Paul14 comments

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

Are these people insane? They've had us under various S.O.E for 18 months, yet done nothing to curb us being crammed into packed commuter trains and trapped in densely packed classrooms. And they went ahead with the Olympics! How could anybody still believe that these politicians care one jot about ordinary people, so why should ordinary people keep supporting their incompetence? Furthermore, they have absolutely screwed up the vaccination process. I got my vouchers back on July 21st. Have been applying just to get an appointment ever since. They can say and do what they like I am going to completely ignore their requests and do what I want from now on.

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate falls to 2.9% in June See in context

These figures are nonsense as so many people aren't even counted. My partner works in the gig economy doing temporary work and has effectively been unemployed for most of the coronavirus era. And he can't claim any benefits so he doesn't. I even sent him to ask for help a couple of weeks ago, and they said as he lives with me and because of what I earn, he would have to make himself homeless to receive any help. So, he gets nothing and isn't counted and I as a foreign resident am expected to support him. There must be millions like him. A quick visit to any holiday coastal town in Japan right now will reveal how more than half the businesses, hotels etc have gone bankrupt and closed permanently. The young really need to start voting in Japan and ditch the governing party.

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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

Don't be alarmed, get vaccinating!

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

Good luck youngsters ever getting this vaccine,

I'm 53 with hypertension, living in Shinjuku ward and have had my vouchers since July 21st but I still cannot even make an appointment to get vaccinated. I just telephoned Shinjuku and apparently they still have no vaccine. What a mess. And the advice was just keep checking the website. Like I haven't got anything better to do. I wish this newspaper would get some investigative journalist to find out why the people in charge of this vaccine rollout are so grossly incompetent.

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Posted in: How to avoid food-borne illness See in context

The chopping board issue is easily solved. You prepare all your vegetables first and do the meat last. Then whilst everything is cooking thoroughly wash the chopping board and knives with hot soapy water and store them away for use next time.

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Posted in: Europe to boost battery production as electric shift accelerates See in context

Or, how about transitioning away from the independent motor vehicle altogether? Introduce cheap readily available public transport that runs on time, and is purposed to provide a quality service rather than to make a profit? For those times when a private vehicle is necessary, people could hire those electric cars as needed. Otherwise whilst electric cars will no doubt lower CO2 emissions, they will also continue the destruction of the planet by the extraction of resources like lithium and the vast amounts of waste caused when they reach the end of their use.

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Posted in: TV viewership for Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony 56.4% in Japan See in context

I watched most of the opening ceremony and enjoyed it, I do like to watch the parade and realise that nations exist I've never even heard of and then find them on Google maps. Given the circumstances, I thought the opening ceremony was okay. Personally, I think sport is for playing not watching so normally wouldn't bother watching any of the Olympics. However, last two nights I caught Japan females indoor volleyball thrash Kenya, and then Japan's indoor volleyball men's team make a thrilling come back and beat the Canadian team. Two brilliant games. I'm still furious though that the utterly incompetent Japanese government haven't allowed me to get vaccinated yet, and that vaccinating the entire Japanese population first wasn't given priority over the games.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 2,848 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,629 See in context

Why are people surprised when there is no vaccine available?

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Posted in: Sebastian Coe backs reviewing marijuana rules in doping See in context

Every athlete knows that cannabis will severely limit their athletic ability and not enhance it. So, having cannabis on an Olympic banned substance list is just virtue signalling to the whisky swilling, cigar smoking right wing politicians that unfortunately have a lethal grip over our societies laws.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,429 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,692 See in context

Apparently Shinjuku started taking applications again for appointments to get vaccinated today. I couldn't even be bothered attempting to call them again, or try online as I'm exhausted from five weeks of trying and being rejected because there are either no appointments available or no vaccine available. Any of you have any luck?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,763 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,020 See in context

I'm not surprised the numbers are rising. I noticed middle of last week a lot of retired guys suddenly returning to the gym I use in Shinjuku. Obviously, they've all been vaccinated so feel safe. But, they were ignoring all the covid rules like don't talk or if you're coughing please leave. Somebody needs to let them know that just because they've been vaccinated it doesn't mean they are entirely safe or that they can't spread it. Oh, wait a minute the government just allowed a huge global sports day to happen and lots of foreigners in from all over the world, so I guess what's good for the goose is good for the gander. People have given up worrying.

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Posted in: Around 15 world leaders, dignitaries to attend Olympic opening ceremony See in context

Let's hope these 15 World Leaders bring some vaccine with them so that all those living in Japan can actually get vaccinated too. There are still no appointments available in Shinjuku.

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Posted in: Japan prepares for a surreal Olympics, and plenty of questions See in context

I am not Japanese, but I have lived in Japan for almost five years. Therefore, my taxes have contributed towards these unwanted super spreader Olympics. Yet, despite having received my vouchers a month ago, I am still unable to make an appointment to get vaccinated! I can see now why foreign residents are not allowed to vote in Japan because I am furious. The incompetence and disorganisation is astonishing and I would love to be able to express my feelings at the ballot box. I feel powerless to do anything, and Shinjuku ward can only tell me there is a vaccination shortage and to just keep trying to make an appointment everyday. It's an utter shambles and I will not watch the Olympics, or support any of the sponsors as the whole thing is a disgrace. I despise Suga and his government who couldn't organise the proverbial in a brewery.

