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Posted in: Yes. Tokyo Olympics are still on, despite opposition, pandemic See in context

And there's saving face. Japan has officially spent $15.4 billion on the Olympics, but several government audits suggest it's much more. All but $6.7 billion is public money. Geopolitical rival China is to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics just six months after Tokyo ends, and could claim centerstage should Tokyo fail.

Japan - I know I've said this in many of my other responses: I seriously do not think anyone would look down on [Japan] if you had cancelled the event given the situation; no one would blame you and I believe you would gain more respect for doing so.

That being said, yes that is a lot of money loss but what about the rest of your everyday citizens who lost their jobs and small business owners who had shutdown because of the pandemic? Many of which has nothing to gain if the Olympics occurred! Any attempts by them to stay open was met with fines and penalties. How is it, [Japan], that you can justify allowing the Olympics to go on so that the $15.4B spent can be recouped when millions of others can't?

Yes, $15.4B is a lot of money - I am not denying that - but you are saying that the safety of your Country is worth $15.4B to risk.

In the end, I know it's all about the money. I'm not going to pretend to be that naive. But for once I was hoping that it wasn't the case and that Japan would just accept the loss and forge on. Nope! In the end it's about the money and "saving face".

the IOC is a multi-billion dollar sports business that derives almost 75% of its income from selling broadcast rights. Another 18% comes from 15 top sponsors.

And that is one of the many problems with the Olympics. I really wish it go back to not being a business. I don't see that happening in my lifetime... sigh

Andrew Zimbalist, an economist at Smith College in Massachusetts who has written extensively about the Olympics, estimates the IOC could lose about $3.5 billion-$4 billion in broadcast revenue if the Tokyo Games were canceled. He suggested a small portion of this, between $400 million and $800 million, might be made up by cancellation insurance.

U.S. broadcaster NBCUniversal is the IOC's largest single source of income.

Yes, money loss if it doesn't happen. But many lives could also be lost. I fail to see how a broadcast is worth more than a human life. Maybe I should have majored in finance or economics. I just don't get it.

Of course, the Japanese government could stop the Olympics. It would be a public-relations disaster for the IOC to get into a legal battle with Tokyo, so any such deal would be worked out in private.

Cowards! Japan, you would rather put your people and country at risk for fear of a PR disaster this may cause??! If the IOC went to court then that would only show the world how irresponsible the IOC is and how they don't care about the safety of others except themselves! I feel you would have a lot of supporters. So perhaps you risk not being able to host another Olympics but isn't your country and people worth more?

"Politicians may well be aware of the risk they are taking

I seriously doubt that...

but hope that once the Games begin the Japanese public will persevere 'for the good of Japan' and forget how we got here," Tonami said.

Can someone please explain to me how hosting a LARGE public event over multiple consecutive days is "good for Japan"?

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Posted in: Most medical staff needed for Olympics secured: Endo See in context

The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have secured about 80% of the medical staff needed to stage the Games, a top Olympic official told Reuters on Monday, amid worries over infections and the slow rollout of vaccinations in the Japanese capital.

I cannot believe how selfish the IOC and JOC is being. They honestly believe that "securing 80% of the medical staff needed" is a good thing?!? The medical staff, if not mistaken, is primarily for any injuries that could occur in which case that is a lot of medical people for an event that doesn't seem to have that many participants competing.

Or am I mistaken and this is to help control (and I use this term loosely) the spread of the virus? If it is then it's very selfish and very irresponsible for all involved when you have your own home country that needs more attention and support than a sporting event - you're priorities are really in the wrong place if that is the case.

Asked what the organizers would do if there was an explosive spread of infections, Endo was non-committal.

That's because he nor anyone can stand behind their claim of being able to hold it safely.

"Hypothetically, can we hold the Games if there is a sudden 10- or 100-fold increase? We'll need to make a decision at the time," he said.

WOW! They'll need to make a decision at that time?!? That suggests to me that they didn't even think of that possibility which to me more of a reality than a hypothetical.

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Posted in: Tokyo doctors association calls for Olympics cancelation See in context

A Japanese doctors' group has urged the cancelation of the Olympics, even as Games organizers reported a surplus of applications from medics to volunteer at the virus-postponed event.

Stop "urging" and begin "demanding". It's too late to worry about being polite.

