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Posted in: Japan prepares for a surreal Olympics, and plenty of questions See in context

To go down as the most depressing and worst Olympics in history. Japan chose to claim that title, They could of just canceled it all.

Well said. And although Japan could be commended for their original intentions of hosting the games as a way to uplift the national spirit; once Covid happened and everything went pear-shaped, the JOC/IOC's decision to carry on (rather than postponing until 2022) is something they'll have to own now.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

This would be a great episode of Banged Up Abroad.

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Posted in: Higher tolls, priority traffic lanes go into effect for Tokyo Olympics See in context

"...will be 1,000 yen higher than usual from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m."

"...tolls will be halved from midnight to 4 a.m."

 So what's the price between 10 and midnight?

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Posted in: Olympics worker arrested for allegedly raping woman at stadium See in context

"entered Japan in 2014"

There's such a thing as 7-year student visas?

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

Nearly 80% of 47 prefectural capitals in Japan said they either have changed or intend to change their plans to vaccinate their local residents amid a supply shortage of vaccines.

Japan has secured sufficient Pfizer doses for about 1.2 million vaccinations per day through September

No pun intended but there is no explanation of the delta. 

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Posted in: Los Angeles hopes new mask mandate will reverse virus spike See in context

Because mask mandates have proven to work so well thus far, right? Just more optics from our inept leaders that claim to be "following the science".

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

So the new IOC tact is to attempt an shame the Japanese/Chinese people for not supporting "the athletes"? This Bach character is either a shrewd spin doctor or a clueless charlatan. I'm going with the latter.

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Posted in: 4 Olympic workers from U.S., Britain arrested over alleged cocaine use See in context

Every person that gets arrested in Japan (for any offense) is automatically drug tested...or is that a special rule just for foreigners?

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

Bach looks visibly confused by Suga's request since he was focused on protecting the 'Chinese people'.

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Posted in: Jill Biden to attend Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony See in context

Cool. Maybe the "doctor" will set aside some time to discuss Covid strategy with Mr. Nishimura...if he isn't sacked by July 23rd.

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Posted in: How will the state of emergency affect Tokyo Olympics? See in context

I'm setting a reminder on my calendar for the 23rd so I know when the "festive mood" begins.

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

Organizers have moved the Olympic marathon and race walks to the northern island of Hokkaido, hoping to outrun temperatures that can hit 37 degrees Celsius and humidity over 80 percent.

Weather forecasts for Sapporo and Tokyo from the 23rd until the 31st of July only differ by about 2 degrees as of today. Don't the fax machines in JOC's offices pick up AccuWeather?

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Posted in: Combating COVID-19 and ensuring no one is left behind See in context

"and expand provision of public goods."

Great idea. Except that internet networks, vaccines and other technologies are commodities typically produced by private companies meaning they're not public (government) property.

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel criticized for 'Japanese only' notice for elevator use See in context

Pre-covid there have always been bars and other establishments that banned foreigners because of "language differences" or "cash system" or...something.

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Posted in: Japan to begin accepting requests for vaccine passports from July 26 See in context

Suga has said he aims to finish inoculating all eligible people in Japan who wish to receive shots by November.

If you need more football action in your life...just try and catch these goal posts!

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Posted in: Workers express frustration as Tokyo enters 4th COVID-19 emergency See in context

Why is all the SOE news focused on banning alcohol and not increasing vaccines?

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Posted in: Italy beats England in penalty shootout to win Euro 2020 See in context

Someone explain to an American...how is 1-1 a win for either side?

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Posted in: Texas GOP advances voting restrictions as hundreds push back See in context

"Voters rights" are only important in the context that Texas democrats look at voter restrictions and immigration restrictions in the same light since overturning these policies aligns with what the larger Democrat machine has stated repeatedly of their goal is to make Texas a blue state at any cost. Why is anyone here surprised that the majority of Texans are not ok with this?

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Posted in: Disappointment, dissatisfaction at no-spectator Tokyo Olympics See in context

@Zoroto I have an extremely hard time to believe that anybody in Japan would "pounce on" anybody for any reason. Certainly not an elderly usher at a baseball game.

I beg to differ. The anti-tattoo, no-fun rental cops at my beach are ready to pounce on any shirtless, inked foreigners they see because...safety or something.

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

Due to life's usual preoccupations, I'm betting most people outside of Japan are expecting to tune-in to the Olympics and see a somewhat normal version of the games they've watched their entire lives. Spoiler alert.

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

How to stop people from going out for drinks during the Olympics is a main issue

I see. So then...what was the reason for limiting or banning alcohol sales during the last dozen or so versions of this phony SOE?

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Posted in: Suga visits Haneda airport for briefing on anti-virus border measures See in context

"We must continue implementing anti-virus measures while remaining highly vigilant," Suga told reporters. "If necessary, we will quickly take additional steps."

I nearly choked on my coffee and couldn't read past this point.

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Posted in: Japan backs off on forecast of 30 gold medals at Tokyo Olympics See in context

The pressure to hold the games during the pandemic is largely financial for the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee

There is more truth in this one sentence than any other Olympics reporting thus far.

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Posted in: Koike to extend hospital rest for fatigue See in context

So many people with time to waste on this site criticizing the mayor of Tokyo for taking a break from work.

Is she taking a break from getting paid because there's probably more than a few commenters here who don't have the luxury of paid sick leave?

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Posted in: Message sent: Berry turns away from flag during anthem See in context

This was edgy 3 or 4 years ago, now it's just an attention-seeking tantrum from a grown-up baby.

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Posted in: Art event featuring 'comfort women' statue postponed due to protests See in context

The SCAP shamelessly ordered and forced local women to serve (sexually) American servicemen under the occupied Japan after the war. Not to mention assaults against women were rampant yet unreported, uncharged.

...citation please.

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Posted in: Art event featuring 'comfort women' statue postponed due to protests See in context

However if those protests or demonstrations are designed to intimidate or promote fear to those involved, the authorities should take action.

This is flawed logic as both sides will always claim the moral high ground. In your scenario (assuming the protest is peaceful) who gets to decide what forms of demonstration are "designed to intimidate or promote fear"?

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Posted in: Art event featuring 'comfort women' statue postponed due to protests See in context

The exhibition drew public attention as it shed light on historical issues as well as the issue of freedom of expression versus censorship.

*protestors show up with a counter narrative"

"We believe that obstruction of the event constitutes a crime of intimidation and interference with business, and we are considering legal action."

Ironic much?

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Posted in: One dead, 99 missing after Florida beachfront condo collapses See in context

"It was like a very bass-y, like boom boom, boom boom, that kind of thing,"

"Like, a ton of bass on a subwoofer, basically, like just two of them,"

Floridaman says what?

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Posted in: Pelosi launches new probe of Capitol attack; 500th defendant arrested See in context

Meanwhile, blue-checked DA's are choosing not to prosecute HUNDREDS of criminal rioters and arsonists responsible for last summer's mayhem.

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