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Posted in: Belarus runner alleges Olympic team tried to send her home See in context

Didn't Belarus force a Ryanair flight to land recently to remove a journalist? Not exactly a friendly place at the moment.

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Posted in: Outdoor drinking party in athletes village being investigated See in context

So lm guessing there is no Police presence near the Olympic village?

Police arrived after the incident, A rapid response?, But it does take time to don helmets, shields get the batons signed out.

Riot police wearing their protective equipment are already stationed in their blue buses in a number of expressway car parks close to Harumi and other parts of Tokyo.

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Posted in: Thompson-Herah breaks Flo Jo's Olympic record in women's 100 See in context

Cool Runnings indeed!

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend considers working at U.S. law firm See in context

She'll get 100 million or so Yen when she marries and leaves the Royal Family, and he'll probably be on a decent salary with the family connections, so that they can easily pay off the mother's debts.

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Posted in: Japan expands virus state of emergency, restrictions to more prefectures See in context

The new super-duper-special-quasi-ultra-state of emergency, focusing only on alcohol, restaurants and bars, and the totally impractical work from home.

Just like the other four SOEs and quasi SOEs before it...

"...we have to come up with new measures that are effective!"

In the meantime, the IOC TV broadcast circus in Japan continues to vacuum up huge sums of money.

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Posted in: Japanese sandwiches give foreign reporters culture shock at Tokyo Olympics See in context

The crusts used to be sold in supermarkets at a very low price, bags of 'mimi' or ears!

Very popular with foreigners living in the gaijin houses in the 80s and 90s, for making a cheap lunch or dinner.

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Posted in: Rare fans at Olympic events admit COVID doubts See in context

The catchphrase that they are using for these games 'United By Emotion' will soon be 'United By Infection!'

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Posted in: Kono says gov't trying to reach young adults to combat vaccine misinformation See in context

There are two bubbles here; the Olympic Bubble, leaking away, with athletes, officials, elites, volunteers and others mixing and not following the 'Playbooks'; and the Politicians' Bubble, totally isolated from real life and their people, surrounded by sycophants and gophers, without a clue as to what the residents of Japan are going through at the moment.

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

Yokohama is unable to take bookings for vaccination after July due to no stock of vaccines.

Koike living in cloud-cuckoo land again.

Olympic volunteers would also like their second injection, despite the IOC and TOCOG requesting that they do not have it, in case that they are sick and unable to work.

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Posted in: 'I can die': Medvedev survives extreme heat at Tokyo Games See in context

Timings for events in Japan are determined by IOC following requests from US Broadcasting needs, fitting revenue generating advertisements at peak times between glimpses of sport.

Maybe the IOC business model needs changing, with more focus on the local needs and conditions for athletes and staff, as well as spectators.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 2,848 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,629 See in context

Don't worry too much. Today's death toll is 8. Comparing with USA and UK, it isn't big number.

Still, 8 people who would have preferred to live longer, and not become a statistic.

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Posted in: Boeing set to face investor scrutiny as problems plague jets See in context

Gone downhill since Boeing’s “reverse takeover” of McDonnell Douglas—so-called because it was McDonnell executives who perversely ended up in charge of the combined entity, and it was McDonnell’s culture that became ascendant.

“McDonnell Douglas bought Boeing with Boeing’s money,” went the joke around Seattle.

Accountants took over from engineers.

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Posted in: The unavailability of information on vaccines is a common problem faced by all foreign residents of Japan with language barriers. To spread information, public administration services should work with communities of non-Japanese and their support groups, and they should also use social media platforms that are viewed by non-Japanese. See in context

I have to give Yokohama credit for preparing everything in 4 languages, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and English. Website links and QR code for access. The instructions for vaccination and the pre-vaccination questionnaire followed exactly the same format in each language, making it easy to complete, and for the vaccination staff to follow. Brazilian and Tagalog would have been useful for the other major language groups here.

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Posted in: Emperor tells Bach holding Olympics amid pandemic 'not easy' See in context

Bach should be smart enough to read between the lines.

Only reads numbers, bank statements, invoices, receipts.

He is only concerned with gold, silver, etc., money, not medals!

