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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

Quote: "There are non-Japanese people living in Japan too... at least I'll be a spectator at some of the events, and I'm not Japanese."

Don't count on it. Remember when the virus struck at year ago? All the permanent residents thought they could go home to Japan just like the Japanese. Uh, uh. Those who missed getting in before the restrictions came down were out of luck.

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Posted in: 300 hotel rooms planned for Olympic athletes with minor or no COVID symptoms See in context

This scenario belongs in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Welcome, Elmer Fudd out to get that d'wat rabbit. You can be sure from the beginning that no matter how extreme and inventive Elmer (representing the Olympic committee) is, Bugs (representing the virus). is going to win.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

Is eating banned on the Shinkansen now? But how about drinking? I cannot imagine a long Shinkansen ride without water.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

First, Thomas Sowell is a Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a conservative, and like most conservatives prone to making off-hand remarks that are not true. Durning this pandemic off-hands remarks, if taken seriously, may kill us.

Let's take this on first: "Thousand of people move between Osaka and Tokyo daily, there is no way the more infectious variant in Osaka won't spread to Tokyo," This is a very good point. But how do they pass the variant on in the first place? There is one thing you can do more easily on the Shinkansen than on a packed local commuter train: East and drink. For this you need to slide your mask down.

Another thing. viruses mutate on their own. I don't know how. Maybe the Osaka viruses are smarter.

Finally, Suga is guilty as charged. We should be getting our shots by now.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo to join Fox News See in context

Surprise, surprise.

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Posted in: Health minister urges Tokyo to remain vigilant as virus cases soar in Osaka See in context

"Remain vigilant" in this case is a cry of utter despair.

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Posted in: Education ministry hosts Twitter campaign to recruit teachers, but it backfires right away See in context

The best thing for teachers is to avoid most schools, particularly, state schools, altogether. The worst thing a school can do to you is transfer you to remote place away from your family and anything civilized. The best way to get into that state is to join the Teachers' Union (unless it is bought off), show any little bit of originality in your teaching and argue with your corrupt principal.

I helped my spouse to get out the high school system into university. Happiness! Lots of free time. Teach what you want the way you want to.

The Board of Education would not accept my spouse's resignation at first. Too valuable to lose. We took a holiday in Europe to celebrate.

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Posted in: Restaurants, hotels in Osaka, Hyogo and Miyagi prefectures disappointed at stricter COVID-19 steps See in context

The problem. We cannot let the restaurants and bars go broke and we can't let people go on eating and drinking out as if the viral plague does not exist.

The easiest solution would be to subsidize everyone--if money were no object. Perhaps money is "no object" if kept in reasonable bounds. At least, the restaurants could be kept afloat and staff kept off the street. Longterm loans perhaps?

Japan is rich enough to host the Olympics. It should be rich enough to support restaurants and bars.

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Posted in: Do you agree with the decision not to allow spectators from overseas to attend the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games? See in context

If nothing else, Permanent Residents of Japan (a legal title) should be allowed to go to the Olympics after providing proof of vaccination--like Japanese fans.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cuts jobs, boosts stocks, widening economic gap in Japan See in context

Main customers were the store's wealthy regulars and the so-called "new rich," including young managers of information technology firms and YouTubers who increased their earnings by taking advantage of the pandemic.

This is not a prediction but a cautionary note. What the article appears to show is a bubble economy. All bubble economies have one thing in common. They pop.

If the worst happens, there will be a lot of "previously owned" jewels and luxury cars on sale.

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Posted in: Experts warn COVID-19 rebound could exceed 'third wave' in Tokyo See in context

It is time to be brave and face the obvious. The virus has not been beat back. It is mutating and and becoming stronger. Everyone in Japan is: at risk: the Japanese national, the permanent foreign resident, the passing business traveler, the casual tourist, the Olympic athlete and the Olympic staff.

For the good of all concerned the Olympics must be cancelled.

And we must act as if in a state of siege. At this point I fear we are losing,

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Posted in: Tokyo area extends shorter business hours over virus rebound worries See in context

Is this really the best time for the Olympics?

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Posted in: Japan rejects bid from China to use 'AINU' trademark for products See in context

Congratulations to Japan for rejecting the "AINU" trademark. It is progress, however incremental.

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Posted in: Korean kids nurtured to remember history with anti-Japanese toys and games See in context

The patriotic games are unfortunately not exciting. The assassination set is not a game and might be better used as a shrine.

The moral of this story is that when some country like Japan commits atrocities for years and years then that country should expect years and years of anger from its victims. That Japan wants the world to forget what it did only adds to the the Koreans' anger.

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Posted in: Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by marriage ruling See in context

My best wishes on a long and happy life together.

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Posted in: 10-year-old boy on bike hit and killed by car; driver arrested See in context

First, my condolences to the family of the departed little boy.

Second of all, cycling is dangerous in Japan because most roads are not really made for bicycles in the 21st century. The ones that are generally made for parks. On a typical urban road you watch out for parked cars, suddenly opened doors, kids and pets running in front of you and--yes--those less than wonderful people who refuse to stop for pedestrians and bicycles. The poor little boy is a casualty of rotten urban planning and bad driving.

