In principle, Japan has a "free hand(*)" when it comes to nuclear weapons.


(*) To be free from restrictions or constraints from others. Free discretion. Example: "freehand diplomacy."


This is because Japan is (1) the only country to have been exposed to nuclear weapons and (2) a non-nuclear weapon state.


The Japanese government has a rare free hand to criticize any country in the world for its nuclear weapons.


However, the Japanese government has not been able to take a leadership role in the abolition of nuclear weapons because (3) it is protected by the nuclear umbrella of the nuclear weapon states (the United States).


It's frustrating, I know.



Tomoichi Ebata is a free hand when it comes to countermeasures against new coronary infections.


This is because (1) He have not come to work, (2) He have not eaten or drank anything including alcohol, (3) He have no one else to talk to, and (4) He have completed his vaccination (second dose).


Tomoichi Ebata has a rare free hand that he can use against any human being in the world: "He can criticize those who are negligent in their infection control measures".

ただし、それ以外のことでは、フリーハンドどころか、私の手は『真っ黒』です ―― いずれバレるかもしれませんし、バレたら、多分、もうライターとしては、死ぬでしょう。

However, other than that, my hands are 'pitch black', not freehand -- They may eventually find out, and if they do, I'll probably be dead as a writer.


But I'm determined to keep running until someone find it



I'm getting tired, and to be honest, it's a pain in the ass, but I'm going to fulfill my responsibility as the person with the "free hand" in this case.


It seems that a late-night party involving drinking under a declared state of emergency by the staff of "TV Asahi" was recently uncovered.


I'm just guessing, but I think about half of the staff was thinking, "That's really not good!


However, since Japanese companies have a thorough bureaucratic system of "superiors and subordinates," it was difficult for them to say, "I don't want to go".


Moreover, it takes a lot of courage for a young person to defy his or her superiors.



But I think it's okay to at least 'lie' about it. It's a common practice of business person.


"My mother, my father, is in the hospital."


"My child/girlfriend/husband/wife suddenly developed a fever."


"Some bad luck with a relative"


"A sudden meeting of the neighborhood association"


These are the cloak and dagger of the working person's 'I don't want to go' and they actually work.


Now, "The results of the recent PCR should be arriving today," or "Tomorrow is my second Pfizer," would also be effective.


In my case, I can say no with a single word, 'I'll write".



When I was a rookie, my boss invited me to a drinking party, I refused it with saying


"My wife and I were going out for dinner today.



"Yeah, that's the plan now, isn't it?"


I once silently smiled back at my boss who said that.


(Of course you do, you idiot. It's no fun at all to talk about you when all you can talk about is soccer team in Europe.)


Needless to say, I thought.


Incidentally, recently


"I'm willing to participate if each of you brings a story that could be the subject of my column."


Because of my arrogance, I haven't been invited to a drinking party for more than a decade now.

ちなみに、私から飲み会に誘ったことは ―― (あったかもしれないけど)思い出せません。

By the way, I can't remember the last time I invited someone out for a drink -- (or maybe I did).



So, I'm not going to be bothered to go on and on about it, but since I attacked the scandals at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare so vehemently before, I'll try to keep up appearances.


- TV Asahi, which has been issuing warnings about the new corona infection


- TV Asahi, which has been continuously criticizing the holding of the Olympic.


- TV Asahi aired a special program on the medalists after the Olympiad, as if it had forgotten the criticism.


- Ten staff members from TV Asahi's Olympics, before dawn on August 9.


- They held a "launch party with drinking" at a karaoke bar in Tokyo, where a state of emergency has been declared due to the ongoing collapse of medical care.


- The incident came to light when a young female employee who was participating in the event fell down the second floor emergency stairs of the store and was seriously injured.


That's all.


たぶん、この事故がなければ、この"打ち上げ"は、明みに出なかったと思います ―― つまり、

Maybe if this accident hadn't happened, this "launch" wouldn't have come to light -- that means...


"As long as we are not found out"


In that respect, it is consistent with my policy.


"The inability of the lowly to 'fear' the 'basic reproduction number 'R0' of Delta variant' is mind boggling.


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