If Putin is successful in Ukraine, Maldova is the next independent country to fall, plans are already in place. So does the world 'mind its own business' and give up Ukraine & then Maldova (similar as it did to Hitler), or does the world stand up the psychotic/delusional bully this time before it spirals out of control. Many things I posted about several days has come true... even the posts that were deleted by moderators... volunteers, freedom fighters, and weapons flooding into Ukraine.
At some point each person, each of US may have to decide 'what if that were my country being invaded by Putin, my friends, my family suffering & dying'. Hopefully it doesnt come to this but simply ignoring Putins war, wont be an option for any of us if war continues to spread in Europe. Yes, I am beginning to lose sleep.
btw - China is watching who stands up & who remains seated
15 ( +24 / -9 )
Just to clarify; Im not saying the US is, was, has ever been perfect. I am not naive nor an ideologue.
My point is simple: Comparing Cuba to NATO or the Ukraine is asinine.
3 ( +4 / -1 )
What about Russia placing some missiles in Cuba, a la 1962? I wasn't around then but "something," tells me the US didn't like it one bit.
A valid point indeed.
Not the same.
Ukraine has already given up its nuclear weapons and has singed several agreements/treaties with Putin. Still Putin annexed Crimea, supports/funds rebellions in two regions of Ukraine, and now directly invades the entire country.
The US did not/has not directly invaded Cuba, not at the time of the crises nor in the 60 years since then.Cuba happened what 60 yrs ago, yes history & needs to be remembered/studied in proper context, but not really applicable right now and definitely not in comparison to Ukraine nor NATO.
3 ( +5 / -2 )
Japan does & should care about what is happening in Ukraine as it a very real model for what would happen in Taiwan if China were to invade. The one major difference is that the US has treaties with Taiwan and would be willing/able to defend them directly.
All other actions being seen now would play out pretty much the same in event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
16 ( +17 / -1 )
The longer it goes on, the longer the Kyev government hangs on, the worse it will get for Putin.
Finally heard it on an Indian news channel from a senior retired RAF officer; CIA is absolutely already at work, guerilla/insurgent fighters are mobilizing in the region outside Ukraine, and handheld Stinger ground to air missiles are without a doubt on the way to Ukraine.
14 ( +16 / -2 )
This should be the beginning of any/all anti Russian factions in Europe to begin moving into the western border areas of Ukraine. Those anti Russian factions financed & armed by the west for a proxy/asymmetric war in Ukraine. Very real possibility this is going to get very messy. ;-(
1 ( +3 / -2 )
NATO must do everything in it's power to support, defend the Ukrainian people and their democracy. Even if it escalator to full scale war.
12 ( +26 / -14 )
No sympathy. Stop traveling abroad, period.
-11 ( +4 / -15 )
Female emperors would be a significant symbol for the advancement of women's rights in a country that insists on dwadling.
9 ( +10 / -1 )
Business as usual in Japan.
1 ( +10 / -9 )
International travel is the virus best friend. If this new variant is more contagious and vaccine resistant, there is no end in site as long as people keep traveling. ;-(
10 ( +24 / -14 )
If you like low infection & death numbers, booster shots should not be an issue or problem. Treatment capsules are also on the horizon.
his may be the last winter that COVID will be a serious issue!
3 ( +9 / -6 )
Infections are spiking right now across Europe. This may be a mistake to ease travel restrictions just ahead of winter.
-7 ( +8 / -15 )
This is the typical modern Japanese methodology; Let the rest of the world innovative, forge ahead, and be leaders (while also making some mistakes).
Then and only then adopt implement those innovations, improvements in the most profitable way for Japanese politicians, businesses and economy. It's protectionism 101.
0 ( +6 / -6 )
Finally, finally it's over & done.
7 ( +12 / -5 )
I had no issues w the first two state of emergencies, they were effective and necessary.
When the vaccines were completed they should have been the primary focus from day one but vaccinations weren't a priority until late spring/summer.
The Suga administration wasted valuable time focusing on meaningless measures instead of taking action to get millions of people vaccinated as soon as possible.
15 ( +18 / -3 )
Good job by him, he is 100% correct!
36 ( +42 / -6 )
Reopening schools after summer the summer vacation will prove to be a big mistake. Send your kids to school at your/their own risk.
2 ( +8 / -6 )
The only downside is that the delta variant is affecting younger adults kids much more than previous strains.
The reality is Japan has already used the majority of the vaccines that are safer for young people & kids (Moderna&Phizer) on the elderly and adults over 50.
Now when the younger people and kids need to be vaccinated the gov is rolling out AZ which seems to be somewhat less safe for them.
You cant make this stuff up. ;-(
5 ( +11 / -6 )
This is a mistake.
Young adults and children are the least vaccinated part of the population and the delta variant has been infecting young adults and kids at much higher rates.
Another mistake will be reopening schools from the summer vacation with fall & winter right around the corner.
18 ( +21 / -3 )
As a compromise.... I will be a couple college students 'friend' if their parents agree to pay my back rent for the last SOE/lock downs when I was not allowed to work.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
To bad for them but luckily many, if not most, have parents to pay for their everyday needs so its not a necessity they go out everyday for school or work.
School is not work..... schools should close before before business are closed. I realize its difficult for kids/families/parents and it may have medium/long term effects but its a much more serious matter if the parents arnt allowed to work which immediately affects the entire family.
School teachers & staff would be impacted but again its better than shutting down and entire country/economy by having these ridiculous SOE's or the newly proposed locked down.
Not being able to pay rent, pay electric or gas, insurance, taxes, or not being able to by food.... all are a higher priority than not going to school/college for a year or two.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
Absolutely positively NOT.
First step should be to close all elementary, junior high, and high schools ASAP and stop ALL school activities.
Second step should be to force all larger size companies into mandatory work from home schedules.
Third/final step to pressure all tourist, vacation, and airlines to cancel tourism/vacation type services.
Everyone else needs to work.
-4 ( +2 / -6 )
Moral of the story: never ever EVER trust HR!
7 ( +7 / -0 )
An hour!? That doesn't seem very efficient at all.
As Ian stated after the shot I had to wait at the center for 30 min because I have an aspirin allergy. So roughly 30 min start to finish and I had to wait for an interpreter to show up since I dont speak Japanese well enough to answer medical questions.
There bigger point I was making is that it took 2 business days from the time I made the reservation to actually getting the first shot in Tokyo. Most people I know & many comments I have read complain the process takes too long from actually making the reservation to getting the shot.
I recommend anyone waiting on there local gov to make a reservation to try the Tokyo facility instead.
1 ( +2 / -1 )
I made the reservation online on the Thursday the 12th and received the first shot in Tokyo Otemachi center on the Monday the 16th. The center was busy and very efficient as I was there less than an hour. I was impressed although I think the vaccination program as a whole has been somewhat of a slowly moving boondoggle.
6 ( +8 / -2 )
SOE is totally useless at this point, government should be focusing on vaccines and debunking all the misinformation being spread about them.
17 ( +24 / -7 )
21 ( +22 / -1 )
Yes because vaccines, and the on going Olympics have made 'State of Emergencies' useless. People are fed up.
Except for their elderly base, the government has been completely incompetent in distributing/administering vaccines in a timely manner.
The rest of us are left to fend for ourselves and being constantly reprimanded; dont drink, dont travel, dont work, dont do anything but wait!
1 ( +1 / -0 )