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Posted in: Scholars urge Japan to restart issuing visas to foreign students See in context

Asiaman7

If Japan has no objection to welcoming new JET Programme teachers from abroad into the country (as the country is currently doing), there should be no objection to fully opening to foreign students.

New JETs can currently enter Japan? Are you sure?

The most I heard was that they have begun giving visas to allow for possible entry in November for new JETs.

Please give specifics if you can.

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Posted in: Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug – but not for COVID-19 See in context

Except, that is not what they believe. When Ivermecin was first touted as beneficial, Dr Ozaki said it was worth looking into. (As any reasonable medical professional would). But this is misquoted by the fanboys to give credibility...

"Worth looking into"... and then what did he say?

On August 13, 2021 (2 months ago) Dr. Ozaki held an emergency press conference at which point he stated that even though ivermectin needs to be studied more, it is OK for it to now be offered for treatment of Covid with informed consent.

So as not to be a fanboy and misquote, his exact words:

"治験をしっかりやって検討が必要だが、患者さんにインフォームドコンセントをした上で、使用許可を認めていただいても良い段階に来ているのではないか"

https://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/123988

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Posted in: Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug – but not for COVID-19 See in context

Mr KiplingToday 

theResident........

You think the anti vaccine "cultists" are interested in "real research" or science? :)

Exactly which part of this article contains "real research" instead of re-purposed talking points, speculation, and uncited claims?

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Posted in: Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug – but not for COVID-19 See in context

It’s not meant to be prescribed by parasites looking to extract money from desperate people during a pandemic.

This out-of-patent drug costs pennies to produce and sell. Nobody is getting rich from it.... unlike with the vaccines.

But perhaps this Associate Professor at U of Connecticut should translate this into Japanese and explain his highly scientific research findings to both Dr. Haruo Ozaki (head of the Tokyo Medical Association) and Dr. Satoshi Omura (the man who discovered and developed ivermectin), since both of these doctors believe ivermectin should be used in treating Covid-19.

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Posted in: Gov't to boost hospital capacity to treat more COVID patients See in context

Wow, such a bold and timely initiative.

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Posted in: Kishida vows to lead with 'trust and empathy' to fix Japan See in context

@diagonalslip

pleased to hear he has a concrete plan....

I'm simply pleased to hear that he admits there is a problem that needs to be fixed.

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Posted in: Japanese businesses to offer benefits using vaccination app See in context

Great idea. Businesses get customers coming in while drastically lowering the risk of infection for everyone.

One key element in this moronic vaccine passport plan negates any possibility of "drastically lowers the risk of infection in everyone". It is stated in the final sentence of the article:

Those who have not been vaccinated or who do not present the app will be able to receive the same services as before.

So essentially, the vaccine passport shall have as much bite as all the voluntary States of Emergency.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 248 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,722 See in context

Osaka leading the way for the rebound!!

Kyoto and Hyogo going up too.

The 7-day averages around Kansai just ticked upward week-on-week for the first time since Aug 31.

Reckon this may be the 6th wave in the air.....

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Posted in: JNTO introduces 'accessible tourism' initiatives See in context

Its a bit clumsy for Japan to tout its "accessibility" when all foreign tourists are currently denied access to the country.

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Posted in: ANA introduces new eco-friendly way to cool in-flight meals and beverages on domestic flights See in context

The cruising altitude of a standard commercial airplane is about 35,000 feet (11,000 meters).

This altitude is usually reached within the first 10 minutes of flight.

At this altitude, the air temperature is between -40 degrees and -60 degrees (use either F or C on that one, since at such frigid temps, its nearly the same).

Can't this ultra-coldness that is as eco-friendly as you can get in some way be harnessed instead of convoluted refrigeration techniques?

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Posted in: Seniors account for record 29.1% of Japan's population See in context

I can only imagine the government's plan to address this will be to move the goalposts.

In the near future, a "senior" will be measured as someone over 70, not 65, (might as well, since that's when anyone under 55 will be getting their pensions).

Such brilliant policy will make the number of "seniors" significantly drop (until they need to up it to 75...).

Problem solved.

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Posted in: 2 PM hopefuls favor nuclear fusion, small modular reactors See in context

while nuclear fusion reactors do not emit high-level radioactive waste.

That should read "while nuclear fusion reactors do not currently exist".

