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Posted in: Communication the game changer for Tokyo Olympics: ex-IOC marketing chief See in context

Payne is completely missing the point. The Olympic planning itself is already hurting Japan by diverting critical resources away from fighting the pandemic. He is only emphasizing the fear around viral spread during the games but is not factoring in the current state of Japan’s vaccination program, over stressed healthcare system, and shortage of doctors — all completing for resources, focus and attention from Japan’s leadership.

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Posted in: As unpredictable Games loom, Japan's sponsors struggle to adapt See in context

Now the sponsors are weighing in. The optics for them are worrying and could backfire on their brands if local and global sentiment grows increasingly against holding the Olympics during Japan’s national emergency. Each day, sponsors will be calculating whether to stay, withdraw or attempt the craft an appropriate message so as to avoid a serious backlash or boycott of their products.

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Posted in: Olympic history in cartoons details how games defies threats See in context

Basically Payne is saying the IOC has evolved into an organization that has learned to ignore societies regardless of the threats to a nation.

Is that what the Olympic Games have become? — a tone deaf marketing machine?

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Posted in: Japan donates more than 1 million AstraZeneca doses to Taiwan See in context

For as altruistic as this seems, the optics are strange. Japan doesn’t appear to have its priorities in order. It’s vaccination program is limping along, it’s moving forward with holding the Olympics, an event that is already diverting critical resources from an effective Covid response, hospitals are near breaking point, and healthcare professionals are under intense stress while essentially being ignored. As all of this is happening, Japan decides to donate vaccines to another country. Japan’s domestic response needs to be organized first. Then donating will make more sense.

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Posted in: JOC board member blasts Tokyo Games organizers, IOC See in context

The damage is already being done and will only become more acute as the Olympic Games take place. Critical resources are already being diverted from hospitals where they are needed. The time and attention of government leaders are already being split between the vaccination program and the Olympics. And money is being spent on extensive logistics to accommodate tens of thousands of athletes and their teams, including lodging, food, media, marketing, etc., where that money could be spent enhancing logistics to accelerate the vaccination rollout.

As the athletic teams arrive and games take place, the resource drain will become even worse, pushing hospitals to the brink of collapse and stressing Japan’s healthcare workers to breaking points. Scheduling the Olympics without a contingency plan in place to ensure a rapid COVID recovery remained the highest priority was a mistake in planning. And to allow the IOC to dictate the terms of Japan during a national emergency reveals a serious weakness in Japan’s ability to protect its own citizens in the face of gaiatsu.

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Posted in: Osaka still top-earning female athlete ever: Forbes See in context

Osaka-San is smart. She is defining she own path and rules.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open, citing mental health issues See in context

Danielsan is perfectly right. We watch tennis players compete to see who is the best tennis player. That is what makes the sport. The public is being fooled into believing live press conferences are a requirement of the game, where reporters are unregulated and free to ask ridiculous questions designed to invoke fear, anger, doubt and rejection. And many of these questions may have nothing to do with tennis. The press can ask if she is a “real Japanese”, why don’t you speak Japanese, what’s going on with your love life, etc. If the French Open were so concerned with players’ mental and emotional health, maybe the committee should pre-screen the questions the press asks. And no, the other athletes do not need to attend the press conferences either. Sometimes it’s good to know when to break the rules when the rules are illogical.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open, citing mental health issues See in context

So many people want to judge Osaka-san. You can only judge if you can remotely play tennis at her level. If not, sit down. Osaka-san can do whatever the hell she wants.

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Posted in: 10,000 Tokyo Olympic volunteers have now pulled out: organizers See in context

The coming collapse.

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Posted in: Please take Tokyo Olympics condoms back to your home country and use them there, organizers say See in context

Imagine if Japan administered COVID vaccinations as aggressively as it is condoms.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

Everyday I get more frustrated with this situation. I cannot understand how a nation facing a national health crisis can accept diverting critical resources like doctors to a game when hospitals are near breaking point. This is a classic case of when leaders fail to lead.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

Japan, listen to your medical professionals! Why are the medical experts not allowed to influence the decisions around what Japan should do. This is a national crisis! Japan is in a war against COVID and the country is not listening to its doctors. Unacceptable!

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Posted in: Coates gets backlash after saying Olympics are on, even in state of emergency See in context

Who made Coates the Prime Minister of Japan? Because he is certainly acting like it by declaring what will and will not happen in the sovereign nation of Japan. Japan, take control over your country and specify what conditions would warrant a cancellation. Be clear about your limits!

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Posted in: Coates: Tokyo Olympics to go ahead even in state of emergency See in context

This is what happens when Japan is fails to sets limits and define the exact conditions for when the Olympics should be cancelled in the state of a national emergency. It also shows what happens when the nation’s medical leaders are not major contributors to decision making during a nation health crisis.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker says being LGBT goes against preservation of species See in context

It's a statement of fact. He's not wrong even if you don't like it.

It is NOT a statement of fact. It is not nature’s intent to reproduce to the point of overpopulation, but rather to achieve balance and sustainability. Homosexuality shows that relationship and social communication, not procreation, are the critical element in nature. And nature shows us this in homosexual behavior found in other species. For example, all male dolphins are homosexual in the early parts of their lives until later when some reproduce.

Nature is more complex than we realize. Attempting to narrowly define biological norms is dangerous because it oversimplifies the dynamics of nature and human diversity.

