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Posted in: Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success See in context

Maybe the IOC took the virus with all of the money when they left Japan?

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors reveals design of all-new Outlander PHEV model See in context

Looks like some influence from the Lexus grill, one of the biggest and ugliest in the automobile world.

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Posted in: Man Utd lose at Leicester; five-goal Liverpool thrash Watford See in context

Maybe they should have stuck to the bus, and not flown the 100 miles to Leicester!

Jet lag?

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Posted in: IOC voices Olympic concern at FIFA's biennial World Cup plan See in context

Worried about potential loss of revenue...

The Lords of the Rings are concerned that sports fans will spend their time and money elsewhere.

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Posted in: Opposition parties unite in bid to break LDP's grip on power See in context

The LDP -  Liberal Democratic Party

Not Liberal, not Democratic, and not a Party.

The best government that money can buy!

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Posted in: Bali reopens to foreign travelers but no international flights arrive See in context

It's all very well to go there, but for many people, returning to their home countries can be an expensive nightmare.

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Posted in: Olympics VP says China human rights 'not within' IOC mandate See in context

"We are not a world government. We have to respect the sovereignty of the countries who are hosting the games...

"We have no ability to go into a country and tell them what to do... it's not our remit."

Tell that to ex-PM Suga, whom the IOC bullied and walked over in Tokyo a few months ago.

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will start 3rd COVID vaccine shots in December See in context

Japan has been restoring social and economic activities to pre-pandemic levels...

If this means back to 2019 levels, it's probably going to be 2023 or 2024 by the time this happens.

Japan can't recover in isolation; it's a global drop, and the rest of the world has to recover too.

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Posted in: Under-pressure Taliban to meet EU, U.S. in diplomatic push See in context

An opium and hashish based economy is not going to win many friends in the rest of the world, despite the ROW being their largest consumer of refined and processed drugs.

They have little industry other than carpets/rugs, pomegranates, grapes and some agriculture; tourism is a tiny niche market, and reliance on donors, international and humanitarian aid; and gold seizures is not a foundation for a good economy, other than enriching the already rich.

There are supposedly 1 trillion dollars of mineral deposits, but companies may be reluctant to risk staff and capital investment in the area.

They'll need a really smooth PR campaign to win over the corporate world to invest there.

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Posted in: Starbucks Japan is a great place to go for…lasagna?!? See in context

Hope that they are taking the cheese from all the other sandwiches that they sell.

At a recent visit, every variety of sandwich on sale contained cheese; not good for people who don't like the stuff.

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Posted in: Former head of egg producer convicted for bribing ex-farm minister See in context

The best government money can buy!

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Posted in: Australia won't allow in international tourists until 2022 See in context

You can bet that the sport elites esp. tennis and cricket, and the IOC (for Brisbane) will be granted special exemptions, along with the new Hollywood elite hanging around Byron Bay.

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Posted in: Kishida to create new ministerial post for economic security See in context

Years ago at a conference in Tokyo, a security executive for a leading Japanese electronics manufacturer was displaying a range of counterfeit goods produced in China, 99.999% identical to the original with just subtle changes to the logo.

However one item that stood out was an original production from the Chinese counterfeiter, that the Japanese company did not make, but was satisfying a gap in the market!

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Posted in: Tokyo Games CEO: Official costs will be known early next year See in context

Paper shredding, file deletion, and creative accounting to get to the desired number.

Toshiba accountants and auditors may have a new job!

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Posted in: What do you think it is going to be like at airports as more international travel starts? Do you think there will be hassles at check-in terminals and departure gates over whether passengers have or haven't got the right vaccination passports or apps, or proof of having tested negative for the coronavirus and so on? See in context

More hassles, frustrations and lots of angry passengers, with more abuse towards the ground staff.

I can imagine some tests are rejected, certificates are incomplete, regulations and standards are changed, paperwork is missing, on top of the usual security and anti-terrorism checks that make traveling such a pleasure nowadays, or at least eighteen months ago.

Domestic travel for a while...

