Derek Grebe comments

Posted in: Johnson backs Tokyo Olympics; Japan wants more G7 support See in context

"It is Japan's expectation that the other members of the G7 countries share the idea of Japan,"

Well, given that 80% of Japanese people don't want the Olympics, let us hope this occurs.

Or has "Japan" been redefined to mean " The IOC/LDP/Dentsu cartel currently holding this country to ransom"?

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Posted in: Suga aims to finish vaccinating Japan's population by November See in context

That picture is a magnificent illustration of the pointless attendance = working belief here.

I see 12 officials standing around and doing nothing, "overseeing" what - 3 inoculations?

And I will bet you a pound to a penny that at least 2/3 of those drones - who we are paying for, by the way - haven't been vaccinated.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 369 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,884 See in context

And, as usual, the number of tests is not reported, making this number meaningless.

Why, it's almost like they are pumping out low numbers to prove something...that the $25K debt every man woman and child in the country is on the hook for is fine and dandy because the hop-skip-jump show has to go on.

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Posted in: June has no national holiday in Japan. If there were to be a national holiday, do you have any suggestions what it should be for? See in context

I'd suggest we adopt the US celebration traditionally carried out on March 14th.

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Posted in: Convenience stores have different policies on allowing customers to use their toilets. Some don't mind, while other say no because, among other reasons, customers might use the toilet to hide shoplifted items in their clothing. What's your view? See in context

In 25 years in Japan, I have only ever needed to use a conbini restroom once.

On that occasion, there wasn't time to ask permission.

It was a photo finish. If I'd been wearing a belt it would have been catastrophic.

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Posted in: Japan donates more than 1 million AstraZeneca doses to Taiwan See in context

Let me get this straight:

The Japanese government used our tax revenue to buy Astrazeneca vax, and is now giving it away to Taiwan rather than using it to vaccinate the people who paid for it?

Instead of getting jabs in arms, the authorities are still, according to the picture, going through a kabuki of simulating what it might be like to administer the vaccine?

Again, according to the picture, this kabuki roleplay does not involve training the people who are presumably learning to perform the jabs to even ask the patient to take off their coat?

And all this time Japan falls further and further behind. Pointless ceremonies are the only priority.

In every department.

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Posted in: Yes. Tokyo Olympics are still on, despite opposition, pandemic See in context

"I agree that I participate in the Games at my own risk and own responsibility, including any impact on my participation to and/or performance in the Games, serious bodily injury or even death raised by the potential exposure to health hazards such the transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious disease or extreme heat conditions while attending the Games..."

Nothing screams "Safe and Secure" like "I hereby accept responsibility if I die, which apparently I could very well do".

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Posted in: Japan's vaccine push ahead of Olympics looks to be too late See in context

Japan's vaccine push ahead of Olympics looks to be too late

Gee - d'ya think?

In other news: Pope Francis looks to have Catholic tendencies.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Yoyogi Park to be used as COVID vaccination site See in context

*trees

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Posted in: Tokyo's Yoyogi Park to be used as COVID vaccination site See in context

With trees to be pruned to accommodate construction of the site 

Since when does the verb "to Prune" mean "To tear up by the roots, to remove completely"?

Tokyo never needs much encouragement to cut back branches lest they- heaven forfend - offer us a bit of shade on concrete pavements in the kiln-like conditions of the Tokyo summer, but to tear down trees in a park?

For two weeks plus change of runnning and jumping that 80% of us don't want?

And in a park where we won't be alowed to gather anyway because of the grotesque bungling of this crisis by the inept and corrupt J-Gov?

We get it, Suga-san. You don't give a toss if taxpayers die because Dentsu and the IOC have you by your sultana-like gonads.

But at least leave the damn tress alone.

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Posted in: Over 30% in Japan see rise in exposure to secondhand smoke See in context

Stop the press:

People who live with a smoker get smoked on more when the smoker's smoking at home instead of smoking outside his office 12 hours a day.

