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Posted in: Japan's top COVID-19 adviser wary of easing restrictions See in context

« Bringing Japan on a par with major European countries such as Britain and France », which have opened their borders long ago and where incoming and returning vaccinated people don’t need to quarantine…

Lifting the local restrictions after the end of the state of emergency means lifting the restrictions after there isn’t any.

But of course nobody is even remotely thinking of letting foreigners in, or reducing/removing quarantine, only about getting the Japanese vaccine passport accepted by other countries and answering them with some vague fake embarrassment when they ask reciprocity.

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Posted in: 10 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan; more expected to come See in context

@seth I lived ten years in France, worked with refugees organizations in Belgium, Thailand, Korea, the US, Kenya, Rwanda, Greece and of course Italy, where I come from and where also many problems exist on the issue. Now I live in Japan because my son lives here, I love many, many things in the country but when it comes to migrant workers, asylum seekers and refugees Japan is simply living in the Feudal era.

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Posted in: 10 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan; more expected to come See in context

Let me help you out with the data: There are only 1,137 people in Japan having had their refugees application approved and therefore having the right to live in the country. 23,675 people are waiting for the decision on they asylum request.

With half the population of Japan, France hosts 436,100 refugees, almost 400 times more. Germany hosts 1,200,000 refugees, over a thousand times more.

Of course they deserve help. I criticize Japan for showing the arrival of four (4!) possible refugees - who might be sent back anytime - as a great effort.

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Posted in: 10 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan; more expected to come See in context

Strangeland I was sarcastic.

Japan has the worst record of welcoming refugees among G7 countries, and actually among developed economies.

Most importantly, it is the ONLY country in which the percentage of Asylum seekers (95%) is higher than that of actual refugees (5%). That means 95% of the - very few - refugees hosted by Japan are actually detained in asylum seekers centers, with no rights and 1% chances of seeing their application approved (UNHCR data, you can download their application if curious).

In ALL other countries in the world, from Germany to Colombia, the number of refugees is much higher than asylum seekers because those countries - all - aim at integrating them in the society, not at parking them in prison until the court says they can send them back to their countries or to other hosting nations. It’s a shame.

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Posted in: 10 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan; more expected to come See in context

Planned to evacuate: 500

Evacuated: 15

Made it to Pakistan: 10

Arrived in Japan : 4 (a JICA local staff and 3 family members - pictures on Japanese media show one woman and two children apparently below the age of 12, yes technically both male kids)

Japan looks on the right path to take in charge and singlehandedly solve the refugees problem worldwide.

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Posted in: Denmark becomes only European country with no COVID restrictions See in context

It doesn’t say Denmark has no vaccine passport, but that it will only now stop using it after putting it in place March 2021 and vaccinating 70% of the population, 96% of the over 65.

It’s not their fault if Japan is a year behind and decided to run its own vaccine trials delaying even more the rollout because the Japanese living abroad that were included by Pfizer in its large scale trials might not eat natto every day.

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Posted in: EU reinstates travel ban from Japan due to surge in coronavirus cases See in context

FireyRei the pledge that returnees sign when back in Japan for the quarantine has intentionally vague language with basically only one obligation (not taking public transport), and is usually complemented by oral communication suggesting some activities that are actually ok (like taking a walk/run, going for groceries).

While as a resident who could lose the right to stay in Japan I stayed home the whole time (despite vaccination and 3 pcr tests in 90 hours), my experience is that Japanese tend to interpret the pledge in a more flexible way, including going to work every day by car (the pledge says to avoid direct contact with people, they consider the distance between desks enough to comply…).

So if going to the possible funeral by private transport and remaining at some distance from people she doesn’t live with at home, I would say as a Japanese your wife would be able to pay her respects. Of course if it was the mother of a 30 years foreign permanent resident, things wouldn’t work that easily and she would probably end up in the news and deported.

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Posted in: EU reinstates travel ban from Japan due to surge in coronavirus cases See in context

The EU has never accused Japan of manipulating numbers, but simply of not running enough tests compared to its population to allow a decent understanding of the actual spread of the virus. As for the deaths, data for 2020 were clear and Japan was among the few countries not to show a significant difference in the total number of deaths over the year compared to ‘normal’ times (actually having less deaths than in the previous 11 years).