Seriously, they are pinning their hopes and plans for the future on technology which is still decades at best from being fully developed into reality... and that is assuming its even possible.

That is leadership?

Nuclear fusion has been a scientific dream for decades, but it's still a long way off from being commercially available.

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Posted in: Japan may start administering 3rd COVID vaccine shots by year-end See in context

And yet, I and my spouse still need to wait 3 more weeks from now to early October to finally get our first shot since that was the earliest available time in our city... and we applied for it back in July.

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Posted in: GOP prosecutors threaten lawsuits over vaccine requirement See in context

Let’s peel back the BS on this disingenuous statement:

The GOP has spent a lot of effort discrediting the vaccination drive because, well, “liberals”. 

And now lets peel back the BS of your disingenuous statement:

Is mistrust in vaccines really a product of "liberals"? Both sides are using the vaccine as an attacking point against each other whenever it suits them best.

While Trump was still president back in summer 2020 when Pfizer first announced their vaccine development, Trump was a huge fan and proponent of it, as well as all the right wing.

However, left wing "liberals" were openly skeptical of the vaccine.

For example, in September 2020, 2 months before the election, Joy Reid (left wing super-liberal MSNBC talk show host) began laying the seeds for distrust in the vaccines by stating on Twitter:

I mean, will anyone ... anyone at all ... ever fully trust the @CDCgov again? And who on God's earth would trust a vaccine approved by the @US_FDA?? How do we get a vaccine distributed after this broken, Trumpist nonsense has infected everything? Even if Biden wins?

But as soon as Biden took over the White House, both sides conveniently flipped their positions, and they expect the public to immediately flip as well.

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths of people aged under 60 soar in Japan due to Delta variant See in context

@zichi

250 people who died outside medical facilities in Aug. had COVID, new high: Japan police.

Yeah, I saw that too. And in those stats, 137 of those who died at home in August were under 60.

And if this article is correct to say 20.6% of deaths in August were in the under 60 group, and there were 875 total covid deaths in August (not the 860 falsely claimed), that means 180 deaths were in August were in the under 60 group.

So 137 out of 180 deaths for under 60s were at home, which is a shocking 76% of deaths for this group occurred at home!!

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths of people aged under 60 soar in Japan due to Delta variant See in context

Ahem, 860 deaths occurred in the 59 or younger age group, which is repeatedly indicated in the first two paragraphs.

Also, if 860 deaths were in the 59 or younger age group as you claim (but again, the article does not say this), and that 860 represents 20.6% of the total deaths as stated in the article, then that means the total would be over 4200, which is also false.

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths of people aged under 60 soar in Japan due to Delta variant See in context

Ahem, 860 deaths occurred in the 59 or younger age group, which is repeatedly indicated in the first two paragraphs.

Ahem, no, read it again (I quoted it before as well):

"But in the period between mid-July and early September, the rate of those aged 60 or above among the total deaths of 860 came to 79.4 percent."

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Posted in: Pandemic-hit travel agency JTB sells Tokyo HQ to raise funds See in context

The company will continue to use the building in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward as its headquarters on a lease contract basis, the source said.

So they sold an assent in order to put themselves into more debt.

Bravo.

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths of people aged under 60 soar in Japan due to Delta variant See in context

In the fifth wave of the pandemic from mid-July to early September, those aged 59 or younger accounted for 20.6 percent of the total COVID-19 deaths of 860...

...the rate of those aged 60 or above among the total deaths of 860 came to 79.4 percent.

This article states twice that 860 people died from Covid in Japan from "mid-July to early September".

This is BLATANTLY FALSE.

In just August alone 875 people died according to the gov stats posted by NHK.

From July 16-31 ("from mid-July") there were 174 Covid deaths, and in the first 10 days of September ("to early September") there were 639 Covid deaths.

That is a total of 1688 deaths from "mid-July to early September". This gaslighting story is attempting to say there were half the number of deaths than reality.

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Posted in: With the negative impact on Japan's economy and its reputation growing daily, it is time for Japan to gradually start easing travel restrictions and allow business travel and tourism to resume. See in context

@virusrex

With several new variants looming on the horizon because of the lack of vaccines available in developing countries this appeal has terribly bad timing.

As you should know, new variants which may escape vaccination immunity are not caused by unvaccinated developing countries. Quite the contrary.

The virus will mutate to get around vaccinated people by mutating based on the immunity created by the vaccinations.

