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Posted in: Gargling solution flies off shelves after Osaka governor touts anti-virus effect See in context

Did he buy shares in Meiji Holdings Co. on Monday?

My first thought too. They should investigate his friends, family etc for any recent stock purchases.

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Posted in: Gov't considers stockpiling 'Abenomasks' after delivery plan draws criticism See in context

Wait up a minute, am I reading this right? The government made 280 million expensive, REUSABLE masks for a population of 125 million... Seems like money well spent.

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Posted in: Gov't issues false strong quake alert See in context

I remember last time there was a false alert sent a few years back when I was just about to board the Ginza line. The alert said a Shindo 7 was occurring in Tokyo. Surreal feeling. I'm standing there not feeling a thing and just waiting for it all to come tumbling down around me. Freaky stuff.

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Posted in: Containing virus in Tokyo prerequisite for hosting Olympics: Koike See in context

Koike said she plans to swiftly introduce an ordinance that would mandate the display of stickers certifying that stores or business operators have been carrying out measures against infection.

Stickers! Brilliant. Quick, somebody tell the rest of the world we have a solution to beat covid... Stickers!

"We want to create a situation in which people feel it is safe to visit Tokyo," she said.

No surprises here. The goal is to make people "feel safe". You don't care so much whether people will actually "be safe". The smoke an mirrors continue.

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Posted in: Containing virus in Tokyo prerequisite for hosting Olympics: Koike See in context

There you have it. This is essentially the same as saying the Olympics are cancelled.

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Posted in: Parents arrested after leaving daughters, aged 3 and 1, at home alone for 11 days See in context

Sickos. Get those kids out of there and throw those losers in the slammer.

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Posted in: U.N. report suggests temporary basic income to help world's poorest amid pandemic See in context

To be clear, I'm all for philanthropy and charity for those most in need. Rich countries supporting poor is great. But UBI within a country is the slippery slope.

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Posted in: Amber Heard accuses Depp of throwing bottles like 'grenades' See in context

He said, she said, we'll never know the truth. But I'd put my money on Depp being the real victim here. No doubt he's got substance issues, but my gut tells me Heard is is a nasty piece of work.

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Posted in: U.N. report suggests temporary basic income to help world's poorest amid pandemic See in context

It's a slippery slope. I get why people are attracted to socialism, especially in times like these . But you need to understand, nothing comes for free. There is always a cost/consequence. Best to understand what they are before blindly calling for socialism.

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Posted in: Virus vaccine key for Olympics go-ahead in 2021: Mori See in context

The Olympics are not gonna happen. Even the J-gov can see it now. They just need to dance the dance they always do instead of Getting to the point.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports single-day record of 366 new coronavirus infections See in context

But don't worry. We're on holiday for 4 days now, so testing and confirmed cases will drop until Wednesday next week. Before unexpectedly 'surging' again.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports single-day record of 366 new coronavirus infections See in context

so predictable. Always try to soften the news before delivering it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports single-day record of 366 new coronavirus infections See in context

When I read the article this morning urging people from Tokyo to stay home over the holiday I thought to myself, I bet we see the number break the 300 mark today. And here it is. The government news releases are

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Posted in: Japan's Go To travel subsidy campaign kicks off See in context

"I find it unfair (that Tokyo was excluded)," said a 59-year-old woman living in Tokyo, who was leaving from the city's Haneda airport for a four-day trip with her 62-year-old sister to Hiroshima and Shimane prefectures and elsewhere.

That's because you are self-centered. And, clearly intending to travel regardless. Stop your whining.

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Posted in: EU leaders agree on landmark 750 bil euro recovery deal See in context

So a Union of 27 countries were able to reach an agreement in a matter of days. Meanwhile, the US, a single country with 2 political parties, fight and disagree on everything. And Japan, a single country, with basically one political party, can't even come up with coherent and sensible ideas.

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Posted in: Japan puts digital currencies on policy road map See in context

@kurisupisu

Bitcoin hasn't failed yet.

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Posted in: Japan puts digital currencies on policy road map See in context

And for all those saying that crypto is dangerous because of earthquakes / Nuclear War / EMP and generally the power grid going down for whatever reason, the money doesn't disappear in these circumstances. It just becomes temporarily difficult to access. Once the grid is back up, your asset will still be just as you left it. In the event of nuclear war or EMP taking down the power grid, you've got bigger problems to worry about than your savings... who's to sat fiat paper "money" will be worth anything in that scenario?

