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Posted in: Tokyo reports 66 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 484 See in context

These are good numbers. Forget the number of cases as like so many point out, there is very little testing. Still hospitalizations and deaths can't be denied. The numbers are all way down. I can even get better numbers if we isolate every single individual and close the country down completely but that would be the death of Japan. Covid is something that we have to live with. Let's work at getting the numbers down within the scenario of a fully functioning open society not an artificial one. There is no other practical option lest Japan waits until Covid is eradicated from the earth.

OK....low numbers, now what? Wait until they get lower? How low and for how long? What's next?

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Posted in: Gov't to boost hospital capacity to treat more COVID patients See in context

There are only 385 patients in all of Japan. Most of them over 80. What's the point now? The vaccination effort worked. It's over.

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Posted in: 16 Afghan evacuees including aid agency workers arrive in Japan See in context

Wow..a whole 16 of them! There's a problem. They can't EVER go back! They don't even have Afghan passports. What is Japan to do? They will be forced to make them instant citizens!

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Posted in: Japan to lift state of emergency nationwide See in context

The FDA recommended a booster for those over 65 and those at high risk. By high risk they mean people with compromised health not a high risk profession such as health care workers. Am I wrong?

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Posted in: After virus-hit Olympics, public split over future Games in Japan See in context

Oh yeah one more thing. Japan probably won't get the Olympics for another 20 years so why even ask??

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Posted in: After virus-hit Olympics, public split over future Games in Japan See in context

You have to remember that as you age you are less likely to show interest in big events like the Olympics. Certainly not in attending them. Japan has an aging population. Those poll results expose the thinking of old people, "hey you, get off my lawn"! If the same poll were parsed into age groups you would see that most young and middle aged people (who would actually attend the Olympics) would be in favor.

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Posted in: N Korea slams U.S. over submarine deal; warns countermeasures See in context

North Korea's greatest defense asset is that they don't have anything anyone wants.

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Posted in: New Hong Kong electors decided with only 1 opposition member See in context

"Election" !!! Why bother at this point. Democracy already left the building.

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Posted in: Akihabara’s landmark 'meat building' being sold as pandemic continues to hit neighborhood hard See in context

So who in business is pushing the government to open the country for tourism? Japan has shut out the world for the last 18 months. They seem to think Covid19 is going to end some day rather than living with it.

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Posted in: Putin calls absence of Russia-Japan peace treaty 'nonsense' See in context

As far as I'm concerned, if you start a war, slaughter hundreds of thousands of people and then loose that war, you're lucky to be left with the entirety of your country much less worry about a few uninhabited islands. Count your blessings Japan. Don't need any treaty. Those islands are gone. Be thankful that's all they took.

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Posted in: 90-year-old ex-elite bureaucrat gets 5-year jail term over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

In 2003 an 86 year old man drove his car into a farmers market held in Santa Monica California killing 10 people and injuring 70. In his confusion he continued to hit the gas thinking it was a brake. He was eventually found guilty of all counts but sentenced to probation because of his poor health. The state tried to enact new laws that required testing after a certain age but a strong senior lobby group successfully blocked it.

At least these incidents are rare, however with an aging population in Japan I don't think this is the last story we are going to hear.

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Posted in: Hong Kong dismisses business pushback over 'zero-COVID' strategy See in context

Hong Kong is betting on the wrong horse. This Lam Lady needs to go. Winter 2022?

Hong Kong is doomed.

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Posted in: Delta will charge unvaccinated employees $200 per month See in context

Maybe this will pave the way for any number of weighted health risks. No reason why a healthy fit person should not get a discounted rate on his insurance the same as driver without tickets gets on his auto insurance. This might also encourage people to get fit.

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Posted in: Firefighter arrested for marijuana possession See in context

Does this article mean that he was the only one arrested for pot this year? Please explain Japan Today.

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Posted in: Japan's top COVID-19 adviser criticizes Bach's revisit to Tokyo See in context

Japan needs to open their eyes and get out of this paranoia. It seems that they still don't understand that isolation is not going to solve the problem. One guy, the chief of the Olympic comittee can't come to the Olympics! Is this how Japanese think? My God, Japan will never open it's borders!

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Posted in: Japan to expand state of emergency to 8 more prefectures See in context

All this and still no word on travel. No word on vaccine passports that will never get off the ground because Japan will not reciprocate. Half measures, no clear goal and no information. Most of the hospitals will not take Covid patients? The last time we saw this show was about Fukushima.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten border controls on visitors from 3 U.S. states, Finland See in context

I don't think these daily positivity numbers mean much without knowing the testing numbers. A better indicator of Covid seriousness would be hospitalization numbers. Hospitalizations tell the true story.

