John comments

Posted in: Tokyo area set to end COVID-19 restrictions on eateries See in context


The mask comes off when you decide to take it off, it is a personal decision. Nobody is going to give you permission to return to a properly oxygenated brain, you need to do that for yourself.

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Posted in: Gov't leans toward lifting state of emergency at end of month See in context

The state of emergency exists in the minds of politicians and unelected policy makers who fantasize they can control sub-microscopic particles floating in the air.

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Posted in: New Zealand’s largest city to remain locked down See in context

If lckdowns work how does a prisoner catch covid?

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Posted in: Japan's top COVID-19 adviser wary of easing restrictions See in context

Man stands behind ineffectual and possibly counter productive plastic screen to lecture others on the need to continue ineffective and damaging restrictions.

The damage done to children by prolonged face mask use is incalculable.

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Posted in: Japan considering vaccine passports for commercial activities See in context

Japan is considering a wide usage of so-called vaccine passports for commercial purposes 

Who is this "Japan" person ?

Nameless unelected people who do not ride the trains or run a business?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,539 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 16,738 See in context

bell curve

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Posted in: Kishida pledges huge COVID relief package if he wins LDP leadership vote See in context

free stuff for the tax payer paid for by the tax payer while making it hard for the tax payer to make money to pay their taxes, 21st century logic

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Posted in: Foot traffic still high despite state of emergency See in context

40% of Tokyo residents have been injected, where is the benefit?

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Posted in: Japan extends virus emergency to Sept 12; weighs legal options to enforce restrictions See in context

Basically this never ends, we will be wearing masks, being injected and showing documentation for the rest of our lives. Getting sick is part of life, the question is what kind of life?

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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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