David Van Cleef comments

Posted in: Australia defends decision to penalize its citizens returning from COVID-ravaged India See in context

Roughly a quarter of the 35,000 Australians stranded overseas are in India, which reported close to 400,000 cases on Friday and more than 200,000 total deaths.

The 35,000 figure is just the number of citizens actively trying to get back to OZ. The actual number of citizens overseas is much higher. And the number isn't going down, the miniscule quota that are being let back in barely enough to offset the people newly trying to repatriate.

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Posted in: Japan's restaurant alcohol ban sets new COVID-19 emergency apart See in context

Is alcohol truly the problem ???.

Its certainly a contributor.

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Posted in: Japan's restaurant alcohol ban sets new COVID-19 emergency apart See in context

What difference does alcohol make in the spreading of the coronavirus? Doesn't alcohol kill the virus?

Alcohol reduces inhibitions and makes people more likely to engage in riskier behaviour.

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

Is this a supply issue or logistics issue? I mean if there are freezers full of vaccine in Japan just being stored then that is criminal. I say if you are going to lock down Osaka and Tokyo then start vaccinating there on a far larger scale.

Right now its a supply issue, but as soon as it isn't, logistics are going to become a huge problem. At present only doctors are administering the jabs, not nurses who probably have a lot more experience at it. In addition to that the typical japanese 30 minute wait at the site afterwards is NOT going to scale up to mass vaccination.

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

If it doesn't look like I'm going to be scheduled soon at that point, I've been thinking about using the Silver Week holiday in September to fly to the US and either try to get the janssen or stay 3 weeks for both doses of the Pfizer. The quarantine on return isn't too much of a hurdle, since I can still telework during that time.

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Posted in: Japan to procure enough COVID vaccines for all eligible by end of September See in context

So far we don't hear anything about syringe supply that important for inoculation process.

There was a news item a week or two ago that at least one domestic firm has already started producing a low dead-volume syringe for such use.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 149 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 507 See in context

My bad, it is even stated that it is down by 21 but what is not stated is that the test is unproportionally

down by 2185. So can we say with confidence that it is on a downward trend ? the choice is yours.

These figures are for Saturday and Sunday testing, which would generally represent only the most serious cases.

To look at trends, running 7-day averages give a more informative picture.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 141 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 583 See in context

We'll really start to see what the impact of obon was next week most likely. I'm expecting a pretty big jump.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 258 new cases of coronavirus; nationwide total 1,014 See in context

Reports on other news sources say that the peak has been reached and infections are trending down. Because people are taking precautionary measures.

You are currently seeing the effects of things that are happening two weeks ago. I wouldn't say things are trending down until 2-3 weeks after the end of obon, and all the risky behavior that occurred then.

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Posted in: Microsoft nears big bet on TikTok after risky LinkedIn deal shows promise See in context

Not relevant to Japan, this is only for the NA/Oceania business.

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Posted in: Trump floats idea of election delay See in context

The end run is probably no victor by Jan 20, at which point the House of Representatives will elect a president.

While the Dems control the majority of seats in the House, the procedure for this is one vote per state delegation, and the GOP currently holds a slight edge in that despite being in the minority on overall seats.

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Posted in: Go To fiasco may see gov't paying Tokyoites' cancellation fees See in context

Government waste at its finest.

Look at it from the viewpoint of someone from Tokyo who prebooked a trip based on the promise of the subsidies and suddenly had the rug pulled out from under them. Should they really be on the hook for cancel fees?

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Posted in: Abe faces backlash after Tokyo residents excluded from Go To travel campaign See in context

One very big "screw you": Tokyo residents who had already booked trips planning to take advantage of this program and now cannot afford it are on the hook for cancellation fees.

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Posted in: Organizers to issue ticket refunds for delayed Tokyo Olympics See in context

It was already stated that refunds would be available in the email that went out to all purchasers on March 31. How is any of this new?

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Posted in: 308 Japanese companies affected by U.S. work visa halt: survey See in context

And how about the number of Americans who have a family and business in Japan are not allowed back in Japan because they hold a US Passport?

