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Posted in: Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success See in context

This is all awesome, but when can we stop wearing masks? I get the feeling that we'll still have them stuck to our faces for fear of being seen as a pariah until 2024.

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Posted in: 2,500 cases reported of sexually exploitative photos of athletes See in context

More woke nonsense. Maybe female athletes should just wear burqas so as not to be violated by the male gaze.

All these far left SJWs pretend to be really nice people who care about the downtrodden, when really they're just little dictators who want to censor everything, and throw everyone they disagree with to the dogs.

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Posted in: Peach introduces one-month all-you-can-fly pass for under ¥20,000 See in context

Thanks for waiting until we get to the bottom of that ADVERTISEMENT before mentioning that only 150 will be available.

At such a low number it should've been a giveaway.

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Posted in: McCartney says Lennon responsible for Beatle breakup See in context

Lennon and Ono were allegedly strung out on smack. As a result, they were unable to perform within the bounds of a group.

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

CrickyToday  07:53 am JST

Australian troops have always had problems with discipline? Don’t know what you base that on. It’s more Australian troops are vigorously investigated when a problem occurs and unlike other countries they are prosecuted and held to account. Thus the stories, other countries brush these incidents under the carpet. So as not to loose face. Honesty can be seen as a negative I guess. It might be better if Australia just stopped holding its troops to a standard and denied anything, everything.

What do you base the assertion that other countries don't investigate misbehaviour?

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Posted in: More than 1,000 Japanese firms, people named in 'Pandora Papers' See in context

Most people would jump at the opportunity to do the same given half a chance.

If it's not illegal then why would anyone choose to pay more taxes than they have to?

Self righteousness usually masks deep seeded envy.

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Posted in: Kishida to become next PM after winning LDP leadership vote See in context

Who cares? Kishida's the sort of guy that's kissed all the right boots, while Kono couldn't even handle the vaccine rollout.

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Posted in: Japan opposes Russia's plan for tariff-free zone on disputed isles See in context

This harks back to Japan not accepting and addressing the consequences of their actions in starting WW2.

My wife who has been teaching for two decades didn't even know that Japan is responsible for the deaths of 20 million souls in that particular theatre.

And that's to say nothing about the downstream effects, such as China falling to the communists due to having had their republic so weakened by Japan. No CCP no Korean war no Vietnam war no Pol Pot in Cambodia... In total, you could probably attribute 100 million deaths to Japanese aggression. Still, it's all glossed over in their school history books.

Suck it up Japan, they're Russian islands, now.

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Posted in: After virus-hit Olympics, public split over future Games in Japan See in context


"I did read that no host city has made money since Barcelona so there’s certainly no financial incentive to host it. Also, it’ll be decades till Japan gets another chance so what’s the point of this questionnaire now?"

Not decades; 9 years. Sapporo is the leading bidder for the 2030 Winter Olympics.

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Posted in: Seniors account for record 29.1% of Japan's population See in context

Tax burden aside...

No young people = No innovation

SILVER LINING (no pun intended): Property prices in many areas are so cheap (and falling) that I'm wondering if the low accommodation costs will not offset the higher taxes (in terms of % of salary spent).

In other countries property has spiralled out of control. So while their taxes are lower, their rent/mortgages are take up ½ to ⅓ of one's salary (if not more).

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Posted in: China submits application to join TPP free trade deal See in context


"This says all you really need to know. China has NZ's far-left government over a barrel, even more so than other countries. The CCP says jump, NZ begs to know how high."

For starters, NZ Labour is not far-left, quite the contrary, it's fiscally conservative and still puts the interest of corporations and the wealthy ahead of the general population, but it is painfully woke.

More importantly, and to your point:) China also had the last govt (National, a highly conservative govt) over a much bigger barrel. John Key the ex PM considers Xi Jinping to be a friend. Also, they had a bonafide Chinese spy in their government! Google it if you don't believe me.

NZ has been increasingly at the behest of China ever since they signed a free trade agreement with them. It's a deal with the devil.

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Posted in: China submits application to join TPP free trade deal See in context

No way. Keep them out. They'll just break all the rules, create internal trade barriers (eg. "this form wasn't signed clearly enough, and you didn't get the correct stamp, so your shipment of 30,000 car seats cannot be off-loaded..."). They're snakes in the grass and have shown themselves to be deceitful, inhumane and subversive.

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Posted in: Bad behavior warning See in context


Yeah, but in order for that stuff to be on internet, someone needs to film it. It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it.

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Posted in: Kono announces bid to become next prime minister See in context

Kono showed himself completely and utterly inept at delivering the vaccines in a timely fashion, but instead of losing his job he's likely to get promoted to the highest political office in the country. What a joke!

Thousands have died and been unnecessarily infected because of him dragging his feet. It turns out that it never was a supply issue after May, but a internal logistics problem. That's how responsibility.

In France they're investigating the initial minister in charge "endangering the lives of others" for botching the first response, here you're rewarded for you incompetence.

If he can't handle a rollout, what makes people think he can lead the country.

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Posted in: Family of dead Sri Lankan urge Japanese immigration center to fully disclose video See in context


Your lack of empathy is chilling.

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Posted in: Family of dead Sri Lankan urge Japanese immigration center to fully disclose video See in context

I've just sent a link about this case to the BBC, hopefully they'll pick it up.

Might I suggest that everyone who feels for the victim and her family also try to get this story picked up abroad by sending links of it to editors everywhere.

This simply cannot be allowed to get swept under the carpet. We must do what we can to bring this to global attention, especially now that the elections are upon us.

