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Posted in: Hashimoto takes gold in gymnastics See in context

I enjoyed watching this - it was super close! He really nailed that last routine.

But man, do the Japanese TV crew give a lot of face time to this guy. There were other teams doing events in the same room but they probably had the camera on his face for 30% of the entire night missing out on other action.

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Posted in: Japan eyes tougher Olympics rules for Delta variant-hit countries See in context

It still reads as those from outside Japan are potentially bringing some risk to Japan rather than the reverse. Given Japan also has the delta strain running rampant and little transparency of actual infected cases, I feel the bigger concern is these athletes and staff getting a COVID strain from Japan rather than the other way around.

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

What would this mean for those that received their first shot this week through this program? They won't get their second shot, or that would already be allocated I wonder...? It could be a complete mess if people were not able to get their second shot within the recommend timeframe.

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Posted in: Putin vows quick, tough response if West encroaches on Russia's security interests See in context

Aly RustomToday  07:47 am JST

Russia is as much of a threat to the US as China. Good thing the US now has a president willing to stand up to both countries instead of capitulating to and appeasing them like the previous president.


While I am not necessarily agreeing with how Russia and China do things, I also don't feel the US should be deciding itself it is the premium product. There are plenty of things in all 3 countries that need improving on.

I have close to zero interest in US politics, but it is clear the US needs to focus on its own issues first. Russia at least on the surface seem to be prioritizing this.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 591 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,130 for Osaka See in context

I really hope someone calls them out of this blatant manipulation. This is completely unacceptable and presenting an image of Tokyo being far safer (in terms of risk of exposure) than it is, which is only going to increase the number due to ignorance and a false sense of security.

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

While the number of people they asked is very low, I'm more shocked that more than 1/3rd of them feel satisfied with the what the government is doing. Doing nothing is satisfying I guess?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 306 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,102 See in context

justasking Today  05:13 pm JST

I'm going to get saliva PCR test tomorrow in Shibuya. Hope I don't add to the hundreds of positives.

If you didn't get sent from your ward then your number won't be counted anyway.

Hope for good news for you either way!

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Posted in: Suga to designate Tokyo for stronger anti-virus steps as infections spike See in context

Zoroto Today  04:25 pm JST

State of Emergency: Close bars at 8pm

Quasi State of Emergency: Close bars at 8pm

Stronger Measures: Close bars at 8pm

Medical Emergency: Close bars at 8pm

We have some real creative geniuses running this country....


Yeah, likely the different naming scheme means companies can drag people back into office since it is not a State of Emergency I guess. Ostrich mentality everywhere.

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Posted in: N Korea says it won't take part in Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns See in context

Hopefully this will trigger other countries to do the same. Japan does not have this anywhere close to being under control and it does not make sense for other countries to expose athletes and team members to this negligence.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 355 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,472 See in context

CrashTestDummyToday  01:26 am JST

98% survival rate for all ages and 99.85% survival rate for those under 65. If you are healthy and under 65 the survival rate is even higher. Driving is just as dangerous as COVID for healthy people.

You are under the assumption this is death or 100% health? It is not that black and white and you are missing a large grey section between. Many of us who got COVID are still suffering ongoing symptoms months later, effecting our ability to work and live life as we used to. Even some top athletes have been unable to return to their sport months and months later.

I am all for getting life back to normal - but I wouldn't wish COVID on anyone. Some people are basically immune and don't have symptoms. Some recover completely fine, but others do die, others do have ongoing issues (some very serious) so those people who walk around without taking precautions are just being selfish. It's fine if you want to risk yourself, but doing so also increases risk to those around you, whether you want to believe it or not.

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases rising in 42 of Japan's 47 prefectures See in context

We all know the numbers will increase since nothing has changed since last year (no vaccine roll out) and people are getting careless/impatient with holding their life on pause now.

The government numbers are not at all accurate either.

My entire household got COVID. We called the local ward number, they asked some questions, then said its not COVID and hung up. We then went to the local hospital and got turned away since it is in a different ward (even though very close to us). They told us to call the COVID hotline which already was useless. Eventually got tested at one of the public PCR testing places at our own expense where they email you the results the next day - all were positive. These numbers are not tracked in the government count and the place we went to was able to test 5 people every 10 minute time slot. Of course not everyone who is tested is going to be positive, but that is heaps of tests that are not included in the governments counts.

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

70,000/month is not enough for anyone to live off so is unlikely to make people feel lazy to work as some suggested.

People also seem to feel that this should be better redistributed to cover only those who really need it but that would defeat the whole point of UBI. Sure, someone who is making 20+m a year won't really notice the 70k, but the whole point is for it to be given to everyone as a basic living budget and it would be provided from residents tax payments anyway.

This said, I don't see Japan being the first nation to implement this. Japan has shown to be trailing behind in these kind of forward-thinking developments on occasion.

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