But Olympic officials say it can be safely held with COVID-19 countermeasures and point to successful test events, including some featuring overseas athletes.

OMG! I still cannot believe they are citing that! You have doctors and nurses who are also "urging" the cancellation - they don't even have a stake in this if it gets cancelled except for a few that left their position to take part in the games as an athlete but there aren't many if I recall? There was a story on a Japanese nurse that did leave her position so that she could train and compete in the Olympics. I feel for her and all the other athletes but you need to look at the bigger picture.

Speaking of overseas athletes, many are opting out because it's the social responsible thing to do. That and many of the top athletes have said that they would very much want to compete and represent their country but want to do so against other top countries and their athletes.

Competing in an Olympic where you will pretty much get a medal just for showing up is not something I would be proud to have. It would be so empty. But that's just me. :-)

The statement came after a separate union of Japanese hospital doctors warned last week that holding the 2020 Games safely was "impossible".

C'mon JOC/IOC - are you ignoring this?!?

Japan's virus outbreak has been relatively small, with around 11,500 deaths, but its vaccine rollout is moving slowly and the latest spike in cases has medics warning of shortages and burnout.

sigh

It's hard for me to accept the statement that the outbreak has been "relatively small" with around 11,500 deaths. 11.5K people who have died from this is not small, IMHO.

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Posted in: Japan to cut number of visiting Olympic Games officials to less than 90,000 See in context

serendipitous1May 14  08:04 pm JST

Oh that's good news. Only 90,000 people coming to Japan from basically every corner of the Covid world.

LOL!

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Posted in: Japan to vaccinate Olympic athletes: reports See in context

Organizers have come under fire for requesting medical volunteers step forward to help during the Games at a time when Japan's healthcare system is under pressure from a fourth virus wave.

Not much more to say about that... Just reposting just in case the JOC, IOC, and the Japanese Government didn't see it. :-)

Despite public opposition, organizers insist the Games can be held safely this summer, pointing to safety guidelines, increasing vaccination of athletes and a series of recent test events in Tokyo.

Are they pointing to the same safety guidelines that the Japanese citizens were expected to follow? How's that working out?!? Oh, wait... it isn't.

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Posted in: 280 sports doctors apply for 200 spots needed for Tokyo Olympics See in context

virusrexMay 12  07:42 am JST

To be fair they are sports doctors, this is not exactly the kind of people that will become essential even if the public health situation deteriorates more. And it is understandable since every one of them can "boast" of being an active participant of the Olympic games, which would be a plus for people in their field.

hm. I get what you are saying but I don't think I would be proud to say I was a sport doctor at the 2021 Summer Olympic Games. To me that would just seem like a selfish reason and how much weight would that actually have? To be a sport doctor at an event during a pandemic where pretty much all of the citizens of the hosting country is against having it? Not sure I'd want that on my resume. But that's just me. :-)

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

virusrexToday  07:42 am JST

Its becoming more and more difficult to keep pretending everything is fine and the games represent anything positive.

AMEN!!! :-)

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

BTW, I really don't want to see the Summer Olympics cancelled. If you look at my posts over the past several months I state that I was looking forward to the 2020 Summer Olympics because of the return of baseball and softball.

However in the larger picture, hosting the summer Olympics anywhere right now would be very irresponsible for any country and I really do not think the upcoming Winter Olympics should happen either, IMHO.

I feel for all the athletes that worked hard for 2020 and 2021, a few of them went into retirement which sucks because I know this is not how they wanted to end their career but at least they understand the bigger picture.

All that said, I have to think that by 2024 this pandemic will be behind us if not then we have a much larger problem!

Japan, do the right thing and cancel the Olympics! You'll get another chance to host and when you do, do it big! :-)

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

Canceling the trip could be embarrassing for the International Olympic Committee and local organizers who say they can hold a "safe and secure" Olympics in the middle of a pandemic as cases surge in Japan - particularly in Tokyo and Japan's second metropolis of Osaka.

It would be more embarrassing to try and host the Olympics. All the time, money and resources lost trying to force the event could have been spent with assisting with the vaccination.

There would be more support and respect if you had just cancelled it earlier this year and say that you will focus efforts to taking care of the people of Japan first. I don't think any one would think less of you, Japan. I don't see it as a failure - trying the force the event would be a failure in my eyes.

