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Posted in: Gunma latest prefecture to find contaminants in Moderna vaccine See in context

How do rubber pieces potentially fall in to the vial in pre-inoculation inspections?!

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Posted in: Organizers defend Bach's return to Tokyo for Paralympics See in context

Call the IOC (as I did) and tell them how you feel about all this bs.

Telephone +41 21 621 61 11 and ask to talk to someone in the media section.

[Be nice if you do please. The person(s) you talk to are not the ones making the bad decisions.]

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Posted in: Tokyo Paralympics confirm 1st COVID-19 hospitalization See in context

Call the IOC and tell them how you feel as I did late last night (mid-afternoon Lausanne time).

Telephone +41 21 621 61 11 and ask to talk to someone in the media section.

Be nice if you do please. The person(s) you talk to are not the ones making the bad decisions.

Tell them what it's like 'here on the ground' in Japan now and the optics we're witnessing with Bach's behavior.

With enough calls they might listen...... or don't. The number is above if you want to though.

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Posted in: Olympic medalists get OK to pose for mask-less photos See in context

Ask 5 scientists about masks and you'll get 6 different theories

Hardly surprising. There’s still a lot we don’t know about this virus. Doesn’t take much to figure that one out...

In the mean time err on the side of caution, wear a mask, get vaccinated and follow the damn rules where they’re laid out such as at these farcical games. Simple.

IOC (by not enforcing rules) are making allowances that could impact the health/economic well-being of the residents of this country. Why is this? Where’s the useless MHLW on this? It’s their country after all... Not that I trust those idiots either to make a decision.

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Posted in: Russia at Tokyo Olympics with new name, more doping disputes See in context

What part of 'wear a face mask when you come to Japan to participate in the Olympics' does the athlete in the photo not understand?

Didn't the IOC et al. stipulate this?! If they can't enforce the rules when they first arrive at the airport then we're well and truly .....

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Posted in: Internet misinformation fans COVID vaccine hesitancy among Japanese young people See in context

@klutzman No you're not wrong. Vaccination doesn't stop someone getting the virus and passing it on to others. Good on you for educating him.

As for side effects I sure hope I get some (mild ones) as that shows my body is doing what it should and gearing up to the fight what it thinks is the 'real' virus. So yeah bring on some side effects as that's how vaccinations work.

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Posted in: U.S. trade deficit with Japan narrows 17.5% in May See in context

Without historical data (pre-pandemic and beyond) to compare with this is just reporting meaningless #s.

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Posted in: Suga offers COVID-19 support for Pacific islands in online meetings See in context

The Marshall Islands recognizes Taiwan as the ROC (and thus do not have official relations with Beijing).


Nice move Japan :-)

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Posted in: Japan to ask athletes from India, 5 other countries for more COVID-19 tests See in context

How about all countries to you know maybe ... err on the side of caution. Just a thought!

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Posted in: Former justice minister Kawai gets 3 years for vote-buying See in context

'The defense appealed the ruling, having sought a suspended sentence on the grounds that Kawai had admitted to most of the charges and resigned as a lawmaker. '

Source: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210618/p2g/00m/0na/040000c

They actually tried to appeal for a suspended sentence on the grounds he'd admitted his crime and resigned.

"Sorry judge. My bad! I admit I [insert crime here]. Can I go home now please?"

To think they thought it might actually work speaks volumes ....

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Posted in: Japan to secure COVID vaccines for 20,000 more Olympic workers See in context

@ Vince

You're correct in that vaccinating those associated with the Olympics can be a good thing but imho we shouldn't even have this on the table as the Olympics shouldn't be going ahead as per the wishes of most people in Japan so, to me, it's a mute point.

Any vaccines coming in to this country should be distributed to the elderly and those with underlying conditions etc. Personally I'm content to wait my turn as long as the line in front of me is made up of people more in need ( i.e. not people associated with the Olympics).

Any empty slots in the vaccination centers means a more effective distribution system needs to be put in place (e.g. maybe take them to the care homes for the elderly as is being done in Kyoto). It doesn't, to my mind at least, mean people associated with the Olympics should be given priority over the elderly etc.

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Posted in: Japan to secure COVID vaccines for 20,000 more Olympic workers See in context

Nice to know our taxes and health insurance payments are going to vaccinate people involved with the Olympics ahead of the elderly and others more in need at this time ....

Is the IOC paying for any of this?! Not like they don't have the $$ for it.

Talk about a slap in the face!

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Posted in: China slams G7 'manipulation' after Xinjiang, Hong Kong criticism See in context

They're sounding like N. Korea more and more the way they keep throwing their toys out the playpen at every opportunity.

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Posted in: Suga refers to Taiwan as country, drawing fire from China See in context

@ Bungle is correct.

Everyone is buying Chinese products, and have been for years (myself included), which is just fueling the Chinese economy which the CCP use to invest in other countries. They played the long game and we were all short sighted. They were smart.....

When I say 'invest' I really mean offer long term loans (often in exchange for vaccines and support at the UN) to poorer countries who can hardly refuse as the 'west' isn't helping them any.

So yeah buy a Chinese made product but don't then complain when they use the profits to build up their military to intimidate their neighbors, and use their economic might to damage other countries' trade who disagree with them e.g. Australia atm .

And to be clear I have nothing against Chinese people just the CCP.

