...wait a minute...They WERE exempt??
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Masks on. O.k.
No plastic dividers between participants.
Two out of three 'aint bad. It's Quasi good.
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YubaruToday 05:02 pm JST
This inability of the government to convince the people to take precautions seriously really leaves a black scar on the "image" that Japanese people are "special" when it comes to cooperation and doing the right thing!
The Japanese people are doing alright, on the whole. It's the Government that is failing.
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rainydayApr. 2 01:44 pm JST
''Not sure what the problem is. If someone can get a job done in 3 hours instead of 8, then why not let them enjoy the rest of their time?''
I agree, but there are two problems, corporate greed at some companies and incompetent colleagues.
If you can get the work done in 3 hours, and the Company hears about then they will just say 'well, we only need to pay this guy for 3 hours.'
The colleague who can't finish their work efficiently feels jealous because you appear to be 'slacking off'.
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Just shut up Suga and go and stuff your face with steak in Ginza.
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"It is extremely regrettable''
LOL. well O.K. then.
That's taken care of that. Carry on everyone, you're all doing very well.
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The 'missing link' is obviously the Lab in Wuhan.
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Hahahahaha!! Thanks for donation to Japan Inc.
That's why the Olympics MUST be held, the money is already spent (on yachts and hotels etc etc..) with no way to recover it.
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The lawyers for the restaurant chains that want to sue the Government over fines for refusing to close early would love this I think?
Government here needs a deep clean out.
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skotmanforyouToday 05:30 pm JST
So what happened to no foreign spectators? Different rules for politicians? And will Suga have to download Cocoa and Skype too on arrival and self isolate for 2 weeks? I remember they said no exception, even for Japanese.
Ahh...well...he...erm....Obviously Suga wasn't talking about 'himself'. He's the head of the Ruling Class, such petty restrictions and apps are certainly not aimed at people of his rank and privilege.
Besides, who else will prop up the Hostess and Steak industries?
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Didn't they get the memo...Olympics are not about restoration Fukushima (sadly), they are a symbol of victory over the Pandemic. That's why Billions have been diverted to NTT.
But all is not lost, Fukushima is about to get international attention once they start tipping all that radioactive waste into the pacific!
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This sort of behavior has obviously been going on forever, but something I find disappointing, is we will be further ushered into work lives of 24/7 surveillance not by a tyrannical State, but due to a bunch who can't keep their pants on.
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Having done basically nothing, Suga vows to double his efforts!!
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This is a horribly thought out non-solution. I've been calling for the Government to 'do things', but of course they implement something ineffective, invasive and destined to fail.
I'll deffinately rent a phone for the 14 days if it comes to it; no way I'm putting their unsecure and problematic apps on my own phone.
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@Vinke and Tom, I'm sorry but I don't know if you've had comments edited....
but you are leaving a crucial part of your reports out...how were the results among those who worked in the vicinity of those positive cases?
It's not rude to ask is it?
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Committee , snouts in the trough; pigs to the slaughter.
...and they do it to themselves.
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Hi Monty, it's a reasonable comment but you miss the point.
''When the SOE was implemented, you complain and said this SOE is complete Nonsense.
Now they lift your called "Nonsens SOE", and you also complain.''
I can't speak for anyone but myself, of course, but the reason I complain about the SOE's (the first one under Abe was perfectly timed, but called off just as it was starting to take effect) is they are toothless and made redundant by conflicting campaigns and mixed messages.
The reason I am critical of them lifting the SOE is they are not revising anything, not implementing an alternative strategy; they are effectively just throwing their hands in the air and saying 'Bah! It's all too difficult.'
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Well...here we go again, on again off again...prolong the economic pain in order to squeeze a few short term feel good Yen out of the Spring season, then struggle on with partial closures for the couple of years it will take to get vaccines distributed. Everone (Schools/businesses) has invested in their plastic shields, mask protocols, air filters and alcohol, so it would just be a waste to abandon that now and take definitive action.
