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Posted in: Kishida shaken as list of lawmakers linked to Unification Church grows to 20 See in context

I hear that many Japanese are upset about this because of the Korean roots of the Unification Church. But I wonder what percentage of the public is aware of the fact that their extortion business is exempt from taxes, which I think is a much bigger issue.

Is the Japanese press mentioning this tax exemption in their reporting or are they again beating around the bush?

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Posted in: Truck maker Hino says emissions data faked for 20 years See in context

In other countries this would be the end of the company, 

Volkswagen is still around, last I heard.

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Posted in: Shinzo Abe murder suspect: What we know See in context

Don't know who you are Alfie Noakes but it is very useful to have someone fill the blanks of the Japanese press reporting.

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Posted in: 7 from U.S. arrive in Japan for 1st test tour before tourism reopening See in context

I wonder what will happen in the case that one of these people gets tested positive during the trip... Are they going to close the borders again for two years?

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Posted in: 7 from U.S. arrive in Japan for 1st test tour before tourism reopening See in context

Have they been profiled? Most of them look like Japanese people to me.

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Posted in: Gov't considers revoking license of operator of sunken Hokkaido boat See in context

Read somewhere else that a government-appointed agency had given it's greenlight to cell phone communication (instead of radio) although there was no network in some parts of the boat's route. Is this true and, if so, is this being investigated?

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Posted in: Japan's ruling coalition keeps majority with fewer seats See in context

@klausdorth

Isn't it even less than that? Your second 50% is based on the number of seats but I understand they get a lot of seats from inaka prefectures with small populations. Would be very interested to know the actual percentage of eligible voters who voted for them.

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

Impossible to prove. Same goes for the contrary. So he's lying.

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

One thing useful to combat misinformation is credibility. I don't know what's left of it with these guys after their "mild weather" and "safe and secure" Olympics lies, just to mention the latest and most obvious ones.

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

It is impossible, and somewhat irrelevant already, to track down how many of these cases are directly or indirectly related to the Games. Obviously, delta variant is gaining ground everywhere, Olympics or not. There’s one thing undisputable though: it was the most stupid idea to have them in the middle of the pandemic. Except for those with financial skin in the game.

Hope this shocking number, not so much in absolute terms but rather the doubling in number of cases, will help Koike and Suga to sober up a bit after their disguting self congratulation moment yesterday.

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Posted in: Suga denies IOC pressure to hold Olympics: report See in context

@dukeleto

Agree except for the "excessively massive" cancellation penalty. It was about $5bn = 0.1% of annual GDP. In other words, almost peanuts. And also very hypothetical. Official amount for postponement-related cost is $3bn already. So at country level, the money loss was symbolic. Of course, very different for a few individuals and companies.

Sorry if I sound like a broken record for regular readers here but this point, the relative weight of the hypothetical penalty, is almost never raised, even in respectable newspapers like the Post or the Guardian. Don't know why.

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Posted in: Bach admits 'sleepless nights' over troubled Tokyo Olympics See in context

I learn more interesting stuff each day from @alfie than from the articles themselves :-). Thanks.

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

@blue

According to a recent international poll by Ipsos, 57 percent of people think the games should not take place this year.

https://www.ipsos.com/en-us/news-polls/tokyo-olympics-draw-muted-interest

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Posted in: Zero risk? Virus cases test Olympic organizers' assurances See in context

@dr Lucifer

Couldn't agree more. This is the only reason why Japan is putting up with this mess.

The very hypothetical penalty for pulling out was at around $5bn or 0.1% of the country's GDP. In other words, peanuts. The official, and therefore certainly underestimated, cost of the postponement alone was close to $3bn.

Just follow the money and you'll know why this is happening. I wish there were more investigative journalism here and abroad.

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Posted in: Zero risk? Virus cases test Olympic organizers' assurances See in context

@HBJ

That's interesting but... Sources?

IOC is not really renown for its financial transparency.

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Posted in: First positive COVID tests reported for 2 athletes in Olympic Village See in context

@TrafficCone

I don't think the "safe and secure" crowd is going to have many field days, going forward.

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Posted in: S Korea removes banners at Olympic village after IOC ruling See in context

United by emotion.

