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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

To be fair, to these Nippon Kaigi members, Olympics with an exlusively Japanese audience and possibly predominantly Japanese sportspeople must sound 'wonderful'. Death and disease never looked like an issue to them anyway.

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

Only 60% dissatisfied? That's impossible.

Propaganda works wonders. If many of the respondents keep hearing the mantra about superior Japanese hygiene, the government portrayed in a positive light and reports about how high the numbers are in most of gaikoku, then this is the result.

Actually, 60% isn't that bad considering how much nonsense from the government the public usually puts up with and that it's not really on to complain about politics to strangers in this society. Also, wording is key in surveys.

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Posted in: Japan strengthens anti-virus measures in Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa See in context


Good analogy. But I'm not sure it's only incompetence. It seems to me there are two more factors. One is Nippon Kaigi's blind nationalism, i.e. 'We can't learn from others because we, as humans, are fundamentally different'. The other one corruption that is putting the Olympics and domestic pharmaceutical companies before public health.

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Posted in: Japan strengthens anti-virus measures in Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa See in context

The virus upsurge in Tokyo underscores the difficulty of balancing anti-virus measures and the economy.

There is none. Billionaires are getting richer and stock prices haven't dropped. 'The economy' is just an excuse to let the average person risk their lives on crowded trains to make money for the ones who own everything.

I've said it here before, but an overwhelmed healthcare system, thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of sick people aren't sings of a good economy. Taking measures from the beginning would have been much more efficient. But what do I know? I'm not even tied to any of the Olympics sponsors.

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Posted in: U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies See in context


A quick reminder though that the Olympics have taken place in Nazi Germany, the colonial and genocidal British and French empires and was scheduled to take place in imperial Japan. Ethics or humanity were never the point, even when there was less money involved. If it was otherwise, Beijing wouldn't have won the bid to begin with. And let's not forget what lengths the J government is going to hold this year's Olympics, literally at the expense of human lives.

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Posted in: Gov't fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible 4th wave See in context

The SOE in Kanto finished while the 'third wave' was in full swing. Why is there talk of a fourth one?

To those complaining about others complaining about Japan's handling of the pandemic. We've all met bitter non-Japanese irl who will complain about everything that happens in this country. However, we've also probably met many locals who will drone on about how Japan is 'safe' and Japanese people are 'polite'. It might be a coincidence, but I feel it got slightly worse during the pandemic. I talk to many who seem to have the need to prove the Japanese are somehow superior to others because of lower infection numbers than the rest of the world (which, incidentally, isn't true, if you compare Japan to the rest of East Asia). This can really wear thin. Also, none of us are responsible for what's going on in our old countries. We live here and participate in this society.

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Posted in: Cherry blossoms' early bloom due to climate change, say experts See in context


Spot on. It's that and a dangerous combination of the Dunning Kruger effect and the need to look clever.

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Posted in: Cherry blossoms' early bloom due to climate change, say experts See in context

Early cherry blossom season is one of the less destructive signs of climate change. Unlike extreme weather, rising sea levels and the displacement of hundreds of millions of climate refugees. But what do I know, I only repeat what "experts" say. It might be better to become an armchair climatologist and post comments on how climate change isn't real because a random year in the past was warm too.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka raises voice against anti-Asian hate crimes See in context

@Hito Bito

Against my better judgement, I respond to somebody who talks about an 'anti-white agenda', but you're misrepresenting the data. For anyone who wants to see for themselves, here's the information:


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Posted in: Naomi Osaka raises voice against anti-Asian hate crimes See in context

Here for more downvotes, I guess...

I realised the data I presented earlier might lead to misunderstandings or misrepresentation.

According to a number of hate crimes reported by the CIA, 23.9% were committed by Black or African American people in 2019. The rest was White or 'ethnicity unknown'. Newer data seems hard to come by from sources other than far-right websites.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka raises voice against anti-Asian hate crimes See in context

If a white person speaks out against other white people's racism, they don't get called hypocrites. Nor does a straight person who points out other people's homophobia.

