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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

Which of the Dentsu-affiliated PR companies are coming up with these dumb platitudes for her, Hashimoto and the rest of the Olympic circus to spout? Do they have PhDs in victim culture?

First it was the atom bombs, then Tsunami and Fukushima, then victory over Covid, then victory over war and flu...

Once upon a time, the Olympics were about athletes and sport, faster, higher, further.

Now it is gold, silver and bitcoins for the IOC.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach to visit Japan in May for relay ceremony, Suga meeting See in context

It could be interesting if there were local demonstrations against him?

Not that NHK and the Dentsu-indebted media would report anything.

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Posted in: Japan to compile action plan for Fukushima water discharge this year; IAEA to be involved See in context

Where's the new cute cuddly mascot? Tori-chan? Toritty-kun?

C'mon Dentsu, get your designers to work!

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Posted in: Aso repeats claim that treated Fukushima water is good to drink See in context

Mr. Aso, put your money where your mouth is, or rather the glass of Fukushima-treated water.

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Posted in: Tougher virus restrictions expanded to 4 prefectures See in context

Whoops - forgot the quote in italics...

It's the LDP "unique and superior Japanese mindo" way...keep repeating whatever doesn't work ad infinitum, and hope the problem somehow magically disappears. Close restaurants one hour earlier...pathetic.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying,

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Posted in: Tougher virus restrictions expanded to 4 prefectures See in context

It's the LDP "unique and superior Japanese mindo" way...keep repeating whatever doesn't work ad infinitum, and hope the problem somehow magically disappears. Close restaurants one hour earlier...pathetic.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying,

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Posted in: Tougher virus restrictions expanded to 4 prefectures See in context

Stricter measures - bars and restaurants close at 7:30 pm, and get subsidies

Quasi-emergency stricter measures - bars and restaurants close at 7:00 pm, and get larger subsidies

Super-quasi-emergency stricter measures - bars and restaurants close at 6:00 pm, and get even larger subsidies

Can't the LDP and local government think of anything besides bars and restaurants closing earlier?

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Posted in: 2 top LDP officials say Olympics cancelation, no fans still an option See in context

Testing the water of public opinion, and evaluating the blowback from the interested parties.

Not a bad move....

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Posted in: Fukushima locals criticize government for tone-deaf tritium mascot See in context

KEPCO have U-chan and Pu-chan - mascots for Uranium and Plutonium.

Designed to make radiation appear cute and safe.

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Posted in: Ralph Lauren unveils Team USA Olympic uniforms See in context

Anti-viral cotton or polyester would be useful!

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Posted in: Olympic torchbearers run through empty Osaka park as virus surge tops 1,000 See in context

@Kyakusenbi_Arimasu

Can we get a list of torch carrier names and where they were born? Are all countries and prefectures represented?

NHK have a complete list, with dates, live streaming and video recordings of every leg of the relay.

https://sports.nhk.or.jp/olympic/torch/schedules/10_osaka/

Lots of locals, some ex-athletes, former tarento, some foreigners,

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Posted in: Toshiba faces investor call to seek alternatives to CVC bid See in context

He's due to go - declining trust in his leadership both at the company and among investors.

Huge conflict of interest! Announcement soon.

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Posted in: Olympic torchbearers run through empty Osaka park as virus surge tops 1,000 See in context

Osaka officials are discussing what extra measures to take, beyond quasi-emergency measures.

Just waiting to hear that an unprecented closing of bars and restaurants at 19:30,

or even a quasi-unprecedented 19:00!

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Posted in: Doctor arrested for stalking after sending 353 text messages to bar employee See in context

It's usually the other way around, the hostesses and the mama-san calling frequently to ask you when you are going to visit again, or go out wth them for a 'dohan' (dinner date before going on to the bar).

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Posted in: Toshiba faces investor call to seek alternatives to CVC bid See in context

The current CVC bid has a bad odour about it, with the Toshiba president a former CVC employee, and no doubt still well-connected. A competitive bid would ruin his potential retirement package!

