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Posted in: KDDI mobile phone network hit by 3-hour outage across Japan See in context

A three hour disruption like this would not violate even a generous 99.9% availability promise.

Might want to check your math, over the last 2 years au has only had 99.6% availability.

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Posted in: Divers find wreckage, bodies from U.S. Osprey aircraft that crashed off Japan See in context

As of November 2023, 16 V-22 Ospreys have been damaged beyond repair in accidents that have killed a total of 62 people. Four crashes killed a total of 30 people during testing from 1991 to 2000. Since the V-22 became operational in 2007, 12 crashes, including two in combat zones, and several other accidents and incidentshave killed a total of 33 people.

Statistically, there would have been even more crashed helis if they had been performing the same roles instead.

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Posted in: Pacific island nations express concern over Japan's tainted water release See in context

For context: About two weeks ago at 11 test points, the closest being around 3 km from the outlet, the Environment Ministry could not measure an increase in radioacitvity. The Solomon Islands are about 5,600 km from Japan.

And the water they're releasing is well under the approved radiation limit for drinking water.

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Posted in: Disney to complete takeover of Hulu with $8.6 bil deal See in context

I'd hazard a guess that Hulu Japan isn't included in this deal, as it is fully owned by Nippon Terebi.

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Posted in: 8 U.S. Marines remain in hospital after fiery aircraft crash killed 3 during drills in Australia See in context

How does this compares with other types of aircraft? I get the impression of Ospreys being unusually prone to crashes, but that may be just the reports.

Statistically safer than the helicopters they replaced.

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Posted in: 3 men steal watches valued at ¥4.6 million from Chiba pawn shop See in context

Maybe I’m jaded but 20 watches for 4.6 million yen? Even one watch for 4.6 million yen isn’t really considered high end for most serious collectors.

One Patek can go for that.

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Posted in: 3 men steal watches valued at ¥4.6 million from Chiba pawn shop See in context

20 watches, 4.6 million, that sounds like 230k each on average, hardly high-end.

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Posted in: China suspends visa issuance to Japanese travelers, industry sources say See in context

Article title is misleading:

Foreign residents of Japan can't get visas either, as they've outright stopped processing applications originating in Japan, no matter the applicant nationality.

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Posted in: Japan's total COVID cases top 20 mil since start of pandemic See in context

20 million cases is nearly 25% of the population of 124 million. "And then, reality set in!"

That's assuming that all have had it only once. I know many people that have had it 2/3/4 times.

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Posted in: Japan reports 209,694 new coronavirus cases See in context

Who failed to hire more medical professionals? The people in charge, locally and nationally.

Where did all these extra medical professionals for-hire come from, did they magically appear in the workforce somehow?

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Posted in: Japan reports 186,229 coronavirus cases; Tokyo has record high 31,878 See in context

So if the official government data they provide for testing is not correct, then how accurate is the case totals numbers? Or how about any of the other data they provide on there about severity, hospital bed usage, outpatient services, etc? Why would one part be more officially accurate and-or reliable than another?

The data has explanation of what it represents. Its more of a case of monolingual people ignoring the details in the explanations (which are usually only in japanese) and blindly trying to mix data points that don't have a common basis.

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Posted in: Japan reports 186,229 coronavirus cases; Tokyo has record high 31,878 See in context

That's a positive rate of (an impossible) 105% !!

That's because positive results at private test centres are included in the positive case count but the number of tests they run is not included in the testing figures.

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Posted in: Shooter says he believed Abe promoted religious group that bankrupted his mother See in context

Unification Church (Moonies)

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Posted in: Unexploded World War II bomb See in context

is this a commonplace story so many years later in Japan ? - Surprising there is no additional information when & where it was discovered, the number and if they’re proximity to public areas, schools, etc. ?

“…at a construction site..” could mean almost anywhere.

Surprisingly common. I think I remember reading about a couple a year, and those are only the ones that are in places dangerous enough to be newsworthy.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 17,331 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 91,051 See in context

I won't argue that natural immunity isn't better, but the difference is so minimal that the graphs between double-jab and natural are nearly colinear when the view is scaled with the unvaccinated population.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 17,331 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 91,051 See in context

Have the boosters not been rolled out yet? Or are Japanese people cynical about the jabs?

Assuming your local government people have been proactive in sending out the vouchers in your city, yes. I got my ticket a month ago, had absolutely no difficulty booking a reservation, and got my jab Feb 1.

Unfortunately the speed of sending out of tickets varies wildly from city to city, others have not had such a pleasant experience.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 12,211 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 68,039 See in context

Yes, probably. You cannot have more reported positive cases than the number of tests performed.

Yes you can, the positive cases include clinical diagnoses without actual lab testing.

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Posted in: Gov't reopens mass vaccination center in Tokyo for COVID booster shots See in context

It makes no difference if as like last time our ward takes forever to send out the stupid voucher.

Our ward has just sent out as of Friday 70 years old and up.

Blame your local government only, many cities and wards have already sent them out. I (55) got my ticket 2 weeks ago and have my booster jab appointment tomorrow.

Minato-ku sent them out in December even.

And there is no X-and-older: booster tickets are being sent out purely based on the date of your second jab, not your age.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 8,503 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 44,810 See in context

What city if may we ask?

Edogawa, first wave of booster tickets went out on the 14th of the month. And on friday they reduced the interval down to 6 months for everyone.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 8,503 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 44,810 See in context

Will the boosters come during or after this wave?

Already started for non-seniors. I'm booked for next tuesday already.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 8,638 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 46,199 See in context

Because it's the measure of how well a place is doing regarding the pandemic.

The higher the number of tests the better it is.

No its not, you test to a point where you keep your positives down to a very low level. Beyond that is pretty much pointless unless you're trying for a China-like zero covid policy.

Once you get to significantly sub-5% positivity what are you going to do for more subjects. Forcibly abduct people off the streets to submit samples?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 29 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 175 See in context

Completely pointless. The virus is already in the community.

Its almost certain this is the case now. Philippines Department of Health reported today that a japanese-resident filipino travelled to Manila on Dec 1 and tested positive for omicron. This strongly suggests that its been in the wild in Japan for at least 2 weeks.

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Posted in: Toyota, Honda sued for patent infringements by U.S. firm See in context

The Eastern District of Texas is a favorite venue for patent trolls because the judges tend to favor extremely fast case timetables.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 7 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 79 See in context

How many false positives would be expected from the number of tests done?

Rounding to nearest whole number, zero.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 18 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 107 See in context

4435 tests that is.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 18 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 107 See in context

Tokyo figures based of of 4435 cases, for a positivity rate of 0.41%.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 23 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 287 See in context

Figures for Tokyo are based on 3881 tests, a positivity rate of 0.59%.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 24 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 292 See in context

Japan's vaccination rate is not particularly high - and is in fact on the lower side compared to many Western nations.

Among the G8, only Italy and Canada have higher rates, and I wouldn't be surprised if Japan passed Italy this week.

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Posted in: Japan to become world's No. 3 donor of COVID vaccine doses See in context

yet Australia's vaccinate rate is approaching 70%

Not really, only just broke 60%. Their government tries to cook the numbers by quoting the percentage of 12-and-overs instead of the percentage of the entire population like almost all of the rest of the world.

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Posted in: Japan to become world's No. 3 donor of COVID vaccine doses See in context

That just means Japan horded them in the first place.

Not really. At the time orders had to be locked in, clinical trials hadn't been completed and no one was positive which, if any, vaccines would work so many countries ordered more than needed for their entire population across multiple vendors.

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