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Posted in: Japan has entered 4th wave of COVID-19 infections, says gov't panel chief See in context

If you're under age 65, good luck getting a vaccine in Japan in 2021. They're saying "maybe" November to start. Screw that, I'm going to the USA in June to get vaccinated and will spend my 2 weeks in quarantine when I get back, have it your way Japan. The most pathetic response of just about any industrialized country and shameful for the 3rd largest economy.

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Posted in: What COVID-19 vaccine side effects might you expect? See in context

I guess this is good information for those of us living in Japan under age 65 who will be lucky to get vaccinated by around October or November...

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Posted in: Quasi-emergency COVID-19 measures begin in Osaka, Hyogo, Miyagi prefectures See in context

and the system was flawless. It shows the hard work is paying off.

It shows they only had 1900 vaccines and ran out after 90 minutes to the lucky few who were able to get through on the phone.

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Posted in: Gov't designates Osaka, Hyogo, Miyagi prefectures for stronger anti-virus measures See in context

Japan has handled this pandemic akin to a deer in headlights. Third largest economy, supposedly advanced, should have taken a leadership role in developing their own vaccine but where were they? Now dependent on delayed foreign vaccines. The skeptic in me wonders if they're delaying it on purpose to give their own companies a chance to catch up, or are just in denial still. Regardless, eventually they will finally figure out what most other industrialized countries already have - all the lockdowns in the world will not stop this virus and that a prioritized vaccination campaign to bring herd immunity is the only way out of this mess. Japan will be ages behind the USA and Europe in opening up it's economy again.

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Posted in: Kono says inoculation pace to accelerate in May See in context

Last I hear from local medical sources, if you're in your 50's you can expect your vaccine in October. That's just pitiful, I guess I'll have to fly abroad to get it even in it means the mandatory 2 week quarantine here.

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Posted in: Barring fans from abroad for Tokyo Olympics creates many questions See in context

The questions that come to my mind are:

1) Why was Japan, a supposed advanced country with the world's 3rd largest economy, not a leader in developing a vaccine in the first place?

2) Why will the age group 16-64 in Japan not even start receiving vaccines for COVID-19 until September? By the time they start that age group, the USA, Europe and most other developed countries will practically be finished with their vaccinations and already moving on with life and their economies.

Japan could have had it's olympics if it had taken decisive action.

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Posted in: Japan's malls and restaurants brace for Olympics without foreign visitors See in context

The vaccine is the only way out of this mess, it's not rocket science. If Japan had got with the program, accepting those who were vaccinated, it could have still had it's olympics. But no, no foreign visitors, vaccinated or not, and even you're a permanent resident and you want to go abroad to get the vaccine, you will have to quarantine for 14 days upon return and install location monitoring apps on your phone so they can verify that you're not leaving your quarantine location. According to Japanese government supplied info I read today, those in Japan aged 16-64 are not expected to get the COVID vaccine here until SEPTEMBER!

Everyone I know back in the USA has finished their vaccines already. The vaccine response of this country has been utterly and completely pitiful.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

How brilliant - The father actually was special forces in his past - US Army Green Beret to be exact. Google that.

N. KnightMar. 3  07:13 pm JST

Couple of special forces wannabes. They'll collapse under questioning like a 99 yen umbrella in a typhoon. Definitely special.

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Posted in: Takeda starts clinical trial of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in Japan See in context

It's almost March and domestic companies are now finally getting around to trials. The cynic in me tells me this is probably the real reason they've been dragging their heels here. Meanwhile my 78 year old mother in the USA has already got her second dose of Pfizer. By the time Takeda gets approval the pandemic will mostly be over back there, and for sure the Olympics will be.

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Posted in: Syringe shortage hampers Japan's COVID-19 vaccination roll-out See in context

Because "Go To Travel" was their priority at that time...

Isn't this something that these companies could have anticipated on like in December? Why wait for the government to request and then start taking preparations?

