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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,979 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,383 See in context

Don’t forget that the reported cases are of people that felt sick enough to go to the hospital. The number of cases of people with mild or no symptoms -or those that won’t go to the hospital anyway- is much higher and not even mentioned.

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Posted in: Workers express frustration as Tokyo enters 4th COVID-19 emergency See in context

vanityofvanitiesToday  07:03 am JST

I wonder how the figure is compiled. Is it the number those who felt sick and visited doctors and found positive in PCR test? 

Exactly, that avoids to count the huge number of people that may or may not be sick, or shows symptoms but don't go to the doctor. If they did 100.000 tests a day the numbers would be worst for sure.

And do not forget that in Tokio the relatives of a virus casualty can choose to NOT to say so in the medical report.

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

No, it works both ways Japan. How can you ask other countries to accept your vaccine passport with no quarantine on arrival if you require all travellers to quarantine for two weeks in Japan? Duh?

This is very representative of how Japan works and what these old government dinosaurs think.

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Posted in: Police to launch team against state-sponsored cyberattacks See in context

A team that will sit around the couple of Windows Xp computers at the office, trying to find Microsoft's fax number to request an update.

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Posted in: Japan to give 6 mil doses of vaccines to Taiwan, 5 Southeast Asian nations See in context

Didn't they say yesterday they will stop the reservations for worplace vaccinations because there are no more vaccines???

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Posted in: Japan to halt company applications for workplace vaccinations See in context

So why did they gift a few millions vaccines to Vietnam and Taiwan?

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Posted in: Mass vaccination site to fill vacant slots with police, other officials See in context

talking to a lot of Japanese (small sample size) there is a good portion of them that are not planning on getting the vaccs.

Me too, I'm having the same feedback. People seems to be not so scared about it, even older people. They obviously didn't suffer this pandemia as other parts of the word did.

But the government is quite not doing much to suggest people to get the vaccines, and they should if they really want to reactivate the country.

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Posted in: SoftBank's PayPay surges ahead in Japan's digital payments race See in context

It's an interesting concept, big corporations profiting when people use their money. What are the reasons the government gave to promote this change?

Why should we have to move money from the bank, in to a 3rd party, in order to use electronic money.

Because banks in Japan live in the XX century.

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Posted in: Universities across Japan gearing up to provide vaccination venues See in context

Although we are concerned about the burden on students (from hosting the vaccination site), it is a duty for universities to contribute to society," a Fukuoka university official said.

Translation: We receive loads of money from the government, we couldn’t say no.

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Posted in: World's rich floor it in post-pandemic luxury car rush See in context

I was taking a look to Forbe's list of billionaires and everyone saw a sharp increase in their net worth. Really speaks of how the world is organized these days.


It seems like 2020 was such a wonderful year for rich people.

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Posted in: Osaka’s remote-learning policy strains teachers; forces students to go to school for lunch See in context

My kids have been at home since this SOE started, but the school started the online program just this week. Until now the teacher would bring prints and my wife has been the teacher the whole month.

99% of the kids in this school are assisting to the school as usual, there is no distance learning at all. They have regular lessons and they play and eat at the school. Parents were given the option to stay home or not. Most of them don't want to have to teach the kids themselves or to be busy with them, so they all sent the kids to the school.

We did receive a couple of devices for remote learning.

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Posted in: Japanese tycoon Maezawa planning space station visit, then moon trip See in context

Maezawa selfish idiot, if you want to be remembered you could donate that money to help with the vaccine rollout in your country.

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Posted in: Pfizer and BioNTech to donate vaccines for Olympic athletes See in context

That's wrong in so many levels.

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Posted in: Police officer overtakes athlete as top profession for Japanese boys See in context

The righ answers are salaryman and housewife.

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Posted in: Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators See in context

Rule is stupid.

Oh, and the reason people rush on scalators is because of stress of modern life, which kills far more people than scalators themselves -specially in Japan-. Sure Saitama officials will never have a moment to consider this, it's too much complex for their level of capability.

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Posted in: Suga pledges he'll do utmost to prevent virus rebound See in context

Japanese politicians just "pledge" and "urge".

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Posted in: Suicides among Japanese students hit record high in 2020 See in context

To the "lock it all down" crowd. 

Heres the end result of your wishes.

Such a shortsighted view of the problem.

