John comments

Posted in: Olympics worker arrested for allegedly raping woman at stadium See in context

So either he is lying or she is, either way it doesn't sound like the security vetting for the staff at the venue was particularly good. Lots of VIPs, poor vetting, and a lot of angry people, what could possibly go wrong ?

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Posted in: Kono says local gov'ts need to slow down vaccinations due to supply crunch See in context

Pretend there is a shortage and people will queue up.

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Posted in: We will be unable to control infections if more businesses decide they can do whatever they want. See in context

The NHS in the UK found that FFP3 masks cut Covid infection significantly for nurses dealing with Covid patients. Other masks are far less effective. However you cannot wear a FFP3 mask for more than 60 minutes, if you do you are going to damage your health. Most masks are completely useless after 20 minutes when they become saturated by the moisture from your breath.

Wearing masks outside of a clinical setting is damaging to mental and physical health for very little or no benefit. The negative effects of starving the brain of oxygen are already becoming apparent, as evidenced by the lack of clear rational thought that leads people to wear masks outdoors. Other symptoms of mask wearing include passivity, gullibility, illogical behavior and compliance with pointless rules.

Expect a sharp increase in early onset dementia over the next few years. The effect on small children will also be profoundly damaging. The most obvious short term damage will be a rise in cases of heatstroke in July, August and September.

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Posted in: Drink up, drink fast, drink alone? Tokyo to ease alcohol curbs See in context

people drink, they lose their inhibitions, they say what they really think about this "pandemic"

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Posted in: 10,000 Tokyo Olympic volunteers have now pulled out: organizers See in context

Considering 3.5 million people pass through Shinjuku station every weekday these numbers are nothing. Sorry to disappoint the gloomsters but the Olympics aren't going to cause an increase in corona cases, they are however a total waste of tax payers' money.

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Posted in: Beset by coronavirus wave, doctors lead push against Olympics See in context

One and a half years of this situation and the hospitals are under strain. Makes you wonder where your tax is being spent.

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Posted in: Over 80% in Japan oppose Olympics this year: poll See in context

Telling children to wear masks but insisting on holding the Olympics, to me these two policies are inconsistent. Perhaps the public should stop wearing masks.

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Posted in: Japan to put 3 more prefectures under state of emergency See in context

In prefectures placed under the state of emergency, restaurants are being told to refrain from serving alcohol and to close by 8 p.m.

The new puritanism takes hold

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,010 new coronavirus cases; record high 712 in Hokkaido See in context

I get the feeling the citizens of Tokyo have decided that this virus has been oversold, folk wear masks to avoid social stigma, but other than that it we get on with our lives. 84 people in hospital is not people dropping dead in the streets.

It's a problem of hospital capacity, made worse by poorly designed ventilation and heating systems in hospitals and other public buildings.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context

Basically shut up about corona or cancel the Olympics.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire on trains See in context

This demonstrates how little policy makers and their cheerleaders in the media understand the reality of people's lives.

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Posted in: Gov't to decide on extension of state of emergency on Friday See in context

State of Emergency? They don't seem to be talking about increasing the capacity of the hospitals to deal with this "emergency". Perhaps if they spent a little less time and money on nonsensical posturing and a little more on medical capability the situation would improve.

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Posted in: Virus surge, by-election losses put Suga's future in question See in context

"overwhelming hospitals"? With next to no cases of influenza this year it is hard to believe hospitals are overwhelmed. Most likely the issue is hospitals do not wish to accept patients.

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Posted in: Commuter rush seen despite 3rd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

Which tells us the government is completely out of sync with the people. The commuters heading to work demonstrate that the general public have more sense than elected and unelected policy makers who keep repeating the same mistake. Lockdowns do little except damage the economy, and if India is anything to go by, harsh lockdowns make the situation much worse.

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Posted in: Prefectural governors seek COVID financial aid for businesses See in context

Japan's prefectural governors don't seem to understand how the economy works, businesses do business, generate revenue and pay tax. If you shut down businesses, tax receipts go down. Without adequate tax receipts the BOJ cannot issue money to the government without destroying the credibility of Japanese government bonds. Asking Mr Suga to shake the magic money tree some more makes this situation a whole lot worse.

 "highly contagious variants are raging," This is a farcical comment and should be treated as such, it's no surprise the government has embarked on such short sighted policies with such shallow thinking drama queens at the helm. Economic health directly correlates to public health, the damage being done here will last for generations.

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Posted in: Japan prepares for COVID state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo See in context

Time to put up or shut up, either cancel the Olympics, or shut up about Covid.

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Posted in: Gov't seeks safety guarantee over digital wage payout plan See in context

They imagine it will give them more control, in reality it will create huge amounts of data which costs a fortune to transmit, transact, store, monitor, regulate, and backup. In all that noise there will be no end of opportunity for scams, theft, money laundering, evasion and deception.

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

No they won't. I predict that test results will be "lost" for certain athletes.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 420 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,917 See in context

to get some perspective, Tokyo has a population of around 13.5 million people

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Posted in: Ringo calling! If he wants you to sing, who could say no? See in context

I used to live near the area of Liverpool where Ringo grew up, it gets all the weather from the Irish Sea.

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Posted in: Nissan ex-CEO tells Japanese court Ghosn's pay was too low See in context

Ghosn led Nissan for two decades, salvaging the Japanese automaker from the brink of collapse. 

Debatable, I think the thousands of hard working Nissan employees might have had something to do with this.

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Posted in: Nikkei posts biggest daily drop in 6 months See in context

The financial insiders circled the wagons pretty quickly, but it appears to have backfired, only drawing attention to how rigged the system is against the retail investor. The financial institutions and regulators now find themselves in an asymmetric confrontation with what may become a new type of activist shareholder.

Never invest more than you can afford to lose. The value of investments can go down as well as up.

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Posted in: Saizeriya president calls requests not to eat out for lunch ‘nonsense’ See in context

He's right, all restrictions do is confine people to a limited number of venues during a limited time. A virus will permeate its host one way or another, always have done, always will. Lockdowns are ineffective, however the damage to mental and physical health will last for decades, the damage to society will last for generations.

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Posted in: Suga to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures on Thursday night until Feb 7 See in context

I'd like to see more emphasis on treatment and care of the sick and less on curtailing the lives of the healthy.

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Posted in: Gov't to consider new COVID-19 state of emergency declaration See in context

Evidence from other countries suggests there is a direct correlation between lockdowns and the people advocating lockdowns not abiding by them.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,337 daily COVID cases; nationwide tally 4,519 See in context

we are going to see a sharp rise in cases of emphysema

Occupational exposure to fumes or dust. If you breathe fumes from certain chemicals or dust from grain, cotton, wood or mining products, you're more likely to develop emphysema.

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Posted in: Masks block 99.9% of large COVID-linked droplets: study See in context

A woman standing two meters from a coughing man without a mask will be exposed to 10,000 times more such droplets than if he were wearing one, even if he is only 50 centimeters away, they reported in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

So people with coughs should wear masks?

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Posted in: Japanese researchers show masks do block coronavirus, but not entirely See in context

Did they measure the amount of micro fiber inhaled from the mask?

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Posted in: Tokyo governor calls for restraint in travel during Obon holidays See in context

@Kay Bow

Bubonic Plague is caused by a bacteria not a virus

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