They're not being refused because of their passport, they're being refused based on where they've been recently. It is possible (but expensive and time-consuming) to reenter Japan via a third country and intermediate quarantines. A few of the routes were effectively closed with the last round of entry bans, but at least one does still exist (with 2 intermediate quarantines so it will take a minimum of 6 weeks to effectively clear all procedures).

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Posted in: Huawei controversy opens field for 5G challengers See in context

5G has still not been proven to be safe.

Repeat after me: mm waves are not microwaves

To say nothing of the fact that most 5G to date has been sub-6GHz, not mm wave in the first place.

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Posted in: Yamato becomes Japan's 1st city to 'ban' use of phones while walking See in context

Pokézombies are going to continue doing what they've been doing.

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Posted in: Photo finish: End of an era as Olympus sells camera division See in context

Olympus has been all about the endoscopes for a very long time now. Camera business was just kept around for tradition.

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Posted in: Tokyo to ask nightlife workers to take coronavirus tests See in context

Let me get this straight early on the govt WONT test people, & now they want to freely test workers in bars etc

Where on earth did the sudden capacity for testing come from...…...

There's been excess capacity all along, but for various reasons the government chose not to use 100% of the limit of testing.

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Posted in: Tokyo to ask nightlife workers to take coronavirus tests See in context

Also in yesterday's confirmed cases were 6 people who flew into Tokyo from Brazil and Peru, 5 of whom were NOT Japanses citizens.

I thought foreigners were banned....

Most likely nikkeijin, which are exempted in some cases.

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Posted in: Man detained in first arrest for illegal reselling of face masks in Japan See in context

We went to a drug store this evening and saw them selling a box of 50 mask for 3200 Yen. A back before the pandemic those same boxes were selling for 500 Yen. How is that not price gouging?

The cost of materials (melt blown polypropylene fabric) has gone up by a factor of 10-20x since before the pandemic.

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Posted in: Hotels, university offer free stays for foreigners stranded in Japan See in context

some borders are in fact closed. An example to reference is the Philippines as well as Turkey. There are no flights between Japan and those countries. I know a few people that tried to get on the last plane out and are now stranded.

There are certainly flights between Japan and Philippines. E.g. NH869/870.

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Posted in: 2 love hotels reprimanded for denying room to gay couple See in context

Yes they are. They are registered has a hotel business and issued with a hotel license usually displayed at the reception desk.

Some functionally love hotels may register as legitimate hotels, but love hotels proper are governed by the Entertainment Law not the hotel law.

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Posted in: 2 love hotels reprimanded for denying room to gay couple See in context

Setting aside any issues about morality or political correctness, as odd as it sounds, love hotels are legally not hotels, and not governed by the Hotel Business Act.

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Posted in: Has Japan dodged the coronavirus bullet? See in context

Actual infection numbers are likely hundreds times higher. In addition, they are switching from PCR tests to antibody tests now for diagnosis, but it takes the body weeks to create antibodies to show up on tests, so they will report even less positive cases from now on.

You're confused.

The new tests that will be supplementing PCR are antigen tests, not antibody. They may sound vaguely similar but they're entirely different things.

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Posted in: Foreigners with stays until July again given extra 3 months to renew visas See in context

I did an extension at Shinagawa recently. Didn't really have to (not expiring until May) but wanted to change phone contract.

Unless you get there at 6-7am to queue up the lines get quite ridiculous. As in 3 rows of queue barriers leading up to the doors, along the sidewalk to the corner, across the street and halfway down the next block.

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Posted in: Sharp holding lottery for popular masks See in context

And of course, now that the day has come, the website has crashed - 502 error on trying to submit the form.

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Posted in: Sharp holding lottery for popular masks See in context

The people complaining about the increased pricing of the masks may not be aware that the open-market cost of the polypropylene fabric used in manufacturing them has gone up by a factor of 10 times (from about 6000 yen a roll to over 60,000) since the start of the year.

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Posted in: Hotline service to begin for foreigners in Japan for virus inquiries See in context

Content-free article...

Notice what's actually missing? The actual phone number.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan may not have enough new virus test kits See in context

Yep, the equipment is there. A lot more testing should be done.

Probably have to balance the availability of tests vs the ability to allocate PPE to testing. Every test requires a full gown/mask/glove change for the person taking the samples. Some of that might be better allocated towards people actually treating patients.

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