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Posted in: Go To Travel push linked to surge in COVID-19 infections: study See in context

its a no brainer that this government campaign would increase the spread of CCP virus.

Hey @OxycodinToday, your statement is more appropriate if you remove the word "campaign".

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Posted in: Go To Travel push linked to surge in COVID-19 infections: study See in context

About 20% of the almost 4,000 COVID-19 cases included in the study during the May to August period were travel-related.

GoTo Travel didn't start until the final week of July.

Imagine if the study period was from Aug to Nov?

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Posted in: Don't shout, don't cheer: Olympic fans face coronavirus curbs See in context


beat me to it.

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Posted in: Kono denies reports of mass vaccine roll-out for general public in May See in context

The daily Yomiuri said the government was aiming to inoculate most of the population by July, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics scheduled to start July 23.

Perhaps this will be an article posted here later today/tomorow, but the mayor of Osaka just announced today:

"It will be impossible to finish vaccinations in Japan by summer... therefore the Olympics should be postponed to 2024."

Additionally, I've seen that other national assembly members have also been stating in the past couple dasys that there should be a negotiation to postpone the Olympics to 2024 (ore even 2028).

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Posted in: 3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals See in context

Take heed Japan.

This is a single sport, with charter flights, featuring players from hardly 2 dozen countries, rigorous testing, a strict 2 week quarantine, and no foreign audience coming in... and yet the virus is geting through.

Might as well cancel the Olympics now and save whatever yen you still can.

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Posted in: Japanese workspace service proposes 'new workstyle' linking telework & all-you-can-drink wine See in context

Suggesting its OK to commute into Shinjuku, fill an enclosed space, drink all day, and just be sure to go home drunk by 8pm.

Seems like a great idea for fighting the spread of the virus while doing some "work".

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

Authorities have worried about the potential spread of infection at bars and restaurants.

As other mentioned, 8pm is a ridiculous line in the sand which means nothing.

Just today, lower on the Japan Today website, is a full length promotional "article" for a restaurant/bar in Shinjuku offering their place as a "telework space with all-you-ca-drink wine".

But... but... its OK to have people ride in on the train to fill a restaurant and drink all day (and maybe do some work), as long as you leave by 8pm.


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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,001 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,133 See in context

Based on serious cases it seems Osaka is suffering more than Tokyo.


The death rate in Osaka is about 2%. Hyogo too.

The death rate in Tokyo is a little less than 1%.

Actually, as of yesterday Osaka has as many total deaths as Tokyo, even though Tokyo has more than twice the total number of cases as Osaka.

Every other prefecture (with a sizable case total) averages about 1 - 1.5%, except in Hokkaido, where the death rate is about 3.5%. Ouch.

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Posted in: Japan to bar entry of foreign athletes during state of emergency See in context

Why? Because of double standards?

No, because Japan does not deny entry to its own citizens...

...just like every other country on earth.

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Posted in: 6 types of English conversation students and how to handle them See in context

I quit teaching English after the first week when the boss questioned my abilities.

I am legally certified unlike most Eikaiwa people.

Sorry to hear you spent the effort to study, practice, develop you abilities, and ultimately get "certiied"... and then just quit after only trying this career you chose in just a week.

Hopefully you found a better profession where you didn't need to waste so much time.

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Posted in: Rolling with the changes: Bridgestone America's CEO on leadership now See in context

In the US it's Bridgestone-Firestone and the tires are manufactured globally.

Bridgestone owns Firestone.

Back in the 1980s Firestone was on the verge of collapse, so they got bought out.

"Bridgestone-Firestone" is not a partnership, Firestone is a subsidiary.

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

Because this is their country, not ours!

As a PR myself, I also know I still have citizenship (and full rights and representation) in my home country. This is what citizenship gets.

So if I want to live with a guarentee of those rights and representation, I know that I should either go back to my country, or become a Japanese citizen.