Its the course they mapped for us, and we're sticking with it. because 'Gaman' is what defines us.
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Not impressed by line jumping Suga.
He's been in office six months now, what has changed? We're at the same average figures for Covid we were last July.
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Yep...I agree with the other posters who have said it...I think it's time to find a new bank.
We had a meeting to get information about their new on-line banking in February, and the confused staff wasn't able to explain it clearly (in Japanese), copied the wrong documents amd was keeping us there for 20 minutes,so we had to drag a manager out from his hiding place, and he was able to give the information we needed in in 2 minutes.
We left feeling less than confident, and these 'glitches' add to the feeling.
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Why not just add the catagory?
Mens, Womens, Transgender.
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ebisenToday 11:31 am JST
''I'm really surprised at the amount of bashing Japan gets here. I have a small proposal. Every basher should also specify the number of deaths in their own country.''
You really want to go there? O.K.
I really disagree with almost everything about Japan's policies...too slow...no real action...head in the sand. This is a small step, but comes way too late. -Australia-909 deaths/ 7 day average of new cases 13/ Life back to a cautious normal in most of the country.
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bokudaToday 09:16 pm JST
How on Earth do you go from 340 cases from 1,551 tests, to 335 cases from 9,369 tests?!
I thimk the answer is very simple. Japan (from the way they are conducting testing and reporting) only consider severe cases to count. They (I mean the Government and their Economic and Olympic scum who are in control of Japan's 'effort') simply consider asymptomatic and mild cases to be non-cases.
Since this time last year the Japanese people have been left to fend for themselves, I think it's the wrong way to do things, and am convinced long after the rest f the world has recovered Covid will be a risk you take when you visit Japan.
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"While I thought re-extension (of the state of emergency) was inevitable, we cannot cover (our losses) with just 600,000 yen ($5,500) in aid," said 50-year-old Junichi Sasaki
I don't know what this guy is whining about, the Olympics require about 20 Billion Yen. Wave your flag. Catch your disease. Tax funds that could have helped you have been given to a higher purpose.
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@ Matt Carter,
The madness is in the continued innability to learn. To take the obvious actions that need to be taken, and to commit to compensation in order to take the correct actions.
You can see the fevered desperation growing in the eyes of the 'leaders' here in HD on TV tonight. Suga all shifty eyed and barely holding back panic.
The slow, dribbling economic death spiral they have chosen and are obviously unable to evolve from is the source of the problem.
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Derek GrebeToday 12:57 pm JST
''One year on, Japan starts testing. The people in charge shold be ashamed.''
Same sentiment, but I would have said, 'the people in charge should be indicted'
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I'm fine with the idea of them holding the games in Covid infested Tokyo as long as they keep the athletes and teams to themselves in a 'bubble', don't prioritize them for vaccination ahead of taxpayers, and send them home as soon as they are done.
You can see the Japanese Olympic organizers looking hungrily at Australia and it's Tennis tournament, fans in the stands etc, but what they don't seem able to comprehend is Australia took hard choices and definitive testings and so on to achieve the position it now enjoys. The Japanese seem to think they can just hold the games without making any of the sacrifices that allowed Australia to hold it's tournament.
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I think it’s stupid, and would prefer the Government to take a different course.
Was the study that showed the link between ‘Go To’ and an increase in spread conducted by the Government? Would they not be liable if they ignore their own research?
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Pukey2Today 05:20 pm JST
What is it with ageing Japanese politicians and sofas?
The uncomfortable sofas you find everywhere here are designed to make you uncomfortable and awkward, Suga almost has it right, propping himself near the edge where he can remain with an upright spine (but appear over eager and amatuer), but ruins his posture by resting on his elbows. the other two just don't give a damn.
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''why would the taxi driver stop, legal or not, knowing there is nothing for the young man to do in the middle of the bridge?''
Take a picture, vommit, make a call...there are lots of things.
Leaping to ones death is not the first thing that would come to mind, I think it was reasonable for the driver to pull over when requested to do so.
Tragic story though.
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