robert maes comments

Posted in: Tokyo reports 570 coronavirus cases; 918 in Osaka See in context


sane government you said

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Posted in: 'Izakaya' bankruptcies hit record high See in context

And more and more fairy tales. Recovering economy ? In Japan ? Without the government and the BOJ’s throwing money at the big companies half would be gone. Bars, restaurants, travel agencies, the entire entertainment sector, airlines, hotels, fitness, Karaoke, car sector and suppliers, office rent, public transport, taxi companies, all doing well, yes ? Steel, shipbuilding, sumitomo, Rakuten, Hitachi, Toshiba, Nissan, doing well ?

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Posted in: Rakuten CEO Mikitani says hosting Tokyo Olympics this summer 'too risky' See in context

Finally one more voice of reason. There will be no games but many parties concerned are milking the last yen out of the organization before cancelling it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 545 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs 905 See in context

Germany managed 656.000 vaccinations today.

Japan managed 1.1 million in 7 weeks.

no comment needed

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Posted in: Suga to designate Tokyo for stronger anti-virus steps as infections spike See in context

fellow commentators, shall we all agree to just have a good daily laugh after the 19h00 news with all the “ new” comical measures of the day in this ever growing tragedie of clueless bureaucrats and elected politicians. I mean, we can now all safely give up on any real measures to ever be taken. And it saves us from further frustrations.

so everyone... hahaha

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Posted in: On average, how much time each day do you spend on social networking sites? See in context

Zero. I call them a social media.

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Posted in: N Korea's absence at Olympics likely to extend diplomatic deadlock See in context

One country that should redraw from the Olympics immediately is Brazil with the current virus situation there. Madness for them and Japan. If returning athletes bring another strain back to Brazil it would be even more disastrous for the country.

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Posted in: Taiwan will fight 'to the very last day' if China attacks See in context

China can damage Taiwan but it can never occupy it. Its Navy will be stopped, while Taiwan’s airforce will only be able to fight them of for a few days without help. It will need pilots and planes from allies very soon. But no Chinese better try to set foot on Taiwan if they know what is good for them.

china will get one big black eye if it tries to invade Taiwan.

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Posted in: China warns Washington not to boycott Winter Olympics See in context

Boycott the games and stop business with China. As a consumer do not buy anything made in China. The bully must be stopped now

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Posted in: Former Tokyo 2020 sports director Murofushi being treated for brain lymphoma See in context

As a man and as an athlete, an example to all. I wish him all the best and a quick return to health.

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Posted in: Japan considers prioritizing Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccination See in context

Just to discuss this is shameful and decadent for a government.

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Posted in: Suga to meet fishing industry chief over nuclear waste water disposal See in context

The talks are about offering money to the fisher organizations to make them accept the release of the cooling water. Pork barrel tactics as with the Torch relay.

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Posted in: U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies See in context

If announced before July, which they won’t , the Chinese will redraw from Tokyo as Japan will follow the USA in a boycottt. Actually i would expect this declaration might make China already decide to consider pulling out of Tokyo using the covid excuse of course. Japan would then pull out of Beijing in a knee jerk reaction , giving the USA the excuse they need, so called supporting an ally, and pull out of Beijing. As far as i am concerned Tokyo should be postponed to 2022 because of covid and the IOC , as its charter allows it to do, should redraw Beijings rights. However Chinese companies are among the top sponsors of the ioc and broadcasting right fees are at important levels.

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Posted in: Shimane Prefecture OKs Olympic torch relay after initial opposition See in context

“ adjust the sound levels of the sponsors truck” great. Everyone is safe now.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers hit by test event cancelations for some pool sports See in context

The Tokyo 2020 merchandise is 90 % made in China and very poor quality

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Posted in: N Korea says it won't take part in Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns See in context

What is actually being done at street level ?

ok. Watered down gels and liquids everywhere. Useless cheap temp guns which never seem to turn red for anyone. Self awarded and printed stickers even at the most dirty and ugly restaurants.

the only measure that works is the masks, but government has little to do with that. Strange how I can see none of the Abe masks anywhere anymore. Wasn’t there an investigation into that ?