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Posted in: Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over anti-virus measures See in context

"I understand there are concerns about hosting the Olympics," Suga said. He said foreign athletes and other participants will be strictly separated from the Japanese public and that "it is possible to hold a safe and secure Olympics while protecting the people's lives and health."

I beg to differ, Suga. If you truly do understand the concerns it would have been officially cancelled. There is no benefit to hosting the event when more Covid cases are rising on a daily basis. Why would you risk jeopardizing your people by allowing foreigners in?

If you want to try and restore the faith in your people do so by cancelling the Olympics and redirect all that effort, resources, money, etc. into vaccinating your people and improve their quality of life.

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Posted in: Chinese swimmer Sun Yang handed Tokyo Olympics lifeline See in context

John NounMay 4  12:28 pm JST

Well, he can have a third chance then.

LOL! :-)

In all seriousness, I'm so indifferent about this because the "2021" Summer Olympics is a bust and if by some miracle it does happen you're not going to have all the top athletes and countries competing so any medal won will have very little meaning. At least it would for me if I was competing.

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Posted in: 3 suspects who robbed elderly woman at home after one asked to use her toilet arrested See in context

Police said Kanbe and Matsuo have admitted to robbing the woman, while Kawano, who is believed to have waited outside the house, has denied any involvement.

My guess is that Kawano will most likely get fined for knowledge of the planned robbery (even if it was an impromptu decision) and for not reporting it.

However, this is still the off change that he did not know what happened. The other two could have already planned this and not shared it with Kawano but there's still the matter of the safe that the other two made off with -- kinda hard to explain that.

Regardless, all three are scum...

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Posted in: Man robbed of ¥3 mil on Nagoya street See in context

ZaphodApr. 14  04:21 pm JST

Police said the man works for a store that deals in antiques and used items. He said he received an email from a potential seller who had asked him to come and have a look at some items for sale,

Maybe check where this phone call came from? Just sayin...

He received an e-mail, not a phone call :-)

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Posted in: Doctor arrested for stalking after sending 353 text messages to bar employee See in context

Ummm... How did the Doctor get her number?

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Posted in: Couple arrested over robbery of real estate agent during condo inspection See in context

GarthgoyleApr. 12  11:33 am JST

Is it normal for taxis to do such long drives? They should probably ask for a valid credit card in advanced for such long drives.

I think Nagoya to Tokyo is around 200 miles give or take. Japan doesn't have Uber or Lyft but they do have their own version (I think "DiDi" is one of the newer ones) which we used when we were in Japan back in 2018 and 2019. Since not all taxi services use this, it can take a bit longer for a taxi to pick you up. Example, when we used it in 2018 to pick us up at Haneda airport, it took the driver about 30 minutes to get to us and we had to meet him sort of where the normal taxi and shuttle buses were and we used it again in Tokyo and we had to wait close to 45 minutes. The wait times vary as it depends on the next closest driver that is in the program. But I will say the fare was almost half so it was worth the wait. Otherwise we just hop on the subway :-)

I know you can generally charter a taxi which is usually around 10,000-20,000 yen per hour so maybe they did something similar? Or maybe (and most likely) they gave the taxi driver a bogus story and tricked the driver into taking them to Tokyo.

IDK, either way their plan was going to ultimately fail either by getting caught (which they did) or not getting the payoff they were hoping for - in other words they'd have to rob a lot more than just one or two people in this scheme to make it worth the trip. Most of the real estate agents that I know (in Japan and in the US) carry very little money on them. What little they have is to cover any public parking fees.

But again, knuckleheads like these are often not the brightest... Glad they were caught and that the real estate agent was not seriously injured.

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Posted in: Ex-post office chief in Nagasaki may have swindled ¥1 bil See in context

kaimycahlApr. 7  10:44 pm JST

Is this fraud or pure theft?

It's both. He misled the customer (fraud) and pocketed the money (theft).

BlackFlagCitizenApr. 7  09:52 am JST

How is this fraud even possible? Don't they do any audits at J-Post?

My guess is that an audit isn't going to turn much up. The reason I say this is because if he was smart, he would have supplied a fake document for the "insurance" which, of course, there are no copies filed or kept.

