Wellington comments

Posted in: Are Japan and the IOC past the point of no return for canceling the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

If the polls are correct and 60% of the folks here in Japan want cancellation they should seriously consider cancelling the games.

If the Suga Administration had rolled up their sleeves back in January or February, gotten serious, and gotten to work on the vaccinations in a realistic way and started vaccinating at the pace they have done in Israel, the UK, and the US the Olympics could have been held. Over 50% of the population would have been vaccinated by now, and people would have been a lot more optimistic.

But, they didn't.

I do not think their inaction was deliberate, nor that they were looking for some type of pecuniary gain as some have suggested. They just seemed to really not care.

You can bet if their sons or daughters, or grandchildren were participating in the Olympics things would have been different.

Hopefully the public will remember this come election time and vote these guys out of office.

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Posted in: Teacher disciplined for drinking alcohol during class in Okinawa See in context

I can understand the "impulse" temptation to have one during work, but please use some common sense. Excuse yourself and go the bathroom where you can hide these "impulses " from your students.

10% payout for 3 months will turn out to be an expensive drink.

Not sure how much an elementary school teacher would make but just guessing monthly pay at Y300,000 x 10%= Y30,000 X 3 months= Y900,000 or around $1000. USD

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

Our Chinese friends are not without a sense of humor!

Perfect suggestion to this big Aso.

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Posted in: If the Tokyo Olympics are held, who do you think would be a good choice to light the Olympic flame? See in context

Hideki ...........!    感激!

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Posted in: Restaurant chain operator sues Tokyo gov't over COVID opening hour restrictions See in context

Allowing "Mizu Shobai" places to open and then having them close as 9:00PM seems a bit arbitrary and capricious.

It seems like the lawmakers were sitting around a table and someone suggested, "Having these places open all night, might not look right. What do you guys think ?"

"Good idea. Let's have them close early"

"How about 9:00PM"

"Perfect, 10:00 might appear to be too late, 8:00 is too early......."

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Posted in: Japan receives 6th batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine See in context

I hate to complain about those in charge, who seem to be trying to do the right thing, but they do seem awful slow in getting folks vaccinated.

From what I have read, they seem to be very strict on who can do the jabbing. I wish they would allow retired medical professionals, pharmacists, med students and the medical personnel from the SDF administer the vaccines.

The strict adherence to guidelines does seem to be the Japanese way of doing things, but I wish they would make an exception just once when people's lives are at stake.

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Posted in: Travelers entering Japan have to install location confirmation app, Skype on smartphones See in context

I forgot to add that a co-worker recently visited Taiwan on vacation in the above post.

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Posted in: Travelers entering Japan have to install location confirmation app, Skype on smartphones See in context

Taiwan has been doing the same since the beginning of the pandemic and have had only 10 pandemic-related deaths with only 1004 reported cases. Of the 1004 cases, 959 have recovered.

Only those with a Taiwanese passport or those who have received special permission are allowed in the country. Upon arrival one must sign a form giving permission to the government health officials to install apps on their cell phone that will allow the health officials to monitor their location.

A 14- day quarantine at her residence was required. She received daily calls, and two in-person visits to her home from the health department during the 14 days.

After the 14 days she was free to move around.

People lie and cheat. The tracing apps are a minor inconvenience that keeps people honest. If you don't like it don't come to Japan.

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Posted in: 16-year prison term upheld for man over fatal abuse of daughter See in context

The Mom, I believe, has completed her sentence.

Hopefully some sort of punishment is meted out to this man in prison by the other inmates and the guards look the other way.

He reportedly has anger issues, let him lose his temper against a man his own size for once.

Also, It would be nice to see the some sort of punishment given to the school board especially to her 担任先生、 the teacher who not only ignored her pleas for help, but betrayed her trust by showing the "Cries for Help Letter" to her step-father, whose actions upon seeing the letter resulted in her death.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

ThonTaddeoMar. 3  08:53 am JST

The Taylors have been in jail in Boston since May; that's almost 10 months already. Will this period count toward their sentence in Japan if they are convicted?

It should. That is usually the case in the United States.

Since the defendants were detained at the request of the Japanese prosecutors it probably will, but who knows for sure.

If you can read Japanese you may be able to find an answer in 六法全書、刑事法。

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

Family Guy is racist, especially toward Asians, and for some unknown reason, Koreans. Fox knows better than to anger Blacks, but Asians still seem to be a target for their racism.

Family Guy gets away with it because, sans the racism, it is pretty funny.

There is probably a little Peter Griffin in all of us.

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Posted in: Japan considers creating waiting lists for COVID-19 vaccine: Kono See in context

I cannot believe the incompetence of these men. I had thought that Mr. Kono was a cut above the rest, being educated abroad and seemingly a man with a proper dose of common sense.

Sadly I was mistaken.

If the Japanese people were not as sensible and smart as they are regarding safety the death toll would be a lot higher than it is with these guys in charge.

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Posted in: Hashimoto will not give Mori any official Tokyo Olympics role See in context

Mr. Mori's services are really not wanted at this time, he has contributed enough already.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

I actually felt sorry for him for a minute when I read the headline.

But, then I thought of all of the women in Japan who are humiliated during their lives and made to think less of themselves by people who think, speak, and act like Mr. Mori.

Then I thought of all of the women whose lives and careers are ruined by people like Mr. Mori.

