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Posted in: Kono denies reports of mass vaccine roll-out for general public in May See in context

Ah_soToday  05:16 pm JST

So they're reckoning it's going to take 4 shots instead of 2?

I think that there Japanese are developing their own version of the vaccination.

It will be based on Western technology, but smaller and cheaper.

Good luck holding on to that post. I said two days ago that the positively glacial pace of the vaccine roll-out could well be due to the government giving Japan pharma time to develop its own generic drug, and thus save a small amount of face, not even to mention monetary concerns.

Apparently that was off topic for a Covid-19 based article...

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Posted in: Kono to handle coordination of coronavirus vaccinations See in context

cleoToday  03:23 pm JST

The 100,000 yen was paid to the head of household, for the whole household - mine came with Mr cleo's, into his bank account, within a week of sending the application. Could be you stymied the way it was supposed to work by apparently having two heads of households at the same address?

Paperwork was issued individually, in our respective names, so I wholly doubt the stymieing was at my end. Osaka city is somewhat renowned for it's みみっちい attitude towards its citizens/ denizens- reflected in its relatively high poverty and homeless ratios in Japan; nothing less could be expected.

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Posted in: Kono to handle coordination of coronavirus vaccinations See in context

Seesaw7Today  02:35 pm JST

OrieO,. I got mine within 2 weeks. and Im not Japanese. sometimes there could be problem with bank details not matched the ones you provided. Thus back n forth contact with the bank until approved.

Sorry, but no. If your bank details are wrong, you have to correct it- They can't second guess it for you. I'm aware of this because I often do transfers involving non-Japanese banks. I used exactly the same bank details that the local district hall have managed to extract city tax with in the past, and I contacted them on several occasions to query the hold up, upon which I was told my case is being looked into and no other details were required.

In Osaka the roll-out of the 100,000 yen was particularly slow- Who'd have thought; A city on the verge of bankruptcy unable to disperse funds from central government swiftly...

This is also the city with the highest mortality rate for Covid-19 in Japan, and which just spent a small fortune on a Covid-19 specific hospital with only 30 beds, which it couldn't even staff without the assistance of SDF nurses.

I seriously doubt the vaccine roll-out will be handled any better than the 特別定額給付金, whatever that is in English.

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Posted in: Kono to handle coordination of coronavirus vaccinations See in context

Did you get your 100,000 yens last, after the Japanese people ?

Not me.

If you are a resident here, you will get it in the same time (if you want to get vaccinated)

Actually for me, yes. It took three months for me to get the 100,000. My girlfriend, on the other hand, living at the same address- two weeks.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,204 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,925 See in context

No, the uk cut it to 10 days and Osaka is looking to move patients to general wards after 10 days as well

As the comparatively hardest hit nation, I really wouldn't recommend using the UK as a reference for how to tackle this virus, as the UK government seem to be vying with their Japanese counterparts and leading the way in regards to how to completely underestimate and underevaluate the impact of this virus.

Osaka also has the highest Covid-19 mortality ratio in Japan, so again, not a good marker to wave in the air.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes punishment for refusal to comply with COVID-19 measures See in context

Pukey2Today  07:59 am JST

They should have done this ages ago. I wonder, any punishment for that Japanese guy who came back from the UK, ignored quarantine measures, had dinner with friends which resulted in 10 people getting the new strain.

MontyToday  09:57 am JST

@kowaicoffee

We are talking here about punishment for refuse to be hospitalized or cooperate with contact tracing efforts.

And that counts for everyone. For foreigners AND Japanese.

And according to your post...how will you deport a Japanese National Citizen?

Why are you guys always whining how bad we foreigners are treated here in Japan.

Accept it, ignore it, laugh about it...or leave!

