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Posted in: Airlines, holiday companies ramp up pressure on Britain to ease travel rules See in context

BALPA is demanding that the UK Government gets its act together and opens the U.S. routes and European holiday travel destinations that it has blocked with no published evidence at all."

Uh? 128,000 deaths, variants originating in overseas countries, what other evidence is needed. This is a tragedy for the industry but safety measures are still needed

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Posted in: Japan to lift state of emergency one month before Olympics See in context

No surprise to hear this. Obviously the fairy dust worked and everything in the garden is now rosy, coincidentally in perfect time for the Olympics.

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

Terrible photo. Mr Suga's wife looks like a growth on his shoulder

Means nothing. Political posturing by Britain who are desperate for friends after Brexit

As Prime Minister of one of the countries with a disastrous Covid record, Boris should just be quiet. I for one do not believe a word he comes out with at this point

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Posted in: Communication the game changer for Tokyo Olympics: ex-IOC marketing chief See in context

they have practically completely cut off any direct connection between international visitors and Japanese people

So the visitors will arrive at unstaffed airports, drive themselves to their accommodation, make their own meals and serve themselves, never go anywhere other than the venues and accommodation (both of which will be unstaffed.......

What a load of rubbish

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Posted in: Biles and who? Olympic picture cloudy at U.S. Championships See in context

Not interested in this. The Olympics should not be happening. Period.

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

Sick beyond words. Greed over safety, simple as that

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Posted in: U.S. warns its citizens against travel to Japan due to COVID surge See in context

But they'll send their athletes. What a fiasco. Message reads 'don' t travel to Japan that won't let you in anyway. What a load of nonesense

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Posted in: Gov't considers using SDF doctors, nurses at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Shameful. If there are any available doctors and nurses have them giving vaccines. This whole fiasco is unbelievable

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Posted in: Coates gets backlash after saying Olympics are on, even in state of emergency See in context

This is ridiculous. The Japanese Government runs the country and can determine what does and doesn't happen there. The Olympics are an interesting spectacle in normal times, but iat the moment it is absolute nonsense to plow on with them. The resources financial, medical and otherwise should be used to fight the pandemic and help the people of Japan. In most countries the gov would fear being ousted but I guess that in Japan that is not going to happen. Lack of an effective opposition is a big problem in many aspects of Japanese society.

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Posted in: Tougher anti-COVID-19 measures begin in 6 prefectures See in context

State of emergency:

> In areas placed under the state of emergency, restaurants are being told to close by 8 p.m. and refrain from serving alcohol or offering karaoke services.

Department stores and other major commercial facilities are also being told to temporarily shut or close early, and attendance at concerts and sports events has been capped at 5,000 or 50 percent of venue capacity."

Does the Japanese government not realize how ridiculous this sounds to the rest of the World?

How about a proper lockdown. Or would that only be under a 'super state of emergency'. And what on earth is a 'quasi state of emergency'.

The craziness continues. And then there is the Olympics......

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Posted in: Bomb kills at least 55 at girls' school in Afghan capital See in context

Sick beyond belief. Words fail

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Posted in: WHO hopes Tokyo Olympics can go ahead despite extension of state of emergency See in context

What the heck does this have to do with the Who.? Do they not have more pressing things to be focused on at the moment?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

Thought the organizing committee thought it was perfectly safe. Mixed messages here

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

Arrogance beyond belief. It would appear from the outside that Japan doing everything it can to control the virus does not include getting the apparently stockpiled vaccines into arms. Priorities appear to be in the wrong place. Condescending use of 'they' to say the least

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Posted in: Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout See in context

Looking in from the outside this is so bizarre given the usual image of Japan's efficiency. Certainly very damaging for Japan's reputation and that of Mr Kono, both of which are very unfortunate. As other commentators have said there have been months to organize this. Time to turn to the private sector

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says cancelation not being considered See in context

This is just bold bluff, what else can they say.

That said it is insanity to put a sporting event ahead of everyone's safety. The majority of the athletes will be panting in close proximity to each other.

'' Hashimoto said several test events will be held during the state of emergency to review operations, but the organizing committee may scale down some of them in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.''

This says it all. If they need to scale down these events then they also need to scale down the Olympics - to nothing

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Posted in: Tears and cheers as Matsuyama Masters victory thrills Japan See in context

'' at a time when the impact from coronavirus is lingering''

Hopefully this is just a bad translation because it sure is more than' 'lingering' '.

