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Posted in: Japan's Pacific coast hit by tsunami after Tonga eruption See in context


As someone who lived through the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake you don't mess with mother nature.

There is no overblown panic. We go through yearly disaster drills preparing for such situations. Everybody here takes warnings seriously.

It is those that don't who usually feel the consequences of their foolish inactions.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 19 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 131 See in context

Just ran the numbers on those eligible to be vaccinated (12 and older) and 85.98% have received 2 shots.

97,558,098 have receceived two shots. Divide that by the 12 and older population of 113,500,000 and you get the almost 86% number. That is outstanding and part of the reason numbers have been so low.

Keep it up Japan.

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Posted in: 2nd Omicron case confirmed; Japan to bar foreign residents' re-entry from 10 African nations See in context

Second case has been confirmed. Entry point was Narita and it was at the end of last month.

Japanese article from NHK News Web


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Posted in: Kishida taking no chances as Japan closes border over Omicron See in context

The additional 70 passengers on the same flight as the diplomat tested negative.

Well,it is assumed that they would since it takes days to show a positive result after exposure (on the flight)

Those 70 passengers movements are being monitored via a smartphone app.

We know how well that will work.

If they really weren't taking any chances, they would have isolated those 70 individuals in a government facility and waited until they showed negative on multiple test.

Six wave starts...now.

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Posted in: Mass vaccination site to fill vacant slots with police, other officials See in context

From today my town is making slots availble to those under 65 who have preexisting conditions or thosd who are teachers and care givers who come in contact with numerous others on a daily basis so cancelled shots don't go to waste.

My wife and I, both teachers are going on the waiting list. I look forward to getting my throughly tested, decades of research in the making mRNA vaccine.

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Posted in: First responders get vaccinated at former Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo See in context

Doing something that makes sense. Hope that this becomes contagious.

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy, driving car, causes accident in Iwate See in context

Given the time of day and that being a pretty busy intersection here in Iwate, lucky there were only minor injuries.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor warns of explosion in COVID-19 cases See in context

@George Townes

Experts said vaccine makers would need to run at least Phase I and II trials in Japan before seeking approval for use.

This is for Japanese vaccine makers.

No. That is wrong.

There will be smaller trials run on Pfizer, Moderna, etc. in Japan with the hopes of obtaining approval.

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Posted in: Experts meet on how to prevent Go To campaign from spreading coronavirus See in context

I am promoting the DO NOT GO TO Iwate travel campaign. In my town alone, 1/3 of our population is over 65 and the virus would wreck havoc on our community.

People don't have any sense of how to deal with a crisis. You need to travel? Really? We are in the middle of a pandemic. Wait until there is a vaccine in place

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Posted in: Online matchmaking party business doing well See in context

Wonder how many of the participants are of the corona divorce persuasion?

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Posted in: Carnival to resume cruises in summer when virus order ends See in context

Cruise ships are nothing but floating petri dishes.

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions

Wow! What a surprise. Even up here in Iwate, where there are 0 infections. I don't believe that for a second,. People talk and talk about the coronavirus, but there is no social distancing and though official parties are off limits, people keep getting together after work for farewell parties. Clueless, absolutely clueless.

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Posted in: 'Exhausted' Kanye West hospitalized; cancels tour after bizarre rants See in context

This is nothing more than a publicity grab. He will recover, put out a new album (from all the song he writes from his hospital bed (songs of personal suffering)), schedule a new tour, sell out venue after venue and have a new reality show to document it all. I gotta give it to him...he knows that millions will fall for this hook, line and sinker.

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Posted in: False giant quake alert sent out; lightning may be cause See in context

Having lived through the 2011 earthquake and the numerous large aftershocks, the early warning system does what it is meant to do, send out a warning. And if you know how the system works, if nothing happens five seconds after the warning sounds, then nothing is going to happen. It's just that simple. No harm, no foul.

