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Posted in: Daiichi Sankyo to launch COVID-19 vaccine in Japan in 2022 See in context

The trial conducted on 142 people aged 20 or older

I hope that Daiichi Sankyo’s domestic trial included participants consuming only a traditional Japanese diet since Japan’s Health Ministry refused to accept Pfizer’s international clinical trial data early this year, claiming that the food and diet of the included Japanese (living outside Japan) differed from that traditionally consumed by Japanese living inside Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo, Osaka to lift nightlife curbs from Monday as virus cases plunge See in context

Four maskless people close together talking in an enclosed dining establishment for two hours next to many other groups of four maskless talkers coming and going is somewhat akin to a two-hour somewhat uncrowded Yamanote train ride with maskless people talking — except that the train has a flow of fresh air through the open windows.

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Posted in: Tokyo area set to end COVID-19 restrictions on eateries See in context

@John  11:38 am JST

The mask comes off when you decide to take it off, it is a personal decision. Nobody is going to give you permission to return to a properly oxygenated brain, you need to do that for yourself.

I don't think my gym is going to tolerate me oxygenating my brain without a mask.

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Posted in: Tokyo area set to end COVID-19 restrictions on eateries See in context

@jeffb 08:13 am JST

The mask comes off when you so choose. There has never been a mask order in Japan.

Virtually all stores, gyms, parks (with ticketed entrances), amusement areas, etc. in Japan require masks for entrance.

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Posted in: LDP, opposition clash over economy, COVID in election campaign See in context

Kishida: Growth and distribution 

Edano: Redistribution and growth

Kishida: Same capital gains tax

Edano: Higher capital gains tax

Kishida: COVID “worst case scenario” consideration 

Edano: COVID command center

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Posted in: Tokyo area set to end COVID-19 restrictions on eateries See in context

Wondering when the masks can come off? Societal norms within Japan currently allow us to take masks off and speak freely in crowded enclosed dining establishments, but require us to have face coverings when walking through an uncrowded outdoor park or garden (like Koishikawa Korakuen). It doesn’t seem to make much sense.

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Posted in: Police shooting looms over confirmation battle for Emanuel as ambassador to Japan See in context

In Chicago, a group of activists on Tuesday called on the Senate to reject Emanuel's nomination, …

A total of 23 activists (from the photo).

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually molesting junior high school girl in library See in context

Police said Iwabuchi has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying, “I get turned on whenever I set foot in a library. I couldn’t control my sexual urge.”

As much as I am repulsed by the suspect's alleged behavior, I am also turned off by what continually appears to be police-suggested confessions instead of actual confessions.

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

I can't believe she went on Twitter to signal how virtuous she is. It's so immodest and crass.

Moreover, just minutes after this article about her Tweets was posted this morning, she was retweeting it.

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

Seems like Mikan has some self-esteem issues. I returned a lost wallet recently. But I didn’t seek out public praise afterward by posting all over Twitter about what a great a person I am for my action. (Moreover, there are absolutely no sources confirming the veracity of this story.)

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Posted in: 2,500 cases reported of sexually exploitative photos of athletes See in context

It would be insightful to know how many of those 2,500 cases submitted to the website have been determined by the police department to contain genuine nonconsensual sexualized images objectifying athletes. How many arrests resulted from these 2,500 cases?

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Posted in: Suspect in fatal hit-and-run arrested at Tokyo immigration bureau See in context

Police said the suspect was at the immigration bureau, completing procedures to leave Japan. They said he has denied being involved in the hit-and-run incident.

More like a foiled hit-and-fly for this Turk. Hopefully, he will mature into a more responsible man.

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Posted in: Tokyo court disrupted by hundreds of maskless anti-vaxxers See in context

@Burning Bush

That means more than 1 in 5 Japanese adults are opting out.

About 15% of the population over age 12 are currently opting out.

As of yesterday, 75% of the total population had received one shot. About 10% of the population is not eligible (below age 12). So that leaves us with a 15% opt-out.

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Posted in: Tokyo court disrupted by hundreds of maskless anti-vaxxers See in context


Data at the link below. You can do the simple math yourself.

