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Posted in: As Australia slowly relaxes lockdown, Victoria battles COVID-19 clusters See in context

The bottom line is that the government has been able to control the speed with which the virus spread initially, giving health/medical services - and mortuaries - some breathing space. At this point, as things open up, it is up to the individual how much risk they are prepared to take. There WILL be more cases - and more deaths - in Australia, but Aussies now have the best chance at survival so long as their specific set of physical characteristics don't predispose them to a fatal outcome. And exactly what ALL of those characteristics are is as yet unknown, apart from age, possibly certain blood groups, possible certain vitamin deficiencies, probably obesity or lack of it, etc. So anyone who feels risk averse will need to remain in isolation - not because the government says so, but by their own decision. Any economy now starting to open up again is not giving any sort of guarantee to its participants - only that the chances of being able to be treated if necessary is now better or improving. The decision-making shifts from the authorities to individuals, companies and other organizations what level of risk they can accept.

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Posted in: Arrests, conspiracy theories at Australia anti-lockdown protest See in context

Simple fact: moronism knows no national boundaries; there are gullible, credulous fools who will absorb any kind of loony fringe doctrine no matter where you live.

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Posted in: Etiquette a hot topic as social distance jogging gains momentum See in context

Jogging and any other exercise results in much more voluminous and powerful exhalation, so that if the jogger is carrying SARS-CoV-2 the air where they have been is more likely to contain the virus, which can remain suspended in aerosol form for several hours. This is parallel to the case of the mass infection of choir members in the Seattle area, although that was further aggravated by being indoors - singing, like jogging, results in more powerful spread of virus infected air. Therefore it would be important for joggers (and singers, hehe!) to avoid areas where people are walking for their exercise. Those people here who comment about jogging in more isolated areas are to be commended for their community spirit.

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Posted in: Health ministry says 400,000 could die in Japan without virus containment measures See in context

My question is if I had coronavirus and now have recovered and have antibodies is there any reason I should stay home?

It is not yet known if having the virus once definitely confers immunity. Seems this virus is a whole new ballgame in various ways.

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Posted in: Japan's homeless internet cafe refugees seek shelter See in context

In London, the homeless have been moved off the streets and into hotels.

Yup, this is happening in Australia too. It's humane, but it's also essential for proper control of the pandemic that everyone is able to isolate. There is talk here that help for the homeless will become permanent, but you hope it's not just talk that evaporates once the virus is past.

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Posted in: Natto -- does the slime that's sublime really protect from the coronavirus? See in context

I don't mind it. My local Chinese grocery has it (so far anyway) as does the Japanese supermarket nearer to Perth city (Australia). I make my own Aussie version - slice of toast, natto on top, then a good helping of sesame-flavoured shredded wakame, and top off with slices of cheddar cheese. Grill until golden brown. Enjoy! Been eating this as a light lunch for a few years now. Whether it will protect me from the virus is entirely another story. I'll let you know in a couple of years :P :P

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Posted in: Confirmed new coronavirus infections in Japan now 1,528, including cruise ship cases See in context

@Bruce Chatwin

data up to Heisei 28

Many thanks for that. I wonder why so far behind, one might expect at least 2017-18 to be available. In any case, looks like it will be a few years before the data becomes publicly available.

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Posted in: Confirmed new coronavirus infections in Japan now 1,528, including cruise ship cases See in context

In the absence of testing, the revealing statistic which may emerge over time will simply be a comparison of deaths from pneumonia across Japan, this year as compared with past years. This will not be hard then to detect the true level of COVID-19 mortality in Japan - unless those figures are actively falsified, which would be a whole other ball game.

Anyone know where to find such medical statistics?

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Posted in: JR East to test anti-groping app on rush-hour trains See in context

“Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all meanstry something” - FD Roosevelt

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Posted in: Koizumi backs different surnames for married couples after heckling incident See in context

Just a question here: when did the practice of the woman taking the husband's family name begin in Japan? Was it a historical practice, or something introduced in imitation of (some) other countries in the 19th century?

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Posted in: Australia bushfires renew anger over climate change See in context

Australian coverage:

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Posted in: Australians take shelter from intense bushfires See in context

@CrazyJoe - Thanks for intelligent commentary there, spot on as far as I can see. I'm amazed that some folks have downvoted what you said. Must be Morrison supporters, haha!

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Posted in: SpaceX sends up 60 mini-satellites with plans for thousands more See in context

Space being apparently completely unregulated, or any regulations that do exist being probably unenforceable against rampant self serving capitalists, more seeds of future havoc being sown for short-term gain by a few.

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Posted in: Symbolic night with 'goddess' to wrap up emperor's accession rites See in context

It's just a traditional ritual. Nothing to see here. Storm in a teacup. As usual, people looking for something to complain about.

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Posted in: Sakurajima volcano erupts, spewing ash 5.5 kms high See in context

...landslides, often when they happen you will see the mountainside is covered with sugi, NOT natural forest!

Oh yes, the planting of sugi all over in place of other natural vegetation which holds the soil better has been quite a problem.