Well, blow me down. If you can. Koff, koff.

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Posted in: Most medical staff needed for Olympics secured: Endo See in context

Most medical staff needed for Olympics secure.

Most Japanese taxpayers can't get tested or vaccinated.

Pretty clear to see what the priorities are.

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Posted in: Negative COVID tests, vaccinations may be required for domestic Olympic fans See in context

Ha! 48 hours since my good wife spent half a day driving around the prefecture, calling every clinic, trying to get a test for me, sweating my nackers off with a fever of 38.8°C.

Still waiting. I might be able to get a test tomorrow. If I'm lucky.

You want test results to allow the poor saps who still believe in this heist to watch what their grandchildren yet unborn will still be paying for?

Forget it.

Tokyo 2021. The Ghost Olympics.

This is going to be a pitiful, empty display. But the snouts in the trough will all get theirs, and that's all this has ever been about.

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Posted in: COVID vaccines to be available to all under 65 in Japan at same time See in context

I will believe this when I see it.

Until then, it's just another empty LDP pledge.

Saturday, I suddenly developed a fever of 38.8. The wife spent the entire day trying to arrange a covid test for me. Every single hospital she called was unable to help, and every pharmacy was sold out of PCR kits.

I have to wait until tomorrow for a mail order kit to arrive.

Absolute shambles.

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Posted in: Suga dodges questions on whether Olympics can be held under state of emergency See in context

"a safe and secure games."

Has anyone else noticed this is a trope in recent politics? Instead of actual policies or strategy, weak and out-of-their-depth "leaders" resort to magical incantations.

Keep repeating the same expression over and over again, and you're somehow cosmic ordering your dream to come true.

"A strong and stable Brexit" - Theresa May

"We are making America great again" - some fat loser

"a safe and secure Olympics" - everyone with their fingers in the pie of this boondoggle.

Just do something. Have a policy, and act to bring that policy into reality.

Don't just stand there like you're studying at Hogwarts. "Disparate virosum" . did it work? No, OK say it again. How about now? Again! Say it again!

https://youtu.be/0z3Rs7VMIs4?t=28

The only difference is this time, we have the tooth.

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Posted in: Doctor warns holding Games could lead to 'Olympic virus' strain See in context

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said Japan would continue making every effort to control the virus

Continue? Haven't you got to start something before you continue?

Commuter trains are packed every day.

Testing is carefully restricted to less than 10% of the 60,000 per day Koike promised us LAST DECEMBER.

Contract tracing - nope, just didn't happen - just give the Dentsu boys a nice fat bundle of our cash for an app to track the spectators - who aren't coming anyway. Drinks all round! (unless the Nagatacho boys get caught in the steak restaurant again).

Vaccination - rapidly catching up to Zimbabwe and Laos.

Don't talk to me about continuing, Mr. Kato, you hair-dyed carpetbagger. Maybe actually do something for once in your privileged LDP life.

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Posted in: The Japanese government is considering extending the COVID-19 state of emergency covering Tokyo, Osaka and seven other areas beyond the current deadline of May 31 to around June 20. Do you think that will make a difference to the number of infections? See in context

Of course it wont.

Because the commuter trains are still packed every morning.

Offices are full of Oyajis pretending everything is fine, with masks on their chin or under their nose as a kind of magic talisman.

Commuter trains are packed again in the evening.

And the government refuses to carry out testing and vaccination on the scale necessary.

The only thing that will affect the number of reported infections is the apparatchik who controls the figures released daily. Nothing can stand in the way of the Olympic white elephant.

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Posted in: Japan witnesses total eclipse of super moon See in context

I was really looking forward to this, but thick cloud cover in Chiba. Couldn't see anything.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 542 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,903 See in context

Fewer than 6,000 tests again. What is it - 6 months since Koike 60,000 tests a day?

Shameful. Criminal negligence.

