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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

Everyday I get more frustrated with this situation. I cannot understand how a nation facing a national health crisis can accept diverting critical resources like doctors to a game when hospitals are near breaking point. This is a classic case of when leaders fail to lead.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

Japan, listen to your medical professionals! Why are the medical experts not allowed to influence the decisions around what Japan should do. This is a national crisis! Japan is in a war against COVID and the country is not listening to its doctors. Unacceptable!

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Posted in: Coates gets backlash after saying Olympics are on, even in state of emergency See in context

Who made Coates the Prime Minister of Japan? Because he is certainly acting like it by declaring what will and will not happen in the sovereign nation of Japan. Japan, take control over your country and specify what conditions would warrant a cancellation. Be clear about your limits!

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Posted in: Coates: Tokyo Olympics to go ahead even in state of emergency See in context

This is what happens when Japan is fails to sets limits and define the exact conditions for when the Olympics should be cancelled in the state of a national emergency. It also shows what happens when the nation’s medical leaders are not major contributors to decision making during a nation health crisis.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker says being LGBT goes against preservation of species See in context

It's a statement of fact. He's not wrong even if you don't like it.

It is NOT a statement of fact. It is not nature’s intent to reproduce to the point of overpopulation, but rather to achieve balance and sustainability. Homosexuality shows that relationship and social communication, not procreation, are the critical element in nature. And nature shows us this in homosexual behavior found in other species. For example, all male dolphins are homosexual in the early parts of their lives until later when some reproduce.

Nature is more complex than we realize. Attempting to narrowly define biological norms is dangerous because it oversimplifies the dynamics of nature and human diversity.

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Posted in: Coates: Tokyo Olympics to go ahead even in state of emergency See in context

The picture says it all. While the Japanese leadership sits powerless, the IOC is running things from on high, deciding how Japanese national policy will manage its resources in the face of a national emergency. The IOC continues to frame the games as safe when in fact the real problem is Japan’s distraction away from accelerating its vaccination program and relieving pressure on its medical facilities. Japan is already struggling with its vaccination program. It doesn’t need the Olympics stealing precious resources away from the Covid fight.

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Posted in: IOC offers medical help for Tokyo Olympics See in context

We are witnessing human tragedy unfolding. There is big difference between running an Olympic event and running a country. The Japanese government needs to put its foot down, stand with its medical experts and refuse to host the games under these emergency conditions. The IOC wants to focus on how safe the games will be when in fact the event planning and hosting is already diverting critical resources from fighting the pandemic. Hospitals are stretched beyond capacity, few hospital beds are available, and people are dying in their homes! Yet, thousands of beds are being readied for incoming Olympic athletes and staff. I hope someone will be the adult in the room and make the tough decision. Cancel the games now!

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Posted in: Nearly 60% say Tokyo Olympics should be canceled: poll See in context

COVID-19 cases have been growing nationwide in recent weeks, putting further strains on the country's medical system. More patients are dying at home due to the difficulty of finding available hospital beds, with the situation worsened by the spread of the new variants and the slow process of inoculation.

When people are dying in their homes because they cannot find hospital beds, yet the government is provisioning thousands of beds for the Olympics, you have a competition for resources. Japan needs to be 100% focused on a rapid vaccination rollout. The Olympics is a distraction to the manpower, decision making, money, energy, and time needed for the vaccination effort.

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Posted in: Tougher anti-COVID-19 measures begin in 6 prefectures See in context

In areas placed under the state of emergency, restaurants are being told to close by 8 p.m.

Are government officials assuming COVID-19 only comes out at night?

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Posted in: Petition to cancel Tokyo Olympics submitted to Koike See in context

The Olympics will show the world, what Japan is all about.

Unfortunately, irrational. This is not a macho contest — a measure of how myopic Japan can be. This is not about proving how tough Japan can be by watching people die while it dogmatically focuses on hosting games. Games! Vaccinate the people living in Japan, then worry about the games.

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Posted in: Petition to cancel Tokyo Olympics submitted to Koike See in context

The decision to cancel should be easy. And the petition should have made it even easier. In any other situation the games could go on. But Japan is in a national state of emergency and experiencing its fourth wave. Furthermore, the vaccination program is exceptionally slow. This is no time to split attention and resources between life saving efforts to vaccinate the nation and preparing for Olympic Games. Prioritize life over games and focus 100% of the nation’s efforts on accelerating the vaccination program.

I am sure Japan would need to pay heavy fines if it canceled due to contractual obligations, but the sovereign nation of Japan is in a state of emergency. Nothing should ever distract a nation from addressing its national emergencies. Games have been canceled before. This would be no different.

