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Posted in: China triumphant one year after Wuhan lockdown See in context

Wuhan's wet markets throng with shoppers

Where it all began.

But don't say that to China. They will tell you that COVID was imported on frozen food products.

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Posted in: Vaccines not prerequisite for Tokyo Olympics: Kato See in context

Olympics over the welfare of your own country. Yeah, that seems about right for these know nothing politicians.

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Posted in: 49-year-old disqualified exam-taker arrested over refusal to leave toilet See in context

At 49 you think he wouldn't act like a petulant little brat.

He is probably related to the fellow who refused to wear a mask on the Peach Aviation flight in September.

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Posted in: Pedal patrol See in context

Distance = rate X time.

Does he even notice the train approaching from his left? I am guessing so since this was not a headline in the news this morning.

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

Many hospitals in the country are struggling to accommodate the increasing number of patients due to a shortage of beds and staff, raising concerns that the medical system could collapse if infections continue to surge.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held a meeting with senior officials of medical associations in Japan, at which he asked for their support in securing more beds for patients with the virus.

I guess the prime minister does not understand that a shortage of beds means that it is impossible to secure more beds for patients with the virus.


No hospital in Japan should have the right to turn away patients with the virus.

They are not turning away patients with the virus. It is non-COVID patients who are being turned away.

In a press conference Wednesday, Nakagawa said the medical system has been increasingly overwhelmed, with some hospitals forced to turn away non-COVID patients.

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Posted in: Suga announces new measures to stem virus surge, including penalties, review of medical system See in context

Waited too long to get a handle on something everyone could see was out of control back in November. Guess they had to convene a meeting to confirm the committee that holds another special session to approve the panel's recommendations that gets faxed and then requires everyone's hanko. Too little, too late.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 970 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,535 See in context

Time to lift the state of emergency!!

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Posted in: Suga, Bill Gates agree vaccines key for Tokyo Olympics See in context

I guess you can include Japan among those developing countries he and his new buddy Gates talked about, because it sure seems we are behind the developed world in getting vaccines into the arms of those living in Japan.

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Posted in: 10 die in snow-related incidents over weekend See in context

Ah, the falling off the roof report.

People lose their lives and in typical JT commenter's fashion, we get these kind of comments. Show some respect for the recently deceased.

Just this morning of my student's that I teach had his house burn to the ground, the mother's whereabouts are unknown, the father had to be transported to the hospital. Do you want to comment on how they should have done this or that to prevent their house from burning down?

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Posted in: Gov't to consider new COVID-19 state of emergency declaration See in context

I forgot to add. If an emergency declaration is declared and then subsequently lifted sometime in February, we can expect the GO TO campaign to be promoted heavily once again.

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Posted in: Gov't to consider new COVID-19 state of emergency declaration See in context

No alcohol after 7. Don't go out after 8?!?

Great. This will cause more people to cram into restaurants and shopping areas earlier in the day before abiding by the emergency declarations to return home.

Can't anyone think on their own without being told what to do?

It is just beating a dead horse with this issue.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context

This should be the top afternoon headline.

From NHK World News:

Japan stepping up preparations for vaccinations.

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Posted in: S Korea expands ban on small gatherings to tackle coronavirus surge See in context

Every country should be banning all social gatherings no matter the size. It is simple math. Two people, one infected and one not can lead to two infections. One infected person among multiple gatherings can increase numbers exponentially.

Don't make 2021 another repeat of 2020. Haven't we learned ANYTHING in the past year.

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Posted in: New Year arrives with U.S. topping 20 million COVID cases See in context

2021 is the year of the cow and the word vaccine is from the latin word vacca meaning cow.

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Posted in: Mochi may be even more dangerous in 2021 due to coronavirus See in context

What is the most important thing when making mochi?


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Posted in: Mochi may be even more dangerous in 2021 due to coronavirus See in context

Here is a little quiz:

What is the most important thing when making mochi?

Hint: Think だじゃれ or pun.

