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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context

Anyway 2 here always know better despite others actually having experience.

Obviously different folk have different experiences depending on what part of the country they’re in.

The mass centers in Tokyo may have television screens and mandatory videos; the private, one-man clinic we went to didn’t.

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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context

 the mandatory pre Vaccine video lecture

We didn’t get no mandatory pre Vaccine lecture. Just the nurse took our temperatures, the incho sensei asked if we had any allergies or had ever had a bad reaction or convulsions, then another nurse gave us our jabs. It was all very easy.

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Posted in: Japan to provide greater COVID vaccine support to foreign residents See in context

how about those who have only been in Japan for a year or two? Do you honestly think that everyone can learn that fast? There are many here who have spent six years learning English at school and still can't understand one spoken word.

There is a world of difference between trying to learn a language at school, (if you're in Japan, using a textbook that is out of date and/or full of mistakes, and possibly with a teacher who is less than fluent) and actually living in the country of the language you are trying to learn.

If you've been here (or anywhere) a year and have actually interacted with the locals instead of living in an English bubble, you can hardly avoid picking up enough spoken language to get by, even if the written language remains a mystery.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympics protest See in context

The problem is, if the Olympics are cancelled/postponed, Coates does not receive his $1.5 mill.

I thought long and hard about that problem (a good 2 seconds at least), and no matter how hard I tried I could not find a toss to give.

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Posted in: According to many polls, the majority of the Japanese public say they want the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled or postponed again. So why haven't opponents of the Games taken to the streets in large numbers to protest? Is it a cultural thing? See in context

why haven't opponents of the Games taken to the streets in large numbers to protest? Is it a cultural thing?

I suppose it's a cultural thing, not in that the Japanese are adverse to protest as such (witness the rumpus over the opening of Narita Airport, or the student riots of the late sixties) but in that the objection is to the Games being held in the middle of a pandemic and the whole point is that folk don't want folk to gather together in large numbers, whether it's to run and jump and show off how good they are, or to protest said folk gathering from all over the world to run and jump and show off in Tokyo.

Gathering in large numbers to protest people gathering in large numbers would be pretty stupid.

Jumping up and down in large numbers and screaming slogans never did much good nohow.

I'm hoping people protest good and proper in the next elections.

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Posted in: Wasabi the Pekingese named Westminster's 'Best in Show' See in context

There's no such thing as an ugly dog.

That said, those so-called 'breed characteristics' need to be changed to prevent breeders selecting for ever-flatter noses, ever-curlier tails, ever-longer bodies, ever-slopier backs, that lead to all kinds of health problems. Dogs should be bred for health, not looks.

Poor little Wasabi looks for alll the world like a floor mop.....

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Posted in: Nationwide bookings eyed for mass vaccination sites in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

Another of those Words Fail Me moments.

State of Emergency means stay close to home, don't travel across prefectural borders, avoid crowded, enclosed spaces....

...unless you're going for your vaccination, in which case you should travel across country, which for most people means crowded public transport, to line up at a mass vaccination centre. Not to mention the cost of travel for folk on a pension.

My local council set up a communal vaccination programme, which it is impossible to get onto cos all the slots are taken within five minutes - my friend has been told to try again next month. At the same time they have also distributed the vaccine to a number of local private hospitals and clinics, at one of which Mr cleo is a regular; we were able to get in first try. Second jab is scheduled for tomorrow.

Meanwhile in Tokyo 95-year-old MiL, not mobile enough to get to the mass centre, won't get her first jab until sometime in July.

Forget these mass gathering centres. Let the small local clinics handle the vaccinations, they appear to be much better at it.

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Posted in: Suga aims to finish vaccinating Japan's population by November See in context

"I want to send out from Japan a message that the world has confronted the difficulties brought on by the novel coronavirus and overcome them by uniting," Suga said.

Yes, I'm sure we would all like to send out that message. Trouble is, we aren't united (either within Japan, or in the global community) and with only a tiny fraction of the population vaccinated and covid hospitals bursting at the seams, we haven't confronted the difficulties, either. So sending out that message this summer would be a bare-faced LIE, Yoshi-kun.

So, first things first.

Vaccinate everyone.

Bring down the numbers of new cases, hospitalisations, and covid deaths.

Give overworked medical staff a well-earned rest, a hefty bonus and a pay rise.

Then and only then, consider inviting huge numbers of folk in from all over the world to mix and match in perrfeck harmonee.

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Posted in: Half of Japanese people think Olympics will be held this summer: poll See in context

Good to see public opinion changing to more favourable of the games. No doubt the recent articles in the media and on TV are making the public see sense. As we get closer to the starting date we will see the majority in support 

'People think the games will happen' does not suggest growing support.

I'm dead set against the games being held this summer, I think the whole idea is ludicrous; but I do think they will happen. By your logic, that means I'm being 'made to see sense'?

