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Posted in: Japanese hospital worker infected with coronavirus after 2 vaccine shots See in context

Dangerous even reporting this. No one ever said the vaccine will prevent infection. It's efficacy is about it preventing death and serious illness. The virus itself is a part of life from here to the end of humanity.

Japan is doing a fabulous job of doing it ALL wrong.

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Posted in: Rapid coronavirus testing centers to open at Tokyo's Haneda airport See in context

What's the point of having them in the domestic terminals? And such low numbers per day, 1 single domestic 777 or A350-900 carries over 300 passengers. How many of those take off every single hour on domestic flights?

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Posted in: Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators See in context

This country has the slowest escalators I've seen anywhere in the world. Need to double the speed and maybe fewer people will feel the need to walk. In Hong Kong you don't see people walking up and down them, but they are significantly faster than here.

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Posted in: Japan to get first batches of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from U.S. See in context

Yup, still plan just to go to US and get J&J.

Moderna, too many reported harsh side effects on 2nd dose.

Don't trust AZ at all.

Pfizer fine but Japan will have its thumb up it's arse way too long to wait for it.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Imperial Hotel to be rebuilt See in context

They'd attract a lot more customers by partnering with a Western chain and doing a refurb than rebuilding. Visitors book Marriott, Hilton (Conrad), IHG, Hyatt, etc. because of perceived quality of rooms, service and international loyalty (point) programs... Plus business travelers expensive accounts and corporate contracts don't hurt.

Don't know why some of the Japanese luxury hotels still don't get it and remain fiercely independent. Mori's Andaz does so well because it's part of Hyatt, not because of location or building particularly.

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Posted in: Japan to lift Tokyo area state of emergency as planned on Sunday See in context

So how about GoTo? I have a trip planned that I would appreciate the discount on.

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Posted in: Vaccinations for elderly to begin in populous areas in limited supply See in context

This is just stupid. I'll be making my appointment in America as soon as I can guarantee the J&J shot. Won't see it in Japan anytime this year otherwise.

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Posted in: Kono warns of slower pace of COVID vaccine shots for elderly after supply delay See in context

What a joke. Good ole BJ on the news today saying the entire UK population will have at least their 1st shot by the end of July. We won't even have started under 60s by then.

Someone said be grateful, it's free. Lol! You're funny. I'm perfectly willing to pay a hefty surcharge to skip the queue, I'm willing to fly (twice) to any relaxed quarantine country to get it done and over with because I, like many people, just want to f@ing travel somewhat normally again and get out of this bassakward country from time to time.

Japanese are going to be the last people in the developed world allowed to travel freely due to these douchebags in the government.

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Posted in: Should Spotify payments go to artists you actually listen to? See in context

I frankly don't see how it will make a difference. If the pool is being distributed based on who has the most streams, wouldn't that be exactly the same if it's broken down by individual users? Wouldn't the same number of individual users still be streaming the same amount of Drake, Ariana Grande, etc?

I can see where it might feel more rewarding to individual users who listen to new & upcoming artists to be directly contributing, but the end result will still be the same.

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Posted in: Saitama begins plans to regulate how to use escalators; prohibit walking up and down See in context

This is so stupid. If you want to prevent walking, then turn up the speed. Japan has the slowest escalators in the world. It's faster to walk up the stairs beside them. Hong Kong is a good example to copy, they are fast and efficient.

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Posted in: Japan may delay COVID-19 timetable for inoculating elderly See in context

As well the US military already vaccinated it's personnel in Japan including non-Japanese civilian employees.

I'm sure too a fair few of us will get it in our home countries that didn't dilly-dally around for so long. It'll be available to general populations before summer in some countries.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 734 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,574 See in context

Vaccine roll out NOW. Numbers can go to Zero per day

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Posted in: Japan set to extend state of emergency for up to another month See in context

Simple answer Suga, start the vaccines NOW!

SOEs aren't going to be effective anymore, people are outright tired of this bullshite. Bars and restaurants are full, no masks anywhere inside and quite a few staying open after 8pm.... ghast!

Let the vaccines start for those who don't mind getting it now, let the whiners wait until it's been "studied" for months and months. You'll have plenty of people standing in line right now for it and we can get this over with much sooner than later.

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

It's absolutely disgraceful how long they are waiting to roll this out. I'll be able to fly to the US and get it before I can get it here at this pace even with the disaster the US rollout is.

They could have tested it on Japanese people months ago while the Phase 3 trials were going on around the world which would have actually allowed them to have their precious Olympics. What a joke these health ministers are.

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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

Just approve the damn vaccine and we can be over this in a few months and not worry about what bars are staying open late or who and why are drinking there.

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Posted in: Minister, expert suggest coronavirus emergency extension See in context

Seems punitive to me, they are mad people don't care anymore...

Want to make a real impact, fast track the vaccine that is already approved by the world's two major drug approval agencies. Japanese bodies aren't "that different" that we need to hold this off for 3 months after Europe and the US are already getting it.

