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Posted in: Rapid coronavirus testing centers to open at Tokyo's Haneda airport See in context

Hopefully this will put pressure on the shameless price-gouging clinics that have been charging 20,000 yen or more for pre-flight tests. Or better yet, drive them out of business completely.

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Posted in: Japan considers prioritizing Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccination See in context

Why are these deranged Olympic fetishists even bothering to tell the public about this plan? The Japanese team consists of fewer than 1,000 athletes. All of them could be vaccinated in a single day and the public would be none the wiser.

Do they get their perverted jollies by letting us commoners know how little regard they truly have the health of the nation?

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Posted in: Health minister urges Tokyo to remain vigilant as virus cases soar in Osaka See in context

I'm confused.

Is quasi-vigilant above pseudo-vigilant but below ersatz-vigilant on the government's scale of faux-vigilant, or is it the other way around?

Enough with the 建前, dear leaders. Tell us like it is.

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Posted in: Gov't fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible 4th wave See in context

There were 249 new infections in Tokyo on Monday, still well below the peak of over 2,500 in January.

One of the reasons the infections seem to be low in number relative to those in other countries is because Japanese are reluctant to admit they might be sick with a disease that "polite society" regards as unpleasant or unsightly.

So, if a person is feeling the possible effects of covid, rather than go to the hospital, he or she toughs it out at home and (hopefully) recovers, without ever being tested.

Out of sight, out of mind -- and never added to the official tally.

As a result, "polite society" falsely believes that there are very few infections, and therefore believe that, as one commenter put it, "you can live an almost normal life here in Japan."

And thus, ignorance prevails.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 249 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,563 See in context

A simple fact that cannot be fudged.

Number of hospitalisations, it doesn't matter how many test are done or what you think.

If the number of people in hospital remains low then the number of infected is probably low, especially in the aged population of Japan.

You're ignoring a simple fact that cannot be fudged: Many people in Japan never go to the hospital. They get sick, tough it at home, and hopefully recover.

Those folks are never counted in the daily totals.

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Posted in: Osaka reports more new coronavirus cases than Tokyo; nationwide tally 1,785 See in context

 have been travelling for the last 5 days, so have not really kept up with the numbers game much, but numbers seem to be on a seesaw.

”Traveling” is synonymous with “spreading.”

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Posted in: Japan spends billions on technology for absent Olympic fans See in context

They spent 7.3 billion yen on technology? That's some mighty expensive fax machines!

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Posted in: 345 people in Japan infected with coronavirus variants See in context

Even with the supposed new variants, the number of new cases is going down. As people start going about their business again like before the number won't suddenly shoot up, as you saw last year. It appears to be seasonal and has generally followed the same patterns across countries, lockdowns or not.

The media are just digging around for ways to drag it out at this point

OK, Donald

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Posted in: Re-elected Bach promises 'safe, secure' Tokyo Olympics See in context

@Aly Rustom

Now expect the testing here to drop to ABISMAL numbers for the next 2 months just so that they can dupe the leaders trying to be responsible and do the right thing into coming. That's my worry.

World leaders aren't going to be duped by infection rates that are made to look low. They'll look at the number of people being tested. If it isn't in the tens of thousands every day, they'll know the numbers are being manipulated.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context


My sincere apologies for messing up your username in my reply above. That was not intentional.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context


Someone I know opened up a small establishmment last month knowing they'd receive this subsidy.Gonna get 1.5 mil for the month of "S. of E."

Your acquaintance is in for a rude awakening, then. The subsidies are being paid based on prior months earnings, and the 60,000 yen is the upper limit for the highest earners.

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Posted in: Young Japanese celebrate Coming-of-Age Day under COVID's shadow See in context

Article: "sat seats apart"

Photo: sitting next to one another

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Posted in: World's oldest person in southwestern Japan turns 118 See in context

Only 118? She's a spring chicken compared to the world's oldest person in northeastern Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese artist creates ramen face mask to complement fogged glasses See in context

The Flying Spaghetti Monster approves.


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