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Posted in: Japan has entered 4th wave of COVID-19 infections, says gov't panel chief See in context

If only there was a vaccine or something to try and flatten the curve more quickly...

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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

She also pledged to increase testing to 65,000 per day by December last year.

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Posted in: Japan's neighbors react strongly to Fukushima water release decision See in context

But Japanese government officials pointed out some other countries with nuclear power plants, including South Korea, have released treated radioactive water from the plants into the environment.

Oh that’s OK then Others do it, so we can do it too.

Let’s just pause and think what happens if we all did it...

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

Those 2 sat behind him are widely known to be the most competent members of the government and enjoy personal approval ratings higher than Suga himself.

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Posted in: Japan starts COVID-19 vaccinations for elderly See in context

The Pfizer vaccine is administered twice, three weeks apart.

An important fact that seems to have been missed by this person...

"I hope that (as we have) taken this vaccine, my daughters will be able to visit," she said with a smile.

...and also alarmingly by this director of a nursing home...

"Those vaccinated seemed relieved. We would like to start considering how to resume family visits which have been suspended due to the pandemic," said Fusayo Tsutsumi, director of the home.

There shouldn’t be any sense of relief yet, or letting down of any guards. Three weeks to the second jab, and then two weeks after that until immunity levels should kick in.

Let’s do this properly. No short cuts or half measures. And let’s make sure everyone is absolutely clear on the process and timings.

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Posted in: Hyogo Prefecture to give 320,000 fans to restaurants for customers to cover mouths, dine 'safely' See in context

Based on what I’ve seen going on around the world the last year or so, it’s clear what everyone has been missing is paper fans to cover their mouths while in public. This will undoubtedly keep people safe and we can all rest assured that the COVID situation is one step closer to ending in Japan due to this thoughtful govern’mental’ strategy.

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Posted in: Spread out See in context

Why are some people sitting well spaced out, yet others directly behind Suga nonetheless, are sitting close together?

I mean, I think I probably know the answer, but I’ll continue to point out these ridiculous governmental layouts every time they appear.

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Posted in: Japan strengthens anti-virus measures in Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa See in context

It's almost like Japan is taking zero notice, and learning nothing, from what is happening all around the world and just making it up as it goes along.

If you relax 'emergency measures' without vaccinating, then positive cases will increase. That is pretty much common sense and has been seen to be the case numerous times in almost every country around the world that has taken similar actions. I mean, just think - why would relaxing emergency measures without vaccinating anyone have any other outcome?

It's like having a hole in the bottom of your boat and seeing it fill up with water, then blocking half the hole and removing buckets of water from the boat. When the water is down to ankle level what is going to happen if you unblock the hole? Apparently those making the decisions in Japan think that nothing will happen, and actually the remaining water will somehow magically disappear.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend expresses resolve to marry her See in context

Just go down the city office and sign the papers. Tell the old folks tomorrow.

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Posted in: Suga to designate Tokyo for stronger anti-virus steps as infections spike See in context

‘Quasimodo’ comes from the name of the Sunday after Easter. I would laugh my head off if this ‘Quasi mo-do’ comes into force this Sunday.

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Posted in: Former Tokyo 2020 sports director Murofushi being treated for brain lymphoma See in context

Ah man, this is awful. Get well soon Murofushi.

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Posted in: Japan considers prioritizing Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccination See in context

Ha ha ha ha ha! My oh my.

Screw all the elderly, vulnerable, front line workers, teachers etc. The country sold its soul to the Olympic devil and it must earn money for all the companies involved in having their names emblazoned on screens.

What happened to the effectiveness of ‘bubbles’? If athletes NEED a vaccine to participate in a few hours of bubble controlled gathering, what does that say to the millions of people who are riding trains every day, or teachers standing in front of classes of students every day?

What a joke this place is sometimes.

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Posted in: Osaka declares COVID medical emergency with 878 new cases See in context

If 800 cases are all it takes for Osaka to declare a medical emergency due to strain on the hospitals, what on earth have they been doing over the past year to make sure they could cope with a sudden increase in COVID cases?

Osaka saw Tokyo spike to around 2,500 daily cases at one point last year - and Osaka hospitals are under emergency strain at 800 cases? Come on. They should’ve been preparing to cope with at least 2,000 cases if not considerably more.

It beggars belief how Japanese government and local government have acted over the last 1+ years. It’s completely inexcusable.

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Posted in: Health minister urges Tokyo to remain vigilant as virus cases soar in Osaka See in context

I'd love the government minister to explain in specific detail exactly how to remain vigilant to the threat of an asymptomatic person going about life as normal. How should I identify such a person? Social distancing etc. etc. I get that, but that doesn't help so much when taking a train, or sitting in my office for 5 or 6 hours a day.

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Posted in: Assemblyman in Mie reveals same-sex couple's address online See in context

demanding an answer by sending an unsolicited letter was "very aggressive and malicious."

Actually I’d say sending a letter was very polite and private. Maybe next time the Assemblyman would prefer people who have issues to go directly to the media, or post them publicly on social media, or publish them on websites or forums etc.

