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Posted in: Frenchman's hunger strike over 'abducted' kids enters third week See in context

They just going to let this guy die?

I presume that for many people it would be the end of the problem. So the sooner he dies and the fewer people know about the situation, the better.

For most people with a heart, the sooner this guy is reunited with his kids, the better.

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Posted in: Beach volleyball match canceled after Czech player tests positive for COVID See in context

The clear lesson to learn here is always make sure your opponent is tested first.

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Posted in: Do you plan to watch any of the Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony on TV on Friday night? See in context


As a sports fanatic it pains me to say that as usually I’d be trying to watch as much of the Olympics as I could.

This time is different though.

I have 2 acquaintances who are competing, so I’ll watch their events, but apart from that I’ll be staying switched off.

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Posted in: I was stunned to find that the metropolitan government is putting the Olympics ahead of inoculations. I am angry that we are instructed to work as support staff during the Games with only a single dose. See in context

It’s about time people start showing some ‘outrage’ at the way government treats them.

More outrage when appropriate please. Get together with colleagues and form some group outrage too. Start standing up for yourselves more.

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

"If you compare our number of infections to countries abroad, we have fewer by a whole order of magnitude,"

This is largely down to your testing being several orders of magnitude lower.

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Posted in: 21 close contacts linked to South African Olympic athletes with COVID-19 See in context

According to the organizers, all of the close contacts are also part of the South African soccer team. With most believed to be players rather than staff, the situation raises concerns about the impact on the opening game and the rest of the tournament.

And who is South Africa due to play in its first game on Thursday... yep, Japan.

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Posted in: Zero risk? Virus cases test Olympic organizers' assurances See in context

Just wait until it's leaked that Bach is contractually obliged to a 7 or 8 figure 'bonus' for ensuring the Games are held within the four year cycle.

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Posted in: Zero risk? Virus cases test Olympic organizers' assurances See in context

Again, I ask at what point do decisions get made to completely shut down parts of the village, and/or events get cancelled? Has any journalist got a specific answer to this question from the IOC yet?

What's the magic number - 20 positives? 50? 100? 50 positives in the same apartment block? 50 positives from the same event?

Apparently a handful of Team GB athletes and support staff are having to self isolate after a Japanese person on their flight over tested positive on arrival.

'Bubble' and 'no risk' my behind.

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Posted in: Most major cities in Japan revise vaccine plans amid supply crunch See in context

A total of 33 cities, or 70 percent, said the amount of doses allocated for July remains less than half the desired amount

Absolutely shameful.

What does it take to realise that this group of people perpetually in governmental positions are utterly incompetent?

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

I think it’s fairly clear now that this guy doesn’t live in reality.

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Posted in: Bunch of grapes fetches ¥1.4 mil, hitting record for 3rd straight year See in context

So someone can spend a million yen on grapes. That tell you about the increasing inequality of income distribution and why young people are increasingly interested in socialism.

If a company spent a million yen on national cross-platform advertising the reaction would be - 'Only a million? That won't stretch far'.

That's what these auctions are essentially for.

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Posted in: Man admits killing and injuring over 100 cats See in context

Reminds me of the mini series documentary 'Don't F with Cats' - a great, albeit disturbing, doc on the old 'Flix.

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Posted in: Prosecutors seek 7-year prison term for 90-year-old ex-bureaucrat in fatal driving case See in context

The lawyer said Iizuka’s car was more than 10 years old and that its braking system had deteriorated over time.

Iizuka's lawyer added, "The car's electronic components caused a malfunction that prevented the brakes from properly working."

However, an inspection of Iizuka's car after the accident found nothing wrong with the brake or pedal.

The lawyer should be prosecuted too for attempting to use that excuse.

I understand that he's got to come up with some kind of mitigation for his client, but surely 'my client is 90 years old and maintains that he has no recollection of the events on that day', would be more likely to have some success than claiming there was a technical problem with the car - which has been disproved by professional people who understand how car components actually work.

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Posted in: Bach says anti-virus rules working ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

They keep bleating on about the Olympic Village ‘bubble’, but that’s a load of bull because at the moment teams are scattered all around the country in ‘training camps’.

So by the time they head off to the village, who knows how many will have contracted the virus.

There is no bubble.