Most loans do have some sort of insurance to help cover the balance of the loan should something happen to the customer (i.e. death, unemployment, etc.) which an insurance fee is applied to the over all loan. What this guy did was piggy back on that. Since most Japanese people pay in cash, it would be fairly easy for him to provide a receipt for the loan payment and a second (fake one) for whatever fake service he came up with.

Unless something happens with the loan in general, this fraud/theft would virtually go undetected. If the payments were done electronically then I don't think his scheme would work.

IDK, this is just my guess. I wouldn't expect the article to go into any details on how he pulled this off as it could taint the litigation.

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Posted in: Female teacher, ex-boyfriend arrested for voyeurism and child pornography See in context

According to police reports, Hamasaki said she was coerced by her ex-boyfriend to film the girls.

I want to give her the benefit of the doubt, but I really would like to know what he said that made her believe that this was a good thing....

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after woman clings to hood of car See in context

ToshihiroToday  05:52 am JST

This is just absurd, the woman should've been charged. He was the one who was attacked.

She probably will be but this article leaves out a lot of other details. It doesn't state how far or even how fast he was going when she was on the hood of his car. For all we know he only drove a few feet and then stopped.

We don't even know what the "trouble" was that caused all of this.

IDK -- at least no one was seriously injured or killed (#lookingforthesilverlining)

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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will take away the fun of being at the wheel of your vehicle? See in context

I don't see why it can't be both.

One of the best things about being behind the wheel are those impromptu moments. Many of our family treasured memories is when we see something along the way and decide to explore it further. This also includes getting lost. :-) There are many places we would have never knew about if we hadn't gotten "lost".

That being said, I can also see how enjoyable a road trip can be for all if the driving was left to "someone else" (i.e. the car). There has been many times where I had to focus on driving a mountain pass and could not enjoy the scenery until I could find a safe place to pull over.

My wife and I would also "tag-team" the driving duties but I can see how enjoyable a trip could be if we didn't have to do that as well.

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Posted in: ANA provides luxury meal experience on parked airplane in Tokyo See in context

I think this is very clever and fun idea. A fun distraction and experience if you have little children. Even if the plan doesn't go anywhere, just going to the airport, boarding a real plane, has to be a really fun experience. This is also a great advertising campaign by ANA. It gives them the opportunity to show off their plane, staff service, etc.

This venue would also be a very unique "date" destination. Haneda airport is minutes from Tokyo so there are places nearby that one could visit to complete the "date". And the subway goes directly into Haneda too which makes it very convenient.

That said, the cost is a bit on the steep side for a family dinner, IMHO, and I think if they really want to attract more people then they are going to have to lower that cost a bit more. Unless they are given some other things (i.e. gifts, vouchers, etc.) then it may be worth it.

Again, I like the idea and I think it's pretty cool. I know I would probably try it at least once. :-)

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Posted in: Indictment dropped against 17-year-old boy whose suicide leap killed woman See in context

MeiyouwentiMar. 26  05:39 pm JST

I didn’t know that the prosecutors can indict a dead man.

I think he was indicted for manslaughter because it was not pre-meditated or deliberate (in other words he didn't plan to kill that girl, just himself). In some regards this is very important, namely for the girl and her family. For example, insurance reasons (it will determine any beneficiaries she may have declared) and other Governmental reasons such as her bank accounts, death certificate, and any other legal responsibilities she may have (i.e. loans, leases, etc...). The legal cause of death will effect the aforementioned.

I know it sounds stupid but I think they needed to indict him because his action took the life of another. Fortunately the Japanese Court saw that this was just a tragic and sad incidence that took the lives of two young people and dropped the indictment.

That said, cause of her death will most likely be recorded as an "accident" and not a result of manslaughter.

I'm not a lawyer, or an expert in law, so my comments are just my personal opinions.

All of that said, because he was a minor the family of the girl could potentially go after the family or his legal guardian but not for manslaughter but rather damages and pain and suffering (i.e. medical bills and any other financial responsibilities she may have had). IDK, hard to say... Again, very sad for both families and my condolences go out to both of them...

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ¥150 million in cash in condo sale scam See in context

“I took the cash, but I did not steal it or cheat anyone.”

Huh?!?

He took the bag, telling the man he would look after it because it was dangerous to carry that much cash.

He was right about that...

He should consider himself lucky that they caught him.

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Posted in: TBS producer arrested after punching wife in face See in context

AbbeyMar. 9  10:28 pm JST

Awful, but why is it any business of his company ?

