MOS has tasty, clean, hot food and all but that said, there are basically no good hamburgers in Japan.
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I thought the cultural invasion was when I would go to Kyoto and Nara (pre-pandemic) then overhear more Chinese than Japanese being spoken. The tourists were absolutely ruining the place, now I feel like going before then come back again, it could be a last rare chance.
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Why did they have to ruin it with Anko? Tsk...
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Let’s focus on Tokyo where it’s down 1000 + cases from last week and skim over Osaka which reached over 3000 cases for the first time ever…
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About a week from now the case numbers around there should be interesting…
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He’s got a Napoleon complex and is still butt hurt he couldn’t get a visa into the USA decades ago. The chip on his shoulder is huge and he’s a sellout to China. It’s slowly becoming Philippines, Republic of China.
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Have been buying my iPhones directly from Apple to avoid SIM lock. Greedy Japanese companies..
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I’m seeing all kinds of out of prefecture license plates up here in rural Fukushima, which basically means the Tokyo crowd could give a rats behind about what they spread up here during the obon holiday, they were asked to not come here this year but they flout it. We had an almost 100 person cluster ab a child care facility caused by a Tokyo visitor about a week ago.
The vaccine is the only way out if this mess, the sooner that’s been done the sooner life can get back to normal. I’ll get my second one next week then I am personally done with it.
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Posted in: If the delta variant gains prevalence while many people have only received one dose of the vaccine, the number of people infected with the coronavirus will not decrease in society at large. We shouldn't be delaying giving people their second dose, but if there aren't enough vaccine doses, there's not much we can do. See in context
The government is just withholding them from distribution to save the market for the domestic vaccines next year..
While I don't have proof and seldom subscribe to conspiracy theories, he cynical side of me has been telling me all along this has been the real reason of the SLOW vaccine rollout in Japan.
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I hope the authorities in Japan take their time to ensure the drug is safe for non-Japanese.
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After that 4 day holiday last week nobody saw this coming, shoooocking!
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Although it was stupid to do the olympics, I don't think the spike in cases has anything to do with that. There's basically no spectators there anyway and all the athletes are tested daily. This would still be occurring even if there were no olympics.
The real reason is that Japan just hasn't taken COVID seriously, comparatively speaking. Japan is in last place among the G7 nations for vaccination. They were pushing travel campaigns early this year. Several Japanese people I know told me they refused the vaccine when they had the chance to take it, they said they want to wait for the Japanese vaccine to come out, how ridiculous. Then what about the four day holiday last week? That was completely irresponsible and was a result of the government adjusting the holiday schedule. Last week was basically Golden Week part II in July and now that it has been incubating over the last week, we're seeing huge spikes. My shock-o-meter is not moving.
I guess Japan will just have to learn this the hard way.
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We just had a government promoted four day holiday weekend which was basically party party party and treated like Golden Week part II, what could possibly go wrong? Incubation is about a week, let's see what it looks like by about next Monday or Tuesday.
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So he already recovered from COVID-19 last December? If that's the case then the reality is that he's probably more immune than anyone there who only had vaccines.
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Do you kind of get a sick feeling that this same scenario is about to be play itself out here in Japan within the next few months?
Next few months? I'm guessing in the next 2 or 3 weeks.
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Whatever the cause, it emerged out of China…as usual.
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Tomorrow starts a four day holiday. Temps will be high, BBQ's and parties galore over the next 4 days, you can bank on that. Lowest vaccination rate among G7 nations. Just guessing but I figure around the first of August the cases should really start blowing up.
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Elephant in the room - They expect Japanese vaccinated citizens access to said 10 countries but they will not offer the same courtesy to those same country's visitors when they visit Japan. I hope every country which is not given reciprocal access refuses this. I've heard Singapore and Israel are already saying, "no".
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Maybe focusing on the "Go To Travel" campaign instead of vaccines wasn't such a good idea after all...
