Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: Tokyo reports 143 coronavirus cases; below 200 for 2nd day in a row See in context

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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Posted in: New coronavirus cases hit daily record of over 60,000 in U.S. See in context

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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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

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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Posted in: M4.7 quake jolts Kanto region See in context

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.

You're welcome.

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Posted in: Road rage driver threatens commuter with a sickle as incidents increase across Japan See in context

Well now - how did I guess this was a member of our venerable retired community throwing his entitled weight about?

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Posted in: As coronavirus cases in Tokyo surge, gov't gives expert advisory panel a makeover See in context

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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Posted in: Japan pandemic jobless data mask problems for millions: experts See in context

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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Posted in: Japan to disband panel of coronavirus experts after criticism See in context

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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Posted in: M6.2 quake rattles eastern Japan, including Tokyo area See in context

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.

You're welcome.

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Posted in: Trump unleashes grievances at rally; suggests virus testing should slow down See in context

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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Posted in: What do you think of the various potato chip flavors in Japan? What are your favorites? See in context

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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Posted in: Japanese start traveling en masse on 1st advisory-free weekend See in context


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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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies after being left in car for 7 hours See in context

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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Posted in: IOC, Tokyo Olympic organizers agree to simplified games See in context

"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?

Fat chance.

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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Posted in: Lower house passes 2nd extra budget for virus package, totaling ¥31.91 tril See in context

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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Posted in: U.N. experts urge Japan not to rush discharge of radioactive water See in context

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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Posted in: Dentsu gets ¥76.9 bil windfall from gov't SME aid scheme See in context

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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Posted in: Temperatures soar across Japan amid concerns that face masks may cause heatstroke See in context

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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Posted in: Japan's low virus mortality rate reflects social manners: Aso See in context

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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Posted in: Japan's low virus mortality rate reflects social manners: Aso See in context

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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Posted in: Dentsu gets ¥76.9 bil windfall from gov't SME aid scheme See in context


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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Posted in: Dentsu gets ¥76.9 bil windfall from gov't SME aid scheme See in context

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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Posted in: Dentsu gets ¥76.9 bil windfall from gov't SME aid scheme See in context

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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Posted in: Dentsu gets ¥76.9 bil windfall from gov't SME aid scheme See in context

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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Posted in: City's quit-smoking program proving a hit during pandemic See in context

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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Posted in: Police receive 6,452 requests for consultation over domestic violence in April See in context

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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Posted in: Japan's new stimulus package to be worth ¥117.1 tril See in context

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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Posted in: Delivery of 'Abenomasks' starts in 34 remaining prefectures See in context

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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Posted in: Japan braces for worst postwar economic slump See in context

A great example of non-essential workers there in the picture.

"We can open the stores, but only if the girls squeak "irrashaimase" and bow at the correct angle."

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Posted in: Japan braces for worst postwar economic slump See in context

Abenomics - keeps on winning.

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