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Posted in: Japan's total COVID cases top 20 mil since start of pandemic See in context

Don't forget that if people pay for their own test and then test positive, it does not go into the official count. That ups the number. The 20 million are only the people approved for testing by the hokenjo who tested positive and early in the pandemic, many people who wanted to be tested were refused because they did not have a high enough fever. The real figure is probably much higher.

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Posted in: Cost of Abe's state funeral rises to ¥1.6 billion See in context

Let the LDP pay for it.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being left in bus for 5 hours See in context

The same thing happened to a boy last summer. You would think that one tragedy would make teachers more careful.

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Posted in: Abe's state funeral to cost ¥250 million See in context

He was disdainful of the constitution and democracy and displayed a poor understanding of the financial circumstances of the average resident of Japan. Yet we have to pay for his funeral. His family or his political party have more than enough money to pay for this.

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Posted in: 'Leave It to Beaver' co-star Tony Dow dies at 77 See in context

A friend in Los Angeles talked to his wife, who said he is actually alive in hospice care at home, and she was so distressed by calls asking to confirm his death that she gave the wrong answer.

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Posted in: Japan to ask foreign tourists to wear masks, take out COVID insurance See in context

The government just announced that people don't need to wear masks outdoors if they are 2 meters away from others. But that doesn't apply to tourists. Who will check?

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Posted in: UK airport warns COVID-related delays could last months See in context

"Please arrive at the airport at least 3 months before your departure time."

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Posted in: Smith apologizes to Rock; Academy to launch review See in context

And he won for a role that is all about being your best self. He obviously learned nothing from his own movie.

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Posted in: U.S. sprinter Richardson slams Valieva ruling See in context

The world is already being asked to believe that Valviera is representing the Russian Olympic Committee and not Russia and these are totally different things.

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Posted in: Mean look See in context

Is this man supposed to be a terrorist, or a person pissed off by terrorists?

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse See in context

The whole technical training program needs to go. It is just an excuse to put people into menial jobs paying them nothing or far less.

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Posted in: Uber Eats cyclist indicted over death of 78-year-old pedestrian See in context

There is a larger problem no limited to Uber Eats, which is bicyclists think they do not have to stop at red lights. They think it is OK to barrel through and pedestrians have to leap out of their way.

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Posted in: Japan must co-exist with virus while achieving growth, says minister See in context

Man in charge of containing coronavirus gives up on containing coronavirus.

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Posted in: Number of pachinko parlors in Japan decreasing rapidly; down 12% in two years See in context

Cigarette smoke, noise, gambling addictions, people spending all their family finances, risk of coronavirus, lack of sunlight, what’s not to like?

You forgot parents leaving their kids in car while they play pachinko.

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Posted in: JR East, West to cut commuter services next year amid pandemic See in context

More crowded trains is a great idea during a pandemic.

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Posted in: Japan considers not sending ministers to Beijing Olympics See in context

And the gold medal for considering goes to...

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Posted in: Beaujolais Nouveau arrives See in context

It takes some clever marketing to turn a cheap, boring wine into "an event".

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,853 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,908 See in context

Does anyone know if these numbers include tests and positive cases from the Athletes' Village? My guess is no, because those are probably not done by public health centers. Does anyone know for sure?

Low testing numbers, which are usually not announced or if they are they are not reported, are leading to low positive case counts. I worry this is giving people a false sense of security. If the public were being tested like the Athletes' Village has been, the numbers would likely be extremely high.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,915 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 13,638 See in context

These daily figures do not include people who test positive in tests they pay for themselves, such as people who take tests before traveling or those who do not want to deal with the public health centers. This should be mentioned every time these numbers are reported.

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Posted in: Olympics now ended, Suga pinning his hopes on vaccinations See in context

"Fully vaccinated" means 3 weeks between shots plus 2 to 3 weeks to build immunity after the second shot, or 6 weeks total. So fully vaccinated by late October means everyone getting their first shot by mid-September at the latest, one month from now. About 20% of the population is fully vaccinated now, to get that up to 80% would mean covering about 60 million people. So every day for the next 30 days first shots will need to be administered to 2 million people.

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Posted in: Rare fans at Olympic events admit COVID doubts See in context

Didn't they hear the promise that there is zero risk to the Japanese public?

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Posted in: Olympic Games organizers admit to wasting about 4,000 boxes of food See in context

Volunteers are "paid" with a bottle of hand sanitizer, a mask and a free lunch. Are they at least given time to sanitize their hands?

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Posted in: Why is Taiwan not called Taiwan at the Olympics? See in context

About 9 years ago, the Tokyo International Film Festival had a program that was going to be called "Contemporary from from Taiwan" or something like that. China pressured the organizers to change it to "Chinese Taipei." Since film festivals are supposed to champion expression, I thought they would refuse but they caved in.

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Posted in: Suga, Koike agree Olympics going 'very smoothly' See in context

Japan may not hit its target of 50 gold medals, but it is already way over 50 coronavirus cases related to the "zero risk" Games.

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

So he is making a scapegoat of...himself?

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

Oh, poor baby! In your 5-star hotel with your every need attended to. Since you are so good at showing empathy with the pain of others, I am sure the world will come together to make everything OK for you.

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Posted in: Suga says world needs to see Japan can stage safe Olympics See in context

They can't see something that is not there, unless you are Doug Henning or David Copperfield.

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Posted in: Japanese composer for Tokyo Olympics apologizes for 1990s abuse See in context

Bullying a disabled kid - you can’t get much lower than that.

What is worse is subjecting a disabled child to sexual assault and torture. That is what he did. It wasn't as if he stole lunch money.

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Posted in: Japanese composer for Tokyo Olympics apologizes for 1990s abuse See in context

Sadly, it is all too common in grade schools in Japan.

Forcing someone to masturbate in front of others is sexual assault, not "bullying".

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