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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

"I have no hesitation in saying that the games will take place and they'll be the safest games possible," he said in video footage released Tuesday by the IOC. "All of the countermeasures have been put in place to deal with COVID to ensure that the public, the athletes and all of the other participants are safe."

What a joke. So the same countermeasures that have proved so ineffective over the last year?

How's that vaccination campaigh coming along?

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to settle financial dispute with mom's ex-fiance See in context

Komuro, 29, has said resolving the issue through talks would be "the best choice." It is not immediately known why he has now opted to pay settlement money.

Where has the money suddenly come from? If he wasn't in a position to pay before what has changed?

I would wager that somehow someone in a position of power has made finds available with the express directive to Kei Komuro to make the problem go away as this as been a huge embarassment to the Royal Family.

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Posted in: Chinese vaccines 'don’t have very high protection rates,' says official See in context

So Hong Kong is vaccinating its people with the Pfizer vaccine. The Sinovac version is available but uptake is extremely low.

What does that tell you?

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Posted in: Arsonist at idol concert says he was imitating the Kyoto Animation attack See in context

At the scene of the incident, police found a knife and a blue-colored metal fuel canister with remnants of gasoline inside. Gasoline appeared to have been deliberately spilled in the hall outside the elevator on the third floor, leading investigators to believe it was an arson attack.

Well. . . . . . clearly all the rules that the government put in place requiring ID and stated purpose for fuel in containers sold by gasoline stands is working incredibly effectively.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/27/national/japan-tighten-gasoline-sale-rules-kyoto-arson-attack/

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing women’s shoes and replacing them with new ones See in context

But why?

Couldn't he just go to a second hand clothing store and by 10x as many from there for the same price and a lot less effort? weirdo.

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Posted in: N Korea says it won't take part in Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns See in context

Probably a simple reason for this.

North Korea has been constantly stating that there is no COVID-19 in their country and they have everything under control.

With ALL Olympic athletes being tested for COVID-19 every 48-96 hours, it is going to look very suspicious when they all show the markers of having had a historical or current infection on arrival.

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Posted in: Nissin Cup Noodle develops leftover soup hardening powder for quick and eco-friendly disposal See in context

I don't want to be the kill joy here, but there is no mention of whether the solidifed mixture is still edible, or even toxic. This is after all the remnants of food in a food container.

It seems a little irresponsible, after all the food contamination scares we have had over the last few decades, for a food manufacturer to actively ben encouraging people to add chemicals to food leftovers . . . in the original container which it was sold.

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Posted in: Female monarchs to be debated as Japan looks to secure imperial line See in context

Who thinks this is why the Imperial Household have been stalling the wedding of Princess Mako?

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Posted in: Does the arrival of Costa Coffee spell the end for Japan’s independent cafes? See in context

Does the arrival of Costa Coffee spell out the ending of Japan’s independent coffee shop industry? I sure hope not.

No it doesn't. It just offers an alternative that customers of independant cafe's are unlikely to take up.

Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and Dutour are to coffee what McDonalds, Burger King and Carls Jr are to hamburgers. You know what you are going to get regardless of the location and store you walk into. The food is the same but ininspiring.

Independant cafes do well because they are different to the mainstream.

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Posted in: Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators See in context

There is an Ordinance . . . but no mention of how this will be policied or any penalties if people do not obey.

Worthless.

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Posted in: 13 lawmakers dine at PM's office building amid pandemic See in context

I understand providing a meal if you are attending an all day meeting . . . . but for 40 minutes?

Couldn't these guys meet via Zoom/Teams/Skype like they are forcing the rest of the country to do?

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Posted in: Health minister apologizes for late-night party by 23 employees See in context

 the big farewell party held at a restaurant in the capital's glitzy Ginza district

This being a farewell party, for someone who sounds like a fairly senior employee of the Ministry . . . . . I'm going to ask the question Who Paid?

If the Ministry is paying the bill for breaking their own restrictions, that would be even more embarassing. Strange how it hasn't been addressed though . . . . . . . hmmmm.

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Posted in: 23 health ministry employees party until midnight despite virus restrictions See in context

Here we go again . . . . . .

Same story, different day. And of all the government ministries, it is the Ministry of Health!

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Posted in: 3-day lockdown ordered in Australian city of Brisbane after virus outbreak See in context

MontyToday  11:16 am JST

@Dothe hustle

You don’t think that all of these 10.000 people die every week, right?

You understand that almost every week everyone recovers.

** *No they don't *and the stats are available to prove this. Approximately 20% of previously healthly 18-35 year olds who had COVID experienced long term symptoms, often multiple. These often persist for weeks or months after infection. These symptoms include, fatigue , cough, congestion or shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, headache, body aches, diarrhea, nausea, chest or abdominal pain, confusion

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/risk-comms-updates/update-36-long-term-symptoms.pdf?sfvrsn=5d3789a6_2

People seem to get better over time but this isn't the 'flu and the effects on individuals are markedly different.

A good candidate to compare COVID to is SARS. Although COVID doesnt appear to be as severe as SARS, 40% of those infected with SARS still had chronic fatigue symtoms 3.5 years later. It does, however, spread significantly facter than SARS.

And this is where we step into the unknown. Covid has been around such a short time that we just don't know the long term effects. Blase attitudes to infection control, vaccines etc just mean that more people get infected, and spin that big roulette wheel to gamble with their health in the long term.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Imperial Hotel to be rebuilt See in context

That is an ugly, almost Stalinist, building.

