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Posted in: Mao pins worn by Chinese athletes may test Olympic rules See in context

Maybe the English committed crimes on the same scale as those other countries.

Well, we did unleash the Spice Girls on the world.

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Posted in: Karate hoping to land killer Tokyo blow before Olympic knockout See in context

When are we going to get kung-fu in the Olympics?

Doubt we ever will. Kung-fu is a blanket term covering an absolutely vast range of arts.

If it ever does make it to the Olympics, it will be in the modern form of Wushu, which is easily the most made-for-television form of it: very acrobatic and flashy (and looked down on by certain other styles who think that it's totally useless for actual fighting).

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Posted in: Karate hoping to land killer Tokyo blow before Olympic knockout See in context

For all the people asking about where karate's "roots" are from, here's an interesting quote from Patrick McCarthy, who I can guarantee knows more about it than everyone on this board combined and multiplied by a thousand.

" In studying the pre-history of Karate I discovered that China [i.e. Fujian Province] and SE Asia [Siam/Thailand] were the original sources from which much of Okinawa's old-school fighting arts [defined here www.koryu-uchinadi.com/original_five_fighting_arts.htm] came".

(source: https://theshotokanway.co.uk/An-Interview-with-Patrick-McCarthy/)

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,709 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,014 See in context

We all know that, it is the "we need to live life", " covid is beaten" " deaths are low" tiny minority that seem to deni that fact like they deni just about all reality regarding the pandemic.

I'm not sure if it's denial so much as colossal egotism. The subtext with the posters you refer to is "as long as my life is not inconvenienced, I don't care one bit about how many people get infected, sick, or die".

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Posted in: China's Wuhan to test all residents as COVID returns See in context

It would be a kind gesture for China to donate some of those tests to Japan.

Only for them to get lost in some incompetent bureaucratic bottleneck.

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Posted in: Pizza for shots: UK targets young with vaccine incentives See in context

It's time to leverage the power of Marmite.

People who like it but are hesitant to get vaccinated should be offered a month's supply if they get the vaccine.

People who hate it should be offered, and forced to eat, a month's supply if they don't get the vaccine.

Win for the NHS (fewer people getting seriously sick) and PR gold for Marmite.

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Posted in: Japan expands COVID state of emergency to 3 areas near Tokyo and Osaka See in context

We will conduct antivirus measures to make this declaration the last (COVID-19) emergency."

This won't age well.

They’ll probably edit it to add “this week” at the end.

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Posted in: U.S. flight attendants report high frequency of unruly passengers See in context

U.S. flight attendants are notoriously bad. Train them to be more like Asian or European flight attendants and you won't have any problems.

I was always impressed with Lufthansa's staff. Polite, but had this look about them which insinuated "don't try anything clever".

I think Japanese flight staff are fine as long as the majority of passengers are Japanese and are thus unlikely to cause trouble. I wouldn't want to imagine what would happen if some rowdy gaijin got drunk on a JAL or ANA flight and started acting up. Although I would laugh if the mild-mannered flight attendant suddenly busted out some aikido or something and put him back in his seat with a sprained wrist.

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Posted in: Troops to enforce Sydney lockdown as Brisbane extends virus curbs See in context

The coronavirus is making a mockery of governments worldwide. The UK government is trying to bribe young people with pizzas, Australia's putting troops on the streets, certain states in the US seem quite determined to kill their residents, and Japan's basically whistling Dixie.

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Posted in: Americans ousted by Canada in beach volleyball See in context

(chews gum) "Well, clearly, beach volleyball is a tainted event".

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Posted in: Fukushima laments a recovery without Olympic witnesses See in context

Teacher: "And then, children, the people of Fukushima realised that the government did not care about them at all, and that they were only being used for a sympathy vote".

Children: "What happened then?"

Teacher: "The people of Fukushima voted to elect the exact same people who had done this to them".

Children: "Why?"

Teacher: "Ah...this is Japan!"

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Posted in: Japan expands virus state of emergency, restrictions to more prefectures See in context

If those figures are to be believed 

That "if" at the start is doing more heavy lifting than the combined efforts of every weightlifter competing at the Olympics.

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

Is he blaming the people for his pathetic leadership?

Looks like it. And he knows he'll get away with it. He might have to take the fall, but we all know what's going to happen at the next general election.

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

On Thursday night, Aika Suzuki, 22, said she was planning to meet a friend to go out to dinner.

“I think none of my friends care about the state of emergency anymore,” Ms. Suzuki said. “I have been going out as usual.”

She said she had opposed the Olympics at first, “but now that the events have started and I can watch them on TV with my family, it is exciting.”