Naomi Osaka isn't responsible for what other people of colour do just by being half black. That is even if it were true that most hate crimes against Asians are committed by people of colour (52.5% of all hate crimes in the US are committed by white people, so I don't know where that information comes from to begin with).

It would be great if many Japanese stopped seeing themselves as the most oppressed people in the world. But it would also be great if Westerners in Japan did the same.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cuts jobs, boosts stocks, widening economic gap in Japan See in context

This is what politicians all around the world mean when they're talking about saving 'the economy'.

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Posted in: LGBT groups want equality law in Japan before Tokyo Olympics See in context

The comment sections under these articles clearly show that the fight for equality of the LGBT+ community is far from over.

Let's see if there is at least one positive thing Japan's obsession it's outward image ahead of the Olympics can bring.

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Posted in: Japan complains over U.S. military's use of term 'East Sea' See in context

This is the kind of trivial nonsense nationalist governments like to squabble about.

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Posted in: Who is Rola, the hottest face in Japanese advertising? See in context


Was just going to write that.

Also, I don't know what the context of that statement was, but if the idea is to perpetuate the stereotype that gaikoku is dangerous and uncivilised, especially if it's Muslim, economic south gaikoku, then well done! If the idea is to promote diversity by a member of a minority using their platform to inform the public... Well, that would be just naive.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay begins in Fukushima amid COVID-19 fears See in context

One thing most people around me seem to agree on is that Japan has few cases because Japanese people are 'majime'.

My question is, what's 'majime' about organizing an Olympic torch relay during a pandemic with only a fraction of the population vaccinated? I'd like to separate the people from the government and corporations, but any perceived act of kindness of the organizers towards sportspeople from gaikoku serves as an argument that Japanese people are 'yasashii'. This means the average Taro does not make that distinction. Or maybe only when it suits the narrative. What do I know? The more news there is about the Olympics, the less sense everything makes.

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Posted in: Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by marriage ruling See in context

It's interesting (for lack of a better term) to see that the same people who make fun of liberals for getting 'offended' get really up in arms about other people's private lives. The same ones who talk about individual responsibility somehow can't handle others pursuing individual happiness.

A lot of couples (heterosexual or otherwise) get married without the intention to reproduce. What are you going to do about it?

Anyway, as much as Japan has definitely a long way to go with other types of social progress, this ruling last week was great news.

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

The way the 'urged' businesses to close at 8pm completely lacked nuance and looks like the idea of someone who knows nothing about the real world. 60,000 yen has a very different meaning for a small with no employees and a large restaurant with 100 seats.

Having said that, there's no way a company this big cares the slightest about its employees' livelihoods. This is just a publicity stunt by a business with enough money to pay the lawyers and pull off this performance.

Businesses like hairdressers have been hit incredibly hard without a handout. People lost their loved ones due to lack of access to medical care. Resident non-Japanese got stuck abroad for no reason away from their families and livelihoods. These are the people that should be suing the government. Not a large corporation whose executives will be just fine no matter what.

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Posted in: Barring fans from abroad for Tokyo Olympics creates many questions See in context

@Himari Yamada

South Korea: 1,696 deaths (51 million inhabitants, not an island but might as well be)

Taiwan: 10 deaths (23 million inhabitants, island)

New Zealand: 26 deaths (5 million inhabitants, island nation)

Vietnam: 35 deaths (96 million inhabitants, not an island)

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Posted in: It's official: Spectators from abroad will not be allowed at Tokyo Olympics See in context

No, Japan hasn't controlled the virus better than most other countries. Vaccine rollout is depressingly slow, testing is still laughably inaccessible, and even the dubious available data is worse than that of most countries in the region. Numbers of new infections are not dropping (which is unlikely to change), creating potential for an epidemic to drag on long after the actual pandemic is over. Japan might end up being one of the last countries considered safe to travel from to other countries.

Anyway, holding an international event with no international spectators (except cooperative media and sponsors, of course). Things couldn't be better for Japanese PR! Let's make everyone within our borders feel good about how great our nation is without having to interact with any of our admirers from outside.


