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Posted in: Would you support airlines refusing to admit passengers unless they have proof of COVID-19 vaccination or immunity, as a condition for international travel? See in context

Airlines will likely not have a choice - they will likely be required by international law to refuse passengers who are not vaccinated. This is already the case for many communicable diseases - e.g. TB, Yellow Fever, etc. - when coming or going from certain countries. Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Certificate_of_Vaccination_or_Prophylaxis

Up until 2020, I used to do a lot of traveling for both work and leisure. If you're coming into Japan from certain African countries or are traveling to those places from Japan, you need to show a vaccination certificate to be allowed to board. That's not the airline's policy - that's international law.

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Posted in: What is the safest way to get some exercise without exposing yourself to the danger of being infected with the coronavirus or infecting others, in case you unknowingly have it? See in context

These are pretty good ...



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Posted in: 78% think 1-year delay of Olympics appropriate: poll See in context

@1glenn ... Also, it seems hosting the Olympic Games has no long-term positive economic impact, and can actually have a negative impact. Maybe just cancel it altogether.

Source: https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/economics-hosting-olympic-games

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Posted in: Japanese airlines could see ¥1 tril revenue fall on virus pandemic See in context

@Tom ... It's normally discouraged in large businesses to hold on to cash, because it's seen as wasteful and a missed opportunity to not use that money to make more money or to reward shareholders. Thus senior management and board members are incentivized to not hold on to cash. For example, a large majority of JAL shareholders are individuals (43%) and foreign companies (24%). Like with other major airlines, JAL has been spending a lot of its annual profits to buy back shares.

Source: https://www.jal.com/en/csr/report/pdf/index_2014_20.pdf

Source: https://www.jal.com/en/investor/library/results_briefing/pdf/fy2019q2_1031en_detail.pdf

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Posted in: Diamond Princess quarantine critic says Tokyo Olympics should be halted See in context

This doctor is just an infectious disease expert. What does he know. (Sarcasm)

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Posted in: COVID-19 and beyond: World 'nowhere near' ready, expert says See in context

@quercetum ... What about the principle of Occam's Razor? All the past coronaviruses (e.g. MERS, SARS) came from animals, so the simplest explanation for COVID-19 is that it also came from animal transmission to human.

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Posted in: BOJ ramps up risky asset buying, doubles pace of ETF, J-REIT purchases See in context

@wtfjapan ... Yup. This move by the Feds will put pressure on the Yen to increase in value. So BOJ will likely have to do something to devalue the Yen to counteract the American effect. But I just don't know how much else BOJ can do - I think they have just about done everything that they could already. Combined with greatly reduced tourism, a greatly reduced export due to a strong Yen is going to result in a lot of economic pain for everyone. :(

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Posted in: Postponing Olympics may be good for Japan's economy See in context

Here's a thought: Postponing will be good for the economy because, you know, people will actually turn up for the Olympics instead of staying away. And also fewer sick or dead people.

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Posted in: Smartphones also spreading coronavirus? Oh no -- say it isn't so See in context

Too much paranoia. There are literally tens and hundreds of thousands more people dying every year from many other things, including car accidents, smoking, obesity, etc.

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Posted in: If you live in Japan, have you been going out to your local restaurants and shopping as often as you usually do to try and help those businesses get through the coronavirus crisis? See in context

I'll change my habits when there's a zombie outbreak like in World War Z. :D

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Posted in: Tokyo Marathon limited to elite runners over virus fears See in context

Could this be a sign of what's to come with the Olympics? In other words, even if it is not cancelled, only a few athletes and even fewer spectators show up.

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Posted in: Japan announces basic policy to fight spread of coronavirus See in context

From the Atlantic magazine ... https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/02/covid-vaccine/607000/

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Posted in: Japan's hay fever season to start early due to warm winter See in context

@limosine ... I've seen a doctor in India do this in a Netflix documentary (face palm).

