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Posted in: Suga says plenty of nurses available to work Olympics since 'many are taking time off now' See in context

Showing once again that people at the top lack basic common sense.

Open mouth.

Insert foot.

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Posted in: 6 torch relay staff in southwestern Japan test positive for COVID-19 See in context

They probably didn't get it from the event, but rather brought with them to the relay. That's why I will be calling in sick next month when the relay comes to my town. Don't want some outside staff coming to town, standing next to me.

The Olympics should be cancelled. Hello, J-Gov. If you haven't noticed we are seeing record numbers of cases almost daily. We had the second highest number of cases in Iwate just yesterday. Unfortunately, many of those positives from yesterday may not survive as out of the 36 cases half were over 60 and there were 8 in their 90s.

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Posted in: M6.6 quake hits off Miyagi Pref; no tsunami threat See in context

Was outside at my son's baseball and everyone's phone started giving the early warning. Had never heard that many phones at one time.

Game was paused for 5 minutes to make sure there was no tsumami warning.

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Posted in: Japan's unused 14 mil doses of COVID-19 vaccines point to logistical hurdles See in context

Come on J-Gov. Maybe the little guys up north need to show you how to do things. We have had a plan in place in my little hamlet for a while now and we have been innoculating those over 65 (3918 residents or 44% of our town's population) at a rate of just under 150 a day since starting Wednesday. This includes innoculating everyday even on weekends and holidays. Those at the greatest risk in our town should have their first shot, which will offer some protection, within a month. We start with the outlying areas first, getting them to the center of town to the group innoculation center and once they receive the shots, then they will begin giving the shot to those living in the main part of town.

This includes my kids' 72 year old grandparents and their 92 year old great grandmother.

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Posted in: Japan's unused 14 mil doses of COVID-19 vaccines point to logistical hurdles See in context

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can last up to six months frozen. Once thawed, Pfizer's can be kept in a refrigerator for five days and Moderna's for 30 days.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,260 in Osaka See in context

Closing in on 1000 again. Koike must be so proud. Wait. She is not paying attention because she is getting ready for those "#($! Olympics

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers defend request for 500 nurses as virus spikes See in context

Another day, another WTF Olympic moment brought to you courtesy of Suga and his J-Gov Covidiots.

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Posted in: Suga says tackling COVID-19 takes priority over general election See in context

No Mr. Suga. Your top priority is the Summer Olympics so stop lying.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says cancelation not being considered See in context

Oh, the torch relay will be coming through my little hamlet in the middle of June and I have been asked to be part of the town staff in helping out with the day's festivities.

As I believe these games and everything associated with them should be cancelled, I think I will call in sick that day. I am feeling a bit under the weather…cough, cough.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says cancelation not being considered See in context

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike said the roughly two-week period will be crucial in containing the spread of the virus ahead of the Olympics.

Really?!?

No, it won't. It is already out of control. Good luck trying to stop this runaway locomotive.

Suga declared the emergency, entailing stricter anti-virus measures such as prohibiting restaurants and bars from serving alcohol

No alcohol? Well, it looks like person to person transmission of the virus will end. What the…?

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Posted in: Japan rolls out vaccine slowly, despite looming Olympics See in context

Read this this week in the Japan Times.

Relying mainly on the Pfizer shot could simply Japan's vaccine rollout, which has been the slowest among the Group of Seven nations. The current approach, done through local municipalities, is designed for the Pfizer jab, Taro Kono, the Cabinet minister in charge of the vaccine program, said during a news conference Friday.

The Moderna shots "need a different deep freezer than Pfizer, and they have a different date between the first and second shots," Kono said. "We don't want to confuse municipalities".

There, that last sentence is (for me) the biggest head scratcher of this whole vaccine rollout. Hey, J-Gov and in particular, Mr. Kono, here is what you do. You slap labels on each freezer that says either Pfizer or Moderna. You also have the scheduling, lists, vaccine vouches, etc. seperated with each document, voucher, list etc labeled with big, easy to read words that say either Pfizer or Moderna. Oh, and here is a thought. Cancel the games and then put that money towards buying the freezers needed for the Moderna shots. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are very similar and since you have already approved Pfizer why don't you and your J-Gov buddies go ahead and approve the Moderna vaccine already. GET WITH IT!!!!

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Posted in: 'No-Mask Picnic Day' organizers cancel their outing See in context

No mask pinics??

Hope this idiots are not also anti-vaxxers.

Just 我慢 & 頑張れ a little while longer until you get the vaccine. Then you can gather without masks with others who have also received the vaccine.

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Posted in: Japan prepares for COVID state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo See in context

Suga has said the declaration of the country's third state of emergency, following those in April last year and January, will not affect the staging of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, reiterating the government will continue efforts to ensure they are "safe and secure."

Priorities J-Gov. Again you are being complete idiots. Cancel the Olympics and turn all these large venues into large-scale vaccination centers. Get with it!!!

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Posted in: Olympic organizers delay decision until June on local fans -- or no fans See in context

"In local municipalities the situations are rather dire," Hashimoto said. "And in this context, Japanese citizens and residents have worries and concerns. I know that. ... For the safety and security of the games, we must contain the spread of the virus as soon as possible."

