robert maes comments

Posted in: Two days in and near Japan’s ‘nuclear power town,’ a decade after the nuclear disaster See in context

The sane and sensible thing is stay away from the area. All the evacuees must get every possible assistance but going back for any reason is foolish.

As is trying to sell food from the region.

nobody disputes this is a disaster for the world, Japan and most of all, the personally affected on so many levels but it happened. Pretending it’s over does not help anyone.

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Posted in: Froome targets fifth Tour de France See in context

Froome recalls Armstrong to mind in many ways

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Posted in: China economy grows 2.3% in 2020 as rebound from virus gains See in context

I do not believe these numbers at all. Pure fabrication and propaganda

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Posted in: Australia unlikely to fully reopen borders in 2021 See in context

Only tennis players allowed in

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Posted in: Japan scrambles to deny reports that Olympics cancelation possible See in context

Look, i worked on the last 10 Olympics in one form or another. We start working 6 to 8 years out on a summer Olympics. So, once and for all, 2024 is Paris and can not come to Tokyo UNLESS they get clever quickly in France and refuse them, however that brings the same problem as for Tokyo. Enormous claims from the IOC.

2028 is very very unlikely as every 20 years at least the US tv broadcasters want their advertising bonanza around a home Games in their timezone.

2032 of course is possible but it means renewing 80 % of the organizing budget for 2020 as many facilities will not be useable anymore( not all are new now), staff will be all different, different politicians, sponsors....

It is best to cancel and move on without Games. That is sadly, right now, the sensible thing to do.

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Posted in: I think that more and more people, including those spending more time at their homes, are eager to enjoy analog sound, not being satisfied with listening to the music on smartphones and other devices. See in context

I agree, I have 2 B&O record players from 1964 and 1965 and there is not much to beat that sound

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Posted in: Australian Open to go ahead despite players' quarantine anger See in context

Should and will be cancelled. IOC must be putting a lot of pressure on the organisors.

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Posted in: Japan scrambles to deny reports that Olympics cancelation possible See in context

The decision IS made. It is all about timing for the official announcement and that must be end of February, certainly before Mid March. Because of very practical reasons such as travel for the equestrian horses, the torch relay... And by then a deal will be struck with the US broadcasters and the insurance companies.

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Posted in: No. of hospitalized coronavirus patients at record high in Japan See in context

Comparing between countries and saying Japan does better, does not bring one deceased person back.

it will get much worse as people lost discipline.

I would like to see one journalist ask the cabinet members if they already got vaccinated. I find it hard to belief they are not.

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Posted in: Former IOC vice president says U.N. could decide fate of Tokyo Olympics See in context

Beyond madness. Needed his face in the press

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Posted in: Apple invests millions to back entrepreneurs of color, part of racial justice effort See in context

Nothing but a PR campaign out of self interest

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Posted in: Disarray as 47 players affected after positive tests on Australian Open planes See in context

Yet, the Tokyo olympics want to fly in approx 75.000 people( athletes, coaches, media, officials, federation and NOC officials, sponsor representatives, ..)

As i mentioned in several posts here, this occurring at the AO was unavoidable. And immoral. To spend so much government money while Australian citizens not only receive no help to return home but are told to stay away. The egocentrism of the players is also widely on show. No sense of relativity. It is just a few tennis games and you are contributing to the risks of people’s lives, and still now, they can only think of their inconvenience of having to stay 2 weeks in a hotelroom and unable to train. Arrogant and selfish

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Posted in: Singapore Airlines extends PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite statuses See in context

I cancelled my loyalty membership with them because they refused to extend my gold membership and I think a once attained status should never be rescinded. Treating anyone as “ ex good customers” is bad and short minded business.

I rejoin when I get apologies and 2 complimentary business class tickets from Tokyo to Singapore. Until then : have safe flights.

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Posted in: 9,500 JR Central employees to take leave due to declining travel demand See in context

I am just glad for these people. They work hard on jobs they get little enough appreciation. Difficult hours and commutes.

good news

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Posted in: Woman arrested after selling counterfeit Chanel item to police officer at flea market See in context

I am amazed these flea markets are allowed in full COVID times when so many other activities are limited or cancelled but not half as amazed that people still go there while the virus is rampant.

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Posted in: WhatsApp to delay launch of new business features after privacy backlash See in context

It is an inevitable reality that all “ free” internet services will cost us. It is naive to think the competitors or any other apps will not do so in the end.

I weigh the “ price” against the convenience, when the balance is negative to me, I quit.

