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Posted in: Japan hopes to lead Asian zero-emissions push: minister See in context

Thorium reactors might be Japan's cleanest and most realistic alternative.

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Posted in: Japan to allow in 87 foreign students, making exception to ban See in context

Japan introduced the entry ban on Nov. 30 last year amid growing concerns over the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The ban was extended last week until the end of February.

The Omicron Kraken has already been released. There is little an entry ban or a 10 day quarantine will accomplish at this point. Let alone banning alcohol sales after 8 pm. Again, this is the government doing something futile to appease the paranoid public.

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Posted in: Japan looks to expand COVID quasi-emergency to Tokyo, 10 other prefectures See in context

If they simply stopped testing we wouldn't even notice there was a "pandemic"

200 people in hospital for a respiratory infection in January in Japan is a normal annual occurance.

Exactly. I'm sure there have been some much harsher corona viruses circulating before that were never tested for. I've had much much worse colds that never seemed to go away. Omicron is nothing to write home about.

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Posted in: Japan looks to expand COVID quasi-emergency to Tokyo, 10 other prefectures See in context

Japan should take notice of what other countries are doing and just let'er rip!

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Posted in: Japan marks 2 years since first COVID-19 case confirmed See in context

Credible sources are quietly saying the beginning of the end has possibly begun in developed countries. One sources has suggested this autumn might be normal (what ever that may be).

I hope this is true, but they are also saying that a new variant will likely emerge by then, in which case, Japan and other countries will over react, enforce more jabs and quarantines.

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Posted in: Man commits suicide after killing his 92-year-old mother See in context

There seems to be a significant uptick in these types of crimes in Japan. One might say that Japan needs more care homes and hospice centers that are affordable or even free for those that can't afford it. Also, the people that work in these facilities shouldn't have to work for low wages. All too often these places rely on cheap labor from overseas.

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Posted in: 20-year-old man arrested for drunk driving after attending Coming-of-Age Day ceremony See in context

Why haven't these ceremonies been cancelled because of Covid? Not that I support it, but you would think thats what the government and paranoid parents should be supporting.

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Posted in: COVID vaccination requests at work pose worry in Japan's booster push See in context

At the moment, getting a vaccine trains the immune system to detect the original SARS-Cov2 virus, not the Omicron variant. However (according to Pfizer), you need 3 jabs to have some protection against Omicron. So basically you are being asked to get 3 jabs to protect yourself from a mild variant that you can still transmit to other people regardless of the vaccine dosage. That is absolute madness.

However, if you do contract Omicron, your body will have the antibodies to fight other SARS-Cov2 variants for long term, probably decades. While if you don't contract Omicron, you will have to keep getting endless jabs for decades.

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Posted in: Cold kills 22 stuck in cars in heavy snow at Pakistan resort See in context

I wonder about the last photo. Is it of the coffins/graves where these people were buried? That was fast. Or is it just a photo of a nearby cemetery meant to represent the dead?

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Posted in: Japan overturns decision to cancel U.S. drone acquisition See in context

The Canadian government is going through something similar with its CF-18 replacement. First it agreed to by the US F35, then backed out, and now the decision is between the Saab Gripen-E and the F35, but insiders predict its already a done deal to purchase the F35. Go figure.

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Posted in: Japan overturns decision to cancel U.S. drone acquisition See in context

These are a waste of money. Most surveillance and spying these days is done via satellite. I can't imagine a circumstance where Japan looks back and says "Geez, if we had had those drones, we would have known about something"

To me, these look like expensive "toys" for the defence department.

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Posted in: Former Australian PM, treasurer test positive as Omicron cases hit new highs See in context

Thing is, every winter (year) virtually the entire world catches a cold or influenza. Sometimes once or several times. The only difference now is that we are tracking a specific virus and its variants. I bet you there have been much more lethal coronaviruses (compared to Omicron) in the past that weren't tracked. People just went on with their lives.

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Posted in: Okinawa reports 1,759 new coronavirus cases; 1,224 in Tokyo See in context

I think the best thing to do is try to get infected early so that you will have the antibodies by the time the next variant emerges (especially if its stronger, like a hyper-Delta) . Vaxxed or unvaxxed, you will want to be infected with Omicron, especially if you haven't had the other variants. Better immunity. Keeping people isolated only delays the inevitable.

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Posted in: Japan struggling to hold Coming-of-Age Day events due to COVID surge See in context

From virtually the time they graduate high school, but especially at the time of the Coming of Age event, most of these Japanese kids are totally unrecognizable. The dyed hair (typically a red/brown color), the curly hair styles (in the case of girls), but especially the layers of caked makeup. Its truly spectacular.

