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Posted in: Japan sets up National Security Council team to meet coronavirus, tech challenges See in context

In a few weeks the new "National Security Council team" will ask to set up a range of smaller committee's to look at individual issues. Basically they are going to fight and prevent the spread of the virus with endless 'meetings'.

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Posted in: Japan enacts legislation to facilitate employment until age 70 See in context

This is all due consecutive governments borrowing money and increasing the size of Japan's monumental debt and servicing costs (interest payments). The massive and continually mounting debt and interest payments have to be maintained. Without continually taxing workers and borrowing even more money the government would be unable to pay the interest payments.

Basically, if we ran our personal or business finances like the governments model, we would be locked up for fraud. Fact.

Everyone thinks Japan is a super wealthy country. That is BS and a pure illusion. Japan government spending and borrowing is like a spoilt teenage girl spending with an open ended credit card and expecting others to pay for it.

Well it's us and our children who have to pay for the endless line of inept leaders and finance ministers.

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Posted in: Germany bets on S Korean model in virus fightback See in context

Germany is conducting 300,000 to 500,000 tests per week.

Meanwhile in Japan they have tested only 28,760 since early January (hence the low number of 'reported' infections in Japan)... source:

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Posted in: Out-of-season snow falls in Tokyo, surrounding areas See in context

Typo above: 3/4 not #/4 ;)

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Posted in: Out-of-season snow falls in Tokyo, surrounding areas See in context

hopefully will keep more people in today

Nope... I just went to the supermarket (around 11:45 a.m.) to get needed supplies and I was amazed that both local Pachinko's are about 3/4 full. At first I couldn't believe all the bicycles parked in front, so I went to check. When the auto doors opened I could see inside and was gobsmacked at what I saw... #/4 full and no social distancing at all :(

Where is the leadership in Japan?

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Posted in: Japan sees record number of 105 suspected animal abuse cases in 2019 See in context

What about little monkeys held on leashes, dressed in ridiculous outfits and forced to entertain at shopping malls. That is sick and abusive. If Japan really cared about animal welfare, it would be illegal to use any animal as entertainment for selfish humans.

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Posted in: Tokyo shares rise on additional stimulus hope, buying for dividend See in context

No amount of short term stimulus is going to prop up the long term financial and emotional damage caused by this virus. The market prices have a long way to fall yet. Don't believe these short 'artificial' bump in prices caused by stimulus promises (more debt). People are losing jobs, businesses will close, savings will be decimated and it will take a long time to recover and feel safe again.

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Posted in: Telework, stockpiling spread in Tokyo after Koike's press conference See in context

"Don't go out this weekend". but... "Make sure you get on the packed commuter train on Monday morning for work".

Does this mean the virus doesn't spread or infect people on weekdays? I'm confused.

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to stay at home at weekend See in context

The lockdown is coming...

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Posted in: Abe faces struggle on coronavirus, economy, after Olympics delayed See in context

Abe has been PM since 2012 and the only achievements he can claim are:

1 - Lower corporate taxes (great news for mega wealthy businesses and continuing institutionalized 'Amakudari' .

2 - Higher consumption taxes (high costs of living for everyone, especially low income families)

3 - Increased national debt (higher debt servicing costs for future generations)

Abenomics was a complete failure and waste of time... Abe and his sidekick Aso have consistently demonstrated their ineptness and social ignorance. Please, correct me if i'm wrong.

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Posted in: Dolphin show See in context

The cruelty of these shows makes me feel sick. Animals are NOT for human entertainment. The animals are suffering a fate 1000 times worse than COVID-19 :(

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Posted in: Doubts growing in Japan over Tokyo Olympics See in context

Once it is postponed, you'll see the number of affected corona cases shoot up because there's no need to suppress the numbers anymore.

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Posted in: New York, LA shut bars, restaurants, theaters, cinemas See in context

Meanwhile, here in 'denial' Japan all is good and the Olympics are still on...

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Posted in: BOJ ramps up risky asset buying, doubles pace of ETF, J-REIT purchases See in context

How about directly supporting the people and small businesses in Japan (those in need) who are suffering due to lost wages / earnings / customers.

Why are 'the markets' a priority? It should be people first. But TIJ, the land of fake kindness and compassion.

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Posted in: Abe marks 3,000 days in office as virus overshadows term See in context

3000 days..

Name just 3 things, just 3 things that Abe has implemented that have had real benefit for the average people (not businesses) of Japan?