They will be the worst games ever, but they will happen.

Because the IOC is run by folk who care only for the cash, and Suga is a moron being led by the nose by his IOC overlords.

I'm pretty sure it will grow dark before morning, but that doesn't mean I'm in favour of the dark; just that I have no more control over the heavens than I have over the IOC and the tax thieves in the LDP.

Just like I have to switch the lights on to deal with the dark come evening, come July I will have to make a point of staying away from Tokyo and preparing other stuff to do instead of watching TV coverage of a mega-super-spreader event. At least I'll have had both jabs by then, which is more than can be said for most of the poor souls who will be running round at the athletes' beck and call.

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Posted in: Communication the game changer for Tokyo Olympics: ex-IOC marketing chief See in context

the Olympics are a sign that we have taken control of the Covid situation

it we quite clearly have done no such thing. Tokyo is still under a state of emergency.

Or are you admitting that the Olympics are a blatant dirty lie?

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Posted in: Hikaru Utada’s haunting new music video for 'Pink Blood' released See in context

Well, maybe not to you, and that's your personal opinion

How the English language works is not personal opinion, You can’t just string words together in whatever way it suits you and expect people to guess that you actually meant the opposite of what you said.

Not if you want to communicate meaningfully, at least.

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Posted in: Australia finds highly infectious Delta variant in Melbourne virus outbreak See in context

The Delta variant, which has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the four COVID-19 variants of concern due to evidence that they spread more easily, likely caused the latest devastating outbreak in India.

If you have to add in a whole extra paragraph to explain what the Greek-alphabet variant means, why not just say the Indian variant?

And what has Greece done wrong to get all the variants named after it?

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Posted in: JOC board member blasts Tokyo Games organizers, IOC See in context

There isn't THOUSANDS of people falling over dead on the streets in Japan is there?

13200+, though most of those died in hospital or at home waiting for a hospital bed.

So long as people don't die in the streets, it's OK?

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Posted in: Japan’s first smart ring for contactless payment developed See in context

A Visa smart ring, so it works only with Visa cards?

Well OK, but why bother with the expense of a one-trick ring (Which I'm sorry, doesn't look very fashionable or chic) when a smart watch can do a million and one other things (monitor health and exercise, provide email/messaging notifications, make phone calls, give weather forecasts, check stock prices, provide a calendar, calculator, map & GPS navi functions, play music and podcasts, record voice memos, act as a walkie-talkie, check train times, etc. Even tell the time) as well as make contactless payments using your choice of cards, for not that much more in terms of cost?

If you're prepared to fork out nearly 20,000 yen for a ring, wouldn't it be better to part with a bit more for a smart watch?

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Posted in: Olympics chief says cancelation unlikely with 50 days to go See in context

More people are killed by illnesses like cardiovascular diseases, strokes and cancer than by Covid

You do understand that cardiovascular diseases, strokes and cancer are not spread by people gathering in large numbers?

a handful of deaths

Over 13,200 in Japan so far, nearly 4 million worldwide. You must have enormous hands.

it is not a genuinely serious problem

Try telling that to the families that are missing loved ones. Not to mention those who have 'recovered' from covid and now find themselves with permanently-damaged organs and the likelihood of never being properly healthy again.

for many, sportsmen and spectators, it is their sporting highlight

sport | noun

*1 an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others *for entertainment

I fail to see how any activity done in the name of entertainment takes precedence over people's health and lives.

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Posted in: Tokyo nightlife bustles despite state of emergency See in context

you’re only young once

And for a short time. Then you're middle-aged and old.

For a longer time, if you're lucky.

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Posted in: NASA announces two new missions to Venus See in context

Learning more about other planets and potential colonization could solve a lot of the worlds problems

Unless we get our act together here on Earth first, any colonisation of space would merely spread the human contagion.

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Posted in: Trump's blog page shuts down a month after launch See in context

When I added to my post two words expressing commiseration for Former President Trump, I got an 'incorrect word usage' error .... whaddidahsay??

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Posted in: Trump's blog page shuts down a month after launch See in context

Nobody knew writing a blog could be so complicated!

You actually have to write words! In sentences! That make some kind of sense!

Having all the best words doesn't help if you can't - or can't be bothered to - string them together.

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Posted in: Yes. Tokyo Olympics are still on, despite opposition, pandemic See in context

unprecedented safety measures are in place for the games and if the games cannot be held in a safe manner they will be cancelled this has been agreed by the IOC and the government.

that's the exact opposite of what has been 'agreed' (=decided by the IOC)

"Barring Armageddon that we can't see or anticipate, these things are a go,"

The IOC says the Olympics must happen this year or not at all.

Not at all sounds good.