This decision is purely political because Japan has in asking others to be treated like ita citizens are special without giving anything in exchange.

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Posted in: EU reinstates travel ban from Japan due to surge in coronavirus cases See in context

And yes this is also political and it was about time: there have been lots of negotiations going on since Japanese national have been allowed into the EU for basically the whole time for any purpose, despite the fact that EU medical authorities consider the number of tests done in Japan insufficient to evaluate the real spread of the disease. Decision to leave the door open was therefore taken because of the longstanding economic and cultural ties rather than the health performance of Japan, which is difficult to demonstrate. Nevertheless, EU citizens have not been able and still can not enter Japan, which also refuses to consider different treatment for EU vaccinated people but asks for different treatment for Japanese vaccinated people and its paper printed (because it’s easier to fax probably) vaccination passport. We will see how long it will take for Japan to give some concessions to the EU, hopefully shame will work better than logic has worked so far.

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Posted in: EU reinstates travel ban from Japan due to surge in coronavirus cases See in context

As noted above, the article might want to mention the crucial fact that vaccinated people can still enter most EU countries for any purpose, including tourism. It seems like that huge difference would be worth pointing out, given that still today nobody except Japanese nationals and residents (and never forget how it was and even still is not possible for some of them to come back) can enter Japan.

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Posted in: Japan business lobby seeks to end quarantine for vaccinated arrivals See in context

It’s about time.

It is simply surreal that coming from Japan with a proof of Japanese vaccination, I can enter France as a tourist, without pcr test and with no quarantine and I even receive a pass online with QR code to access any place that needs one in basically half of the EU; but coming back from France as a Japan resident despite the Japanese vaccination passport and two pcr tests I also need to quarantine 3 days at the hotel (because of variants that are already here in Japan), take a third pcr test and spend another 11 days at home.

Compared to this absurdity, the alcohol ban seems a candidate for the Nobel prize in science.

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Posted in: Japan cosmetics maker to exit S Korea amid anti-Korean post protest See in context

“Purely Japanese”…

That’s so stupid that it’s not just anti Korean but also anti Japanese and against the beautiful diversity and openness many people have been cultivating in this country.

I would like to offer Mr Yoshida a free DNA analysis to track back his genetic code and discover at least one drop of “foreign blood” in his own. That is usually enough for people like him to feel impure.

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Posted in: Tokyo Paralympic-linked COVID-19 cases reach nearly 300 in 3 weeks See in context

Of the 297, those tested positive for COVID-19 were mostly contractors.

There is no assumption in thinking they are locals. It is a fact. Same as during the Olympics. Contagion mostly came from Japan, as those very very few positive entering the country were isolated and everyone inside the village was and is tested daily. More tests inside the Olympics and Paralympics than in the whole Japan on some days.

As for vaccinated, I would imagine that is an educated guess based on the scientific facts that despite the unsubstantiated rumors, everywhere vaccinated and non vaccinated people go around in the same country, contagions are proportionally much higher among non vaccinated (proportionally is the key word because if 80 million people are vaccinated and 30 people are not, obviously numbers will be higher for vaccinated anyway). As for hospitalization, cases are everywhere much higher among non vaccinated even not taking into account the proportion of persons having being vaccinated or not, so even in absolute numbers.

So @sf2k assumptions are far from bizarre.

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Posted in: Gov't considers extending state of emergency by 2 weeks See in context

Normal Japan:

Takashi-san goes to watch a football match with 5,000 fans at 6pm, has dinner at 8pm at a restaurant with a couple of friends and orders a beer, goes home. Wakes up next day and takes the crowded train to the office.

Quasi state of emergency Japan:

Takashi-san goes to watch a football match with 5,000 fans at 6pm, slurps a bowl of ramen in 15 minutes with his friends before the shop closes, buys a beer at 7/11, goes home. Wakes up next day and takes the crowded train to the office.

State of emergency Japan:

Takashi-san goes to watch a football match with 5,000 fans at 6pm, goes to 7/11 to buy a bento and a beer with his friends, goes home. Wakes up next day and takes the crowded train to the office.

I am grateful the government stopped Takashi-san from taking useless risks.

