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Posted in: Japan to lift state of emergency one month before Olympics See in context

The looser restrictions would ask restaurants and bars to close at 8pm

The silky circus continues. Why not 9pm? Or 10pm? Or earlier, 7pm? What, the virus has a small watch to check the time? Just stop with these silly measures that make no sense at all. It’s so stupid.

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Posted in: Japan looks to ease virus state of emergency ahead of Olympics See in context

younger people are largely unvaccinated and infections among them could quickly burden hospitals, Wakita said.

BS! The young and healthy population is not a problem for the hospitals. They don't saturate the intensive care by definition since they are rarely exposed to complications. And Japan should stop now to hospitalize people with mild to moderate symptoms, this does not make sense any more.

In order to prevent another upsurge, it is crucial to prevent the people from roaming around during the Olympics and summer vacation

First of all Mr. Wakita, if you would be worry about the Olympics, your government should have then decided to cancel them. They didn't, so trying now to bring the Olympics as an excuse for whatever measures to again hinder people's freedom is disgusting. That's enough now with this constant blaming of people instead of calling out the absurd inefficiencies of the government in setting up an effective vaccination campaign. Yes people are going to roam around during summer and they have the right to do so. In the meantime you should use your energy by making sure that all elderlies and people that can develop complications with COVID-19 get vaccinated. Period. For the rest you should just keep your mouth shut right now.

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Posted in: COVID-19 state of emergency may be needed during Tokyo Olympics: study See in context

The article lacks in details but this "study" does not seem to be scientifically robust at all.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 260 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,793 See in context

http://www.healthdata.org/news-release/covid-19-has-caused-69-million-deaths-globally-more-double-what-official-reports-show

Did you even read that? The methodology used in their estimations is really questionable, and I am being nice here. From their method to estimate the excess of mortality by fitting a spline into time form observations prior to 2020, to the use of Bayesian cascade model to estimate their ratio of excess mortality, there is just a lot of to say about their methodology. Is there any peer-review of this? If not, it has no value whatsoever given the bold claims it does.

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Posted in: Mass vaccinations in Tokyo, Osaka get into full swing; Kobe opens large center See in context

will only be able to vaccinate 900,000 people in Tokyo and 450,000 in Osaka over the three months of their scheduled operation.

Yeah but for example as of the National Census of October 1, 2015, the aged population (ages 65 and over) in Tokyo prefecture alone is 3.006 million people. So how many of those have already been so far vaccinated? Added to the planned vaccination of 900,000 people in the Tokyo vaccination center, how many elderly people will remain to be vaccinated with the vaccination provided by the local government and at what time frame?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 684 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,139 See in context

I am tired of these inept idiots running this country

Yep and we are tired that you are bragging every single day about it and moreover being offensive. You have not proved so far being the brightest one either.

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Posted in: COVID lab origin theory gains traction in U.S. See in context

@virusrex

Here is a letter published on Science calling for a scientifically based investigation of the origin of the COVID-19 including laboratory spillovers. The people who wrote this letter which was of course was peer-reviewed, have the expertise to talk about this subject. You don't. They are not saying that the lab evasion is the origin of the virus. They are saying however that this hypothesis needs to be equally and thorougsly investigated. The WHO work on the origin of the virus so far has not done that. The journal Science is a serious journal to say the least and I hope you won't have the nerve to call it a conspiracy spreader. The people who wrote the letter are serious people, qualified for the subject and I hope that you won't have the nerve to call them conspiracy spreaders. In fact would you have any relation whatsoever to scientific research, you would have known about this letter. But you keep talking about something you don't understand, don't have any expertise and just invent arguments from your imagination about a topic that goes well above your head.

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6543/694.1

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Posted in: U.S. warns its citizens against travel to Japan due to COVID surge See in context

I am sure you know that you can still get COVID even vaccinated. You just won't get very sick and you end up with a bad "flu" at most. But you can certainly spread it to other people. 

