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Posted in: Japan to lower minimum age to 16 at state-run vaccination sites See in context

There is a defensible argument that vaccinating kids isn’t a good idea from the risk/benefit view, but vaccinating kids with health problems may be more compelling.

I don't see any problem with parents/guardians electing to have their kids vaccinated if they feel that it's necessary - assuming they were not bullied into it...

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Posted in: Japan to lower minimum age to 16 at state-run vaccination sites See in context

This week when we had our second jab at the local hospital I was surprised by how many young school children were having it too.

Surprised? With the hysterical response to COVID19, surprised that they were brainwashed and bullied into it?

Those kids had about as much "choice" as they do with their school lunches...

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Posted in: Japan to lower minimum age to 16 at state-run vaccination sites See in context

Not a lot of vaccine hesitancy here.

Unless you have your ear to the actual ground here...

Hesitancy is the wrong word. People simply want to make their own choices. Pretty simple and fundamental, democratic human right...

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Posted in: Japan to lower minimum age to 16 at state-run vaccination sites See in context

Those aged 16 and older in Japan do not need parental permission or to be accompanied by parents or guardians to receive the shots.

Setting quite a dangerous precedent there that minors do not need parental consent. A slippery slope...

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Posted in: Suga says healthcare systems remain under severe strain See in context

which is why many people are still dying,

... and so many, many more are not. But you guys have the conch. Well done with tanking the economy...

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Posted in: Motegi visits Iraq; 1st by Japanese foreign minister in 15 years See in context

If you want to help Iraq, the Allied Powers need to extend the hand of kindness by removing the embargoes that have crippled Iraq for so long. It's simple... if you are genuine.

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Posted in: Japan's governors call for COVID lockdown See in context

Presumably there would be govt subsidies ?

Of course! They've been busy planting money trees since March 2020...

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Posted in: University students attending virtual classes struggle with isolation See in context

It's telling that a story like this rarely makes "Top Story"...

in a society where people are quick to blame the sick for their illnesses.

While I do agree, it's the western keyboard-mashers that have been the most vocal about "irresponsible people" living their lives or not wearing a mask etc during this whole thing.

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Posted in: Japan to evacuate embassy in Kabul See in context

We tried to train Afghans to defend themselves

Yeah, you'd think those decades of drone bombing would've taught them some peace eh...

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Posted in: Number of severe COVID patients in Japan hits record for 4th day in row See in context

And the negativity keeps on coming. You guys own the airwaves now. Normal people tuned out long ago and are just living their lives the best they can...

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Posted in: Sapporo hopes Tokyo Games success will boost 2030 Winter Olympic bid See in context

And the government wonders why "young people" people are ignoring them...

All the ones I talk to have been watching the Olympics...

Get ready to joint the delta spike Sapporo

Jeez.. you ppl never let it go. That's why most ppl leave the keyboard-mashers to it these days. What a bleak world you all hope for...

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Posted in: Man admits killing and injuring over 100 cats See in context

Let's also be perfectly clear: it's not the cat's fault if they happen to be born and live outside.

VERY few owners allow their cats to roam in Japan because of cars, other territorial cats and sick fools like the one in the above article.

Cats are just doing their best to 'scratch out a living'...

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Posted in: Man admits killing and injuring over 100 cats See in context

"re-sending above = "de-sexing"

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Posted in: Man admits killing and injuring over 100 cats See in context

Seems to me that many cat owners are irresponsible.

There is a lot of ignorance around when it comes to this issue.

People tend to buy overpriced kittens here from shops, as opposed to adopting. Some of them end up outside.

There is a large population of homeless cats in Japan going back many generations. Most of these cats are NOT neutered. People prefer to turn a blind eye to the well-being of these cats and leave bottles of water around in a naive attempt to keep the problem "away from themselves".

Many cats that do find themselves in shelters end up in the "dream box" because of the aforementioned lack of adopters.

My neighbours and I have had 15 odd local cats neutered and have adopted 6 cats between us. There is only so many we can take in, which means some still live outside peacefully and unable to have/make kittens. Not their fault. This is all at a significant cost in time and money to us. There are initiatives to pay for vet costs for re-sending, but we have to jump through a lot of hoops. So we do.

If you see a cat with part of its ear cut out leaving a "V", someone has taken the time to have it neutered and is probably also spending their time and money feeding and caring for it the best they can.