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Posted in: Author Murakami criticizes Suga over pandemic measures See in context

Once again the article mixes what Murakami said:

"If he really saw an exit, his eyes must be extremely good for his age. I'm of the same age as Mr. Suga, but I don't see any exit at all,"

with something the journal tries to insinuate but Murakami didn’t say:

”since the Games began, daily new cases have gone up nearly five times nationwide, and more than tripled in Tokyo.”

As if there was a causal effect. Can we say then “since the Paralympics started, cases in Tokyo have been less and less”?

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Posted in: Police officer fatally shoots man threatening him with saw See in context

As evidenced multiple times in research and testimonies on police use of force, yes they are trained to shoot the central mass and in general to shoot in many occasions, and that training is part of the problem because of the priority the preventive use of lethal force is given.


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Posted in: Police officer fatally shoots man threatening him with saw See in context

Loud noise is the only factor having impact on someone’s quality of life that humans have not learned to adapt to. We simply cannot.

Reading the comments it seems most people are visualizing an electric chainsaw kind of situation; I hope the journalist wrote saw because it was a saw, potentially lethal for trees and wood logs in a few minutes but something two trained police officers should be able to deal with. Needless to say if it was actually a chainsaw and the 70 years old was wearing a blood stained mask like in the Texas Chain Saw Massacre I understand the policemen’s fear. And I blame the journalist for the lack of relevant information.

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Posted in: Paralympic classes: A confusing maze in search of fairness See in context

I think when thinking about autism most people think of High Functioning Autism, and indeed:

“There is not a class for High Functioning Autism in Paralympic sport.

Athletes with Autism who also meet the criteria for II-1 intellectual disability will be classified in that class and are eligible for Paralympics.“

In reality people on the spectrum also have co-occurring conditions that make it appropriate (and fair) for them to take part in the Paralympics under the relevant categories. 31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ] 85). Although being a spectrum also means borders are more fluid than this and the same person’s experience can fluctuate across categories (many advocate for avoiding the labeling, but it’s a different issue).

The full classification for the Paralympics is here (USA but other countries use the exact same table by Virtus):

https://athleteswithoutlimits.org/downloads/awl_overview_sports_eligibility.pdf r

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Posted in: Paralympic classes: A confusing maze in search of fairness See in context

« So you can be classified as disabled by merely falling into the Autism spectrum and not having any physical disability at all? »

If that has a direct impact on elements necessary for your performance obviously yes, and you would be competing with others whose differences have a similar impact on their ability to perform the sports concerned.

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Posted in: Experts warn of untested COVID cases in Tokyo as average dips See in context

Testing is actually one important factor in managing the epidemic, obviously not the only one but especially if associated with quick isolation of positive cases and close contacts, can highly contribute to limiting damage. If we take the example of a relatively comparable country like Korea (an industrialized democracy, with high life expectancy and low incidence of co-morbidity, basically also an ‘island’ only accessible by air and sea given the neighbor…), by June 15, 2021 Korea had undergone 10,196,470 pcr tests. 

Japan has approximately 74 million more people than the 52 million of Korea, meaning just the extra population is in itself 142% that of Korea. If Japan had tested the same proportion of its population than Korea, by June 15 it should have done 10,196,470 (like Korea) + 14,478,987 (for the 142% additional population) = 24,675,457 tests. 

It had done instead 15,494,981 tests, meaning 9,180,476 tests less than expected if the same approach had been taken. 

Given the proportion between the two populations, in terms of death Japan could have also expected an additional share of 142% of Korea’s covid deaths (2,257), meaning 5,461, but had instead 15,768 officially recorded deaths, almost three times more than predictable. 

It is to be noted that Korea has imposed pcr tests and a strict quarantine (now lifted for those vaccinated in Korea and a few other cases) to all visitors since the very beginning, but has not closed its borders a single day not only to its returning foreign residents (thanks Japan for the almost unique experience!) but also to business travelers and tourists. They did have the insane idea of testing all foreign workers in Incheon province (and them only) last year, but as far as I know they abandoned it two days after because it was immediately recognized as discriminatory.

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Posted in: Japan halts use of 1.63 mil Moderna vaccine doses over contamination See in context

If you have a better idea than vaccines please go ahead, we’re all ears.

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Posted in: Diner leaves $10,000 tip at Florida restaurant See in context

What should be given is a decent minimum wage. Then, eventually, tips.