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Posted in: Don't overhype Ikee's return, pleads Japan teammate Irie See in context

Irie San is being a fantastic friend here. I have enormous respect for Ikee but my advise to her is not to participate in Tokyo but to go for Paris.

that is difficult but necessary. The risk of her mixing with athletes from many countries is not worth taking. And she is doing great but not ready for gold and the Japanese would not be happy with less, the pressure relentless, especially from the clueless, selfish politicians and officials.

the best thing Ikee can do is immediately refuse selection for Tokyo. She has the courage to do that

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Posted in: Mizuho to revise contingency plan for system failure after recent glitches See in context

Really ? My credit card and bank details were just hacked from Mizuho bank. The call centre refused to do anything at all, even give me their names. This after I notified one month earlier of a suspicious activity on my card, IGNORED by Mizuho.

in any other country I would have protection and a new card in 24hrs. A new bank account in days.

in Japan I need to wait 4 weeks or more for a new creditcard.

but wait, Japan will soon be the new financial centre of the world.

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Posted in: N Korea says it won't take part in Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns See in context

Let me enlighten you a bit on North Korea and the Olympics. They sent 31 athletes to Rio and came away with 7 medals, 2 golds among them, 34th I think on the medal list.

for Japan the good news is they got a medal in gymnastics on the vault and one in table tennis. So less competition.

I have been to North Korea and as in every totalitarian state sports is seen a s a means of propaganda.

they are a reasonable force at the Olympics so from a sports point of view they are a considerable loss.

it is also a decision of common sense from North Korea which has no doubt also other reasons, but so has nearly every other country

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Posted in: LG becomes first major smartphone brand to withdraw from market See in context

Peter, LG fires all its foreign management with regular intervals so they don’t become to influential or should rise to top management where Koreans can not match their skills. This happens at nearly all Korean companies. My visa was suddenly revoked and my company apartment locked when I was to be paid over 600.000 Usd in commissions. I had to leave Korea and no Korean lawyer wanted to take the case.

and you are right, closing the phone business will lead to higher profits as the division was bleeding money for years.

I wonder when the few remaining Japanese manufacturers will stop as well as there is no commercial reason for them to continue

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Posted in: Taiwan minister accepts responsibility for train crash as questions mount See in context

What responsibility ? A truck fell on the track and caused the accident. I see no responsibility here for the minister of transportation.

it was not a train service accident, no system malfunction.

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases rising in 42 of Japan's 47 prefectures See in context

Covid deaths are camouflaged as respiratory failure, pneumonia. And yes, less deaths in total as less traffic deaths, no flu almost.

It is also clear that this virus affects Asians less then other races. Just factual evidence.

comparing between countries is very difficult. Nz for example is helped by the remoteness between people. Not because the government found a silver bullet all though they did a very good job.

In Japan, government did nothing really but people wear masks and that helps. The only thing we must now concentrate on is vaccination but government is making a shambles of that too. Japan will be lightyears behind all other countries. It saddens me to see this country I love fall so much behind in everything. Love does make blind they say but not in this case. Japan is sliding into unacceptable poverty levels, an economy bailed out by government, medical and social structures on the brink. Of course we always have the Olympics

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Posted in: Suga rocked by virus rebound in Osaka, forced to call tougher steps See in context

For Suga these are all boring details spoiling his hour as PM. He just wants to go have his picture taken with Biden. Don’t trouble the poor man with the suffering of the small men.

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Posted in: FINA to review Olympic diving qualification event in Tokyo over COVID-19 concerns See in context

Its not reviewed it is cancelled because athletes and federations did not want to come becausd of unacceptable and poor covid precautions

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay to be barred from Osaka public roads: governor See in context

FINA just cancelled an important test event because athletes and federations did not want to come to Tokyo and slammed the organisors because of unacceptable lack of covid preparedness.

another gender scandal in the Torch relay and we are stil expecting a display of animal abuse having horses tortured pulling up iron sledge over 2 small hills. A disgrace

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Posted in: South Korea proposes co-hosting 2032 Olympics with North Korea See in context

Sapquest, sure hope it is although it can’t be a worse mess then Tokyo

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 says not true that Osaka leg of torch relay has been canceled See in context

The shame, the chaos, the greed.

this Olympics is making Japan the laughing stock of the world.

nobody in charge. Mayors and governors to scared to decide anything. A clueless PM, recalled by the masters of Dentsu and LOC and IOC.


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Posted in: Japanese service turns 15,000 restaurants nationwide into food kitchens for needy kids See in context

Great initiative but great shame on the Japan government for throwing trillions at big businesses but letting kids starve.

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Posted in: Hitachi buys U.S. software firm GlobalLogic for $9.6 bil See in context

If you can not inspire the next yourself you have to pay over prized valuations for other creative companies, get I think this one will be a dud for Hitachi. They might have to write down up to 2/3 Ed’s of the valuation within 3 years

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Posted in: H&M says it is 'dedicated to regaining trust' in China after boycott See in context

Yes master, no master, can you bend a little lower master so I can better kiss your behind

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