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Posted in: COVID vaccination requests at work pose worry in Japan's booster push See in context


Today 07:04 am JST

No one can force inoculation against there will. That’s infringement. Should be punishable by law. Vaccine doesn’t prevent spreading of the virus. Only helps to reduce severity of the symptoms.

Vaccines don't just make you less ill, they lower the possibility of catching it, even Omicron.

But, crucially, since it makes people less ill, it reduces the viral load, making it less likely to contaminate others.

Why can't you people understand this simple logic?

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Posted in: Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build See in context

There's no way they're the 5th military power in the world. That's just laughable.

Japan has no nukes. And Japan has essentially no combat experience.

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Posted in: Sapporo expected to announce cost cuts to land 2030 Winter Olympics See in context

What those of you who keep criticising the IOC fail to understand is that they distribute $3.5 million each day to sporting organisations, around the world. Those who benefit most from this money are poor countries. That's why they had to hold the games. I acknowledge that there are other means of financing sports, but the Olympics is a global party that people love watching, everywhere.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games uniforms for 28,000 volunteers remain unused See in context

My wife volunteered. Some of the kit is pretty good. The shoes are cool and they'd sell them easily. The hats and pants too are really good, and could be sold. But the tops are too heavily emblazoned with the Olympics to be deemed fashionable. Those may need to be destroyed, or refashioned into lintless window wipes.

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Posted in: Beijing tells Evergrande boss to pay firm's debts with own cash: report See in context

Time to buy gold.

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Posted in: Beijing tells Evergrande boss to pay firm's debts with own cash: report See in context

Time to buy gold.

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Posted in: 83 million unused 'Abenomasks' remain in storage in Japan See in context

They need to stop throwing good money after bad.

The only useful thing is to incinerate them and turn them into electricity.

That money could've gone (and could go - storage fee) to so many good deeds.

The amount of money wasted in Japan is phenomenal even by EU standards.

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Posted in: Over 70% fully vaccinated in Japan; among top 3 in G7 See in context

The comparisons are incorrect. What must be compared is vaccination by age group.

A lot of the countries with lower vaccination rates have a lot more children as a percentage of total population.

Some of these countries (such as France) have 90% of adults vaccinated, and this is what really matters.

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Posted in: Do you believe China will try to retake Taiwan by force one day? See in context

Xi Jinping is certainly pathological in his thirst for absolute power, no doubt about that. But right now, he knows that he'd be biting the hand that feeds China: foreign trade.

China is establishing trade relations with non-Western nations to mitigate this. When they will deem that these alternative revenue streams will be sufficient to keep them buoyant through a conflict, and they will have direct access to raw materials, they will attempt to take Taiwan.

What happens then will depend on who's in the White House. But I doubt that anybody other than the Taiwanese people will be likely to send their sons to die for this foreign territory, so we will see trade embargos and the like.

Emboldened, China will probably take Mongolia, and then consolidate their power through economic activity and keep pitting Westerners against each other using troll farms, just like they've successfully accomplished in the US.

China will then be world bully number one.

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Posted in: 88 Afghans arrive in Japan See in context

They're going to be so happy here. Life will be such a breeze compared to the nightmare that is Afghanistan. It's really nice to see. It would be nicer if the number was bigger, though.

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

I can't believe she went on Twitter to signal how virtuous she is. It's so immodest and crass.

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Posted in: Chinese, Russian warships pass through Tsugaru Strait for 1st time See in context

China's not going to start any wars for the simple reason that it cannot bite the hand that feeds it; the West (inc. Japan) is their #1 customer. They're just flexing their muscles. If they start trouble with us they'll destroy their main revenue stream.

As paradoxical as it may sound, the best defense is to increase their trading reliance on us.

However, we shouldn't be complacent. The international community needs to stand up to them, especially in with regards to their concentration camps. We need to repeat the anti-apartheid measures taken in the 1980s, starting with a boycott of Beijing 2022.

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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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