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Posted in: Sakurajima volcano erupts, spewing ash 5.5 kms high See in context

My visit to Sakurajima, en route to Cape Sato, was a highlight of one of Japan trips. The nearest I got to an actual eruption though was a big vent of steam as I was leaving the ferry at Kagoshima. It admit that as I was driving along the base of Sakurajima, I was keeping my eye on the concrete shelters along the roadside... just in case!

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Posted in: Volcano erupts on Satsumaio island in southeast Japan See in context

Thank you @Educator60 and @mmwkdw for your advice about locating this island! Perfect now... that is some volcano! I have visited Sakurajima, and this one looks no less impressive... and all the more interesting for its remoteness on a tiny island. I see the population is over 100, which given the land area is still on average quite dense for rural Japan.

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Posted in: Volcano erupts on Satsumaio island in southeast Japan See in context

Does anyone know where this island actually is? Can't find it on Google Maps under the name given in the article...

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Posted in: Volcano erupts on Satsumaio island in southeast Japan See in context

@commanteer - It seems on this occasion that JT themselves missed part of their copy quote from Reuters. The Reuters items says "A volcano erupted on Satsumaio island in southeastern Japan late Saturday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, but there were no immediate reports of damage on the sparsely populated island in Kagoshima prefecture."

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Posted in: Busty blood drive anime girl artwork not recognized as sexual harassment by Japanese Red Cross See in context

Lot of fuss about nothing, as so often these days. People trying to look for opportunities to take offence. Get a life, get a real job, or worry about something that really matters. First world problem much!

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Posted in: UK offers EU last-minute Brexit deal See in context

Simple solution for everyone: bring another last bastion of British imperialism to an end and get Britain out of Northern Ireland; Ireland becomes one country again, remains in the EU, and there is no border problem to solve.

Not going to happen of course, but it would make a lot of sense. Ian Paisley is gone, after all, hehe.

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

Ah, I knew the Japan Today readership would not disappoint in bringing their sourpuss attitude to bear on what is really just a simple, traditional and symbolic act which will end up meaning quite a bit in the lives of numerous petty (yes, petty!) criminals. Ironically, @sourpuss is one of the few who sees this, as I do, positively.

Why can we so rarely have a piece of essentially good news which is not greeted by the usual howls of derision and naysaying?

Now go ahead, prove my point, vote me down, hehe! :P

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Posted in: On the go See in context

Pandering to tourist dollars I guess. Can't believe the people who chatter on on the tourist websites and Facebook pages about how this is one of the things they really want to do in Japan. Good grief!

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Posted in: 'When They See Us' honors real Central Park 5 at Emmys See in context

Thank you M3M3M3 for your detailed and informed analysis of these issues.

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Posted in: Top doctor sounds alarm over heatstroke at Tokyo 2020 Olympics See in context

100% of the blame for the inappropriate timing lies with the demands of American media. Go ahead, vote me down - but this is the truth. In 1964 that problem had not yet emerged and the games could be held at a much more amenable time of the year.

Once again the holy US$ calls the shots!

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Posted in: U.S. power waning in Pacific, warns top Australian think tank See in context

No empire lasts forever, and the American empire is certainly on the wane. Countries like Japan and Australia will need to look after themselves increasingly in the future. The Chinese empire is nothing new of course - it has been waxing and waning for millenia, though its resources now place it very well for a period of significant expansion. The question now is the extent to which those nations which stand to lose to that expansion can stand on their own two feet.

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Posted in: Emperor Hirohito stopped by PM Yoshida from expressing remorse over war, documents show See in context

Bix's book is certainly the go-to source in English for the serious student of Emperor Hirohito. However, he himself would admit that he was not setting out to examine so much Hirohito as a whole, but more the question of war responsibility. And his conclusion, which is popularly but not universally accepted, is pretty much that Hirohito was the supreme architect of the war as far as Japan's role is concerned. It would be interesting to hear Bix's thoughts on these newly revealed documents.

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Posted in: Emperor Hirohito stopped by PM Yoshida from expressing remorse over war, documents show See in context

Opinions, opinions, opinions... we need to let the historical evidence speak for itself and put aside our fondly held biases and prejudices. This article is about some new evidence which does add to and alter some existing historical theories about Showa Tenno. That's all.

May I pay particular tribute to the balanced and sincere comment by MiaTanaka - I think you have tried to weigh everything you know and the new material fairly and dispassionately. Thank you.

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Posted in: Photo op See in context

It seems to be this movie:

This is a trailer:

As an ex-idol going it alone, I did not have high hopes for her, but this movie may be a turning point.

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Posted in: Can Tokyo's efficient rail system handle Olympic strain? See in context

I have experienced the normal rush-hour crush at Shinagawa station, 6 pm on a weekday... as a non-Japanese, the human tide there is incredible to observe, and a little unnerving to be a part of. So I can only imagine what it will be like during the Olympics. Having said that, I would never attend any Olympics in person, for all kinds of variations on the same theme. So... I wish the people of Tokyo the very best at that time, and those who have the ability to leave the city and put their jobs on hold for that time, you will be the happy ones! Unfortunately, not every employer will facilitate this - or even be able to, some workplaces have to function no matter what.

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