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Posted in: Law enacted that allows nuclear reactors to operate beyond 60 years See in context

Looking for a carbon-free energy source? How about tapping into the vast resources of geo thermal energy available in Japan.

Oh wait, the Onsen owners don’t want it, so let’s keep the nuclear and coal plants forever.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,719 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,991 See in context

Okinawa numbers have already peaked and started to decline a bit. Tokyo is about 1-2 weeks behind, so expect rising numbers for 2 more weeks. I don’t think another SOE is needed if it’s starting to subside by then.

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Posted in: Kishida says he is committed to containing virus amid Omicron surge See in context

Thinking you can keep omicron from spreading is a pipe dream. Just look at China and the insane amount of measures they are enforcing, locking down millions of people, even welding their doors shut. And still, they cannot contain it.

Advance the booster shots for everyone, wear your mask and take care of yourself and the persons surrounding you. That’ll do.

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Posted in: 12,000 sign petition to ease Japan's tight entry rules over Omicron See in context

Honestly, most of you seem to have no idea about the current rules. The border is open only for people who already have residence in Japan through a visa. New visas aren’t issued at all and first time entries aren’t allowed, even for people who plan on being in Japan for a long term. Some people have been waiting for almost 2 years by now, I am waiting for 10 months.

To all the foreigners posting things like there is no need to open the border: don’t forget you’ve been someone wanting to enter Japan too at some point.

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Posted in: Japan starts accepting requests for eased COVID quarantine rule See in context

Government: Let’s design a overly complicated, bureaucratic nightmare of a process that is barely understandable by anyone and discriminates many applicants.

Also the government: We are so stressed because the applications require so much work. Why are these people calling us?

You really can’t make this stuff up!

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Posted in: Gov't to cut quarantine to 3 days for business travelers, students from Monday See in context

3 day quarantine is NOT applicable for students! 14 days with the possibility to shorten it to 10 days with a PCR test on the 9th day of quarantine.

Not that it matters, since 85% of valid COE holders can’t enter before January anyway. What a joke this country and its border policy has become.

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Posted in: Doctor warns holding Games could lead to 'Olympic virus' strain See in context

That would make a great omiyage to bring home to your family and friends!

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Posted in: Japan opens mass vaccination centers in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

I still remember back in January and February when Germany was starting its vaccination campaign, Germans were also complaining about the initial slow speed, saying things like „at this rate it takes X years to complete“ etc. 4 months later, Germany is doing about 5-6 million shots per week and all the negative voices have become silent.

Don’t get me wrong, I think there are many things that the Japanese could improve. However, give it a little bit of time until all pieces are in their places.

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

I have a feeling that they’re being super arrogant on purpose, so the public opinion forces the Japanese government to cancel. Why? Well let’s see:

The Japanese government cancels the games because of the negative public opinion: IOC gets paid

The games go ahead as planned: IOC gets paid.

Either way, it’s a win for the International Organized Crime (IOC).

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

Well, Germany now manages to vaccinate over 1 million people per day (wednesdays only), but the average is somewhere around 750.000 shots per day. 1 million might not be impossible for Japan, but then again, it took Germany 4 months to get all processes streamlined and to reach the current pace.

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Posted in: Japan faces longer state of emergency, casting doubt on Olympics See in context

Since the Olympics are largely funded by taxpayer yen, let’s see what the taxpayers get in return:

A torch relay that is closed to the public? Yes!

A great Olympic atmosphere in the host city and country: No!

Interactions with athletes and guests from all over the world: No!

Being able to watch top athletes perform at the venues: Probably not

Further straining the public funded healthcare system: Yes!

Even more debt caused by additional spread prevention measures: Yes!

Raising Japan‘s image in the rest of the world as the country that won the fight against COVID: Don’t even…

Looking at all the above, there is nothing to gain for the general public in holding the games.

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Posted in: Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to stay home See in context

„A wild, traveling citizen appears!“

“J-Gov uses „urging“ !“

“….but it failed!“

“Citizen uses „superspreader“!“

“It’s very effective!”

”J-Gov fainted!”

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says cancelation not being considered See in context

I don’t think she has any power or whatsoever to decide on this matter. In theory, maybe yes but in reality there are only 3 people who can cancel the Olympics: IOCs Bach, Suga and Koike.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 861 coronavirus cases; 1,167 in Osaka See in context

^Correction: Indeed the tests have been reduced a bit, I only compared it to the week before.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 861 coronavirus cases; 1,167 in Osaka See in context

Actually the number of tests has increased during the last week. Also new hospital admission are flattening out. You can check it yourself:


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Posted in: Tokyo reports 861 coronavirus cases; 1,167 in Osaka See in context

It seems like at least for Osaka we have reached a plateau. The last days since 04/13 the number kept hovering around 1200 people per day. Before, it was constantly rising. Let’s see what happens next week.

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Posted in: Gov't to impose state of emergency soon in Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo See in context

To everyone living in Japan complaining about not being able to go out dining / drinking after 8 pm: Over here in Europe, restaurants and bars have been closed for nearly 7 months now. The last time I ate outside of my home was in October 2020. So please stop your crying and enjoy you bowl of Ramen before 8pm.

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Posted in: Some foreign residents in Japan consider traveling to other countries for vaccines See in context

The only good thing about not being able to enter Japan at the moment is, that I’ll be able to get both of my Pfizer shots until the end of May over here in my home country

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Posted in: Suga asks Pfizer for additional COVID-19 vaccine supplies See in context

Agree, it seems like they’re building up a supply to ramp up the number of vaccinations per day from after GW is over. Also, I think they are lacking the 6 shot syringes as of now, so inoculating with the 5 shot syringe would mean wasting precious doses. It makes sense, but then again, they could have figured all of this out 2 months earlier like the US and EU did.

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Posted in: 2 top LDP officials say Olympics cancelation, no fans still an option See in context

While I support his point of view, this could also be an attempt to get himself in position to become the next prime minister during the next election in September. The popular opinion is that the olympics should be cancelled and he is currently the LDP no. 2....go figure....

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 591 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,130 for Osaka See in context

Before the arrival of the new variants, Japan got away with just asking bars and restaurants to close at 8pm along with „optimizing“ the test strategy.

With the arrival and rapid spreading of the new variants, these measures just don’t cut it anymore. I wonder how long it takes the politicians to realize this. Osaka’s governor seems to have understood it already.

If the olympics were cancelled 3 months ago, we would now have a full on state of emergency including closures of bars, restaurant and other places were people gather.

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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

So Koike is looking forward to welcoming 100000 people for the olympics that no one wants.

Meanwhile, 1000s of international students with CoEs in hand are waiting outside of Japan while their life is on hold, attending online classes at 1am. This is just so unfair. I wish these damn olympics were getting canceled. The athletes will be gone 2 weeks later, while many students plan to make Japan their permanent home after finishing their studies.

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