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Posted in: FIFA unveils biennial World Cup plan; UEFA threatens boycott See in context

Great! More quality football games and less boring friendlies where nothing much is at stake. The clubs don't like it because of commercial interests, which is understandable. But, ultimately, the fans and the players will benefit. For instance, I don't care about club football - I cannot bring myself to have allegiance to a business, so I only have the opportunity to enjoy football during the European Championship or the World Cup. Bring it on!

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Posted in: Survey asks which country’s fashion is the most influential in Japanese street style See in context

All of this begs the question of who the Americans, Koreans et al are influenced by. This data just kicks the can down the road.

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Posted in: Japan to oblige businesses to reduce 12 disposable plastic items See in context

Too many half measures. They need to just ban single use plastics and be done with it. The complete apathy Japanese people have towards waste is inexcusable in the year 2021. And the schools do nothing to educate children about pollution, the environment and animal cruelty. Japan really is 40 years behind.

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Posted in: New Zealand concedes 'COVID zero' strategy no longer viable as Delta outbreak grows See in context

According to The Economist about 15 million people have died of COVID-19. It's unstoppable. It'll eventually kill all those who are susceptible to it. NZ has now let the genie out of the bottle, which was inevitable because they had to reopen one day.

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Posted in: New Zealand concedes 'COVID zero' strategy no longer viable as Delta outbreak grows See in context

I'm surprised the article made no mention of the 'travel bubble' with Australia that's at the origin of this outbreak. What did they think was going to happen? It was a ludicrous idea that will now have catastrophic consequences.

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Posted in: Nuclear scientists hail US fusion breakthrough See in context

There's an old science joke that goes: "we're always only 30 years away from fusion".

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Posted in: The number of climbers who were stranded in mountains in the prefecture in July came to 48, up from seven a year before and up from 36 in July 2019, before the COVID-19 outbreak. See in context

As a highly experienced hiker and outdoors man, I can categorically say that most Japanese hikers are beyond incompetent. They buy the latest flashest gear worth thousands of dollars, equipment that is way above their needs, and carry way too much gear. Furthermore they have an absurd habit of wearing way too many layers, leading to slow speeds because of the heat and increased thirst; what's wrong with shorts and a (synthetic or merino) tshirt? The women are often seen wearing these burqa like face protectors with full sleeves, gloves, leggings - all usually in black - in 30+ degrees heat. If you're worried about getting a freckle, wear sunscreen or get an indoor hobby.

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Posted in: 7,943 taken to hospital to be treated for heatstroke from Aug 2-8 See in context


7,943 people were taken to hospital...2,000 more than the previous week...

So far this year, the number of people treated for heatstroke at hospitals has surpassed 30,000...10,000 more than the same time last year

Just imagine what this number would've been if the olympics had been held in normal times and with full stadiums.

Just remember, this is what the disingenuous people in power wanted the official word to be:

“With many days of mild and sunny weather, this period provides an ideal climate for athletes to perform their best” - JOC, Official Olympic proposal.

True to form, I knew that somebody would find a way of linking this weather to the Olympics. Move on, people.

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Posted in: Immigration agency admits to mistreatment of Sri Lankan before her death See in context

The actions of the staff at the immigration centre echo the treatment of POWs by Japan, indicating that there's a cruel, fascist undercurrent running below the surface of this tranquil population. It's very disturbing and I often wonder why I stay.

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Posted in: Sapporo hopes Tokyo Games success will boost 2030 Winter Olympic bid See in context

@Droll Quarry

"The sheer number of people put in motion by the Olympic event spreads the virus. Athletes, volunteers, contractors, drives, support staff, VIPs, etc."

With respect, you fail to see the forest for the trees. That line of reasoning would only make sense if everyone else in the Kanto region - or Japan for that matter - was isolated at home. You seem not to be taking into account the millions of commuters travelling everyday in the cities' crowded rail networks, shopping, dining, going to school etc. They're the ones spreading the virus.

Simone Biles and her fully vaccinated entourage renting a gym is inconsequential in the context of the millions of displacements taking place everyday.

In philosophy this is what we call a 'false cause' logical fallacy.

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Posted in: Sapporo hopes Tokyo Games success will boost 2030 Winter Olympic bid See in context

If you're a big famous international city Like Tokyo, Paris or LA, hosting the Olympics is a stupid waste of money because the whole world already knows you exist. But, as a resident of Sapporo, I believe that in this particular case hosting the games would be beneficial, as not many people around the world have heard of Sapporo and/or Hokkaido. It would put us firmly on the map for a generation of winter sports enthusiasts, boosting tourism for years to come.

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Posted in: Sapporo hopes Tokyo Games success will boost 2030 Winter Olympic bid See in context

You might not like the Olympics but that's not a reason to use them as a scapegoat for covid.

The sharp increase in cases has nothing to do with the Olympics. The vast majority of those who have come are fully inoculated. The cause of the spike is due to Japanese people not being vaccinated.

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Posted in: French police clash with anti-virus pass protesters in Paris See in context

Another point, as a Frenchman I can inform you that the Marine Le Pen 'far right' in France is considerably to the left of Japan's LDP. And, although I wouldn't vote for them, they're not fascists, they're just conservatives who are sick of North African migrants that do not conform to French values. Again, to the left of the Australian Conservatives, also.

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Posted in: French police clash with anti-virus pass protesters in Paris See in context

@WobotToday  08:38 am JST

Even firefighters are out protesting it:

'Far right' I think they are not.


Just because one is a fireman it doesn't that one is not on the far right. In fact, the military and police has a disproportionately high number of far right individuals in its ranks. BTW, fireman are part of the military in France.

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