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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,573 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 37,438 See in context

I mentioned a while ago that it was impossible to determine vax effectiveness in Japan when for 20-30% of deaths the vax status was unknown. 

It didn't make sense to me why there were so many of unknown status for deaths but the Health Ministry was still able to make the determination of case rates among the vaxxed compared to unvaxxed in the weekly report.

Well, it turns out they were massive discrepancies with how the cases were being counted as well. The 20-30% of cases that were unknown vax status were automatically being counted as unvaxxed and making the vax seem more effective at reducing infection than it really was.

As of the 3rd week of April, the Ministry of Health has corrected their data and it shows that in some age groups the double vaxxed have a higher rate of infection than unvaxxed.

^This is the report from last week with the corrected figures on Page 2, 3, 4. This week's report is similar.

^Here is a graph of the data for 2022. Notice the change in week 3 of April?

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Posted in: Gakken sets the pace in education, welfare for Japan’s future See in context

A company focused on education founded in peak WGIP era Japan... seems legit.

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Posted in: Japan prepares ID cards for Ukrainian evacuees See in context

Nearly a million displaced Ukrainians have started to return home in the past week so it's nearly about time the evacuees be on their way.

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Posted in: Should you wear a mask on a plane, bus or train when there's no mandate? See in context

Scientists go to great lengths to minimize test-retest variability by recreating the conditions necessary for a high repeatability coefficient of experiments. Science is only accurate when all the variables have been accounted for but given the infinite number of parameters that can affect an outcome, it's impossible to have a single instance where the conditions of an experiment are the exact same. No man ever steps in the same river twice.

For example, my reason for mask refusal is allergies. Not the fabric, I'm allergic to stupidity. Luckily, everyone is very kind and understanding about my terrible affliction.

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Posted in: U.S. pot use increasingly normal, but legality is hazy See in context

The only problem is running out. 

Come we go burn down babylon one more time.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 8,253 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 57,758 See in context

Under 65s in Japan are refusing the boosters en masse. There are some who take comfort in following the herd but the herd said no mas. 

Those who took the booster are in the minority now. Under 39 is less than 22% uptake.

I called this a long time ago. Japanese people have a standard of quality and that standard has not been met. 

The peak of protection for society as a whole was somewhere around November of 2021. It will never reach that level again. For some, OAS is causing chronic covid and reinfection.

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Posted in: Pregnant workers in Japan's controversial intern program face abuse See in context

A child costs about 20 to 30 million yen to raise in Japan. How do low skilled labourers with limited language ability suppose that they are going to have the means to raise a child on whatever pittance they are paid per month? 

Where is the father in all this? Usually men are supposed to take responsibility for babies not the mother's employer. 

Systematically, immigrant workers should be paid more but when they sign the contract there is an expectation of understanding how far that money is going to go in Japan and it's barely enough for 1. Especially when sending half the pay back home.

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Posted in: If I were absent from work due to side effects for two days, I would lose sales. If my job requires proof of vaccination, I would get inoculated, but I simply don't see any benefit in getting a dose. See in context

"I don't know why they don't believe me, this head pressure is debilitating. It's so painful I want someone to chop my head off and put me out of my misery. I don't know how to get help for this and I don't know how much longer I can go when these flare ups are so debilitating and they just released me with no treatment."

MRNA therapies are not trash, that's disrespectful to trash which has at least served some useful purpose in it's life cycle.

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Posted in: Japan confirms 1st case of Omicron XE variant in airport arrival See in context

She said her sense of smell began to return in June, but "nothing smelled like it should".

"Most things smelled disgusting, this sickly sweet smell which is hard to describe as I've never come across it before."

My senses remain as acute and finely tuned as ever, never had any problems with taste or olfactory, yet I've been smelling a similar thing as this lady recently. It's not a bad or offensive smell taken in isolation but when so many people have this plasticky artificial sweetener scent coming off them it does make me wonder if it's a symptom of something or other.

It's possible that the scent can only be picked up without a mask... has anyone else noticed anything?

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Posted in: How religious would you say Japanese people are? See in context

As a kid, I'd often ask my grandparents to take me to God's house as it was difficult for me to distinguish between shrines and temples. 

We continued to go even as my grandfather became feeble and couldn't walk much anymore. If there were stairs, he'd tap out and wait in the car but always told us to take our time as that is the proper way to go about it. 

As I got older, shrines were a great date spot as they fit in line with my budget, which is free. That kind of backfired when I took a girl on a date to Meiji Jingu who ended up making a 10000 yen donation along with a wish to get married.