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Posted in: Daiichi Sankyo starts AstraZeneca vaccine production in Japan See in context

This is the reason why the vaccine process has been so slow, Japan Inc wants a piece of the cake.

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Posted in: Japan may approve 2nd COVID-19 vaccine in May: health minister See in context

"There is the possibility of giving pharmaceutical approval as early as May or June," Norihisa Tamura, minister of health, labor and welfare, said on a TV program.

Very representative of Japan. Couldn't do it "as early as next week", right? Months of paperwork and meetings are compulsory for anything, even in the middle of a pandemic.

Japan has signed agreements with the three vaccine makers for a total of 314 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, enough to inoculate 157 million people. The country's population is around 126 million.

Considering that the vaccine is not going to be compulsory and there's a big adversion to vaccines in Japan (and these are "foreign" vaccines!), more than a half of these vaccines will be wasted.

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Posted in: Japan petitions to add 40 traditional folk dances to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list See in context

Japan is obsessed with the Unesco list, I don't know if it's inferiority complex or delusions of grandeur.

More brown envelopes on its way.

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Posted in: Saitama begins plans to regulate how to use escalators; prohibit walking up and down See in context

The Liberal Democratic Party of the Saitama Prefectural Assembly is preparing a draft ordinance on promoting the safe use of escalators in the prefecture. 

Saitama must be a perfect place to live, if this is the most urgent issue the city Assembly has to address.

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court upholds ban on dual citizenship See in context

Exactly. A man should have one and only one country.

The world would be a better place without narrow minded nationalisms.

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court upholds ban on dual citizenship See in context

The authorities can't strip a Japanese national of a passport for anything less than treason, and they can't force a dual citizen to surrender a passport that's the property of a foreign government. Catch 22. You have defacto dual citizenship, whether the authorities recognize it or not.

This, they need the passport holder to renounce to his Japanese nationality.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes punishment for refusal to comply with COVID-19 measures See in context

This is Number 2 BS! 

Dude, a foreigner resident will be deported and his visa revoked if he refuses to do the same things Suga is proposing!

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

There's a lot of people in Japan living close to poverty, from kids to elders. A basic rent would definitely help them to eat and get warm in winter. It should be basic human compassion, if anything.

Sure, there would be people that would run with that check to their local pachinko. Maybe some control measures would be in order. Like giving supermarket money, or bills payments, instead of just cash.

The "I work so I eat" mentality is a fallacy, and the most privileged are usually the most vocal about it.

I am not projecting. I have worked all of my adult life and before. That should be the norm but it isn’t. There are a shocking number of able bodied people who are satisfied with a subsistence lifestyle. Work ethic is cultural and learned. Many find excuses for not working. Universal basic income would be one such excuse. 

Just because you were taught to work hard doesn't mean that everyone can/want to do it. Do you stand a higher moral ground because of your work habits? It's quite selfish, similar to what old guys at companies in Japan want to transfer to the next generations, as in "I didn't have any holidays so you should not have them", or "I worked 100 hours a week so you must also do it"

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Posted in: High school students create petition to change the name of FamilyMart’s 'Mom’s Diner' line See in context

Yet the petition is organized by the "Girl Scouts", do they make the gender differentiation with the boys group? Maybe not only in the name but also within their activities.

I'm far from knowing much about that organization, but a mixed "Scouts" group would be an interesting concept for year 2021.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 664 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,827 See in context


There are between 40 to 50 daily reported deaths. Daily.

The figure has been going up for the last month. Still not to the levels of Europe or USA, but it would be important for the TV to report these deaths more clearly. Right now it gives the impression that there are no deaths at all, and most of students and younger salarymen are partying as usual.

I just wonder why oh why the government doesn't approve the start of vaccinations, instead of keep spending the Nation budget on GOto events.

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Posted in: Japanese KitKats are shrinking; Nestlé says previous size may have been too large for customers See in context

It happens on every product, they put less quantity instead of rising the price. Have you seen the 900ml milk, huge potato chips bags with 40 grams, 7 slices cheese packages, 20% empty yogur, half empty konbini sandwiches...

And consumers, for some reason, never complain.

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Posted in: Uber Eats Japan offering strange discount just for people who don’t really need Uber Eats See in context

what’s not to like?

I was told Uber Eats pays workers some 200yen per ride. Enough said.

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Posted in: Japanese sex business operator sues state over virus cash handout snub See in context

She's right. It would be a good time for Japan to clarify its position about the sex industry.

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