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Posted in: Tokyo reports 82 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 777 See in context

Certainly good news, though it seems strange that numbers have dropped so drastically just like that, while in all other countries figures are either stable at a relatively high level or point upwards? What makes Japan so different, I wonder?

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Posted in: Restaurants, venues in 13 prefectures to try using proof of vaccination See in context

It might help then to have a DIGITAL Covid certificate to actually make this practical. Surely people will not be expected to always carry a paper certificate with them? But then, maybe so. After all, this is Japan...

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Posted in: Paralympic closing marks end of Tokyo's 8-year Olympic saga See in context

Lots of praise from athletes and officials for the Tokyo organisers and volunteers, for pulling off a 'successful' pandemic Olympics and Paralympics. But, for obvious reasons, very ambivalent feelings in Tokyo and Japan. Now that it's all over, we can (hopefully) go back to focus on what really matters. What remains of the Games is a rather questionable legacy. We have yet to see how history will eventually judge the Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,227 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 24,200 See in context

A few days of lower week-on-week numbers doesn't mean that things are now magically improving. Too early to see a clear positive trend. Besides, according to an NHK report today, the number of seriously ill patients in Japan is now at a record high, after setting a new record for the 15th day in a row.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,447 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 16,841 See in context

@Pukey2 Yeah, that's probably it...

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

Insanity rules!

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Posted in: Tokyo robot cafe offers new spin on disability inclusion See in context

@genkigaijingirl I couldn't agree more! The technology exists, and so does the need. But it seems it's still being predominantly used in non-essential areas as a 'novelty'. The idea with this restaurant is good, but there should be so much more potential for this kind of technology - now more than ever before!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,377 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 19,955 See in context

If I'm not mistaken, then this is the highest number for a Tuesday so far. Big increase from Tuesday last week (and thanks, JT, for adding that), but that figure was impacted by the public holiday on Monday, so 3 Aug may be a more meaningful comparison. On that day the number was 3,709. No change in the upward trend in sight, it seems.

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

@divinda I fully agree. Thus far, there may not be any actual evidence of the virus spreading from the "Olympic bubble" to the general public or vice versa (although that doesn't necessarily mean it's not happening), but the Games themselves, and the euphoria they create, send the message that "it's OK to let our guard down while we celebrate the sporting achievements".

The Asahi Shimbun yesterday wrote *"Tokyo’s state of emergency becoming a state of complacency"**.* The result of that is what we are now seeing in the skyrocketing numbers. Evidence that staging such a mega-event during a pandemic was a bad idea from the very beginning.

But for the Government to deny any link between the Olympics and the record number of Covid cases is self-evident. They (and the IOC) will never admit to that, but spin it anyway they can to justify the decision to go ahead.

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Posted in: Brisbane picked to host 2032 Olympics without a rival bid See in context

I would hardly call it a "race", with only one single contender... Hosting the Summer Olympics used to be a huge honour and could bring benefits (if not necessarily of the financial kind) to the host, but these days there doesn't seem to be any appetite for staging this mega event and incurring those huge costs anymore. One has to question whether the current format still makes sense or should be overhauled.

But at least Brisbane is unlikely to experience the huge issues Tokyo is facing during these trying days...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,832 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,943 See in context

Wow

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

@Mirchy, I think the simple answer is, they can't, despite Bach's assurances that the Olympic Village is "absolutely safe". But let's see how this will all unfold in the coming days...

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Posted in: Do you think the Tokyo Olympics will turn out to be a superspreader event for the coronavirus? See in context

The signs are there that it will be.

On the plus side, yes, vaccinations are progressing (though still not fast enough).

At the same time I understand that the much more transmissable Delta variant apparently still only accounts for 30% of all new infections (which would be a much lower ratio than in other countries). Despite that, the numbers have been rising fast in the past couple of weeks.

With the Delta variant expected to become more dominant as time progresses, and more movement and risk caused by the Olympics, I believe that the only way is up. The only question is how much.