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Posted in: Japan puts digital currencies on policy road map See in context

I'm all for digital currencies. Just not the kind controlled by central banks / government.

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Posted in: Gov't rethinks easing crowd limits at events as infections rise See in context

The government will hold a subcommittee meeting in the near future to discuss the pros and cons of easing the crowd limits.

And herein lies the problem. All government decisions are several weeks or months behind what is actually happening. We need speed, clarity and consistency and we have zero chance of getting any of them.

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Posted in: Japan puts digital currencies on policy road map See in context

I'm all for the convenience of a digital currency, but as kyronstavic has pointed out above, it gives a huge amount of power to the central bank / government. They will be able to give and take as they see fit. It's beginning to feel a lot like 1984.

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Posted in: 650 new coronavirus cases reported in Japan; 290 in Tokyo See in context

@yakyak

I think 2 weeks is a much better figure. It would give the Government a chance to save face and come up with a workable plan for the entire country.

Hahaha... They've had 6 months to come up with a "workable plan". But sure, let's give them another 2 weeks for good measure.

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Posted in: Australian state posts record daily increase in new COVID-19 cases See in context

Weddings in the state will be capped 150 people, Berejiklian said, and they must remain seated.

Because of course you can't catch the virus if you're sitting down. Seriously, the Aussie "experts" appear to be taking the same crazy pills as the Japanese "experts".

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Posted in: Virus immunity may disappear within months: study See in context

@virusrex

I won't go through point by point with counter arguments. Let's take a step back. You are getting hung up on finer details and in doing so missing the point. This article/study is not making any conclusive claims. It is merely cautioning against making decisions/policy based on hopes and dreams. You are claiming there is not sufficient evidence to suggest immunity "will" disappear. But the study only suggests it "may" disappear. Just like there is not sufficient evidence to say it "will" disappear, there is also not sufficient evidence to say it "won't" disappear. There's a bunch of smart people working on this around the world. The smartest of which are the ones who admit, "we don't know yet".

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Posted in: Virus immunity may disappear within months: study See in context

@virusrex

The article (and the study) are wrong for one very important point. antibodies are not a perfect surrogate for immunity.

I don't think it's fair to say the article is "wrong". The point of the article (and study) is to say we should not be placing all bets on immunity saving the day. This is a perfectly valid argument.

if the research found that so many of the patients have reduced antibodies it would make sense to see frequently people being reinfected when remaining on a high risk environment, but that is not the case. 

How do you know reinfection is not / won't be frequent? Still too early no? Not to mention primary infections are under-reported and secondary infections likely will be even more so given many will handle it better the second time around.

There are other viruses that are neutralized by immune responses different from antibodies, and there are many other more where the antibodies appear again without problem to stop the complications (thus making any new infection just a mild cold at much).

Yes. But this is not immunity is it. They are reinfected and thus able to infect others.

Until anybody can prove this is not the case you cannot validly say that immunity disappears, you can only say that antibodies do.

You're clearly well versed in science and viruses, so surely you would agree that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

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Posted in: Experts meet on how to prevent Go To campaign from spreading coronavirus See in context

In my expert opinion, the best way for this campaign to avoid the spread of covid is to simply change one word in the name. Instead, let's call it the "Go To Hospital" campaign. This has the added benefit of making sense grammatically.

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Posted in: Experts meet on how to prevent Go To campaign from spreading coronavirus See in context

The Kanji of the year for 2020 certainly has to be "Experts".

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Posted in: ACCJ urges Japan to end 'double standard' re-entry rules See in context

@M3M3M3

International law makes it extremely difficult for countries to refuse their own citizens.

Japan doesn't care about International law.

If Japan could get away with excluding everyone who left at the height of the pandemic, I suspect they would do so, and it would be widely supported by the general public.

I suspect you are wrong about this.

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Posted in: Tokyo to look into theater infections after 30 cases reported See in context

"It is like putting cooling and heating systems on at the same time. I'm not sure how we are supposed to deal with that,"

Every now and then, a politician says something sensible.

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Posted in: Japanese hospitals cut staff bonuses as coronavirus drives them into the red See in context

The Japanese "bonus" system is a joke. They should call it what it really is, a "penalty" system.

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Posted in: Australia's Victoria state records another day of high coronavirus infections See in context

@mazzda

I'm Aussie born and raised and had more than my fair share of schooners. Just putting it a way most on here would understand.

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