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Posted in: Tokyo court disrupted by hundreds of maskless anti-vaxxers See in context

Over 60 percent of Japan's population has been fully inoculated 

— Japan’s current numbers (12 October)

65%, Fully vaccinated total population

73%, Fully vaccinated eligible vaccine recipients (aged 12+)

77%, Fully vaccinated adult population (aged 18+)

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 77 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 611 See in context

77 cases in Tokyo on the day that 77% of the entire adult population (aged 18+) has been reported to be fully vaccinated.

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Posted in: Can the Taliban suppress the potent IS threat? See in context

Can the Taliban suppress the potent IS threat?

The Taliban can certainly appear to suppress any threat if the price is right -- $1 billion in aid and perhaps unfreezing the $10 billion in Afghan reserves in overseas accounts administered by Western governments.

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Posted in: Kishida to seek economic growth before redistributing wealth See in context

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday he will prioritize achieving economic growth to make good on his pledge to redistribute wealth.

"Unless there is growth there is nothing to distribute.” Kishida said.

Kishida appears to have shifted from redistribution to distribution.

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Posted in: Japan opposition pledges to tax the rich in election platform See in context

The CDPJ will call for a temporary lowering of the consumption tax from the current 10 percent to 5 percent

How about the 0% consumption tax we had in 1989?

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Posted in: Fire-caused power outage hits trains in Tokyo area; 236,000 affected See in context

I was surprised that such a small power-substation in Warabi (outside Tokyo) could have such a significant impact. Fortunately this incident didn’t occur during a weekday morning commute.

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Posted in: More than 130 countries reach deal on corporate minimum tax See in context

Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have indicated they will not sign up.

Additionally, Switzerland will be offering subsidies and other incentives to offset the 15% tax.

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Posted in: Japan secures 120 mil extra Pfizer vaccine doses for next year See in context

Getting there. As of today, 82% of the eligible population has had one shot, 73% have had two.

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Posted in: Kishida instructs cabinet to come up with economic package specifics See in context

Kishida reiterated his vision of realizing a "new capitalism" that focuses on economic growth and redistribution of wealth …

A lot of company executives in Japan today receive performance-based stock remuneration, which can play a significant role in creating large societal income gaps. Basically, a company will put together a management plan and then reward the executives with stock based on the degree that the financial targets have been achieved over a certain period. Of course, the bulk of company workers actually putting in the long hours to achieve those financial targets receive their monthly salaries and periodic bonuses, as do the executives, but don’t benefit from these performance-based stock remuneration programs. Address that issue, and government might be able to narrow the income gap.

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Posted in: M5.9 quake halts trains in Tokyo area; 32 injured See in context

Alan Bogglesworth 07:39 am JST

Kishida already showing us he is a strong leader and giving everyone directions. Bravo Kishida, that's how leadership is done!

Because we’d be completely lost if Kishida didn’t tell us to “check the latest information and take action to protect our lives.”

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Posted in: Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma in 2022 See in context

Nissan, a company that has a history of recent senior-management infighting and corruption vs. Toyota

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Posted in: Japan's largest labor organization Rengo gets 1st female chief See in context

Going natural: Replacing her auburn red by growing out her natural black and grey — giving her an older and more mature presence.

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Posted in: 2 men wanted for home break-in and robbery of ¥110 million See in context

Later that morning, they ordered him at knifepoint to contact a male employee to prepare the money and leave it in a bag outside his front door at around noon.

And that male employee didn’t immediately contact the police?

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Posted in: Osaka out of top 10 for first time since 2018 See in context

Why is this news? Yes, her mother is Japanese, and Naomi did live here for three years as a toddler, but she doesn’t speak the language, and more importantly, she has never chosen to physically reside in the country long term, to interact daily with the people, and participate in society (by for example, exercising her right to vote). Some may claim that she can’t do those things while she’s playing tournaments. Well, she’s not playing tournaments now. Where is she?

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Posted in: Japan bids to host 2025 world athletics championships See in context

Please host only if Tokyo can profit off the event. We have the new stadium. But do we have 68,000 spectators who want to bake in the hot summer sun daily? And will projected revenues exceed the indicated Y10 billion in expenses?

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Posted in: Princess Mako diagnosed with PTSD; to marry Kei Komuro on Oct 26 See in context

Isn’t it odd that any Imperial family woman who choses to forge her own path is diagnosed by the Imperial Household Agency with a mental health issue — “adjustment disorder” for Empress Masako and now “complex PTSD” for Princess Mako.

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