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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic sponsor Toyota 'conflicted' over Games See in context

“Conflicted” from a corporation = government “considering” = 1st stage of many before actually taking decided action. .

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

in the western world we are watching the death of the Olympics and trust in Japan (and unfortunately the Japanese people) set itself back 25 years. The Japan part is very sad.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 573 new coronavirus cases; 668 in Osaka See in context

testing, 1, 2, 3

The 7 day moving average NUMBER OF TESTS for tokyo is always reported in the link above.

The number has been dropping steadily since April 22, 2021 from above 10,000 to 6,000-7,000 /day average as of May 8.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

This is like me saying I’ll unload the dishwasher everyday!

they better start doing 1M shots a day. They should be there already

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Posted in: Under close supervision, Tokyo welcomes foreign divers to test event See in context

None of these tests will be reported...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 708 new coronavirus cases; 847 in Osaka See in context

This nurses thing needs to die. Nurses can choose where they work. Hardly any are working to combat COVID. They should be fighting the disease, but they aren’t. If you look at Japan’s numbers - Hardly anyone is sick.

1) down vote me for not believing every nurse counts

2) up vote me for pointing out Japan’s medical system is doing crap to fight COVID

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Posted in: U.S. advises citizens to 'reconsider travel' to Japan See in context


your perceptions of the size and population of Japan are way way off. It is a very large land mass and has 1/3 the population of the US.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context


my assumption is the number of nurses in Tokyo is about 1% like michigan and the rest of Japan, so about 140,000. Like I said.

the number of deaths in Michigan has nothing to do with this.

my point is the vast majority of them are doing nothing now to fight covid, so 500 (or even 5,000) might as well help keep the olympics safe

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context

A JohnsonApr. 27  08:50 pm UTC

They can easily divert 1,000’s of nurses. Remember most healthcare can’t and/or won’t ever touch or see COVID patients.

i just checked my State - Michigan. In 2015, we had 1,050 Registered Nurses per 100,000 population. That 1% of if the population,

Japan - “In 2018, approximately 1.22 million nurses were registered in Japan, up from around 653.6 thousand nurses in 2000. Certified assistant nurses, by comparison, decreased to around 304.4 thousand...”

Tokyo must have something close to 140,000 nurses

I am against the Olympics to the point I am angry, but 500 or 5,000 nurses is nothing.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context

They can easily divert 1,000’s of nurses. Remember most healthcare can’t and/or won’t ever touch or see COVID patients.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context

Why does a city of 10,000,000 always seem to have just 10’s, 100’s & 1,000’s of critical things?? like hospital beds, test capabilities, doctors, nurses... vaccines.

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Posted in: China says it has been invited by IAEA to join group over Fukushima water plan See in context

This is the pot calling the kettle black. China is just doing this to spite Japan. Both China & Korea discharge rad waste water. China doing so largely unchecked.

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Posted in: Mayor forced to quit over bringing personal sauna into office See in context

Give him his sauna. Maybe if Japan would pay their civil leaders better than an American Engineer with as many years experience, and treat them more like “Leaders”, they’d attract actual talent.

Who would want to go into civil service when corporate VP Entertainment accounts are often as big as a Mayor’s salary?

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Posted in: Virus surge, by-election losses put Suga's future in question See in context

No one has mentioned Ginza Steak or Ginza Snacks yet?

Well , I assume whatever strategy the LDP dreams up, it will be done surrounded by ladies while eating Steak at a members-only hostess bar in Ginza after 20:00!

First! Lol

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Posted in: Japan wants more pre-departure testing for Olympic, Paralympic teams See in context

Nihon e youkoso. Please submit your declarations, immigration forms to the authorities along with proof, in duplicate, of negative PCR tests before stepping foot off the aircraft.

Please refer to the provided list of banned items including questions about our COVID testing programs, our use of antigen tests for Japanese Nationals, and dangers inherent to your stay in Japan.

Thank you for visiting our Japan, we welcome outsiders with open masks and hope our time together is as short as it is sweet. We at NRT/HND hope to see you again - as soon as possible!

Don’t forget your Corona-chan mascot plushies - available in gifts stores, or preferably available online.

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Posted in: 'Demon Slayer' sets U.S. record for best foreign language film opening weekend See in context

I was at the first showing in michigan. I bought 10 tickets in advance to ensure we had social distance.

with CoVID restrictions in place this turned into 30 premium seats for 3 people.