I had no interest in marriage and can easily refuse a woman but I can't refuse the Kami, so we got married.

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Posted in: Zelenskyy, speaking to U.N. Security Council, accuses Russian military of war crimes See in context

An April 1 article in the Wall Street Journal explains how German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met Zelensky in Munich on Feb 19 to try and negotiate a peaceful resolution prior to commencement of Russia's actions on Feb 22. 

The terms included Ukraine renouncing their NATO aspirations and declaring neutrality to help maintain stability between Europe, Russia and the United States. Ukraine's security would have been jointly guaranteed by Putin and Biden in this scenario. 

Zelensky's response was that Putin could not be trusted and most Ukrainians were in favour of joining NATO.

6 weeks and 20-50% food cost increases later and it's apparent why Germany believed de-escalation and peace was the better option.

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Posted in: Hayashi returns from Poland with 20 Ukrainians See in context


The importance of this group to the Agency is that it represents a channel of political force into the Ukrainian emigration all over the world, which consists of several million people, and also as a channel to the Ukrainians in the UkSSR. These supporters are active politically and give voice to the cause of Ukrainian independence.

For a while now this has been in the works... not going to work in Japan though. 

The Ukrainian Ambassador was at the Nippon Press Club last Friday saying they've been able to collect 200000 private donations amounting to about 5 billion yen in aid thus far. 

I wonder what happens to that money when the Ukrainian government collapses. Do the Russians just confiscate it as the spoils of war or are people able to get a refund?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 7,982 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 49,266 See in context

As of last week, 16.4% of under 65s in Japan have gotten the booster. I don't know if that number is out of the entire under 65 year old population in the nation or out of those eligible for a 3rd modification. Not important.

The given reasons for refusal could be described as apathy. "It makes no difference either way." "The side effects are worse than the virus." "It doesn't work for variants." "I don't want to continue getting them forever". Yadda yadda, you've heard it before.

I'm guessing by evaluating the circumstances through a perspective unencumbered by the heuristics of emotional judgements they discovered the truth is that healthy people don't get sick.

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Posted in: Russia bombards areas where it pledged to scale back See in context

Monty Today  07:00 am JST

The Russians are notorious liers!

Good morning Monty. I hope you are enjoying the pleasant spring weather.

I'm curious, how do you square that the newswire organizations telling you half-truths about how important it was to get a booster are the exact same newswire organizations reporting on the Russian-Ukraine conflict?

Everything is an agenda. When has the media ever been honest? Yet here you are still getting emotionally entangled in a distorted version of the truth every single day. 

Did you learn nothing from the past 2 years?

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Posted in: Kishida says Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens foundation of international order See in context

Talk is cheap.

It was noticeable in the session prior to Zelensky's speech how Kishida explained to the opposition that the funds earmarked for purchasing Russian goods remained in this year's budget because it was essential for the functioning of the economy. As talented an actor Zelensky may be, that's a tough act to follow.

The finance minister Suzuki also made a statement recently that any more sanctions against Russia have to be done so with the consideration of how it affects the market.

This doesn't need to be said. Doing the minimal required to have the appearance of an effect is part of the Japanese aesthetic, as is not making waves.

Charles Flynn is the General in charge of the Pacific Fleet... that's Trump's guy so no Biden bungling things up here.

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Posted in: Record 5,400 cannabis offenders in 2021, police report See in context

Medicinal would help treat anxiety caused from being illegal.

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Posted in: Zelenskyy appeals to Japan for more sanctions against Russia See in context

Yesterday afternoon, Fuji TV showed that allocated in the 20 minute schedule was a 1 minute pre and post speech standing ovation. 

Whatever technological hurdles, the fact remains that Zelensky didn't give a speech at the National Diet, he simply received a limited window of time with Representatives in a separate hall. That tells me everything I need to know about accommodating his request. 

It was considerate of Zelensky to remind the Japanese people of Pearl Harbor last week and snap them out of their media brainwashed stupor as the tenor of public commentary has changed drastically. Many more are prioritizing maintaining neutrality and good relations with neighbours which makes regular sense if you've ever looked at a map of Earth.

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Posted in: Clean-up begins after 7.4 quake shakes northern Japan, killing 4 See in context

I was in the middle of an Earth healing meditation when the first one hit. The M7.4 was a 5- around my parts but I continued with unflinching equanimity through the duration of the second one.

