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Posted in: Tokyo reports 591 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,130 for Osaka See in context

National total today over 4,300 new cases.

This is higher than any day in all of last year, except December 31st (which was 4,532).

Actually, less than 20 days ever where higher than today, all of which were in January during the so-called SOE.

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Posted in: Japan trails world in COVID vaccine rollout 2 months after its start See in context

Saw this today on a different site, but its sums up the situation in Japan quite well:

A significant increase in testing for COVID-19 — and genomic screening for its variants — would better reveal where and to what extent the mutant contagion is spreading, and allow public officials to respond accordingly, but experts question the country’s willingness and ability to do so.

Without that, they said, variants spreading unseen could propel the outbreak to record-breaking heights.

“Japan’s testing for the coronavirus has always been lacking, and the same can be said now of its attempt to detect variants,” said Hiroshi Kasanuki, a visiting professor at Waseda University’s Medical Regulatory Science Institute. “Disjointed attempts to screen for variants across different regions speaks to the absence of a cohesive, nationwide policy.”

Whole article here:


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Posted in: Boat, snowmobile, camel: Vaccine reaches world's far corners See in context

Boat, snowmobile, camel: Vaccine reaches world's far corners

But not yet via Shinkansen to Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station on the planet.

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Posted in: Asahi Super Dry’s draft beer in a can, the Nama Jockey Can, is here See in context

Although I thought was being sarcastic above, in looking at a can image elsewhere for the volume (since its conveniently covered by the person's thumb in the pics above), instead of the standard 350ml, this can has only 340ml of beer!

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Posted in: Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection See in context

I somehow doubt this nautical nuke dump would happen now if the country was open to tourists and the Olympics were to have the world visiting this summer.

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Posted in: 'Izakaya' bankruptcies hit record high See in context

175? Thats it? There are tens of thousands of izakayas in Japan.

And notice, that 175 is a "17% increase" over last year (when there was essentially no impact from COVID yet).

So that means in a "normal" year about 150 izakaya bankruptcies happen. But due to COVID only an extra 25 (17%) happened. That's not even one per prefecture.

Nothing-for-nothing, but Japan should be happy there were so few bankruptcies (probably due to all the yen dumped into restaurants to shut early).

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Posted in: Asahi Super Dry’s draft beer in a can, the Nama Jockey Can, is here See in context

The overall goal is to make your can of Super Dry feel more like a freshly poured draft beer at an izakaya pub

And just like with standard draft beer from your favorite izakaya, the new Asahi Super Dry Nama Jockey Can has only 50% beer and the rest is foam!

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Posted in: Norwegian Cruises asks CDC to allow trips from U.S. in July See in context

Only one cruise line(Carnival) suffered from outbreaks

Oh, and don't forget Princess Cruises. They had multiple ship outbreaks, including the infamous Diamond Princess which was parked in Yokohama for weeks full of infected passengers.

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Posted in: Norwegian Cruises asks CDC to allow trips from U.S. in July See in context

Only one cruise line(Carnival) suffered from outbreaks.

One? More like all of them.

Royal Caribbean, Pullmantur Cruises, Phoenix Reisen Cruises, Disney Cruises, Costa Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, and several more. And many had outbreaks on several of their ships.

Norwegian didn't have single outbreak before the shutdown.

Norwegian had a big COVID outbreak on a cruise last August.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 555 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,449 See in context

Gonna blast past 3000 nationwide today. Probably 3200+.

Last December at this point they were planning to announce the SOE.

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Posted in: New Zealand-Australia travel bubble to start on April 19 See in context

Wasn't just there an article last week about a travel bubble between Taiwan and Palau?

Yes. And first flight was April 1st.

And Ms. Ardern apparently also forgot how here own country already inaugurated a travel bubble with the Cook Islands a couple months ago.

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Posted in: N Korea says it won't take part in Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns See in context

In other Japan-North Korea News today...

Japan announced this morning it will extend it economic sanctions on North Korea for another 2 years due to the continued stalemate on the nuclear weapons, missile over-flight tests, and abduction issues.

Any coincidence that NK is now snubbing the Olympics on the same day?

COVID is just an excuse.

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Posted in: Virus emergency moniker 'manbo' criticized for lightheartedness See in context

Actually, using the manbo symbol for anti-disease measures is historically accurate.

The Wakayama City Museum has in their collection a woodblock print of a manbo fish from the Edo era which was inscribed with terms calling for "Epidemic elimination" due to a plague of sorts that was affecting them at the time.

The museum had it on display twice in the past year, and in reference to the newly-coined-but-actually accurate "manbo" anti-corona measures, they put it back on display.

So in a way, that town in Miyagi needs to realize there is a historical precedent for using the term "manbo" (though probably a coincidence)

See it here:


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Posted in: Tokyo reports 355 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,472 See in context

even with that a 15% increase over last Sunday.

Utterly ridiculous.

Last Sunday the national total was 1783.

Today is shaping up to be to be 2200+

Thats a 35%+ increase...

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Posted in: Vaccine passports are latest flash point in COVID politics See in context

People saying stuff like this have no idea about facts or history.

