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Posted in: Wearing masks and practicing social distancing to prevent the virus from spreading are making people feel stressed, exhausted and sick of the daily pressure they face to observe these norms. That is only natural. See in context

"What social practicing?"

Fortunately everyone is wearing a mask. But social distancing? Supermarkets are a terror. Everyone bunches around the On Sale items. Thought it would be different at my hospital? Ha! People bunch into the elevator. People sit together in bunches. People line up in bunches. Again: fortunately everyone is wearing a mask.

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Posted in: ACCJ urges Japan to end 'double standard' re-entry rules See in context

Here is a fun fact. If you are a Permanent Resistant of Japan you must pay taxes to any money made abroad just like a Japanese citizen. Certainly, a PR should be let back into Japan from abroad like a Japanese Citizen.

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Posted in: Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says See in context

And afterthought. Not a lot of people go to bars and theaters but millions take the cramped commuter trains every day. They are likely gold mines of infection.

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Posted in: Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says See in context

"Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says"

Here's the rub. If there is so much as a trace of the pandemic present at the 2020 {2021) Olympics there will be a disaster. It will a symbol of the stupidity and arrogance of Koike.

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Posted in: Should Japanese schools stop making kids write book reports? See in context

First off, I oppose any homework for summer vacation. During summer vacation you should free of all institutions, but especially schools. Summer vacation should be when you learn things you want to learn on your own.

About book reports.

The book report is called kansobun. It follows a simple pattern. First summarize the book and then add your feelings. The feelings are not most often Proust. It's on the order of "I feel sorry all main character who got run over by the truck. But it shows you should not expect much from people."

The trouble is that that students do not learn how to think and writing critically.

The terrible book report is an unfortunate model too many students use at university.

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge See in context

With the night clubs closed let us see if COVID-19 goes away from Tokyo. I bet it won't.

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Posted in: In Fourth of July speech, Trump slams his enemies within See in context

"These wannabe history rewriters and current day people cancelers and conversation shutdowners are vermin." Right. Trump really brings out the best in people, doesn't he?

This has got to be the Fourth of July from hell. The U.S. is in the world's worst pandemic. People are becoming sick and poor by the minute. The U.S. is engaged in a useless and self-destructive two decade long war. Racist cops are killing Black, Native and Hispanics. The environment is a mess.

And here is Trump full of the sound and the fury signifying that he is both preposterous and dangerous.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 131 new coronavirus infections on Saturday See in context

The article starts off with: "Tokyo confirmed 131 new cases of infections of the coronavirus on Saturday, a third consecutive day with more than 100 new cases, public broadcaster NHK reported." But we are not told who, where and how? Then we get a repeat paragraph from the other day with old but specific details: "Tokyo on Friday reported 124 new cases, up from 107 the day before, partly due to increased testing among night life workers in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro districts."

I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of hearing about night life workers and Shinjuku and Ikebukuro. Surely there must be other people and places experiencing the Coronavirus pandemic.

What about crowded commuter trains, cramped offices, factories, department stores?

It does little to gloat about Japan's low infection rate compared to other countries if you've got it.

Something, I sense, is being ignored for the sake of commerce.

The article ends with a subtle twist: "... but the rising number of cases and the possibility of renewed restrictions have put authorities and businesses on edge." I'd say the sooner Japan goes into crisis mode the better. We are still in the pandemic. And blaming night life workers will only act as a dangerous distraction.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 124 COVID-19 cases Friday; 70% in their 20s and 30s See in context

Vinke: Thank you for your insights.

The entertainment area is an easy target to single out and blame. But as you pointed out, the same thing is going on everywhere. This leads me to ask: Is the real nature of the pandemic being covered up in some minor and yet significant way?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 124 COVID-19 cases Friday; 70% in their 20s and 30s See in context

I hate to repeat a close previous quote but I must: "Tokyo reported 124 new cases on Friday, up from 107 the day before, partly due to increased testing among nightlife workers in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro districts."

This remark raises questions that do not seem to be addressed in this article. The only detailed reporting of testing was about Shinjuku and Ikebukuro nightlife areas. There is more to Tokyo than just those spots-.

What about crowded trains? What have the testers discovered in that? Or have they made tests on trains at all?

To go to the punchline, I believe the pandemic crisis is more dangerous than the authorities care to admit. We need a state of emergency in all of Japan.

