Wanna help Japan? Let the tourists in! I have a bunch of yen that I would love to spend in Japan. I will contribute.
Economic recovery for Japan requires that the borders be opened freely to tourism. I have no grand numbers to put forward, but I am sure that it would help greatly.
I have a place to stay near Kyoto, and I am wondering just how many of the establishments that i usually visit will be gone when I return.
That, and find some way to get Russia to behave. Nothing like being on the precipice of a global war to destabilize economic recovery from a pandemic...
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It's Hollywood, so probably more Ignorance than anything else...
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Well, since the French Open is held in a Sports Arena, I guess that rules out Djokovic in advance.
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As an American, I apologize for this. Won't change a thing, but this is just one more reason to be embarrassed of my military and government. We should follow the rules. Period.
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I and millions of other humans have gotten multiple doses of the vaccines and still we do not die!
Causation and correlation, not the same.
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When I was a Nurse, a couple of decades ago, we still often had glass ampules/vials that had to be broken open. To avoid glass in the syringe, we used a filter needle to draw up the medication, then switched the needle for injection. In reality, if you can see a metal fragment in a vial, it won't be drawn up in a 22 or 25ga needle.
Personally, I'd like to see my vacca without metal fragments, and we now see one of the many issues with passing off manufacturing information to secondary companies for use. Not all companies strive for the same standards.
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I just read, on another Japanese news website, The Bach had asked PM Suga to allow spectators. This confirms that Bach is simply a dolt who does not understand basic Science. Or, perhaps, he simply cares only about money and doesn't care about the Japanese people. Just. That. Simple. Money over safety. Although I hope for the best, I am betting on many more cases and positive tests by the end of the week. SHAMEFUL MR BACH! yes. I meant to raise my screen voice because he doesn't seem to be hearing the polite voice tone...
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While I realize that most Olympians only get to participate in one Olympiad, multiples being the exception, saying that cancelation is not an option is Hubris and Greed. I feel for the athletes, not for the organizers or the IOC. Let them declare Bankruptcy because they accept no liability if there is a problem but desire all of the control and profit.
Shame on Mr. Bach, quite simply, for pushing his and the IOC's agenda at the expense of safety and common sense (which is, by the way, not as common as it used to be).
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I am willing to bet good money, on which the taxes have been paid, that we never see a similar story about Miyazaki-san...
Gives new meaning to "Demon" and "Slayer".
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I have a Japanese friend who is fully vaccinated and still sitting in quarantine right now. He is not at risk, and is no real risk to the people he encounters. How can Japan expect reciprocity when they insist on quarantining fully-vaccinated citizens and visitors? I would love to come back, am fully vaccinated, and not welcome. You'll let a bunch of unvaccinated athletes in, but not safe, vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated athletes spread, or have the potential to spread, the virus in a way that the vaccinated do not. Iove japan, but come on. Science should be trusted.
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While I feel for her, I am OK if she never takes the stage again. We already have plenty of recorded materials to tide us over.
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Playing good cop/bad cop.
He is the PM, as Truman said, " The buck stops here." He ultimately bears responsibility for what happens, good or bad.
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US Track and Field says that vaccines are not required to come to the Tokyo Olympics.
Did they bother to ask the Japanese if they were required?
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That photograph at the head of the story is NOT how you administer a vaccination! The Deltoid muscle is a good bit higher.
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He's a gambler, as are most politicians. If the Olympics are held, and there isn't a disaster of viral proportions, he might just get to keep his job. If the Olympics are cancelled, or they are held and the virus spreads massively and creates more of a mess and causes more loss of life, then he will certainly be looking for other employment.
I wish he would just say NO to the IOC and protect the Japanese people. Plus, I want to come back to Japan, and at this rate 2021 is looking like a lost year for travel to Japan.
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Hubris and greed, plain and simple.
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“No government, no health authority can or has taken over guarantees against infections,” Haddad told athletes. “This is a risk that we all bear. We are all following the same rules.”
No, they aren't all following the same rules.
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The children are old enough to choose who they want to be with. Let them choose. Having them testify in court against either parent will be more trauma heaping on the already experienced trauma.
I was a Pediatric Nurse in a past profession. One Children's Hosp. that I worked at has an inscription next to the front door, etched in stone, "The Child Frist and Always". Let it be so here.
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I am here in Washington State, USA. We had a child killed with a pellet rifle last week. These are not anything like the pellet rifles that American (at least) kids grew up playing with. These are powerful weapons.
That said, it's the Olympics. Let them be, aside from the need to simply cancel the games this time around...
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Adjusted for Inflation, in 2021 dollars/yen, Spirited Away is still more successful, not to mention the story lline and animation is superior. Yes, times have changed, but Miazaki-sensei remains the Demon Slayer.
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I will never forget my first visit to a sento. No warning. I came to Japan a decade ago. My friend, in his 60's, his Father in his 80's. It was a shock to an American, but when I saw my friend scrubbing his father's back, which he could not do for himself, I felt honored to have been brought along. It is unfortunate that we can not have these in the USA, and I miss sento and onsen visits during this pandemic. I especially miss Kinosaki and look forward to visiting again.
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Really and truly the only reason to hold the Olympics this year. She embodies the Olympic spirit.
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The picture heading this story: As a former Nurse, I have to ask where the administrator or the vaccine's gloves are! Perhaps this glilb attitude is a conytibutor to the issue at hand!
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I see a class action something in the future. Lawyers love this sort of thing...
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I remember Bill Rogers, the famous American Marathoner who missed out on his only reasonable shot at an Olympic medal in Moscow because of the US boycott. I felt sorry for him.
Yes, this is a Pandemic (global pandemic is kinda, um, well, redundant), and to cancel the games would be the correct and safe thing to do, not to mention smart. USA Women's Soccer will survive.
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