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Posted in: Fewer people to get Pfizer vaccine in Japan due to syringe shortage See in context

They're not even going to START vaccinating age 65+ until April? Nope, instead they're going to first inject medical workers in February then wait 45+ days first to see the results Even though millions of people already got this in other countries, it must be tested on Japanese people because I guess they are a unique type of human or something.

What's wrong with Japan? This country is so far behind the curve, tsk.

Maybe I will have to get on an airplane and fly to a more efficient country that has it's act together in order to get this vaccine.

Olympics? I'm sure it's going to happen, lol.

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Posted in: Man to be extradited to Japan for aiding Ghosn's escape accuses U.S. of 'betrayal' See in context

Japan does not use torture, Mr. Taylor. That sounds more like the official US justice system, for example Guantanamo Bay.

Once upon a time in my youth while serving shore patrol duty in Yokosuka, we would occasionally have to transport US military prisoners who had committed some heinous crime in Japan to and from Kurihama prison to the base so they could get medical work done, along with two Japanese guards. No speaking to other prisoners outside of one 20 minute break per day. Never make eye contact with a guard. Punishments included sitting in a chair facing a wall with your hands on your knees for 12 hours. Let me tell you, being locked up in a Japanese prison is basically mental torture, I would not wish it upon anyone. Ask yourself why there is an episode of "Locked Up Abroad" focused on Japan.

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Posted in: Japan secures extra Pfizer vaccine doses; Feb 15 approval expected See in context

The pharmaceutical companies will be exempted from damages if you get side effects or even die from taking their vaccines. I’ll wait until half of the population has been inoculated without getting seriously ill.

All of those in denial will eventually either take the vaccine or get sick. COVID is not going away on it's own, it has found it's way into nearly every corner of the globe, it won't simply go away without the vaccine. The reality is that you will take the vaccine sooner or later.

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Posted in: Japan secures extra Pfizer vaccine doses; Feb 15 approval expected See in context

Would you please cite your sources, or was this just off the top of your head?

The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to cause complications in older people ie death-older people should be wary of this one.

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Posted in: As Diet opens, Suga pledges to get pandemic under control, hold Olympics See in context

Suga said the vaccine is the “clincher” of the pandemic 

Glad Captain obvious is finally starting to see the light...

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Posted in: Japan's 1st unlicensed tuk-tuk taxi case referred to prosecutors See in context

There are powers that be in this country which will never stand for competition such as Uber, AirBnB, etc...

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Posted in: Man arrested for soliciting prostitution from high school girl See in context

The age of consent in Japan is 20 years old. Everyone knows it, those are the rules.

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Posted in: Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference See in context

The next scandal - "Why Japan waited so long to roll out the vaccine"

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Posted in: Izakaya stagger under blow of 2nd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

I feel bad for restaurant owners, but keep a few things in mind. When you do business, there's risk involved and also potential reward. Any business owner takes risks. The restaurant business is notoriously difficult even in good times. This is simply bad luck for these people, it happens in business. It sucks. The fact is, farmers deal with this kind of thing every year, they have no clue how the weather will treat them.

The only solution to this problem is the vaccine, period. This thing will never end until 70% of the population has either caught it or had the vaccine. If they want the olympics, businesses to come back, the economy to recover, etc, they had better get off their duffs and get that rolling. The sooner, the better. Israel now has nearly 20% of it's population vaccinated, no one here in Japan has received the shot yet.

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Posted in: Izakaya stagger under blow of 2nd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

Landlords of the establishments where these people rent are part of the problem. Greedy can't begin to describe it.

It's not "greedy", it's life. Landlords usually have mortgages to pay, do you think the banks will let them off? Then I guess the banks are greedy. I'm wondering if you could open up your wallet and pay their mortgage for them?

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Posted in: Japanese approval of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine unlikely until May See in context

I'm guessing that after a few more weeks of this exponential growth of the COVID cases in Japan that the vaccine may start to become a bit more of a priority. All of the "close by 8pm" nonsense is not going to stop this beast.