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Posted in: Unplanned pregnancies occurring among teens, young women during pandemic See in context

Gee, here's a novel idea, how about actively promoting the pill or IUDs? Girls generally don't even consider it as an option, instead get multiple abortions before they are 30... absolutely ridiculous when the solution is there and relatively cheap.

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Posted in: Japan to keep Go To Travel campaign running despite virus surge See in context

I get the economy needs to function but why not keep travel to home prefectures? 

Right, imagine the excitement of restricting travel to within Tokyo prefecture, or Osaka fu... Ha!, we have the excitement of Okutama and Takao. These examples of home prefectures are great to live and work in but get REALLY boring otherwise. Mental health is important to keep the economy going through all of this.

People going out of town need to take usual precautions. But maintaining distance is much easier to do outside of Tokyo than within.

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Posted in: JR East releases first-ever rail pass for international residents in Japan See in context

I have a wife and kids who are all japanese, and my joy is travelling with my family, so not going to use this

Your wife I understand, but why in the world don't your kids have your passport? I would never leave my kids with Japanese citizenship as their only option. (hint, adult dual-citizenship, while still not officially allowed is quite easy to maintain if one knows how the system works).

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Posted in: 89-year-old ex-top bureaucrat pleads not guilty over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

2) require that all cars on public roads be equipped with speed limiter technology.

@yokohamarides, 96kph isn't a speed that's illegal in Japan, so speed limiting technology wouldn't help here.

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Posted in: Japan reports 1,021 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday; 260 in Tokyo See in context

Furthermore, we are told clearly here NOT to go see the doctor or the ER unless symptoms have become bad. So testing positive in and of itself usually does not result in hospitalization. I don’t think asymptomatic people are ever hospitalized here.

That's where Japan went wrong in the beginning. I think they've relaxed it now, but earlier on if you tested positive then you were required to stay in a hospital. There wasn't an option to recover at home. Inability to get tested without mandatory hospitalization led to asymptomatic and folks with light cases not knowing their status and being out in public.

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Posted in: Mystery as Argentine sailors infected with virus after 35 days at sea See in context

It can live on surfaces for plenty long enough to infect people, saw something else that it can live in shoes for up to 9 days... but my bet would also be that it was on the supplies loaded on the boat just before departure. Or someone had a sneaky pint at the local pub during quarantine.

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Posted in: Marriott expands AC Hotels brand to Japan See in context

It'll be way overpriced like every other hotel under Marriott (and Hilton) in Tokyo. They are quite proud of their Courtyard hotels in the same area that are no nicer than most Japanese brand business hotels. Far more reasonable in Kansai than here, don't know how you can justify 25k-30k yen for a Courtyard anywhere in the world.

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Posted in: The ultimate battle for ham sandwich supremacy – we examine Japan’s convenience store sandwiches See in context

Everyone knows a ham sandwich should have mustard, not mayonnaise. All the combini ones suck equally for that reason alone.

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Posted in: Shonan beaches to be without huts, life guards for summer See in context

There are thousands of beaches around the world with no lifeguards and yet people still go swim there all the time, don't be a crappy swimmer and have some common sense. Personal responsibility is a real thing in most of the world, so time to learn it here too.

Actually it'll be nice this summer with no lifeguards around, clearing the water to do their hourly checks, making everyone get out for 5 minutes at 5pm to absolve themselves of liability.... all the usual bulls***t we have to endure to go to the beach in Japan... oh, maybe no rent-a-cops at Zushi to tell us no beer on the beach... actually this may be a good thing overall.

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Posted in: ANA enhances Premium Economy service See in context

Agree with Gyouza, ANA's policies are very inflexible and not exactly customer friendly... typical of a Japanese company I supposed, but I've found JAL to be just as inflexible... my gripe comes from seat assignments on Codeshare flights on their planes. Both ANA and JAL absolutely refuse to do it before airport check-in. This is absolute bullocks! I've personally not encountered this situation before where an airline will happily assign seats in advance for anyone using their flight #, but refuse for people on the same exact flight using the codeshare flight #.

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Posted in: 28 injured after mudslide derails train at Yokosuka See in context

Please don't further encourage the overly cautious nature of the train lines here. This accident could have happened well after the rain stopped, a mudslide doesn't need rain falling at the moment to occur.

The safety of trains in Japan is among the best in the world, to the point that they cancel services for absolutely ridiculous reasons quite regularly. I can see shutting down during a bona-fide typhoon, but how often is the Tokaido line shut down for a little bit of "wind", or the Shinkansen shut down because someone sneezed on the train? Look at trains in many parts of Europe, they wouldn't be able to run any kind of regular schedule without being able to operate in difficult conditions.

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Posted in: Man arrested over hit-and-run death of woman in Tochigi See in context

It's regrettable what happened, but in all reality, it probably was the woman's fault. I see people all the time, occupied with cell phones or not... walking or riding bicycles, etc. that are just ignorant and/or arrogant about vehicles on the street. People need to be a lot more conscious about their own safety rather than relying on the driver of a car to predict their unpredictable behavior.

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