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Posted in: Suga asks Bach to ensure Olympics will be safe, particularly for Japanese public See in context

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday asked International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach to ensure that the Olympics will be safe, particularly for the Japanese public, of which fewer than 20% are fully vaccinated.

This is one of the most ridiculous and pathetic things I think I’ve ever seen from a world leader.

Protect your own people Suga. It’s on you - fewer than 20% are fully vaccinated says it all.

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Posted in: Japan to issue vaccine passports free of charge See in context

If I get my vaccine passport, go back to visit family and avoid quarantine rules etc. What happens when I come back to Japan?

Will Japan honor it’s own vaccine passport, or will it require us all to quarantine?

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Posted in: Heat risks add to challenges for Tokyo's pandemic-hit Olympics See in context

Tokyo has been notorious for its stifling summer for years.

The caption is correct, yet it still baffles me how many people walk around in long sleeve shirts, and without sun hats mumbling that it’s hot.

I saw a guy in a full suit and tie walking along the main road through our city center at 12:30pm yesterday. It was registering 30C on my car temp gauge and there’s no shade along the road.

On Saturday I went to the supermarket at about 1pm and there was a group of old ladies weeding the parking area. Again it was 29C. Why would you do it at that time? Is it some kind of macho show of gaman? Is it punishment? Is it just idiocy?

Most other countries I can think of that suffer extreme heat in summer have developed their cultures to take into account the stifling heat. Cooler and more relaxed clothing, lighter coloured clothing, siestas, a change to the working day, education to wear sun hats and sun cream, education to keep hydrated, a common sense culture of keeping out of the heat in the middle of the day etc etc etc.

Wear yukata to go to work. Companies - develop yukata so it resembles a uniform with the company logo or something.

Supermarkets - ask the old ladies to stop doing manual labour in the middle of the day in summer.

Business people - wear more sensible clothing.

People - sun hats, and sun cream.

Come on!! It’s flipping common sense.

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Posted in: Not just COVID: Earthquakes, typhoons pose threat at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Tokyo 2020 says it has contingency plans for various natural disasters, "prioritizing the safety of spectators and people involved", though they declined to offer further details.

I'd have thought it would be a good idea to share these contingency plans - that way all those involved will know what to expect. The alternative could be a very chaotic situation where everyone is scurrying around trying to work out whats happening.

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Posted in: Racist abuse targets 3 English players who missed penalties See in context

The racist abuse is abhorrent, but it's hardly surprising.

Institutions such as the police are inherently racist. The tabloid press push nationalism bordering on racism on a daily basis. Anonymous social media accounts have given a public voice to anyone who wishes to espouse extreme views. The tabloid press love this because it gives them even more extreme sensationalized material to fill its pages.

It's such a deep problem that obviously has social roots, as well as class, and historical roots too.

What is different now is we can see more evidence of these comments, whereas 20 years ago the racist comments were hidden behind the doors of the pub, or people's own houses.

You can 'fix' it by regulating Twitter and the like, but all that will do is put it out of public view again.

It's a start I suppose, but the issue requires much deeper solutions than that. It always starts with education.

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Posted in: Do you think the Tokyo Olympics will turn out to be a superspreader event for the coronavirus? See in context

Does anyone think that the Japanese government will allow it to become a superspreader event, even if it is actually a superspreader event?!

Remember, the nuclear plant wasn't officially melting down until it was deemed OK, many months later, to admit it had in fact melted down.

Yes, it will be a superspreader event.

No, the whole truth will not be told.

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Posted in: What most people really fear is that a restricted Olympics is the symbol of Japanese politics which has struggled with particular business interests and pressure from abroad. See in context

What makes it worse is that 'normal people' on internet message boards have been saying this stuff for months (Olympic related), if not years (Japanese politics related).

It's the people in positions of power and respect, such as this professor, that should have been speaking up about all this stuff and forcing the conversation into the public sphere months and months ago. 10 days before it's set to start is a little bit too late really.

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Posted in: Japanese governors call for sufficient COVID-19 vaccine supply See in context

In a policy proposal, the National Governors' Association also called for thorough antivirus measures during the Tokyo Olympics set to open July 23, including restricting activities of foreign athletes.

Hypocrisy strikes again. Why isn't the National Governors' Association calling for the activities of all local people to be restricted? I mean, I know the answer, but would love for them to be forced to explain and defend their flawed logic.

