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Posted in: Mos Burger serves up Green Teriyaki Burger with convenient drizzling sauce packet See in context

MOS has tasty, clean, hot food and all but that said, there are basically no good hamburgers in Japan.

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Posted in: China’s 'Little Kyoto' shut down by government after complaints of Japanese culture invasion See in context

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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Posted in: 7-Eleven responds to Japan’s maritozzo craze with super stuffed dorayaki hybrid See in context

Why did they have to ruin it with Anko? Tsk...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,168 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,031 See in context

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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Posted in: Local gov'ts condemn Aichi music event organizer for lax COVID steps See in context

About a week from now the case numbers around there should be interesting…

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Posted in: Philippines' Duterte says will run for vice president in 2022 See in context

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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Posted in: Do you respect anti-vaxxers' stance? See in context

So far, just about every denier anitvax person I know eventually got COVID

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Posted in: Japanese companies to be banned from locking cell phone SIM cards See in context

Have been buying my iPhones directly from Apple to avoid SIM lock. Greedy Japanese companies..

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,094 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,151 See in context

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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Posted in: Japanese drugmaker Shionogi to seek approval for oral COVID drug See in context

I hope the authorities in Japan take their time to ensure the drug is safe for non-Japanese.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,166 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,207 See in context

After that 4 day holiday last week nobody saw this coming, shoooocking!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 3,865 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,699 See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 2,848 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,629 See in context

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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Posted in: Unvaccinated U.S. swimmer sparks debate as Olympics start See in context

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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Posted in: Vaccinations rise in some U.S. states with soaring infections See in context

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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Posted in: China says WHO plan to audit labs in COVID origins probe 'arrogant' See in context

Whatever the cause, it emerged out of China…as usual.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,832 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,943 See in context

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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Posted in: Japan to begin accepting requests for vaccine passports from July 26 See in context

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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Posted in: Japan's fresh virus emergency to cost economy ¥1 tril See in context

Maybe focusing on the "Go To Travel" campaign instead of vaccines wasn't such a good idea after all...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 920 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,191 See in context

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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Posted in: Japan seeks to have vaccine passports accepted by over 10 nations See in context

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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Posted in: Americans apologize to Tokyo court for role in Ghosn escape See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports 714 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,821 See in context

@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%.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/15/the-covid-delta-variant-how-effective-are-the-vaccines

As of June 27th, only a little over 9% of the population has both shots and Japan is near the bottom of the list.

Source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1202074/share-of-population-vaccinated-covid-19-by-county-worldwide/

I guess in Japan DELTA isn't the main variant…yet.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 714 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,821 See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports 386 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,283 See in context

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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Posted in: Japan considers sending coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam: report See in context

Um, could they send some vaccines up here to Fukushima? I really would like to get a shot before 2022...

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Posted in: Sony aims at 6-fold increase in global entertainment users to 1 bil See in context

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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Posted in: U.S. warns its citizens against travel to Japan due to COVID surge See in context

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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