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Posted in: Gov't eyes punishment for refusal to comply with COVID-19 measures See in context

Punishment for non-compliance and curtailing personal freedoms must go hand in hand with full compensation for the affected individuals, businesses, healthcare workers and hospitals. You can’t have one without the other. But this is not going to happen as long as those in the government are committed to the cult of balanced-budget.

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Posted in: Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference See in context

Having witnessed government policy flip-flops (promoting Go To, then reimposing state of emergency), it’s no wonder people are indifferent to government’s request to stay home.

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Posted in: Suga announces new measures to stem virus surge, including penalties, review of medical system See in context

Sugar’s legal revision seeks to impose penalties on violators but  paying compensation for lost sales will be optional. The bill reads: “the government may provide compensation”.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic president tries to reassure doubting country See in context

As president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, Mori gets paid two million yen per month. Pretty good money for a retired old politician.

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

Basic income, first introduced by Milton Friedman and his disciples in the neoclassical school of economics, is a globalist idea designed to help achieve a “small government” so that big businesses can maximize their profits while minimizing social security costs. No wonder people like Takenaka are trying to sell the idea.

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Posted in: Support for Olympics hits new low in Japan: poll See in context

There’s no way the Olympics will go ahead with new variants of coronavirus spreading around the world. The IOC and the JOC and the Japanese government are waiting for the right moment to announce a cancellation or postponement of the 2021 games.

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Posted in: All people entering Japan must submit negative results to COVID-19 test See in context

At present, business travelers from 12 countries (including,of all places,China) can enter Japan without negative test results, nor are they subject to 14-day-self-quarantine. Public outrage over the government policy of imposing the state of emergency while freely letting in foreign travelers prompted the reluctant government to apply stricter entry requirements.

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Posted in: Anxiety mounts over another state of emergency in Tokyo, neighboring areas See in context

What’s the point of asking bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol at 7 PM and close by 8 PM? The coronavirus is not active only at night.

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Posted in: Suga pledges to improve coronavirus situation in 1 month See in context

The state of emergency will be lifted on Feb7 in time for the Chinese lunar new year that starts in February 11, during which crowds of Chinese tourists (some possibly carrying the virus) will visit Japan.

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Posted in: 72-year-old woman gets 18 years in prison for killing 3 family members See in context

She’ll be 90 when she’s served out her 18-year prison sentence.

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Posted in: Tick-Tock: Tokyo Olympics hit the 200-days-to-go mark See in context

Suga said the Olympics would be proof that people have overcome the coronavirus. But we’re far from overcoming the pandemic yet.

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Posted in: No. of people changing registered gender rising at record pace in Japan See in context

If you’re a woman, would you not mind using the same bathroom with Y chromosome carriers who underwent transsexual surgeries?

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Posted in: Male-only rule should be prioritized in imperial succession: Suga See in context

It seems like Prime Minister temporarily recovered his sanity when he gave the radio interview. Shortage of male heirs would be solved immediately by reinstating the old imperial houses that were abolished after WW2. They have lots of potential male heirs. As for the Kyodo poll, we’d better double-check the results of the poll conducted by this infamous news agency.

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Posted in: Coronavirus rains on Tokyo's samba parade again See in context

The organizers of a local festival have decided to postpone their event due to the pandemic. How is it that the international Olympic committee still can’t do the same.

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Posted in: Novelist Murakami urges politicians to speak sincerely about virus See in context

It’s good to know that Murakami is so concerned about the lives and welfare of people in Japan. Nice words from a novelist whose main concern is winning a Nobel prize in literature which he covets so much.

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Posted in: Emperor thanks medical professionals in video message See in context

His speech would have been better if he had expressed thanks to other essential workers such as garbage collectors and cleaners.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,337 daily COVID cases; nationwide tally 4,519 See in context

83 comments as of 21:45. People here really love to hear bad news.

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Posted in: Japan draws up action plan to boost farm exports See in context

The government is getting priority wrong. What it should be doing now is to increase the country’s dismal food self sufficiency rate (currently less than 40%). In times of global crop failures and natural disasters, no country would export food to Japan.

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Posted in: 2 men arrested for stealing wallet from sleeping passenger on train See in context

With more and more people staying home due to the pandemic, pickpockets must be having a hard time finding potential victims.

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Posted in: Ghosn case haunts Japan a year after brazen escape See in context

Ghosn is the kind of guy who can’t sit still stupefied in a country like Lebanon. He’ll start to move, and jump into a trap.

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Posted in: Japan developing tracking system for travelers from overseas as anti-virus measure See in context

An outright entry ban would be much more effective and fair. With coronavirus cases hitting record high every day, the government still allows in business travelers from China, Korea, and other Asian countries. Business first, as usual.

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Posted in: Oedo subway line in Tokyo cuts services by 30% after 15 drivers test positive for coronavirus See in context

And the IOC (International Olympic Committee) is still on for the postponed Olympics.

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Posted in: Lebanon yet to begin probe into Ghosn's escape from Japan See in context

So exactly a year has passed since Ghosn’s escape to Lebanon. Absence of extradition treaty does not mean that the country cannot arrest and extradite the internationally wanted criminal. It’s just that corrupt officials of a corrupt country are refusing to abide by the international law.

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Posted in: All 68 domestic Tokyo Olympic sponsors agree to new contracts See in context

They’ve invested so much so far, so they have to put up even more money just so the previous investment won’t be wasted. A typical case of the sunk cost fallacy.

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Posted in: 59-year-old man arrested for fatally strangling sister at home See in context

I don’t think the guy is telling the truth. What most likely happened was he asked his sister to lend him money to pay off his debts but she refused. He got mad at her refusal and killed her.

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Posted in: Japan aims to conclude talks on cost-sharing for U.S. troops soon See in context

Cost-sharing is a euphemism for a yakuza boss demanding protection money.

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Posted in: Defense Ministry to team up with Keidanren to promote arms exports See in context


“For gods sake Japan follow Switzerland be the bigger country in Asia”

That’s exactly what Japan is setting out to do. Switzerland is one of the world’s major manufacturers and exporters of weapons.

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Posted in: Councilwoman says her ouster shows gender bias in politics See in context

Publicity stunt. An obscure councilwoman in a hot spring resort is rapidly becoming a national heroine. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ran for a seat in the next lower house election.

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Posted in: Japanese beauty firm under fire over CEO comments on Koreans See in context

The CEO merely pointed out the fact that there are people who use a derogatory term when they refer to Suntory. I’d keep buying their health supplements.

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Posted in: Wakayama woman arrested for switching price tags at supermarket See in context

The moral of this news story: don’t try that at your local supermarket.

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