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Posted in: Holding Tokyo Olympics amid pandemic shreds consensus in Japan See in context

Japan is famous for running on consensus

No. Actually Japan is run by a small number of old men in positions of power who rely on the apathy and conditioning of people below them to make it look like everything is run on consensus.

It starts from indoctrinating kids not to question their seniors, to new company intakes not questioning their superiors. Company management don’t question the word of their superiors, and unions are almost exclusively part of a company rather than being independent.

In such a set up, ‘consensus’ is pretty much a given. People know their voice is unwelcome and powerless.

When you don’t have a voice in your small company, why would you expect your government to listen?

In the last 6-12 months the general consensus has been to cancel the Olympics. Unfortunately that consensus was just the normal people - whereas the consensus in government remained loyal to the understood power structure.

I really hope these Olympics shine a worldwide light on all the other misconceptions Japan is ‘famous for’.

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Posted in: Fans to be banned from Olympic events in Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures See in context

On Thursday, Tokyo reported 896 new cases, up from 673 a week earlier. It’s the 19th straight day that cases have topped the mark set seven days prior. New cases on Wednesday hit 920, the highest total since 1,010 were reported on May 13.

Well done Associated Press, this is how case numbers should be reported on - with a bit of context to give them some meaning.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 920 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,191 See in context

Based on the facts that it’s possible to be asymptomatic; not all symptomatic people will go see a doctor for fear of losing their jobs or being stigmatised; and a percentage of people will be misdiagnosed as having something other than COVID - just imagine what the numbers would be if Japan tested say 50,000 people a day.

ie the numbers are, have always been, X times lower than in reality.

Why does this matter? Where are all the bodies? etc etc.

The more people who are infected, the more the virus spreads, and the more chance there is for mutations. The more the virus spreads, the more people get it (duh). Eventually some people with weaker immune systems, or preexisting conditions, will become infected and suffer / possibly die.

These people needn’t catch the virus at all if Japan were taking things seriously, testing adequate numbers of people to catch the asymptomatics and prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus more.

But Olympic greed and ignorance has trumped the well-being of Japan’s own citizens and all of us who live here.

it’s a disgrace that things are still going on like this.

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Posted in: JR East to inspect baggage at Tokyo stations during Olympics See in context

If the individuals reject cooperation, they could be asked to leave train stations

Sure... I'll leave the station by getting on my train and continuing my journey!

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Posted in: Japanese politician Skull Reaper A-ji sues city for refusing to show his masked face See in context

I'm more offended by all the black suits and white shirts, and the inability to dress more appropriately during summer. Seriously, it shows a considerable lack of common sense and anyone not able to think for themselves shouldn't be representing millions of people.

However quirky Skull Reaper A-ji might be, there need to be more people like him willing to push back against conformity and think independently.

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Posted in: Only 4 teams remain at Euro 2020: Which two are headed to Wembley final? See in context

Italy England final.

England to win after extra time. No penalties needed.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to have vaccine passports accepted by over 10 nations See in context

But the Japanese government plans to continue requiring travelers entering Japan, including returnees, to quarantine for two weeks even if they have been vaccinated.

As much as I really want to take a trip back home, I hope these other countries tell Japan where to stick their vaccine passports.

‘We’ll wait until a few months after the Olympics thanks Japan, see how things turn out’.

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Posted in: Jan 6 rioters accused of erasing content from social media, phones See in context

So much for much for democracy and private information.

I think you may need to 'live and learn' a bit more in order to understand what has and hasn't gone on here.

Neither of these things have been impeded by investigating the people storming the Capitol building.

Everyone has a democratic right to protest. Nobody has a democratic right to participate in an attempted insurrection.

Everyone has a right to delete photos from their personal devices. Nobody has a democratic right to destroy evidence of a crime and not be prosecuted for doing so.

There are countless examples I could give of 'your side' making sweeping claims about 'the other side' without any evidence at all. There are many instances where 'your side' demanded prosecutions, investigations, halting of investigations, seizing of hard drives, immediate locking ups, overturning of elections, prosecutions of rioters etc. etc. It is hugely ironic that 'your side' weren't interested in the democratic process or the protection of private information throughout all those events.

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