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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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Posted in: Mochi may be even more dangerous in 2021 due to coronavirus See in context

And whom, pres tel, paid for the study?

*who, pray tell

If the group at Nara Medical University publish a paper related to the experiment they did on SARS-CoV-2, I assume they'll declare the funding source. Can't find anything yet though.

It appears the finding of the effectiveness of persimmon tannins against viruses is nothing new though. Another paper by a group from Hiroshima University in 2013 showed persimmon tannins had strong anti-viral efects on a range of viruses. That work was funded by Altan who have been selling sprays and soaps containing persimmon since at least 2010 judging by the clip I found on YouTube from NHK's asaichi program. I doubt the products are suitable for dipping your dango in though.

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Posted in: Politician voted out after accusing mayor of sexual assault See in context

The mayor keeps a record of when his office door and curtains are open or closed and retains that information for at least several years?

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Posted in: Starbucks' sole sign-language outlet in Japan reaching out to locals See in context

Anybody know the actual address?

It's the branch within the Kunitachi station complex

https://store.starbucks.co.jp/en/detail-1872/

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Posted in: Burger King releases its first-ever 'buns-free' burger in Japan See in context

Daft

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Posted in: 150 pears stolen from orchard in Saitama Prefecture in latest fruit theft See in context

It's a sad day in the inaka, when nashi start disap"pear"ing.

and you're left 梨無し

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Posted in: Hot run See in context

I wonder what he's wearing on his legs. Whenever I've visited Japan it's been spring or autumn and the joggers doing laps of the Imperial Palace invariably have tights on under their shorts. They bare their legs in the height of summer though right?

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Posted in: Rainy season ends later than usual in Tokyo, neighboring areas See in context

Tokyo-mToday 10:55 pm JST

Not a single bench in this "park".

It's Oyokogawa Water Park and there are benches there. Some of them can even be seen in the picture, under the pergola.

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Posted in: Australia posts record number of new COVID-19 infections See in context

Ego Sum Lux MundiToday 04:21 pm JST

The BBC were also busted a few months back for using scary footage of patients intubated in ICU with doctors and nurses looking panicked and implying it was a British hospital... turned out to be Italian footage, which makes me suspicious about the media's role in this.

It's good to be suspicious sometimes Ego Sum Lux so I tried to find out more about this but I can find no reference to the BBC misrepresenting footage from an Italian hospital as being in the UK. Can you provide a source please?

While searching I found a report about CBS News using footage from an overcrowded Italian hospital in a report about New York at the end of March, which they attributed to "an editing mistake".

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Posted in: Tower Cheeseburger See in context

Good grief. I thought this may have been some sort of joke but then I found a youtube video of some guy eating one. He even took his own mayonaise to squirt over the thing. Horrific!

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Posted in: 10 ways to stop being an annoying airline passenger See in context

No. 9 I always find that behaviour curious. I usually choose an aisle seat and have to get up to let the other people in the row out so that they squeeze together with everyone else in the aisle and stand around waiting for a couple of minutes. I just sit down again and don't get up until it looks like I can walk off the plane without stopping. I don't think my luggage has ever beaten me to the baggage claim so what's the hurry?

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Posted in: What are your New Year resolutions? See in context

To keep on keeping on.

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Posted in: Cyclists using phones to be fined up to Y50,000 See in context

borscht, You've assumed that the 3.6% rate of phone usage observed by the cops in July & August must have been the same amongst the cyclists involved in the accidents in 2007. You can't make that assumption. If the cops didn't witness any cyclists having an accident during the 3-day observation periods, would you conclude that no cyclist ever has an accident?

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