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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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She’ll be 90 when she’s served out her 18-year prison sentence.
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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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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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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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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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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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83 comments as of 21:45. People here really love to hear bad news.
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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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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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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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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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And the IOC (International Olympic Committee) is still on for the postponed Olympics.
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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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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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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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Cost-sharing is a euphemism for a yakuza boss demanding protection money.
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“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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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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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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