Now here's and easier one. Name 3 things Abe has done that has disadvantaged the average people of Japan?

If Abe was paid on performance and results he would owe the country 100's of millions of Yen.

A totally unless, uninspiring and inept leader. The sooner he goes the better.

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Posted in: WHO pandemic declaration won't change Tokyo Olympics plan: Suga See in context

That photo perfectly sums up: ignorance, stubbornness and denial.

..."the feeling of the Japanese people, (a delay) is unthinkable," Koike told reporters

What people? Her political and corporate fat-cat buddies?

We ALL know the Olympics is 'unfortunately' over as originally scheduled to start in July 2020. People's health and trying to contain this virus is 1000x more important that playing games.

Tokyo 2021 is a much more logical, realistic and compassionate plan.

Accept it, more along and focus 100% of the governments efforts on supporting the people, small businesses and combating this virus.

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Posted in: Abe requests event cancellations for 10 more days See in context


Something is really strange. Why there are only 500 confirmed cases ? What kind of testing they are doing ? I hope it isn't just a swab using a q-tip.

Because so far, only about 0.007% of the population (9600 people) have been tested...

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Posted in: Confirmed coronavirus patient in Aichi told to go home, goes bar hopping instead See in context

What a real POS. He should be arrested and charged under some kind of terrorism law (intentionally wanting to cause harm and suffering to innocent people)...

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Posted in: Olympic advice on transgender athletes due after Tokyo Games See in context

This is PC nonsense. This is the fair and common sense solution is it not? If you were born as a biological male you are not eligible to compete as a woman (and vice versa). If in the future a new 'trans' class is added, then great. But for now, sorry you cannot compete because EVERYONE knows it is unfair.

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Posted in: Plans exist for Olympic events to be canceled if natural disasters strike: media See in context

A natural disaster is currently unfolding / spreading... Isn't it?

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Posted in: Japan's 1st female paratrooper See in context

Would it have been more appropriate to have a women officer pin that on her chest / breast area???

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Posted in: Twitter users mobilize to use milk surplus caused by school closures See in context

ClippetyClop and Ah-so.

I said the locals (meaning those who live near / within walking distance of the school). But I appreciate your: 'the glass of milk is half empty mindset' ;)

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Posted in: Twitter users mobilize to use milk surplus caused by school closures See in context

How about still delivering the milk to schools, but allow the parents (or local residents) to collect it free of charge for their children.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. watching Japan closely for possible travel restriction See in context

The only reason Japan has a relatively low number, is because they are not testing enough people. As of the time I posted this comment (excluding the cruise ship) Japan has only tested 2517 people and 289 have been confirmed as infected.

Many overseas agencies and analysts are starting ask why Japan is not testing or refusing to test people who have flu like symptoms... What is Japan trying to hide (or protect)???

We have to remember that Japan let 1000's of Japanese nationals return from Wuhan and other parts of China with only self quarantine as a precaution. Also Japan is still allowing Chinese nationals to enter Japan without testing or quarantine. The only refuse entry to someone with a passport issued by the Hubei region.

I'm not fear mongering, I just advise caution when believing the official number of cases reported in Japan.

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Posted in: Gov't to create fund to subsidize parents during school closure: report See in context

Infections from the virus in Japan have topped 200, with five deaths

But let's not forget, the current 234 confirmed cases is based on only 2,209 people being tested so far...

Here are the latest tests vs new cases stats and charts:

Japan needs to start testing 1000's of people a day (like Korea).

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Posted in: Some investors worry as coronavirus puts question mark over Tokyo Olympics See in context

The problem is not 'worrying if Japan will cancel the Olympics' (which it stubbornly won't), the issues is the athletes / countries who will simply refuse to come to Japan due to the risk. If the Olympics goes ahead, there will only be a handful of countries, athletes and almost empty stadiums.

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Posted in: Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China See in context

The claim of this news story is pure fantasy. Here's the latest figures. Spiked to over 60,000 infected as of today...

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Posted in: Japan to send chartered flight to Wuhan to bring back its nationals See in context

I hope they quarantine and monitor everyone on these flights (for a few days) when they return to Japan.

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Posted in: Virus warning See in context

Quarantine for a few days ALL passengers arriving from China. Only way to be sure and safe :)

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic opening ceremony to be character-driven appeal for peace See in context

A meaningless message portrayed with childish characters. Really, is that the creative result of 'no doubt' 1000's of oyaji hours spent in numerous meetings.

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