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Posted in: Bali reopens to foreign travelers but no international flights arrive See in context

Anyone see the details of what the hotel quarantine means? (stay in room? stay on hotel grounds?)

Best I could find is this hotel which describes a quarantine package designed for you to stay in your room or villa (

Anyway, it wont matter until probably 2022 when Japan figures out a way to reduce its quarantine.

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Posted in: 6 injured after wooden maze floor collapses at Hyogo amusement park See in context

When I first saw the headline and the picture I thought it was part of one of the 20-30+ years old amusement parks in Japan. I like often enjoy those parks and pray that those are regularly and properly inspected.

But, in this case construction in 2013 is not that old. Seems likely there is a particular reason it collapsed, other than just its age.

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Posted in: Vaccine minister Kono to run in LDP leadership race See in context

Doesnt it seem rediculous that PM Suga has to quit over his COVID response, so the guy runnimg the COVID response thinks he should be PM?

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

Japanese government is really "skilled" at making stupid, illogical decisions. I could not make such poor decisions even if I tried.

What possible logic is there to cancel school kids from visiting the Olympics in July and then allow them to visit ParaOlympics when COVID numbers are multiples worse...

(I hope Suga's government/supporters have more losses than just Yokohama.)

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Posted in: Fuji Rock Festival to send free COVID-19 test kits to all ticket holders See in context

What happened to the 5,000 and 10,000 person limit on events? Or that was a special rule that was made up for the Olympics?

Really need to get some consistency with Japan's COVID policies otherwise no one feels obligated to take precautions.

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Posted in: Gov't policy to only hospitalize critical COVID patients draws flak See in context

I agree with Phil. Government has had 1.5+years to figure out how to deal with the hospital situation. To just limit the sick people that can go to the hospital is not governing.

If Japanese government officials worked for a company they would be fired, then probably sued by the shareholders.

Same story with the vaccination program (after vaccines were available for 6 months, gov. suddenly said that companies should administer their own vaccinations)

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Posted in: Germany's Wellbrock wins men's swimming marathon in brutal conditions See in context

They are swimming in Odaiba, right.

I thought the water was not clean enough to swim there. That's why Odaiba beach is wading only. Lucky athletes!

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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

Just want to say that the Olympics isn't your cause of the dramatic rise in COVID cases in Japan. Twenty-some cases of COVID per day among Olympics-related personnel is not causing 10,000+ cases across Japan.

Its most likely being caused by people packing in the some 20-30% of restaurants that disregard the 8pm closing time. Caused by young people roaming around in groups at night with no masks or masks on the chin. Caused by everyone filling the trains to go to work. Caused by Japanese government too lame and scared to make tough rules or even enforce their own guidelines.

Of course, increase in Delta variant makes the same social behaviors more much likely to cause COVID. And, I will skip totally failed glacially slow vaccine program as cause, because we all know about that.

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

Not a big fan of Tedros and his bowing over to China. And, it’s a bit late to start advising on the safety protocols of the Olympics.

But, I appreciate him stating the obvious, which media and web commentators seem to be overlooking – any large enough group of people is going to have COVID cases. 

He doesn’t think the Olympics associated COVID cases are cause for panic.

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Posted in: Higher tolls, priority traffic lanes go into effect for Tokyo Olympics See in context

ALL CLOSED! – Most all entrances to Metropolitan Expressway in central Tokyo seem closed this morning. From early in the year, government had said entrances would be closed “as need”.

Gross misrepresentation. Seems their real plan is to have most all entrances closed, EVERY DAY (?6am-10pm?), even with no spectators at the events.*  

Two entrances near me are closed even though I can see the road above is not crowed, and real-time website shows green (not crowded) for most all roads in the expressway. You can see most all entrances closed in the JARTIC real-time website. Another deception from the great Japanese government. How am I to get out of Tokyo?

All the inconvenience, none of the benefit. Great for the people of Japan.

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Posted in: Jill Biden to attend Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony See in context

Stupid move, Jill.

Quick , reverse.

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Posted in: Fans to be banned from Olympic events in Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures See in context

To anyone who just lost their tickets to the Olympics:

You can still watch baseball and other sports/events in person during this "state of emergency" period. Just go online to purchase. (That makes sense, right?)

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Posted in: Suga vows safe Olympics after decision to ban spectators at most venues See in context

Think of all the time people in Japan have wasted learning news of the Olympics, considering their plans for the Olympics, trying to get tickets or worrying about their tickets. All wasted time.

If 1/100 of that time could have been used for community service or something actually benefiting people.

It reminds we why I thought it was a bad idea for Japan to take on the Olympics in the first place.

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Posted in: Suga vows safe Olympics after decision to ban spectators at most venues See in context

It was going to be 10,000 people (masked , temperature checked, no booze) in outdoor stadiums build to handle 40,000-60,000 people (i.e.,

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Posted in: U.S. still checking feasibility of Jill Biden attending Olympics See in context

Jill, please don't come. Don't associate yourself with this thing.

I want you to come to Japan under other circumstances.

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Posted in: Fans to be banned from Olympic events in Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures See in context

Under announced “state of emergency” restrictions, other sporting events, movie theaters, etc. can take place at 50% capacity or up to 5,000 people*, but not the Olympics. Japan’s most important event on the world stage since the 60’s and the government is makes no real effort for the Olympics to succeed. 

If the government is worried that sporting events are dangerous, then cancel all spectators for all sports/events. If government is worried about the total number of people attending events during the emergency period, then why not cancel other events and allow Olympics at 50% capacity, or allow all events in Japan at a lower capacity, say a flat 30% (that’s much more scientifically sound). 

You can bet that if Japanese spectators had been allowed to go to Olympics events at [50]% capacity, they would have done this: 99%+ worn masks, practice good hygiene/ hand sanitization, social distance, behave mildly (to minimize possible virus spread).

Why did Japan/Tokyo decide to host the Olympics anyway? There was clearly not much interest of Japanese people from beginning. 

Japanese government had over 1 year to put measures in place to host a safe Olympics (vaccinations, testing, etc.). Rather than Tokyo 2020 signaling that Japan is finally recovering from with the funk of the bubble era, the Olympics and the pandemic has shown Japan has failed as a significant country in the world.


Separately, I hope Jill Biden decides not to come, she should stay clear of this failed event that seems supported by no-one.

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Posted in: Toyota halts donations to Republican objectors to Biden's win See in context

Maybe I can consider buying Toyota again?

But I feel should be more punishment to Toyota than them just saying "whoops, sorry", and I feel Toyota will try to do it again if they think they can hide it. I definitely hope the media keeps on following Toyota regarding this.

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