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

Dear Tokyo-Engr,

Atheletes train for years to get a chance to participate in the Olympics. They come in and out of peak condition by plan. A plan made years in advance. You can't just postpone till later without changing the competitive color of the Olympics. This is not a car race where you can garage the car until later or release the new movie next Fall.

The Japanese are well known for their xenophobia as every expat knows. The few people who test positive from abroad will garner the wrath of Tokyo. Foreigners continue to play the role of scapegoat for now, but when the games are over and nothing has changed they will have to recon with Covid19 as has everyone. I've used the words "Live an Let Die" to make a point in the past. The only way Japan and the rest of the world can conquer Covid19 is to just get on with life.

btw...Japan my be the size of California but it contains a third the population of the United States.

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

By world standards, Japan's infection rate is so low it's a non-issue. So why the big deal about the Olympics? Because government over reaction including everything from travel restrictions to regulations to lockdowns for the last year have placed fear into the Japanese people and now the ramifications of that fear are manifested in response to the Olympics.

As a comparison, per TSA, the United States receives about 200,000 visitors every day and no one cares. Japan is running in irrational fear mode.

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Posted in: Fewer than 1,000 VIPs may attend Olympic opening ceremony See in context

This is a quote from Yokyoite worth re-posting:

The problem I think is that the continual blaming of the Olympics, which has not even started, draws away attention from the real causes.

The selective fear mongering on the Olympics, while we still pack into trains everyday shows how flawed the argument is.

I mean, unless you really do believe millions packed onto trains is safer than 5,000 people sat spaced outside in a 80,000 capacity stadium.

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Posted in: Daily tests, cardboard beds: 24 hours at Tokyo's Olympic Village See in context

An outrageous sham! Why do they even bother? There are 1100 cases of Covid in Tokyo each day regardless. This is an example of bureaucracy run wild. It's what happens when a bunch of bureaucrats are tasked to do something about something they can do nothing about. It is the epitome of the Japanese mind. I only hope the IOC and the atheletes push back. The Olympics were not intended as a caged rat competition. Japan has exposed themselves as cowardly sheep. Should of moved this venue to Florida.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 830 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,386 See in context

This game of lockdown, vaccination, isolation, fear mongering, avoidance, political posturing, worldwide is only a precursor to the inevitable outcome. It's going to be herd immunity the slow way or herd immunity the fast way. The sooner we give up and heed the words of Paul McCartney the sooner this world will get back to normal. "Live and Let Die"

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Posted in: Japan retracts controversial policy over alcohol-serving restaurants See in context

Can someone please explain why Japanese use the phrase "in principal" in just about every written regulation?

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Posted in: Japan retracts controversial policy over alcohol-serving restaurants See in context

My God! No alcohol! Closing restaurants at 7:00pm! Now that is what I call a serious lockdown. Or, maybe a joke? Japan has never taken Covid 19 seriously except by using it to harass Gaijins.

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Posted in: U.S. media say anti-COVID steps at Tokyo Olympics go against press freedoms See in context

There is no scientific reason why fully vaccinated and tested people should not be allowed into Japan for the Olympics. They act as if Coronavirus comes from foreigners and not them. Japan still has the lowest infection rates in the world. What you are seeing is the byproduct of a closed society. It breeds fear and suspicion of anyone who is not a member of the group (Japanese). It has been evident throughout this entire ordeal and will now receive a world spotlight.

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Posted in: Pot producers up cultivation with an eye to getting foreign athletes higher (if not faster and stronger) See in context

This article is BS. Do they really think athletes are going to risk everything they have worked for just to get high for two weeks in a country with draconian drug laws? Oh, and never mind that because of Japanese paranoia there won't be any customers at the Olympics because there won't be any people there.

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Posted in: Is Japan's quickening vaccine drive in time for Olympics? See in context

The majority of people getting Covid now are in their 20 to 40s. It's really a non-issue in Japan. Nonetheless, with vaccinations moving along at a million per day this should be enough to quell the paranoia within a month. The first dose is enough to put you well over the 70% plus immune category which will achieve herd immunity. Honestly, far fewer people are dying of Covid today than any other year from the common flu. Every country I've seen has dealt with their fear cycle when it comes to Covid. The USA has recovered as has Europe but for some odd reason the Asian countries have not. Good luck Japan, but really, you don't have any problem.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic spectator cap set at 10,000 or 50% capacity per venue See in context

10,000 non-vaccinated Japanese and not a single VACCINATED foreigner allowed. I hope the Japanese enjoy their private little Olympics.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 388 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,520 See in context

388 new cases! That puts the infection rate at 2.8 per 100,000 or pretty much the lowest rate in the world.

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