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic security balancing act leaves few satisfied See in context

Get vaccinating

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic security balancing act leaves few satisfied See in context

Thanks China for your Coronavirus gift. And for your continuing consumption of threatened wildlife. I hope you get what you deserve. Meanwhile, just cancel the superspreader Olympics and get vaccinating.

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Posted in: Internet misinformation fans COVID vaccine hesitancy among Japanese young people See in context

So let people that want the vaccine have it. Stop with the vouchers, proof of Id etc. Just get vaccinating now, make it a priority!

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Posted in: Internet misinformation fans COVID vaccine hesitancy among Japanese young people See in context

Cancel the superspreader Olympics, get vaccinating immediately.

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Posted in: Internet misinformation fans COVID vaccine hesitancy among Japanese young people See in context

The biggest myth is that Japan even has a vaccine to deliver! I have had my voucher since June 21st. But I still cannot get an appointment to get vaccinated. Nothing else really matters.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,149 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,194 See in context

Still numbers climbing ever higher, but still no sense of urgency to get everybody vacinated. The bureacrats did a sterling job of getting the vouchers out, I got mine on 21st June. However, they didn't bother to order enough vaccine so they've now run out in my prefecture. Incompetent, irresponsible, reactionary, illogical, useless and arrogant Japanese government strike again.

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Posted in: How will the state of emergency affect Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Meanwhile, despite being aged 52 with hypertension and living in the heart of Tokyo I can't get a vaccine because Shinjuku has none left! Telephoned them today and that is what they stated. But, don't worry the super spreader Olympics shall go ahead regardless. Able to organise an Olympics but not to vaccinate the population. Utter incompetence and negligence. Thanks for nothing useless Japanese government.

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Posted in: China's Tencent turns to facial recognition to snag late-night child gamers See in context

Why try to stop gaming addiction? There are already too many people in the world. It's good that some people have chosen to waste their days alone in their bedroom in a virtual reality. It means the rest of us have less competition, and more space, to enjoy things in actual reality.

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Posted in: Suga declares state of emergency lasting through Olympics See in context

It's disgraceful that more businesses will go bankrupt, and everybody in Tokyo has to suspend their lives just so that the unwanted, superspreader Olympics can go ahead.

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Posted in: Suga declares state of emergency lasting through Olympics See in context

After forcing me into work to be sneezed and coughed all over by elementary school children for the past twelve months I don't believe the government has my best interests at heart. So, I'll be enjoying my Summer break without hindrance. This lockdown is nothing more than a way to force Japanese people to watch the unwanted super spreader Olympics. I'm not going to watch any of it. I'll be out and about.

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Posted in: Johnson says UK must live with virus as he eases restrictions See in context

The great clown Johnson has spoken. He proclaims another massive and dangerous blunder that will cost lives. Will the great British sheeple ever hold him to account?

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Posted in: Woman opposed to Tokyo Olympics arrested for spraying liquid on torch bearer See in context

I also oppose the Olympics but this was an act of stupidity. How were the Police present to know whether or not she was spraying water or acid? She could have been quite justifiably shot dead, or seriously injured during arrest. Yes, make your protest but do it with a banner and a song. Spraying people is too much.

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Posted in: More companies, universities begin on-site vaccinations See in context

I received my Shinjuku ward vacination invitation today. Got my two stickers one for each jab. But then I logged into the website to discover they intend to begin taking reservations from those under 35 from July 7th and those over 35 will be able to make a reservation at an as yet undisclosed future date. Just why are they so, so slow? They might as well have not bothered sending the invitations.

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

It's incredible that the IOC don't have insurance to cover this eventuality. Or did they think disease had been conquered forever and could never threaten the Olympics? If these games cause a new variant, which is then taken by Olympic participants back across the globe to their respective countries, the IOC should be arrested and charged with crimes against humanity. Their reckless decision to continue with the games in a global pandemic should be the only charge needed. Suga's administration can be charged too for not having the balls to cancel

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Posted in: Warning to athletes: Follow the rules at Tokyo Olympics, or else See in context

Why any athlete would want to attend these Olympic games is a mystery. No audience and confined to barracks with a risk of infection. What is the point? Stay home guys. You're not wanted. The games should have been postponed until 2022 or cancelled.

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Posted in: Members of media from abroad covering Olympics to be tracked by GPS See in context

Does anybody seriously think that the gutter press and paparazzi will allow their movement to be limited? Those guys are hardwired to chase a story, and a paycheck, and damn the consequences for everybody else. I'm predicting allowing such people in from all over the planet is going to be a recipe for disaster.

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Posted in: The Diet has enacted a bill to amend the law to toughen penalties for crimes committed by 18- and 19-year-olds. The revised law, to be put into effect in April 2022, will allow media organizations to disclose the names, photographs and home addresses of suspects aged 18 or 19 once they are indicted, which has been prohibited so far. What do you think of this amendment? See in context

In a fair society nobody's name, address, photo or workplace details should be released to the press until they are convicted at trial in a court of law. Anything else is just allowing gossip to thrive and the predator gutter press to ruin people's lives and reputations.

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