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Posted in: The towering sea wall legacy of Japan's 2011 tsunami See in context

How how some are uninformed about the world.

In North America there are hundreds of towns, cities that are on the coast get massive flooding every year from hurricanes and rebuild over and over this includes massive seawalls and in many cases they don't even finish rebuilding before the next hurricane hits and floods the area again.

Then there are the thousands of cities and towns flooded yearly by the major rivers over and over again with more and more levies and dykes constantly being built.

Then we have Europe with the Netherlands with their massive seawalls and Italy with Venice near constantly under more and more water and constructing bigger seawalls to keep it barely from fully disappearing despite the fact it is now nearly empty of actual citizens and is populated mostly by tourists and the few holdouts.

Do go ahead criticise Japan but as you do Frist look at your country before and ask,: is it any better or do I not know the facts about my country? Answer is probably you don't really know about your country.

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Posted in: Australia asks EU to stop blocking vaccine exports See in context

EU is playing games again.

This is just a partial list of countries the EU blocked Vaccine exports to:

Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay,"

And there are far more.

I would not be surprised to see Australia decide to do like Canada and request it's Covax share.

Under the Covax agreement the EU cannot block the export no matter what. This is why Canada decided it would take it's share now as the EU was playing games blocking exports now it is Australia's turn.

And don't blame AZ because the EU has blocked both Pfizer and Moderna exports as well.

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Posted in: Supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread See in context

What I want to know is how likely will I get infected by the remaining 15% of particles? Without that information this study is useless.

Actually that information is already out there by others so not needed as part of this simulation.

But to put it simply based on what I have read.

If the infected person is wearing a mask, this can reduce infected droplets from becoming airborne by between 74% and 90%.

If you are also wearing a mask and wash your hand after removing it the risk of catching the virus is very low. But again this depends on certain factors, how high the infected person's viral load is, how close you are not that person, if they are just breathing normally or if they are coughing or sneezing at the time they are near you.

Regardless of all that it is a simple common sense point if they are wearing a mask and you are also your chances of catching the virus are far far far lower than if neith of you have a mask on or if only one of you is wearing a mask.

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Posted in: Supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread See in context

Also, people with any amount of facial hair would be wasting the respirators because even a stubble makes impossible to get a proper fit.

This I can fully attest to.

I have a well trimmed beard and my work often requires that I wear protection from very fine particles.

I have even at points tried shaving off my beard but my beard grows at a crazy rate that by mid day there is enough stubble that a proper seal regardless of the mask does not keep these particles out.

I now use what may seem extreme to some, that is a full head covering with ventilator but that is because some of these dust particles contain toxic materials.

But this is not a practical idea to go walking around, so when out I use what I used to use before buying my very expensive full head unit.

This consists of an oversized full face reusable medical grade micropolymer material external masks with a disposable internal medical grade mask.

Oddly enough had this made long before covid.

I know it is not 100% effective and I don't expect it or anything else to be,

But it is at least far better than nothing or a really poor fitting surgical mask over my beard.

For those clean shaven a good quality surgical mask should be just fine.

Is it comfortable? No not really but it is at least something to try and reduce the chances of my contracting the virus but more to prevent me from infecting other if I do unknowingly have the virus.

Even a 50% reduction of airborne droplets is better than no reduction.

If you do not care about yourself at least care about others and have a little respect.

A little discomfort is a very small price to pay to at least make others feel safer even if you are a mask/covid denier.

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Posted in: JCR Pharma to build new plant to produce COVID-19 vaccine solution See in context

@SandyBeachHeaven

To clarify, countries that are not EU members, the UK or USA. Have all had problems getting Vaccine from those 3 places. So places like Japan, South Korea, even Canada are trying ( note trying) to come to agreemens to manufacture locally or build facilities to manufacture locally Vaccine but to do that these companies need to let others make it, up to now the only one is AZ.

Because these companies cannot supply even bin the USA. The USA government has put the defense production act in play forcing the vaccine makers to let rivals produce the vaccine.

The list of countries are countries that the EU at one point or another has blocked their shipments of Vaccine, now again Australia's Vaccine orders have been stopped by Italy under the EU agreement.

So any country expecting to get Vaccine from the EU in time or at all in some cases is dreaming.

They need to do like Japan, South Korea, and start figuring out how to produce at least AZ vaccine locally.

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Posted in: Mizuho Bank blames switch to digital passbook for ATM outage See in context

They charge for new accounts to have a paper account book!

I would never trust them and only have digital.

In 2002 on April 1st my Dai-Ichi Kangyo account completely disappeared when Mizuho became official.

It took nearly 4 months for them to find my account even questioning if I had one but luckily I had my updated book and card. None of that helped much but at least I knew how much was in that account and I had it in physical form.

