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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

In another breaking news on Yahoo Japan - our dynamic leader Suga has said that he is considering extending emergency for Tokyo and Okinawa beyond 22 Aug - he has to show to the public that how proactive and decisive he is right?

Link below for the article -


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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

Two more days as yet to close out this week - but already this week number (including todays no of 3865) comes to total of 13,082 - this itself is 39% more than whole of last week number of 9,420.

Even if you assume they reduce testing and next two days numbers are same as last week numbers then this week number is likely to end up at 15,569 - this would be a whopping 65% increase over last week - see the numbers at link below -


I dont think we will see any new ideas/action plans from the so called decision makers and it will continue to be in terms of "urging residents to stay at home", make decision "as early as 30 Jul", switch ON the button for emergency for Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Osaka - repeat same things again and again and hope for the best

Lastly of course it will be a clusterfxxx with everyone trying to point fingers at all possible culprits - Olympics, foreigners, young people etc etc and it will continue for next one month at lease!!!!

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

All things pointing to a more chaotic response from the so called leaders who are supposed to take charge, be visible, show a clear path of next steps, communicate to residents to calm their anxieties but alas - this is Japan....

As the report says -

“We have never experienced the expansion of the infections of this magnitude,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters

So without a manual and steps to look at to follow no one knows what to do - so they will keep repeating the same Emergency ON/OFF routine and hope for the best!!!!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

Would be also interesting to see the whole country number to come in later today - sure to cross 10,000 mark - another milestone and record?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

Today number at 3865 - this number is 1886 more than last week (last week number was 1979). 

This also becomes the highest number ever in Tokyo since last year - the rate of growth is also increasing 

Another highest number in Okinawa at 392 today 

But our PM Suga said in yesterday to press that he dont see any reason to change the status on Olympics front as there is reduction in people movement outside - which world do these folks live in?

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Posted in: U.S. pole vaulter's positive test sends entire Australian track team into isolation See in context

Today one day new addition within Olympic "Bubble" is 24 - total count goes to 198 as per news on Yahoo Japan - link below


Today count of 24 is highest since start of Olympics.

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Posted in: 'I can die': Medvedev survives extreme heat at Tokyo Games See in context

Its sad to see athletes suffer like this just for the IOC to make money off them

Other day the winner of Triathlon race vomitted after crossing the finish line, and had to be put on a wheelchair and given medical attention due to extreme heat conditions

Criminal the way this is being conducted

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Posted in: 'Can't help but cheer': Some in Japan warm to Olympics See in context

It would be a surprise if this was not the result - after relentless coverage across all tv channels only about Olympics, focused mainly on Japanese athletes (who cares worlds best athletes are here) and govt absolute focus on everything they do is spinning a positive story towards Olympics (like Suga phone call to gold medal winner shown across all channels repeatedly - lifeless, fully scripted n totally without any enthusiasm)……

one of those masterful experiments where population is force fed olympics updates & then on top of this type of PR news that how the residents opinion os shifting in favor - was bound to happen….

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 2,848 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,629 See in context

Today number at 2848 - This is not going to end well - this number is 1461 more than last week and more than double from last week (last week number was 1387). The highest number till date in Tokyo was 2520 recorded on 7 Jan 2021….

Funny enough initial reports on NHK and Yahoo Japan was showing a number of 3000 which looks like has been brought down magically to 2848 number - lower physiologically than 3000 number? Omi had predicted this 3000 number to be hit first week of Aug month - but its happening one week prior - not good sign!!!

Another highest number in Okinawa at 354 today and more than double from last week number.