The education system and propaganda machine doing their jobs effectively, I see.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the meetings.

Koike: "What can we do? The numbers are going crazy, and yet people are still going out, and acting like it's OUR fault!"

Suga: "Have we won any golds in the last couple of hours?"

Kono: "Nope. The Chinese are starting to overtake us in the medal table"

Suga: "Hmm. Can we, like, arrange a flash flood somewhere?"

Koike: "I don't think that's scientifically feasible"

Mori: "Be quiet, woman"

Koike: "Sorry"

Mori: "Anyway, look. Tell them that recent scientific research has discovered that Japanese people get over Covid faster than anyone else because their DNA is special"

Suga: "Is it?!"

Mori: "Course not. But they'll buy it for a few days until we can work out our next move".

Kono: "You're brilliant, Mori-san. Please be our Supreme Honorary Adviser"

Mori: "Ten million a day and you got a deal"

(All bow. Meeting adjourned).

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Bach has a Gulfstream idling with the Champaign chilled and the money bags stowed.

I don't know what the German word is for "suckers" but I bet if we had a secret mic on Bach we'd have learned it by now through force of repetition.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

They need to make the vaccinations easier to reserve, though. 

You're not British, are you? If not, you have absolutely nailed our knack for understatement.

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Posted in: 24 more COVID cases associated with Olympics reported See in context

I imagine that by now the IOC, JOC and LDP are simply beyond caring at this point and will continue to trot out their clichés about how smoothly the games are going and look at the shiny medals.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 3,177 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 9,576 See in context

Look here! Look at the shiny gold!

It’s so shiny and pretty!

What were we talking about again?

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Posted in: Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes See in context

During the Rio Olympics, Cosmopolitan magazine ran an article titled “Best Olympic Bulges” with photos of male athletes in speedos, spats, etc.

I can top that. Brits and athletics fans of a certain age will remember something called “Linford’s lunchbox”.

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Posted in: Biles' Olympic fate in balance as support pours in See in context

I’ve never competed in sport at a high level, but to the best of my recollection, this used to be called “quitting”.

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Posted in: Why is Taiwan not called Taiwan at the Olympics? See in context

Because the Olympics is clearly a non-political organization which focuses only on bringing people together in a spirit of brotherhood through the holy power of sport.

Thank you, I’ll be here all week.

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Posted in: Russian team topples American powerhouse with Biles out See in context

Though the history books may mark Tuesday’s victory with an asterisk due to Biles’ early withdrawal

So because the most hyped gymnast in history pulls out out for reasons of “Mental health”, the ROC’s victory is somehow worth less?

That’s not very objective reporting.

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Posted in: 'Can't help but cheer': Some in Japan warm to Olympics See in context

The good people of Japan, doing their duty to stand by their government no matter what.

”Yes, they’re responsible for a significant uptick in cases, and yes, they’re holding the Olympics against all scientific and medical advice… but I know that they really care for us because it said so on National State Television (we abbreviate it as NHK here!)”

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Posted in: Gov't alcohol ban blunder shows limits in anti-virus measures See in context

The current government deserves all the scorn, resistance and civil disobedience it gets. While I don’t go out drinking at night, I’m 100% behind the bar owners.

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Posted in: Sebastian Coe backs reviewing marijuana rules in doping See in context

Who does this "Lord" Coe think he is? Every time he opens his mouth, controversy ensues.

He’s a Tory (conservative) politician and nobody likes him.

I think he’s almost as unpopular as Piers Morgan, and that is quite an achievement.

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

Delta is more contagious but no more deadly than other variants, possibly even a little less.

Is there any point whatsoever in asking you to provide a single reliable citation to back that up?

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Posted in: Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes See in context

Maybe the people who find a fit female body so threatening / scary could petition the IOC to have all female athletes compete in a burqa.

Convince the IOC that there’s money in it and they’ll do it.

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Posted in: Suga, Koike agree Olympics going 'very smoothly' See in context

There's an election in the autumn. This Olympics is Suga's only hope. 

This would be true were there credible opposition, but we know that the LDP would be re-elected if they did a King Herod and decreed the execution of every male child in Japan under the age of 2.

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Posted in: The unavailability of information on vaccines is a common problem faced by all foreign residents of Japan with language barriers. To spread information, public administration services should work with communities of non-Japanese and their support groups, and they should also use social media platforms that are viewed by non-Japanese. See in context

When I got the envelope containing the coupon for the first COVID shot (which I have yet to be able to book), it was in Japanese. That figures, as they were likely sent out in bulk. The website through which reservations are (currently not) made does have an option for English, but I haven’t even looked at it for fear of how badly it will be written…

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