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Posted in: Japanese parents weigh pros, cons of having their children vaccinated See in context

Getting Covid-19 (SARS COV-2) offers you natural immunity (for a good 50 years or more, as does SARS COV-1) so if another variant comes up in the future, you shouldn't need to keep getting jabs. There are no studies of the long-term health risks of the vaccines, especially the MRNA vaccines. In fact, the vaccines train the immune system to target the original ALPHA variant, while natural immunity, any variant is targeted. There is also growing concern about what the spike proteins do to the reproductive system, especially female ovaries. I really don't think there is any urgent need to give children a vaccine they don't need.

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Posted in: Episode of Gunma-chan anime deemed not suitable for children and shelved See in context

I think kids are already gambling. Whether its buying a pack of Pokémon or baseball trading cards hoping for a rare or special insert, or just going to the game center and playing a coin game, its all the same. I think the biggest problem with the episode is that Gunma-chan won.

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Posted in: Japan's daily COVID-19 cases reach new high since Omicron spread See in context

Even after the virus becomes only endemic, Japanese will keep on the masks and most other cautious measures.

Yes, even before Covid-19, I knew of several people (including children) that would wear a mask all day. I can only assume that this will increase long after Covid-19 ends. To be fair, masks are helpful in preventing the spread of diseases like colds and flus and people have noticed during the pandemic that they rarely have gotten sick from anything. Some of it might be also due to handwashing and social distancing, but for the most part masks are the reason why they haven't gotten sick from anything. So I think it will be at least a decade or more until we see mask wearing down to pre-Covid levels in Japan. I think people have also discovered that masks are now acceptable to wear (especially in Asia) and they can help cover your tired eyes or pimple on your face you don't want to show.

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Posted in: Japan's daily COVID-19 cases reach new high since Omicron spread See in context

Apparently, it's so busy that people are having to wait their turn for the sauna.

I make sure to stay clear of the Sento during the holiday season. Waiting in line for the sauna? Thats madness!

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Posted in: 67-year-old man arrested for stabbing son’s friend during drinking party See in context

One too many JiJi (old man) jokes I imagine. Or, maybe the son's friend didn't fill the glass for Suzuki.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 79 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 535 See in context

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is one

Yes, one is too many.

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Posted in: World's 1st 'wooden' satellite planned in Japan for 2023 launch See in context

I wonder if making the satellite from a heavier material like wood requires more fuel to get it into orbit though. I hope they use recycled wood, and not cut down a whole forest for the finest planks.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 78 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 510 See in context

Omicron is mild. Its been around for almost two months now. Yet, "there are still unknowns" apparently. Its probably widespread, but are you supposed to go to the hospital if you have the sniffles or mild fever? And will your doctor know what variant you have? They should be doing random checks around the country if they really want to know. Just relying on serious cases that come into the hospital isn't accurate.

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Posted in: Authorities urge elderly people to be careful when eating 'mochi See in context

Grapes are also dangerous, even for children.

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Posted in: American businessman promises urgent flights of potatoes to Japan to ease French fry shortage See in context

The 'French' was dropped off fries decades ago because of the French nuclear teasting in the Pacific.

Yes, and don't forget about "Freedom Fries" after the French decision not to join the US and the UK in invading Iraq.

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Posted in: Despite defense buildup, Japan's arms industry struggles See in context

Of course, having good arms sales requires there to be tension and conflict around the world, something the US is good at doing. I think Japan actually sells more than you would think. All those Toyotas that ISIS was using probably doesn't register under arms sales. I think if Toyota were to manufacture lightly armed Tundra's and Tacoma's Japan would easily dominate that market.

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Posted in: Djokovic mystery deepens as stars arrive ahead of Australian Open See in context

If he waits long enough, he could win by default if the competition withdraws or gets SARSCoV-2.

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Posted in: Princess Kako turns 27; duties still restricted due to pandemic See in context

I wonder if this is the same photo she uses on her Bumble profile. I'd swipe right.

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Posted in: Japan considers bringing forward COVID booster shots for all: Kishida See in context

Recent studies have shown infection from Omicron variant provides antibodies to protect from Delta variant, even better protection than from boosters or jabs. It might be beneficial to allow Omicron to spread amongst the population. Its really a sheep in wolf's clothing.

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Posted in: Kishida calls on people to drink more milk See in context

I can literally eat a huge block of Costco aged cheddar every week if that helps.

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Posted in: Bethlehem subdued for second pandemic Christmas See in context

First thing I noticed when reading this article was Bethlehem, "Palestinian Territories" . Right on JT!

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