Michael O’ Dereiter comments

Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,166 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,207 See in context

Michael O’ Dereiter - I rarely find myself agreeing with AntiquesavingToday, but the journey you describe sounds like you have no idea about commuting in Tokyo.

Try travelling through Shinjuku daily, as I did through all the SOE's and continue to do so. Only in the first SOE was there a period where you could describe the trains as not being crowded.

Fair enough. I only used to work in central Shinjuku before teleworking was the norm, but as you apparently know me better than I know myself, I will bow to your telepathic powers.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,166 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,207 See in context

So are you saying 5:30 AM or PM 5:30 at either point is not Rush hour in Tokyo and Definitely not on the route you mention.

Try Chiyoda from just about any point North at 7:00 to 9:00 or returning North at 19:00 to 21:00.

Same applies to Hibya same time slots.

The words "sardine Can" come to mind.

I don't recall claiming that 5:30 was rush hour. I simply responded to a question about what time I was on a train.

Then again, as I mentioned, people on here have a tendency to interpret pretty much everything in light of their personal biases, so...y'know what the kids say today: "What - ever".

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,166 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,207 See in context

...with increased vaccines being given.

I'll accept that argument if you can point me to data which shows areas in Japan where the provision of vaccines has shown a marked increase.

I'm still trying - daily - and failing to get a reservation for my first shot, and I'm trying a triple pronged attack: the mass centre at Otemachi, the local centres, and the local clinics. So far, nada.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,166 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,207 See in context

What time were you riding? First train? Mid-day? Certainly not during rush hour. The seats are packed, as well as the rest of the train.

Approximately 5.30. Marunouchi line from Akasaka-Mitsuke to Shinjuku.

Then again, people on this board literally only believe what it suits them to, so I really couldn't care less if nobody takes my word for it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,166 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,207 See in context

What they won't blame is the 7 million cramming on to trains everyday. I have no idea why this logic continues to prevail.

I understand that you'd rather blame the Japanese for the situation rather than those super-fit and hunky foreigners, and that's your right. But I was on a train today, a trip of about six stations. The trains were fairly full.

Every single passenger was masked.

Nobody spoke. Not a word.

People distanced as far as it was possible. People sat two seats apart when they could.

The local people here are actually pretty disciplined. The numbers would be horrendous if they were not.

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Posted in: Australian Olympic athletes under fire for rowdy, drunken flight home See in context

I've gotten on great with almost every Aussie I've met in Japan, yet at the same time this news is about as surprising as tomorrow's weather forecast saying "it's going to be hot".

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,195 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 8,393 See in context

I honestly think the authorities could just use a random number generator for what difference it will make. Just get a computer to generate a four digit number 1000 and 9999. Everyone will spin it one way or the other, nobody will believe it's remotely close to painting a true picture of what's going on, and the young folk will continue to go out and get infected.

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Posted in: Outdoor drinking party in athletes village being investigated See in context

We are investigating the situation and based on the result we are to take appropriate action,” Muto said.

Translated:

"We are going to find out the nationality of the athletes involved and base our response on how subservient we are to the country or countries in question".

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Posted in: Japan starts giving COVID-19 shots to citizens temporarily returning See in context

Really courting the votes of the not inconsiderable number of people who are actually in the country and can't even get a reservation for the first shot, aren't they?

Strikes me as contemptuous behaviour towards the people who elected you, but then what do I know.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,177 See in context

Down by exactly a thousand.

OK, even I have to applaud that level of manipulative excellence.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,341 See in context

I doubt Suga can speak any language other than Japanese, but he must surely be thinking "après moi, le déluge" right now.

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Posted in: Suga says no link between Olympics and virus surge See in context

Why the authorities around the world think that lying to the public is the way to deal with it is a scandal.

You know the story of the frog and the scorpion, right?

Authorities - i.e. governments - lie. It's what they do. It's what they exist for.

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Posted in: Suga says no link between Olympics and virus surge See in context

If he had thought before speaking, he would have realised that he's doomed either way.

If he blames the spike in infections on the Olympics: "then why did you bend the knee to the IOC and not make at least a token gesture of resistance?"

If he states that the spike in infections is not related to the Olympics, he's admitting that it's related to his own incompetent leadership.

Luckily he leads a country where people can't be bothered with outrage because it's mendokusai.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

@Michael O’ Dereiter

I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the meetings

My adult beverage is now spewed all over my computer screen. Best post of the day!

I can't take credit for that, I was quoting the original poster ("Some Dude").

It is pretty witty though.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the meetings.

Koike: "What can we do? The numbers are going crazy, and yet people are still going out, and acting like it's OUR fault!"

Suga: "Have we won any golds in the last couple of hours?"

Kono: "Nope. The Chinese are starting to overtake us in the medal table"

Suga: "Hmm. Can we, like, arrange a flash flood somewhere?"

Koike: "I don't think that's scientifically feasible"

Mori: "Be quiet, woman"

Koike: "Sorry"

Mori: "Anyway, look. Tell them that recent scientific research has discovered that Japanese people get over Covid faster than anyone else because their DNA is special"

Suga: "Is it?!"

