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Posted in: Gov't leans toward lifting state of emergency at end of month See in context

What's the point? As soon as two people in Tokyo get the sniffles they'll overreact and restrict everything again. Did I mention that I'm leaving in 32 days?

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Posted in: Blinken to Taliban: Any legitimacy 'will have to be earned' See in context

@paddletime...Afghanistan was once a "great country"?

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono favorite to become next PM: polls See in context

Nearly every person in Japan: the LDP can't possibly choose anyone worse than Suga as the next PM

Kono: hold my mask

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Posted in: Gov't considers extending state of emergency by 2 weeks See in context

PM Suga on 2 August...

"We will conduct antivirus measures to make this declaration the last extension of the (COVID-19) emergency."

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Posted in: Deadly gunfire at Kabul airport; Taliban insist on U.S. pullout date See in context

"Afghan soldier"? The ANA no longer exists so does this really mean a Taliban fighter, an airport security guard or...?

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Posted in: Sydney extends lockdown for another month; imposes partial curfew See in context

Serious question: are Australia and New Zealand "democracies" with free elections? If yes, there's one heck of a reckoning coming for their politicians.

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Posted in: America's moral responsibility for the tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan See in context

In the President's recent ABC interview, Biden referred to our hasty withdrawal saying "it was inevitable that chaos would ensue no matter when we left". He also mentioned in his address to the nation on Monday (referring to why we stayed past May 1st) "we were clear-eyed about the risk, we planned for every contingency".

Can anyone explain these opposing statements? I'll wait.

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Posted in: U.S. military not ready to seek, rescue potential Kabul evacuees See in context

I feel encouraged that this will get the attention it deserves now that Sec. Austin and Gen. Milley appear to have (temporarily) shifted their focus from fighting "white rage" and other imaginary adversaries to actual military operations.

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Posted in: U.S. military not ready to seek, rescue potential Kabul evacuees See in context

USG on CNN, "if the Taliban disrupt or attack our evacuation efforts there will be swift retaliation!"

USG secretly to Taliban, "here's a plane load of cash to pay for the privilege of evacuating your citizens, and pretty PLEASE don't attack us."

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Posted in: Pentagon investigating Afghan airport deaths See in context

In case you've never ridden in a C-17...the only windows in the main cabin are about 6 inches in diameter and high up in the overhead of the interior of the plane. So unless the cargo doors were open, the crew had no idea what was going on outside the aircraft as it taxied for takeoff.

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Posted in: Japan extends virus emergency to Sept 12; weighs legal options to enforce restrictions See in context

"expressing doubt over the effectiveness of lockdowns that have been imposed in some other countries."

So...if lockdowns don't work, where is the evidence that Japan's alternative methods (impotent SOE's which only target alcohol consumption) are effective at achieving any results? I'll wait.

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Posted in: New island discovered south of Tokyo after submarine volcano erupts See in context

@GBR48 Your post just made my day. My favorite part...

Friday: US destroyer arrives and collides with island. Island sinks. US declare victory and vanish in the night.

Saturday: The Island Incident becomes a point of contention between China, South Korea and Japan for the next two centuries.

Absolutely brilliant!

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Posted in: Japan extends, expands state of emergency as cases surge See in context

@ FIT...The idea that bars and restaurants should close during the only time period they can earn money is just absolutely idiotic and cruel from the perspective of employees who need a salary and businesses who don't want to go bankrupt.

Not true. In fact, let me know if you want to invest in my get-rich idea. You and I will open a bar (in Japanese person's name of course) - never open it because of SOE rules, then just sit back and watch the Covid welfare cash pile up. Sound good?

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Posted in: Japan marks 76th anniversary of World War II defeat See in context

"never forgets the peace that the country enjoys today is built on the sacrifices of those who died in the war."

Perhaps it's the translation which makes Suga's comment seem strange but as others have already stated, Japan was fighting a war of aggression and conquest and the only reason there is "peace" now is because its armies and ideologies died in defeat.