So once they did find and restore my account if the amount did not match I had a proper document to make my case if we had to escalate things.

Digital only and the information can be altered or just vanish.

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Posted in: JCR Pharma to build new plant to produce COVID-19 vaccine solution See in context

Japan has no choice like many others, we are going to see many countries increase or create production facilities as we have now learned we cannot depend on it supposed Friends like the USA, EU and UK. Who have all at some point or permanently blocked exports.

Again the EU has blocked exports this time Australia is the target.

Here is a partial list of countries blocked by the EU and note that the information that the countries that have been blocked are mostly developed countries and not most I'm need, this list shows that to not be True.

Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and more.

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

@penfold

Take you Q conspiracies and go some place else.

How any sane adult can believe the stuff you repeat is amazing.

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

if you use TV advertising as the yardstick for what a company does

Ok here it goes.

Japan's health system is far more based in preventative measures than reactive.

In this system example flu shots are gotten by about 30% to 40% of the population mostly the elderly.

The rest is based around proper hygiene sanitation protocols like masks, hand washing, gargling, etc.. and it works well.

The same for heart disease, prevention is top.

This means very little need for Japanese research or manufacturing of heart meds locally because low amounts.

On the other side Japan has endemic problems with type 2 diabetes and a problem with gastric type cancers.

So prevention education is a big part but heavy research and development of treatments is very big.

Now compare that to the USA which does very little in prevention and relies on nearly 100% treatment after the fact.

People in the west know their diet is not good they know the Sugar, salt, fat is not good but don't want to change and expect the drug companies to fix any problems.

So the USA big pharma have a lot of financial incentives to make more drugs to fix more problems.

Japan due to the types of problems that affect its people locally concentrate on those so Japanese doctors and pharmaceutical companies are some of the top in diabetic treatments and gastric cancers such as colon cancer.

Which many of the meds used around the world first being developed in Japan.

This is the nature of how things are.

Japanese companies saw no need to invest in Vaccines as up until covid this was not a top priority.

I know the general rule here is to complain about everything and anything in Japan or that is Japanese but jn fact Japan isn't stupid nor our it's people, doctors or pharmaceutical companies.

For things that are rarely needed Japanese companies have good partnerships with foreign companies to obtain those meds and in this case Vaccines.

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

@Yubaru

Very much not true.

In fact a quick look at the USA TV advertising and one sees many ads from Japanese pharmaceutical companies for cancer meds, diabetes meds, and many more.

Japan is one of the world leaders in many medical and pharmaceutical sectors just not in Vaccine research.

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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??

@viruseex's reasons are correct but a few more problems add to it.

Nearly all the vaccines out now are based on exclusive intellectual property rights owned mostly by the big western pharmaceutical companies that mostly refuse others use or ask far to high a price for others to use.

This should be unacceptable but is how things are today no more humanitarian moves like with the Polio Vaccine.

Not certain countries either do not subscribed to certain international agreements on intellectual property rights or have laws that permits using these technologies without agreement if it is a national emergency/health crisis.

India being one of those countries, it has basically said long ago it will use whatever it wants if the health of it's people are at risk.( This was done because of the HIV medication being far to high in cost for just about everyone in the country). In most of these cases the western pharmaceutical companies folded and either provided the needed meds at the government's set price or reluctantly let Indian companies produce the products under a very tiny royalty agreement.

So for Japan and others that tried and failed to create their own Vaccines doing so without using these proprietary technologies becomes that much more difficult.

Best example is the USA J&J Vaccine will now also be produced by a rival company using the defense production act. This is basically the government saying forget who owns it we need it Now so you, you and you will start making it and to the owner of the vaccine you will give them all the information they need to do it.

I can just imagine the outrage from the USA if Japan ordered AZ,Moderna, Pfizer, etc.. to give the info to Japanese companies to start production immediately.

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Posted in: Japanese companies go high-tech in battle against food waste See in context

If they were really serious they would stop putting random expiry dates on things like canned food.

In reality most can food if properly done and stored has an indefinite shelf life.

Not sure about the rules in Japan but in most other countries there is no expiry date of these types of foods but the makers themselves put one, they claim for taste but in fact it is to sell more product.

How can a can of soup made last year expire after just one year.

Canned food found dating back 50, 60, even 100 years were found to still be safe to eat.

Worse in Japan are the imports. The can of soup Japanese label says 2021 but the can markings from Europe or North America say 2025.

My New Zealand butter say April 2021 on the Japanese stick on label while the New Zealand factory date say August 2022.

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Posted in: Japanese companies go high-tech in battle against food waste See in context

Once asked my local vegetable stand/store. ( Live in shitamachi area), just out of curiosity how they disposed of garbage.