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Posted in: 5 Japanese dramas for studying Japanese See in context

Ryoko Yonekura's Doctor X was not so bad, a long-running hospital drama. The usual overacting was reduced and the supporting actors were less than wooden; but there lots of medical vocabulary, some fun stories, an attempt at character development, and a very caustic view of the Japanese medical hierarchy and healthcare system.

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Posted in: Tokyo farewells Japan’s only double-decker shinkansen with a special escalator at the station See in context

The best double-decker Shinkansen was the Tokaido Line Grand Hikari, using JR West 16 car 100 series V sets, with 4 Double Decker Green cars. It even included a restaurant car! Loved riding up top between Tokyo and Osaka.

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Posted in: Former women's empowerment minister Noda to run for LDP leadership See in context

Barely scraped together 20 supporters to qualify - that tells you she is not widely supported.

But at least she is trying, and marginally more acceptable than Takaichi.

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Posted in: Met Gala returns in style with Eilish, Lil Nas X, Rihanna See in context

According to one media outlet, this was 'The Frocky Horror Show!'

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Posted in: Algerian judoka banned for 10 years for refusing Tokyo Olympic bout See in context


Back in Oct and December, Lord Sebastian Coe, of World Athletics Federation and a probable future OC president, said that protests were OK!

But IOC fired back with Bach using his press conference after the IOC Executive Board meeting to suggest Coe's support for podium protests contravenes World Athletics rules.

Confusing and toothless...

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Posted in: Japan's main opposition party vows to realize separate surname option See in context

Both Olympic chiefs Seiko Hashimoto and Tamayo Marukawa use their maiden names, even though they are both married. (Seiko Ishizaki and Tamayo Otsuka).

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Posted in: Britain's Raducanu, 18, beats Fernandez, 19, to win U.S. Open See in context

Raducanu was very talkative in her press conference, answering questions with a maturity that belied her age, but reflected her experience. A Japanese journalist 'Aki' calling in via telephone in the press conference asked her about roles models and also mentioned Naomi Osaka.

Emma spoke that Li Na, China's first Grand Slam champion, was a big inspiration, and ignored the bait!

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Posted in: Kono announces bid to become next prime minister See in context

Out of all the contenders, he's probably the least toxic.

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Posted in: FIFA unveils biennial World Cup plan; UEFA threatens boycott See in context

They have noted how the IOC make large sums of money every two years, and want to do the same.

It's not sport, it's business.

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Posted in: EU reinstates travel ban from Japan due to surge in coronavirus cases See in context

Slow reaction as usual from EU bureaucracy - cases have been up for around six weeks!

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Posted in: Police extend reward period for info on 1996 murder of student See in context

25 years ago. Sad to say, but can memory from so long ago be relied upon?

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Posted in: Hong Kong police arrest Tiananmen vigil organizers See in context

I expect we'll see an exodus of the corporate regional business centres from Hong Kong in the future, as they will just find it impossible to work there.

Singapore and the Philippines with their skilled and English speaking workforces may prove possible options, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, less so; Taiwan, even more problematical; but Japan may miss out on this as it is just not flexible and open enough, despite periodic considerations and discussions on making it attractive to overseas businesses. Financial transactions; Import/ Export bureaucracy; personnel expenses, Tokyo-centric mentality and other issues just turn companies off.

Missed chances...

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Posted in: Emperor begins move to palace 2 years after ascending the throne See in context

I wonder if they had any choice in the furnishings, wall paper, design and room layouts, etc., in their new residence, of was it all done by the IHA?

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Posted in: 90-year-old ex-elite bureaucrat gets 5-year jail term over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

letsberealisticToday  05:00 pm JST

Is there a system in Japan to annually assess those over a certain age?

Yes. Right now in Japan, over-75s must take a cognitive test every three years before they can successfully get their licence renewed. Other requirements are pending, such as a test driving course, with points subtracted for errors, and a minimum pass rate; or requiring a car equipped with advanced automatic braking system.

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Posted in: Suga mulls reshuffling ruling party execs, cabinet next week See in context

The - Deck - Chairs - Rearranging - Titanic - On

A familair exercise when all else is failing...

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