China is to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics just six months after Tokyo ends

If, as seems more than likely, Tokyo turns into a mega-spreader event, the China Winter Games will either be cancelled by China, or the skiers and skaters will see sense and decide not to go.

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Posted in: Japanese Olympic athletes start getting vaccinated See in context

They also restricted coverage of the event, possibly fearing a public backlash.

Ya think?

about 200 athletes were vaccinated at a training center on the first day of the rollout.

That could have been about 200 medical workers or elderly people.

the vaccination of young athletes would not affect distribution to the general population, including the elderly and medical workers.

“Vaccination operations for athletes are conducted in a different organization from those for the nation," 

Then why isn't that organisation being roped in to work to get key workers, the elderly and the vulnerable vaccinated first?

What is it exactly, that gives these Olympians priority over the general populace?

Sheer bloodyminded TheGamesMustGoOnRegardlessism.

And, could it be, a desire by Suga and Co to totally throw the next general election?

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Posted in: Please take Tokyo Olympics condoms back to your home country and use them there, organizers say See in context

On their return wifes/husbands find a packet of condoms in the husbands/wife's luggage ain' going down well.

Not finding a packet of Olympic condoms wouldn't go down too well, would it?

"What do you mean, you've already used them??"

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Posted in: 2 dead, more than 20 injured in Florida banquet hall shooting See in context

“This type of gun violence has to stop.

So what type of gun violence should be encouraged instead?

Every weekend it’s the same thing,” 

And no one does anything about it apart from mourn and pray.

It would be pathetic if it weren’t so tragic.

Actually, it’s tragic and pathetic.

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Posted in: Follow me See in context

No mask

It looks like the circle of 14 dogs is giving him plenty of natural social distance.

I don't wear a mask when I take the dogs out, because they give me plenty of social distance. Except on the days when we have a shared walk with the Shiba's best friend Shih Tzu, then the mask is a necessary evil.

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Posted in: Japan approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds See in context

Paracetamol is compulsory 7,8 hours after taking vaccine if you don't want to have headache, body ache and fever.

No it isn’t. Had my first jab a week ago, no headache, no body ache, no fever, no nothing. Just carried on with life as usual.

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Posted in: Follow me See in context

how does the grinning, look at me, Mr mask-less pick up the doggy poo?

I don't see a shovel

In the photo you can see a strap across his chest, probably leading to a pooh bag on his bum.

Can’t say I’ve ever felt the need to carry a shovel, just lots of toilet paper and plastic bags.

My Soy, and Bailey are exercised twice daily, Early in the morning and dusk. I enjoy the exercise myself.

They poop twice. I have a satchel and doggy bags.

Mine do the deed in the garden before we set out. The Walk is much more pleasant if you’re not carrying a bag of stinky offerings around with you. I still take the pooh bag with me of course, because the one day you don’t is the one day one of them decides they need to Go again.

Man's best friend. The others are doozies for ladies.

Lady here, my current dogs are 15k and 35k, definitely my best friends. I wouldn’t refuse house room to a smaller dog in need of a home, though.

A big man walking a teeny liddle dog is a heart-warming sight in my eyes.

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Posted in: Follow me See in context

At least two of the pooches appear to be wearing nappies.

One of the major joys and benefits of having a dog is The Daily Walk. What’s the point of having a dog and paying someone else to do the fun stuff??

Nobuaki certainly looks like he’s having a great time.

As for size - it don’t matter. A dog is a dog, big, tiny or anywhere in between.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after asking police for advice on how to deal with smell of son’s corpse See in context

This corpse "abandonment" thing, as a catch-all way to arrest people who might or might not be connected with a death, is really getting stretched to the breaking point here. The corpse was right there with her; she didn't "abandon" it. Change the law

There's nothing wrong with the law, just the translation. 死体遺棄(shitai iki) translates literally according to the dictionary as 'abandonment of a corpse', but is the term used for the act of failing to deal with a corpse in an appropriate manner. It covers everything from dumping a murdered body in the woods to leaving a body to rot in the bed in which it died of natural causes.

This lady did not abandon her son's body in the English sense of the word, but she did 遺棄するit as understood in Japanese, in that she did not contact the necessary people at the appropriate time to have the body dealt with in an appropriate manner.

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Posted in: Pot-shots politically driven; Tokyo Games to go ahead: Pound See in context

Don't go to Tokyo.

And the millions who live in Tokyo?You would perhaps like them to barricade themselves in their homes for the duration of the games? Or perhaps you would advise them to drop everything and evacuate to some other part of the country, when there is a SoE in force and people are being asked not to cross prefectural borders?

The arrogance of the man is mind-blowing.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinating Olympic athletes from June 1: JOC See in context

you guys can pretend they are “skipping to the front of the line” because it makes you feel better.

Not pretending, they are skipping to the front of the line (jumping the queue) and it doesn’t make me feel better, it makes me feel livid.

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