I hope they do better this time around.

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Posted in: Japan has granted 93 foreigners permission to bring their same-sex spouse: survey See in context

In order to be eligible, the couple must both be nationals of countries where same-sex marriage is recognized. However, the same visa cannot be used to grant residence status to a partner of a Japanese national, an inconsistency which is likely to spark debate.

In essence, the Japanese govenment is recognising legally binding same sex mariages . . . . but only outside Japan, or inside Japan if they don't involve Japanese people.

Double standards!

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Posted in: 47 anaphylaxis cases reported in Japan after 580,000 Pfizer vaccine shots See in context

Does this highlight a difference in diagnosing/treating issues with allergies in Japan, or the Gaman attitues which exist in Japanese society . . . rather than an issue with the vaccine itself.

If someone has brushed off getting a diagnosis for their allergies for years, answers "No" to the all important question of whether they have any pre-existing medial conditions, then has a reaction. Is that the fault of the vaccine?

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Posted in: 'Sesame Street' introduces new muppets in videos on race See in context

In another video due out soon, muppets portraying characters of Hispanic origin will be confronted with "a racist incident in a grocery store," the statement added.

They should leave the Muppets themselves neutral as possible. No race, or ethnic features. I recall a comment a number of years ago indicating that is what the original intention was. As there were no defining racial or ethnic charactistics in any of them, kids of all ages and ethnicities could identifiy with any character.

Just leave the supporting human cast to portray these traits.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay providing cultural showcase amid pandemic See in context

Unless the torch is running through your local town and there is some kind of event to mark its presence . . . . no one is watching. The torch running is only a domestic afair.

Even in previous events, the torch running was little more than a sideline and occasionally would get mentioned as an internaltional news slot filler on a slow day, and even then only when it was getting lit at Mt Olympia.

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Posted in: Experts warn COVID-19 rebound could exceed 'third wave' in Tokyo See in context

So what did they expect would happen?

The State of Emergency was the only handbrake keeping infections from getting out of control. No other factor has changed (ie large scale vaccinations). With the arrival of new more virulent straints, It is actually pump-primed ready to sprerad more rapidly than before.

And they have just removed the only restriction. . . .

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Posted in: Japan's bid to raise ratio of female election candidates to 35% hard to achieve See in context

Japan ranks 31 or 32 on the OECD for workplace equality, and 89 out of 189 countries globally. Lower than Rwanda, China and East Timor.

Frankly, this is abysmal.

https://www.cfr.org/legal-barriers/country-rankings/jpn/

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Posted in: Suga pledges he'll do utmost to prevent virus rebound See in context

Suga pledges he'll do utmost to prevent virus rebound

The government will step up virus tests, monitoring for more contagious new variants and pay subsidies for restaurants and bars who cooperate to close at 9 p.m.

So in that entire article, the onbly mention of a vaccine is that Suga got a shot. NO mention at all of a nationwide rollout.

This at a time when the UK has now given half its population at least the first shot (32 million people) and is doing over 800,000 shots per day.

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Posted in: Barring fans from abroad for Tokyo Olympics creates many questions See in context

What still hasn't been answered yet is what happens to the guests of the Olympic Sponsors?

The last two news articles I've read on Olympic visitors seem to dance around the topic, with either no specific mention of them, or stating no decision has been made yet.

What's the bet that they are either waiting for the noise to die down before quietly allowing guests of sponsors . . . . . or suddenly guests of sponsors become classified as essential Olympic travelers?

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Posted in: In landmark ruling, Japanese court says same-sex marriage ban 'unconstitutional' See in context

While homosexual sex has been legal in Japan since 1880, social stigma means many have yet to come out even to their families.

The wheels turn slowly around here. Japan legalises gay sexual relations in 1880 but still refuse to recognise it as a legitimate marriage over 140 years later.

You watch the old fuddy-duddies and bigots appeal this to the High court etc.

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Posted in: Team New Zealand wins America's Cup See in context

Thousands crowded together down at the Viaduct enjoying good times, thrilling racing and fantastic sportsmanship. Well done Luna Rossa, you guys were great to compete against.

Its a shame that Team New Zealand have requested not to have the usual post Cup ticker-tape parades this time around.

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Posted in: Team New Zealand wins America's Cup See in context

Peter Montgommery "The America's Cup is again New Zealands Cup".

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Posted in: China approves 4th COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use See in context

There is no publicly available information in peer-reviewed scientific journals about the clinical trial data showing efficacy or safety. A spokesperson for the company said that the data could not be shared at this time but that the company was actively providing the information to health authorities.

> The vaccine was approved for use in Uzbekistan on March 1.

Hardly glowing endorsements of quality. A Chinese firm developing vaccines but not sharing the data and only 3 developing countries game enough to even try it.

Why would anyone even look at this?

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Posted in: Worshippers brave smoldering coals to pray for safety See in context

"Praying I don't catch fire . . . . praying I rolled my trousers up high enough . . . . "

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Posted in: School lunch noodles fried so hard that children and teachers chip teeth See in context

Have these people ever cooked before?? Did they even try one to see if it was done?

What’s more, the previous day, sixth-grade children were served donuts that had expired a year ago, due to a delivery mistake.

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I can just see a crate of expire donut rattling around (and I mean dried up and rattling) in the back of a delivery truck for a year before being delivered.

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Posted in: Vaccinations for elderly to begin in populous areas in limited supply See in context

They've known vaccines have been coming for HOW LONG and they are stil deciding on a plan?????

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