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Posted in: Japanese sandwiches give foreign reporters culture shock at Tokyo Olympics See in context

I wonder what happens to all the crusts?

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Posted in: S Korea virus outbreak grows See in context

I'm sure they'll be OK because gyms have been ordered not to play music with a tempo of over 120 bpm and limit treadmills to 6km/h to prevent people from breathing too fast or splashing sweat on each other.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57798520

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Posted in: Fukushima joins other Olympic venues in barring fans See in context

Oof! Plain negative imperative conjugation! Take heed Bach!

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Posted in: Chinese people vexed by Communist Party's image among Japanese See in context

For example, Jason Lightfoot, a British vlogger, has a good, very popular, YouTube channel called Living in China.

on which he parrots CCP propaganda.

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Posted in: Mintal launches White Noise Machine for healthier sleep See in context

No pink noise or brown noise? Or will that be premium downloadable content?

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Posted in: Message for Olympic visitors See in context

Joyless!

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Posted in: Collectors of digital NFTs see a 'Wild West' market worth the risk See in context

It's like a cross between Tulip Mania and The Emperor's New Clothes.

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Posted in: Japan disposes of over 7,000 mishandled doses of COVID vaccine: report See in context

Meanwhile how are we going with the PMs promise of 1,000,000 vaccinations a day. Well into June now and I don’t think even half that has been quite reached yet .

Over 800,000 on a couple of days in the past week.

https://ourworldindata.org/explorers/coronavirus-data-explorer?zoomToSelection=true&pickerSort=desc&pickerMetric=total_vaccinations&Metric=Vaccine+doses&Interval=New+per+day&Relative+to+Population=false&Align+outbreaks=false&country=~JPN

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Posted in: Japan donates more than 1 million AstraZeneca doses to Taiwan See in context

Am i beimg thick or in the picture is she having the jab through her coat?

Must be a photo from the simulation test event they held in January.

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Posted in: Mass vaccinations in Tokyo, Osaka get into full swing; Kobe opens large center See in context

Pathetic numbers. In the UK, towards 500,000 a day are being vaccinated.

Japan's 7-day average for doses administered is now over 500,000

https://ourworldindata.org/explorers/coronavirus-data-explorer?zoomToSelection=true&pickerSort=desc&pickerMetric=total_vaccinations&Metric=Vaccine+doses&Interval=7-day+rolling+average&Relative+to+Population=false&Align+outbreaks=false&country=JPN~GBR

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Posted in: Japan beats Myanmar 10-0 after protests on and off pitch See in context

Just to remind you San Marino beat England.

They once famously scored in 8 seconds against England in a 7-1 defeat in 1993.

In 178 games they've won once, defeating Liechtenstein 1-0 in a friendly in 2004

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Posted in: Vaccination demand surges as Australia's Victoria logs 5 local COVID-19 cases See in context

Thats why I dont understand why people always scream for tests.

Let me help you then. Testing allows positive cases to be identified so that people can isolate and prevent spreading the virus.

Please consider both possible results of a test and then I think you may be able to understand.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 843 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,721 See in context

How does the average go DOWN (728 — 704) when the daily count went UP (766 — 843)? How on earth are they calculating it???

It's because the oldest daily figure used to calculate yesterday's 7-day average was 1010 from May 13th and it dropped out of the calculation today.

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Posted in: Japan may let pharmacists administer COVID-19 vaccines See in context

Can we stop calling facilities that administer 10,000 shots per day "mass" or "large scale"? In every other country that does vaccinations properly, these would not even be considered medium scale sites.

I had my 1st dose in here in the UK at a location officially designated as a "Large Vaccination Centre". It delivers around 1000 doses per day 7 days a week. The 1000 doses/day figure seems fairly typical for this type of site here based on a bit of searching.

Maybe the difference here is the number of locations where the vaccines are being administered? The most recently updated list on the NHS web site lists 157 such centres out of 1802 locations in total. The site claims 99% of the population is within 10 miles (16km) of a vaccination site.

I wonder how many different schemes have been devised (or haven't yet been devised) at a local level across Japan? Is it all decentralised? I suspect the duplication of effort going on must be very high. Here everyone can book appointments through the same web site.