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Hate to be captain obvious here, but everyone will eventually deal with it sooner or later. You will either get vaccinated, or you will eventually get COVID. A or B, black or white, one of those two things will happen to nearly every human, eventually. That's because it's not going away on it's own, it's been found in every corner of the globe, and it's mutating. I caught COVID and recovered from it in a small rural town in N.E. Japan. Look at Australia now, they managed to avoid it for a long time but eventually it hit and now it's blowing up there. Cases are blowing up in S. Korea again. This country, being one of the least vaccinated in the world, is especially vulnerable and it will most likely blow up here again within the next few weeks.
Unfortunately it's still very difficult for those under age 65 to get vaccinated here even if you want it. If you have an opportunity to be vaccinated and refuse, what happens afterwards is totally on you. Don't want a vaccine? Don't get one, no sweat off my back.
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They think it's fair to allow their citizens to go to other countries without being quarantined but expect that in return? Totally arrogant, I hope other countries deny them unless it's reciprocal.
What they don't seem to understand is that the risk of COVID infection is becoming more dangerous for those coming into Japan than those who are leaving it. This is the dangerous place. Let's see what happens in about 3 weeks when rainy season is over, it gets hot, and everyone is congregating inside air conditioned spaces while less than 12% of the population has been fully vaccinated and delta takes off.
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My guess is the deal was worked out before they ever left the USA. They're being prudent now, showing remorse, letting Japan save face. It will probably work, I think they won't spend much time in jail.
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@Objective, one dose of the vaccines isn't really going to cut it with DELTA:
According to the latest figures from Public Health England (PHE), four weeks after one dose, either vaccine offered almost 50% protection against the Alpha variant. However for the Delta variant this protection was lower, with one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab offering about 36% protection against symptomatic disease. For one dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine this figure was about 30%.
As of June 27th, only a little over 9% of the population has both shots and Japan is near the bottom of the list.
I guess in Japan DELTA isn't the main variant…yet.
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I had COVID here in Japan in early May, I recovered and am now basically immune. I had to get my immunity, "the hard way" due to no vaccine availability here, which still irks me to no end.
As of a few days ago, only a little over 9% of the Japanese population were vaccinated. They're near the very bottom of the list of countries in percentage of population vaccinated. Add delta to the equation, one good hot spell which will drive people indoors, and the continuous conspiracy theories online about how dangerous the vaccine supposedly is, what could go wrong in the next few weeks?
I had one Japanese friend tell me the other day she's waiting for a Japanese made vaccine, she doesn't trust the foreign vaccines. You see what I mean? They're near the bottom of countries that have been vaccinated yet they think they should wait longer. Let's see how it all shakes out...
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If you look at the trends in the USA, spikes of covid infection occurred mostly when it was either very uncomfortably hot or cold, most likely because it drove people indoors and thus into closer contact with each other. That also occurred in Japan. With the percentage of Japan's vaccinated population being ridiculously low still, and this new more easily spread delta mutation floating around, I imagine when it finally gets really hot and humid here we will see another big surge in cases. That's my prediction, time will tell. The vaccine is the only way out of this mess, they had better double their efforts.
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"National Vaccine Preparedness Month"
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Um, could they send some vaccines up here to Fukushima? I really would like to get a shot before 2022...
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Sony has been riding on the popularity of its PlayStation 5 game console
Who writes these articles? Um, try to buy a Sony PS5 in Japan right now. You basically cannot. They're hard to find anywhere, but especially Japan. Probably the worst rollout of a product in their history.
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The USA is talking about a "surge"? Our rates are a tiny fraction of the rates in the USA. They should be learning from us.
Oh you think so? Yesterday there were just 1500 new cases in the entire USA, tiny Japan was triple over that. The USA infection rate is dropping like a rock with nearly 50% of the country having at least one vaccine in them, here in Japan they're struggling to reach 3% vaccination and only about 50% of health care workers here are vaccinated. Wake up, Japan is the dangerous place to be now...
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