Contacting one’s representatives by mail to request action or explanation is a proper way to act. This particular representative clearly doesn’t understand his duty and shouldn’t hold his position for a day longer.

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Posted in: Suspect arrested over death of man found on street in Akita Pref See in context

More to this story. Beating a senior citizen to death at...3:30am?

The 'more' probably relates to alcohol and and an argument about manners or behaviour etc.

That is usually the story behind this kind of incident.

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Posted in: Female monarchs to be debated as Japan looks to secure imperial line See in context

Imagine the panels, debates, meetings, and general teeth sucking if at some point in the future Prince Hisahito announced he was a proud gay man!

There would have to be all sorts of constitutional changes and attitude changes. I would love to see the utter confusion that would cause all these elites that sit on panels and make these decisions.

As I’ve said for decades now living in this country - it’s going to take a female PM for things to actually have a chance of changing significantly from the old boys network to something resembling a modern country.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 475 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,592 See in context

Ok, so how do you explain the 25% positive rate one day and 5% the next day?

@Zoroto - A question I've been asking for a long time. A daily swing from 5% to 25% based on patients showing symptoms meeting the stringent guidelines to warrant a test just doesn't make sense.

Quite easy to explain the differences in percentages. It was 20% higher on one day over the other. That is simple math.

@Kyakusenbi - Simple math!! LOL. Try 500% higher!

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Posted in: Osaka governor sounds alarm as COVID-19 infections exceed Tokyo's See in context

"The mutant strains seem to be having an influence but it's difficult to say scientifically and objectively what the extent is."

Hmmm...now if only there was a way of getting a better insight into this...

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Posted in: Restaurant operator slams 'hypocrisy' of health ministry officials See in context

I disagree with almost everything this guy said over the last year, but in this case - good on him.

The hypocrisy is staggering, and it’s not just this case. Time after time the government, and many people working in it, have acted in direct contradiction to the message put out.

I guess he’ll lose the case, but it’s worth it for the embarrassment it causes the government while it’s in the media.

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Posted in: Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Olympics See in context

You don’t say!!

If only the government and all those involved in organizing and pushing forward this event could see past the yen signs to the obvious danger this could bring to the country.

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Posted in: Japan gov't long-term debt to top ¥1,000 trillion See in context

As an individual, can I indefinitely live with an increasing debt without problems ?

No, because you owe that debt to another party who at some point will want it back.

If, on the other hand, your ever increasing debt is in your own personal currency and you have the power to print more - then yes you could. The reason being you can always print more to service the debt you owe to another party.

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Posted in: Japan gov't long-term debt to top ¥1,000 trillion See in context

No country has ever paid back the government debt denominated in its own currency. They just keep carrying over government bonds till the end of time.

Exactly. Why would it pay back debt it owes to itself?! This is one of the biggest advantages a country with its own currency has.

As someone mentioned above, MMT is the answer.

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Posted in: Mori makes another offensive remark toward women See in context

Mori, at 83 years old himself...

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Posted in: People in Tokyo enjoy cherry blossoms despite virus warning See in context

What do they expect? They’ve spent months focussed on karaoke places, bars, and izakayas after 9pm as the root cause of the spread. The ‘State of Emergency’ was largely related to these places and activities in the evenings. They then request people not to hold parties under the trees - again implying that drinking alcohol and sitting together is the issue.

It seems people have computed all this and thought - well there’s nothing wrong with me getting on a train and travelling out to the park and taking some photos with the trees. I won’t drink alcohol, I won’t sit on any blue tarp, I’ll go home after... well maybe after some shopping while I’m already out.

Oh and it’s a major traditional activity on the Japanese calendar. So again, what on earth did they expect?

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Posted in: Kelly's trial increasingly focusing on Nissan-Renault rift See in context

It was pretty clear from the start that this was a Japanese political hit job conducted to prevent Nissan from being taken over by a foreign company.

They went after Ghosn on a technicality, and treated both him and Kelly totally inappropriately compared to the allegations against them.

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Posted in: It's annoying if we're going to be used for some kind of propaganda for the Olympic Games. See in context

It's annoying if we're going to be used for some kind of propaganda for the Olympic Games.

Nice to hear, but "if"?! The propaganda started years ago during the bidding phase.

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Posted in: Woman says she left husband’s body at home because she thought it wouldn’t fit into coffin See in context

She said his body was cold and that he appeared to be dead. She told police she didn’t think that his body would fit into a coffin, so she left it in the living room.

I know traumatic experiences can have strange effects on people, but this reasoning just baffles.

Surely at some point there should be a consideration of calling an ambulance, just in case, or maybe calling a family member.

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

This is weird because I have no burning desire to see any Japanese celebrities included in it either.

It should be for locals, especially kids, and also sports stars from each prefecture.

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Posted in: Japan spends billions on technology for absent Olympic fans See in context

Absolutely disgraceful.

And what was it that regular people got - 200,000 loans?!

Why not make this 7.3 billion yen a loan?

I wonder if this app was brought up during the dinner the NTT execs had with the minister of communication.

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