I'll end with a call for helmets. Not the cheap plastic helmets but regulation cycling helmets. As doctors will tell you, they can rebuild any part of your body except your head.

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Posted in: No overseas spectators at Tokyo Olympics mirrors Suga's weak standing See in context

Minor footnote to all this. Will legal permanent non-Japanese residents be allow to view the Olympics along with the Japanese spectators?

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Posted in: It's official: Spectators from abroad will not be allowed at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Might as well cancel the Olympics. Japanese Only spectators do not make for a true Olympics. Also, foreign and Japanese athletes will be a great possible risk due to the pandemic. Shots may not be enough for dissident strains.

The Olympics are Suga's "Go to travel" and "Go to eat" on steroids.

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Posted in: Mother of late 'Terrace House' star sues man over hateful posts See in context

Can we not get the trolls' names? It is possible to find out where they live too? Likely, privacy laws prevail. They should be lifted wth regard to trolls like on who bullied this late innocent artist.

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Posted in: How dangerous is the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant today? See in context

The most dangerous thing about this crippled is that we don't know how dangerous it is.

Five former Japanese prime ministers have urged Japan to renounce nuclear power. This is from the Mainichi Daily News of today (12 March).

TOKYO -- Five former Japanese prime ministers issued declarations that Japan should break with nuclear power generation on March 11, the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture.

The "3.11 Declarations" were issued at the "Global Conference for a Nuclear Free, Renewable Energy Future: 10 Years Since Fukushima" held by the Federation of Promotion of Zero-Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy at the Parliamentary Museum in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. 

Former prime ministers Morihiro Hosokawa, Tomiichi Murayama, Junichiro Koizumi, Yukio Hatoyama and Naoto Kan signed and released their declarations during the conference. Among them, Koizumi, Hatoyama and Kan took to the podium and shook hands.

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Posted in: Harvard professor ignites uproar over Korean sex slave claims See in context

Very likely this Harvard professor has been bought off. At any rate, his academic paper is spurious .

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

This goes to show that urban society in Japan (and elsewhere) has no place for children. They are expensive pets that need more caring for than the average dog or cat. So stuff them away into daycare centers until they ready for elementary school. And tell these socially useless creatures to, shhh, be quiet so the adults can hear the rustle of the sakura. Unban society has little tolerance for human sounds.

Childhood has aways had in hard. Agriculture families tried to make big families to have beasts of burden in the fields. There are no fields to speak of in cities. Children are an alienated underclass. Like any underclass they are disdained. The cries of children and the cries of no power.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

Draconian and stupid school rules like certifying natural hair color came after the student protests of the 60s and 70s. The idea behind this was to foist conformity through the terror of unreasonable rule-breaking. It has worked as any reign of terror has worked. Invariably, it cripples the intellect and the spirit.

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Posted in: Go To Travel campaign may partially resume after state of emergency lifted See in context

The obvious idiocy of Go To Travel reminds of a quotation from Alexander Pope: "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." That ought to be the subtitle to this fiasco.

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Posted in: Another LDP lawmaker quits over nightlife visit See in context

What will the real wages of sin for Takaki Shirasuka be? Will it be like in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" whereby Shirasuka is tossed into the Inferno of hopeless independents where all he gets to eat are leftover bentos? Worry not for poor little Takaki Shirasuka. The LDP will let him dry out for a few months and then quietly let him back into the party. The LDP are good old boys.

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Posted in: Japan urges Moscow to release opposition leader, protestors See in context

Presumably when the Soviet Union fell democracy would Taka it's place. Putin has given Russia someting worse.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

In the end it is about ownership. These LDP creeps assume they own not just their party but the governmental system, And why shouldn't.t they? This is no viablably alternative opposition party. Sure, they own the system and they can do what they want. Problems? A few cute contrite bows and it's all settled. You are absolved: Go and sin no more until next time.

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Posted in: S Korea seeks 'amicable solution' to comfort women issue with Japan See in context

"Another day, another outburst of Japan bullying and hatred by South Korea." The evidence points to the opposite. The bullying and hatred has come from the Japanese. It is under your nose.

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Posted in: Japan says no truth to Times report on canceling Tokyo Olympics See in context

The tide has not yet clearly turned against the pandemic and for us. Presuming so vehemently that the Olympics will be held come June has all the optimism of a suicide pilot. How many athletes are willing to shout "Banzai!" as they run from and two the shower room?

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Posted in: 26th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake observed See in context

When I finally made it to the university, about a week after the earthquake, my office mate said, "My house is broken and my student is dead." We'd not spoken much before. Now we embraced.

Everyone in Kobe either personally knew someone who'd died or knew someone who knew someone who was a casualty of the earthquake.

I remember seeing a broken house with flowers in front of the entrance. Micky Mouse curtains hung out the windows. One day there was nothing left of the house. It was taken away in dump trucks.

Our building had no running water for a month. We were the only building without water. All the stores offered us free water. I got water from a nearby pump but stopped when someone told me the sign on the pump said, "The pump may collapsed any time."

In 1995 my students wrote vividly about the quake. But 2000 it was already a distant memory.

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