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

IOC Pres. Thomas Bach is scheduled to arrive in Tokyo on Thurs, when he will be greeted by … ? [fill in the blank] ... large crowds of cheering people? Nah, maybe not, lol.

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Posted in: Japan pushes back release of Olympic ticket lottery results to Saturday See in context

If they cut attendance to zero, there won't be any need to release lottery results at all...

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Posted in: Serbian Olympic athlete tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

A lot more to follow in the days and weeks ahead, no doubt.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic chief anxious with one month to go until Games open See in context

"Earnestly hoping" may not be quite enough...

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Posted in: Japan to lift state of emergency one month before Olympics See in context

Fascinating how a 'slight shift in public opinion' can turn an 80% opposition to holding the Games next month into a 'majority in favour' of holding it...

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Posted in: Japan to cap spectators at 10,000 after COVID-19 state of emergency See in context

Cap at 10,000. Regardless of size of venue???

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Posted in: Japan leans toward holding Olympics with domestic spectators: report See in context

I believe that was the plan all along: Extend the SoE until 20 Jun to bring case numbers down to a level that would seem to somehow justify allowing spectators. After all, they wouldn't want to have to forgo all of the ticket revenue, right?

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Posted in: COVID vaccines to be available to all under 65 in Japan at same time See in context

"The central government is also considering administering ... the vaccine at workplaces to further accelerate the rollout."

I thought that one of the main problems with the vaccination program was a lack of personnel authorized to give a jab... So how exactly this plan is going to help accelerate the rollout is not quite clear to me...

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Posted in: Gov't refers to possible state of emergency extension as Okinawa added to list See in context

Well put, @Aly Rustom and @A Canadian!

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Posted in: China tells Bach it hopes Tokyo Olympics will be held despite pandemic See in context

And why exactly is this relevant?

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Posted in: Suga says he has never put Olympics first and that IOC has final say See in context

Obviously trying to save his own neck by deferring responsibility to the IOC. Unless the infection rate miraculously goes down dramatically just in the nick of time, and the Games become a resounding success, in which case Suga will make sure he gets the credit for it. But by clearly distancing himself from any responsibility for the decision at this point, he kind of signals that he doesn't believe that this is a very likely scenario...

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

Poignant detail: The article mentions that the Antwerp Games were held 'in the AFTERMATH of World War One and the Spanish flu', i.e. the Spanish flu had been over for 4 months when the Games were held. Hardly what can be said about the current situation, with Covid still raging around the world, and with less than 100 days to go till the start of the Games. Maybe this gives us a clue why the Tokyo Olympics cannot be compared to 1920...

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Posted in: 2 top LDP officials say Olympics cancelation, no fans still an option See in context

It's not a matter of "if", but a matter of "when" the adamant denial will come... Watch this space...

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Posted in: Quasi-emergency COVID-19 measures begin in Osaka, Hyogo, Miyagi prefectures See in context

And how exactly do "quasi-emergency" measures differ from a proper state of emergency? Same difference...

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

What surprises me the most is that, after more than year of this, those in charge still seem to be 'surprised' about the effects of their action - or lack of it, as the case may be. Apparently nothing has been learnt throughout all this.

So let's continue to impose as few restrictions as we can get away with, so as not to affect the economy too much, infringe on people's freedom of movement or endanger the Olympics, to at least bring the numbers down a bit to show that 'everything is under control'. Then when numbers do come down, let's open up again as quickly as possible. Until numbers spike again - inevitably. It's like a yo-yo that will go up and down forever - or at least until they get their act together and get those vaccines into people's arms, and fast. It's the only way out of this pandemic.

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Posted in: Couple pretending to inspect apartment rob real estate agent See in context

@Goodlucktoyou, I do hope you're not being serious!

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Posted in: Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Olympics See in context

I think it's not only the health experts that are unconvinced, but 80% of the population. So let's just say the vast majority of people, with the notable exception of the local Government, JOC officials, Mr. Bach himself, and athletes that are eager to compete for a medal despite the risks and the prospect of Olympic Games that will defy the spirit that the Games should be all about, bringing people and cultures together and having a good time while enjoying world class sport.

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