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Posted in: Tokyo to boost capacity of COVID-19 testing to over 60,000 per day See in context

Whats the good of having a " capacity " when you are not actually utilizing it? It's just a PR soundbite in the last ditch desperate effort to keep the next summer Olympic dream going. We have been hearing about Tokyo and Japan tripling it's " capacity to test " since the first wave 6 months ago and yet Tokyo still only tests a couple of thousand per day on average, ditto the rest of the country. Empty talk.

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Posted in: Japan to lift entry ban on travelers from 9 countries, regions; exempt returning residents from quarantine See in context

I don't think any of these countries Australia, Brunei, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will allow any of their citizens to travel back from Japan without an additional 2 week stay in quarantine on their return.

Plus the Australian govt at the moment doesn't allow anyone to leave the country unless they have exceptional circumstances..which would exclude most tourists , safe to assume.

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Posted in: Gymnast Uchimura tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of key meet See in context

Asymptomatic..which means it was only discovered due to his testing as member of an elite sports team. Now imagine how many asymptomatic cases are walking around Japan while the govt insists on the overly strict test eligibility guidelines for general public.

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Posted in: Japan's total coronavirus cases top 100,000 See in context

The United States records more than 500,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, as patients are overwhelming hospitals across the country.

France reported 523 deaths from the disease on Tuesday, the most since April 22.

Those are the facts. You are welcome to check for yourself.

Here is another fact for ya...Japan ranked 152nd in the world in tests per mil /population, outgunned by such heavyweights such as Honduras, Guatemala, Trinidad&Tobago , Mongolia and pretty much every other country....you dont test, you don,t find...Nihon sugooi, great strategy LDP, safety Olympics rule.

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Posted in: Japan's aid agency to launch support body for foreign workers See in context

JICA hopes the new organization will help create a model that will not only entice more foreign labor, but also contribute to developing the countries from which the workers hail.

Oh pureese JICA , when will you start pretending the low cost labor import program is about " contributing to developing the countries from which the workers hail "...Im sure they know how to change nappies, beds or pick vegetables in Vietnam and Nepal by now. Enough with this noble Japan helping its poor cousins learn skills tatemae bs.

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Posted in: Europe, U.S. facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge See in context

. It looks like Japan did it right after all. Japan simply had better leadership. But that should not come as a surprise. We are the best country bar none.

Better leadership Japan..rofl....good one...good to see the jokes coming even under the newest screen handle. Japan leadership on covid is amazing..about as amazing as the fact it is testing at 10% of what other countries test. Viva Japan,s low numbers. Our LDP daimyos promised tripling the number of tests half a year ago yet Tokyo is still testing a couple of thousand a day on average. Ditto the rest of the country. If they test at same rates as Europe Japan would skyrocket. Central European countries with population half of Tokyo test 40 -50 thousand a day. Japan sugoi.

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Posted in: Suga says plan to release Fukushima water coming soon See in context

And as someone has already posted, if he has that much confidence, bottle it and start selling it, and I would go a step further and tell Suga to sell the water as souvenirs with the Tokyo Olympics logo.

Let them serve it at their taxpayer subsdized cafeterias in the Parliament , Nagatacho offices and LDP meetings nationwide. Lead the way Jiminto, its perfectly safe.

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Posted in: Japan considers extending Go To Travel subsidy campaign past January See in context

Watch out for the extension date to be set sufficiently near to when the next year,s election will be called and remember to vote LDP...yoroshiku.

Plus inflation will come as Europe is going to lockdown again. Which leads to factories being closed, amount of goods being produced drops while amount of money is being printed and distributed.

So it means that the price of goods will go up as there won't be less of them in the market.

Another gem not making sense .. " price of goods will go up as there won,t be less of them" ...aaargh...allright then. Btw, did you forget that when everyone is in lockdown, people actually don't go out and spend mola? ( Except online retail naturally) . Kinda hard to splash out on the new car, house, treat yourself to a nice holiday, good dinner etc...when u can't go out your house...but yeah, whatever you say.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers weigh virus control center at athletes' village See in context

The tentatively named Organizing Committee Infectious Disease Control Center would coordinate the mammoth task of testing and tracing infections and organizing isolation and treatment of anyone with the virus.

Wow..imagine all those fax machines in one tent. Japan,s efficiency on display to the world. Lol...

How to deal with asymptomatic cases? Simple..the effective Japanese way.. asymptomatic equals non existent.

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Posted in: Japan gov't OKs bill to offer free coronavirus vaccines See in context

Once the government provides vaccines free of charge, residents will be strongly advised to get vaccinated. The government may still choose to offer vaccines whose effectiveness is not very high and let people decide whether they want to receive it.

Serious side effects were reported in some of the trials, causing studies to be temporarily halted. A WHO official recently said a vaccine for COVID-19 may not come until the end of 2021.

Right, so to recap our people living LDP govt wants everyone to get vaccines that may not be effective or without side effects...all for the sake of proving that Japan is safe and Olympics can be held so the cronies pockets can get lined as promised. Oh..how nice.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils action plan to lower mobile phone fees See in context

So their action plan " is to spend a year fiddling around setting up a website to explain merits of switching carriers and explaining how to do it? And then ask carriers to maybe stop charging 3000 yen switch fee next year?...Lol, this should take a month if they outsource the website to a contractor ( they,be been talking about it since 12 months ago as well ) . Typical J - govt speed.

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Posted in: Coronavirus pandemic deepens Japan's demographic crisis See in context

There are various predictions on what will happen if the number of births keeps falling, but one thing is certain. Current systems, including the social security system, will no longer be functional," Masaji Matsuyama, former minister overseeing the issue of declining births, told Reuters. "It will be a crisis in which the very existence of the nation as we know it is at stake."

