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Tokyo's Yoyogi Park to be used as COVID vaccination site

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kwattToday 08:24 am JST

It looks like Tokyo governor Koike found a good quick excuse before she is criticized a lot.

She's been slaughtered in the media for this. A change. org campaign to stop Dentsu (yeah, it's Dentsu, using tax money) destroying a wide area of the park has gathered nearly 110,000 signatures, Downtown's Matsumoto and even Dave Spector are making jokes about it on TV.

Public ridicule for using vast sums of public money to destroy parks for a 17 day event is a surprisingly effective way to make politicians change their minds.

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With trees to be pruned to accommodate construction of the site 

Since when does the verb "to Prune" mean "To tear up by the roots, to remove completely"?

Tokyo never needs much encouragement to cut back branches lest they- heaven forfend - offer us a bit of shade on concrete pavements in the kiln-like conditions of the Tokyo summer, but to tear down trees in a park?

For two weeks plus change of runnning and jumping that 80% of us don't want?

And in a park where we won't be alowed to gather anyway because of the grotesque bungling of this crisis by the inept and corrupt J-Gov?

We get it, Suga-san. You don't give a toss if taxpayers die because Dentsu and the IOC have you by your sultana-like gonads.

But at least leave the damn tress alone.

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"We will do our best to ensure a safe and secure games."

I hate to break it to you, Koike, but your "best" has been a complete embarrassment

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They should use the Olympic Stadium. It's not going to see any other significant use this year.

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Great, turning it from a public viewing super spreader event to a mid-summer wait in line heat stroke venue. And the hits just keep on coming...

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Unlike all other host cities, Tokyo decided not to build an Olympic Park for 2020... (the Tsukiji site would have been ideal)........ and then it decided to trash one of the very few parks that do exist in the city.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

The tree part really bothers me. It’s not like Yoyogi Park has many trees to begin with.

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Wasn’t this site overrun by ‘hordes of migrating rats’ when it was abandoned?

- “The metro govt plans to open its own mass vacc center at the old Tsukiji fish market, commencing with inoculation of police & firefighters next Tues”. -

Hollywood couldn’t write a better scenario.

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Trees pruned? They mean chopped down? And Shinjuku Park?

God, just get on with it. Just any old excuse to chop down more trees.

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I receive my flu vaccine every year at my company. 2 Doctors and 2 Nurses give the shots to all employes who want to receive it.

Yesterday evening my boss said, that our company will organize the same thing for the Covid vaccine.

But he said that it takes time.

With a little luck I can get my 1st shot beginning of August and 2nd shot three weeks later.

He said that probably I will be full vaccinated beginning of September, and my international business trips can resume by end of the year.

That is absolutely fine for me.

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Yeah, "Yoyogi Park vaccinations" are good, "workplace vaccinations" are good and all other things, but that's not where the meat is.

What REALLY counts is the ACTUAL number of VACCINATIONS given not how many venues you plan to have and 500,000/day is way too low.

It's like going to a fancy restaurant, if there's no food it just doesn't matter how good it looks.

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It just keeps getting better.

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As always:

".....her desire......." (Koike).

So many desires, so many dreams, so many promises, and so much fallen apart! 

Using that old rat-infested former fish market another oh so great idea.

And chopping down trees for an xx-week event, got no better ideas?

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Crossing my fingers that most thinking Japanese will opt out of this experiment.

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It looks like Tokyo governor Koike found a good quick excuse before she is criticized a lot.

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But as the vacant lot can only be used until the end of June as it will be used as a major transportation hub for the Tokyo Games, other potential vaccination sites were considered.

so then why even use the vacant lot? Just go straight to the next appropriate site?

It’s not mind boggling stuff to think about here.

I mean this hasn’t even started right? Why do it, knowing you have to shut it down quickly?

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Not a good day for Rockabilly.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

*trees

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Soon we won't be able to walk safely for fear of falling over vaccination sites. They are popping up everywhere...... At least 4 months too late, but getting there.

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Antiquesaving

From the time I discovered my cancer in mid 2019, I was given two healthcare workers who came to visit me and my wife to discuss the situation and our options at the time. They have remained since then and continue to visit from time to time even though I'm now cancer-free. I can call them anytime I need advice. That kind of arrangements would be impossible in a city like Tokyo.

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"prune" translated = "cut down"

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But judging from the look of the tree stumps left over. They do take to LOGGING!

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Well @zichi that is some place you live, must be some paradise in Japan.

No problems on demand testing, a lot of quick available vaccination, etc..

Perhaps your town should tell the rest of the country what it is doing wrong.

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a plethora of 'vaccinations sites'.... now all they need to do is.... do it! but boy I bet the plan looks good on paper. (^_-)

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You have complained about the lack of testing and vaccinations. So have you visited your local doctor for a test and vaccination? Probably not.