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Posted in: Japan classifies new-virus pneumonia as designated infectious disease See in context

@didou ... Just saw that. And experts in HK are saying the number of those already infected could be as high as 44,000 people (source: https://www.scmp.com/video/hong-kong/3047932/coronavirus-hong-kong-medical-experts-urge-draconian-measures-study-claims).

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Posted in: China counts 106 virus deaths as U.S., others move to evacuate citizens See in context

Germany now has 1 reported case. Source: www.dw.com/en.

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Posted in: The rest of Asia has bigger potential for future growth compared to Japan. We would like to look for more opportunities. See in context

@gaijintraveller ... Exactly. Japan is simply legislatively and culturally at a disadvantage compared to other ASEAN countries when it comes to business competition. And I don't see things changing anytime soon. So Nomura is right to realise that there will be more rich people (customers) outside of Japan.

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Posted in: China's outbound group travel ban a blow to Japan's retail, tourism sectors See in context

It is unfortunate that Japanese businesses will suffer. But, hey, it's better than having possibly thousands of sick or dead people. The smart thing to do, going forward, is to court more visitors from other countries, especially those in the region, so as to not rely mainly on Chinese tourists for revenue. Just saying.

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Posted in: China heads into Lunar New Year on shutdown as virus spreads to Europe See in context

@OssanAmerica ... WHO is incompetent. Remember the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 - 2016? They had advanced warnings from medical NGOs on the ground for months, but ignored it.

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Posted in: SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son: Tech visionary or mediocre capitalist with too much money to spend? See in context

Arrogant and over-confident are more like it. He's gambling with $100 billion of investors' money that will never yield what was promised - crazy big returns beyond logical reason. He's basically artificially pumping up private companies that are loss-making and then trying to dump them onto the public in the hopes of massive returns - unfortunately for him with WeWork many people have caught on to the scam.

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Posted in: Japan to step up precautions against China coronavirus See in context

It's too early to say if 2019-nCoV is very deadly or not. SARS had a fatality rate of about 10%. MERS' was nearly 40%. But so far - if official numbers are to be believed - the new coronavirus' fatality rate is quite low at around 3%. The real question is how infectious this virus is, because if it is super infectious, then a fatality rate of 3% could result is a massive number of deaths. I think the government is taking appropriate actions for now, until more is known.

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Posted in: Hong Kong protesters say 'Thank you' to Donald Trump See in context

Trump had nothing to do with it. It was the US Congress. They had enough votes to overcome any potential veto from the President, thus forcing his hand.

Look, I get it that HKers are desperate for any help. But they've thanked the wrong person. In fact, Trump told China he was happy to stay out of the it. But Congress had other ideas.

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Posted in: Japan's population falls for 6th year; rise in foreign residents See in context

The short-term fix is to keep on raising the retirement age. I know it's not a pleasant thought, but this is what I think the government will do. In 2013 the official retirement age was 61. In 2016 it was raised to 62. By 2025 the government is expected to raise the retirement age to 65. Maybe by 2065 it will be 78 - who knows for sure, but the trend looks like the retirement age is raised by 1 year every 3 years.

In any case many senior citizens already are continuing to work after their official retirement age - for better or worse, depending on your point of view. But it seems many of these people do low-pay, part-time work. Personally, I think the government and companies should have beneficial policies that promote this post-retirement work, and at the same time promote immigration.

Diversity is a good thing. In Nature it is how species survive - they change and adapt. Yes, it's great that Japan has some unique characteristics - like having 4 seasons (just joking, please don't troll me). But having lived in other countries for many years, I do miss seeing the diversity I have seen elsewhere. It just makes life much more fun and interesting. Japanese culture is strong enough that people should not fear losing it.

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Posted in: All-you-can-drink whisky cocktails for Y100 at seafood restaurant with branches in Tokyo See in context

This is awesome. Although I can probably drink only about 2 of these before turning deep red and passing out. Still, the price is not bad.