Still every news and TV channel only focus and show Olympics news - so Japan residents have stopped worrying/caring about Corono cases and prevention measures

Govt should be more focused on communicating more on Corona front but all the attention and energy is diverted towards Olympics - sad state of affairs!!! We are living in parallel universe here!!!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic-linked COVID-19 cases top 150 since start of July See in context

But Suga and Koike in their meeting decided that Olympics is going "very smoothly" - not just smoothly but "VERY smoothly"

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic-linked COVID-19 cases top 150 since start of July See in context

Tokyo number today is at 3000 - more than double from last week and highest ever

Okinawa number is 354 again highest ever

This is not going to end well

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Posted in: Japan's hikers return to Mount Fuji See in context

On related news article at Mainichi (link below) - highlighting how relaxed the check points are


One gem of comment from the article how Japan is all urge and honor system - "Regarding the possibility of checking everyone's temperature at the parking lot below the first station, Masatake Izumi, head of the world heritage Mount Fuji section of the Yamanashi Prefectural Government, commented, "It takes time to take everyone's temperatures, and there are concerns about traffic congestion along the Subaru Line as well as the budget issue. We have no legal authority to forcibly conduct temperature checks, and the only thing we can do is to ask people to cooperate on a voluntary basis."

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Posted in: Czech Vondrousova beats Osaka in third round of Olympic tennis See in context

Maybe too much mental pressure of expectations from Japanese folks - feel sorry for her but such is life. Better luck next time.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,429 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,692 See in context


Thanks for the number of test data - very high positivity rate - but again everything is OK as Olympics is going smoothly. Taking care of residents interest comes secondary - after the most important Olympics

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,429 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,692 See in context

Does not matter how many test positive in Tokyo - as per Suga and Koike Olympics is progressing very well and no problems - priorities are upside down!!!!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,429 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,692 See in context

702 more than last week

Highest for Mon (usually Mon numbers are very low due to lack of testing on Sun) - so it would be interesting to see this positive of 1429 is out of how many tests

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Posted in: Only Tokyo could pull off these Games? Not everyone agrees See in context

Japan had a perverse desire to be liked by whole world and hence this inferior complex that “Only in Japan”…..

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,763 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,020 See in context

755 more than last week

biggest number for sunday!

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Posted in: 'The greatest honor': Osaka lights Olympic cauldron See in context

Hope she uses this platform offered to her now as a fresh start to bring attention to many issues in Japan as she has been so vocal about BLM etc?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,979 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,383 See in context

After yesterday increase of 683 from previous week - today we have another increase of 671 compared to last week with a number today of 1979 - magically the number remains below 2000 number

In another news on Asahi (link below) - giving dire warning of present and expected projections based on facts and numbers


“Hospital beds for virus patients in Tokyo fill to 52% most serious level 4”

“Tokyo is also at stage 4 in terms of the number of daily new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, infected people with nonserious symptoms recuperating at hotels and homes, and the rate of positive tests for the virus, data by the metropolitan government showed.” - covered all stage 4 indications

“Number of people asked to recover at home increased from 1841 to 3657 on 20 Jul (within one week)”

“Seven day average increased from 785 to 1170 on Jul 20” - just to give perspective this seven day average one month back was at 387

“Positivity rates as per Tokyo govt site has increased from 7.2% to 10.2% within one week ending 20 Jul”

All the above indication dont show anything positive on covid control in Tokyo - but we have our PM saying on Wall Street interview that he believe Tokyo is at the right place as far as covid control is concerned - really??

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Posted in: 2 athletes, 10 others among new Olympic-related virus cases See in context

But our great leader said in Wall Street Journal interview that he thinks Tokyo covid situation is at right place and in control right???

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Posted in: Suga kicks off Olympics diplomacy See in context

With only two world leaders - France and Mongolia this is the other best option Suga has to do his PR stint and claim how great Japan is to do diplomacy!!!!

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Posted in: Suga denies IOC pressure to hold Olympics: report See in context

Again classic way of PR to show the good face of Japan - look here how great we are….

He can do such blatant lying freely knowing that even if its not him but LDP has a firm grip on winning upcoming elections - this all come down to Japanese people for thier lack of participation in democracy - as they say you deserve who you vote for.

Non Japanese residents here can only hope this time the Japanese would wake up from their slumber and participate more actively during election and show the door to LDP and Suga for all their inept actions, responses which has only prolonged the misery of normal residents ….