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Posted in: Swift Taliban takeover leaves U.S. image in tatters See in context

Whether occurring during a Democrat or Republican administration, what we're witnessing in Afghanistan was inevitable. Too bad it happened about 18 years too late.

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Posted in: Why are there so many summer festivals in Japan? See in context

It seems Covid restrictions and this endless rain has cancelled summer for the foreseeable future.

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

A failed campaign until the pointless bans on alcohol end.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan's coronavirus fight in critical phase See in context

@Mark "elderly people testing positive for the coronavirus has been rising recently despite most of them having been vaccinated. This is Bad NEWS not just for the elderly, but even the young are dying while vaccinated".

This kinda makes the case for the doubters NOT to get vaccinated don't you think? I'm no anti-vaxxer nor am I suggesting that we should hide the truth about the vaccine's limitations but politicians and the media could do a better job of promoting the benefits of getting jabbed.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan's coronavirus fight in critical phase See in context

Oh wait...we're back on Covid now? Guess now that the Olympics is over the GOJ can turn its laser focus back to the pandemic.

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Posted in: Key to success of Beijing Olympics lies in China-Japan relations See in context

Dear Japan and China:

Please be nice each other..

Accept your diferences..

Take the best from you and work togheter..

You can be good partners and friendly countries each other..

Don't let the jealousy, hypocresy, and the dirty historic interventionism from US and Europe ruin everything in Asia.. (as always)..

Asia for the Asians!!..

Why doesn't this person's ridiculous comments ever get moderated?

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Posted in: Stricter COVID-19 measures introduced in 8 more prefectures in Japan See in context

This never-ending SOE used to get me down but I just don't care about these so-called "restrictions" anymore. Leaving this island in approximately in 76 days...but who's counting?

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Posted in: As pandemic Olympics come to a close, Japan asks: What did Games mean? See in context

@RAF "a superhot watched event"...you're referring to the weather, right?

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Posted in: As pandemic Olympics come to a close, Japan asks: What did Games mean? See in context

Yay, Olympics :) Thank goodness it's over and today is a holiday. As for tomorrow...back to sardine-packed trains and COVID.

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Posted in: One last look See in context

Good thing they banned spectators at the Olympics to avoid...crowds.

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Posted in: Delta variant upends politicians' COVID calculus See in context

"The single biggest mistake of the Biden presidency when it comes to COVID 19 was the CDC’s precipitous and chaotic change in masking guidance back in May,” said Dr. Leana Wen. “It had the direct result of giving people the impression the pandemic was over. It allowed unvaccinated people to have free rein and behave as if they were vaccinated, and therefore we have the surge of the delta variant.”

In order to agree with this preposterous analysis one would have to assume that when people were 100% masked the masks worked 100% of the time as a preventative measure. That assumption would be equally ludicrous unless every person was wearing an N95 or similar type mask which we all know less than 1% of the population was or is now.

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Posted in: Germany's Wellbrock wins men's swimming marathon in brutal conditions See in context

This just in...It's summer and it's hot!

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Posted in: I want the government to seriously consider legal measures, including lockdown-like restrictions on movements. See in context

For my part, I agree to stop drinking on my local beach this summer...in principal.

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Posted in: New York is first major U.S. city to mandate vaccines for restaurants, gyms See in context

An enforcement problem will exist for those that belong to any sort of pre=paid group or organization. Besides gyms, how about season ticket holders for major sports...can these people be legally restricted without recourse or reimbursement?

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Posted in: U.S. employers ratchet up pressure on unvaccinated See in context

If you're vaccinated and you believe the vaccine works, why does an unvaccinated person need the shot to protect you?

If you're vaccinated and you believe (or have been told) that the vaccine does not give 100% protection, why does an unvaccinated person need the same shot?

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Posted in: Japan to tighten border controls on visitors from 3 U.S. states, Finland See in context

"Japan will also shorten the quarantine period of 10 days on visitors from Afghanistan to six days"...

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"They will still be requested to undergo self-isolation for 14 days after entering Japan" = Huh?

 

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