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Posted in: Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference See in context

Japanese neighbour going skiing at the weekend in Niigata with children and friend's children, as compensation for cancelled school trip; cannot decide whether to drive or take the train.

Infection? Pandemic? Restrictions? What????

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Posted in: WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins See in context

They've had a year or more to shred all the papers, delete the files, scrub and disinfect the place, relocate or disappear the personnel involved, and cover everything up.

There is little chance that anything will be found to incriminate them, unless a whistle-blower willing to risk their life and that of their family comes forward and exposes what happened.

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Posted in: He has almost no skill at messaging. Even at press conferences he's looking down and reading notes. That doesn't invite trust from citizens... The result is that his support ratings are falling. See in context

Everything these politicians say is written for them by the bureaucrats and their staff, checked and verified, and checked and verified again, that is why they all sound so dead and wooden.

Major ministries keep staff on-call until the early hours of the morning in case of an urgent question, taxis from Kasumigaseki are busy from 02:00.

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Posted in: Gov't to support suppliers of eateries hit by virus emergency See in context

The eateries can still open for a large part of the day, selling food and drinks, and still get some income.

What about those businesses that cannot work at all, for which work at home is impossible, and get NO income?

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan exec says automaker sought to hide Ghosn's pay See in context

Now that Toshiyuki Shiga has retired, after years on full pay and no doubt a handsome retirement package, he decides to confess part of Nissan's role in the reporting of salaries, after watching the whole saga of the arrest, jail and escape.

Why now?

And how many other Nissan executives are also involved in these shenanigans?

Looks like the case is starting to fall apart, or they'll need a bigger courthouse to accommodate all the Nissan execs who could stand trial.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic president tries to reassure doubting country See in context

After IOC Exec Dick Pound's speech that athletes (and the accompanying bloated train of officials and support that goes with them) should get priority over everyone else to enable the games to go ahead; disgust for the Olympic Circus and Lords of the Rings has increased.

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Posted in: Suga, Bill Gates agree vaccines key for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Was thinking why is Bill Gates even part of this discussion?

Not an epidemiologist.

Not an infectious disease expert.

Not an Olympic official.

Not a Tokyo Government member.

Not a sportsperson.

Ah ha...the provider of money and resources.

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Posted in: North Korea's Kim takes over party's highest title from late father See in context

Not a little notebook in sight!

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Posted in: Izakaya stagger under blow of 2nd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

The Live Event, Exhibition, Concert and Meetings industry has been impacted since February 2020, with virtually everything cancelled. Many specialist freelancers worked on them, and they have seen virtually no income for 10-11 months. A few have been able to transition to virtual conferences and work, but only a few. Construction, design and carpentry, reception, AVL, creative, artists and performers have all seen their work dry up.

At least bars and restaurants have been open for some of the time, allowing some income.

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Posted in: Cars stranded, trains affected by continued heavy snow across Japan See in context

The government now recommends that snow clearance is done in pairs, especially from the roof.

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Posted in: All people entering Japan must submit negative results to COVID-19 test See in context

*@gokai_wo_maneku** I'm pretty sure forged or fake documents will quickly become readily available.*

A bank employee in the UK was printing them and selling them as a part-time job!

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Posted in: Prioritize athletes for vaccine so Tokyo Games can go ahead: IOC member See in context

Athletes, then officials, then directors and executives, then sponsors, then all members of the 'Olympic village'; the list will just get bigger and bigger.

Anything to make them happen, and avoid cancellation costs.

The greed of the Lords of the Rings on display yet again.

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Posted in: Suga to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures on Thursday night until Feb 7 See in context

No pro-Olympic comments yet from Mayor Koike or PM Suga.

There must be a number of very worried people now.

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Posted in: Suga to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures on Thursday night until Feb 7 See in context

That pesky virus, coming out at 20:01 at night time!

Why doesn't Suga ask them to come out later, say at 21:01, or even better at 22:01?

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Posted in: Hackers trained by Tokyo Olympics organizers to fight cyberattacks See in context

From the previous Minister in Charge of Olympic Cyber Security who had never used a PC in his life; just send a fax, and what's a USB stick?

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Posted in: Male-only rule should be prioritized in imperial succession: Suga See in context

Suga's vaunted plan to abolish hanko's, except for 83 categories, including driving licences and car registration, two of the most common usages, should tell you enough about his nature.