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2021/01/15a18e4678e2-urgent-japan-to-restrict-entry-of-all-nonresident-foreign-nationals.html

"For Japanese and resident foreigners who are allowed to enter, Yasutoshi Nishimura, minister in charge of the country's coronavirus response, said it will require them to sign a pledge upon arrival to stay in quarantine for 14 days, and violating it would result in penalties, such as disclosing the names of violators.*

In addition, foreign residents who breach the 14-day quarantine rule will have their resident status revoked and be subject to deportation, Nishimura said at a separate press conference.

He said the new measures will be taken from Thursday because of a recent case where a man who returned from Britain dined with multiple people during his 14-day self-isolation period and caused the spread of a new strain of the virus."

Yes Monty, they've decided to issue punishment for foreigners for a Japanese person's 'misdemeanour'. The article forgot to mention the person returning from Britain was Japanese, tacitly implying and misleading people to jump to the conclusion they were British or, shall we say, foreign.

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Posted in: Gov't to expand state of emergency to cover Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo See in context

AGToday  10:37 am JST

Try cooperating, specially considering you are being welcomed by another country

I was right with you until that little nugget popped out...

When will people realise that the SoE has nothing to do with us or our safety- It's the prefectural coffers that are of paramount importance. Watch the other prefectures lining up to request their own SoE in the coming weeks.

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Posted in: Johnson under fire as UK again faces onslaught of COVID-19 See in context

Well I'm glad you've cleared that up; 70 odd million people in a nutshell, because everybody is exactly the same.

If you'd be good enough to let the British government know, I'm sure it will help clear up this pandemic in no time.

Of course, Japan has this all to look forward to... UNLESS the Japanese government acts...

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Posted in: Tuna goes for cut-price ¥20.84 mil at Tokyo fish market's New Year auction See in context

Social distancing at it's cracking best. Oh I forgot, their all wearing masks so it's completely okay to rub shoulders.

The only one I feel any empathy for is the tuna: it's fate wasn't in it's own hands.

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

bobToday  02:08 pm JST

OreiO - Indeed Suga is acting exactly like a man should. He's not panicking like someone less than a man would.

There's a big, big difference between 'not panicking' and constantly shilly-shallying.

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

RecklessToday  01:26 pm JST

Come the time, come the man. Thank you Suga-san! I know you are doing your best!

Come again? That time has long since past- None amongst the elite has had or has the 'manhood' to take the necessary decisions before time or even in time.

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

RecklessToday  01:26 pm JST

Come the time, come the man. Thank you Suga-san! I know you are doing your best!

Come again? That time has long since past- None amongst the elite has had or has the 'manhood' to take the necessary decisions before time or even in time.

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Posted in: 'Wonder Woman 1984': Moment of truth for pandemic-torn Hollywood See in context

> The fictional DC Comics character Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. She was first introduced in All Star Comics #8 (December 1941), then appeared in Sensation Comics #1 (January 1942), Six months later, she appeared in her own comic book series (summer 1942). She did not originate in a 70's TV series. As the comic book empires of DC and Marvel bring their characters to life in modern day movies this new movie on Wonder Woman will be well received by fans.

For the anti fans, nothing to see here you can move along. For the fans, look forward to a great movie, well acted and presented in a light hearted spirit of the comic books from which they get their origins.

Well copy-pasted- Wouldn't want to think a true fan couldn't speak for themselves...

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Posted in: 'Wonder Woman 1984': Moment of truth for pandemic-torn Hollywood See in context

Peter14Today  01:38 pm JST

Looking forward to this new movie as I am getting tired of re-watching old TV shows and movies over the past year. 

So... Wonder Woman wasn't an old 70's TV show that has been rebooted to pander to the likes of...

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Posted in: Britain, EU reach post-Brexit free-trade deal See in context

The AvengerToday  07:19 am JST

The EU will welcome Ireland and Scotland.

Do they need to welcome Ireland? It's been a member state of the EU since 1973.

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Posted in: 'Wonder Woman 1984': Moment of truth for pandemic-torn Hollywood See in context

Good lord- I may be being a little harsh here, but she's a Hollywood director playing with hundreds of millions of dollars, and she can barely string a grammatical sentence together.