My guess is because he is (was) a Producer in the company - a "higher up" and it is a company in the media industry; they need to try to ensure that they don't lose any sponsors and viewers from this incident.

That being said, if this guy is "violent" or is known to display violence in the workplace, then it could cause some internal employees to speak up (though I doubt it) which could lead to employees filing a legal complaint which could further damage the image and confidence of the company.

The statement from the company as it is reported in the article seems very short to me. I suspect (and hope) there was more said. If not then that tells me that the company really doesn't care and they are just going through the motions to acknowledge that this event occurred --- which is sad...

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Posted in: 70-year-old nurse assaulted, robbed after finishing night shift in Kawasaki See in context

sensei258Mar. 1  07:03 am JST

Coward

I thought the same thing...

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Posted in: Mystery man donates bags of cash to local schools in Nara See in context

“It’s amazing, but the fact that he donated using plastic bags… is kind of scary.”

I hope the money is legit and not stolen.

“If he wanted to donate, he should have done using the formal procedure. He could just be doing this to avoid paying taxes.”

If that is the case, I support this type of tax evasion. Especially if the donation are for public schools and other public services.

If this was donated to a private entity then yes, I would agree and perhaps should be done through formal procedures.

Whatever the man’s motives were, fingers crossed the money gets used to benefit the children in Nara city, and that it will inspire other wannabe Tiger Masks to pick up the alter-ego (or any alter-ego, really!) and continue the kindness chain.

Yes! Doesn't even have to be a monetary donation. Any donation (personal services, clothes, food, masks, etc...).

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Posted in: Do you think hanami (cherry blossom viewing) gatherings in parks should be discouraged in order to lessen the spread of the coronavirus infections? See in context

I agree with everyone (at least the first 6 commenters). It should not be banned but delayed. This also goes for the festivals that are publicly held. It’s sad but it’s not worth jeopardizing people’s health.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics should have fans in stands: Hashimoto See in context

> Happy DayFeb. 28  11:09 pm JST

The stands should be full. The threat will be significantly diminished or gone by July

Totally agree! By July 2024 it should be significantly diminished. If not then we’ve got a much bigger problem!

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Posted in: Man killed after leaping from platform into oncoming train in Kobe See in context

Ricky SanchezFeb. 26  04:30 pm JST

I never understood why people do this!

It's a good thig that you don't understand. This means that you don't have thoughts of killing yourself.

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Posted in: Helicopters, firefighters battle forest fires in Gunma, Tochigi See in context

Seeing as I currently live in Southern California, we have our share of huge wildfires (man made and natural). Each time I have to commend the fire fighters. About two years ago we had one come close to our home and was close to having to evacuate.

Fortunately the fire fighters were able to contain it but I remember they had to battle high (dry) winds that was changing direction all the time -- and they did this by hand on the ground because the winds were too dangerous for the helicopters and plane dumps were too hard for them hit their target. It was crazy. We went down to the park where all the fire fighters were resting and delivered water, snacks and whatever we could to show our appreciation.

Thank you to all the fire fighters around the world for your service.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay scheduled to begin in one month — without cheering See in context

But the relay will be a much more sober affair than usual.

You think?!?

Spectators will be allowed to watch the flame pass, but will be required to wear masks, avoid crowding, and only attend segments of the relay near their home.

You can address the crowding by NOT going through with the Olympics this summer!

"They must support with applause or by using distributed goods rather than by shouting or cheering,"

Wow! You'd think this was being hosted in North Korea!

"Individual relay segments will be suspended if there is a risk of overcrowding," the guidelines add.

see and insert my second comment from above

Attendance at celebration venues along portions of the route will be by reservation only to limit numbers,

(( OMG ))

and information on which torchbearers will run which sections of the route will be released only at the last minute to avoid crowds gathering to watch celebrity runners.

I'm sure there are going to be many people waiting anxiously to learn where and when it will be announced.

In all seriousness - WHY is Japan still being so stubborn about this? They more effort you put into this, the more money is being thrown away. Face it Japan -- the Summer Olympics is a no-go. Cut your losses now and help your country (and the world) recover from this pandemic! Use the Olympic stadium and village to help administer the vaccines so people are not having to be crammed into hospitals and clinics. That, to me, would be much more of an event watch than a forced Olympic.

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