Congratulations Matsuyama on your achievement

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Posted in: Canada surpasses 1 mil COVID-19 cases See in context

Thank you Trevor Peace and Wolfpack. Totally agree this is what happens when a school teacher plays at being Prime Minister. I simply don't understand why Canadians are not protesting about this, then again I don't understand why they reelected this government last time around, except that the Conservatives continuously fail at putting up the right candidate. People with medical issues were identified by the UK gov right at the start of the pandemic, advised to shield, supported and given vaccine priority. Here nothing until the poli y document was changed about a month ago but as usual in Canada it's POLICY but it hasn't translated into vaccines for those at risk. It's shameful, I'm embarrassed to discuss Canada's pathetic position with friends from overseas as their lives slowly return to normal. All started with partnering with the Chinese for vaccines at a time when Canada-China relations are at an all time low. Duh............

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Posted in: Canada surpasses 1 mil COVID-19 cases See in context

Zoroto, thank you for this. Unfortunately yes the border is closed indefinitely

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Posted in: Canada surpasses 1 mil COVID-19 cases See in context

The Canadian procurement of vaccines has been an absolute shambles from the beginning. Over 90s required to phone or go on line for an appointment, no priority for younger people with serious medical conditions. Much of the the Canadian population just won't stay home and the central government blaming the provinces and the provinces blaming the central government as usual. At 59 with a serious medical issue I still have no idea when I'll get a vaccine. In my town cases last week were double the week before and today they were twice last week's average. Canada is a scary place to be right now.

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Posted in: Japan likely to hit COVID-19 herd immunity in Oct: researcher See in context

Herd immunity will be reached '' only a few months'' after the Olympics. What the heck does that imply? That because it's close its safe? And even if it's true, which is highly debatable at this point, October is not exactly close to the month of the Olympics. Clutching at straws?

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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

I suggest these people go volunteer in an ICU for. While, it may adjust their positioning

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Posted in: Mother, son found dead in car in suspected murder-suicide See in context

As the father of a young child I understand the logic of these parents. They can't go on living but can't imagine leaving the child behind for others to (hopefully) take care of them. In some cases this is no doubt compounded by either a total absence of others to take on the caregiver role or by the other parent being abusive.

I daily read Japanese newspapers together with those from the UK, Canada and the US. I read these kinds of headlines regularly in the Japanese news but not in any of the others. Not to say it doesn't happen elsewhere and not a statistical analysis just an observation.

Bottom line this is a tragedy for all concerned and anything that can to reduce these cases should be done.

RIP little one (saying this yet again)

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Posted in: England goes into new national lockdown as COVID-19 variant rampages See in context

As a British expat myself, I have watched with horror as my intelligent well educated friends in England have continued to go on holiday (including overseas trips), go our for meals, move around the country etc, generally maxing out the rules whilst the country has slowly descended into absolute chaos. And the Brexit shambles on top of everything else. People just don't seem to get that the rules are somewhat arbitrary, developed by politicians under political pressures and are generally aimed at preventing the hospitals from being overwhelmed not at reducing infections to zero. Following the 'rules' does not mean that you will not get sick.

Mr Kipling, your comments are absolutely correct.

Mickelicious, I would also add that the BBC's continuous updates on 'where can I go on holiday now' are quite incredible.

Stay home people

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Posted in: Stricter lockdown restrictions probably on the way in Britain, says Johnson See in context

BigYen. Here here.

Brexit + Covid + Boris = total disaster. So sad for us expats to witness from outside.

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Posted in: GOP to let Trump fight election for weeks despite Biden's win See in context

Absolutely obscene waste of money. Money which would be better spent on fighting the CV. 'Embarrassment' indeed, nail on the head. Roll on January.

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Posted in: Abe and cabinet resign, clearing way for successor See in context

What is a 'self made politician'?

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Posted in: Go To travel subsidy program to cover half of costs from October See in context

Goes against one of the fundamental rules of infection control

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Posted in: Brexit back in crisis as EU warns UK not to tinker with pact See in context

Yet another show of UK arrogance from the buffoons who hoodwinked the British public into this whole Brexit thing. Look at the slump of the British pound since the vote took place and the decline of British shares around the Globe to see whether this is a good thing for Britain, its already cost anyone with investments in the UK an unrecoverable amount. As another poster commented, these guys have made their bed and now will lie in it. (I'm a British expat watching the slow but steady decline of my homeland with horror)

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccine latest flashpoint in White House campaign See in context

Trump insisted he hasn't said a vaccine could be ready before November, although he said so repeatedly and as recently as Friday.

The president then proceeded to say what he had just denied ever saying.

Just about sums it up really

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