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Posted in: Japan lawmakers' average income falls for 1st time in 4 years in 2019 See in context

Where do I sign up ?

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 131 new coronavirus infections on Saturday See in context

"Stanford study done in April was showing than up to 4.7% of the population randomly tested was already carrying the antibody."

The Stanford study was flawed in at least 2 ways. The sample wasn't random, since they called for people who wanted to be test, via Facebook, etc. Also the number of false positives would be high for the test of their specificity relative to the true positives (probably outnumbering the true positives).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 124 COVID-19 cases Friday; 70% in their 20s and 30s See in context

"Influenza and Corona virus are genetically different families."

Different classes even.

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Posted in: Koike leads in Tokyo governor race: poll See in context

Good old let's-not-test-to-keep-the-numbers-down Koike. Yeah !

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

Get the answers put on a t-shirt. I had this idea 20 years ago.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 48 new coronavirus infections See in context

Yeah, there are probably many asymptomatic carriers. But according to the latest data, asymptomatic carriers very rarely transmit the virus to others, if at all.

That was from the WHO and I don't trust their statement. Most people are infected by others who were asymptomatic (including pre-sympotomatic) at the time.

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Posted in: Race for Tokyo governor is Koike's to lose See in context

What did she do? Testing for Covid-19 is still really lacking.

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Posted in: Britain-Japan trade deal faces hurdles despite good intentions See in context

But I thought all of these trade deals would easily come about...

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Posted in: Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months See in context

Wearing masks in the US from March first would have saved tens of thousdands of lives. Infection spread would have been greatly reduced.

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Posted in: U.S. state of Missouri sues China's leaders over virus See in context

If many countries would unite on this, they could demand compensation from China. That is a big "if" since the US hasn't worked well with it's traditional allies the past 3 years.

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Posted in: Trump cuts off U.S. payments to WHO during virus pandemic See in context

Corrupt as the WHO may be, I don't the think the savings from this will be spent on the health of the American people.

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Posted in: China says Taiwan attacks on WHO are venomous, aimed at independence See in context

The world needs to isolate China for now. Let Taiwan back in the UN.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Shake the mask of outside, then put it in the oven at 80C (or lowest setting). Also dry them outdoors in the sun.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day; New York governor begs for help See in context

"No, I blame the China for not being transparent and for not allowing US scientists to go there, to get more specific answers on combating this virus, information on patient zero and that never materialized."

While I agree with this, the US still had 50-day head start, and did little to prepare for it.

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Posted in: 92 from Chicago let in at Narita airport without being asked to self-isolate See in context

Yes, packed trains and restaurants in Tokyo...

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for virus See in context

Get well soon, sir.

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Posted in: China's imported coronavirus cases rise as foreigners banned and flights cut See in context

China needs to be isolated by the rest of the world until they get rid of the CCP.

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Posted in: Outdoor smokers on the rise as April law set to take effect See in context

Smoking also greatly worsens outcomes for those who are infected by Covid-19.

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Posted in: Outdoor smokers on the rise as April law set to take effect See in context

"I used to smoke for 23 years and quit. My opinion is eateries should be able to decide themselves if they allow smoking or not. Let the consumer decide the fate of their business. "

The problem is that most although most Japanese non-smokers are very annoyed by smoking, to preserve the wa they accommodate the smoker(s) in their group. The smokers take this to mean," ah no one has any problem with my smoking !"...Then there is the issue of workplace health for the employees...

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Posted in: Virus poses new threat for Olympics that only war has stopped See in context

Well, this is war !

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Posted in: Trump angrily defends his handling of pandemic See in context

"You can’t become a millionaire for doing nothing..."

Actually you can if you inherit a great amount of money.

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Posted in: Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative See in context

"So if I set a house on fire will you praise me for bringing a bucket of water?"

Well said.

Alternatively like the one comparing the CCP to someone who walks their dog and it defecates massively on your lawn. While you are cleaning it up they offer to help a bit...if you will award them the Nobel Prize.

I wonder if the knowledge of the early January person-to-person outbreak was known by Presient" Xi himself and he that he just put the blame of "fall guys" under him (Wuhan officials). We may never know.

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Posted in: Japan to ask travelers from Europe to self-quarantine for 14 days See in context

Will this policy continue into July ?

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Posted in: BOJ ramps up risky asset buying, doubles pace of ETF, J-REIT purchases See in context

Money before people...for the 1%ers...disgusting! Some of the above commenters have better ideas.

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Posted in: Japan begins coronavirus travel restrictions for China, S Korea See in context

Dr. Campbell from the UK explains it well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SZBuHFzYlw&t=1s

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Posted in: Coronavirus temporary legislation likely to clear lower house on March 12 See in context

"I hope that testing kits will become more available out here in ‘inaka’. I’ve had the symptoms and my boss just asked me to stay home for a week because my fever hasn’t broken."

@Rosalind- I am glad that the boss didn't say 'come in anyway'. I wish you a speedy recovery.

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Posted in: Australia reports 1st coronavirus death, a Diamond Princess cruise ship passenger See in context

This tragedy very well would have been prevented without the incompetency of certain bureaucrats.

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Posted in: Japan 2019 condo supply lowest in 43 years as high prices hit demand See in context

The Tokyo population is increasing, while not increasing in most of the rest of Japan.

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Posted in: Influenza wave significantly wanes in Japan See in context

Blasting = manners of a hog. May it stop in crowded areas, especially.

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Posted in: Russia to ban entry of Chinese nationals to halt virus See in context

Japan should have stopped people from Hubei Province from entering at least a week sooner than they did.

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