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Posted in: Olympic torchbearers run through empty Osaka park as virus surge tops 1,000 See in context

I don’t want to believe that the government can massage the numbers...but, I do!!!

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Posted in: Olympic torchbearers run through empty Osaka park as virus surge tops 1,000 See in context

The cynic in me wants to say that Osaka is showing more cases now because that is the narrative that is being put forth.

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Posted in: Toshiba receives ¥2 tril acquisition offer from global fund See in context

Maybe the NIKKEI is high because Bank of Japan is buying tons due to quantitive easing?

Did Japan throw Toshiba under the bus? The nuclear industry and Westinghouse in particular were not in great shape. Somehow Japan wanted export nuclear reactors. This was always going to be a hard sell - even with the Japanese government behind them. Toshiba grossly overpaid for Westinghouse. The Westinghouse bankruptcy. The 3/11 Earthquake and resulting meltdown in Fukushima. Further improprieties at Toshiba.

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Posted in: Japanese companies offer lowest pay rises in 8 years as pandemic bites See in context

Kuroda’s bazooka. Quantitative easing. Devalued ¥en 78/105 or 74% and stealing from everyone’s savings. Meanwhile purchasing stocks and bonds making BOJ the top holder of stocks and bonds in Japan. Kuroda is blowing a bubble. Stocks are now higher than 1989.

Rich people getting richer. Is this going to go down as one of the biggest wealth transfer to the rich in history?

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Posted in: Outgoing CEO says Panasonic must cut Tesla reliance as battery tie-up evolves See in context

Seems like Tesla solar roof and battery pack business is taking off now.

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Posted in: Ethics scandal involving communications official linked to Suga widens See in context

Suga is toast, and his will all be forgotten.

Change is glacially slow in Japan. Especially with the hereditary ruling class and top 1% liking things just the way they are. It’s just a revolving cast of characters.

Japan has been waging war on workers with a low pay and temporary dispatch workers with over 40% out of permanent employment. Neoliberalism at work.

I agree, that this is orchestrated to take out Suga. The fallout from this scandal will be temporary, manageable, soon forgotten and therefore the question is why is it so important to hasten Suga’s departure? It seemed he was doing a good enough job himself to ensure his own demise. Does anyone expect him to last out the summer?

On another note, what did they have on Koizumi? I always wondered at his abrupt retirement...

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Posted in: Aging low-ranking employees fear they can't survive restructuring See in context

Outlaw dispatch. 44% of workers in Japan are now dispatch. The neoliberal policies of deregulation and low wages have fostered a shift in wealth to the top 1%. Homelessness, welfare. Raise the minimum wage.

These workers interviewed are super well off compared to the dispatch and minimum wage workers.

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Posted in: Ex-justice minister Kawai granted ¥50 mil bail in vote-buying case See in context

Where’s he going to go? Not likely to do a runner.

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Posted in: Nikkei plunges over 1,200 points to below 29,000; biggest drop in 4 years See in context

Kuroda is blowing a huge bubble with stocks. I really don’t understand it. BOJ is now the largest holder of stocks AND bonds in Japan.

Japan has been stuck in low wages and benefits for decades with its neoliberal policies.

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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

A billion here a billion there, pretty soon you start talking about real money!

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Posted in: Japan requests airlines stop using Boeing 777s with P&W4000 engines See in context

For those of us living under the flight path of the new Haneda route, this is alarming. 

This is also my concern. The government has no accountability to the people at all and has proven it at every turn.

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Posted in: 13 ministry officials wined and dined by Suga's son See in context

Should Suga’s son be banned from holding public office in the future?

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Posted in: Sponsors, volunteers welcome Hashimoto as Tokyo Olympics head See in context

Is it just me, or was her speech a little long...

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Posted in: Motorcyclist arrested for stopping suddenly in front of truck on expressway See in context

Robert Cikki, painting with a broad brush there. I can personally attest that Japanese police do, in fact give tickets...

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Posted in: By introducing the subject teacher system for fifth and sixth graders, it will be possible to provide students with detailed guidance, and the quality of classes will improve, especially English, science and math. See in context

What is the effect on L1 if some classes are actually taught in English. Will the students miss essential vocabulary in L1? Japan produces a lot of false beginner English speakers and maybe 1 or 2 talented students per class that can actually speak English.

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Posted in: By introducing the subject teacher system for fifth and sixth graders, it will be possible to provide students with detailed guidance, and the quality of classes will improve, especially English, science and math. See in context

I took the TOEIC to experience what it was like. I was massively hungover and left the test early. I got a 985. Also, an ambulance went by during one of the audio questions. Pretty sure I missed that one.

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Posted in: 1st batch of 400,000 doses of Pfizer COVID vaccine arrive in Japan See in context

If the Japanese government can pull off 1,000,000/day , this will still take until the end of the year to get both jabs out.

seriously, what will they be doing until April? There are over 2,000,000 doctors and nurses, and how many paramedics and care givers. How many medical personnel are they planning to vaccinate before April?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 307 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,300 See in context

It’s already been said there will be no widespread testing because it would overwhelm the hospitals.

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Posted in: Mori resigns over sexist remarks: Hashimoto being considered to replace him See in context

Did Mori unilaterally pick his successor and then do a press release announcing Kawabuchi? I thought this was a done deal based on all the articles. It was picked up worldwide.

I think rather, Suga et al. signed off on it and only changed their minds do to the huge outcry. So, really it demonstrates a total lack of leadership in the upper ranks of the LDP. They have a death grip. Suga is no leader.

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Posted in: No hugs or high-fives, but 150,000 condoms will be given out at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Will that be enough?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 412 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,570 See in context

According to TV Fuji, 105 Covid variant cases have been detected in Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 412 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,570 See in context

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 104, unchanged from Monday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 773.

This boggles the mind. How is it possible that there are only 104 severe cases hospitalized in Tokyo? And, people are being turned away in ambulances. Koike had a year to prepare emergency beds.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee to hold meeting over Mori's comments See in context

As the LDP all powerful close ranks to defend Mori, they are just proving how out of touch they are. Mori, Nakai, Nakanishi. Hold their feet to the fire. They should all resign.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 412 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,570 See in context

Has any testing been done as to Covid variant prevalent in Japan now? If the England version became prevalent it might indicate a higher infection rate than is being measured.

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Posted in: 390 Tokyo Olympic volunteers quit after Mori's sexist remarks See in context

Nikai says Japanese voters have short memories so nothing really matters.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/09/national/nikai-mori-olympics-ldp/

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics face another headache - not enough medical staff See in context

"We got worried and reached out to the Olympic organizing committee at the end of last year, asking what the plan was," Arai said. "But we still haven't heard anything."

does this surprise anyone?

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context

I don’t think they use contracts in Japan except to limit your rights. A contract has a set term. No contract is better.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games offers Playbook to assure athletes; includes rules for fans See in context

The no fun Olympics...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 393 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,792 See in context

The numbers are down in all of Japan, not just the SOE prefectures. Some other factor is not being accounted for.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 393 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,792 See in context

I was pretty sure that Hiroshima could never test 800,000.

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