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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,341 See in context

Nice chin-strap on the elderly woman in the photograph.

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Posted in: Interpreters make sure nothing gets lost in translation at Olympics See in context

Ponomarev is the chief interpreter for the Tokyo Games

And he doesn't know how to speak Japanese?!

Can somebody please explain again why we the taxpayers of Japan are paying for this circus?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,300 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,743 See in context

And then Suga said to his people, "Slow the testing down, please!"

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

Very little to do with the Olympics. Just like some other countries, a premature, post-corona mood is setting in.


The latest record-setting numbers actually have a LOT to do with the Olympics. If our dear leaders hadn't been so focused on holding the Olympics, they could instead have focused on prevention, vaccination, and reopening.

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

Let's see she may require testing to be cut back down to 6,000 or so or the same thing she has been doing for months, stick her head in the sand and claim every is under control.

Or check herself into a hospital so she can recuperate from "exhaustion."

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics see 16 more COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 148 See in context

The three athletes were not staying at the athletes' village, the organizers said. 

Why do the organizers always need to be so secretive? If these athletes aren't staying in Bach's "bubble," where are they staying? The public has a right to know.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,359 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,225 See in context

Big decrease. Happy to see.


Big increase. Weekly total now stands at 8,292, which is an increase of 1,208 over last week (and there's still one day to go).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,979 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,383 See in context

How many deaths without comorbidities below 80?

Even if it's just one, it's one too many.

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Posted in: Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke in 1998 See in context

Worst Olympics since '36.

Nope. That would be Munich 1972.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,387 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,758 See in context

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the highest number ever for Tokyo? I believe the second highest was 1337 on December 31 2020

Tokyo's record (thus far) is 2,520 on January 17 of this year.

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

More meaningless news. Firstly, these "PCR" tests are completely unreliable for population testing (as even the manufacturer points out), and secondly having been test positive for virus particles does not mean that they are sick or that will infect others, especially not if they take some common sense proportions.

In that case, why are we being told by Bach and Suga that these very same tests are what will ensure that infections will be detected and isolated?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,410 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,886 See in context

That's the highest daily total since mid-January.

Cue John Williams's "Olympics Fanfare."

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Posted in: Little fanfare as Tokyo begins Olympic one-week countdown See in context


A dirge would be more appropriate.

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Posted in: Bach, in Hiroshima, says his visit reaffirms 'peace mission in Olympic movement' See in context

"Without solidarity there is no peace," he said at the Peace Memorial Park.

Spoken like a true autocrat.

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Posted in: Kono says local gov'ts need to slow down vaccinations due to supply crunch See in context

I'm glad I got my two when I could. One of the first times I felt glad to be 67.

I hear ya. 69 here. It's a great position in which to be.

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Posted in: 4 Olympic workers from U.S., Britain arrested over alleged cocaine use See in context

Maybe they thought it they were here for the Winter Games, and they needed to make it snow.

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Posted in: Bach corrects Chinese slip-up in Olympic talks; calls Tokyo best-ever prepared host city See in context

To Bach, we all look the same -- like taxpaying peasants.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 830 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,386 See in context

It's not just Tokyo that saw significant increases today. Infections are up in nearly every prefecture. Some that have been reporting 0s and 1s for the past several days hit double-digits. And Hyogo soared from 17 yesterday to 80 today.

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Posted in: Olympic flame arrives in Tokyo for no-spectator relay See in context

Headline: "No-spectator relay"

Photo: Dozens of spectators watching from a crowded pedestrian bridge

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Posted in: COVID state of emergency likely for Tokyo Olympics See in context

The timing of this SOE is suspicious. Are the authorities trying to make it difficult for the people to hold public protests against Baron Von Ripper-off and his Five-Ring Circus?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 920 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,191 See in context

920 is a bad number, but the bad numbers seem to be confined to Kanto. Ehime now 5 days in a row with no cases for example.

Whew! That's a relief1 Thank goodness the Olympics are being held in Ehime and not in the Kanto area.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 593 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,670 See in context

593 is not a great number but it is not as bad as it was, and the vaccination program is in full swing. Patience my friends.

"Not as bad as it was"? Please tell that to the families of people who are sick or have died.

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Posted in: Universal Studios Japan in Osaka reopens on weekends for first time in 2 months See in context

That photo.

Kid: Mama, is it OK if we wear our masks so they aren't covering our noses?

Mother: Of course! If its safe for Papa, then its safe for everyone!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 619 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,779 See in context

That's just how numbers feed into the system after the weekend - there is always a spike on a Tuesday.

Except today is Wednesday. We already saw the Tuesday "spike" to which you refer.

Why is it so difficult for people to acknowledge that it's NEVER a normal thing when the infections go up, regardless of the day of the week they are reported?

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Posted in: WHO to discuss Olympics COVID risks with Japan, IOC See in context

WHO cares.

Oh, wait. No it doesn't. WHO couldn't care less.

The time for WHO to be discussing this matter has long passed.

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Posted in: Japanese sporting world welcomes having fans at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Ha! The "sporting world."

In other words, a bunch of out-of-touch, privileged, selfish individuals who got to skip the front of the vaccination line and have no way (or desire) to relate to the everyday folks who are suffering through the economic and emotional hardships of this horrible pandemic.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic spectator cap set at 10,000 or 50% capacity per venue See in context

Koike, Hashimoto, and the IOC are just plain gross.

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Posted in: 97% of surveyed major Japanese firms plan workplace COVID vaccinations See in context

I dont get it, the vaccine is hard to administer (according to the government who won't allow dentists, paramedics, nurses etc to administer it) needs to be stored very cold and all that, but now your boss can buy a box on amazon and store it in the fridge with peoples bento's?

The headquarters of many major corporations in Japan have on-site, well-staffed and fully equipped medical clinics. My former employer has an entire floor of its Otemachi headquarters that serves as the employee hospital. Properly storing and administering vaccines poses no challenge whatsoever to these operations.

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Posted in: Gov't considering quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo during Olympics See in context

Suga and Koike win the Olympics gold medal for synchronized incompetence.

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Posted in: Ghosn pledges lengthy fight to clear his name See in context

There will always be this army of trolls who vehemently defend this criminal despite the fact that he absconded from Justice. 

Precisely. The irony is that they identify with Ghosn even though they have absolutely nothing in common with him. It's not unlike the poor-as-dirt hillbillies who support Trump.

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