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Posted in: Trump attacks Muslim father's convention speech See in context

Trump was just being Trump. He will probably say that he was just being sarcastic. Such a moron. Sad! So Sad!.

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Posted in: 'Star Wars' may propel U.S. toy industry to best year since 1999 See in context

Good this year, sales are. Yes, hmmm. Strong with hasbro, the force is.

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Posted in: Regulator declares nuclear reactors safe after quake See in context

Play with fire and you'll get burned. Play with earthquakes and you'll end up with another nuclear disaster. Anyone there have any common sense, anyone...Bueller.

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Posted in: Steel nut found in Kanagawa elementary school lunch See in context

Maybe the lunch center was looking to put more iron in the children's diet.

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Posted in: Sendai reactor power ramp-up halted due to pump problem See in context

If the PM is so confident that the nuclear plants are safe, he should move his office there. Those who don't learn from history.... you all know the rest. Just wait until the next accident that is due to either a natural or man made disaster and those in charge will say, "There is no way we could have foreseen this."

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Posted in: Bolt in Gatlin's crosshairs at Beijing world championships See in context

Gatlin spent those four years researching how NOT to be caught while being tested. Once a cheat, always a cheat.

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Posted in: China slammed over lack of transparency after Tianjin disaster See in context

Remember this is the same government that hurriedly buried a derailed train car after the July 2011 high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, with deceased victims falling out of the car during the burial. The government stated that they wanted no investigation.

Oh, just in case any Chinese officials happen to be reading this, here is the Chinese word for transparency: 透明度.

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Posted in: 6 die in water-related accidents on Sunday See in context

Ah yes, the weekly Monday moronic, crass comment. Show a little respect for the dead and their grieving families.

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Posted in: Google lets users map their steps See in context

I have this wonderful device that I have had for 46 years that allows me to vividly recall places I frequently visit and those that I haven't been to in 30 plus years. The storage capacity is around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes). Think I agree with warispeace on wanting to keep my memories my own.

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Posted in: 30th anniversary of 'Back to the Future' celebrated at Hollywood Bowl See in context

Still my favorite movie and favorite trilogy! Can't believe it has been 30 years. Wish I could hop in a Delorean and be 16 again.

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Posted in: Sugary drinks may cause 184,000 global deaths a year: study See in context

Since I moved to Japan eight years ago, it's been my town's spring water (from the tap), Oi Ocha and coffee...that's it, that's the list.

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Posted in: Drone falls onto elevated train tracks in Hokkaido See in context

It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Note to big business: drone delivery = NOT a good idea.

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Posted in: Model citizen See in context

The model's name is Ami Sano. She was born without arms and only a partially formed left foot. She was a cheerleader at the high school she attended. Read more about her here: http://www.cy8cy.com/my-name-is-sano-ami-sano/

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Posted in: Iwate city puts tsunami behind it See in context

Living just 20 mintues from coast, I can still remember the events of that day clearly. It took me almost two months before I ventured to the coastal areas mentioned above. The first time I saw Taro after the tsumami, I could not wrap my mind around what I was seeing. The town had been been flattened by the tsunami. Today, the Taro area remains mostly the same as it was after the tsunami. This was the second time in the last 100 years that the town of Taro had been devastated by a tsunami. The last major tsunami struck in 1933. Most of the residents have relocated to other areas of Iwate, but those that remain are still unsure on whether to rebuild or not.

I encourage any of you who have not been to Iwate, to come visit. Other areas, including my town of Iwaizumi, have chosen to rebuild. And although we will never forget the events of March 11th, we are looking towards the future with optimism and hope.

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Posted in: Minor tsunami hits Iwate coast after M6.9 quake See in context

Didn't feel the first one while walking to the office this morning. However, I did feel the second one this afternoon and it was one of the strongest quakes I have felt in the Iwate area in the past couple of years.

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Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan? See in context

The best Engrish that I ever came across was back in the mid '90s. A box of used videos was marked as 'USED VD.'

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