to actually rebuilding homes and infrastructure, and how much went to inflated Dentsu contracts and concrete producers charging premium rates on no-bid contracts?

The grift involved in this tragedy is a national scandal.

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Posted in: Only 30% of Fukushima residents happy with disaster recovery progress See in context

I'm with Factchecker. The fact that the misery of the people of Fukushima was used as emotional blackmail to get the ink signed on this concrete-and-Dentsu griftfest (Which was financially ruinous even then for all but the insiders) is a disgraceful shame on the LDP hucksters.

Why has it taken so long to reconstruct the disaster zone? Because all the money's been squandered on this bread-and-circuses shambles.

Shame on those with their snouts in the trough.

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Posted in: Heavy snow and COVID-19 crimp New Year celebrations in Japan See in context

I just clicked on this live cam of the Shibuya scramble. It's horrifying. Thousands of people starting their night out, spreading the virus, out all night because the trains won't run all night.

1300+ cases in Tokyo today. This time next week, that will look like nothing. Great work, folks. A year of caution and you've ruined it. Kiss the Olympics goodbye.

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