Their reply was interesting. They said they have very little waste.

Apart from some spoilage, they sell everything, if it get a little sad looking they bundle it up and discount and it goes fast.

I was curious because my son had a part time job in a big supermarket and came home complaining about all the food (vegetables in his case) they put in the garbage every day and wen he ask can he take any of the older unsold vegetables home the reply was no never only a discount on the stuff on the market shelves.

Rarely buy from supermarkets use the local Yaoya just buy what is available, work the dinner menu around that.

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Posted in: Woman dies from brain hemorrhage days after receiving coronavirus vaccine, but link uncertain See in context

So the covid vaccines appear to be 48X deadlier than the influenza vaccine. 

Now let's compare.

CDC: 50~64 years of age are 5 times more likely to die from covid-19.

65~84 50 times, 85~ 119 times.

Seeing most countries have mostly only vaccinated medical personnel and the elderly.

Even if (and that is a very big if) the vaccine caused any of those deaths. It is still far better than getting covid.

Also as far as every study has shown not a single case if someone dying after getting the vaccine has been confirmed to be due to the vaccine, the CDC has been able to eliminate 90% of the death as not related to the vaccine, the other 10% are still being studied.

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Posted in: Japanese companies go high-tech in battle against food waste See in context

@zichi

Same here. Was a single father for a long time, so money was/is always tight.

Any vegetables left looking a little sad means we are having Nabe for dinner!

But I long ago got a small standalone freezer, it hold any meat, I freeze the rice I cook in individual packs ( no plastic wrap reusable containers) meat vacuum sealed in again reusable vaccum packs.

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Posted in: Woman dies from brain hemorrhage days after receiving coronavirus vaccine, but link uncertain See in context

Ever notice antivaxxers all have the same playbook.

If they cannot counter facts, then make the allegation that the person with the facts and clear counters points must work for big pharma!

I have had this said to me multiple times. Which is hilarious as I don't even have University education and am a Craftsman.

Also notice most antivaxxers are from a generation that never had to suffer any of the diseases ( especially childhood ones) that vaccines today protect against or even eliminated.

4 siblings, 3 older ones most Vaccines for childhood diseases were not available, we got them all not pleasant, one of the 3 ended up with permanent hearing loss and kidney damage. The 4th sibling was born much later had all the vaccines never had any problems never had to know the pain suffering the other 3 had to ensure.

Oh and I was not the one vaccinated but I am the one with Autism, go figure.

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Posted in: Woman dies from brain hemorrhage days after receiving coronavirus vaccine, but link uncertain See in context

normally it takes 10 years for approval

Is this true? It seems unlikely.

Yes back in the old days like in the 1960s and 70s even up to the end of the 20th century.

But technology and knowledge has advanced, changed, improved.

Just the speed at which information can be shared by developers today compared to before would cut development time in half.

Then the actual facts.

The research and technology used was based on 17 years of studies on the original virus SARS1.

Had none of that existed then the chances are we would not have a vaccine today.

Antivaxxers misinformation campaign is to leave out any details they know will contradict their view.

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Posted in: Woman dies from brain hemorrhage days after receiving coronavirus vaccine, but link uncertain See in context

I get tired of the hype, the nit picking of the antivaxxers.

It is just like other Vaccines nothing we say will change their minds because they don't listen and bend everything in to pretzels to fit their narrative.

It is like the long debunked Vaccines cause autism. The antivaxxers point to the *increase" after Vaccines became widely used.

What they don't say is that prior to the wide spread child vaccination term Autistic was rarely used, uncommon and unknown even to most medical personnel, so schizophrenic, mentally disabled, etc.. among many other were use. I know this personally as I was a child pre Vaccines and was never diagnosed autistic but was diagnosed other things. It wasn't until I was in my teens when we first heard the term Autistic and that was what I am.

Then we have the "it takes decades to develop a vaccine, this was to fast". Yes that WAS true but remember many of the vaccine today we're developed in the 1960s and 70s. We have advanced technologically in major ways.

Then there is the fact the vaccine is based on all the work on the first Corona virus and has been prepared for during the past 17 years.

So in fact it did take decades to create this Vaccine.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

@kaimycahl

Now that you wrote all that.

Take the same time got to the website and read the complaints.

Very few I have read complain about noise from children.

Most complain about destructive behaviors.

A lot complain about people standing around chatting while their dogs bark.

Far more complaints about mothers just blocking sidewalks and roads standing around talking and ignoring their children.

( See that one far to often mothers yacking away while the children complain they want to go home)

Again the article is very one-sided and I am not sure the author actually spent any time checking the site.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

@William77

Did you check out the site before commenting?