This sums it up. For the safety of the games???? No, you have just showed where your priorities have always been.

This is what you should say, "For the safety and well-being of all living in Japan, we will cancel these games and put our efforts behind vaccinations efforts. All venues will be turned into large-scale vaccination centers to ensure the public is vaccinated as quickly as possible."

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic athletes to undergo daily saliva testing See in context

What a huge headache this has become for Japan.

Hey J-Gov, wake up and realize that support for these Olympics roughly equals support for your current administration.

Cancel the Games and get on with more pressing matters (procuring vaccines and administering vaccinationsand) and quit wasting resources on something hardly anybody cares about.

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Posted in: Japan tightens rules on COVID-19 test certificates for travelers See in context

Does this apply to arriving passengers that have been fully vaccinated?

Just asking.

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Posted in: Osaka governor says 'we are in a critical situation' as virus cases surge See in context

Amazing. People need to be told what to do instead of thinking for themselves and using common sense (if they even possess it).

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Posted in: No masks, no worries — for now; Aussies preparing for Tokyo See in context

Come to Tokyo for the Olympics, leave with COVID-19.

Olypmic Motto: United by Emotion Updated Olympic Motto: Overrun by Corona

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Posted in: Suga asks Pfizer for additional COVID-19 vaccine supplies See in context

Suga: Joe, got any left over Pfizer vaccine?

Biden: I'll hook you up. I got Al from Pfizer on speed dial.

Suga: You have done a great job with getting Americans vaccinated.

Biden: Why thank you Yoshi. I made it my top priority since taking office. You know you should really focus on this and cancel those Olympics.

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Posted in: Australia rules out adding J&J vaccine to inoculation plan See in context

@Antiquesaving

I knew Pfizer would not give away the golden goose and neither will Moderna.

Just no AZ for me.

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Posted in: Australia rules out adding J&J vaccine to inoculation plan See in context

But Health Minister Greg Hunt ruled out a J&J contract because its vaccine was similar to the AstraZeneca product, which Australia had already contracted for 53.8 million doses.

Let's hope that Japan can be as forward thinking as Australia. Japan should procure as much of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as possible and forgo with ones that can lead to not just blood clots, but actual deaths.

I know I am just hoping against hope, but there are two highly effective vaccines (which none of us could have imagined this time last year) on the market that have proven to have over 90% efficacy. We should forgo all other vaccines and somehow get Pfizer and Moderna to allocate production to other vaccine producing plants across the globe and let's beat this virus into submisison.

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Posted in: 5 students arrested after putting glue on playground equipment See in context

I sure do hope that the charges stick and that their bond is set high.

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Posted in: What COVID-19 vaccine side effects might you expect? See in context

And a second by the way, I ran into two Air Force service members on Saturday here in Iwate. In our brief conversation I asked how are things on the base regarding COVID-19 and vaccinations. They said that they had both received the Moderna vaccine and things on the base are becoming more relaxed. That has me wishing that I was still in the Air Force.

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Posted in: What COVID-19 vaccine side effects might you expect? See in context

Also, I wonder if not mentioning the AZ vaccine and its potentially deadly side effects was intentional or not.

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Posted in: What COVID-19 vaccine side effects might you expect? See in context

I am a staunch believer in these vaccines and the science behind them. However, I do have my reservations about one of the vaccines. The Astra Zeneca vaccine and the issues with clotting that has led to deaths. It appears that there is a correlation between this vaccine and deaths related to clotting.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/scientists-say-they-found-cause-of-blood-clotting-linked-to-astrazeneca-vaccine-11616169108

Although there is a treatment for it. I am weary of being given this particular vaccine and then being in a situation where I might not be able to obtain timely treatment. I know the possibility is low, but I will not allow myself or my family to get this vaccine. I hope Japan takes steps to think about whether or not to approve this vaccines for those in Japan. Even in America, Dr. Anthony Fauci is now saying that America may not need the AZ vaccine.

My area will hopefully receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for myself and my family. If not, I will wait or go to the area where I can receive it. I know there is a chance of anaphylaxis, but the vast, vast majority of those cases appear within 30 minutes of receiving the vaccine while you are waiting in the hospital, where treatment is available.

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Posted in: Many Japanese celebrities have no burning desire to be involved in torch relay See in context

Looks like the spectator turnout is about 20% of what I would expect to see.

Oh wait, that would match the 80% that could care less about these Olympics.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 409 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,535 See in context

That's a 23% positivity rate. Not good. Not good at all.

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Posted in: Suga says state of emergency for Tokyo area to end on Sunday See in context

SOE ending as cases see their highest number in a month. Great timing.

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Posted in: China to issue visas to foreigners who have taken Chinese vaccines See in context

Will not get this or the Russian vaccine. Even if they were transparent with data, I wouldn't trust it.

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Posted in: Japan considers COVID-19 vaccination certificates for those traveling overseas See in context

Remember J-Gov this will be a two way street. You have to allow international travelers the ability to enter Japan if they prove they have been vaccinated.

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