The problem isn't Mao. The problem is that Mao equals politics and that is supposed to be forbidden. If the (I suspect) gutless Olympic gurus will allow Mao buttons, then everyone can wear any kind of buttons they like. And that will be a mess.
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Death by Dotanburi Bridge. There really needs to be safety devises along the bridge. It is hard to get to the water's edge to save the victim if he or she falls into the wrong part of the canal. Also, the bottom of the canal is littered with all sort of lethal junk. That said, I agree with the other posters about the slow response of the police and the quality of the dastard who threw that poor fellow off the bridge.
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Wait. After the Olympic orgy is over will come the big hangover: confusion and anger. Unlike the Olympics the the pandemic and the incompetence of the LDP will not go away. Suga and Koike will have a lot to answer for.
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Bach should not have gone to Hiroshima. It was a self-serving gesture, on behalf of supporting the Olympics in the mist of a pandemic, and now the mayor of Hiroshima has a favor to ask in return. If Bach took the bait he would be violating Olympics protocol. Political divisions would erupt and that would be most regrettable--possibly making the pandemic worse than it is.
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Koike and Suda are living "in a world of total illusion and fantasy" to borrow from Chomsky. But this is being polite. They are more like dangerously delusional psychotics. Who in his or her right mind would hold a major athletic even in midst of a pandemic? And then to claim the spike in the pandemic has nothing to do with a massive social warp like the Olympics.
Wait until the Olympics are gone and the pandemic spike remains. It will be a long and painful hangover. Cry the beloved country.
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Consider the Pandemic's progress.
When it was starting Abe decided to not let foreigners into Japan and that would take care of it. This included not just residents but also permanent residents, a legal designation that allows foreigners to the right of abode and requires obligations. Well okay for a while. You can always blame foreigners.
Jump to the Olympics and the pandemic goes wild. Can't blame foreigners as you might end up blaming the Olympics--and Suga forbid, you cannot under the Olympics.
So now it's officially okay to blame the Japanese--but only the 20-somethings. Kono with his pretty mask will lead these misbehaving children to the vaccine. Only no one know where much of the vaccine is.
I hope in the least that all concerned will realize, blame aside, that having the Olympics in the middle of a pandemic was not a smart idea.
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Today's Asahi Shimbun's editorial is headlined, "Unfounded optimism about pandemic making things worse." The editorial begins with,
Fresh cases of the novel coronavirus across Japan topped 10,000 for the first time on July 29 and then went even higher the following day. Experts fear Tokyo is on the cusp of an exponential growth in infections.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike need to finally confront this grim reality and tackle the sense of urgency shared widely by experts and health care workers.
Pollyanna-ish optimism can kill us.
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P.S. Nice photo of mountain bike enthusiasts jammed to together and watching the Olympians roll by. Please, at least admit that there is dangerous intercourse between the athletes and the public.
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Having the Olympics during the pandemic is like having a party as your house burns down. Were the Olympics cancelled the national government would have likely put all of its efforts into fighting Cover-19.
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"Suga says adequate measures in place to prevent virus cases spreading from Olympic athletes."
How does he know? He is not an expert in these matters. More importantly, even if true it is largely off the point.
Having the Olympics in the middle of a pandemic is like having a party as your house burns down.
Right now there is a dire shortage of vaccines. That should be the nation's first priority. Were Japan not distracted by the Olympics it would be. It is not.
There are presumably shortages of the vaccine. Why, when the Olympians are squared away? It may turn out to be a case of lousy distribution.
At any rate, getting the populous vaccinated should be the government's first priority. It is not. Now it is a game of go fetch. Get the vaccine if you can.
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So much for Suga's nonsense about the surge in the pandemic being linked to the Olympics.
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Posted in: With so much media coverage of the coronavirus and medical professionals and governments sometimes giving conflicting advice, what advice would you give to people suffering anxiety and depression? What are you doing in your daily life to get through this crisis? See in context
First off, admit you are on your own. Get the inoculations if you can. If you can't be patient but persistent. Meanwhile, make your home your fortress. Stock up on food, liquids and masks. It would be good to have a significant other. Second best it to have a wise best friend. Absolutely, do not eat or drink outside your home.