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

"Japanese is an ethnicity as well as a nationality." No it's not. Besides the law, which says if you are a citizen you are Japanese, there is at least one major and distinct Japan ethnicity that doesn't fit into the right-wing stereotype what a Japan is supposed to be. The Ainu people. The Ainu have their own language and culture. This is acknowledged by the Japanese government.

A case could be made for the people of Okinawa, as they were once citizens of an independent nation.

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

"Why do you ignore that Japanese is not only a nationality, it's an ethnicity? Does one automatically become ethnically Japanese when they take on Japanese citizenship?"

Rubbish. Where does it say that in the law books and the Constitution? Only the right-wingers believes in that rubbish. I repeat: Being Japanese is a matter of citizenship not race or ethnicity. You can be blonde or dark-skinned or green. If you're passport says you are Japanese you are Japanese. End of discussion.

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

Half-Japanese ??? If you are a Japanese citizen you are entirely Japanese. Being Japanese is matter of law, not race.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka called racist after posting meme in response to COVID-19 cases See in context

There is nothing racist about the pictures. They are typical cute animal images one sees all over Japan. What is racist is Japanese right-wing racism against a black Japanese in creating a problem where no problem exists.

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Posted in: Photo finish: End of an era as Olympus sells camera division See in context

Well, good-by Olympus cameras. A moment of silence for Maitani, the genius who miniaturized cameras.

The half-frame Olympus Pen was a work of genius, which never got profession status, but was the inspiration for the X1.5 and Micro 4/3 cameras.

I've found Olympus SLRs flimsy. The OM lenses were tough and optically excellent.

Did you know that Olympus Camera was once Takachiho Camera? Takachiho was sort of like Greece's Mount Olympus. When Olympus went international they changed the name to something more familiar.

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Posted in: S Korea to demand removal of Japanese sites from World Heritage list See in context

South Korea does not have to play victim. Koreans were victims of Japan.

The following is from The Korean Herald, June 21, 2020. Enjoy:

Yuji Hosaka, a political science professor at Sejong University, speaks Friday during an interview with The Korea Herald. (Ko Jun-tae/The Korea Herald)

Another diplomatic spat broke out between South Korea and Japan this month after the public opening of the Industrial Heritage Information Center in Tokyo.

Contrary to what Japan said it would do, the center mostly focused on highlighting achievements of Japan’s industrial revolution while giving hardly any retribution to the sufferings of Koreans during the time period as forced wartime laborers. 

The Korean Herald in online and worth a reading. Not that South Korea is not obsessed with Japan. It has enough problems with the pandemic and North Korea.

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Posted in: S Korea to demand removal of Japanese sites from World Heritage list See in context

This from today's Korea Herald: "The {South Korean] Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Sunday denied reports that it had planned to officially ask UNESCO to delist Japan’s historical industrial sites, including Hashima Island. In 2015, Japan had promised the center would include information on the Koreans who were forced to work at the site during that country’s 1910-45 colonial rule over Korea."

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Posted in: George Soros conspiracy theories surge as protests sweep U.S. See in context

For conservatives it used to be the Communist Conspiracy fraud. Now they only have George Soros to get at. Only one thing hasn't changed: the deluded cortège of right-wing troublemakers.

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Posted in: Trump campaign seeks to reset after flubbed rally See in context

Trump has lost whatever sense of reality he ever had. At his rally in Tulsa he demanded no masks in the midst of a pandemic. This inspired many of the faithful to stay away. Of those who came it is certain that a fair number will end up in ventilators or die.

Trump has even turn some Republicans against him. Romney, G.B. Bush, George F. Will and even loopy Ann Coulter.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is a medical, economic and moral disaster area thanks Trump.

I cannot wait to see the Republican. Convention.

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Posted in: Are there any circumstances that justify war? See in context

What happened on 8 December 1941 did not have to happen if Hirohito had listened to his mother, the Empress Dowager, instead of the military fanatics.

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Posted in: Who's in charge at Nissan? COO's allies push to give him shared CEO role See in context

It's more like "Who's on first?"

This is really and truly a sad business with the inmates running the madhouse. Nissan made (and I assume still makes) really great cars. As I wrote once, we owned two Nissans, a used clunker when we were young and spiffy new sedan when we were a bit older. We gave the sedan to a relative when, a bit more older, we got a luxury foreign car. Our relative drove the Nissan sedan for at least a decade before trading it in on a new Nissan. Our Nissans had few problems and Nissan service was super.

I usually don't care about what happens to corporations but do hope Nissan executives can get their act together.