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Posted in: Japan plans to extend COVID-19 state of emergency beyond May 31 See in context

Extending the state of emergency will have absolutely no effect unless

 

A: Companies make the decision to understand that it defeats the entire purpose of an S0E to force staff to pack onto commuter trains twice a day so that they can be seen, and the middle managers can be seen to be performing the kabuki of “management” (i.e. having pointless, teeth-sucking meetings half the day). I’ve been given the choice of expose myself to packed trains twice a day or quit by my buffoon of a shatcho, and I know I’m not the only one;

B; Japan gets the idea of what other first-world countries realized a full year ago – track, trace and TEST. 6,000 tests a day in a city of 30M is an embarrassment.

C: VACCINATE!

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Posted in: Gov't, organizers inclined to allow some spectators at Tokyo Games See in context

False flag Steve:

I agree, if a minority of ill informed wish to hate on the games then they should ignore them. 

If you think that the 80% of Japanese who now oppose the Olympics constitute a "minority" I would suggest you might be well advised not to accuse other people of being ill informed.

Glass houses, stones, and all that.

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Posted in: IOC offers medical help for Tokyo Olympics See in context

“For obvious reasons we cannot give them (athletes) every detail yet, but the most important principle is very clear: the Olympic Village is a safe place and the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be organized in a safe way,"

Try this in a Joe Pesci voice: "Don't ask so many questions. I'm telling you it's safe. We're gunna take care of it, understand? It's safe. Now shut up and do it, unless...you know....maybe something might happen"

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Posted in: Organizers unveil Tokyo Paralympic symbol to mark 100 days to go See in context

Incidentally, the Latin verb "agito" also means "I drive - as in to move cattle, slaves etc. in a specific direction".

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Posted in: Organizers unveil Tokyo Paralympic symbol to mark 100 days to go See in context

I wonder how many medical staff, or indeed rehabilitation professionals for the recently disabled, could have been funded with the amount of our money Dentsu got thrown at them for daubing three curved lines on a plain background?

And how soon it will be after this heist is over that cuts "have to" be made to facilities for the disabled because there is suddenly no money left?

This is shameful.

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Posted in: Paralympics chief tries to calm 'anger' over Games See in context

Ahhh here we go with the emotional blackmail.

What? You don't want the Olympics? But these disabled athletes have worked so hard, it's their dream...WHY ARE YOU TAKING AWAY THE DREAM OF THESE DISABLED PEOPLE? WHERE IS YOUR HEART? WHY DO YOU HATE THEM?

It's so shameless, it's almost brilliant.

But not quite. It's blatant, it's venal, and it stinks to high heaven. Shame on anyone connected to spreading this posturing bullsh!t.

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

Of course our opinion is no threat to this heist.

From the Day Abe chose to use the victims of 3/11 as emotional blackmail to land this poisoned chalice, it's been humiliatingly clear that the public's only role has been to put our hands in our pockets and come up with the cash to pay the IOC cartel for as long as it takes.

When a burglar robs a house, he doesn't care about the opinion of the homeowner.

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Posted in: Do you think the extended state of emergency in parts of Japan will work for or against the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

My train was absolutely ram-packed this morning as it is every day. The SoE will have no effect on the Olympics, just as it has had no effect on the virus, or people's commuting habits.

It doesn't do anything except put bar-owners and restaurants out of business.

The only thing that can affect the Olymics is a cancellation. And whether or not that happens, we will be paying for the fiasco for the rest of our lives.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record 578 in Aichi See in context

Up from 609 last Tuesday.

This is only going to go one way - unless we just stop testing altogether.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,032 new coronavirus cases; 875 in Osaka See in context

The link above shows yesterday's data of more than 1000 cases out of fewer than 10,000 tests.

Let's heartful Olympic!

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Posted in: People weary over latest extension of COVID emergency in Japan See in context

Im weary of these facile SoEs doing nothing at all except put restaurant staff out of work.

30 million people still commute into and out of Tokyo daily because their companies refuse to accept this is not business as usual.

The only difference is that 30 million people now commute home hungry.

Lock this sh!t down!

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