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Posted in: Opposition leader Edano says Olympics cannot be held safely See in context

I am glad that Yukio Edano is telling Japanese people the truth: that holding the Olympics this summer would be a public health disaster.

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

"I don't think athletes should be treated specially," she said. "I think all lives matter and I don't think it's a matter of priority. Athletes and the general public are all the same and should be treated fairly."

Runner Hitomi Niiya has the right attitude. Giving a special allocation of vaccines to Olympic athletes just isn't fair when so many people around Japan are suffering because hospitals have so many Covid cases. Holding the Olympics poses an unreasonable risk for local people, and the benefits of holding the games (e.g., "national pride") just aren't worth it.

I was looking forward to participating in an academic conference in Kyoto to be convened one month after the Olympics in late August; but it was put exclusively on-line because of the pandemic, which means my participation will be confined to sitting in my apartment in Nara, staring into a small screen. But that's OK. Coronavirus has caused big inconvenience for most of us, and tragedy for many.

The government tells us: "if the Olympics is cancelled, the athletes will be disappointed." But why should they be different from the rest of us? This pandemic hasn't been a picnic.

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

Are Prime Minister Suga and his bureaucratic-political cronies traitors to Japan? This question needs to be asked. Henpecked by the super arrogant officials of the International Olympic Committee, Bach and Coates, they have descended to the low road of holding the big event in the middle of a pandemic. And holding it no matter what the impact is on Japan's 126 million people. How can the reception of as many as 80,000 people from overseas (athletes, officials, trainers, doctors, nurses, et al.) NOT endanger the local population with vaccination rates so slow and new variants of coronavirus popping up all the time?

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

Back in 2011, the Japanese government should have taken a long, hard look at how best money could be spent. It should have declined to hold the 2020 games and diverted the funds to helping the Tohoku region after the 3/11 disasters. For many people living there, the situation is still desperate.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context

Where can I sign up? In my case, I am over 75 years old, but can't get a vaccine in the prefecture where I live, Nara, until July. It seems they have supply problems or, more likely, the vaccines got lost in the typically Japanese bureaucratic black hole.

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Posted in: Action star Steven Seagal gives samurai sword to Venezuela's Maduro See in context

I don't think I've ever heard of Steven Seagal, but I have a suggestion for him. He could replace the katana he gave to Maduro with a "fighting Dah" (sword) given to him by the top commander of Myanmar's military, Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. Yes, the guy who has been killing unarmed protesters in his own country, including many children.

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Posted in: Nurses say they are needed elsewhere, not at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Suga apparently thinks that nurses, who have bravely and selflessly endured the worst possible working conditions during the pandemic, are like water from a faucet. When you need them, you just turn on the faucet and they come out. I can't believe that this sort of bureaucratic robot is leader of a country that claims to be "developed."

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Posted in: Kyoto police investigating cream puff attack on Bentley See in context

Cream puffs? Comrades, the Revolution is coming to Japan!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context

Every day, more and more headlines come out that in any normal country would be embarrassing to the government. But they just keep coming in Japan. LDP gerontocrats: "the Olympics at any price!"

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Posted in: Mini urn helps family members remember and commemorate the deceased anytime, anywhere See in context

URN-nestly, this is really, really weird!

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

I wonder what Hashimoto and the top leaders of Japan's political caste will say to the friends and family members of people in Japan who die because the Olympics becomes a super-spreader event? It seems that many members of Japan's elite think stubbornness is a virtue. When lives are at stake, it definitely isn't!

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Posted in: Tokyo state of emergency does not affect Games: IOC See in context

Maybe if we, all together, give the coronavirus a big, happy smile, it will go away and Tokyo will have a successful Olympics.

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Posted in: Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public? See in context

Like other Olympics promoters in the Japanese government, Seiko Hashimoto is living in a little bubble apart from reality. Remember, she is the one who said that "your smile will make the Olympics successful!" Will "warm-hearted" Japanese smiles make the viruses go away?

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

Koike's comment is by far NOT the dumbest given by Japan's political caste about the absolute necessity of carrying on with the Olympics. At least she knows a little history. My prize for the dumbest remark goes to Seiko Hashimoto for: "your smile will make the Olympics succeed."

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