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Posted in: Woman falls to death while rock climbing in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

"An eyewitness said she was attempting to retie the rope when she fell..."

This should not happen if the knot is tied properly - grave error on her part and any other person that might have been next to her who should have checked.

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Posted in: Japan reports 37,143 coronavirus cases See in context

Talk about twisting facts...

JTC Today 12:43 am JST

I am not "vaccinated" against COVID, and I stand-by, my own personal reasons for not being vaccinated against this virus.

Take Malaria as an example... it exists in Japan, not common place, though exists apparently... we have a lot of mosquitos here....

https://idsc.niid.go.jp/iasr/18/213/tpc213.html

And if you look at the US based CDC web page of inoculations they recommend for visitors to Japan ...

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/japan

(But not... Malaria)

Because domestic cases of malaria are extremely rare... read the report you quoted about how people were infected in Japan. Even if 1 case then you could say every disease exits in Japan... but not common place. Should we me vaccinated for every possible disease a vaccine protects from - no, of course not. Is Covid extemely rare... no. Are you at risk in Japan - yes. Just because you claim it is mild for you does not apply to everyone else.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 6,922 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 49,733 See in context

Mask wearing and basic hygiene have been good in Japan (as always) and they have escaping the worst effects of the earlier virus versions. New strains are so much better at spreading that I do not think it can be stopped as easily - example Shainghai. All people need to be fully vaccinated to protect the health service.

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Posted in: What not to do when hiking in Japan See in context

The writer's advice:

If you find yourself lost or in danger:

Call emergency rescue by dialing 119.

Stop, think and stay calm.

If there is no immediate danger, stay put.

As a last resort, follow a stream downhill.

You would be better retracing your steps and following the path back. One thing you should never do is follow a stream downhill if you do not know the terrain. In Japan the mountains are relatively geologically young, so they are steep and prone to landslides. Many stream valleys have waterfalls and big vertical drops. Unless you have local knowledge of the area, or a map and experience to judge the terrain, you should not go down a stream valley. In general, you would be safer staying on the ridge.

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Posted in: What not to do when hiking in Japan See in context

The writer warns about bears but around Chuzenjiko giant hornets are a bigger threat - the area is full of them. If you disturb them they will attack. Only place I got stung by one during my first 6 months in Japan (in 1992) when I stood on a fallen tree trunk on the lake shore for a view. I was very lucky to get only one sting as many others were emerging when I got out of the way. Leg calf swollen double size for 5 days. Not something you would want on your neck. After that (25 years) I was worried about anaphylactic shock from a second sting. Almost every time I went to wilder places around Nikko I saw them. I did a lot of bushwalking in Japan but there are risks. For most people it is better to follow the Japanese standard advice - stay on the path. Many Japanese hikers wear full length trousers and often long sleeved shirts, even in summer.

As it happened I did walk into a bear the next morning on a trail to Ashio from the lake. We were less than 3 feet apart with a bush between us. The bear looked just as shocked as I was and ran up a steep incline and into a hole. A dog could not run that fast up such a steep slope... wouldn't like to try and out run one. While bear bells are good advice you rarely see any wildlife if you carry one but you can see the advantages of using one.

Outdoor Club Japan

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Posted in: Miyakejima: Power and serenity far from central Tokyo See in context

Didn't mention the campsites which are very good and free last time I went. There was a road to one of the black beaches with a shrine nearby that got covered in pyroclastic flow last time. Hope it has regenerated. That area was always ringing loudly with the sound of suzumushi and renouned for bird watching. Cycling is a good way to spend 2 or 3 (better) days travelling around the island.

Due to rugged cliffs many places are difficult to enter the water for a swim.

Outdoor Club Japan

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Posted in: Japan to allow up to 10,000 arrivals daily from April 10 See in context

Also, The Uk has already lost 170-200,000 people to covid but Japan less than 30,000. Even after losing 200,000 vulnerable people they are still losing 4 times as many as Japan on a daily basis adjusting for population.

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Posted in: Japan to allow up to 10,000 arrivals daily from April 10 See in context

Rodney

Its true that a lot of Brits have it, but if we had anywhere near the amount of testing they do in the uk here in Japan I think you’d we are not far off the UK numbers here - we have a similar number of people dying of it as they do in the UK

The numbers dying in Japan are around a hundred a day, in the UK about 200 a day. Don't forget that the population in Japan is roughly double that of the UK. So that is a factor of 4. Japan has a quarter of the deaths compared to the UK adjusting for population. And that is with an older population as well!

Border controls are poinless now against BA.2 if it is already spreading internally and the population is vaccinated. Sadly, in the UK now it takes a week to pass the daily death rate at the peak of the pandemic and nobody seems to care - no controls at all, no masks needed. This death rate just keeps going week after week, month after month. It could stay this way for a long time.

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Posted in: M4.7 quake jolts Tokyo area See in context

Peter

Lets hope thats it, and nothing follows. Hope everyone is unharmed.

Unfortunately the rock stress is irreversibly building and the big one is on it's way sooner or later. Historical analysis of data shows that regular large Japanese earthquakes that are later than expected are more powerful. Kanto is long overdue.

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Posted in: Japan's top business lobby calls for border controls to be eased more See in context

When this wave recedes it is time to open up. Visitors to Japan will most likely still have to show proof of double or triple vaccination and a negative test prior to departure, a test on entry, and another several days later.

They will not make any difference to infection rates except the later risk of new variants, and current strict conditions did not stop omicron getting in anyway.

Japanese people want to travel and Japan needs visitors while the situation is good between April and the next expected wavein summer. The country cannot stay closed for good-this is not the 17th century.

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Posted in: Offshore wind farms could help capture carbon from air and store it long-term, saving money See in context

There will be no choice other than try and keep up with global warming and extract as much CO2 as possible. It is causing other greenhouse gasses to be released like massive stores of methane. All those decades of burning fossil fuels have to be reversed by putting CO2 in the gound. Just like the decommissioning of nuclear stations, storing spent fuel and contamination, there is a real future cost of cleaning up the damage done by burning petrol, oil, coal, and gas.

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Posted in: 27th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake observed See in context

Only been there 2-3 years then and that is when I started living in modern apartments only 3 storeys high made of reinforced concrete. A rope on my balcony with camping equipment and food supplies. Would advise all Tokyo residents to do that now for the impending big one.

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Posted in: Buyers of condos to be converted from Olympic village sue developers See in context

Clock is ticking down to the big one in Tokyo - this kind of area is the last place I would want to live and take a mortgage out on property. Will look more like Atlantis when the earthquake and flood have taken their toll.

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Posted in: Czech billionaire buys 27% stake in West Ham See in context

We all eat crumbs that fall of the tables of the rich...

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Posted in: Head to Yuzawa Kogen Panorama Park for a colorful adventure this autumn See in context

Please correct the article - Yuzawa is not in the Japanese Alps.

"What better place is there to witness this explosion of colors than up in the Japanese Alps?".

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