Look at the recent SIngapore outbreak. It started from the airport spreading from travelers to workers, all of whom were vaccinated.

No, it makes zero sense to take a small event like that and try to generalize it as a fact. This is silly at best. During the Singapore outbreak, of 28 airport workers who became infected, 19 were fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. That just says nothing about the capacity of the vaccines for preventing asymptomatic and symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection. However a CDC interim estimates of vaccine effectiveness in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection among 3,950 health care personnel, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers showed that RNA (mRNA) vaccines were 90% effective after full immunization against SARS-CoV-2 infections regardless of symptom status. Partial immunization was 80% effective.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7013e3.htm

Those vaccines are also effective against the Indian variant so the same protection against infection can be expected.

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.05.09.443299v1

This is the sort fo data you should look at, not isolated events. And you are really not helping the cause of the vaccine by claiming as a fact that people can still get infected by the SARS-CoV-2 even when they are vaccinated.

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Posted in: Osaka hospitals buckle under COVID-19 onslaught See in context

The variant can make even young people very sick quickly, and once seriously ill, patients find it tough to make a recovery, said Toshiaki Minami, director of the Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital (OMPUH).

No no this is not true. The last research on the B.1.1.7 based on better data are clear. No changes in reported symptoms or disease duration associated with this variant were found. No evidence was found of an association between severe disease and death and lineage (B.1.1.7 vs non-B.1.1.7) including for analysis adjusted for hospital, sex, age, comorbidities, and ethnicity. The idea that this variant affects more the young population is therefore totally false. This kind of disinformation is not helpful really.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00170-5/fulltext

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(21)00055-4/fulltext

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Posted in: Japan OKs Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines, but AstraZeneca to be put on hold See in context

The AstraZeneca shot, however, will not be used immediately amid lingering concerns over rare cases of blood clots being reported overseas, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said.

This is BS and again characteristic of the Japanese being inapt at being effective and fast. They could just swallow their stupid arrogance and follow the experience of countries which have demonstrated to be way more effective in logistics and organization. Most of European countries have decided that the AstraZeneca vaccine will be used solely for people aged 55 years and older since the data shows the vaccine to be totally safe for those people concerning the blood clots issue. Having the largest choice of vaccines and hence available doses would speed up the vaccination of the elderly and help us get out of this circus as fast as possible.

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching passerby who asked him to wear mask See in context

There is a need to wear masks outside until the majority of the people are vaccinated

The science says completely otherwise. Just check the scientific publications instead of believing nonsense.

Although the reaction of the young man is unacceptable, the other man had no business to ask him to wear a mask outside. Avoiding such cavalier behavior and the need to impose personal mistaken opinions on others would certainly avoid a lot of conflicts like that.

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

For those that consider only themselves and their immediate pleasure the ultimate priority will not stop doing what they want with or without any government pleads.

Who do you think you are to judge people? Who do you think you are? What do you know about those people to judge them? I will go to Hokkaido to see my family during GW. And going there does not make me irresponsible or you more responsible than me since I have not been gathering in big crowds for more than a year, I have been wearing a mask inside crowded places, mostly teleworking and so on.

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Posted in: Japanese universities develop speedier analysis of coronavirus mutations See in context

Not exactly the best timing to deal with the current crisis, 

You don't have the expertise to judge that. You just don't have it. So what makes you think you can give your opinion on something you just can't understand? Did you even read their paper? You are not a scientist, so I don't see why you need to judge people's work that again you don't understand whatsoever. And then you spent again lines of words put randomly that scientifically have no background and make little sense. Just stop, this is not helpful.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,260 in Osaka See in context

6 customers lined up in the photo - 2 not wearing masks correctly.

Give them a break and please stop to play your little dictator. The COVID-19 transmission has been showed to be essentially occurring by aerosolization making it almost physically impossible to be infected outside. Wearing a mask outside in most situations (like the one above) is not necessary.

The death rate is around 2% of positive cases, just like everywhere else.