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Posted in: Little cheer in Tokyo for Olympics See in context

@Michael O’ Dereiter

Could have been broadcast media/ technical staff, many of whom have been here in advance, and stay elsewhere.

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Posted in: Emperor tells Bach holding Olympics amid pandemic 'not easy' See in context

Bottakuri Danshaku and his fellow Lords of the Rings are just glorified event producers and marketing managers - they have one job every two years!

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

Suga denies IOC pressure to hold Olympics...

He also has beachfront property in Afghanistan to sell!

The host-city contract is between the IOC and Tokyo City/ TOCOG/JOC, not the LDP, Suga or even Abe.

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Posted in: Brisbane picked to host 2032 Olympics without a rival bid See in context

Bottakuri Danshaku and the other Lords of the Rings will have their income and pension plans assured for another 12 years! Gold, Silver and probably Bitcoin on their podium.

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Posted in: To close the gender gap, it is essential to improve the working environment on the set. There is harassment, working hours are long, and sleep time is reduced. Even if we train young women, they can't stand it and leave. See in context

Much of the work involves being on standby and catering to the whims and over-the-top requests of egotistical producers/ directors and demanding talent/actors/ artists, and often excused as creative behaviour.

A little more understanding of what these demands and requests actually entail, and refusing some of the more outrageous ones would go a long way to improve the workplace for everyone.

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Posted in: Medal count: Prediction has U.S. heading a wide open Olympics See in context

Japan backed down on its 30 gold target a few weeks ago, revised it to around 16.

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Posted in: He's not doing a good job at handling the party and policy, and nobody likes him being in power. All they need is an alternative. See in context

A long round of late night meetings in bars and restaurants, weighing in debts and favours, future job rotations and the heavy influence of the geriatric Nippon Kaigi leaders; coupled with the weighted vote of the conservative farmers and countryside concrete makers, and a 'new leader' will emerge to take the job.

The LDP. Not Liberal, not Democratic, and not a Party.

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Posted in: Toyota decides not to air Olympics-related TV ads in Japan See in context

Token virtue-signalling to maintain their image in the hope that it does not affect future sales.

All their other support to the Games remains unchanged.

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Posted in: Brisbane tipped to be awarded 2032 Olympics See in context

Check the contracts, double check the terms and conditions, and triple check the list of 7,000 pages of special requests that will be ordered, such as Coca Cola in every fridge, alcoholic drinks at every meal opportunity, increased rotation of buffet meals for extra choice, staff being required to smile, VIP traffic lane for IOC family, meeting with PM, etc..

Oslo's rejection for 2022 is visible for all on the www.

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Posted in: Russia at Tokyo Olympics with new name, more doping disputes See in context

How not to wear a mask! Must have seen the chin-covering oyaji photos in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Gov't asks airlines to halt new bookings as Olympic traffic rises See in context

Long queues at the airport for athletes, officials and others due to not enough staff to process and test them.

As if they did not know thousands of extra people would be arriving at this time.

Joe Public again pays the price for these IOC Greed Games.

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Posted in: Prosecutors seek 7-year prison term for 90-year-old ex-bureaucrat in fatal driving case See in context

The lawyer said Iizuka’s car was more than 10 years old and that its braking system had deteriorated over time.

Would have had a car inspection (shakken) around about a year ago, and braking systems are an item that is checked.

More BS from a bureaucrat and lawyer.

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Posted in: Fewer than 1,000 VIPs may attend Olympic opening ceremony See in context

What the criteria for attending?

How much gold, silver or bitcoin deposits they have made into the banks of the Lords of the Rings?

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Posted in: IOC's Bach brings attention to Hiroshima — some of it unwanted See in context

Forgotten already about celebrating recovering from the tsunami and earthquake, he barely remembers Japanese people, this glorified event producer is not a real president like Obama.

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Posted in: Vaccine deliveries rising as Delta virus variant slams Asia See in context

it took blistering criticism from the African Union for how long it was taking for vaccines to reach the continent,

Blaming everyone else, African countries have wasted millions of doses of the vaccine due to poor administration, bureaucracy, storage, transportation and lack of staff to administer them, and a general reluctance of the population to be vaccinated, despite being the recipients of many other vaccinations from the Covax Alliance and others.

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

'President' Bach - a glorified sports event producer and money collector - just one job every two years - usually!

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