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Posted in: Olympic athletes may be allowed to bring medical stimulants into Japan See in context

I thought these were banned by IOC anyway. In any case, Adderall should be allowed vs. current penalty of jail time.

Ritalin is already OK and Vyvanse too I think.

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Posted in: Top 5 dishes in recipe contest to be served at Tokyo Olympic village See in context

Ippei-chan Yakisoba with fried egg, decent thin cut Japanese beef and plenty of Karashi mayo would blow their minds. To bad they can’t jusy go to any place they’d like and taste what Japan is really about.

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Posted in: Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public? See in context

American, 45 years old here. Fully vaccinated 20 days ago. Vaccinations are open to everyone now. I got in early because local pharmacy would not let any 10 minute appointment go to waste. Right place right time.

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Posted in: Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public? See in context

Why would they need vaccinations??? The games will be held safely in state-of-the-art safe facilities, with policies, rule books faxed daily. (Sic.)

we should start a go fund me to cover the fees of Tokyo 2020 IOC exit clause.

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Posted in: Japan tightens rules on COVID-19 test certificates for travelers See in context

The most dangerous liars are those who believe they tell the truth.

Japan, please wake up your leaders.

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Posted in: Aso repeats claim that treated Fukushima water is good to drink See in context

The majority of the volume the “waters” have been cleaned to universally accepted discharge stands or better. The same standards used in US & France for surface & river discharge.

My company has been onsite for 10 years treating a large portion of all waters from the site with ALPS, RO and nuclide-selective media to non-detect levels - I’d have no problem drinking it.

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Posted in: Hyogo Prefecture to give 320,000 fans to restaurants for customers to cover mouths, dine 'safely' See in context

Feels good. Much be effective. いいよ

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Posted in: Japanese hospital worker infected with coronavirus after 2 vaccine shots See in context


Japan News Media Reports on Oudated Concern over Positive Testing after Vaccination

the news media and official have reported on a case on “infection” after vaccination. Expert will be consulted and measure will be taked after further deliberations.

One high-level Tokyo Official calmed citizens unrest withe following statement: “We are committed to fight these vaccines, I mean save the Olympics... ummm fight the virus to the best of our ability” adding “we might even consider consulting with the rest of the world if necessary”. Reinventing the wheel is of utmost important despite reduced hours for local eating establishments.

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Posted in: Restaurant, bar owners worry about tighter COVID-19 steps See in context

I have got to say Japanese news just sucks. At first I thought it was just English news, but no it all sucks.

i could write half of the articles I read everyday a month in advance.

Government to consult experts (revision 15)

government considers restrictions (revision 35)

New restrictions in place to combat potential surge (revision 25)

Restaurant owners unhappy with restrictions (revision 25).

Some fear new wave will... (revision 28)

return to new normal has people concerned... (revision 15)

my god

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

Yeah basically the population has learned that should do what they, themselves, think is best. The government has done nothing so far - it has been the residents of Japan who have kept themselves “safe”. The Japanese people has done well in spite of the lack of leadership

Unfortunately, this probably isn’t the time to start relaxing... But I wouldn’t don’t bother listening to the so-called Leaders of Japan either. The government have been utterly negligent, damaging, obstructive... useless at best.

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Posted in: All-time greatest anime song singer releases all albums, 41 singles for online streaming services See in context

Cruel Angel Thesis is probably one of the best Anime songs ever..

but I’d say LiSA is the all time greatest Anime singer

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Posted in: Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says See in context


Glad to have someone both so knowledgeable and very sensible to scientifically moderate these comments/discussions. Being a educated science professional myself, and unemployed for much of the Pandemic, I’ve spent an almost obsessive amount of time trying to stay on top of international COVID research and avoiding most large media outlets.

You are always spot on with your facts, and I agree with your interpretation & commentary 80-90% of the time you post (in retrospect 95% of the time). Thank you for contributing to these discussions on behalf of everyone here.

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Posted in: South Korea proposes co-hosting 2032 Olympics with North Korea See in context

Olympics is become the Asian controversy machine.

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Posted in: Kodansha promises worldwide prosecution of illegal uploaders of 'Attack on Titan' See in context

i’m uploading tomorrow from Japan VPN. Maybe they’ll let me back into Japan to appear in court bu 2021....

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