Yes and I have posted many times what my doctor has said and complained about.

Most local doctors have been locked out from the vaccine system in Tokyo by the government.

My doctor would like to get the AZ as most of his patients are ready and willing and he could do everyone very quickly ( he does over 500 elderly influenza vaccination every season)

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I want them to have the rockabilly dudes there doing dances after you get your shot. And free masked selfies with some cosplayers.

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Koike expressed to the metropolitan assembly her desire to hold the event as scheduled, stating "We will do our best to ensure a safe and secure games."

You have already failed, Abe-with-lipstick.

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Nice bit of ass covering there.... when in doubt say it is for vaccinations.

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Not a good day for Rockabilly.

Coughabilly?

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This is not the USA where mass vaccination centres are practical as people can travel by car.

This means people need to travel by train creating more situations for spreading the virus.

The most logical thing is to release the AZ Vaccine to small clinics and doctors offices that are familiar with giving the local community influenza vaccines yearly,

These local places know their patients and no special appointment system would be needed.

Those not wanting to get AZ can use the government sites and booking system.

This worked incredible well in my home country/province now with over 70% having gotten at least their first dose. Every member of my family over 16 has now had at least one dose

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In our location all the small private clinics offer vaccinations. People choose the nearest one

Really? So they all have the needed -80C° freezers? I find that hard to believe that "all" those small clinics have such a freezer!

And as far as I know the government hasn't released the AZ Vaccine yet.

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Here is where you can add your voice to this campaign to save the trees

キャンペーン · 代々木公園の自然を破壊する、東京五輪2020ライブサイト計画の中止を求めます #代々木公園の木々をオリンピックから守りましょう · Change.org

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I love the overengineering things here. Like taking out an ant with a bazooka. And don't forget the support staff and support staff to the support staff and manager managing them and a manager of the manager managing the support staff of the support staff...

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That rat invested homeless shelter? Go ahead.

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Does no one else find it noteworthy, all the resources now going to vaccinations, never went to make-shift hospitals?

It was never about the virus, it's about the vaccine.

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Antiquesaving

Well @zichi that is some place you live, must be some paradise in Japan.

No problems on demand testing, a lot of quick available vaccination, etc..

Perhaps your town should tell the rest of the country what it is doing wrong.

It might be a paradise to some of those who live here.

Most of your posts are on what is happening in Tokyo. Tokyo isn't Japan. 11 million people live there and 28 million in the greater area. I also understand all the problems of living there. I too lived there when I first arrived in Japan but decided to live elsewhere.

The best decision I made is the one to move to our current place.

Only 44 million live in the three big cities. 83 million of us live elsewhere.

There are no problems getting a test if you want one. Book an appointment at the local hospital and drive in your car. They come out to the car to make the tests. If you don't have a car there are some portacabins for that. There is a wing in the hospital for covid patients.

I don't think the vaccinations were quick here. Started last month. The nearest hospital appointments are full until July when we will have them.

I suggest sometimes you should get out of Tokyo for a change.

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@zichi

That is nice good you are doing well.

But

That kind of arrangements would be impossible in a city like Tokyo.

Isn't true at least not where I live my local doctor still does house calls.

When my children were young the pediatrician did house calls and as far as I know still does.

Tokyo is a big place and many shitamachi areas are still doing things the old ways.

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Antiquesaving

The situation here with healthcare workers is the norm. Your situation with house calling doctors is no longer the norm in Tokyo.

You have complained about the lack of testing and vaccinations. So have you visited your local doctor for a test and vaccination? Probably not.

There are many times when healthcare workers are better-suited than doctors. Not to waste their valuable time.

These days, Japanese doctors rarely make house calls.

There are specialist private clinics for foreigners who make house calls at their own expense.

https://www.kic.clinic/en/visiting_doctor/

Night House Call Doctors Available For Kids

https://japanhealthinfo.com/2017/05/04/night-house-call-doctors-available-kids/

But I'm glad you have your situation covered just as I.

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@monty

That's good, I live in hope that my company does the same.

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out here in sleepyville-by-sea, applications commenced early May, and my first Pfizer is scheduled for mid-July.... one of the many blessings of being an oldster! (⌒▽⌒)

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In our location all the small private clinics offer vaccinations. People choose the nearest one.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

The Pfizer vaccine is the one being used where we live. I have a long list of clinics and hospitals in our location providing the vaccinations so I guess they have the freezers too.

We have no need for mass vaccination centres.

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@Tokyo Joe

Yes, I hope that for you too.

My coworker wife is a nurse and she got her 2 shots already. Went down with a damned high fever for 3 days or so after the vaccine, but after that totaly fine.

My parents in law, both in their 70s will receive their first shot I guess next week.

But at an hospital close where they live.

Things are starting rolling now.

Still slow, but at least there are movings.

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