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Posted in: Hyogo Prefecture to give 320,000 fans to restaurants for customers to cover mouths, dine 'safely' See in context

First the Abe-no-mask, now the Ido-no-fan...what next?

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Posted in: Torch relay in Nara See in context

Highly orchestrated, runners shuffling along, surrounded by oyajis and minders barking orders, roads lined with 'security', a convoy of cars and buses in attendance, must be costing a fortune.

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Posted in: Restaurant, bar owners worry about tighter COVID-19 steps See in context

Getting tired of hearing about the bar and restaurant owners. At least they can be open until 2000 in most cases, and earn income from sales before they close, and they get subsidies on top of that.

A lot of businesses have had to totally close down due to the epidemic, and receive nothing.

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Posted in: Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection See in context

IAEA paid off - their mission to promote the safe use of nuclear power.

'...it is a common way to release water at nuclear power plants...'

These 12 words are worth their weight in gold to TEPCO and the LDP and the nuclear village.

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Posted in: Long road ahead for buyout offer, Toshiba board chair warns See in context

So CVC don't have the money, and will need to borrow it, if they can successfully promote the deal.

They'll be in debt and seeking approval again, so no real way to speed up decision making,

Wait until they have completed their due diligence, they won't touch Toshiba and the rot within.

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Posted in: Manila hospitals struggle as virus surges See in context

One of the biggest exports from Manila are healthcare workers; physicians, nurses, and other HCPs, who work in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Oceania, and some even in Japan. They go for the dollar, pound, yen, etc., and in many cases in search of the green card for the USA. Hence the shortage of staff back home.

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Posted in: Japan denies considering vaccine priority for Olympic athletes See in context

So any deaths of unvaccinated Japan residents after these Olympics can be laid at the feet of the Tokyo Organising Committee, the Japan Olympic Committee and the IOC.

Of course, they'll be busy counting their gold, silver and bitcoin medals!

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Posted in: Suga to designate Tokyo for stronger anti-virus steps as infections spike See in context

Quasi-modo must be behind the government's Covid-19 reduction policies, or at least their naming policies!

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Posted in: Japanese regulator bans nuclear plant restart over lax safeguards See in context

30% cut of a very large salary for 6 months still leaves a large salary for 6 months - meaningless gesture.

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Posted in: Egypt seeks settlement out of court with Japanese company for Suez Canal blockage See in context

The Egyptian pilots are 100% responsible for the navigation and are paid to do it. Nice little earner.

Under Maritime Law, the Master of the Ship is ultimately responsible for the safety and navigation of the ship, even if given potentially bad advice from pilots. It's also Suez Canal Authority Rules. They have to work as a team.

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Posted in: Toshiba receives ¥2 tril acquisition offer from global fund See in context

I hope that they have done or will do a thorough due diligence. Who knows what skeletons, bad debts and bad accounts are still on the Toshiba books?

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Posted in: Health minister urges Tokyo to remain vigilant as virus cases soar in Osaka See in context

Remain vigilant - watch out for those pesky viruses; look back over your shoulder and under the table; they know to come after you when the clock strikes 20:00 in Osaka or 22:00 in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Since the central government lost a number of lawsuits related to side effects of vaccines in the past, both the country and pharmaceutical companies became negative toward developing vaccines, which has weakened the foundation for such efforts. See in context

Early Japanese medicines typically followed the same principles as Chinese medicines, with almost no side-effects but only mild positive effects, with a focus on maintaining harmony and restoring balance. The concept of tolerating some side-effects in return for strong positive healing effects took years to be accepted. Green Cross Corporation, with links to the notorious Unit 731 were also responsible for HIV contamination in blood products, eroding trust in both companies and the MOH who were supposed to regulate them.

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Posted in: If the campaign cannot be resumed, the government will probably continue providing support to local governments. See in context

How about supporting some other businesses that are not linked to eating and drinking?

At least those places can partially open and receive income!

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