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Posted in: Rolling with the changes: Bridgestone America's CEO on leadership now See in context

Few Americans know that Bridgestone is actually a Japanese company, and the name is simply a translated reversal of the founder's name Ishibashi 石橋 "stone bridge".

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Posted in: Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo prefectures to request state of emergency See in context

Just 5 days ago Osaka Gov Hirofumi Yoshimura specifically stated he would NOT seek a State of Emergency since he felt that Osaka was managing the virus fine.

It took him only 4 days to completely flip-flop, as if things suddenly got worse.

Such a pathetic "leader".



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Posted in: Japanese approval of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine unlikely until May See in context


@divinda I hope that's not the case. Because that would mean trading the life of people for econompic or political gain.

I also don't think they are intent to trade the life of people for econompic or political gain.... but "gain" of anything not the case here.

They are looking cover their buttocks and avoid responsibility. And you know that Japanese politicians will do just about anything to save face.

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Posted in: Japanese approval of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine unlikely until May See in context

I'm beginning to think vaccine approval has to do with the Olympics. Hear me out:

If Japan cancels the event, then the country is on the hook for all the bills.

If the IOC cancels, then Japan has less obligation on the bills, particularly those being paid to the IOC.

Obviously, neither wants to cancel since the IOC wants to be paid, yet Japan doesn't want to be required to pay the IOC under their contract. (Hence why it took so long to "agree" to postpone the games last spring).

So, by way of their arcane vaccine approval requirements (which can actually be deferred in the case of an emergency), it may be that Japan is trying to force the hand of the IOC (and all the member countries). Because if the member countries start to bail out (like what was starting to happen last spring) then the IOC would need to act, and thus take the responsibility for the (inevitable) cancellation.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 1,591 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,001 See in context

And 65 deaths.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 1,591 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,001 See in context

As of 9pm, the total new cases for today is now 6,001.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 1,591 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,001 See in context

As of 6:15pm there are 5,300+ reported new cases nationwide for today. Another new record.

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Posted in: It's very tough to battle the epidemic while we have few weapons and the only thing we can do is make requests for restraints on activities. See in context

And I dont get it why people dont understand that the japanese government dont have the right to force something.

If a restaurant was the source of a salmonella out break, the government health department would shut it down immediately, order disinfection, possibly fine the owner, and probably rule in favor of any victem suing them.

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Posted in: Suga denies need for state of emergency as cumulative infections top 200,000 See in context

@Burning Bush: Though I agree using the cumulative 200,000 is probably more for headline effect, it is significant for where the article points out this:

Cumulative infections in the country topped 200,000 on Monday, taking less than two months to double. It took nine and a half months from when the first case was diagnosed in January to reach the 100,000 mark.

So perhaps a more shocking headline would be "Japan's Total COVID Cases Double in Less Than Two Months"

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Posted in: Pfizer files request for COVID-19 vaccine approval in Japan See in context

Even if it is March that is 3 months after any other developed country

You have no idea what you are talking about.

Canada, who approved it last week, will get their delivery in March.

The EU has not approved it yet, including Germany, which is where this vaccine was partly developed and tested. Therefore their delivery dates are still unknown.

NZ and Australia also did not approve it yet. Therefore their delivery dates are also still unknown.

Several Middle Eastern and Latin American countries did approve it in the past week or so (do you consider them "developed"?) but their first deliveries will also be staggered over the next several months.

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Posted in: Pfizer files request for COVID-19 vaccine approval in Japan See in context


Japan is getting is much later because as usual, the government probably had to schedule a zillion meetings to dare say it, take a gamble ( very very unjapanese ) on a medicine that hasn't been approved. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Too many people in all levels of management all too scared to make decisions that involve any risk.

Bit of a paradox you are describing there. So you'd prefer Japan to "take a gamble", and that in regards to the lives of the Japanese people they should not be "all too scared to make decisions that involve any risk" ?