Answer to follow at 9 tonight.

Happy New Year JT readers.

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Posted in: Mochi may be even more dangerous in 2021 due to coronavirus See in context

Q: Should one be careful whe eating mochi?

A: Mochiron.

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Posted in: Beijing Winter Olympics nearing amid fears of Tokyo's cancellation See in context

The 2022 Olympics in China.

The epicenter the pandemic. Can't wait to see what propaganda they throw at the world in the months leading up to the games. Should be quite an opening ceremony.

Many countries don't thnk very highly of China. Again, should make for a very interesting international crisis, I mean games.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor warns of explosion in COVID-19 cases See in context

Experts said vaccine makers would need to run at least Phase I and II trials in Japan before seeking approval for use.

This is for Japanese vaccine makers.

From Nikkei Asia website article dated November 28:

Japan looks to begin distribution of COVID-19 vaccines by the March end of the fiscal year as clinical trials on a number of candidates move forward.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 856 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,571 See in context

Do you see a pandemic and do you see ambulances all day long rushing the covid patient to ER? 

People who test positive don't need an ambulance. They go to the hospitals on their own. There, at the hospital, they will hopefully recover.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 856 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,571 See in context

From NHK:曜日ごとの最多を更新するのは15日連続です。

In other words:

This marks 15 straight days where a new record has been reached for that particular day of the week.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 481 new coronavirus cases; nationwide cases 2,382 See in context

More cases this Tuesday than last Tuesday. The same goes for everyday over the last two weeks.

Unfortunately case are trending us not down.

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Posted in: Japan to suspend new entry of all nonresident foreign nationals from abroad See in context

The man was not subject to quarantine at airports because of his occupation

Health inspector #1: Shouldn't we have inspected him?

Health inspector #2: Nah, he's a pilot. He should be fine.

1: I guess your right. Next person in line please step forward.

Japan Today Headline February 1, 2021:

Coronavirus variant is now confirmed in all prefectures. Nationwide infections set new daily records.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for slashing shopping mall customer with sickle See in context


There are disturbed individuals in every country, not just Japan.

And they are not everywhere. Have lived here for over 20 years and have traveled extensively throughout my adopted homeland and somehow I have yet to come across these so called 'nutcases'.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 888 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,737 See in context


Information about the number of deaths in Tokyo can be found here:

You can see the total number of total deaths and also the number of daily deaths by clicking on the link that is titled 'Click here to see a running total of deaths over time'

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Posted in: Millions of Sydney residents asked to limit Christmas festivities to fight COVID cluster See in context


Without such strong measures cases will exponentially increase and they will soon find themselves dealing with hundreds if not thousands of daily cases.

Hats off to the Austrailian government and Austrailians for doing what is necessary in order to have a quicker recovery than countries who health care systems are under tremendous strains all because people do whatever they want without thinking of anyone but themselves. JFK's words from his inaugural speech have never been so relevant.

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Posted in: Suga hopes to visit U.S. in February for talks with Biden See in context

Suga hopes to visit Biden. He better hope that he is still PM in February.

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Posted in: Social distancing at shrine See in context

I think it might be hard to get my shoes so high in the air.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten entry from Britain over new coronavirus strain See in context

They are including Japanese nationals as well. Finally, not just targeting foreigners and realizing that the corona virus does not discriminate based on nationality.

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Posted in: Messenger RNA: How a long shot idea led to COVID-19 vaccines See in context

As opposed to the many already known long-term, known effects of this particular corona virus which have been documented

From the Mayo Clinic:

COVID-19 symptoms can sometimes persist for months. The virus can damage the lungs, heart and brain, which increases the risk of long-term health problems.

I do not want to find out if I am one of the unfortunate ones that will suffer long-term health issues.

This pandemic will end someday, but the virus will not dissapear. Scientist believe it will slow down in transmission and become something we may have to live with for many years to come.

I have been getting my yearly flu vaccine since 2007 and look forward to getting my corona vaccine to protect myself, my family and my community.

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