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Posted in: Japan to run new domestic travel subsidy program until late December See in context

Send me your credit card info...I'll take care of everything.

Jus' kiddin' (maybe)

Here's a site that has a lot of info (Japanese language only)

https://travelersnavi.com/coupon/goto-teishi

You can go to HIS or JTB (office or online) from 10/11. When I did a trip on the previous Go To Travel, I remember it took a long time at HIS to set things up, so unless they got the bugs out of it, bring your patience with you.

buua

How can people apply for these discounts and coupons?

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Posted in: 6 teens nabbed over 'papakatsu' robbery in Tokyo See in context

Pics or it never happened

WA4TKG

I dated dozens of women from utilizing a famous Japanese Dating Web site and never PAID any of them for anything.

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Posted in: George Foreman sued for alleged sexual assault See in context

George Foreman's grill sold well even though it touched the meat without consent. 

William Bjornson

The police will certainly be grilling him about THIS...

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Posted in: Japan reports 243,483 coronavirus cases; 25,444 in Tokyo See in context

According to World of Meters, in the last week, 1906 people have died in Japan from corona (+23% from the prior week).

How many people were killed in the last week by your blind three-legged cheetahs wearing a baseball cap?

Yeah, thought so.

Hakman

So with something like 90,000 active COVID cases in Tokyo right now, a grand total of 36 -- or 0.04% -- are in hospital with severe symptoms.

I'm less worried about COVID than I am about getting mauled to death by a blind three-legged cheetah wearing a baseball cap.

And the math above supports me.

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Posted in: Japan to scrap pre-entry COVID test for triple-vaccinated travelers; cap on entrants remains See in context

So now it’s cheaper to come back into Japan from abroad. That’s something.

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Posted in: Nikkei rises above 29,000 mark to end at 7-month high See in context

Kurisupisu…..

so invest in firms that manufacture adult diapers, manage roujin homes and the conglomerates that own the cremation halls.

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Posted in: Japan reports 183,609 coronavirus cases; 23,773 in Tokyo See in context

anyway...so I'm incapable of posting...(Asakura et al 2020) and Hovsepian et al, 2011) have the Vitamin D deficiency amounts for Japan (47.7% in summer and 82.2% in winter in Kumamoto) and Worldwide (14-59%), respectively.

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Posted in: Japan reports 183,609 coronavirus cases; 23,773 in Tokyo See in context

Virusrex....sorry...got clipped

"The prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency (serum 25(OH)D3; 12 ng/mL (30 nmol/L) ≤ and

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Posted in: Japan reports 183,609 coronavirus cases; 23,773 in Tokyo See in context

Virusrex....beg to differ regarding Vitamin D deficiency in the human population.

"The prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency (serum 25(OH)D3; 12 ng/mL (30 nmol/L) ≤ and

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Posted in: Japan reports 183,609 coronavirus cases; 23,773 in Tokyo See in context

Vitamin D is good as it blocks anti-inflammatory cytokine production, and is highly expressed in the lungs and induces ACE2 production which interferes with the inflammatory Ras and bradykinin pathways which is thought to be the pathway producing a lot of the cement-like goo that accumulates in the lungs in severe COVID cases. It also assists in T-cell activation. But as for the other stuff mentioned above, i.e., Quercetin....crap shoot at best.

virusrex

What vitamins do in the treatment of covid?

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Posted in: Japan reports 168,826 coronavirus cases; 20,401 in Tokyo See in context

Japan:

1,516,477 cases in the 7 days vs. 1,456,841 cases in the prior 7 days +4%

1,347 deaths in the 7 days vs. 806 deaths in the prior 7 days +67%

Data from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/weekly-trends/#weekly_table

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Posted in: Japan reports 211,058 coronavirus cases; 30,842 in Tokyo See in context

CommodoreFlag......Tokyo is not a separately sealed island apart from the rest of Japan. There is a daily influx and "outflux" of people from all over Japan in and out of Tokyo, Osaka, etc. The numbers for the country show a week on week increase. Most of the new cases are the BA.5 variant (Asahi Shinbun July 1, 2022) and this variant has been shown more vaccine escape properties (Reuters "Reinfection, severe outcome more common with BA.5 variant; virus spike protein toxic to heart cells", July 29, 2022).

I don't care whether anyone wears a mask or not, stays indoors incased in plastic wrap, or gets or doesn't get vaccinated or boosted. People need to get through this in the manner that suits them. I just want to see that the data, the statistics and the most current understanding of the disease and the variants are presented to people, so they have the information to make the most informed judgment.

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Posted in: Japan reports 211,058 coronavirus cases; 30,842 in Tokyo See in context

Daito_hak....you should cite the Conversation or the UCL News or many of the other sites which picked up the story and the quote you used from the article "COVID linked to loss of brain tissue, but correlation doesn't prove causation" (June 28, 2022)

My apologies if you are really Dr. Francois Balloux who wrote the article.