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

OK, Mr Suga - show your working. Exactly when did we achieve 333,000 shots per day?

https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations shows a graph getting markedly steeper for Japan and an increase of 0.23% of the population receiving at least one dose between the 2 latest data points at the time of writing (5th to 6th May) so maybe they are finally speeding things up?

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Posted in: Quiet airport See in context

OK photography folks, what kind of lens/equipment would be necessary to get this kind of shot?

No trickery required just a lens with very long focal length. The photographer would have be a long distance from the airport building to achieve this effect.

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Posted in: Australia misses vaccine target as concerns grow over slow rollout See in context

Australia has a 2.12% population vaccinated.

Japan has 0.7%

Is doing 3 orders of magnitude better than Japan.

3 times as many. 3 orders of magnitude would be 1000 times

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Posted in: Don’t get confused, this Ramune drink is actually a Lemon Chu-hi for adults See in context

Looks like the ideal alcopop for kidults

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Posted in: Is bitcoin environmentally friendly? See in context

It's obscenely inefficient though. Bitcoin mining consumes more energy than Argentina and almost all of that energy is used in unsuccessful attempts to earn Bitcoins by performing quintillions of calculations to verify transactions on the blockchain. Transactions measured at a rate of single figures per second.

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Posted in: Moderna, Takeda to seek vaccine approval in Japan See in context

Why can’t Japan make its own?? Anyone??

The vaccines being developed in Japan are still at an earlier stage of devleopment and trials. I found reference to vaccines being developed by Osaka University/AnGes/Takara Bio, Shionogi and a couple of candidates from Takeda.

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Posted in: Emperor feels grateful for strength of Japanese people over pandemic See in context

Wonderful polish on that floor in the photo on the front page. You'd need to be careful walking on that in just your socks.

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Posted in: Japan begins vaccination drive, but why so late? See in context

"Co-developed" the inference is that what? Pfizer co-developed it with a Japanese company? THe writers here should be very specific about who developed it with Pfizer and not leave it open to speculation!

It was co-developed with BioNTech in Germany. Is this news to you? Their vaccine has been commonly referred to as the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for many months.

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Posted in: Out in the cold: How Japan's electricity grid came close to blackouts See in context

A little while back I looked up how much electricity in Japan was generated by geothermal power plants and it looks to be about 0.2 - 0.3%

Apparently onsen resort operators are a large part of the opposition to building more geothermal plants. They worry it will affect their hot springs and the presence of power plants will make their area less desirable to visit.

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Posted in: Japan secures extra Pfizer vaccine doses; Feb 15 approval expected See in context

Kurisupisu...... please stop the spread of nonsense. The Pfizer vaccine has NOT been shown to cause complications in older people or anyone else.

Kurisupisu is probably referring to the deaths of 23 very frail elderly patients shortly after receiving the Pfizer vaccine in Norway. The Norwegian Medicines Agency has investigated 13 of the deaths so far and concluded that common adverse reactions of mRNA vaccines, such as fever, nausea, and diarrhoea, may have contributed to fatal outcomes in some of the frail patients.

https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n149

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Posted in: Pandemic reveals hidden poverty in wealthy Japan See in context

The Japanese Government should provide an Unconditional Universal Basic Income of at least 3,245,550.00 yen (equivalent of $30,000 United States Dollars) to all of its citizens.

Is that affordable? Sounds expensive

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Posted in: Despite more than 1 million vaccinations, England enters lockdown that could run until March See in context

It does look strange doesn't it? So strange I was compelled to try to understand what was going on with those NOIDs figures. You weren't? Took me a few seconds to find this Reuters fact check article that offers an explanation:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-noids/fact-check-document-shows-number-of-suspected-covid-19-cases-that-were-reported-by-clinicians-not-total-number-of-cases-across-england-and-wales-idUSKBN2991MI

Can you elaborate on how PCR tests are faulty?

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Posted in: Despite more than 1 million vaccinations, England enters lockdown that could run until March See in context

An estimated 1 in 50 people in England are currently infected based on the latest testing of a sample of the population by the Office for National Statistics.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,278 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,883 See in context

An Austrian Parliament Member showed that Coca Cola soda can make a COVID test positive.

Really? Sounds dubious...

I thought so too, and it look me literally seconds to search online find out why performing the test incorrectly in the way he did produced a positive result.

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