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Posted in: Miyazaki mangoes sell for record Y400,000 at year's first auction See in context

I once paid 10,000 yen for a small melon - as a birthday gift. But this is ridiculous. I usually buy just bananas because they're relatively cheap.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to urge China to play bigger role in halting N Korea's nuclear arms program See in context

I would not be surprised if Trump sells out Japan and South Korea in order to appease China. After all, he has business interests in China. The Chinese know how this man thinks and behaves, and they can and will manipulate him.

I know many people are distrustful of Abe and do not want to see increased militarism in Japan - and I agree with them. But given the way the US is going, Japan needs to look out for itself. South Korea, too.

To continue to kowtow to the US could prove to be very costly to Japan. North Korea is unpredictable. Yes, they want nuclear weapons as a deterrent and to keep Kim Jong-un in power. But with nuclear weapons even a slight mistake could end disastrously. It will be pointless to say "I told you so" when nuclear or chemical missiles start hitting Japan.

The Chinese are playing a very dangerous game, as they could also end up in the cross-hairs of North Korea. But I think, as others here have said, that the calculation is they stand to gain much by enabling North Korea and then make deals with the US and others to "curb" their assistance to NK.

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Posted in: Potato chip shortage due to typhoon damage in Hokkaido See in context


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Posted in: Kishida, Tillerson to meet on Syria conflict N Korea threat See in context

I do not envy Kishida and Abe. They have to kowtow to the US while trying to get its uncertain and evidently incompetent help to stop or at least delay North Korea from developing ever more powerful nuclear missiles. Some estimates put NK reaching its goal of having reliable nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles by 2026.

Unfortunately, I do not think there are any good options. As long as China continues to support North Korea, the number of least bad options will continue to disappear. Eventually we are going to end up with only the really bad options remaining - e.g. when NK has the means to deliver nuclear war anywhere in the world.

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Posted in: Japan should push back against U.S. attack on yen policy, says Abe adviser See in context

It's pointless to try to explain financial concepts to DTJ. He's really not that smart.

But don't worry, Japan's not going to purposely sabotage its attempt to keep the Yen from rising. Abe may be many things, but he's not as dumb as DTJ. Abe knows that Japan's economy is headed for a disaster if it cannot increase inflation and GDP beyond their current rate.

The bad news is that Abenomics is not working. Radical labor reforms are needed - and no, asking businesses to voluntarily let employees off a couple of hours early one Friday each month is not enough. Immigration, too. I think eventually the government will come around to it. I just hope it will not be too late by then.

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Posted in: Revised law enables surprise inspection of nuclear plants See in context

Incredible! First, that until now there has not been such regulations, despite several nuclear power plant accidents since the mid-1970s. Second, that the new regulations will not go into effect until 2020.

Perhaps a more serious issue remains: Safety standards with regards to earthquake risk are still poor.

In 2015 Professor Katsuhiko Ishibahi of Kobe University warned that the NRA had approved the Sendai nuclear power plant by ignoring these earthquake risks. And in 1997 he wrote an article in Japan's Science Journal that exactly predicted the kind of disaster we saw at Fukushima in 2011.

(Source: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/01/national/nras-approval-sendai-nuclear-plant-ignores-nankai-quake-risk-seismologist-warns/)

All I can say is, glad I don't live in southern Kyushu anymore. Kyushu Electric will be the next TEPCO.

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Posted in: Abe rejects calls for minister to quit over Fukushima evacuee comments See in context

Agree with all the other commentators here. With his disgusting comments, Imamura has demonstrated that he is the wrong person to lead the reconstruction. It is laughable that he can still do his job "in good faith." The citizens of Fukushima are refugees not of their own making or choosing, and therefore both the government and TEPCO bear the full responsibility for helping them, including whatever it takes to ensure their physical and financial safety. Do your job LDP.

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