Follow the news but with a degree of skepticism. Same goes for politicians and the Olympic barons.
If isolation is a problem get on the Internet. Facebook is a fairly safe outlet.
Trust that this madness will pass.
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There is at least this link between the Olympics and the pandemic: the Olympics are a distracter from the pandemic, which should be our first priority.
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The LDP has created a vile spawn of politicians and bureaucrats and a fake news media. You find out just how inept, dishonest, self-serving and stupid they are when there is a crisis. Well, they outdid themselves this time. They bullied in the Olympics in the middle of a plague.
And here is Kono with his pretty mask tut-tut-ing young people for being "uneducated" about getting the necessary shots that are impossible to be had.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
This is not a great time for the U.S. military to come begging for more money from Japan.
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The latest from NHK. The infection rate has reached 10,000. That's Ten thousand.
0 ( +3 / -3 )
Will the ensuing pandemic come to be known as The Republican Disease?
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Right: Let the women tell the Olympic men what they want to wear and Will wear. That should solve a lot of problem.
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First off, Fox News is not news. It is entertainment. It is the sort of entertainment that is to a significant extent fiction, or less politely lies.
The faux new reporters are actors. Their main goal is to entertain from a right-wing stance. Because they are actors and it is all a show its okay to confuse fiction with the truth.
When it comes to the pandemic and vaccines that save people ignorant actors become dangerous.
"Make no mistake, the folks on Fox News, like F. Carlson, Ingraham, that angry judge and Insanity have all had their shots. Make no mistake," Pukez. Somewhere I've read that Fox News appraently demanded that their actors get vaccinated. If true, it is a smart move for Fox. And us.
The vaccine is safe when used as directed.
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Posted in: The unavailability of information on vaccines is a common problem faced by all foreign residents of Japan with language barriers. To spread information, public administration services should work with communities of non-Japanese and their support groups, and they should also use social media platforms that are viewed by non-Japanese. See in context
I did not know disorganized and uncaring the rest of Japan regarding the vaccination of foreigners and most likely Japanese as well.
I've mentioned before that I live in a progressive city of which we have a progressive and caring mayor. This mayor wanted to have everyone in town vaccinated. So he made a schedule for every resident in every district on a certain day and hour be vaccinated. The medical staff were efficient and friendly. Each second jab was about a month after the first jab. The second jab kicked in totally after two weeks.
3 ( +3 / -0 )
Having read enough vile lies about South Koreans I think the Japanese ultranationalists have nothing to say.
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The problem is that Japan's rabid ultranationalist right-wing uses the rising sun flag as if it were the national flag and the gone with the wind symbol of the imperial lost cause. Note the photograph above. The fellow has swaddled in the rising sun flag and he is not a sailor to be sure. This is but one example out of many.
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I hope Bach also has nightmares, as the Olympics he pushed in spite of the pandemic is truly a nightmare.
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All I know is what I read in the JT, and I read this above: "The committee said it agreed to remove the banners after the IOC promised to also apply the same rules to the rising sun flags and ban them at all Olympic venues."
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This is a case of life imitating bots: 'A senior Japanese diplomat had reportedly ridiculed Moon's desire to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, describing the South Korean leader as "masturbating with himself".' Let us do a public service and note that the offending phrase carries a redundancy: "with himself."
The senior diplomat ought to bone up on elementary logic before speaking again.
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Hiroshima became merely a backdrop for a sales pitch, namely for Bach himself.
If Bach truly wanted to physically show respect for Hiroshima he should have gone as a silent private citizen. He could have written a note of respect in the Memorial guest book. Less would have been more in terms of sincerity.
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"Why on earth is this individual and his cohort visiting FAR, FAR from where the Olympics are supposedly being held?'
Bach wants publicity which he hopes will bring him money and more money. He does not give a damn about Hiroshima and Nagasaki outside is personal interests.
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However late (seven and a half decades) justice and scientific truth prevailed. It does not, however, wipe out the injustice that these victims had long suffered.
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The Olympics has become a sticky political and business issue. The Emperor ought to be above all of this. He should, therefore, politely decline.
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