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Posted in: Players arrive for Australian Open; straight into quarantine See in context

I make my living in professional sports but I completely distance myself from the Australian Open. It is immoral to charter in a 1000 foreign players and supporting staff, to a major extent paid for by government money while that same government refuses to assist its own citizens or even allows them to return home. It is a disgraceful example of elite arrogance. It also manifestly shows the egocentrism of the players who have no ability to relativate their own importance. I always could and did. It is just a few tennis games, ladies and gentlemen

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Posted in: Japan may consider further stimulus package for COVID-19-hit economy: Kono See in context

We should be so lucky to have Kono as a PM but the LDP will not allow him. Sure , he his now positioning himself for a shot at it in September with these and his Olympic comments but he has my support, inspite of him not honouring a contract with me in 1998.

he is the best man Japan has for the PM job, also speaks perfect English

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Posted in: Korea Town See in context

I am surprised and very pleasantly so by the dignity and tolerance the Japanese people deal with the childish Korean provocations and boycotts. It is the correct response to exaggerated Korean provocations

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Posted in: Japan to launch new professional rugby league in 2022 See in context

The death bell for professional rugby in Japan. Rugby in Japan has insufficient support for a commercially viable professional league and survives by the grace of a few big companies, picking up the bills and losses.

2nd and 3rd divisions are completely unsustainable. The current 16 team league is survivable for the teams as long as owners cover the losses. Cutting it to 12 does make sense but 2n and 3rd leagues are a sad joke. Registered players and number of teams are constantly declining. As will the numbers of spectators. Always these feelings of grandeur and living above its means is killing professional rugby globally and faster in Japan then anywhere else.

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Posted in: Popular Japanese pub chain shuts 20% of its locations due to virus See in context

Just a symptom and the beginning of the worst retail quarter for Japan since WW2.

It only takes a good look to see that the increased depopulation, 30 million less tourists, less disposable income, The US-China trademark, continued Frictions with South Korea and increasing unemployment will be destructive forces for retail. The government is doing the complete wrong thing but that can not surprise anyone. 300.000 yen a month in cash to every citizen in 2021 and 200.00” yen in reduction coupons, half paid for by the receiving retail organisation( max 20 % use on any bill) and half by government ( paid out to collecting retailer) and this for the duration of 2021. That will save anything and everyone and all in all cheaper then the current measures with no end result at all

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Posted in: ¥742 bil in reserve funds added to subsidies for restaurants See in context

The fact is there are far too many bars and restaurants in Japan and 30 % or more will have to close anyhow

over the past year, there were 30 million tourist less and Japan depopulates at a record rate. Of course less immigration now as well. And more people eat at home for different reasons.

I want to ad that the hygiene conditions in many restaurants in Japan, particularly the kitchens, are unacceptable.

So No matter what, thousands of bars and restaurants will close. I do agree with support for restaurant and bars if “ ordered “ to close but the virus’s is not the only reason for closures, it is the trigger.

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Posted in: Though the percentage of individuals who are granted bail has increased, Japan still detains suspects for significantly longer than other countries in white-collar and other crimes. Using GPS as a way to encourage more releases would be a good idea. See in context

Japan i think seems to be willing to slowly make changes to an antiquated legal system.

The ex minister of Agriculture will not even be arrested. :)

But seriously, i think , while to slow, there seems to be a mood for a bit more liberal approaches.

lets all hope so.

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Posted in: When do you think a decision will be made on whether or not to cancel the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

End of February they will be cancelled by IOC after showing enough “ due diligence “ to their insurers

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Posted in: Team GB 'hugely confident' Tokyo Games will go ahead See in context

Mr England ? Never heard of him. But the man is incompetent wherever he comes from.

the Mans comments proofs he has no clue of what is going on and so should be removed immediately to save team GB from further embarrassment.

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Posted in: China's 2020 auto sales fall for third year amid coronavirus See in context

The Chinese boom is fed by cheap loans, government subsidies and forced labour.

the official numbers are fantasy and China is by no means doing better than the rest of the world. It is unsustainable and because of its political and lately imperialistic stance, China will fall back soon.

Xi is to blame, but also the Chinese people for blindly following him out of self interest

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Posted in: Honda to temporarily halt UK car output due to COVID-related supply issues See in context

Every excuse not to build more cars to park in the stock around the factory is fine. Factory is closing soon, so understandable Honda slows production with all means

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Posted in: Corporate bankruptcies in 2020 fall to 31-year low with gov't aid See in context

Not “ saved” but delayed, on lifesupport but with irreversible damage to their vitale systems. That, and the surreal bubble in the stock market make for recession we have never seen in our life time. Predicting the exact time of that bubble bursting is key for survival of many more companies.

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Posted in: Strict quarantine awaits world's top tennis stars in Australia See in context

” the toll on organisers is heavy ?? “, what about the environment? 80 charters for 1270 people means 16 on average to a plane.

Very consistent too. No F1 but tennis goes ahead? Of course different organisations but still ?

Quarantaining in different cities ? Ridiculous increase of risk.

The athletes should also be a bit less self-centred for once and not play

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