So if anything, vaccinated people have more cause to a new, stronger mutation than the unvaccinated.

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Posted in: What is the mu variant of the coronavirus? See in context

Too bad this article is not including anything from Japan...

A report from England's public health agency last month suggested the mu variant might be as resistant to vaccines

Yeah, data from "last month"...

Yesterday a Japanese research team from University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science announced how the Mu variant of coronavirus is more than seven times more resistant to antibodies created by vaccinations than the original strain of the virus.

for more in English:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14439244

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Posted in: With the negative impact on Japan's economy and its reputation growing daily, it is time for Japan to gradually start easing travel restrictions and allow business travel and tourism to resume. See in context

Yeah, its time to get rid of Covid restrictions and open up borders, because as we all know, the pandemic is fully under control in both Japan and around the world...

...says the authority who is the head promoter for an entrepreneur group and co-founder of a sake recommendation company for foreigners which hasn't even started business yet.

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Posted in: Japan to begin discussions on 3rd COVID-19 vaccine shots this week See in context

@Foreigner in Tokyo

If 90% of the clinical trial data were to be from overseas participants (i.e. not Japanese) would that "count" since Japanese are clearly so unique and special that they require their own specific, segregated trials in Japan?

To answer, no.

This was made abundantly clear a few days ago when Kono (the next PM?) stated how Pfizer had trouble doing clinical trials in summer 2020 in Japan since the spread of the virus was not severe enough (you need a certain amount of infection in the population to see if it's actually effective).

And in (correctly) foreseeing the approval resistance Japan would pose since there were no trials done here, Pfizer went out of their way to include in their trials over a hundred Japanese citizens living in the US (these were expat Japanese, not descendants).

But the data was still rejected because, and get this, Japanese living abroad may eat different food than Japanese living in Japan.

Read about it here

https://www.thenewzealandtimes.com/japan-prioritized-national-testing-of-pfizer-ahead-of-deployment-vaccine-czar-says/

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Posted in: Japan to begin discussions on 3rd COVID-19 vaccine shots this week See in context

The government is aiming to complete the full vaccination of all eligible people who wish to be inoculated by early November, and the administration of third shots would start sometime after that.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

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Posted in: Osaka to reuse Olympic cardboard beds for COVID-19 patients See in context

Good idea, now that the number of cases is going down.

Too bad these beds weren't used for home-bound sick people instead of healthy athletes back when the case numbers were rising.

But hey, perhaps this can be marketed in future tourism:

Japanese Omotenashi - We sacrifice our citizens' health to serve you first !

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Posted in: Drill to catch attacker See in context

on the assumption that an indiscriminate attack occurred on a train

Then why aren't they on the train?

Those sticks should be even more effective inside the train car

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Posted in: Japan unable to link deaths to withdrawn batches of Moderna vaccine See in context

Japan unable to link deaths to withdrawn batches of Moderna vaccine

Japan unwilling to link deaths to withdrawn batches of Moderna vaccine

Fixed it.

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Posted in: Opposition proposes cash handouts, vaccine priority for teachers See in context

Earlier this week, the CDPJ, the Japanese Communist Party, the Social Democratic Party and Reiwa Shinsengumi agreed on a set of joint pledges, including lowering the consumption tax rate and achieving a zero-carbon society without nuclear energy.

They also vowed to raise the minimum wage, oppose amending the Constitution and giving couples the option of keeping separate surnames after marriage.

So their platform is to do all the stuff Japanese people want...

...which means they will probably lose in the election.

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Posted in: Kishida calls for new type of capitalism to address income, social gaps See in context

Jerry Greenfield: “We were a public company, and the board of directors’ primary responsibility is the interest of the shareholders. … It was nothing about Unilever; we didn’t want to get bought by anybody.”

Translation: "Yo man, even though we controlled all the preferred stock in our company, which gave us exclusive veto power over any merger or acquisition, not to mention all the super-voting stock we had the majority of but we never utilized... and even though there is no actual law on the books which requires publicly traded corporations to maximize shareholder wealth, we're just gonna say that's true and blame it on someone the "law", and not attempt to challenge a takeover in court, because, like man, all that sweet money looks sweeter than our ice cream and in reality, we aren't really looking change the perceived system anymore.... So let's all agree that there was not options to fight this takeover since it lets Unilever own us, it lets us save face, and it gets everyone involved rich."

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