The other thing that is certain is as long as LDP remains in charge nothing more than lip service with some token initiatives and kicking the can down the road will happen.

J- politicians have been talking about this ( and having never ending meetings no doubt ) for the past 3 decades at least . TIJ.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 124 new coronavirus cases See in context

Japan,s test regime and its results are meaningless and impossible to compare with other countries...no point in even following the ' official ' numbers here. Small central European countries with population half the size of Tokyo testing 40 thousand a day....Tokyo 4 to 5 thousand. Ridiculous...tatemae and safety Japan image are more important than anything.

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Posted in: Fake residence cards proliferating as more foreigners overstay visas See in context

Shame on this Chinese couple for preying upon dirt-poor Vietnamese people who will do anything to stay in Japan and have a comfortable life compared to back home.

Hope you are smilarly outraged at those unscrupulous J- employers who" prey upon dirt poor" interns by illegally confiscating their passport , paying them below minimum wages and in some cases sexually harras them.

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Posted in: Gov't puts off decision to release treated Fukushima water into sea See in context

Translation...- Of course we will dump it in the sea, it's been decided, but we can't do it until the next election is over lest some of our useless LDP deadwood politicians loose their seats due to this. Sincerely Jiminto.

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Posted in: Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water See in context

Yep..cant have this issue hanging around if Olympics are gonna be pushed through...J- govt will be busy pretending covid19 is not a problem here so it would not have time to deal with the pesky foregin journalists who migbt wanna ask inconvenient questions about Fukushima radioactive water during their Olumpic coverage....dump it all now & deny any consequences - the tried and proven J govt / J-inc way.

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Posted in: Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era See in context

English sparkling wine, made-in-Britain coats and shoes, Stilton cheese, pork, lamb and biscuits will become cheaper in Japan.

Knowing the speed of the tariff reductions in Japanese trade deals, we can expect the products to become cheaper in about 15 years or so. How great.

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Posted in: Race for acceptance: Why Japan's Paralympics mean more than medals See in context

also for lasting acceptance in a Japanese society where disabled people can feel pressured to stay out of the public eye.

Indeed, it is a disgrace that in 2020 people with disabilities are still nowhere near fully accepted in Japanese society....this country is improving slowly but still has a long way to go.

"But personally I don't feel that I want to hide my prosthetic leg...

Good on you...you should not feel like you have to hide it. 100%.

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Posted in: Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water See in context

The water release is scheduled to get start at earliest in 2022. TEPCO has sufficient time to get prepared to meet technical requirements.

Given Tepco,s history most of us know that no amount of time is sufficient for it to do anything competently.

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Posted in: Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water See in context

Swift decision means swift release into the ocean before anyone can voice objections or concerns and just throw up your hands and say shoganai.

Precisely,like everything else this has been decided by LDP godfathers behind closed doors long ago, its just a matter  of timing to limit the potential negative effect on the upcoming election.

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Posted in: Japan, China discuss restarting mutual business travel See in context

Why are people (men) in Asia so obsessed with business. A strange world we live in

Whats so hard to understand? LDP govt has always cared about their buddies in J-Inc whilst not giving a toss about general public.....why would you expect anything different from Suga,s govt?

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Posted in: Japan to use cyberattack countermeasures to protect Tokyo Olympics See in context

Naturally, US & Britain do not conduct any cyber operations against Russia and its interests at all.

You never hear Russia complain about it. So maybe they don't.

Yeah, right, too funny... I can just see the "free" western media running front pages with stories of Russia busting US & co cyberattacks against it.

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Posted in: Japan to use cyberattack countermeasures to protect Tokyo Olympics See in context

Japan's chief government spokesman said on Tuesday the country will put cyberattack countermeasures in place to make sure the Tokyo Olympics are a success.

Yeah OK,  sure ....who can forget the last guy in charge of this who didnt use email or a smartphone. With top guns like that in charge Japan,s best coutermeasure might just be turnig off the power switch.

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Posted in: Japan to use cyberattack countermeasures to protect Tokyo Olympics See in context

Naturally, US & Britain do not conduct any cyber operations against Russia and its interests at all.

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Posted in: Suga departs for Vietnam, Indonesia on 1st overseas trip as PM See in context

Can Mrs Suga tell her husband the crumpled embarrassment of a suit he,s got on is not a good look please. On second thought both of them need a new personal stylist...where is that Queer Eye team when you need them :) ?

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Posted in: Paris under curfew as Europe battles soaring virus caseload See in context

French cities were facing the start of a 9 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew after the country on Thursday saw a new high of 30,000 cases in 24 hours

Simple solution...start testing only people with persistent symptoms lasting for a determined no of days and your new case numbers will plummet to a few hundred. Voila, the Japanese way rules.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for throwing bodily fluid on woman’s bag linked to 2 other incidents See in context

These incidents involving cops are way too common here and been going on forever...the management in charge of the HR culture in the national police agency obviously are in the wrong job since absolutely nothing ever changes apart from the useless obligatory " we,ll make efforts to prevent reoccurrence" sound bites.

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Posted in: European nations revive curfews, lockdowns amid growth in virus See in context

So much for testing as the key to containing the virus.

Seems the virus is here to stay no matter what, lockdown or no lockdown... gotta learn to live with it, thankfully it seems to be getting weaker.

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Posted in: The life of Ghosn: Fugitive tycoon to star in documentary and a mini-series See in context

He’s got a nice tan and looks fit in the photo. Apparently his life in exile in sunny Lebanon must have done him good.

Yep and he has finally done away with the ridiculous custom of dying hair jet black as is expected in the J-Inc corridors.

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Posted in: China to test all 9 million people in Qingdao for coronavirus See in context

Test 9 million people? Phew...no big deal...Japan can do the same easy peasy, just give it a couple of decades or so.

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