Unfortunately in the United States tipping is, like most things, deeply connected with the country’s history of slavery, racism and segregation:



At the academic level there are also lots of researches on the impact of tipping and its perception has on different minorities still today, except in those few states that have a legislation imposing much higher - or rather decent - minimum wages in the restaurants sector (3$ and 15$ is not the same thing…).

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

“Daily new cases have increased sharply since the Olympics opened on July 23”. Again, trying to imply a causal relationship to blame an external factor, while all sports events in Japan allowed thousands of people every week for months without any testing.

In this sense, sending the children to the Paralympics is logic, at least as logic as allowing fans in all other events. They obviously both contribute to the spread, but the logic is the same. Seems the alternative logic to allow vaccinated people to attend events and require testing for the others who also want to attend (so that there is no discrimination, the paradoxical excuse used by the government) is not considered. Because those other countries don’t know what they are doing.

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Posted in: Israel strikes Gaza after violent protests along border See in context

“Now they [Palestinian refugees] number seven times as many as originally in 1948”

Israel population grew x 10 times since 1948. On that land.

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Posted in: Israel strikes Gaza after violent protests along border See in context

La Sorbonne development center is a colonialist institution, Ryukoku a buddhist university, Uni of Illinois just a public university (but I guess the word ‘public’ is indeed already leftist in the USA) .

Aside from the fact that over 3 of the 5 million recognized Palestinian refugees actually live outside Gaza and the West Bank or Israel (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and dozens other countries), the main reason why UNRWA doesn’t promote resettlement is because that’s their f.*^ing home.

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Posted in: Israel strikes Gaza after violent protests along border See in context

Sorry I forgot, if you were in the West Bank as a soldier in the Israeli army it doesn’t count either.

Masters is from La Sorbonne Institute for Economic and Social Development in Paris, PhD from Ryukoku University in Kyoto and I also taught at the University of Illinois. But again, those are not the most important things.

If you are convinced that 168-174 countries at the UN General Assembly are constantly wrong since 1967 in voting resolution after resolution to end Israel abuses, and the only ones right are the seven (7) countries that always vote together on the issue, meaning the US; Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; and Palau, then there’s not much to argue. But to me, it sounds like the guy driving on the highway who hears the news on the radio “a mad man is driving against the traffic on the highway “ and while trying to avoid the cars in front of him thinks loud “one crazy guy?! There’s hundreds!!”

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Posted in: Israel strikes Gaza after violent protests along border See in context

I promise if anyone - just one is enough - of those defending Israel occupation and behavior can honestly write here that they have actually been (even for 10 minutes) not in Gaza, but at least any of the cities and villages in the West Bank (except obviously the colonies), and still sincerely think it’s okay, I will stop forever commenting on the issue.

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Posted in: Israel strikes Gaza after violent protests along border See in context

Shalom Shinkansen, but seriously, if your historian of reference is Bernard Lewis and you missed the following 40 years of regional studies then I have nothing to say. There is no race but the human, too easy to play that card when reality is extremely different, and 20 years of work with both Israeli and Palestinian taught me more on the situation than a research Masters in Development and a PhD in International Studies (where history is not read on the back of the corn flakes packs), which I also have.

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Posted in: Israel strikes Gaza after violent protests along border See in context

If ‘your country’ was actually their country and you are constantly moving forward the fence, building colonies and bringing the army in the middle of another country to ‘protect’ the illegal colonies and then annex those colonies and all sources of water, then shooting and killing over 20 times more people (mostly civilians and under 14 years old fyi) than the neighbor ever could, if they called the police and the police said actually they are right and 200 countries agree except Israel, the USA and Vanuatu and that allows you to continue worst than ever unpunished, would you ever have the doubt that you are the bad guy in the story?

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Posted in: Israel strikes Gaza after violent protests along border See in context

The first reason why they don’t go to Egypt is that they have a country, or maybe if China occupied Japan you would suggest that Japanese go to Korea because they share some culture; the second is in the article if you care to read, the only way to Egypt that is also used for food, medicines and basically anything else (what Israel calls terrorist weapons) is regularly closed down by the Israeli and Egyptian army, and that’s what initiated these protests. Palestine is a not only a sad zoo managed by the Israeli army, but a zoo in which Israeli colons occupy land and cities. I don’t believe a single person supporting Israel occupation has spent even a minute in Palestine or Israel itself.

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