Good point about the vaccinations. I'm not sure Japan has a vaccine passport system (not that interested since I'm not getting inoculated any time soon), but I figure demanding it from Japanese and non-Japanese alike would be logistically difficult.

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

This would be reasonable if there was actually testing and tracing within the country. Anyone entering Japan needs a negative test result, unlike people with mild symptoms who stay within its borders. This is just another knee-jerk reaction that implies the virus is a 'foreign' problem, even if J citizens have to install it as well.

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Posted in: Olympic organizers to meet Saturday to decide on overseas spectators See in context

Olympics without a non-Japanese audience would be a gift to the organizers, at least those here. Corporate J would get to boost the 'cool Japan' image by showing off how great the country is in the media in a controlled manner rather than have crowds of people from overseas make up their own minds. Small businesses will suffer but won't have to deal with those pesky foreign-speaking tourists.

And yes, having people from all over the world concentrate in one place is a recipe for disaster, but I don't think it matters that much if those people are sportspeople, spectators or other guests.

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Posted in: Suga thanks public for coping with virus restrictions; asks for continuing cooperation See in context


“It is my responsibility to protect the lives and health of the people,"

Also Suga:

“I will firmly support preparations to achieve the Olympics,”

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Posted in: Mother of late 'Terrace House' star sues man over hateful posts See in context

No it isn't. There is no such thing as "freedom of action." There are clear laws that prohibit assault. There are no laws that prohibit saying cruel things to someone. Freedom is speech is clearly defined in the Japanese constitution and lawbook.

True, but governments all around the world have been quite bad at catching up with possible harm caused online, be it the spread of misinformation or bullying. My point wasn't whether the prosecution has a chance to win the case (I'm no lawyer), but that the concept of "freedom of speech" needs constant revisiting. For instance, hate speech hasn't been illegal in Japan for a long time.

We like to think that we are able to act freely without getting unreasonably limited by other people or the government. That is, unless we are hurting others. That was the reason for my poorly worded parallel.

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Posted in: Mother of late 'Terrace House' star sues man over hateful posts See in context

Saying that he was exercising his freedom of speech is like saying somebody who punched you was exercising their freedom of action.

That aside, this is probably just an examplary case. The police won't be bothered to track down the 200 accounts from which she got harassed before her death.

Systems should be in place to support victims of online bullying. I'm not very familiar with this particular case, but this type of behaviour surely affects people more if they don't have enough support in real life. That might be idealistic, though, in a culture of gaman and gambaru.

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Posted in: Japanese airlines asked to cap arrivals from abroad amid pandemic See in context

As the vaccination disaster unfolds, the J government needs to step up it's finger-pointing game.

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Posted in: Japan to stage Tokyo Olympics without overseas spectators See in context

Not much talk of a 'symbol of beating the virus' now, eh?

While about 1 million overseas spectators were estimated to enter Japan, some 4.45 million tickets have already been sold in the country, of which about 810,000 requests for refund have been made so far.

So, limiting the number of spectators by 1/5? I realise this doesn't show the full picture, but it is more an indication J officials don't want to have to deal with unorderly foreigners while holding an international event. Have their cake and eat it, so to say.

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Posted in: Woman dies from brain hemorrhage days after receiving coronavirus vaccine, but link uncertain See in context

Anti vaxxers don't need facts to prove their bogus claims. Why give them ammunition by making this your top story?

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Posted in: Go To Travel campaign may partially resume after state of emergency lifted See in context

'The last time we did this, it was followed by the largest and deadliest wave of a virus most people aren't immune to yet.'

'Great, let's do it again.'

'How about we get people vaccinated first?'


Sorry, but it's just impossible take anything about this seriously at this point.

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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

Concerns indeed.

There was a Kyodo article a couple of months ago about a GPS tracking app that would contain visa information, test results and even tickets details. Is all of this necessary for Covid prevention? And how are the authorities going to distinguish between non-Japanese who visit the country for the Olympics and those visiting for other purposes? Why should such a distinction be made to begin with? And, obviously, why won't Japanese people have to be tracked?

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