No, no and no, again nonsense. You are confusing death rate (=mortality rate) with the case fatality rate. The death rate is certainly not 2%. The death rate is a measure of the number of deaths in a particular population, scaled to the size of that population, per unit of time. I leave you as an exercise to calculate it.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context

Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes

This is insane. They can't ask for that. At this point, I can't just understand that the Olympics are still being organized given the mess around it.

More people die in Japan officially from COVID-19 each day, than in Singapore since the beginning of the pandemic. But even 1 is too many.

Meaningless comparison and ridiculous emotional argument. If you are refusing the existence of death, you will have a hard time living in this world.

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus death toll tops 10,000 See in context

Japan's coronavirus death toll tops 10,000

Putting up an absolute number like that without putting it in perspective means nothing. It’s meaningless. This is just media frenzy and to be honest quit dishonest.

One can use many other data for comparison, but here are the stats for the number of deaths in Japan caused by pneumonia between 2009 and 2018.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1074856/japan-number-pneumonia-deaths/

It reads by itself. I don’t need to add any further comment.

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Posted in: Japan says it will aim for 46% emissions cut by 2030 See in context

Japan says it will aim for 46% emissions cut by 2030

BS! There is no way on Earth that Japan can achieve that in such a small time frame given how Japan operates. Unless they start to seriously consider changing the way the country works.

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Posted in: Suga to declare state of emergency in Osaka; no decision on Tokyo See in context

Japan has one of the lowest obesity rates in the world, yet the fatality rate is right on average for the world. 

FACTS.

The facts are that you don't understand what you are comparing since you use the case fatality rate which not only tells absolutely nothing about severe COVID-19 complications related morbidities, but also is meaningless to compare between countries with radically different testing policies. Now by refuting that obesity is an important risk factor, you seem to be one of the anti-science crowd that decides to make up a point of view from their own emotional imagination. Here what US CDC has to say about it:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7010e4.htm

Here are just two scientific papers out of many that have linked obesity to severe COVID-19 complications:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41366-021-00771-z

https://immunityageing.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12979-020-00212-x

The first article interestingly also suggest the relation between walking pace with the risk of severe COVID-19 and mortality. The second proposes several explanations about the possible mechanisms that makes obese host vulnerable.

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Posted in: Japan considers letting dentists administer COVID-19 vaccines See in context

What about nurses? AFAIK, nurses today, shockingly, are not allowed to vaccinate in Japan

Nurses do vaccinate in Japan. When my son was born, I did a vaccine for the chickenpox because I did not get it during my childhood. A nurse administered me the vaccine. My wife and son get a flu vaccine every year, a nurse administers them the vaccine each time they go. Every vaccine my son took since he was born was administered by a nurse. So how do you explain that?

However, legally I believe only the doctor stabs patients with needles.

What does that even mean? Something as simple as a health check requires taking a blood sample. And oh yes sure you get “stabbed with a needle”. Every time I had a blood sample taken since I started to live in Japan 19 years ago, a nurse did it. So what are we talking about here?

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

Hilarious and sad at the same time as he's spreading falsehoods and claims to know more than the experts yet most likely has zero actual experience.

What are you talking about? Who is he? What false claims are you talking about? Why don’t you first try to write properly your post in the first place?

Well yeah go and try to pierce the eyes of a brawn bear with a ski pole and see how it goes? Be my guest.

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

If you encounter a bear, just don't run. Just don't. Don't show your back and run. As someone said above, just slowly go back facing him, eyes down with minimal sudden movements. Bears usually don't attack out of nowhere as they are not hunting you. They will first use a threatening behavior, and it's very scary, to show you that you have no business to mess with them. Waving anything will trigger an attack.

If you see clues on your way of a recent presence of a bear, like poop or the mark of claws on trees, just go back, don't continue your way. A bell loud enough does usually work to signal your presence. However as a I said, just after waking up form hibernation, they are usually nervous and it might just stress them more.