Mori: "Course not. But they'll buy it for a few days until we can work out our next move".

Kono: "You're brilliant, Mori-san. Please be our Supreme Honorary Adviser"

Mori: "Ten million a day and you got a deal"

(All bow. Meeting adjourned).

I don't know how long this will stay up, but you get a tip of the hat from me. Unusually creative for a JT post.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Our ancestors would be ashamed at the lack of virility of the masses today.

Our ancestors presumably survived the bubonic plague which swept Europe and Asia in the 14th century killing between - according to Wikipedia - 30 to 60 per cent of the population of Europe.

I'd like to think we've gotten a little smarter since then, but looking around I have my doubts.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

 just walked out of the house to get some groceries.

The local Temple is having a Matsuri complete with street closure and police presence.

Tokyo SOE!???

I'm sure the various deities will protect them. Bet they're doing a roaring trade in amulets.

(straight face, straight face).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

Well said Michael. Sums it up very well.

Don't misunderstand me, it's not really optimism. It's nearer to making the best of a bad situation!

I find that while righteous indignation at the responsible parties has its place, you know that nothing's going to change, so you just buckle down and do what you can...

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

In another breaking news on Yahoo Japan - our dynamic leader Suga has said that he is considering extending emergency for Tokyo and Okinawa beyond 22 Aug

Well he can go and for unlawful carnal knowledge himself. I've taken that week off and I'm planning on heading out to the inaka to get away from the insanity for a while.

If he reimposes the, what is it now, sixth? seventh? SOE, I'll just ignore it completely.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

I could care less of numbers at this stage. carry on living as responsibly as possible.

To be honest, I think you might be right, at least in a sense.

Focusing on the numbers from here on in is just going to be depressing.

We should instead use them as a reminder to be vigilant.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

I remember learning the Japanese expression 危機管理能力 : crisis management ability.

Japan and Tokyo are currently heading for a spectacular flunk of that one.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

I have to say that my disgust is now such that I've started to think that Tokyo, or more specifically the local government in collaboration with the IOC, has brought this on itself. And I live here.

While I'm sure our regular cadre will be along to tell us that it's fine to go out and drink until 4am, I'm going to continue with my general policy of avoiding people as much as possible.

I can't even imagine what the figures are going to be up to in a few weeks from now.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Cries of "we never thought this would happen" were heard echoing around the Kasumigaseki area, quickly followed by cries of "be quiet, the reporters will hear you".

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Posted in: For Biles, it finally all becomes too much See in context

While I have no particular interest in gymnastics, men's or women's, I noticed something interesting on Twitter this morning.

America, which is so often about coming first, winning, competing, being the best, second place is first loser, etc., has suddenly turned into Therapy Central as far as this particular athlete is concerned. Literally dozens of tweets saying things like "she is so brave to pull out for her mental health", "she's a trailblazer", "she doesn't owe you anything", ad nauseam, and any post daring to suggest otherwise gets ripped apart by the baying mob.

Fascinating stuff from a sociological and anthropological perspective.

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Posted in: Olympic Games organizers admit to wasting about 4,000 boxes of food See in context

She’s been told by email she won’t be needed and asked not to sell the uniforms but keep them as a momento.

Given the nature of these games, a memento mori seems to be the appropriate phrase.

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Posted in: Kono says gov't trying to reach young adults to combat vaccine misinformation See in context

Kono: "Hey, trendy young people! Get down with it! The vaccine, it's safe, you dig?"

Young people: "OK, we're convinced. Where's the vaccine?"

Kono: "Um. Yeah. About that...."

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Posted in: 'I can die': Medvedev survives extreme heat at Tokyo Games See in context

It’s not even that hot. They should be glad they’re not playing in Kyoto.

Or Nagoya. Summer there is nasty.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor urges young people to get vaccinated to slow virus surge See in context

Don't worry, Koike-san. I'm sure the young people will announce next week that they are considering the possibility of taking the vaccine.

This would be a great way to troll the government, both national and Tokyo's.

Have a large group of youngsters draw up a letter and all sign it.

"Dear Governess Koike and Prime Minister Suga

Regarding your message to the young people of Japan to get the vaccination, we have convened to elect a committee to investigate this. We are currently in the process of electing the head of the committee, after which we will have one election a week until everyone has an important-sounding title. At this juncture we will accept ideas from members of the committee, in order of seniority, and we will reflect deeply upon their ideas. Once we've done that, we will, assuming we can remember what we were originally doing all this for, agree to your proposal and request our vouchers, which we assume you have all lined up and ready for us. Yours sincerely..."

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? How to judge? See in context

Michael O'Doreiter:

You forgot one question. For the tax-payers in Japan?

I did, and all.

How about "an expensive mistake"?

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Posted in: Players, coaches criticize IOC for dropping softball for 2024 See in context

The IOC only cares about one thing: money. Oh, and maybe making Japanese people sick.

If someone could convince them that softball can make them rich, they'd reverse their decision in an instant.

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