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Posted in: Japan reports 211,058 coronavirus cases; 30,842 in Tokyo See in context

From World of Meters (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/weekly-trends/#weekly_table)

Over the last 7 days, Japan has had a 35% increase in number of cases compared to the previous seven days (1,403,238 cases vs. 1,038,139 cases) and a 141% increase in number of deaths (700 deaths vs. 291 deaths) compared to the previous seven days .

CommodoreFlag

@Freedom

It's strange that people downvoted your comment when it's both correct and cautious.

Cases are trending downwards this week as has been predicted by several models but some on this comments section don't think they are? Or they don't want them to? What's the story?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 22,387 coronavirus cases See in context

Dr. McCoy called and wants credit for stealing his bit.

Incandescentwithrage

It’ll be over when it’s over. I asked my doctor when that would be and he said,”How the hell would I know,I’m a doctor not a politician”

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Posted in: Salsa & Avocado Smoky Whopper kickstarts Burger King Japan’s new Smoky Whopper lineup See in context

There are Carl's Jrs in Jiyugaoka, Akihabara and Diver City.

Attilathehungry

Is Carl's Junior still in Tokyo?

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Posted in: Courtney Love settles Kurt Cobain guitar murder plot lawsuit See in context

Fresh from the Joan Rivers Plastic Surgery Clinic......

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Posted in: Tokyo stocks plunge after Russian attack on Ukraine nuclear plant See in context

Nikkei is down about 10% YTD...still better than the NADSAQ.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 12,693 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 72,646 See in context

Commodore flag

regarding point 3)

Problem is, you have two distinct populations when that was vaccinated and one that was not vaccinated. Therefore you have a treatment by variant interaction that’s going to confound anything that you could interpret as a decrease in mortality.

in addition people who received the vaccine are less likely to develop extreme symptoms and so the data on them is lacking as they never even went to the hospital or were tested.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 12,693 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 72,646 See in context

Commodore flag

1) The technique ignores the fact that two or more variants were present in a population at any given time. Replacement isn’t instantaneous but gradual.

2) if the data is a composite of vaccinated and unvaccinated people who tested positive for any of the variants, then of course, you would see a higher death rate for alpha, because there was no vaccine or effective treatments available at the time when alpha predominated.

3) the data needs to be parsed based on vax status for it to have any meaning.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 12,693 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 72,646 See in context

Can you explain how you calculated those numbers, since variant by patient data is not complete, ie., they do not test all positive patients for the specific variant.

This meta-analysis article shows the mortality rates for alpha, beta, gamma, and delta variants.

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2021.775224/full

To put it in numbers, omicron is significantly less lethal than previous variants. On a case fatality basis, 2.8% for alpha, 0.4% for delta, and 0.07% for omicron. The least deadly variant we've seen in Japan.

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Posted in: Ukraine talks yield no breakthrough as Russians slowly advance toward Kyiv See in context

So we are supposed to simply surrender to Putin's "irrational behavior" in this and all future cases where Putin throws a tantrum? We've seen what happens when bad behavior is ignored or permitted, "Neville".

The ultimate changes in Russia will be brought from within, and those around Putin need to also see the humiliation and suffering unleashed on ordinary Russian citizens in order to realize that Putin is not the person to carry Russia into a productive future.

bass4funk

I hate what Putin is doing, but how do you negotiate that has one of the largest stockpile of nuclear warheads than any other nation and oh, by the way seems to be mentally compromised? You really think it’s a good idea for NATO to further piss this guy off? Think deeply now.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,719 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,991 See in context

@Nihon Tora

Didn’t we kinda already wait for a lot of this to happen before responding to it?

Don’t take any of what I said to mean “Lock the world down until all viruses are destroyed”. We need optimism, but cautious optimism. And I realize that means something different to each individual.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,198 new virus cases; 1,711 in Osaka, 1,644 in Okinawa See in context

Can you give us a number of what constitutes an acceptable number of deaths, just so we know?

falseflagsteve

Will peak soon enough without hospitals being full and will notbe huge amount of deaths.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 641 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,475 See in context

Monty...

that's not how vaccines work, especially when dealing with something that produces virus-escape mutants.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 641 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,475 See in context

@Zia and Esteban

Same......3 days of body aches and a 38 degree fever, plus the worry that the people I was out with now have it and spread it to their families.

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Posted in: Are you financially better off now than you were this time last year? See in context

Work really starting picking up in the latter half of 2021, plus wasn't traveling back to hometown twice a year, or anywhere else outside of Japan for that matter, so it "feels" like the bank account is happier.

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Posted in: Japan to raise COVID-19 hospital capacity 30% by end of November See in context

The Japanese government will probably end up going with the Pfizer pill eventually over Merck. Merck's pill potentially can affect mammalian DNA along with it's ability to push mutagenesis during Covid virus RNA replication to a point that pretty much renders the copied viral RNA inactive.

https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/224/3/415/6272009 (this one describes effects on

virusrex

and finally with a rush to buy something that is still being discussed at this moment (buying Molnupiravir).

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Posted in: Man injured after trying to stop 2 men breaking into his car See in context

I want an up-vote button for this guy.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite movies that you can watch over and over again? See in context

Each time you watch it, you get a little bit closer to the resolution...

piskian

Groundhog Day.

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