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Posted in: Operator of missing Hokkaido boat apologizes for causing fatal accident See in context

25 years behind bars pr. passenger seems about right.

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Posted in: Tokyo city committee OKs plan for foreigners to vote in referendums See in context

Fairly progressive

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Posted in: Baldwin denies pulling trigger in 'Rust' shooting See in context

Does mr. Baldwin think that giving exclusive interviews to ABC while a homicide investigation is taking place will aid his case? He needs a better lawyer.

Also, his claim is absurd...

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Posted in: Foreign researchers facing stricter quarantine; 'jailed' in hotel See in context

They knew about the restrictions prior to departure. The rest is just cry baby stuff.

I don't see any surprises or sensational news in this story.

Yes, the two-week requirement is tough and unreasonable, but that's a different story.

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Posted in: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman See in context

Sounds like a tragic event, but how do you manage to accidentally wound two persons with a prop gun unless multiple shots are fired?

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Posted in: Japan's top COVID-19 adviser wary of easing restrictions See in context

Japan initially lagged far behind other major economies in inoculating its population. Facing criticism, the government has made relatively fast progress since, setting up mass inoculation sites and offering workplace vaccinations.

Claims without references. Can we get some numbers please. It is tiring to be taken for an idiot by the media. What does "relatively fast" mean as a performance metric?

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Posted in: Japan's top COVID-19 adviser criticizes Bach's revisit to Tokyo See in context

The rationale is very simple, Mr. Omi:

Let's take from the poor and give to the rich.

The reverse Robin Hood mentality that both the government and IOC holds so dear.

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Posted in: Woman with COVID-19 loses baby after being forced to give birth prematurely at home See in context

I feel sad... reading this :(

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Posted in: Japanese media reports have estimated up to 40% of bars and restaurants in some parts of Tokyo are flouting anti-virus measures that restrict them from selling alcohol and require them to close by 8 p.m. What do you think of this? See in context

The focus is totally wrong is what I'm thinking.

Lovely Japanese media. Always loyal to the government and don't dare scratching the surface.

I think they're not asking the right questions. Perhaps they think society will collapse and we will back in tribal times because when its so easy to pull the rug away under the government. The loser in this masquerade is always going to be the average citizen.

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Posted in: Japan concerned over S Korea's Olympic food site See in context

I'm amazed at the number of hysterical tossers here. Produce from Fukushima is just as good as elsewhere in Japan. Many places are subject to rigorous quality control that other places are not, purely for political reasons. If you want to complain about food quality, complain about the abundant use of pesticides anywhere in Japan and the fact that there is little culture for organic food.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor urges young people to get vaccinated to slow virus surge See in context

As I was watching the news during lunch break today, they "news person" was mocking the vaccination programs of other countries, pointing out how infections numbers are increasing in Israel and other countries despite 60% having received both shots. As if that justifies allowing the present doubling of the number in Tokyo... Let the shouganai continue... the media is just as complicit in this farce as the useless government is.

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Posted in: Suga kicks off Olympics diplomacy See in context

Suga's bright blue suit makes him look like an even bigger clown. And who called CCP's most favored ally Tedros to the party?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,979 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,383 See in context

Up nearly 50 % compared to last Thursday. It's impressive how Tokyo manages cap testing at around 10,000 regardless of the tendency.

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Posted in: Suga denies IOC pressure to hold Olympics: report See in context

Wow, wow wow. Suga...

"We raised our hands and we sought the Olympics because we wanted to do it," he said in the interview published Wednesday. "If they tried to force something on me, I'd kick it right back at them."


If this was actually true, you're admitting to neglecting the absurdity of forcing the Olympics at this time? How does that make you look as a leader?

"The simplest thing and the easiest thing is to quit," he said. "But the government's job is to tackle challenges."

No, you're supposed to work for the people. What kind of BS is this. Suga, you're an uncharismatic liar who doesn't care about the inhabitants in this country.

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Posted in: Police find missing Ugandan weightlifter in Mie Prefecture See in context

Have a safe trip back to Uganda...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,387 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,758 See in context

That's 67 % increase compared to last Tuesday.

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Posted in: Suga says world needs to see Japan can stage safe Olympics See in context

Canceling the Olympics was never an option, Bach said, because “the IOC never abandons the athletes.”

Pure gold ^^

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Posted in: Tokyo launches info hub on culture, tourism See in context

Haha, good one Koike.

You cheeky little jokester.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic beds are sturdy, organizers says after 'anti-sex' report See in context

It's going to be awkward for the person trying to get some sleep in the other bed.

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Posted in: South Korean president to skip Olympics See in context

A bit off topic but

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said no decision has been made on whether Soma will be removed from his current position.

I noticed this from Kato also when was Health minister that he loves to emphasize when decisions haven't been made. Useless tool... that's why Suga loves him.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 727 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,329 See in context


Like with other diseases deaths get the headlines.

But if we take Polio as an example, deaths were not the biggest problem but the long term effects even after recovering.

The same thing is now beginning to come to the forefront with covid as deaths drop.

25% of those that had covid had some form of post disease problems some minor like loss of smell or taste. Some lasted a few months some are permanent.

But as many as 10% are looking at permanent long term problems ranging from minor things like skin problems to major lung damage.

Your shortsighted view that only deaths count is contrary to most medical experts.

I'd like to add that the loss of smell or taste is actually the result of nerve damage near the brain stem. Most people think it's just a local infection in the nasal passage, but that's wrong. It's the nerves that transmit signals from the sensory organs to the brain that are damaged. So yes, this virus causes brain damage.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 727 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,329 See in context

If the SOE is going to have an impact it surely hasn't kicked in yet because Monday's number is up like 45 % or so compared to last week.

Vaccines too late?

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

I think Bach sees the writing on the wall already realizing the massive PR damage and dissatisfaction from the athletes many of whom expected a three week festival. The IOC's greed is going to cause tremendous damage to their brand.

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

Preposterous statement.

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Posted in: Bach, in Hiroshima, says his visit reaffirms 'peace mission in Olympic movement' See in context


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Posted in: Bach, in Hiroshima, says his visit reaffirms 'peace mission in Olympic movement' See in context

Bach speaks about solidarity. Where's IOC's solidarity with the "Chinese" people and the infection situation here.

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Posted in: Bach says anti-virus rules working ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

There are too many articles on this site referencing the non-sense that these politicians say. New day, same nonsense.

How about some reports from the field now that delegations are arriving?

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Posted in: Suga asks Bach to ensure Olympics will be safe, particularly for Japanese public See in context

I thought this couldn't get any more ridiculous.

"Safe and secure" was all Suga could say in Diet for months in response to anything.


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Posted in: Olympic flame arrives in Tokyo for no-spectator relay See in context

The flame in that lanterm is barely burning. So tiny. A great symbolism on the domestic opinion about the olympics.

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Posted in: Fans to be banned from Olympic events in Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures See in context

In the photo it looks like they're voting who's up for beers at the izakaya tonight.

Emperor Bacchus has arrived. I wonder if he knows how unpopular he is in Japan. He certainly won't be able to tell from the forced smiles and bows he is greeted with at his 5-star "quarantine" hotel.

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