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Posted in: Suga refers to Taiwan as country, drawing fire from China See in context

The renegade province of mainland China ruled by it's CCP oppressors should stop interfering with the internal affairs of the country of Taiwan which is where the the legitimate seat of power is located for all Chinese people. (read the history books if you're lost on this)

And P. Smith's comment above is right in the sense that Taiwan's allies and the UN need to grow a spine and give full recognition to Taiwan for what it is which is a country. That being said small steps have been taken recently to this end which I welcome.

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Posted in: Japan launches study to verify COVID vaccines' effects on citizens See in context

And the couldn't have started a study to test efficacy when they first rolled out the vaccine weeks ago because??

Good their doing it but yet another example of making it up as they go along.

Not like they didn't have 1.5 years to have considered and prepped for it......

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Posted in: Japan considers sending coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam: report See in context

This will be unpopular but whatever....

As much as residents of Japan such as my self want (need!) a vaccine others do to.

Remember all the talk of 'the world coming together to fight this' about 18 months ago?'. Well then never really happened. So I, for one, as desperate as I am for a vaccination to get on with my life don't mind reading about one country helping another on occasion and on a limited basis. Me or an elderly person abroad (assuming doses will be distributed to the elderly/vulnerable first)? I'll choose the elderly Vietnamese (or Taiwanese) person occasionally.

So yeah prioritize Japanese citizens but help each other out on occasion and on a limited basis. Especially when we're talking about a vaccine that is is just sitting in storage atm as it hasn't been approved for use in Japan (though yeah it should have been by now but that's another story....).

The whole COVAX system should have kicked in long before now. Japan is doing this unilaterally which is a step in the right direction because we (the world) are all in this mess together and need each other's support to get of it.

p.s. did I mention '*on occasion and on a limited basis**' *sufficiently to get that point across?

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Posted in: China's 2022 Olympics a chance to press Beijing on human rights: Trudeau See in context


Don't see Canada threatening foreign press agencies and other nations when they report on them though. Not that it makes Canada's past actions right but there is a key difference here.

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


Keep in mind the athletes coming into Japan will definitely be vaccinated as will their entourage, as small as those will be, and almost no foreign fans. At the same time Japan is working on getting the public vaccinated, so again I see two steps in the right direction

1) Not all athletes will be vaccinated (please see IOC press statements for details).

2) Still only a small % of people in Japan will have been vaccinated by the start of the games (please see Japanese Gvt' press statements for details).

Your in possession of inaccurate info. Time to do so some fact checking.

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


Simian Lane:

'let the virus run riot. anything beats this lousy repeat-limbo'

'run it’s natural course, rather'

'even sickness is better than spineless'

Very insensitive words to say the least with all the pain and suffering people are enduring here and abroad. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but this is surely stepping across boundaries of civility?

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Posted in: Olympics chief says cancelation unlikely with 50 days to go See in context

And from the BBC:

"If it should happen that a country cannot come to Japan because they do not meet the minimum requirements that the government set, I think that is something we have to listen to what the IOC and IPC feel about that."

Source: https://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/57329388

And why is the Japanese Gvt'/JOC listening to what anyone other than what their residents have to 'feel about'?!

Sums it all up right there...

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Posted in: Yes. Tokyo Olympics are still on, despite opposition, pandemic See in context

I do wish the IOC would just shut up for once…

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Posted in: Australian Olympic softball team looking forward to arriving in Japan on Tuesday See in context

Lack said while she understood people's reluctance to holding the games, she hoped the sporting event would help boost morale.

No. Your team coming here weeks before the games actually start has the opposite effect.

Can't find a training camp in Oz until a few days before the opening games??

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Posted in: Advocacy groups ask gov't to rethink harsher anti-cannabis law See in context


'dangerous mind altering drug'

Makes most people fall asleep in front of the TV holding an empty tub of Ben and Jerry's.....

Thanks though! What you wrote made me laugh :-)

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Posted in: Taiwan says China is spreading fake news during COVID spike See in context

CCP should stop playing political games, and take practical measures to control the pandemic as soon as possible without resorting to vaccine diplomacy and undermining relations with it's friends (not that it has any) and neighbors.

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

A couple of (polite and well reasoned) lines about why you disapprove of holding the Olympics would help put a stop to this:


I've been emailing daily. Other voices would help.

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Posted in: Japan gives preliminary OK to Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines See in context

No mention of why it took so long to approve.

Another Phase III clinical trial on just 160 people like Pfizers in which time thousands became ill and hundreds died?

Even if this was the case why didn't they start the trials here soon after Pfizer's?

Too many unanswered questions....... but yes better late than never.

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Posted in: Online bookings begin for large vaccination centers in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

@ Monty

A (relatively mild) reaction to a vaccine is not in expected.

‘You get a fever because your body is trying to kill the virus or bacteria that caused the infection. Most of those bacteria and viruses do well when your body is at your normal temperature. But if you have a fever, it is harder for them to survive. Fever also activates your body's immune system.’


Just puting it out there for people that think getting a fever is bad when it’s actually a sign that your body is putting up its defenses and fighting back.

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono blames drug approval system for slow inoculation drive See in context

And who is to blame for the lack of logistics in place for distribution?

Playing the blame game already. Someone is playing cya.

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Posted in: Wealthy nations, once praised for success against virus, lag in vaccinations See in context

@ Sven

It’s not always lagging behind, some have already gained knowledge. Vaccinations alone aren’t the key anymore.

All those other measures (aside from vaccinations) don’t seem to be working too well over here though are they?

Also, if the viruses get more and more under vaccination pressure they develop more mutations,

Once vaccinated the virus has less chance of mutating as mutations occur when the virus multiplies and spreads. Reads like you don’t understand at all how mutations can occur.

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