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Posted in: Tesla's Musk halts use of bitcoin for car purchases See in context

Wait a minute. You’re telling me that Elon, who focuses on sustainable energy solutions, just realized that bitcoin uses tremendous amounts of energy in its mining process?? That’s rather incredible to see he suddenly had an epiphany and reversed course so quickly. Or is he manipulating bitcoin prices? Perhaps he ought to talk these matters through with Tesla’s board members first before making hasty decisions.

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Posted in: Japan to vaccinate Olympic athletes: reports See in context

This should only happen if Japan has a successful, high paced vaccination campaign in place for its citizens/residents. But Japan does not. Once again, the Olympic games are competing with Japan’s COVID response for time, focus and resources. Leaders should not be spending hours in meetings resolving logistics around hosting the Olympics. They should be working around the clock to quickly unblock every vaccination issue that surfaces and increase velocity. For Japan, vaccinating the nation SHOULD BE the Olympics!

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

This is what happens when a nation is not putting all its focus and resources on vaccinations but rather splitting it with the Olympic Games. Where’s the horizontal server capacity and the high availability redundancy? No expense should be spared to ensure systems remain up to support this national emergency. This is prioritization 101.

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

This is being handled like Brexit—regardless of public opinion, we’ll do it anyway! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Japan should cancel these games snd divert ALL time, energy and money into vaccinating its population! Japan’s priorities are upside down!!!

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

This is exactly why we need e-vaccine passports. Everyone should be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding a cruise ship!

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Huh? Obviously no one learned a thing from last year’s cruise ship fiascos. Why are people getting on a cruise ship and expecting a different result when the country has only started its vaccination program just recently? This is maddening.

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Posted in: Let's fight terrorism See in context

I’m confused. Shouldn’t we replace “terror” with “COVID” ?

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

First things first — vaccinate your citizens as quickly as possible. Instead of “trying” to make the games safe, actually make them safe by pouring all national resources into a rapid vaccination campaign. The Olympics is diverting precious time, energy and money away from the most critical problem in the world for a game few people want.

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Posted in: China says U.S.-Japan actions are stoking division See in context

The fact of the matter is China is well aware of the political theater it is operating in — that the US is the dominant player by far and that the only responses China can make are statements of condemnation and warnings, which the US and Japan ignore as frivolous.

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

The hard but practical decision would be to cancel the games and divert all logistical efforts and national resources to vaccinating the population as quickly as possible. If preparation for the Olympics is diverting one ounce of focus from vaccinations, cancel the Olympics and focus like a laser to vaccinate people.

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

"The way the vaccine is handled differs between one country and another. So it cannot be assumed that vaccination will be necessary," Koike said.

Couldn’t Japan make vaccination a requirement for participating athletes? Even though vaccination efforts differ between countries, the virus does not care which country it is in. If drug testing is mandatory for all athletes, so too can vaccination.

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Posted in: Beijing warns U.S., Japan against collusion against China See in context

More saber rattling and “warnings” are ways China exercises its form of deterrence. The hope is to bark loudly enough that other countries hesitate. This works for most countries but the US views it as nothing more than a cheap tactic to avoid escalation.

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

If Japan has any hope of holding safe Olympic games in Tokyo this summer, Koike needs to ramp up vaccinations of millions of people in Tokyo a day. And furthermore, utilize e-vaccine certificates to confirm who can enter Tokyo. There is no mention of how Japan will accelerate its vaccinations. There seems to be more effort to hold the high risk Olympic games as is than it is to provide the ultimate solution — vaccinations!

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Posted in: Japan trails world in COVID vaccine rollout 2 months after its start See in context

For a country that has a significantly large population of seniors, high technology as a leading first world nation, and a self-proclaimed propensity for societal coordination, Japan should have been able to school the rest of the world on how to deploy COVID vaccines like nobody’s business. Unfortunately, Japan is fumbling the ball and not delivering when it really counts.

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Posted in: Chinese tech company develops robo-dogs See in context

This robot is based on models developed at Boston Dynamics, which were in turn originally designed at MIT. Boston Dynamics already has a military version called Big Dog, an intimidating robotic creature that can stalk you like a Terminator.

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Posted in: Hands-free: Monkey plays video game - with its brain See in context

This technology is not new. BCI became prominent in the 1980s with monkeys controlling robotic arms by way of brain implants connecting into motor neurons. But these are very invasive techniques

The real innovation would be to achieve very accurate control using non-invasive techniques that can read fluctuations in brain wave patterns and control devices in our surrounding environment

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Posted in: Experts say Suga gov't unlikely to approve female monarch See in context

We send robots to Mars repeatedly, land humans on the Moon, and 3D print human organs, yet Japan cannot permit a woman to lead the monarchy.

We are not as advanced as we think we are.

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Posted in: Police find 424 stolen items at suspected underwear thief’s home See in context

Much easier to just order from Amazon.

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Posted in: Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection See in context

Should make everyone think twice about eating seafood in Japan. In 10 years everyone in Japan will be glowing.

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