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Posted in: Experts foresee Tokyo Games without spectators if virus lingers See in context

The problem is that it may be peaking in July in many countries, even if it has subsided in Japan by then. Japan would be basically inviting the virus back in. Why would they do that? Just beg the IOC to postpone it.

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Posted in: Japan's economic policymakers now factoring in Olympics cancellation, sources say See in context

Why would cancelling (or most likely postponing) this sporting event freeze consumption?Are people suddenly going to stop eating or something just because the olympics are not on? I think the average Japanese is sensible enough to understand reality, unlike their elites.

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Posted in: Japanese airline thanks passengers during coronavirus slump with special message See in context

The airlines are at the very front line of this crisis. Those desperate signs say it all. I hope they survive.

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Posted in: Ignore the coronavirus hysteria – now's the perfect time to visit Japan because airfares are cheap, there are less crowds and the chance of being infected with the virus is low. Do you agree? See in context

It’s a good time to switch to domestic travel and support your own travel industry which will be struggling to survive soon.

This is a unique time to see your own backyard in peace and quiet without hordes of international tourists. Grab the chance while you can, including in Japan. .

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Posted in: MLB: No plans to alter schedule because of virus outbreak See in context

The virus supposedly peaks 10 to 15 weeks after first appearing. Worst could be over by Golden Week in Japan.

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Posted in: For some Fukushima evacuees, Olympics no reason for cheer See in context

July is simply way too soon now. It must either be postponed to 2021 or held as a TV only event, although still loads of risk in that for the athletes. I hope the IOC has the decency and common sense to move it to next year due to these extraordinary circumstances. What alternative universe do they live in?

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Posted in: In Fukushima, Olympic torch relay faces cool welcome from nuclear evacuees See in context

If they truly cared about the evacuees, they wouldn’t run the relay through places like that out of respect.

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Posted in: Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic organizers say on-track despite virus outbreak See in context

It's really time to rethink the whole Olympics idea and move to a more sustainable model for a pinnacle global sporting contest. It's out of control. The show must go on it seems, in spite of a global pandemic (which it is). Probably even a nuclear war wouldn't stop the iOC. Just hold the Games without spectators they'd say.

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Posted in: Health minister says it is too early to talk about canceling Olympics See in context

If Japan gets travel bans from the big countries over the next few weeks (US, Europe etc) that will seal it. Even if the warmer weather kills off the virus and travel bans are lifted, it will be too late for the olympics unfortunately. Postponing it to 2021 may not work either. What if COVID 20 emerges next winter...too risky. Just refund the tickets and lets move on to Paris 2024.

Japan did a great job of building the infrastructure and being ready for the Games. In a wealthy city of 30 million those venues won't be wasted.

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Posted in: All 16 of Vietnam's coronavirus sufferers cured See in context

An interesting angle on this is whether after recovery your body has built up some resistance or immunity to reinfection by this particular virus. Need a medical scientist to comment. How depressing it would be to recover and then contract it again.

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Posted in: Some investors worry as coronavirus puts question mark over Tokyo Olympics See in context

Investors hate losing money more than anything, so look to the stock market for some indication of what to expect over the next few months. The future is already priced in.

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Posted in: Hundreds leave quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama as coronavirus concerns grow See in context

Anxiety growing daily in Japan but Interesting to contrast with Australia. Life goes on pretty much as normal. Just 15 cases of Covid 19 with 10 recovered. No major events canceled, sport going on everywhere, no advice to stay indoors or avoid people. No longer the top news story.

Why? Well borders were sealed very early on with no Chinese students and tourists allowed in. And this has been extended again to end of Feb and will probably go well into March. And the Aussies from Wuhan and the ship? All Quarantined for at least 2 weeks on an island and isolated military bases.

Japan? Well Ginza was still full of Chinese tourists right through CNY. And the Japanese from Wuhan and the ship - they are straight back in their homes and communities on the basis of one negative test.

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Posted in: Tokyo Marathon to restrict entry to elite athletes due to coronavirus See in context

Sensible precautions. However the flights from China continue...

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Posted in: Tokyo holds Olympic torch relay rehearsal See in context

Hope all the torch runners wear gloves!

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Posted in: Woman awoken by naked intruder in her apartment See in context

Weird that he just stayed there waiting for the cops...

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Posted in: 'United by Emotion' to be Tokyo Olympic Games motto See in context

Nice sentiments but are the Olympics still on? Seems the IOC live in a bubble where even pandemic viruses can’t penetrate....