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Posted in: Coates: Tokyo Olympics to go ahead even in state of emergency See in context

The picture says it all. While the Japanese leadership sits powerless, the IOC is running things from on high, deciding how Japanese national policy will manage its resources in the face of a national emergency. The IOC continues to frame the games as safe when in fact the real problem is Japan’s distraction away from accelerating its vaccination program and relieving pressure on its medical facilities. Japan is already struggling with its vaccination program. It doesn’t need the Olympics stealing precious resources away from the Covid fight.

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Posted in: IOC offers medical help for Tokyo Olympics See in context

We are witnessing human tragedy unfolding. There is big difference between running an Olympic event and running a country. The Japanese government needs to put its foot down, stand with its medical experts and refuse to host the games under these emergency conditions. The IOC wants to focus on how safe the games will be when in fact the event planning and hosting is already diverting critical resources from fighting the pandemic. Hospitals are stretched beyond capacity, few hospital beds are available, and people are dying in their homes! Yet, thousands of beds are being readied for incoming Olympic athletes and staff. I hope someone will be the adult in the room and make the tough decision. Cancel the games now!

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Posted in: Nearly 60% say Tokyo Olympics should be canceled: poll See in context

COVID-19 cases have been growing nationwide in recent weeks, putting further strains on the country's medical system. More patients are dying at home due to the difficulty of finding available hospital beds, with the situation worsened by the spread of the new variants and the slow process of inoculation.

When people are dying in their homes because they cannot find hospital beds, yet the government is provisioning thousands of beds for the Olympics, you have a competition for resources. Japan needs to be 100% focused on a rapid vaccination rollout. The Olympics is a distraction to the manpower, decision making, money, energy, and time needed for the vaccination effort.

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Posted in: Tougher anti-COVID-19 measures begin in 6 prefectures See in context

In areas placed under the state of emergency, restaurants are being told to close by 8 p.m.

Are government officials assuming COVID-19 only comes out at night?

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Posted in: Petition to cancel Tokyo Olympics submitted to Koike See in context

The Olympics will show the world, what Japan is all about.

Unfortunately, irrational. This is not a macho contest — a measure of how myopic Japan can be. This is not about proving how tough Japan can be by watching people die while it dogmatically focuses on hosting games. Games! Vaccinate the people living in Japan, then worry about the games.

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Posted in: Petition to cancel Tokyo Olympics submitted to Koike See in context

The decision to cancel should be easy. And the petition should have made it even easier. In any other situation the games could go on. But Japan is in a national state of emergency and experiencing its fourth wave. Furthermore, the vaccination program is exceptionally slow. This is no time to split attention and resources between life saving efforts to vaccinate the nation and preparing for Olympic Games. Prioritize life over games and focus 100% of the nation’s efforts on accelerating the vaccination program.

I am sure Japan would need to pay heavy fines if it canceled due to contractual obligations, but the sovereign nation of Japan is in a state of emergency. Nothing should ever distract a nation from addressing its national emergencies. Games have been canceled before. This would be no different.

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Posted in: Tesla's Musk halts use of bitcoin for car purchases See in context

Wait a minute. You’re telling me that Elon, who focuses on sustainable energy solutions, just realized that bitcoin uses tremendous amounts of energy in its mining process?? That’s rather incredible to see he suddenly had an epiphany and reversed course so quickly. Or is he manipulating bitcoin prices? Perhaps he ought to talk these matters through with Tesla’s board members first before making hasty decisions.

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Posted in: Japan to vaccinate Olympic athletes: reports See in context

This should only happen if Japan has a successful, high paced vaccination campaign in place for its citizens/residents. But Japan does not. Once again, the Olympic games are competing with Japan’s COVID response for time, focus and resources. Leaders should not be spending hours in meetings resolving logistics around hosting the Olympics. They should be working around the clock to quickly unblock every vaccination issue that surfaces and increase velocity. For Japan, vaccinating the nation SHOULD BE the Olympics!

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

This is what happens when a nation is not putting all its focus and resources on vaccinations but rather splitting it with the Olympic Games. Where’s the horizontal server capacity and the high availability redundancy? No expense should be spared to ensure systems remain up to support this national emergency. This is prioritization 101.

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

This is being handled like Brexit—regardless of public opinion, we’ll do it anyway! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Japan should cancel these games snd divert ALL time, energy and money into vaccinating its population! Japan’s priorities are upside down!!!

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

This is exactly why we need e-vaccine passports. Everyone should be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding a cruise ship!

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Huh? Obviously no one learned a thing from last year’s cruise ship fiascos. Why are people getting on a cruise ship and expecting a different result when the country has only started its vaccination program just recently? This is maddening.

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Posted in: Let's fight terrorism See in context

I’m confused. Shouldn’t we replace “terror” with “COVID” ?

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

First things first — vaccinate your citizens as quickly as possible. Instead of “trying” to make the games safe, actually make them safe by pouring all national resources into a rapid vaccination campaign. The Olympics is diverting precious time, energy and money away from the most critical problem in the world for a game few people want.

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Posted in: China says U.S.-Japan actions are stoking division See in context

The fact of the matter is China is well aware of the political theater it is operating in — that the US is the dominant player by far and that the only responses China can make are statements of condemnation and warnings, which the US and Japan ignore as frivolous.

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