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Giants owner to allow Tokyo Dome to be used as vaccination venue


The owner of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team has offered to allow the team’s home field, Tokyo Dome, to be used as a coronavirus vaccination venue for free, starting in August.

Giants owner Toshikazu Yamaguchi made the offer during a meeting Sunday with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Yamaguchi told reporters the venue's concourse will be used to inoculate residents of Bunkyo and Shinjuku wards. The vaccinations will be for the general population (anyone aged under 65), with up to 1,000 shots being given per day, including days when there are baseball games scheduled.

Yamaguchi said reservations will be accepted from late June. Further details will be announced later.

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The more the private sector in Japan gets involved, probably the sooner we get shots.

I will wear my Giants hat tomorrow.

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Pretty sure my company could get everyone in our 35k employee firm vaccinated in a moth if they’d give us the shots.

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Excellent! And how about using all those Olympic venues for the same?


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The private sector steps up to the plate. This could be a grand slam home run.

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Apparently the Dome owner didn't do the math to realize that at the government's pitiful target rate of 10K/day, he just signed his stadium over for the next 8 years.

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Japan can't be beaten once everyone is on the same page and a clear course of action is decided.

Japan will be at 1M vaccinations a day within the next month I predict.

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It’s ‘rumored’ Costco @Cameron 5:02pm...

“The private sector steps up to the plate.” -

...may also start giving out free food samples again. That always attracts a crowd.

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Japan can't be beaten once everyone is on the same page and a clear course of action is decided.

A bit like the team that is already 3-0 down before getting its act together well into the second half?

I’ve been following a team like that for years. It is frustrating.

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Pardon us @Jimizo 5:33pm - We wouldn’t want to speak ‘out of turn’:

- “I’ve been following a team like that for years. It is frustrating.” -

Of which team are you referring?

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It won't be used, at least for this year. The government have no motivation to significantly speed up the vaccination process.

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Nice gesture by the Giants but it’s a drop in the bucket. Tokyo dome and every other event center should be open 24/7 doing tens or even hundreds of thousands of vaccinations daily.

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Too little, too late ?

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Pardon us @Jimizo 5:33pm - We wouldn’t want to speak ‘out of turn’:


Of which team are you referring?

Everton. Thinking about it, a better comparison would have been getting your act together halfway or two-thirds of the way through the season.

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At last, an article I can give a positive response too. This a step in the right direction. I hope other stadium owners do likewise, and more and more vaccination centers for 'walk in's' become available in every area.

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Great to see the private sector getting involved but... up to 1,000 shots per day? That's 2 shots per minute over 8 hours...

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Not to sound ungrateful but 1000 a day? How do you even go that slow?

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I know, right? My company could totally get this done. Our annual physical is coming (I dread stepping on the scale to the accusing states). They could give us all the 1st dose then and there IF ONLY WE HAD IT.

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In the big cities there are so many private clinics offering the vaccine. These large venues are a good supplement (if they can staff them) but most vaccines will be administered in regular, small clinics. Our in-law just got her first jab today and already has a date for the 2nd jab in 3 weeks. I was surprised Japan offers the 2nd shot so soon afterwards.

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Selling vaccines is very profitable.

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More a publicity stunt than a real desire to help, but since the government needs every push possible no complains about it.

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In Northern California, US, hospital parking area was used to give drive through vaccinations . . . on selected days and times (early on a Saturday) . . . .

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I'll put a tent up in my yard. They can use that too. As long as that gets me my two jabs.

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He shouldn't do this. Suga will have fewer excuses as to why his vaccination project is so slow. He can't claim now that there aren't enough venues.

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