John Kennedy comments

Posted in: Ministers Kishi, Nishimura visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

With the pandemic and relations with South Korea and China near all time lows, is this really the time to be visiting the shrine?

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Posted in: Anger mounts as Biden, Congress allow eviction ban to expire See in context

This is a tough situation. Imagine a restaurant owner that is ordered to continue to serve food to those who can’t pay. It’s unfair to put the burden on the landlords who also have bills to pay.

Supposedly there was billions set aside for rent relief for those who need it, which has never been made available.

I think there has to be a better solution than either putting the burden solely on the landlords or throwing people into the streets.

Perhaps assistance can be provided to those who can show proof they are actively seeking work or some such thing. The problem is that they knew the deadline was looming for months and did nothing. Government often works this way. Inactivity until absolutely necessary and then sometimes it is too late.

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Posted in: Delayed doses of AstraZeneca jab boost immunity: study See in context

Just to qualify what I am saying. Japan is in a difficult place because it has millions of doses of Astrazenaca and Japan has a high level of vaccine hesitancy. After deciding initially not to use Astrazenaca after approval, it’s going to be a hard sell. So what are they going to do? They don’t want to be seen wasting millions of doses. So at least part of their solution is to give them away.

As to is Astrazenaca inferior, I will put it this way, which is superior 80% effective or 60% effective?

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Posted in: Delayed doses of AstraZeneca jab boost immunity: study See in context

Japan has given millions of doses to other countries, but hasn’t given any Pfizer or Moderna. ALL Astrazenaca.

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Posted in: Delayed doses of AstraZeneca jab boost immunity: study See in context

Nobody wants to say it, but the truth is the Astrazenaca vaccine is inferior to the ones made by Moderna or Pfizer. How can I say that? Pfizer and Moderna have proven to be highly effective against every variant so far.

Astrazenaca was found to be ineffective against the South African variant. It is effective against the Delta variant (60%), but Pfizer and Moderna are far more effective against Delta (80+%).

I certainly would choose Pfizer or Moderna over Astrazenaca. This is Japan’s problem. They have millions of doses that are going to expire, but most people don’t want Astrazenaca. They should have given all their Astrazenaca away. They are caught between letting vaccine be wasted or trying to vaccinate people in Japan with it who don’t want it.

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Posted in: Japan to donate 1 mil doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Philippines See in context

I am 60 years old and I have read that Japan is planning to approve Astrazenaca for people 60+. The reason is your body tends to have a weaker response to the vaccine and therefore less likely for side effects.

But to be honest I don’t want the Astrazenaca vaccine. Why? I am not worried about the side effects that are extremely rare. My issue is that Astrazenaca was ineffective against the South African variant and about 60% effective against the Delta variant. Moderna and Pfizer are like 80% effective against the Delta variant and have been effective against all variants to date. They are also believed to have a very long lasting immunity.

The truth is Pfizer and Moderna are superior to Astrazenaca. Also Astrazenaca isn’t approved in the USA, so your Astrazenaca vaccine card doesn’t count when you try to enter somewhere that requires proof of vaccination.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend influencing imperial succession debate See in context

All I know is that Princess Mako and Mr. Komuro should be allowed to get married. As far as the succession issues. Empress Masako was a commoner and suffered greatly because she didn’t produce a male heir. And I wonder how Princess Aiko feels. I imagine it’s not pleasant for her to think that she is viewed as unworthy simply because she is not male. A change allowing female monarchs would surely remove these unfair stresses on members of the Imperial Family. I also just have to say Princess Mako looks very royal and if that look on her face isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

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Posted in: How vaccines work against the COVID-19 Delta variant See in context

What this article fails to mention is that the Astrazenaca vaccine is not effective against the South African strain of the virus. And as the article states clearly the Pfizer vaccine is far more effective against the Delta variant. Japan has tens of millions of doses of the Astrazenaca vaccine that will expire in September so first they announced that they are going to approve it for use for those 60 and older. Apparently they figured out thy would still have vaccine left over so now they are going to approve it for people 18 and over. They have secured enough Pfizer and Moderna vaccine to vaccinate everyone in Japan, but because they didn’t act soon enough they are stuck with these Astrazenaca doses they need to avoid wasting. And so people like me who are 60 years old and haven’t received their coupon yet will receive the inferior Astrazenaca vaccine.

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

The truth of the matter is the slow rollout of the vaccine has cost the Japanese economy far far more than what the cost of canceling the Olympics would have been.

The government focused its energy on holding the Olympics rather than rolling out the vaccine. That decision has resulted in lost jobs, bankrupt companies, decreased income for many Japanese and foreigners living here, prolonged suffering and inconvenience and most importantly the loss of human lives.

Even if the Olympics are deemed a success, the price paid for them is way too high.

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Posted in: Japan should have scrapped domestic COVID vaccine trials: Kono See in context

You are the last person on earth to figure this out.

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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context

Probably one of the reasons they aren’t filling the slots is they aren’t doing a good job of publicizing them. Have you noticed how there are all these articles about these centers and they never give a link or a phone number. And then they scratch their heads and wonder why they have empty slots.

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Posted in: Japan to provide greater COVID vaccine support to foreign residents See in context

I am glad Japan is trying to make it easier for us foreigners because currently my local government has zero influence in English at least as far as I can find.