""Everybody doesn't know what to do" ?

"It's wild, wild times."! ?

And she co-wrote the screen play to this movie- I can't say I have high hopes...

The next couple of years are inevitably going to see some major changes to the current Hollywood modus operandi, their days of largesse are surely numbered and the door beckons for more than a few.

Hopefully, less is more (quality, that is).

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Posted in: Suga denies need for state of emergency as cumulative infections top 200,000 See in context

llyfrgellyddToday  07:53 am JST

And as for the vaccine being the answer, EVERYONE I asked does not want to be vaccinated...

NO ONE I’ve asked does not want to be vaccinated. So...can I have your jab?

One piece of anecdotal evidence is hardly likely to be more reliable than another...

We'll just have to wait and see if the vaccine becomes a personal choice or not, but where the foreign community will be in that queue is completely open to speculation.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 556 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,496 See in context

SandyBeachHeavenToday  12:08 am JST

The more sampling of non-symptomatic humans you test, the less percentage of covid victims you will find.

The more sampling of symptomatic humans you test, there will be a higher percentage of covid victims you will find.

Why is logic so hard for so many to understand?

If you test 100,000 asymptomatic people, you will find a few infected amongst them, but if you test 100,000 of really sick coughing, sweaty people with temperatures, of course you will find multitudes of covid infected a well a influenza infected as well.

Yes, better to wait until people are really sick and have done their time spreading the virus haplessly, rather than seeking to palliate and lessen the impact of the virus on carriers (indubitably many, many more than official statistics recognise), symptomatic or not, and alleviate the spread of the virus to boot, simply by adopting early preventative testing.

Cure is surely better than prevention, right? Just waiting, waiting, waiting for the cure - look at how well that's been working this year around the world and in Japan...

Excellent use of the word 'VICTIMS' BTW; I'm sure that wont be stigmatizing at all.

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Posted in: Suga under fire for year-end dinners as coronavirus cases mount See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday  05:33 pm JST

he/they are Hippocrates that use our tax money for Kaiseki dining and Snack bars.

Hmm, I don't think Hippocrates has had many steak dinners in quite a while- He's been dead for nearly 2400 years.

Besides, as a man of medicine it would have made him a bit of a hypocrite to partake...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 460 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,417 See in context

SandyBeachHeavenDec. 15  06:43 pm JST

If you only need to test 4000 or so individuals, that is fantastic. Wasting testing on people that do not need tests is ridiculous.

Only test those with symptoms possibly induced by Corona.

Think of the millions and hundreds of millions tested in the states and take a percentage of those found infected. It is so small. Get real people, and use logic and math.

By the way, COSTCO was so overcrowded today with cart pushers jamming people back to back. Keep away. Costco could be the next local pump up of contaminated peole. I complained to the managers.

Yes, it's such a waste testing and tracing the estimated 80% of mild/asymptomatic cases, unbeknownst to themselves spreading the virus far and wide- better to watch the pennies, or yen, what with the Olympics coming up, which isn't a waste at all...

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Posted in: Osaka asks gov't to send SDF nurses to help cope with virus cases See in context

zichiToday  08:51 pm JST

So no one could answer my question just a negative vote without contributions

I think it's your assertion that hospitals must be run non-profit. On paper, maybe. But that's a little starry-eyed.

One of my students, a few years ago, worked for a pharmaceutical company and enlightened me on procedures necessary to get their drugs accepted at hospital$$$...

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Posted in: Osaka asks gov't to send SDF nurses to help cope with virus cases See in context

JeffLeeToday  04:28 pm JST

Does the fact that dozens of staff, nurses and doctors, have quit their jobs at an Osaka hospital after it was designated as a Covid treatment have anything to do this shortfall?

