I am sometimes very touched by Japanese people's non-cynical approach to life. This is so sweet..
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Really hope he will be ok.
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Er...it is a bit late for this. People will have booked their flights ages ago. Are they proposing a mass cancelling of bookings suddenly?
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I had my first shot on May 12th in a Tokyo ward. It was really efficiently managed, and I was very impressed. The vaccine centre was absolutely full , but properly socially distanced, and all the medical staff and support staff worked like a real team. I got my second appointment that day and went back for the shot this Wednesday.
Same efficient set up, but to my amazement, less than half the number of people waiting for their shot. There were medical staff sitting in empty booths and support staff standing around with nothing to do.
I asked my local doctor why this had happened, and he said that some of the elderly people had had bad reactions to the shot and didn't want to have another one, and anecdotally, some people didn't realise why they needed another shot.
I felt really sad at the missed opportunities, and also wonder what happened to the vaccines which had presumably been taken out of storage.
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I am wondering just what these 'public viewing sites' are!!!
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Only 2.7% of Japanese have completed inoculations, a Reuters tracker shows, though the pace of new infections has slowed.
Someone needs to suggest a fact check to Reuters!
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But some university officials have expressed concern about an influx of vaccine recipients to the campuses that could disrupt classes for students and their club activities.
I so don't understand this!! How can it cause disruption?? I can see if a student tests positive for covid, that would cause disruption.
Sometimes Japanese logic just defeats me.
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Did you notice the word 'mostly' snuck in here?
The IOC and Japan’s government insist the games will be safe and secure with participants kept mostly isolated from the general public.
Mostly isolated is not the same as isolated! I wonder what the original Japanese was.
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'The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 62, down three from Friday
Good news! '
Probably means the poor souls died.
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"Those who will have regular contact with athletes will be tested for the virus on a daily basis, in principle,"
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Gosh expat, well done for getting your kids into cheap public Japanese universities! Don't know about them, but most children have to go through years of cram school, starting when they are about nine years old to get into them. Without this support it is practically impossible. Parents pay millions to the cram schools to give their children this chance, even if the children are super smart.
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"Most countries do not require a domestic clinical trial, but Japan does," Suga told reporters on Friday. "I strongly feel that we need to update our legal framework for emergency situations."
The revisions could be submitted to parliament as early as next year.
I keep seeing the expression 'as early as.....' in articles about the vaccination in Japan. Don't know what you think but next year is not early!
I'm guessing this is the standard translation for a particular Japanese expression, but it doesn't sound right in English. 早くも？
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I would like to add there was social distancing the whole time, including while waiting to go in, and hand sanitiser everywhere.
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I have to say that my experience with Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo has been all positive, At the end of April the online booking worked very well and very fast. (Friends who just tried the phone had a harder time.)
Today I had my first shot at Juntendo Hospital and the system was organized like clockwork, and I was really really impressed. My appointment was for between 2.15 and 2.30, and I was out by three o'clock, with my appointment for the second shot .
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My son who has 3 passports I took him to Guam and he is now staying with a family and going to a very small and private school. I miss him over the moon, however, his safety is my utmost priority.
But my guess is that most of us don't have the money to do this, even if we wanted to.
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Would Japanese government humbly accept vaccines from China?
Er.... the problem is not so much the lack of vaccines, Mr. Shimizu! It's the 24 million pfizer doses sitting in refrigerators here!
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For a city like Tokyo, numbers are kept low.
'Kept' being the operative word. Concealed a better choice!
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@Maybe they can just hand them out and let us do them ourselves.
Thank you for making me laugh! Seriously! I was literally on the verge of tears :-)
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@While more people are dying from suicide than the actual virus. But we don’t get to talk about that
see quote from website below
Japan, Egypt and several Central Asian nations — the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation's death toll estimate is more than 10 times higher than reported totals.
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"young, healthy, fit: social distance, wash your hands and enjoy life"
Then take the infection home and kill your family members?
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I personally find it offensive that Suga can report with a straight face that all the athletes will be vaccinated, so not to worry, when most of the country will not be. And does this include support staff coming from abroad, and Japanese staff and volunteers here?
And I agree with the poster above about "When the holiday ended, many defied requests for remote work and returned to their offices on packed trains." That is so tone deaf. Wow, did we want to WFH!! But the company expects all walking workers to do their duty -to paraphrase Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.
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A different take on the variants.
Are the variants more contagious?
The WHO has strengthened its international monitoring system as it tracks the spread of three coronavirus variants that contain a particular mutation: N501Y. The mutation affects the notable spike proteins on the surface of the particle and increases the infectious capacity of the virus. The variants emerged from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil.
The variant originally confirmed in the UK was first identified in September of 2020. According to WHO data, it is 43 to 90 percent more contagious than the original virus. The WHO also says that analysis shows the variant’s effective reproduction number — the average number of people a single carrier will infect — is likely to be 41 percent higher than that of the original virus. Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases puts the figure at 32 percent.
The WHO says the variant has been found in 132 countries and regions as of April 13.
South Africa variant
This strain is believed to have emerged in early August of last year. An analysis of South African coronavirus cases conducted in mid-November of last year showed that the majority of infections at that time were of the variant.
The WHO says this strain is 50 percent more infectious than the original virus. It also says the effective reproduction number is likely to be 36 percent higher. As of April 13, the body had confirmed the variant in 82 countries and regions.
The variant also has a mutation known as E484K which allows it to evade antibodies and could lead to an increased risk of reinfection.
This variant was identified on January 6 during an airport quarantine check in Japan for people arriving from Brazil. Researchers believe it emerged the previous month in the northern city of Manaus. As of last month, 73 percent of infections in the city were cases of the variant.
The WHO says the effective reproduction number is likely to be 11 percent higher than the original virus. As of April 13, it had been confirmed in 52 countries and regions. It also has the E484K mutation found in the South Africa variant.
This information is accurate as of April 21, 2021.
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Have to laugh! It seems somewhat premature to be talking about vaccine passports when practically none of us are anywhere near getting vaccinated!
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Lots of groups of people, mostly men, were gathered, drink in hand, near my Yamanote Line station at 10.30 last night as I returned home from work. The bars and restaurants clustered around the station were also full.
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When they say The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 4o, one down, I would like to know if that means they died or got better!
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Has anyone seen or heard anywhere where the Tokyo cases are occurring? Earlier on we would get reports of clusters, but these days there is no indication of where or how people are contracting the virus.
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@antiquesaving. Too bad you chose the ugly gaijin route. It may seem to be effective in the short term but can come back to bite either you or your child. It also rebounds on other foreigners here.
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I simply despair at the total inconsistency in the number of new infections and the number of tests from day to day. Really, do they think we are stupid?
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