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Posted in: New Zealand backs Taiwan's role in WHO due to success with coronavirus See in context

Hopefully, other countries will throw their support behind Taiwan. Why not learn from the best practices? It benefits everyone long term.

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Posted in: To keep COVID-19 patients home, some U.S. states weigh house arrest tech See in context

Kouchi a Japanese-American has handled the pandemic in Hawaii terribly. It is up there with the president's level of poor management and leadership.

The president called himself a "wartime president" a couple a months ago at the beginning of his failed response to the pandemic.

The president will continue to sabotage any real efforts to combat the pandemic unless he can take credit. Otherwise, he will continue to mislead until he can find something else to permanently distracted the public from his mishandling and poor record on this matter.

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Posted in: Seoul plays down report over N Korean leader's health See in context

If the NK leader was to pass away due to complications from this procedure. what are the odds that Trump would try to take credit for his demise?

I also wonder if Kim has a secret child somewhere. I doubt they would not want his family dynasty to continue. I mean he assassinated his own brother to consolidate power unless the generals have a play for power.

Would his brother's children have claim to the country?

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Posted in: Tests show 11 people who died last month were infected with coronavirus: media See in context

“The government has said it follows World Health Organization guidelines for virus testing, with all suspicious pneumonia deaths tested for the respiratory disease caused by the virus.”


The State of Emergency in Japan was called a week ago. The problem for Japan started in January of this year. Honestly, it could have started in Nov. or Dec. of 2019. Until the Olympics were cancelled, there were no problems. That is a total of almost 5 months.

So, the question is when they started following the WHO guidelines for virus testing? Not if they are following the WHO guidelines for testing?

You have failed to show evidence of that!

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Posted in: Japan's population drops at record pace in 2019 See in context

People with higher educations and/or a higher quality of life tend to have fewer children. They either want to pursue the career first or their passions. Having children might mean sacrificing all of that.

Usually, the opposite is true for people with lower education and lower quality of life. It could be access to healthcare, ignorance, culture, or lack of opportunity.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 91 new cases of coronavirus infections See in context

Really? Ok, I thought that was common knowledge

patient 31

@i@m, does that spike have anything to do with SK testing everyone to help identify all infected individuals and not just the severe cases?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 91 new cases of coronavirus infections See in context

We know why the number of infections was high in SK. If that happened here in Japan then Japan probably would have implemented lockdowns earlier.

Why were the numbers high in SK?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 91 new cases of coronavirus infections See in context

So what was the doctor's diagnosis?

Well, when you read the article fully, the first two patients never got tested, but they were told that everything was fine by the doctor despite showing symptoms. The one person that was tested was found to be positive.

Then at the end of the article you have.....

“It’s likely that many people have recovered without even realizing they’d been infected,” said an official at a disease control authority in Chiba Prefecture.

and another person saying....

Masahiro Kami, a physician and head of the nonprofit Medical Governance Research Institute, said that almost every day he sees patients who are suspected of having the coronavirus but cannot be tested because their symptoms are mild.

@i@n, what do you think the doctors told those to patients that were never tested despite showing mild symptoms and valid reasons to be concerned?

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Posted in: 1st sumo wrestler tests positive for coronavirus See in context

Good chance other stable mates are also infected.

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Posted in: Koike asks Tokyo restaurants, pubs to shut by 8 p.m. See in context

My mom and pop izakaya opens at 6PM and closes at 4AM. I doubt much will change.

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Posted in: Major Japanese cities quiet after state of emergency declared See in context

In addition to the joggers, I see a lot of cyclists! UberEats is probably making a killing right now!

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Posted in: Major Japanese cities quiet after state of emergency declared See in context

Not where I live! It is business as usual in Tokyo. My Japanese friends went to the office. The only difference is they can come in at various times to avoid crowds.

Yesterday after the announcement, people in my neighborhood were out like it was the weekend.

You can tell who didn't have to work the next day. There is also this small family owned izakaya in my neighborhood. The guy lives in the residence above his place. Many of the establishments are like this in my neighborhood. It holds about 9-10 people. Like most of the places where I live, they allow indoor smoking. They were busy and filled until 1.

Some medium business closed: Yes!

Large businesses: No, reduced hours!

Mom and Pop businesses: Definitely not!

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Posted in: Trump removes head of coronavirus watchdog; widens attack on inspectors general See in context

This is dangerous for the American people. He will be providing money to his business partners, to people he like and to political allies.

I hope the US people vote for a better leader this year!

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Posted in: Trump threatens to freeze U.S. funding for WHO, saying they 'missed the call' on coronavirus See in context

I just read an article that says the medicine that the US president has been pushing in the news briefings is sold by a company that he owns shares.

Donald Trump Has Stake In Hydroxychloroquine Drugmaker: Report

In addition, Sanofi’s largest shareholders include a mutual fund company run by major Republican donor Ken Fisher, the paper said. Trump’s three family trusts, as of last year, each had investments in a mutual fund whose largest holding was Sanofi, according to the Times. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also had ties to the drugmaker, the Times reported.

How is that not a conflict of interest as people around the world are suffering, and people are dying?

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

What about testing? Will they continue to make it hard to test or fudge the number like in China?

Their affinity to copy the US president has hurt Japan's response significantly! I read this, this morning:

The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to COVID-19

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Posted in: Toshiaki Karasawa to play Jack Bauer in Japanese '24' reboot See in context

I hope all the people who are outraged when Hollywood remakes a Japanese movie/anime are equally as outraged by this.

Godzilla, dame da yo!

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Posted in: Apple's factories are running, but suppliers wary about iPhone demand See in context

If people believe a recession is coming then they will tighten their belts. Thus, making it a self fulfilling prophecy. Only a few diehards will go out and buy one at regular price.

Like they did last year, Apple will have to do some serious discounting to get demand back up this year! That is hard because if they go too low, consumers will expect the low prices all the time. That will ruin their whole business model!

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

I wonder if Japan will reverse course with the US once the president finds out or threatens Japan in some way. The current US president will definitely reciprocate.

It seems some people are now stuck in Japan if their home country reciprocates! It will get real interesting for people with visas expiring soon who had no intentions or could not stay longer!

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

Maybe the government will take it seriously now!

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 19 disabled people at care facility See in context

Hopefully, the families will have some kind of peace now.

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Posted in: Some schools in Japan resume classes after virus-prompted closures See in context

As a school administrator, it would be frustrating to decide when it is time to return to school. If the government is not providing reliable information then it is challenging to make quality decisions.

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