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Posted in: American father and son plead guilty to helping Ghosn flee Japan See in context

So the Japanese government hires them to go to Lebanon and kidnap Ghosn and bring him back.

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Posted in: Nationwide bookings eyed for mass vaccination sites in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

if the so called mass vaccination sites are already running at full capacity and completely unable to handle even the demand from the local people, why in the world would you want to open them to others. The sites are only supposed to be open for a few months anyway. (Why they would shut them down before everyone is vaccinated is beyond me. But then again I have been flabbergasted for months at the way this vaccine rollout has been run.)

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Posted in: Yokohama begins inoculations at mass vaccination center See in context

Why are all these so called mass vaccination sites only staying open for a couple months. It’s like okay the Olympics are over or we’ve finished vaccinating the old folks, we can go back to a crawl now.

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Posted in: Japanese companies opening vaccination sites amid slow national rollout See in context

The campaign was slowed initially by scant supplies of imported doses,

Scant supplies of initiative, creativity and common sense.

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Posted in: Universities across Japan gearing up to provide vaccination venues See in context

I have been very critical of the slow pace of vaccinations, and this new effort seems like there are a lot of kinks to work out. But I have to say that it seems like the Japanese government is at least moving in the right direction. With the universities and companies becoming vaccination sites, things should pick up speed. All the mistakes until now can’t be reversed, but it seems the government is finally catching on. Anyway I am going to try and be positive and see how this all works out. I am certainly more positive than I was a month ago. Let’s hope that these kinds of initiatives keep coming.

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Posted in: Mass vaccinations in Tokyo, Osaka get into full swing; Kobe opens large center See in context

Okay so the two centers are doing a total of 15,000 per day which equals 450,000 shots a month. And they are only going to run it for 3 months, which means 1,350,000 shots. Dividing that number by 2, and these 2 so called mass vaccination sites are going to fully vaccinate 675,000 people. That’s just a fraction of 1 % of the population. Of course those 2 sites are only what the central government is doing. The local governments efforts will be doing way more. But three very big questions come to mind. Why did the government wait months before opening these centers? Why did they open just 2? And perhaps most baffling of all, why in the world are they only going to run it for only 3 months? It’s extremely sad to think that the 3rd largest economy of the world, mustering its resources can only produce such paltry results.

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Posted in: Gov't considers using SDF doctors, nurses at Tokyo Olympics See in context

The truth is that any SDF personnel used for the Olympics are personnel that should be working to vaccinate people.

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Posted in: Ibaraki health center warns people not to eat with foreigners to prevent spreading COVID See in context

I have lived in Japan for 30 years. I know that discrimination exists in Japan, but in my experience, I have often been amazed by the kindness of the Japanese people. Whenever I have been in some difficult situation, there has always been some Japanese person/people to help me.

I don’t think this story is very representative of Japan. The vast majority of Japanese are kind helpful people.

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Posted in: 28 local Japanese governments considering mass vaccination sites See in context

Yes, the local governments should do a two month study on whether or not to open mass vaccination sites. Then after preparing, the sites can open a month after the studies are finished. The sites should be able to handle a hundred people a day. Of course all this depends on whether there will be enough people legally able to administer the vaccines. The central government is carefully studying this problem.

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Posted in: Most Japanese medical workers still not fully vaccinated See in context

They said that initially the problem was supply! This is simply not true. There has from the very beginning of the rollout more vaccine in warehouses than going into people’s arms. Let’s state it clearly. There is one and only one reason for the slow rollout: incompetency. A competent government would have foreseen and planned for these problems most of which were foreseeable.

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Posted in: From Twitter star to vaccine czar: Taro Kono's moment in the spotlight See in context

What has he done that is so amazing? Third world countries have started their vaccination programs before Japan. And now what is the Japanese government going to do? Run still more trials on some doctors and nurses before starting in earnest in March.

They could begin vaccinating all health workers now and still closely watch the 20K. Thy think they are increasing their credibility, but I think they are showing how truly incompetent and ill prepared they are to handle an urgent health crisis.

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Posted in: Oita woman loses lawsuit and pays damages without ever knowing she’d been sued See in context

This man should be prosecuted for fraud. His actions were criminal.

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Posted in: Some remain skeptical as Japan set to roll out vaccines on Wednesday See in context

It’s very hard for me to understand the Japanese government’s vaccine plan. 

First of all, there seems to be very little sense of urgency. According to Japanese law, imported medicines must be tested in Japan. So even though the vaccines that Japan will be importing have been through vigorous trials and all the data is readily available, Japan has to conduct their own clinical trials. 

Okay so now they have finally approved ONE vaccine. Now their plan is to vaccine 20,000 doctors and nurses and closely monitor their health and look for any side effects. Never mind that literally tens of millions of people have already received the Pfizer vaccine and that any adverse reactions are being actively studied, they are going to waste another month to do this monitoring. I guess it’s because there is a lot of vaccine skepticism here. In my opinion, the way to win over the skeptics is to vaccinate those who are willing and let the wait and see people see how the early adopters fare. 

So they will actually begin vaccinating the rest of the medical workers in mid March. 

As far as the Moderna vaccine, it’s believed that it will be approved and rolled out in mid to late May. 

In the mean time, both the UK and the South African variants are already present in the country. So by the time they get around to vaccinating the general population, a new vaccine will probably be necessary to deal with the variants. What are they going to do then? Start more clinical trials?

And they want to hold the Olympics in July? Good luck with that!

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