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Posted in: Ex-justice minister, wife arrested over alleged vote buying See in context

The arrests of Mr. and Mrs. Kawai is certainly a frightening situation for Abe. But it is a good thing for us. Abe was setting his sites on revising Article 9 before the pandemic suddenly came along. This scandal, let us hope, will derail him for good and keep the Peace Constitution in tact.

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Posted in: U.S. police torn between shame and pride for their badge See in context

Oops, somehow my lead into Danielle Schulkin did not get in. Just Google her name and "Police" "White Supremacists" and you'll get the article.

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Posted in: U.S. police torn between shame and pride for their badge See in context

White Supremacist infiltration of American police department is not old news. Read the article (1 June 2020) by Danielle Schulkin:

Please understand this. It is simply not a problem of a few "bad apples." The systematic infiltration of white bigots to police departments is an attack on America's law enforcement agencies. An attack that threatens the very of the legal system as a whole. And it creating a throwback of violence Black people experienced at the end of Reconstruction.

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Posted in: U.S. police torn between shame and pride for their badge See in context

Over a decade ago the FBI warned that white supremacists were infiltrating the nation's police forces. This was ignored. We are seeing the results. Brutalization and murder of people of color, particularly African American and Native people. Recently we saw hideous police brutality across the U.S. even against nonviolent demonstrators. Even in the worst of the 1960s it was not this bad. Please don't talk about "good cops" and "bad cops" (which was always a charade) but about an infection, a deadly white racist virus, which has infected the body of law enforcement and the judiciary.

If you go to the U.S. beware of that virus. Even a "good cop" might kill you for no good reason and get away with it.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 48 new coronavirus infections See in context

And what does Tokyo's Governor think about all this: "In justifying the decision [to lift the emergency], Koike said Tokyo’s health care system was well equipped to deal with new patients" [from today's Asahi Shimbun].

Yeah, bring 'em on.

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Posted in: Cities around the world are taking steps to remove statues that represent cultural or racial oppression. Do you support such moves? See in context

Moving a statue of King Leopold of Belgium into a glass case in a museum is not equal to China's so-called Cultural Revolution. What surpasses the gore of the "Cultural Revolution" is King Leopold's genocide in the Belgian Congo: 10 million Africans slaughtered on royal order. Not just slaughtered but often tortured to death. People don't think of Leopold's crimes if his statue is in a park overlooking picnickers. The statue In a glass case with his vile history explained would draw a different response.

So it would be with all he other monsters of recent history (that the powers that be have chosen to honor) if they were removed from parks and malls and put into museums for monsters.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics will be safe, governor says See in context

It is best to dismiss this ultra-rightist's hyperbole that a 120% effort will go into make 2021"s 2020 summer Olympics perfectly safe. It is now June with a year to go. Today's Asahi Shinbun said that Tokyo has seen over 20 new case of COVID-19. Today thousands of permanent residents are blocked from returning home to Japan because the Japanese government still thinks their home countries are plagued. Of those permanent residents allow to return, only 250 are allowed in per day. It is still too early predict that Koike's "120%" effort will come to anything. There may well be a second wave of the pandemic.

There are also countries like the United States with broken civil services and medical care who will be in no shape to be admitted to the Summer Olympics in 2021.

Bear in end that you cannot say things are better. You have to say the problem is solved. The pandemic is over. Koike's ambitions alone (if at all) can solve the problem.

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Posted in: About 70 monkeys escape from zoo in Chiba Prefecture See in context

It is inevitable that there will be monkeys that will not be caught or caught after mating with wild monkeys.

Researching the monkeys that are brought back pregnant would be interesting enough. But finding out what happened to monkeys that did not come back would both more difficult and more interesting.

Monkeys live in tribes. How would a zoo monkey join a wild monkey tribe? How much would learned behavior in the zoo affect a potential wild monkey tribe applicant? Would there a monkey version of a university entrance exam? Also monkeys are as various as people. All happy monkeys are alike but each unhappy monkey is unhappy in its own way. Would the unhappy monkeys try to get back to the zoo?

There is a Nobel Prize awaiting anyone wishing to tackle this.

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Posted in: NHK removes video on U.S. protests after online outrage about depiction of African Americans See in context

The video was moronic. There is no way out of it. And then the insincere apology: ""We apologize to those who were made to feel uncomfortable,"

" Uncomfortable" is NOT the right word.

Just imagine if ABC, CBS or NBC had made an animated film like NHK's about the North Korea abduction of Japanese citizens? I am sure it would create more than mere discomfort.

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