No change.

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Posted in: Emperor thanks medical professionals in video message See in context

Nice picture, bonsai and background for the pair photograph; then back to the ol' pegboard for the family shot!

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Posted in: Pandemic causing uncertainty, unease for Tokyo Olympic host towns See in context

Closer to $30 billion spent on these games, according to an independent audit earlier in the year, and more was suspected...as information was hard to obtain.

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Posted in: Abe says sorry over political funding case See in context

Just another 'SORRIMASEN'

Hybrid verb - sounds like I am sorry, but real meaning is I'm not sorry.

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Posted in: Final Tokyo Olympic budget soars 22% to ¥1.64 trillion See in context

Independent audit earlier in the year estimates the figure to be more than twice this sum. Creative accounting and reporting to conceal the true costs.

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Posted in: IAEA ready to send monitor team for Fukushima water release See in context

IAEA - intent on promoting the 'safe' use of nuclear power.

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Posted in: Ginza shoppers clean hands, phones with high-tech wash stations See in context

Watched a shopper in front of me place her hands very quickly under one of these electronic alcohol dispensers, but pulled her hand away before the alcohol spray even started!

I guess the thought counted!

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Posted in: If the number of infections continues to rise, there won't be enough staff to run quarantine facilities. The central government has to consider taking action. See in context

... requesting asking the central government to set up a meeting to include an agenda to discuss possible measures to consider taking action ... SOP

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Posted in: Poor countries face long wait for vaccines despite promises See in context

The UK is currently vaccinating just 17,000 people per day; at that rate it will take nearly 10 years to vaccinate everyone!

Some clinics are refusing to vaccinate, as they are already too busy.

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Posted in: Mr Suga is not in a faction, and doesn't have a strong base, so he faces an uphill battle. His cabinet is like a mosaic of people from different factions, so he can't make bold decisions because he's worried about someone suddenly saying, 'I can no longer support you.' See in context

Within a couple of months he has gone from Abe's champion backroom boy, the erudite 'behind-the-scenes' power broker who knows how to get things done around the streets of Kasumgaseki, to a PM facing an uphill battle with ... a cabinet full of people from different factions, worried about someone suddenly saying, 'I can no longer support you...'

What has he done, or not done to upset this 'veteran' LDP lawmaker?

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Posted in: Japan considers setting up panel on imperial succession See in context

They have been considering this for years, officially from 2005 to 2012. During that period, Japan discussed the possibility of changing the laws of succession to the Chrysanthemum Throne, which is currently limited to males of the Japanese Imperial Family.

No conclusion. No recommendation. Nothing.

Time for another advisory panel.

As vanityofvanities suggested, Japan's royal system seems to have ended with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Covid-19 not withstanding, the current Emperor and Empress have done virtually nothing other than a few esoteric ceremonies that the IHA publish low-res photos on their website, to which few people are invited, and have all but disappeared from public view. Most news is of the Crown Prince's daughter, and the long saga of her fiance's mother's money, and some insipid statements from her father on 'approval'.

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Posted in: Supermarket slip lawsuit ruling influenced by size and color of pumpkin tempura See in context

So if people walk around looking at the floor directly in front of them and are hit by another person, they can claim they were watching out for pumpkin tempura, and sue.

And if they were watching out ahead of themselves, not to walk into other people, and slipped on an unnoticed piece of pumpkin tempura, they can sue.

Can't win.

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Posted in: Gov't urges 'quiet' year-end, but will continue Go To Travel campaign See in context

Classic case of left side not knowing what right side is doing.

J-Gov have no strategy, besides get the Olympics at any cost.

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Posted in: MOX fuel production plant in Aomori clears regulator safety checks See in context

@nandakandamanda - yes, half lives are isotope specific, e.g. U-233 160,000 years, U-235 - 703,800,000 years, U-238 - 4.468 billion years!

A good rule of thumb is that, after seven half-lives, you will have less than one percent of the original amount of radiation. It is generally accepted that 10 half lives will reduce the radiation from most sources to a safe level. It may be above background, but not at a level that will harm you.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes to have short stay in Japan: IOC See in context

This will certainly be the 'asterisk' games, where medals and records will be noted to have been achieved under unusual circumstances.

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