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Posted in: Chilean, Dutch, American athletes test positive for COVID See in context

@Mr Kipling

Depends when the event is. So maybe not double standards.

Agree with you on this point - another similar example would be good to watch how it unfolds - South Africa soccer team two players tested positive plus one support staff - their first match is against Japan later this week

These three people are told to isolate - rest of South Africa team are not deemed to be close contact - can you believe this?

They will still proceed to have this match with Japan within this week - why and how is this allowed? How do they justify that other players in South African team are not close contact with two who tested positive? Should this match not be cancelled/postponed and the whole team asked to take 14 days quarantine requirement - as per the "Rule Book"??

So many questions but no answers....

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,832 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,943 See in context

After yesterday increase of 557 from previous week) - today we have another increase of 683 compared to last week with a number today of 1832 - the rate of increase is growing at an alarming rate

In another news on Asahi (link below) - Omi has predicted by first week of Aug Tokyo will cross a number of 3000 and hospitals are likely to see shortage of beds


Normal residents like us can only try to hunker down, if we can and hope for the best - while the elites will enjoy their VIP box entertainment and Athletes get to do their sports - all at the cost and suffering of Japan residents 

How prophetic Bach was when he claimed that Tokyo residents have to make sacrifices for holding the Olympics……

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Posted in: Chilean, Dutch, American athletes test positive for COVID See in context

Since he is from Chile he has to go

Since US Gymnast team got positive they can isolate and still participate

Any double standards much???

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Posted in: Around 15 world leaders, dignitaries to attend Olympic opening ceremony See in context

This whole Olympics is a classic example and learning for aspiring folks on PR/media management - how to manage a narrative

Clearly it is only two world leaders (of any country) - France and Mongolia - France is mandatory as they are next host for the torch passing ceremony and the best Japan could muster in Mongolia head

This shows how great the Japan model of Olympics is being seen by the world leaders and their appetite to get associated with this event

Must hurt the JOC/TOC/IOC/Suga being snubbed by world leaders - but the press positioning is all is hunky dory and look how great we are to host this event - pathetic excuse ....

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Posted in: WHO leader says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics See in context

WHO leader says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics

If that is so, then as leader of WHO why are you traveling to Japan in this pandemic?

To tow the line for IOC/JOC? How many brown envelopes got passed in advance for him to make this statement? Was this statement also pre-approved by IOC as Japan Emperor opening statement must be pre-approved by IOC?

Lastly does only Olympics matters for these jokers Tedros and Bach? If it is important to "“The mark of success is making sure that any cases are identified, isolated, traced and cared for as quickly as possible and onward transmission is interrupted,” he said."

Then why is this not said about Japan/Tokyo normal residents like Taro and Keiko? Is he not aware that there is absolutely zero isolation/tracing happening in Japan for a looooong time now?

From his statement it is clear that only Olympic matters for these jokers and Japan and its residents are to be sacrificed for them to hold on their games and get their bank accounts filled to capacity.

Personally what is absolutely shocking and disgusting is that the Japanese govt has allowed few of these international folks to dictate terms to a nation and govt has absolutely lost interest to take care of its residents which by default is and should be their top most priority.... Sad state of affairs to say the least

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Posted in: Bach admits 'sleepless nights' over troubled Tokyo Olympics See in context

On a more serious note - Bach would be out of Japan shortly with his bank account padded and safe but it will be residents in Japan who will be left behind holding the bag of these games costs overruns

Recent news on Mainichi - link below


In a typica Japanese manner no one wants to make a decision and being pushed out as to who will bear how much costs

What remains a certainity is that it will be Japanese residents who will bear this costs in terms of additional taxes for years to come - as if this corona and vaccine debacle was not enough suffering on the residents….

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Posted in: Bach admits 'sleepless nights' over troubled Tokyo Olympics See in context

Vile guy - making such statements expecting people to have sympathy for him. Absolutely out of touch with ground reality

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