@kurisupisu " If the ritual of honoring the war dead in Japan is so innocuous and praiseworthy, then why don’t counties in Asia do so?" I don't know about Asia, but I know America honors the Vietnam war dead. What business did America have incinerating, raping and pillaging the Vietnamese?
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Awa no Gaijin wrote "All of the worlds 4000 religions ?" in response to the claim "Religion is just a very efficient means of social control, All of them". While I agree that it's hardly accurate to say "all of them", but of the ones that have the most influence on social mores, customs and beliefs and behavior, I would argue that that is demonstratively accurate. Also, all religions make claims about the supernatural which none have a single shred of evidence of. The authority from which claims are espoused is elevated as sacred in many religions and the regulations and customs surrounding beliefs vis a vis ritual, edicts etc. most certainly serve to control followers to keep them in lockstep with "the flock".
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"Comaprivte safety to what countries? To the US and developing nations, yes, agreed. To Western Europe, the UK, Canada and New Zealand, very much disagree." Japan ranks 170 out of 172 countries for homicide rate @ 0.26 per 100,000. Only Singapore, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra rank lower. Monaco, San Marino, and Andorra have equal rates. Singapore's is 0.16. By comparison, Canada's is 1.76, New Zealand's 0.74, the UK's 1.20. The stats don't disagree...
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"say that to that little girl's parents" cheap shot that ignores the comparative safety of Japan to other countries. You could open up a newspaper for any other country and say the same thing "say that to the little boy/girl's parents"...way to use the death of a kid to not make a point you think you've made
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"scientists of every country have the evidence to prove it" How much of the data has been suppressed or dismissed as having an unsure correlation? You don't know...and neither do I. I do know several people who have had serious adverse effects including my son who has had nerve damage since his 2nd shot. No scientist saw him, only a doctor who said there's nothing that can be done.
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"(As a Dad of kids with a Japanese mum and 15 years in Japan)"...as a dad of 5 kids with a Japanese mum and 30 years in Japan...I disagree.
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"only a tiny minuscule risk"...how do we know?
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"Anything to try and make money"...pretty much the goal of any business
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"Guidelines need to be established to end discrimination based on how one looks" If there is an issue with visa overstays the profile is "foreign" which can often be determined by "how one looks"
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I've been married 30 years and haven't talked about the war once. I have never been in one and neither has she. We have more important and relevant things to discuss, like our children.
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"a 25-year-old right-handed starter for the Pittsburgh Pirates named Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter while tripping on LSD."...He also walked 8
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" feel free to make that choice" Of course, this goes without saying. At least it does in Japan
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100,000 detected new cases per day. Considering the amount of asymptomatic cases there are that number is likely 10 times as much. How has that affected ICUs? How lethal is the omicron strain? What are the ramifications of taking booster shots? Would it be more prudent to wait until all the data settles before the science is settled on that front? I'm on the fence vis a vis the booster shot.
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Cool Hand Luke, Room with a View, the Crying Game
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Ian: As for the efficacy of current vaccines, it's clear it wanes. How effective will the next batch be? Neither you nor I know. What are the long term negative effects? Neither you nor I know that either. Where is the comprehensive data on adverse effects? Well, "some" are published on the WHO site as well as sites like the CDC's...However, according to this from a Japanese senior health ministry official regarding the 1,325 deaths that followed vaccinations "It's difficult to assess in a short period of time whether a death was due to the vaccine or not," a senior health ministry official explained. The World Health Organization has not requested cause of death determinations for individual cases,"...In other words...we don't know (we including you and me)
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justasking: "Why can't Japan evaluate 99% of the 1,325 deaths following COVID vaccinations?" https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20211119/p2a/00m/0na/042000c
From the article: ""It's difficult to assess in a short period of time whether a death was due to the vaccine or not," a senior health ministry official explained. The World Health Organization has not requested cause of death determinations for individual cases,"
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Ian: That's the topic that concerns me
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justasking wrote re comprehensive data on covid vaccine adverse effects: "It’s in every country’s health department website. There’s also one in WHO’s website." No, it's not
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Ian: "Clearly having education isn't the same with being educated" Educate me vis a vis the adverse effects of covid vaccines. You can't, because that data is not available, so neither you nor I are educated on the matter.
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justasking: "Where's the logic in that?" Where's the comprehensive data on adverse effects of those 4,600,000,000?
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wtfjapan: " tiny chance" I'd like to know exactly how "tiny" that chance is, however, pharmaceutical companies that are making billions upon billions are not legally bound to disclose their data on exactly how "tiny" that chance is.
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wtfjapan: "what makes you thing covid vaccines will be the same," All I've said is pharmaceutical companies have a history of concealing adverse side effects, which they have a legal right to do, so it's not illogical to assume they are capable of doing so vis a vis covid data. Yes, I've been double vaccinated because I've taken a risk/benefit approach, but that doesn't mean I should reserve skepticism regarding companies who have been fined billions for "concealing negative effects" of their products in the past, including Japanese pharmaceutical company, Takeda, for "concealing associative bladder cancer risks" for one? I'll reserve my credulity, thanks. Too bad we aren't privy to ALL the data. That would go a long way in allowing people to make educated decisions based on facts and not internet hearsay either way.
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wtfjapan: "so far where are these lethal side effects your refering too?" I'm referring to the suits filed against pharmaceutical companies who have been find for such things as "failing to warn of lethal side effects" We are smack dab in the middle of the Age of Information...I suggest Google as a search engine and inputing "list of largest pharmaceutical settlements" You'll find your answer there. You're welcome
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Ian wrote "Just don't forget, when/if you get infected, choose omicron, not delta" I've been double vaccinated for the delta variant...first vaccination late September, 2nd vaccination mid October. Insufficient?
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I'll wait for the next, more lethal variant when we'll be told that the current vaccine is not suitable for it...I'll take my chances with the Omi-sniffles
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virusrex "the available scientific evidence"...When pharmaceutical companies have the legal right to withhold data for 75 years, the "available" scientific evidence is insufficient, especially considering those same pharmaceutical companies have lost legal suits for billions of dollars for such things as ""failing to warn of lethal side side effects" ""concealing associative bladder cancer risks" etc
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Alfie Noakes wrote "Toyota's so far behind they're lobbying the US government to slow down the EV revolution. Won't be long until they'll be asking for Japanese govt subsidies..." OK...but there's this: Toyota tops global auto sales in 2021 for 2nd year in row
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In the age of mass-automation and AI in which 50% of current jobs will have been made obsolete within the next 25 years, fewer people on an archipelago roughly the size of California is prudent. That 61% bodes well for Japan's future as Japanese families will continue to have children, just not an unsustainable number of them.
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