Yet, apart from a few exceptions, it's not. In fact, in many ways, it's one of the least developed technological nations (think continued use of Windows XP, fax machines, low-tech banking etc. and paper-based offices).
Gotta disagree with this. Sure there is some old tech being used, but Japanese are early adopters of new tech too. And the banking system is so far more advanced than Canada it isn't even funny.
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Ok, you can think whatever you like. Europe and this administration failed to dissuade Putin with assurances from going into Ukraine and here we are.
Assurances wouldn't be enough, this is a personal vendetta for Putin, he told Bush in 2008 that Ukraine wasn't even a country. The world simply does not see the USA as a defender anymore and this has been the case for many years now.
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The only reason there is even an expectation of the US to do anything at all here is because of Biden’s ego. He can go toe to toe with Putin and win then be praised by the world! (He thought).
Was there any such expectation? I don't think so, hence the time for invasion.
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While the occupation did go on a little longer than I would have liked, I have to say bravo to the Canadian police and RCMP for their amazing work clearing the streets. On a positive note, I think it speaks volumes for Canadians that there was little, if any, vandalism in Ottawa and no serious injuries or fatalities with the police efforts.
0 ( +5 / -5 )
authoritarian goverments in West, like in Austria, Australia, Canada,
What on earth are you talking about? None of those countries have authoritarian governments.
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He's hiding from the Freedom Convoy.
The longest convoy in the history of human civilization.
Canadian flags from coast to coast on the TransCan.
Get'r Done Boys!
Almost all Canadians support the 90% + truckers who are doing their job, not the clowns driving to Ottawa on some misguided protest.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
This is stupid. Daycare centers should not close.
It all boils down to staffing shortages at this point. Would you want sickly daycare workers taking care of your kids? In Canada and other countries where the variant arrived earlier, we have been seeing this problem for several weeks, and it's not just childcare.
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Judging by the symptoms then why are these closures happening?
shutdowns are likely due to staff shortages, too many people calling in sick.
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Does being a published professor of medicine making automatically everything what he is saying clever?
No offence, but I assume he is immeasurably more knowledgeable than you. Unless, of course you have studied infectious disease and written 300+ publications, maybe we should all be taking your advise.
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Does this idiot understand which enormous risk the parents are taking by giving this new vaccine, with a very less effectivness, to their little kids?
You're calling a published Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) an idiot, so what exactly are your credentials?
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But they already are coexisting nicely
Tell that to the employees at businesses that have gone bankrupt, November had record pandemic related bankruptcies for the 3rd month in a row. That is even with the subsidies the gov't is paying out. If the subsidies stop and things don't change in terms of restrictions at the border, I would be very concerned.
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This should not be a surprised if you look at the culture and people.
Pure fiction there. You do know that there are countries with lower per capita cases than Japan? Countries like Zimbabwe, S. Korea, Australia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Mauritania, New Zealand, Nicaragua, and Taiwan. Not to mention the simple fact that Japan is an island that has made it very inconvenient for travellers to come and go.
-1 ( +2 / -3 )
Do Japanese parents teach their kids anything, or do they depend on schools for everything? Just wondering.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
"a lot of companies’ dress codes say women can’t come to work without any makeup on." wow. so yeah, wonder when Shinseido will be doing mandatory courses at high schools?
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According to the CDC, 80% of Omicron cases in U.S. are fully vaccinated. 33% got the booster.
Yup, I saw that and nearly all cases are mild.
However, it doesn't conflict with the stats I posted, which were from Canada and posted today in the national news. I think the bottom line here is that the unvaccinated are at serious risk given the transmissibility of this variant. I wouldn't personally want to go up against this variant unvaccinated.
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haha - as predicted this morning, the 'invasion of privacy' mob are out, slowing the rest our lives down with their paranoia
The article states this is simply for paperless entry, so why not just delete the app afterwards if you're concerned about privacy and tracking?
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almost makes one think that a vaccine doesn’t prevent infection and transmission,
They don't prevent infection and transmission, at least not completely. So you should think that.
Unvaccinated people were seven times more likely to catch COVID-19 from November to December than fully vaccinated people.
People who are not vaccinated are also 30 times more likely to end up in hospital and 50 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU.
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Amazing how everything these days gets totally politicized, right from the start of these comments too. And you guys go on and on about right and left. As Zichi pointed out, this is nothing new. It's not even isolated to the US, a quick search turns up a 2011 headline: Ottawa police fear 'flash robs' on the rise. This is nothing but thugs using social media for organized crime.
1 ( +2 / -1 )
Yoshida doesn't expect foreign visitors to return until cherry blossom season next year.
Really wish countries would start reciprocating. This is absurd. I wonder how many small businesses have been and will be destroyed.
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Yes, they do. These people stop paying cold turkey, watch what happens within a month. Again, money is mobile and luckily most of these people (hopefully) will move their money.
How do they stop paying cold turkey? So you really think Elon will give up US residency? There are too many loopholes in the US tax code. You can even by a yacht as a second residence FFS
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The rich already pay more than enough in taxes.
Yeah right. Recent Forbes headline: Bezos, Musk And Buffett—Paid Federal Income Taxes Equaling Just 3.4% Of $401 Billion In New Wealth, Bombshell Report Shows
We are talking about 800 people in the US that this would impact, why are you defending their absurdly low tax rate?
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4.9 billion in subsidies for Elon, but what a w hiner when asked to pay his fair share of tax.
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Because my physician advised I take the maximum precautions and wait for the Shionogi vaccine or another vaccine based upon well-established and safe technology (i.e. protein subunit vaccine). That's why.
Well, it's interesting advice since that will be well into 2022. The science behind mRNA is decades in the making. Just sayin'.
-2 ( +10 / -12 )
Don't get me wrong. I'm all for vaccination, but against mRNA vaccines.
-1 ( +11 / -12 )
If a 16 year old in an Izakaya is going to ask to see proof, then I want to see proof from every single worker in the restaurant.
Good luck with that.
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Why can't the vax passport proponents just live and let live? Why do you have to force your ideology - that's what it is - on everyone else?
Force? Nobody is forcing you. You have a right to choose whether to get the vaccine and businesses have a right to choose whether they serve unvaccinated. That's the funny thing about rights, they go both ways. And btw vaccine mandates are not a 21st century innovation.
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Some people on here really seem to think all Afgans are terrorists, that is pretty messed up.
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Because as it's already been pointed out - you can still get and transmit the virus after being jabbed. The logical thing to do at this point would be to build up natural immunity and live with the virus.
No, that is not logical. Vaccines do work, the number of hospitalizations and ICU patients is majority unvaxxed. Waiting for herd immunity is a ridiculous notion that will likely cause health care collapse before it happens
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Legalised discrimination? No thanks
Vaccinations have been a requirement in many, many instances around the world for years, why is it discrimination now?
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I think at this point, they should just open things up for everyone, no restrictions. Back to normal should be the new normal. Hospitals should adjust to dealing with more Covid-19 patients. That can be their "new normal".
Not until that vaccine passport is launched domestically.
-2 ( +0 / -2 )