Then I though of the little girls who give up on their dreams, or who won't dream big because of people like Mr. Mori.

Glad he's gone.

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Posted in: Mori apologizes for sexist remarks, but refuses to resign See in context

I wish one of the reporters would ask Mori if the reason the meetings seem so long is because he is so old.

And then watch his reaction.

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Posted in: S Korea drops description of Japan as 'partner' in defense white paper See in context

Does anyone really care ?

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Posted in: Would you support airlines refusing to admit passengers unless they have proof of COVID-19 vaccination or immunity, as a condition for international travel? See in context

I wish they had more categories than just "Yes" and "No".

Like, "Absolutely, positively" or "No way, never, or even the somewhat cynical and a tad anti-social, "What a dumb question."

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Posted in: Apple's Tim Cook criticizes social media practices, intensifying Facebook conflict See in context

I took both of them off my iphone a long time ago.

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Posted in: Woman gets 9 years over starvation death of 2-year-old daughter See in context

I love Japan, but her criminal justice system is hard to understand at times.

The courts seem to forget the victims, especially if they were children, when it comes to sentencing the guilty parties.

Mia Kurihara, and Yua Funato (as mentioned above) are two more that we should never forget.

I get that admission of guilt and showing remorse go a long way in a Japan court but only 9 years for starving a defenseless child to death, does not seem right to me.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman under fire over remarks against LGBT rights See in context

Famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough in his excellent documentary now showing on Nextflix, "A Life on Our Planet" posits that the falling birth rate in Japan is due to its economic prosperity and suggests that if we start feeding the whole world a decrease in the birth rate will follow.

Many people from that generation (born before 1950) do not seem to understand that folks have a right to love whomever they want.

Assemblyman Shiraishi should resign. Adachi is a blue collar ward and its citizens deserve better than this ignorant, ill-bred fool.

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Posted in: The most visible symbol of COVID-19 around the world is the face mask. Do you agree? See in context

El RataSep. 7  02:06 pm JST

Masks are only the symbol of oppression, silencing and an attempt to erase our identities. If it is indeed the symbol of this 'plandemic' it does not represent a lot of us.

Ha ha ha ha ha Ha ha ha ha ha Ha ha ha ha ha Ha ha ha ha ha Ha ha ha ha ha Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

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Posted in: Are you an anti-vaxxer? See in context

Most ot them are dead.

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Posted in: LDP policymakers say Japan should have missile base-striking ability See in context

Desert T,

Spot on analysis and great suggestions!

The only thing China and North Korea understand is the sword.

Figuratively speaking, As long as Japan and the United States can keep a sword at the throat of China and North Korea we should be able to avoid armed conflict.

I would love to see a huge buildup of our forces in Hokkaido to counter Kim and Xi.

If Biden is elected in November and Tammy Duckworth is VP we just may see that.

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Posted in: The postponed Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start one year from this week. Do you think they will be held or canceled? See in context

If there is a vaccine or cure it would be nice to have them.

The athletes need to train so they could postpone them until October.

They could start them on October 11th which is Taiiku No Hi.

10月11日月曜日2021 体育の日 (日本)

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Posted in: Man arrested for confining 3-year-old son in washing machine See in context

Cops have done their job, "Kenji san", convict him and of child abuse and begin legal proceeding to discontinue his parental rights, and "Okusama" please start divorce proceedings against this bum.

This will not stop until you make sure he can't come near your kids or you.

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Posted in: Okinawan governor seeks to back anti-hate laws with criminal punishment See in context

Up to a $5000 fine for hate speech!

Great idea. This shows Governor Tamaki's American roots.

A law w/o teeth is meaningless.

Anything to fight racism is a great idea.

Take a look at what is happening across the United States in wake of the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis cop.

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Posted in: Players call MLB economic proposal 'extremely disappointing' See in context

This ridiculous proposal is possiblye meant to drive a wedge between the players that have time in and are highly compensated, and the "newer" players who are not compensated as well.

All players still assume the high risk of catching a disease for which there is no cure and can kill you. It just ain't worth it.

The owners and their families will prolly come no where near the ball parks.

I hope the Players Union rejects this outright.

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Posted in: Trump abruptly ends briefing after contentious exchanges See in context

November can't arrive soon enough.

It would be like divine retribution if he did not win one state.

I doubt if that will happen, but I will be happy to see a change of leadership in January 2021 and this long, long,

four-year nightmare over.

Then and only then will we make some really progress fighting this hideous disease.

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Posted in: Pandemic a major blow for Airbnb See in context

It's really hard to find sympathy for AirBNB and the speculators who bought up properties to rent using AirBNB's platform.

They had a nice run for a few years. Maybe this will be the end of them.

As someone pointed out they are virtually unregulated, and the ads for the properties are many times misrepresented big time.

I will not miss them if they should fold.

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Posted in: Ex-comfort woman in S Korea criticizes protest rallies against Japan See in context

If people of limited experience "can't grasp" or don't understand that a majority of these so-called "comfort women" willingly participated in the world's oldest profession, or were sold to brothels by their parent's both in Japan and Korea and are doing the same thing they did 80 years ago around the U.S. bases in Korea maybe they should study history of this so-called issue a little more.

There are almost no Korean protestors who had a relative that were forced to participate in this, and certainly no Westerners.

As someone else suggested, it is time to move on.

Hopefully this lady will get a lot of attention and shut some of these bigots up.

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