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Posted in: Coronavirus death toll leaps in China's Hubei province; party bosses sacked See in context

Pretty rough a beauracrat being sacked for failing to stop a virus epidemic...even scientists are going to need as much as 18 months to develop the vaccine.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games tickets to go on sale for people living outside Japan in May See in context

Hate to be so negative but the headline in a few weeks time may well read "tickets to be given away in May..."

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Posted in: Tokyo, IOC officials reiterate that the Olympics are on See in context

By the time we get to about April, it will be clear. If it has become a pandemic and spread widely in other countries then it will be impossible to continue with the Games. In fact that will be the last thing on people’s minds as they struggle with travel bans and quarantines and trying to avoid catching it. The Olympics will be cancelled and we’ll meet again in Paris 2024. If by April the worst has passed then yes the show will probably go on. It’s just a little too early just yet to pull the plug but those worried faces in the photo tell us something.....

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Posted in: Cruise ship virus cases jump to 175, including quarantine officer See in context

This virus has exposed cruise ships as disasters waiting to happen. The mix of nationalities and ages on board are a recipe for disaster should something like this happen. Complex questions of who is responsible for the passengers (the Country you are docked in or the country the passengers come from or no-one) are now out in the bright light of day.

I question the whole concept and viability of the cruise ship industry going forward.

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Posted in: Abe brushes aside worries of virus impact on Tokyo Olympics See in context

One would hope that a 2 week sporting event would be postponed if public health was at risk. Common Sense please.

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Posted in: Japan tries to explain to embassies merits of releasing Fukushima water into ocean See in context

Doesn’t water evaporate? Leaving a radioactive sludge which could then be safely stored? Can someone knowledgeable about these things explain why this isn’t an option?

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Posted in: 5 Japanese evacuees from Wuhan taken to hospital; 2 have pneumonia See in context

The media simply HAVE to ask Abe the burning question why Japan is so out of step with its G20 colleagues here in not quarantining these people to islands or military bases. It’s outrageous.

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Posted in: 5 Japanese evacuees from Wuhan taken to hospital; 2 have pneumonia See in context

It’s too late now probably, but please admit your mistake JGov and go round them all up and put them in quarantine for 14 days like NOW! They should never have evacuated people without getting their signed consents to remain in quarantine upon arrival in Japan- no exceptions. Understandable that they wanted to get out of Wuhan and back to Japan, but not acceptable to transport the virus back to Japan in a free ANA plane and create a pandemic. Where is the outrage in the Japanese media about this? Isn’t the Tokyo Olympics like the most sacred thing ever to Japan and only six months away?? Billions of Olympic yen are at stake if the virus gets hold in Japan. No one will come near the place.....don’t they realise that?

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Posted in: Tokyo taxi drivers setting wheels in motion for Olympics See in context

Have a lot of respect for many truck drivers and bus drivers who are real professional drivers and know what they are doing. However taxi drivers in Japan scream around the roads like they own them with little consideration for other road users. I realise it’s their job and time is money, but if you can’t drive properly and safely, then forget English lessons and just get a retirement job waving those wands around at parking lots and stay off the road.

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Posted in: S Korean mother honors son who died trying to rescue stranger on train tracks See in context

Respect to both of them, mother and son. She must also be a good person, to have raised him to act in such a selfless way.

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Posted in: How Tokyo Olympics will cope if earthquake strikes See in context

Why were “bodies littering the stands” if the venue is safe? It’s more likely that people will survive the jolt in these newly built venues, but panic and run for the exits causing injuries at exits. Anyway better just hope it doesn’t happen.

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Posted in: Japan faces decision over contaminated Fukushima nuclear plant water See in context

Think of the reverse situation. What would Japan do if another nearby country was making noises about dumping tons of radioactive water into seas nearby. They wouldn’t stand for it for one second. Should be the same in this case - Japan has to come up with a better solution within its own borders and forget about the Olympics. Should a two week sporting event in Tokyo really be the reason for polluting the ocean for future generations of its citizens?

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Posted in: Jones wants England to clear the air over World Cup, Saracens scandal See in context

Or South Africa were just too good Eddie....it’s not all your fault!

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

If someone wants to get you into trouble in Japan all they need to do is accuse you of something you didn’t do, then you get instantly transported back to medieval times for 23 days for questioning with no contact with your family. It’s up to you to prove your innocence. What kind of system is that for people to live under? You are essentially at the mercy of everyone else around you and depending on their apathy not to make trouble for you. No wonder everyone’s so polite!

This is deeply unsettling for any foreigner resident in Japan.

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