Abe was corrupt and bluster. Suga is corrupt and clumsy.
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Suga is the archetype of tanoshikunai Japan. A sour looking Abe without any convincing bluster.
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Only in Japan denial equals hope.
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If denial would be an Olympic sport the Japanese would win all medals.
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The Japanese government denounced the report as a “totally unacceptable” viewpoint that will change nothing in the country's legal process.
Sure they won't change. It is part of Japanese culture.
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"We will lead international society in realising a decarbonised world."
Suga and his cohorts doesn't lead the world anywhere. They are leaders of pretense, nothing else.
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@ KnowBette r- Today 07:06 am JST
They refused to test more.....They avoided at all costs testing...They made it near impossible to get tested....They made it nearly the whole year in denial ...
Indeed the best post I have read about this subject on this pages for a while. Not much more to add. Except that when once this very common trajectory here has started, there's little hope for changes of course. But instead, digging in deeper, deny even more vehemently and rigorously follow the dotted line.
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Rules. Lockep up. No fun. Welcome to Japan.
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Not tomention Japan's medieval justice system, inflexible mindset, rules for the sake of rules... I'll pack my bags.
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It's not left or right, never mind right or wrong. It's just sordid flat-out opportunism.
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What did Naksone has achieved during he was the PM of Japan!?
He was an ultra nationalist and megalomaniac, the architect of the economical bubble which lead to crashing the economy and stagnation until now and poverty for many. Abe was the second worst, Nakasone was the worst PM Japan had after the war.
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No surprise. Bullying in Japan is systemic, top down, and part of the social fabric.
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twin towers each about 260 meters tall ....... to make the area more connected and accessible
Are they aware how idiotic this description reads? For Shinjuku especially. Are these planners totally wacko?
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Why is the economy minister of in charge of of Japan's measures against the spread of the coronavirus? What makes him competent to deal with this pandemic and what is the minister of health doing? In the meanwhile a "subcommittee will hold a meeting in the near future to discuss..." No wonder Japan's leadership's response to the coronavirus is characterized by disarray and obvious incompetence.
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Pigheaded stupidity. That's what you get when you politicize a pandemic.
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Disarray descibes Japanese leadership and management since quite some time. The cruise ship, the schools, the virus response, the health care worker treatment, the visa situation and so on. Does Mr. Abe still play with his dog?
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So while the most important people we need in these days have to work much longer hours and get their salaries cut the governor of Tokyo wants to offer money to Kabukicho's hostess bars and nightclub owners aka organized crime, to keep their businesses closed for 10 days. The Japanese leadership never had any grasp on priorities.
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Really sad for the staff, who generally works hard in medical institutions. But if these are run privately. I do not think the government can intervene.
In other news: The Tokyo metropolitan government will give 500,000 yen to nightclubs and other venues -- including so-called host and hostess bars -- if they close for more than 10 days, local media reported.
If the Tokyo government is willing to pay ¥500,000 to hostess bars and nightclubs in Kabuki-cho (owned and run by you know whom) to stay closed for more than 10 days, they should pay medical staff bonuses and hospitals to stay open.
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It's truly shameful, that he most important people on the front lines of this pandemic not only have to endure discriminations for doing their jobs but now paycuts to their already low salaries. While the corrupt leadership is taking the country to the dogs. Literally.
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Posted in: I can understand the feeling of being afraid of becoming infected, but those living outside the prefecture are people just like those in Iwate. I want to call on everyone to cooperate in implementing measures to prevent infections. See in context
I'll be travelling to Iwate on Monday - I have to, for business. The car-rental place was welcoming on the phone. I'll see how it goes.
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Japan's infection rates remain far below many other countries....
Becausethe number of tests remains far below the rates of testing in all other countries.
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Virus clusters in hospitals are the result of Japan's policy of minimal testing. Testing should be comprehensive and should be available everywhere but NOT IN HOSPITALS. The real scandal is that Japan doesn't safe guard its doctors, nurses and staff in hospitals.
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The only thing the government has prevent is testing and thus knowing the full scale of infections. The official information and numbers are a scam. And BTW, MRI scanning in hospital is booked for months ahead because of lung scans for COVID-19. A family member who had a stroke got the earliest date for an MRI in mid December.
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**Permanent Residents and "long-term residents"** who left Japan almost three months ago from ANYWHERE can already return to Japan, and VERY FEW do so every day. **
(fixed it again)
I returned to Japan 2 weeks ago after departing in mid March. I was one of the only ones who got in on this morning. There aren't "many foreigners" at the airport, Haneda is deserted. Divinda makes it sound easy and "without problem" but the reality is far different. It took 3h to get through the whole process including quarantine and it is not clear until the very end if you are allowed in or not. Certainly not for the impatient, faint hearted or mothers with young children (who were screaming). I also had a COVID-19 test before I boarded the plane - on my own cost, of course - all proper and as safe as possible.
The Japanese regulations assume that you have still a residence, home or place to stay in the country of your passport. Well, I don't. After more than 4 decades in Japan this is the only home I got. and I'm sure not the only one.
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Instead of asking and doing lectures, the EU should enforce reciprocity and ban Japanese nationals from entry. That would solve the "misunderstanding" immediately.
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Prosecutors arrest a (former) justice minister. Systemic corruption horizontally and vertically.
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Good look with staggered anything after enforcing conformism for decades if not centuries in every aspect of life.
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