Parsons' comments are tone deaf. The Japanese have been betrayed by their government for the sake of big business, and they are angry. After a year of "states of emergency" designed to keep companies afloat as workers and small businesses suffer, the Japanese public now get to watch the rest of the developed world return to normalcy just as Japan enters its darkest hour and our medical system starts to collapse. Yes, of course we are suspicious that the IOC is putting profit above public health. No, we are not in the mood for a celebration here.
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I'm proud to have signed it.
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“If a thief robs a jewelry store of all of its diamonds (the 2020 Presidential Election), the diamonds must be returned,” he said in a statement this week.
Great analogy, Einstein.
I can't understand why anyone still supports this insufferable half-wit.
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I thought one consequence of Japan rolling out its vaccination program more slowly is that it would have learned from the mistakes other countries made. Apparently not.
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Sorry, athletes, but your dreams are not more important than people's lives.
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Unbelievable. Today I learned that, according to Suga, Japan is not a sovereign nation and that an international body gets to decide whether an event takes place here or not.
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I signed it. Over 195,000 signatures now!
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The 29% of Republicans who are anti-vaccine don't seem to be aware that Trump and his entire family were quietly vaccinated back in January as soon as they had the chance.
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Strange article that only provokes more questions. Owners are reporting more needy behavior in their pets, but couldn't that be simply because they're home more often to witness the "neediness?"
Let's just be honest, dogs (and also cats to an extent) are social animals and leaving one alone at home all day while you're at work, day after day, isn't fun for them. If they're becoming more interactive now that their humans are around more to spend time with them, I can't understand how that could be a bad thing.
Sounds like some of the survey respondents are projecting their own pandemic stress onto their dogs.
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I can't stop thinking about the optics of the Tokyo Olympics, and it has my mind spinning.
The IOC, Koike, and the LDP have repeatedly hyped up this event as a celebration of "triumph" over covid-19. Let's look ahead a few months.
The U.S. is on track to reach herd immunity through vaccination by the middle of summer. Israel is already nearly there. Many European countries will be well on their way by then. Aus and NZ are permitting travel between their countries because they've managed to contain the virus. In Taiwan, life has moved on. Even India is farther along in its vaccination program than Japan is.
When the Olympics begin, the world's eyes will be on Japan. What will the world see?
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Posted in: After bars and restaurants close at 8 p.m. in areas where there is a coronavirus state of emergency, many people are buying alcohol at convenience stores and from vending machines and then hang out in parks or public spaces near train stations to continue drinking, thus leading to more possible virus infections. Do you think the police should disperse such groups? See in context
No, not unless it was part of a real lockdown that had an actual chance of getting the virus under control.
Japan could beat this thing and find itself on equal ground with Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand if the government could just get its act together. Impose a real lockdown and make PCR testing and quarantine requirements the same for everyone who enters or reenters the country, whether Japanese or foreign. Yes, life will suck under lockdown for three weeks. Just like ripping a bandage off, the point is to get it over with quickly. There is no vaccination program to speak of at the moment so this is Japan's only option unless it wants to endure a 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th wave.
Forcing everyone to report for work and pack themselves into crowded trains as usual, but penalizing them for a little low-risk socializing outdoors, when there's no end in sight to the pandemic in this country, is cruel.
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My salary has plummeted in the past year and I barely make enough to pay my rent and bills. I couldn't afford to travel even with the Go To Travel subsidies. I'm more than a little resentful that the tax on what precious little money I make is going toward helping better-off people pay for vacations they shouldn't be going on anyway.
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In this country there is way too much energy spent and way too much crap given to others over pointless trivialities.
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This is so ridiculous. No one is more efficient at work and more eager to wrap up meetings quickly than moms of young kids.
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Mori should shut up and bring me a cup of tea.
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Keep schools open, but suspend club activities. Close the bars. Come on J-gov't, bite the bullet and support those business owners and workers for the next few months until we get a vaccine.
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Pointless message. No one is stopping them from going without masks. No one is stopping them from going to bars or partying.
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@Objective, it takes 3-4 weeks for people to die of coronavirus. If we've seen a spike in cases in July, don't expect to see a spike in deaths until August.
A German study found that 3/4ths of coronavirus patients (average age 49) had structural damage to their hearts two months after recovery. This disease is serious, so please take it seriously, everyone.
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The virus is not that deadly. There have been many anti-body studies showing the real fatality rate is lower than 0.5%
There are 7.5 billion people in the world. At the beginning of this pandemic, epidemiologists predicted that up to 70% of humanity would eventually catch the virus before a vaccine is developed. Let's say that the actual death rate is on the lower end at 0.02%.
70% of 7,500,000,000 equals 5,250,000,000 people falling ill with the virus.
Out of that number of the infected, a 0.02% death rate means over 100 million people will die. No, it's not the end of the world, but it's nothing to sneeze at, either.
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I'm stunned. Ugly stereotypes aside, this video does the Japanese public a terrible disservice by not stating the real reason for the protests, which is police brutality. Maybe NHK doesn't want its viewers thinking too much about how their own justice system works?
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All the naysayers here fail to grasp that this is for the safety of the flight crew. They have to breathe in that recirculated air not just for the duration of your flight, but every working day of their lives. If flight attendants and pilots are too scared to do their jobs, you won't be flying anywhere, face mask or not.
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Great idea. Only let oyajis do the shopping, and every home will be well-stocked with canned coffee, beer, and cigarettes.
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Trump is a weak, silly little man.
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Amazing filmmaker. "The Discarnates" left me shaking in a pool of my own tears. RIP, my friend.
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Since it's predicted that 70 percent of humanity will catch coronavirus at some point, most of these bullies will have to eat their words when it's their turn to become ill.
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While it's true I'm not happy with the way the Japanese government has handled things, there's no way I'm going back to the U.S. during the biggest public health crisis of our time without health insurance. Thanks, but no thanks.
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Japan is on the brink of a massive public health crisis right now, but I sure am glad the Diet is hard at work making sure they can squeeze five more years of labor out of me in my old age.
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Could these politicians at least keep their eyes open as they discuss our fates? I don't give up a huge chunk of my pay each year to fund these old dudes' nap time.
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