A lot of them quit because they were assigned (read 'coerced') to Covid-19 care, which wasn't in their field of expertise, with no extra compensation. I shudder to think of PPE supplies. Tragic for all, but I can partly empathise.

Now Osaka, in characteristic parsimonious fashion, is trying to get Nurses on the cheap, rather than take appropriate care and responsibility for its staff and patients (30 beds...) itself.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 449 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,442 See in context

MontyDec. 4  11:25 pm JST

2442 cases among 120.000.000 people...wake up from your Paranoia Man.

The WHO estimates 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild or asymptomatic (The U.K. says 86% there). I.e. They don't know they have it. But they can still spread the virus, in fact if you think about it, they are more likely to be spreading the virus due to ignorance, okay, being less worried, and lack of care.

Japan is the only major country NOT testing for mild/asymptomatic cases.

Logically that would mean there are a lot of spreaders out there running free.

Kinda skews those low figures, doesn't it.

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Posted in: Budget carrier AirAsia Japan unable to refund 23,000 air tickets See in context

Who mentioned bailout?

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Posted in: Budget carrier AirAsia Japan unable to refund 23,000 air tickets See in context

theResidentToday  09:38 am JST

I'm sorry Zoroto , but when have ANA taken taxpayers money? I don't recall that.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Transportation/ANA-seeks-2.8bn-loan-from-Japan-government-lender

You can bet they got that 'Loan', on the quiet.

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Posted in: Trump no fan of Sacha Baron Cohen See in context

Hervé L'EisaToday  02:50 pm JST

Cohen is disgusting. The first Borat was disgusting and should have been arrested for attempting to kidnap Pamela Anderson. He and Howard Stern are both revolting and not funny at all.

You do know she was in on the gag, right? Apparently cost her her marriage, though.

In the wise old words of the joker 'Why so serious?'. If it's not your kind of humour, don't watch it.

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Posted in: Spike Lee, David Byrne take us on a hypnotic journey with 'American Utopia' See in context

Widely overused expression but... a musical genius, in my eyes- 'Remain in light' is one of the most innovative albums of the eighties and I'll wager influenced more than a few big stars (Prince comes to mind).

Definitely want to see this- would have liked to see the live show. Fingers crossed.

From Scotland, too- Cannae believe it!

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Posted in: The life of Ghosn: Fugitive tycoon to star in documentary and a mini-series See in context

RandomToday  04:26 pm JST

I definitely want to watch the episode where everyone who helped him goes to jail.

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Yeah- Oooh, and the 'lost' thirteenth episode of Fawlty towers too...

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Posted in: All participants in Osaka 'orgy party' arrested See in context

RecklessToday  05:57 pm JST

I wonder what the ground rules were? No jizzing on the silverware?

Only on the silver he neglected to contribute to the local law enforcement.

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Posted in: All participants in Osaka 'orgy party' arrested See in context

The one and only reason Yoshihiro Murakami's orgy was raided- He didn't pay his special 'taxes' to the police.

Prostitution is technically illegal in Japan, but alive and kicking, if you play by the rules.

Case in point and also, ironically, in Osaka ( and not, by any means, the only one)- 松島組合, the quaintly named 'Matsushima food union'-- formerly known as 松島遊廓 'Matsushima red-light district' before the end of World War II, prior to prostitution being made illegal by the occupying forces, hence the name change to assuage the authorities.

At least forty knocking shops (white signs, black writing) in plain view, with trophied windows of the available women and Mama san's yodelling for customers, all under the watchful eye of it's very own police box- no doubt a beneficiary, which is where Yoshihiro Murakami no doubt fell foul- You have to 'get to know' your local police.

Osaka isn't the perennial winner of 'The most corrupt police force in Japan' mantle for nothing.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kujo,+Nishi+Ward,+Osaka,+550-0027,+Japan/@34.6758258,135.4763696,18.74z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6000e6495462e42b:0xd121c139ad4df45d!8m2!3d34.6760962!4d135.4727646

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