International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis

People saying stuff like this have no idea about the content of the article.

The article details concerns about DOMESTIC vaccine passports for use WITHIN THE US (not international travel), in order to go to shops, restaurants, malls, theaters, events, etc.

So forget about int'l travel, this is about doing basic stuff around your home and needing to "be approved" before doing it. And aside from the Big Brother aspect, or even the anti-vaxers, there are millions of people who do not own a smartphone, particularly children and elderly (as well as me, and I'm neither).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 440 coronavirus cases; Osaka 613 See in context

It looks like today will be about 2900 total, a new high in this so-called 4th wave.

And with that, it pushes the current weekly average to well over 2200 (and rising). It should be noted that this is just about the point when the government extended the previous State Of Emergency in early February (yet back then the 7-day average was steadily falling).

Probably gonna be another SOE for GW.

And gonna wreck havoc for all the pre-Olympic plans...... (better to just scrap it).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 414 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,832 See in context

Looks like it will be well over 2700 total in the country today.

Highest daily total since late January, back when it was full-on SEO.

Also about the same total as early/mid December when the previous wave was building steam and calls were going out to stop Go To Travel.

Yep, the next wave is surely here.

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Posted in: From April, all price tags in Japan must reflect final cost with sales tax included See in context

 some retailers have pushed back against the new rule by insisting consumers will buy less upon seeing seemingly higher prices

I read elsewhere that Uniqlo actually intends to keep their base price (non-taxed) for most items as the full tax price starting April 1, and just eat the price difference themself.

So a 1,990 yen shirt which had + 199 in tax (so 2,189 total) will instead be simply 1,990 (with tax). Their logic was that the psychological effect of staying under 2000 yen was strong enough to make up in volume sales the difference in loss profit.

It also means (the dreaded) deflation.

And probably an overall (further) loss in quality.

And a business model of mass producing cheap polyester stuff destined for already bloated landfills.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cuts jobs, boosts stocks, widening economic gap in Japan See in context

are you such a saint that you’d say no to the money

@Kobe White Bar Owner

Are you such a saint to share your support money with your staff?


Are ALL restaurant owners such a saint to be so sharing with their staff?

-Surely not. Just ask the guy on the bread line.

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Posted in: Young, rich and racy: South Korea's livestreamers See in context

Livestreamers, known as "Broadcast Jockeys" or BJs in South Korea, are hard-wired to the digital infrastructure of youth culture. 

This is not a new phenomenon.

BJs have always been a reliable income source.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cuts jobs, boosts stocks, widening economic gap in Japan See in context

Money was "created" through stimulus programs.

Yeah, everyone got a little (100,000 yen last summer), but that doesn't account for the trillions of other yen spent.

Simply put, some people/companies got a huge windfall, others got nothing.

For example:

The man lost his job at a restaurant where he had worked for years.

So this guy lost his job, but the restaurant owner gets 40,000 per day just to close a few hours early. The owner also got the GoTo Eat deal, as well as last year's national 100 - 200,000+ yen support to "affected" businesses, as well as other financial support haphazardly given by the Tokyo government.

It was people like the restaurant owner who went shopping at Isetan, while his staff (literally) was on the bread line.

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Posted in: First day of Olympic torch relay ends with waves, smiles and protests See in context

The small flame did not lose hope

No it did.

On at least two separate occasions yesterday the torch extinguished itself.

They had re-light it from a lantern.

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Posted in: Tokyo area extends shorter business hours over virus rebound worries See in context

Akaba told a lower house committee that it seems "difficult" to resume the campaign before the Golden Week holidays from late April to early May.

At this point they are probably realizing that simply having an Olympics without another SOE (and the world watching) is more important than risking it all with reviving Go To.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay by the numbers See in context

Still undetermined:

Number of additional COVID cases linked to this unnecessary torch run.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 420 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,917 See in context

As of 7:15pm its 1918.

Thats the highest total since February 6th. Back then in early Feb with similar numbers was they announced the extension of the SEO... and thats when the numbers were trending downward.

Now, same numbers, but rending upward.

Get ready for another "emergency". Maybe during Golden Week?

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Posted in: Homare Sawa, runner in first leg of Olympics torch relay, drops out See in context

 citing health reasons

Got the Vid?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 420 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,917 See in context

I just wish the J-gov were announcing this number for a different reason.

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Posted in: Japan spends billions on technology for absent Olympic fans See in context

Why not use that 7.3 billion yen, and other invisible money to give everyone a tax rebate, and more covid money?

Yeah, I demand my 57 yen too.

(7.3b yen ÷ 127m pop)

but at 62 yen costs more just to send everyone a postcard announcing their rebate

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Posted in: Japanese company offers paid leave to grieve if employee’s favorite idol member leaves their group See in context


OK, so your favourite member of PTQ47 leaves the band...

Band? PTQ47 has only 1 member.

He is a French archer.


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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics Official Shop branch closes down four months before Games may or may not start See in context

Shoppers in the west Tokyo neighborhood still have a few days left to visit the store


We regret to inform you that our shop will be closing on March 21st.

"A few days left"??? Today is March 22nd.

Bit of an outdated article, don't ya think?

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