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Posted in: French prosecutors seek to dismiss rape case against movie mogul Luc Besson See in context

I'll bet this story would make a great movie!

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Posted in: Suga tells U.N. Olympics were symbol of global unity See in context

I celebrated the global unity alone in my small Japanese apartment.

Quietly, and only in my heart, as I was directed.

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Posted in: Vaccine nasal sprays aim to 'shut door' on virus See in context

Let's make sure that, in our rush, we are cautious about squirting live but slightly weakened viruses so near and direct to our brains.

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Posted in: LDP president candidates vow to double spending on children See in context

Yum-yum! These promises taste just as good as they did 20 years ago, but they're just empty sugar.

LDP only cares about imaginary North Korean child abductions, and doesn't give a fig about abused and abducted children here; as well, daycare and parental support are always "tomorrow".

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Posted in: Now that the Paralympics have ended, are you glad that Japan went ahead and hosted them and the Olympics? See in context

I honestly thought that when vaccines became available in January of this year that the government and health ministries were going to make the maximum effort to get everyone vaccinated before the opening of the Games. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to show Japan's "victory over the Coronavirus" and give doctors and other healthcare workers front-row seats in the packed stadiums.

But instead we got . . . this.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

All PM Suga needed to do was focus on getting as many people vaccinated as possible before the Olympics started.

The empty "vows" and "pledges" while flying-by-the-seat-of-the-pants decision-making doomed him.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges huge COVID relief package if he wins LDP leadership vote See in context

It's refreshing to see someone with concrete plans, instead of Pollyanna pledges

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Posted in: State-run vaccination sites to extend operation until late November See in context

Jim, can you please cite your source that the Mu strain is "highly resistant to vaccines"?

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Posted in: Suga rules out dissolving lower house soon so he can focus on COVID response See in context

Foreigner in Tokyo-san, Over the past year (and a half) I have I often struggled to explain my frustration at the leadership in Japan, and you have summed it up perfectly.  

No one wants to be responsible for making a wrong choice, but there is also a responsibility when leaders' procrastination leaves few or no good choices.

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Posted in: Japan weighs mixing and matching COVID vaccines See in context

So, by "mixing and matching" they actually mean "mixing, NOT matching".

And by "'We have already secured the necessary quantities' for a booster shot rollout," Kono actually means "LOL, I dunno. We'll cook up a plan later."

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Posted in: Coming soon to Japan’s FamilyMart convenience stores: A whole lot of digital signage See in context

am very thankful that MacDonald's restaurants replaced their menus with large flashy advertisements hawking only their newest and highest-priced promotions.

Since I can't see the entire menu I've stopped going there.

Stop telling me what I want

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite movies that you can watch over and over again? See in context

any and all Monty Python movies and original shows.

any and all Godzilla movies (sorry, but no cartoons, nor American Hollywood versions)

any and all pre-2000 Jackie Chan movies

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Posted in: Halloween already? See in context

With the current hot and humid weather, I welcome anything cheerful that will make my blood run cold and send a chill down my spine. The Halloween spooky season is a nice, sanguine distraction from the daily madness, and a sign of the cool weather to come.

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Posted in: 14-year-old swimmer Yamada wins Japan's 1st Paralympic medal See in context

Congratulations, Ms Yamada! May you forever be an inspiration to others, and I wish you continued success with your studies! And much praise to your wonderful mom too! Cheers!

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Posted in: Firefighter arrested for marijuana possession See in context

Big Chungus:

"In all fairness, weed makes me brain dead."

There, I fixed it for ya!

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Posted in: China reports zero local virus cases as Delta outbreak retreats See in context

Unbelievable. I mean, literally.

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccine discounts for customers catch on at eateries, hotels See in context

I'm going to get vaccinated because of the pressure I feel from my peers killing me with their nasty virus.

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Posted in: Japanese scientists develop freeze-dried mouse sperm postcards See in context

That is not a postcard.

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Posted in: Japan health panel backs AstraZeneca COVID vaccine for ages 40, over See in context

So, is the Japanese government going to shift its enormous funding subsidies to a domestic pharmaceutical company who can make RNA vaccines, or is it just going to keep pumping money into this lost cause?

--By lost cause I mean the vintage chimpanzee-based adenovirus vaccine, not the vintage lost cause occupying the prime minister throne.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony begins See in context

I wish Mrs. Oil and I could have been there.

It seems like a once-in-a lifetime chance.

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Posted in: The Tokyo Olympics are rigged to fail. Why hasn’t the media noticed? See in context

I've been completely bewildered why so many mistakes have been made.

And very distressed by the careless destruction of so many Japanese people's lives and businesses.

All this pandemic kabuki and intimidation, for such little return for so few people in power.

Thank you, Japan Today, for publishing this, but I think that almost no one will read it.

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Posted in: Suga denies IOC pressure to hold Olympics: report See in context

Tell me when we've triumphed over anything.

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Posted in: Suga denies IOC pressure to hold Olympics: report See in context

Well, that's a lie.

And then there's this:

(T)he government's job is to tackle challenges.

The key word there is "tackle" NOT "poke someone else's finger into"

Overwhelming problems require overwhelming solutions, not overwhelmingly empty vows and pledges.

And lies.

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Posted in: The waiting Games: Olympians navigate strict rules in Tokyo See in context

LOL.

Tell that to Julius Ssekitoleko, if you can find find him.

Last seen buying a shinkansen ticket to Nagoya.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite foods or snacks for coping with Japan's summer heat? See in context

Cold fresh cucumber slices dipped in your favorite miso sauce with a bottle of ice-cold beer (Asahi is my preference) makes summer a good friend.

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Posted in: Bach corrects Chinese slip-up in Olympic talks; calls Tokyo best-ever prepared host city See in context

One look at this hastily-prepared hotel conference room with its fold-up PTA banquet tables and loose, mismatched carpet tiles and I know that yes, this is going to be the best-ever.

If they were all wearing green toilet slippers, I would give this photo a chef's kiss.

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Posted in: Tokyo's taxi drivers suffer another blow with no Olympic spectators See in context

I hear you, Kawaguchi-san.

We were all originally hoping for some kind of benefit from the Games.

Or now, at least some competent leadership and management through the crisis.

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Posted in: Suga declares state of emergency lasting through Olympics See in context

tone down Olympic-related festivities

LOL this, from tone-deaf leadership

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Posted in: Osaka to ask gov't to extend COVID-19 quasi-emergency See in context

What a mess. Let's look at the truth.

--"126 on Tuesday compared with 1,200 in mid-May."

Mid-May Osaka numbers ranged from 851 (5/12) to 415 (5/21). There was a 1262 high on 05/01 but it continued to fall since that day.

The number was 40 on July 28, but now, just over a week later, it's 151.

With no vaccine and no leadership we are now headed toward disaster.

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Posted in: Researchers trial magnetic 'lockjaw' against obesity See in context

That's all well and good, but how do the magnets taste?

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