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Posted in: 1st case of COVID-19 detected in Tokyo Olympic Village See in context

Just for the (not) fun of it, I thought I'd share here the offical reply I just got from the EU on my question regarding their support to "safe and secure" Games.

My question: "Good morning, I have a question for Mr Michel and Ms von der Leyen. How is it possible that the EU makes the following statement: “We support the holding of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in a safe and secure manner this summer as a symbol of global unity in defeating COVID-19”, two days after a publication by top scientist of an article showing that the IOC Playbook for the Games is absolutely insufficient to guarantee "safe and secure" Games? Not to mention the numerous Japanese scientists and doctors\' associations that previously said the same thing. What led the EU to sign such a statement? Looking forward to your reply,"

EU reply (one month later) : "We kindly draw your attention to the fact that the organisers have in the meanwhile taken additional decisions regarding the safe and secure holding of the Olympic Games." 

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Posted in: 1st case of COVID-19 detected in Tokyo Olympic Village See in context

Find the title a bit odd. "First" Covid-19 case. You mean you were expecting that and there will be more to come?

But, we've been told ad nauseam that the Village, of all places, would be a safe and secure bubble.

In that case, shouldn't the title be "One Covid-19 case found at the Village"?

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Posted in: Bach says anti-virus rules working ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

Their only consistency in the last months is the absolute contradiction between their declarations and the reality of things. They live in a parallel world.

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Posted in: Workers express frustration as Tokyo enters 4th COVID-19 emergency See in context

@ expat

Thanks for the WP article link. Particularly like that part:

"The Games will take place “at any cost,” Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Committee, has said, as if she were Churchill and this were 1941."

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Posted in: Fans to be banned from Olympic events in Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures See in context

@Richard Gallagher

The Games do not profit to Japan but to a small number of powerful people in Japan, as they did in each host country since at least the L.A. Games. That's part of the scheme. You need an inside accomplice to rob a bank. The loser is the tax payer.

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Posted in: Fans to be banned from Olympic events in Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures See in context

@some dude

Fully agree. That's the bad side of the gambarou work culture.

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Posted in: Fans to be banned from Olympic events in Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures See in context

Bach is upbeat. Everyone else sad or angry or both. Well done.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach arrives in Japan for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Probably in anticipation to the upcoming fiasco, I’ve seen some posts here lately trying to exonerate JGOV as its hands were supposedly tied by the IOC contract. Well, as it’s been said many times already, I don't think that the IOC would have pressed charges against Japan, as the PR damage would have been very high. I also think it was a very convenient thing to say for JGOV.

But my point is that the financial penalty for Japan to pull out of the Games, roughly $5bn, was only about 0.1 % of its GDP. Why would JGOV not choose that option when experts said there were important risks to the public health? If you scale this 0.1% down to a household making JPY 5 million in annual revenues, that’s JPY5,000, the price of a parking ticket. Would you take ANY health-related risk for you and the rest of your household for so little money? Of course not. They did. Why?

The only reason I can see is that Japanese top politicians and businessmen have huge financial interests. If you rob a bank, it’s always easier with an accomplice inside.

It’s not only Japan, it’s just the IOC business model, repeated every four years.

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Posted in: Japan officially launches its largest ever Olympic delegation See in context

@the Resident

I wish I could be as relaxed as you are but I just can't. Even though I am part of the lucky minority that has not been affected by Covid, neither physically nor financially.

I just can't get over the fact that the $30 bn party is financed at 80% by the public for the massive benefit of a few, and forced down on us during a pandemic for that very reason.

You don't understand people like me. Fine, it's reciprocal.

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Posted in: Japan officially launches its largest ever Olympic delegation See in context

That picture!

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Posted in: VIPs allowed at Olympic opening ceremony, but no fans: report See in context

Good thing that the Games are going to look like exactly what they are.

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Posted in: LDP, Komeito fail to win majority in Tokyo assembly election See in context

Whether you are pro-LDP or anti-LDP, like any reasonable person should be, this looks like a half empty / half full glass situation.

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Posted in: 3 weeks before Olympics, Japan still unsure about spectators See in context

@Hideomi Kuze

You are right. Shigeru Omi said that the committee's first intention was to recommend the cancellation or postponment but, since the government has made clear that these were not options, they focused on recommendations about the number of spectators.

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