Local governments could do A LOT more to lower the number of homeless cats humanely. And people could STOP buying cats-for-profit from pet shops.

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Posted in: Man admits killing and injuring over 100 cats See in context

My blood is boiling. I want this guy to hurt. I want the FULL extent of the law used against him. Cats trusted him. They were innocent, he is not.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't backs 4-day workweek, but experts split See in context

I'm sorry but I really dispute this part of the story. I've lived her too long to know that Japanese workers and companies do countless hours of "service zangyo*(overtime)" that people in these other countries never have to do. So stating that Japanese don't work as long as these people is flat out lying!

Exactly this!

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Posted in: Japan to focus on greener society, digital for pandemic recovery See in context

I love the smell of buzzwords in the morning...

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Posted in: Diet enacts law to stop sex offender teachers from returning to classroom See in context

So what happens when the database is set up and they find convicted sexual predators are working in schools all over the country? What's the bet that conveniently, no one will check.


Wouldn't want anyone to lose face now, would we?

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Posted in: High schools to begin mental health education amid rise in suicides See in context

I was a teacher at one point, and sadly one student in the school committed a suicide. I was told of the incident just 5 minutes before going in to class, to teach the classmates of the deceased student - just so, that I would "keep the lesson upbeat and don't talk about anything serious". I wasn't allowed to mention the event with a word, to anyone. The students in her class got something like 20mins counceling each, while other students, teachers, and other staff members got nothing. It was completely brushed under the carpet - the event was not discussed about, we just had to pretend like everything was normal.

I've been in a similar situation. I was absolutely shocked at the shroud of secrecy around the death. I got out of schools shortly thereafter. Abhorrent places that absolutely suck the spirit out of people.

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Posted in: High schools to begin mental health education amid rise in suicides See in context

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society...

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Posted in: Coates: Tokyo Olympics to go ahead even in state of emergency See in context

Your first post about doom and gloom? Less an opinion and more a provocation.

It was? I recall brushing on the subject of economic forces and the likely reaction of the members of this very board. Turns out I was right.

I digress... according to you, my post was a provocation, yet it is acceptable to refer to those that don't espouse the narrative so quickly as having "arrogance off the scale"...

... to which I have no objection, as a well formed post came after. I only object to the double standard.

Like I say, I'll be back (like so many others) when the playing field is level. It has a ways to go...

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Posted in: Coates: Tokyo Olympics to go ahead even in state of emergency See in context

Are not all of you guys here telling day in day out, that we we should listen to to the science?

The WHO has been caught out manipulating the truth a few times during this pandemic. I'm not calling all out conspiracy, but if you haven't questioned the WHO's motives and methods just a little by now - I'm sorry but you need your BS radar adjusted...

At some point economic interests are either going to correct against these forces (buoyancy)... or they going to sink.

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Posted in: Canceling the Olympics? Huge consequences and a financial quagmire See in context

overrun hospitals and countless deaths

Ohhh please! Vast majority here hardly suffer any symptoms. Spade a spade. If you care about the people so much, you will take into account the slow choking of their economies. It kills, too...

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Posted in: Japan must radically speed defense build-up: Kishi See in context

Tokyo must boost its military at a "radically different pace" than in the past to counter Beijing's growing capacity, Japan's defense minister said...

How about boosting ties between both countries instead of bringing mass misery to the people like your grandfather, the Monster of Manchuria (Class A war criminal), did. Let's try some fresh thinking and reasoning within the family and within politics in general...

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Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

If you mentioned "vaccine passports" a year ago, you were called a conspiracy theorist.

Exactly this! And yet, look how easily it's forced upon us because most people have no capacity to even question authority.

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Posted in: Frontline nurse shocked and touched by Taylor Swift gift See in context

The human race has really lost its way...

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Posted in: Police report record number of cannabis offenders in 2020 See in context

The National Police Agency warned that many young people are not aware of the risk of drugs due to the circulation of "positive information online" and vowed to boost cyber patrols and crack down on drug deals using social media.

So, the "positive information" is just propaganda? Or is the other way around...

And this just illustrates how our privacy is of no concern to government institutions. As if they don't even have to pretend anymore...

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Posted in: U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies See in context

The US should take a look at itself first...

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Posted in: Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators See in context

Ordinances to tell us how to use our bodies? Classy...

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay to be barred from Osaka public roads: governor See in context

A lot of virtue signalling coming from the Governer of Osaka...

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