The goal was to attenuate the effects entirely but it says here that 4 people died, so I will have to do better next time. Sorry.

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Posted in: Putin's endgame elusive as West tries to force Russia out of Ukraine See in context

United Nations disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu (from Tokyo) will be giving a brief to the Security Council 11AM Friday morning.

Russia has requested that the Council convene to discuss the existence of U.S biolabs in Ukraine.

This may be a nothing burger, this may be covered up, this may be a Russian false flag or it may flip the narrative 180 degrees on it's head. 

I'm not saying it's anything, only that this is happening.

Japanese intelligence is aware the labs have been under Russian control for around 2 weeks because that's how long I've known. When you know, you know.

Nakamitsu ended her statement on Thursday by saying: “The use of chemical weapons is a grave violation of international law and an affront to our shared humanity.”

“We need to remain vigilant to ensure that those awful weapons are never used again, and are eliminated, not only in Syria, but everywhere,” she said.

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Posted in: Japan logs 2nd largest current account deficit on record in January See in context

Foreigner In Tokyo Today  04:51 pm JST

I am often amazed at how much energy Japan wastes.

I am often amazed at how much energy you spend worrying about what Japanese people do with their lives. We can only be responsible for our own actions.

Have you ever eaten senbei in the summer that hasn't been wrapped in plastic to protect from the humidity? It doesn't quite have the same satisfactory crunch. I only buy loose senbei in the big bags which means it has to be eaten faster before it goes stale. 

Maybe Westerners wouldn't be so fat if things were wrapped up more often? A plastic wrapping is likely enough of a deterrent for someone too lazy to lose weight.

I'd much rather pay for gas than have the boiler run out of hot water 3/4 of the way through my luxurious herbal and epsom salt infused baths. I'm thinking about some kind of vortex fractal hexagonal 4th phase water setup for my pipes but that's to improve quality not conservation.

My mother applies the if it's yellow, let it mellow philosophy, so we all have areas where kaizen can be applied in our lives. What are some of the sacrifices you have made? Chopsticks are easy, just eat with your hands.

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Posted in: U.S. strikes harder at Putin, banning all Russian oil imports See in context

Ukraine has given up their plans for joining NATO. A better person would say nothing but I'm going to say "I told you so."

"Regarding NATO, I have cooled down regarding this question long ago after we understood that NATO is not prepared to accept Ukraine," Zelensky told ABC News in an exclusive interview that aired Monday night. 

Zelensky added: "The alliance is afraid of controversial things and confrontation with Russia. I never wanted to be a country which is begging something on its knees. We are not going to be that country, and I don't want to be that president."

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Posted in: Ukraine accuses Moscow of medieval tactics; humanitarian crisis deepens See in context

The Serbian President has refused to join the rest of Europe in sanctioning Russia and thousands of Serbians are out in the streets showing solidarity for Russia. What is it that Serbia doesn't get!?

For some reason the past few days my Youtube recommendations only show Russian propaganda from people living in Kiev, Donbas and the now banned across the flat Earth RT News, so I'm not sure how to proceed from here. There needs to be way more censorship and aggressive suppression of free speech otherwise the FSB will win this one.

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Posted in: 'Russians, go home!' Pro-Ukraine protests sweep Europe See in context

rainyday Today  03:26 pm JST

So Russia not wanting Ukraine in NATO doesn't make sense as a justification for this invasion itself.

NATO simply wanting Ukraine in NATO doesn't make sense as justification for entry into NATO.

1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty - Article 10

The Parties may, by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area to accede to this Treaty. 

Last I checked, poking the Russian bear does not "contribute to the security of" NATO. Do you think Ukrainians and Europeans currently feel...

A. More secure


B. Less secure


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Posted in: 'Russians, go home!' Pro-Ukraine protests sweep Europe See in context

Last week, Prosecutor Karim Khan of the International Criminal Court said he is opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in Ukraine due to recent events and that the evidence goes back to November 2013.

Here is a link to a database of all the violations reported.

They are divided by quarter sort of, so this is a small random sampling.

-The Berkut unit (Ukrainian special forces) killed 46 people during the Maidan Massacre protests of Feb 2014.

-In May of 2014, 42 people in Odessa died in a fire of unknown origin in the Trade Union building where they had taken refuge when demonstrations from pro-government and pro-Russian supporters became violent.

-At least 11 journalists killed reporting on the conflict.

