George Townes comments

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.

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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Posted in: Netflix tests feature that could limit password sharing See in context

If you get this message and are illegally sharing an account, how is Netflix going to keep you from asking the account owner from forwarding the text message via a SNS.

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Posted in: COVID-19 numbers in Tokyo area creeping up, health minister says See in context

"Lifting the measures will be based on putting in place a system to ensure there's not a rebound in cases,"

Cases will rebound as Japan is so far behind in vaccinations. When the PM goes to the US, he should ask Joe advice on how to speed things up. Come on J-Gov. Start promoting GO TO VACCINATE.

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Posted in: 25 health care workers in Japan suffer anaphylaxis after vaccination See in context

As the article stated: All of them recovered after receiving treatment. The emphasis should be put on the fact that they are all fine and now have a level of protection against the virus that they did not have prior to vaccination.

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Posted in: COVID-19 inoculations in Japan off to snail pace start due to vaccine, syringe shortages See in context

Don't worry everyone, we will all get innoculated in due time. But we all have to remember where the government's priorities lie - with those #$%&! Olympics.

And by the way I have to say, hey J Gov, get over your past failures and realize that the majority of the public wants these vaccines and they want them now. Stop testing on a couple hundred Japanese and trust the numbers from all the studies being conducted on tens of thousands of people. Trust the science behind the reliable vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Astra-Zeneca) and get us the shots you promised us. I think we need a Biden type administration to be put in place so we can get back to normalcy. I am only in my early 50s but at this rate I will be lucky to get my vaccine before I retire.

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Posted in: AI translation company Rozetta bars staff from speaking a foreign language at work See in context

Pretty cool.

I still take pride in my Japanese speaking, reading and writing abilities. All of which benefited greatly from apps and other tech.

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Posted in: AI translation company Rozetta bars staff from speaking a foreign language at work See in context

That Onyaku ai translator sounds like Elmer Fudd

No, it is a Japanese person (probably works for Rozetta) speaking and the speech is being translated in real-time.

From the article:

Check out this video, which demonstrates Onyaku’s ability to accurately capture English speech, even with a strong accent, and translate it into Japanese almost immediately.

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Posted in: Supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread See in context

Supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread.

This headline is misleading. It shows why semantics is important.

It should state that it offers little additional help in preventing viral spread.

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Posted in: After record COVID-19 deaths, Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to stop 'whining' See in context

"Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on?" Bolsonaro told a crowd at an event. "How much longer will you stay at home and close everything? No one can stand it anymore. We regret the deaths, again, but we need a solution."

I say the solution is staring the people of Brazil right in the face. Vote this bozo out of office.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics should have fans in stands: Hashimoto See in context

Let's use some simple math to come to a resolution.

Since 80% back a cancellation or postponement, how about limiting spectators to 20%.

Of course, I am joking. Only thing that makes 100% sense is cancelling the Olympics outright?

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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

My wife and I use our separate surnames and our family (as part of the social system) is doing fine. Old, archaic thinking is what will led to the collapse of the social system, not whether someone is allowed to retain their surname. As the saying goes...'What's in a name?'

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Posted in: Australia starts vaccine public rollout amid controversy after jeers at Australian Open See in context

@Zoroto Which is it? And if they are NOT anti-vaxxers, as you claim, where is your proof? Again, you post carries no weight if you don't back it up with references.

They ARE anti-vaxxers. 100% anti-vaxxers. Here is a link, showing that they are in fact anti-vaxxers.

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Posted in: Fujifilm to restart clinical trial of Avigan to treat COVID-19: report See in context

Approved vaccines that have been tested on tens of thousands with no major side effects. What should we do? We will have to test that on a few hundred Japanese, just to make sure it is safe and even then there will be a hesitantcy for this. This drug made in Japan with inconclusive findings and with known side effects (albeit in animals). Fuji, stick to making film and let the real scientist make science backed vaccines and reliable medicines.

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Posted in: Kyoto slammed for manga telling people not to talk at restaurants See in context

There’s too much anti self-restraint going on right now.

Bingo. My sentiments exactly.

This commentator hit the nail on the head. Which is usually not welcome in Japan, but in this case is spot on.

I am supportive of the economy, but rather than going out to eat, I get carryout to support restaurants in and around my area.

At least two of the clusters of infections have been specifically linked to eating establishments where patrons ate, drank and talked there way into getting infected.

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

Hundreds have died in the US after vaccination. In about 1/3 of cases they died within 48hrs.

I am going to go out on a limb and say this is fake news that was debunked. See below

If not, where is your refrence to this information.

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

One case.

There have been no reports of serious side effects of the vaccine developed by U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc. and Germany's BioNTech SE.

It again is one case. No one has died in any country from the vaccine.

I can't wait to get vaccinated.

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Posted in: Girl wins suit against Osaka Prefecture over school telling her to dye hair black See in context

Presiding judge Noriko Yokota recognized the validity of the school to set and enforce rules relating to coloring hair, saying “Such rules have been established as having a reasonable and legitimate educational purpose, and so maintaining student discipline is within the discretion of the school.”

Rules on making sure hair is colored black is neither reasonable or legitimate. And has not educational purpose whatsoever. Sounds like the teachers and the school were being bullies. And here, I thought Japan was all in on the anti-bullying campaign.

Sometimes I wonder how people in a position of authority and power got to where they are. Bunch of .... (can't say what I want to say, least I get censured of have my post removed. )

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Posted in: British PM Johnson backs Tokyo's hosting of Olympics See in context

Well, with his support it's a given that the Olympics will happen for sure.

Stop this Olympics nonesense already. 80% of Japanese don't care and most of the world probably feels the same. Take the money that you would spend on these #$"!% Olympics and get Japan and the rest of the world vaccinated, so the world can get back to some sense of normality.

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Posted in: Saturday's quake brings back memories of deadly 2011 disaster See in context


Apparently they can last up to a century after a major quake.

The early morning press conference on NHK stated that this was in fact an aftershock from the 3・11 quake.

Based on the location of the epicenter of this quake and the one from 10 years ago, it is easy to see how one is correlated to the other.

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Posted in: Over 100 injured, trains halted after M7.3 quake strikes northeastern Japan See in context

Up here in Iwate, 20 km from the Pacific coast, I have to say that that was the longest and most powerful earthquake that I have experienced since 2011. Knocked some books off the shelves.

Scary stuff.

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Posted in: Health ministry panel greenlights 1st COVID vaccine See in context


Great minds think alike.

As I was writing my response to the ludicrous claim by Penfold, you had posted your reply.

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Posted in: Health ministry panel greenlights 1st COVID vaccine See in context

Moderna has publicly stated these mRNA class of (so called) vaccines "may permanently alter Human DNA".

No, they haven't.

These false claims have been debunked again and again by real scientists.

Those of us with common sense have read about the mRNA technology and how the past decade of research has led us to having real effective science backed vaccines in record time.

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Posted in: Out in the cold: How Japan's electricity grid came close to blackouts See in context

OK. You're a conspiracy theorist.

The early closure requests were because of the pandemic, period.

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Posted in: ANA plans to cut workforce 20% over 5 years to survive COVID-19 crisis See in context

Good luck with that "natural attrition," while your more nimble rivals race ahead of you.

The companies that make up the airline industry are all in the same boat, or in this case the same plane.

The road to recovery will be long.

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