Seems far more than children making noise.

Many are about loud drinking in public, plenty about noisy Dogs barking all day. Housewives standing around chatting, blocking the sidewalk and road.

But hey the article say children so it must be that.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

I wounder how many people have complained about the noise from there local hospital traffic, or police station, or fire station.

Why not go look.

The Link is in the article BUT Obviously no one has gone to see

I didn't picked 4 random complaints didn't pick and choose not one was actually about Children's noise.

But seems no one cares about the facts.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

Before taking the article at face value I suggest going to the site and reading the complaint.

If you don't then you really don't know what it really says.

Just randomly picked 2 more so-called complaints about children.

3) pick up drop off place for preschool. Parents stand around bicycles blocking the way chatting for a long time not moving out of the way of pedestrians. Car block the road as the parents chat.

Seems it is more a complaint about parents than the children.

4) Children playing ball in tiny park where it is prohibited causing damage to nearby houses no parental supervision. Dogs constantly barking all day while the owners stand around chatting.

Again not noisy children but destructive behavior and again noisy dogs ( so seems my old residence isn't alone).

Again just picked the 2 first random complaints on the site.

Go see before making it sound like people are mean to children.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

see intolerance for babies crying on trains, mothers struggling with strollers in stations, kids accessing museums and other facilities.

I have an antique and restoration business.

I would regularly tell people with children I don't let children in, and they go ballistic.

So I came up with this idea. I have a contract, they sign that they will take full responsibility for any damages and I need a credit card.

Funny no one has ever been willing to agree, preferring to not come in or leaving the children outside.(usually one parent stays with the children)

I am not a creep, I usually give the children a cool drink in summer or hot cocoa in winter, free. Yeah usually a little snack also if the parents permit. Alway have plenty of snacks as a care centre for people with mental disability I is a few buildings over and they walk by sweet as can be and I give them a treat. And most of the neighbourhood children how's parents I know permit it.

But there are places children don't belong and despite the snacks drinks and even liking most of the local children I will still not let them into my store.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

Indeed, the sound of children playing is the sound of life. 

So is the sound of construction. But if you had construction going on infront of your house every day with no end you would not be pleased.

Again I raised 2 on my own, my children when they were young their antics were funny to me, I found my children cute, funny, but that did not mean I expected others to feel the same.

When out I made it clear to them what I may like about them is not for everyone and whether I am there or not they were to behave respectful and that includes not disturbing others.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

I've gotten into arguments at art museums and jazz clubs because my 9yrs old son was there. He wasn't doing anything wrong. Just his presence was enough 

Really? I have heard this many times and it seems more often than not when I hear the other side of the story it is usually very different.

I used to hear this all the time by parents if my children's friends then when I asked my children who were there what happened they would tell me it was not so black and white.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

Picked 2 random complaints no idea about the area.

1) neighbourhood association regularly has meetings then stand in the road Drinking talking loudly late into the night.

2) Children play on the street placing plastic sheet on the road using water guns running thought private property, people's verandas playing hide and seek knowing down laundry, etc...

2 totally random and they seem very legitimate reasons to complain.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

@shogun36

Did you actually checkout the site?

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

The story seems very one-sided.

Not sure why the author chose to focus on the children noise angle as if it was the main reason for complaints.

Just wasted over and hours looking through the website for complaints only about children playing and being noisy and only found one just one.

All the rest that concerned children was noise and problem activities like baseball in tiny parks, property damage.

And many had to do with noisy drinking establishments.

Agenda?

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

@WilliB

Did you go to the site and read the explanations why xyz place is on it?

At least of those I read just noisy children were very few (actually I only found one).

Most were noise coupled with far more. Like playing baseball, soccer, skateboarding on to people's property, etc..

In compact Japan hitting a baseball in a regular size park is not a good thing.

The house I was renting had 2 windows broken, by baseball and Soccer balls, the children ran off the owner had to cover the cost.

Someone hit the exterior wall with something (probably a baseball) and broke the siding causing water to get in the wall and again not knowing who the landlord had to pay the repairs.

Oddly enough their are cameras in the park, no one seems to be monitoring them and when the owner requested that the police use the surveillance footage to find who caused the damage the city refused citing privacy concerns.

So why have them.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

How many here really read the article or check out the website in question?

I would say few.

Read some of the explanations for complaints.

Most where I live seems more like caution for parents than anything else.

Saying things like very busy road, no place for children to play but on the road, dangerous for children.

Others point out the red light district as noisy not safe for families.

Many regarding parks point out that despite playing sports like baseball and soccer, people do it anyway causing damage to homes next to the park and making it not safe for really small children.

Most I have read in the past few hours are fairly reasonable.

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