-Arbitrary arrests, torture and intimidation of individuals alleged to have links to armed groups

-Forced labor, lack of medical care and discrimination against prisoners of war

-Violent attacks on political parties prior to elections

-Civilian casualties numbering in the tens of thousands

It goes on like that for a while. Russia does not recognize the ICC, so without both parties seeking to understand the other's grievances instead of advancing their own agenda, this keeps going around in circles. So... war.

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Posted in: Putin says Ukraine's future in doubt as ceasefires collapse See in context

Ukraine has one of the largest untapped natural resources in the region. It's untapped because the EU will not begin economic development until they have totally and utterly corrupted Ukraine for their own interests. Russia is standing in the way because Putin knows that the wealth generated from the resources will be stolen and none of the benefits will go to the Ukrainian people just like every other regime change under the auspices of American hegemony.

Ukrainian GDP per capita is less than $5000. The EU has hardly lifted a finger to improve the economic conditions for Ukrainians. After the average income of Ukrainians took a massive hit in 2014, it hasn't yet recovered to 2008 levels. NATO continues to send billions in weapons. The poorest have to choose being exploited for cheap labor, dying of hunger or becoming human shields.

NATO's goal was to goad Russia into a fight so they would be destroyed and lose control of the Caspian Sea region, which is potentially the most valuable land in the world with the massive stores of natural resources available. 

Follow the money, it's always the same playbook.

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Posted in: Putin says Ukraine's future in doubt as ceasefires collapse See in context

The good thing about geopolitics is that unlike with science, talk show hosts can't just laugh off complex explanations like "we're not doctors, so we know nothing and can't think for ourselves", or the old standby "are you a doctor?", because most everyone has an opinion on the senselessness of war.

People publicly speaking actual truth on a very delicate issue to attempt to confront the lies being presented by the media are either told to shut up or cause the talking heads on tv to explode because the establishment is literally incapable of adding anything other than "but-but-but-bombs." 

We're all using the same Internet but a moral compasses is required to navigate it.

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Posted in: Japan to provide bullet-proof vests, other supplies to Ukraine See in context

With all the Ukrainians in Donbas begging for bread, I wonder how much money has been spent on weapons and bombs?

Russia is stopping fertilizer exports so the rest of the world is going to start wondering soon too...

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Posted in: 70 Japanese volunteer to fight for Ukraine against Russia See in context

I thought maybe the Ukrainian Embassy Twitter account begging for fighters was some rogue employee getting a bit too overzealous but the Ambassador was on tv saying in lektored Japanese "I didn't think it was a violation of domestic law and we're sensitive to Japanese people." He probably should have just stopped at "I didn't think." This is absolutely appalling conduct from a diplomat, though he was probably afraid of what would happen refusing orders from home. 

Maybe If your country doesn't have enough fighters on hand to win a war without breaking the most fundamental protocol for a diplomatic mission then you're overmatched and shouldn't be picking fights with neighbours who have hypersonic missiles? Dragging other countries into this is how world wars are started. 

I would tell you Japan is going to ask that he be recalled when this is over but Russia will do it first.

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Posted in: Japan's embassy in Kyiv to temporarily close See in context

Desert Tortoise Today  12:51 am JST

As for the comment about closing Ukraine's embassy in Japan, the mind reels trying to imagine where a comment like that comes from!

The art of peace does not rely on weapons or brute force to succeed; instead, we put ourselves in tune with the universe, maintain peace in our own realms, nurture life, and prevent death and destruction. The true meaning of the term samurai is one who serves and adheres to the power of love.


— 在日ウクライナ大使館 (@UKRinJPN) February 27, 2022

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Posted in: Kishida says sanctions to be imposed on Belarus See in context

Good on KYODO to not include the most interesting bit so I'd have something left to comment.

Kishida was asked point blank if there are plans to send weapons to Ukraine in an effort to dissuade China from trying to take Taiwan. 

I couldn't read Kishida with the diaper on his face but it looked like he couldn't believe that such a stupid question would be asked and replied that Japan will not be sending weapons and that the security of East Asia is a separate matter. It's a common sense approach for any country not entirely captured by globalist interests.

How many countries have sent Ukraine weapons? Does anyone in Ukraine even want to fight? It seems like NATO is more interested in having Ukrainians dying to advance the EU's agenda of destroying Russia than to peacefully resolve the situation.

On December 17, 2021 Russia sent NATO and the United States terms of a resolution to de-escalate hostilities. The terms themselves were asking for too much but it could have been the framework for more negotiation. The point is that there was no response from NATO or the United States and this is the result.

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