If that happened, I'd be pretty confident that many of the same people here complaining about how "late" March is (as well as across the Japanese citizenry) would then be complaining that the government was going too quickly to approve an experimental vaccine and that they were gambling with people's lives.

There are 200+ countries on the planet, all vying to get this Pfizer vaccine with their own deals and reservations, and not even a dozen have already approved it (and many of those that did have done so in the past week).

Canada apporoved it a week ago and may start taking delivery in March as well. Thats because it takes actual time to produce hundreds of million doses of vaccines. Not to mention the logistics of delivery, storage, and injection (there aren't even the billions of glass viles needed in physical existence yet on earth to even put this vaccine into).

So all things considered, March ain't that slow, not to mention how dozens of countries have a much much much more dire need for vaccine relief right now than Japan.

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Posted in: Pfizer files request for COVID-19 vaccine approval in Japan See in context

Japan needs to speed up the procedures and start vaccinating before March. 

Why would it need to take so long?

March is very late, vaccinating the most vulnerable needs to start ASAP

To everyon complaining about starting no earlier than March:

They can't get delivery until at least March. The first several million (maybe 100+ million) doses have already been bought and alotted to the US, UK, and possibly others.

Japan, like every other country on earth, has to wait in the queue since the role out of any vaccine is first come (wiuth their checkbook) and first served.

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Posted in: Tokyo raises healthcare alert to highest level after virus cases soar to 822 See in context

And over 3,200 new cases for the country today, which is also a new daily record.

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Posted in: Aoki releases 'Pajama Suits' for comfortable telework with a sharp look See in context

Wow, not much love in the votes for Aoki.

I've never shopped there, but what, are they some kind of Black Company?

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Posted in: Osaka opens facility for severe COVID-19 patients with SDF support See in context

While the SDF should be applauded for their help, in reality many of the soldiers and leadership are doing this reluctantly, annoyed that they are being called in to bail out what they currently see as a preventable emergency that is mainly the result of bad policy and negligent risk assessment.

If all that could have been done to mitigate this latest coronavirus spike was actually implemented (like closing businesses and schools, stopping mass attendance sports events, more abruptly ending the ridiculous Go To campaigns) then indeed, the SDF would have felt more compelled in their duty to serve, but now many SDF feel they are just rescuing idiotic politicians and their clearly avoidable mistakes.

Now the SDF's biggest fear is that a real, unpredicted emergency for which they are suppose to handle may arise (earthquake, tsunami, blizzard, foreign military action, etc) which would then spread them unnecessarily thin.

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Posted in: Koike says vaccines give hope for Olympics but worried about complaceny over virus See in context

Suga finally announced a decision to halt the GoTo tourism campaign nationwide from Dec. 28 to Jan. 11 during the holiday travel season.

Why no mention in this article that Tokyo locations will be excluded from Go To Travel starting beforehand on Dec 18?

Though for residents of Tokyo, you are still allowed to Go To anywhere still in the program at a discount between now and Dec 28... because, ya know, nobody in Tokyo has the virus and can't possibly spread it elsewhere.

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Posted in: Aoki releases 'Pajama Suits' for comfortable telework with a sharp look See in context

A pretty cool idea actually. And their website is available in English too.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 305 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,667 See in context

Perhaps a better way to see the positive rate is to look at the weekly average.

In Tokyo, for the past week (Dec 6-13) there were about 3500 positive cases, and for the suggested corresponding testing days (Dec 3-10) there were about 45,000 total tests.

Thats a positive rate of about 7.7%, which isn't very high, but way higher than other countries which have things under control (and double the 3 to 4% rate in Tokyo from a couple months ago).

But then again, Japan doesn't willy-nilly test everyone since they try to "target" most of their testing on symptomatic or exposed people (so its hard to compare to other countries), yet this also means lots and lots of asymptomatic or low symptom cases are floating around... unknown.

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