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Posted in: Suga pledges to improve coronavirus situation in 1 month See in context

The reality is that there are only two ways out of this mess - massive vaccination, or people catch it. It's not travel campaigns or lockdowns. It's not closing shop by 8 pm. Masks only slow it down slightly. This thing is finding it's way into every corner of the globe and even the places that have locked down hard have it surging again.

If Japan want's it's business back, if it wants the olympics to run, they had better get off their behinds and make vaccination of its citizens priority number one. But no, they won't start until the end of February, and even then it's only going to be a small number of medical people. As usual, Japan is the last to adopt.

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

Won't start vaccinations till late February? What's with the delay? 

Japan is not known for it's ability to adapt to change quickly. First of all, even though it's the 3rd largest economy and supposedly a leader in high tech, why do you not hear about Japanese companies leading the pack and coming out with their own vaccine? Because they can't adapt to change quickly here. When there's a recession in the USA that lasts 3 years, it will last 25 years here. What other country in the world thought it was a good idea to launch a travel campaign in the middle of a 100 year pandemic?

It's not their vaccine, they will do it their way, on their own time frame. As usual, they're WAY behind everyone else again.

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Posted in: Ex-transport minister Hata, 53, dies from COVID-19 after falling ill on Dec 24 See in context

Denial - it's not just a river in Egypt. Let's put the question this way - if there were no such thing as COIVD, would Hata, Shimura, and a million+ other people still be alive today? Yes they most certainly would be.

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Posted in: Ghosn case haunts Japan a year after brazen escape See in context

23 days of interrogation, no right to an attorney present, for each charge. They wouldn't let him use the internet, they wouldn't let him meet his wife, use the telephone, yet this guy exercised his right to remain silent for that entire time - a feat most would not be able to pull off for that long. This thoroughly angered the authorities, obviously. I don't know if he did anything wrong or not, but I respect a guy who knows his rights and exercises them under such circumstances. There was no way this guy was going to get a fair trial here in Japan, no way.

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Posted in: Study says Britain must vaccinate 2 million a week to prevent a third COVID-19 wave See in context

Look at japan again and ask what can we learn from them. What are they doing right? Think out of the box.

That can change in a New York minute, I wouldn't get too overly confident...

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Posted in: As vaccines are rolled out, questions remain See in context

If you want the vaccine, take it. If not, don't take it. No sweat off my back if you don't take the vaccine, in fact, I think this is an excellent opportunity for the anti-vaxer's to put their endless conspiracy theories to the test.

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Posted in: Air freight prices 'outrageous' as COVID-19 shots rolled out, says WHO expert See in context

"I just had a quote from a cargo (company) - a big one that shall remain nameless - Dallas (Texas) USA to Sierra Leone, Freetown - at sort of $105 a kilo, which is outrageous actually," he said. The "normal price" would be $4-$6 per kilo, he said.

$105 for a kilo from Dallas Texas to Sierra Leone - that's about right. $4 to $5 per kilo for airfreight? Hahaha, someone please sign me up! That's all I needed to read of this article to know how inaccurate it is.

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Posted in: Restaurant bankruptcies to hit all-time high in 2020 See in context

Going into any type of business involves risks and the restaurant business is one of the more riskier businesses to go into even in good times. I mean, farmers deal with this every year depending on how the weather plays out yet we don't see a "go to farmer" campaign, a "go to fisherman" campaign, etc. If you opened a restaurant, took out big loans, etc, I feel for you but your timing was simply bad luck, those are the breaks when you do business - that's life. The rest of the public should not be encouraged to risk serious illness so these business can survive, but of course that's exactly what the Japanese government has been doing!

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

This video is all about the money and you're naive if you can't see through it. Do you think Nike cares about this actually? They don't, it's a gimmick. Irregardless of the content of the video, whether it's good or bad, I find it disturbing that big corporations feel the need to dictate to the public what morals they should have. Since I do not like to reward bad behavior, I swore off all purchases of Nike and Gillette products years ago. Apparently a lot of dumb people buy into this sort of thing so I guess it works to some degree.

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