George Townes comments

Posted in: Foreigners in Japan becoming target of discrimination due to virus See in context

20 plus years of living in my adopted home and I have had many many more positive experiences than negative ones.

On the rare occasion that I run into discrimination, I take the higher road, because I know that in those instances my that if I had reacted in a retaliatory manner than I would be no better than those discriminatory individuals. I refuse to stoop to their level of ignorance. I show politness in my actions and words hoping maybe in some small way I can show them the error of their ways. And, yes, I am aware some people will never change their way of thinking. But at least I can show them kindness.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 149 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 507 See in context

Positivity rate of 16.3%. Not very good.

Only 913 tests conducted. Again, not very good.

More testing will help find those who are spreading COVID unknowingly. Finding those silent spreaders will make the positivity rate increase, but over the long run the numbers should come down. A comprehensive testing intitative is long overdue.

But will this happen in Japan? Not likely. And this is, I know I sound like a broken record...not very good

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Posted in: Koike says postponed Olympics should be held 'by all means' See in context

This is the same person who said,

"Canceling the 2020 Olympics is “unthinkable,” although the classification of the coronavirus as a pandemic will likely have some impact on the games."

March 12, 2020

And yet they were postponned.

Don't count those chickens quite yet Koike-san.

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccine latest flashpoint in White House campaign See in context

“They'll say anything,” 

Hello, is pot there? This is kettle.

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Posted in: For Covid-19, what is 'safe distancing'? It depends See in context


From what I have read over the past 6 months or so is that COVID-19 is more easily transmittable than the two most recent similar coronaviruses (SARS and MERS).

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Posted in: Gov't holds annual disaster drill amid pandemic See in context

Correction to my above post. Please use common sense and wear a face mask.

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Posted in: Gov't holds annual disaster drill amid pandemic See in context

Nice face shield Aso. I see more and more of these, especially the ones that look like the lower half of a face gaurd on a football helmet.  Aerosol transmission is the main route of transmission and these face shields alone offer very little protection. I cringe when I see people not using common sense and wearing masks.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus cases top 6 million See in context

And don't forget those healthy individuals with no preexisting conditions who may have long term debilitating lung, heart and other issues from the virus.

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Posted in: Japan to lift re-entry restrictions on foreign residents from Sept 1 See in context

WIll this policy of deportation stay on the books once vaccines become available? 

I ponder this question to the JT readers: If I get vaccinated next year, go on my yearly exchange trip with my high school students, test positive (yes, you can still catch the flu and probably Covid as well, even after getting vaccinated) and then get denied reentry?  If any students get infected in the US they will be able to stay in Japan, but moi?

I bring this up because I went to the US in January on my yearly sister city exchange and 6 out of the 8 Japanese students caught the flu. They had all been vaccinated against the flu but most likely caught a different strain in the US. When fhey came back sicker than dogs, they passed right through immigration, rode the trains all the way up to Tohoku and then a bus back to our town.

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Posted in: Ex-justice minister and his lawmaker wife plead not guilty to vote buying See in context

The need to go see the preceedings just boggles the mind. Being in a courtroom packed with people while possible putting your own health at risk just to say you were there. Keep tabs on the proceedings by reading about them on Japan Today.

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


Just pointing out that this is a common comment in regards to the number of inefected.

If you have a some knowledge of Japanese you can find out from various sources including NHK. They have a special corona virus section that shows daily test numbers among other corona related data.

You can use google, bing or other translation services to get the info in English.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 429 new virus cases; numbers up in Kanagawa, Saitama See in context

Blah blah blah blah blah blah

Different day same story. Cases trending upward.

The numbers show that some people still are not doing their part to turn the tide and until they do the situation won't improve.

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Posted in: Saizeriya restaurant develops face mask to wear when eating See in context

"We want people to enjoy dining out even in the time of the coronavirus calamity,"

Nice idea, but not 100% effective. You may think you are protecting yourself, but there is still too much exposure to circulating air which contains the virus.

Support your local eateries by getting carry out or delivery and enjoy eating in not dining out.

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Posted in: Osaka to ask citizens to avoid drinking in groups of 5 or more See in context

So instead of spreading the virus to a larger number of people, they want to keep the number of possible additional infections from a group gathering down to a more manageable four. Sounds smart to me.

What a bunch of morons.

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Posted in: Downloads of Japan's COVID-19 tracing app slow to 7.7 mil See in context

Not interested.

I am not within a meter of anyone for 15 minutes straight. Not even my wife.

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Posted in: Kanye West posts series of rambling late night tweets See in context

Rambling, incoherent late night tweets. Look out Donald. He is stealing a page from your playbook.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 107 new coronavirus cases on Thursday See in context

Knuckle-head behavior by millennials. They seem to care less if they get infected because they can recover, but just think about who you might be infecting with your reckless behavior. Stupid is as stupid does.

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Posted in: NHK removes video on U.S. protests after online outrage about depiction of African Americans See in context

Apparently they have no African Americans among their staff which they could run it by before posting. I guess NHK stands for Not Having Knowledge.

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