The best weapon one can own here is indeed a spray if you can trigger it fast enough. That's the best thing you can do if a bear decides to attack you and hope that he just gives up. But in any case, if the attack occurs, well the first thing you should think is that I am screwed.

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

 It would be better, if the bear looks likely to attack, to pierce its eyes or mouth with something you can manipulate from afar like a long stick or ski pole.

This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. That it can be provided as a realistic advise just goes beyond my imagination? What to pierce a bear's mouth means? Look, I lived for 16 years in Hokkaido and I saw by my own eyes a brown bear. There is no way that the advise above would work against an animal that is 2m high and can weight until 400 kg, and which strength is terrifying. Those are brawn bear, not puppies. This animal will charge you at a striking speed and crunch you if you even wave anything against him.

Now the first advice is just not to go inside bear territories for picking flora just after their woke up. That's the smartest thing to do. Bear don't feed on people but they are particularly aggressive after their hibernation and will feel threatened if they encounter a person. If you insist to do so, better is to go with a national park guide who has experience with bears and may also own a weapon.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 729 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,208 in Osaka See in context

in light of the rising cases with no end in sight.

Yeah yeah yeah, you said the same in January. Keep saying the same thing over and over again, you are a winner.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 510 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,452 See in context

@Skipp

Answer to the scientific study instead of throwing random information you barely understand. You just don't seem to understand that there isn't a scientific consensus on the subject.

 

I have no idea what "nature.com" is or why you consider it a reliable source.

Here right, you have no idea. The paper I linked to was published last month in Nature (Medecine), which just happens to be one of the best and most prestigious scientific journal out there.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 510 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,452 See in context

@Skipp

Check out Long Covid. 1/3 of people who get COVID-19 end up with a long-hauler case.

Like I said in a previous comment, it's amazing to me how they're willing to have an entire generation of young people with long-term illness 

Could you stop saying nonsense please? Here is a very recent study which addresses the long COVID. Out of 4,182 incident cases of COVID-19, 13.3% of the participants reported symptoms lasting higher or equal than 28 days, 4.5% for higher or equal to 8 weeks and 2.3% for higher or equal to 12 weeks. Also long COVID most observed symptoms were more likely associated with increasing age, body mass index and female sex.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01292-y

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Posted in: Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023 See in context

@Paul

Of course this technology has still a few open questions and research is ongoing. But again that's Japan's trash and it owes the world to investigate this method too. Concerning the site, actually Japan has been constructing two underground experimental sites for that purpose, one in Mizunami in a crystalline medium at 1000 m depth; the other one in Horonobe (Hokkaido) in a sedimentary clay medium at 500 m depth.

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Posted in: Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023 See in context

Its a standard process for normally operating plants too.

No the process water that enters the reaction chamber operates on a closed loop. The only water discharged to the environment in a normal functioning plant is the cooling water which never comes into contact to any highly radioactive part. What we are talking about here is precisely the water that has come directly into contact to the radioactive fuel.

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Posted in: Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023 See in context

Is there any other solution?

I would first fund serious serious studies on the real environmental impact on the fauna and flora which are poorly understood. They had ten years to do that, they did not.

Another possibility would have been of course to try to pursue other routes, the most credible being searching for a site for deep burring of the containers. That's Japan trash, Japan should deal with it on its land. Japan could have ask for the expertise and help for such technologies to countries which are developing it like France. The reason why they are throwing it to the sea is that it's the cheapest solution.

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Posted in: Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023 See in context

How convenient, just throw it to the sea. Japan has been such a disgrace in the gestion of this since already the first reactor blew up.

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Posted in: Japanese hospital worker infected with coronavirus after 2 vaccine shots See in context

We, we know the vaccine is not effective against the Eeek mutation.

The Lancet article you linked the other day does not say that. Read it again instead of spreading BS around all day long.

The person has not shown any symptoms yet, they said.

So what's the problem then? Being positive does not mean he is being sick or even contagious. Positiveness to a pathogen after vaccination has been observed in many other viruses (you know one is called the influenza), there is nothing new here with the COVID-19.

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