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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

I look at Worldometer every day. Deaths are increasing. But not exponentially.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Italy has had lockdown for weeks.

Daily death count continues the same.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

TheLongTermer

”perhaps to work, but many old people live a simple existence”. Right. Lucky them. But the country which makes that possible cannot live that way.

And again. My question. For how long? Until..dot, dot, dot.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

Gregarro, I don’t think you understand what would be involved in a lockdown in Japan.

And you didn’t answer, what would be the signal to end such a lockdown? What kind of “good news”?

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Posted in: Can blood from coronavirus survivors treat the newly ill? See in context

Many people may have natural immunity anyway, and apparently there are blood tests which can determine it.

Such people could work and circulate in general.

This is an interesting possibility. Of course, few commenters on here are interested in the topic. They’d rather stay with the doomsday theme.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

Gregarro

Cool off a little and start from the beginning. What do you mean by “lockdown”? What limitations are entailed by it? For example, would the shinkansen run? Inter city trains?

How about a time frame? After you have a picture of what is involved in a “lockdown”, what kind of situation do you envision where such lockdown would be ended? For example, trains running again.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

What exactly do we mean by “lockdown” anyway? To suburban California families with big back yards, where everybody has a car, means a very different thing than Japan where people don’t even have a square meter of green grass, and depend on trains for everything. Trains are the lifeblood of Japan. In California, many people have never been on a train.

Or, what about India where so many people live on the street?

People are casually throwing the term “lockdown” around. This is a country by country issue. Don’t force your cultural image down other people’s throats.

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Posted in: Osaka governor asks residents to refrain from making non-essential outings See in context

I’m thinking Americans here have a lockdown obsession. Similar to their burn-the-house-down attitude.

Japanese people, please ignore them.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor says people can enjoy cherry blossoms next year See in context

I look at the death count.

Japan had 47 up until yesterday. 49 today.

2 people.

Very slow. If more people really had the disease, more people would be dying, considering its contagiousness. Even allowing for a long incubation period, it’s very low.

I’m not saying be foolish. But why not look at what Japan is doing right compared to other countries? Keeping clean and just a usual polite distance. Instead of listening to these crazy commenters on here.

Actually, what I worry about is Japan letting sick people into the country.

Basically, I’m so happy to be here in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

This rise is strong, but it’s proportionate.

It is NOT exponential.

Exponential is like 2-4-8-16.. .Like that. Please understand and don’t panic. The numbers are high, but they are in line with the numbers they are climbing from. And I’m speaking of international. Japan is much slower.

So, I for one, am happy to be here in Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context

This is what I’ve been hoping for since this awful situation started!

Look, a scheduled Olympics would be a disaster, and a delayed till Fall would be filled with tension and incongruent for other reasons. A Summer 2021 gives time to get over this and keep the economic drive to Olympics in motion. It would be a joyous occasion. This assumes, I know, that the disease is behind us long before. But I dare to think, yes, it will be mainly in the rearview mirror,

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Posted in: Expert panel discourages large gatherings, recommends reopening some schools See in context

Congratulations to Japan and Japanese people! Both in acting properly in cleanliness and in keeping a happy disposition. I am so happy to be here.

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Posted in: Abe could be big loser if Tokyo Olympics canceled, postponed See in context

It’s not Abe’s fault. I don’t have much opinion about Abe, either for or against.

But it’s not his fault.

And it’s not Trump’s fault.

I really, REALLY, dislike this mostly American and Japanese mentality of fire the coach if the team has a problem. This disease came upon them the same as on everyone else. They are dependent on the same advisors, day to day, no matter if they are replaced or not. They also have - as their job - preventing panic and taking an upbeat attitude.

Best approach - stick together and stand behind your leaders, people!

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Posted in: India pours on pageantry with colorful welcome for Trump See in context

Congratulations, everyone.

The obvious reelection of Donald Trump is being celebrated early by people around the world.

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Posted in: Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings, health minister urges See in context

Mask country now can’t get you a mask. What a joke. Can’t get disinfectant sprays from drugstores now. Should I save up on o-shibori from Starbucks?

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Posted in: Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings, health minister urges See in context

Great, Minister. Thanks. That ought to keep the panic down. Just avoid human beings when they gather. Like, in cities for example.

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Posted in: Sharon Stone blocked on dating app See in context

Maybe Madonna will go on a dating app soon. She’s about the same age as Sharon Stone.

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Posted in: New York Jews scared, defiant as mayor decries anti-Semitism 'crisis' See in context

What’s HE going to do? Go after the groups that are attacking Jews and Christians in their churches? He isn’t going to do that.

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Posted in: 13 wounded in shooting at Chicago memorial for slain person See in context

Mr. Noidall. Agree

Blacklabel. Agree

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Posted in: 13 wounded in shooting at Chicago memorial for slain person See in context

Well, either the numbers are lying or these guys can’t shoot straight. Because the shootings sure are high.

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Posted in: White House predicts Pelosi will yield on impeachment delay See in context

“impeachment tied to his legacy”

Yes, but like everything else in these times, “impeachment” will take on a weaker image. And one that’s very partisan.

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Posted in: 13 wounded in shooting at Chicago memorial for slain person See in context

Yes, we are told violence is dropping. Hmm..I wonder why.

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Posted in: Adidas and Beyonce to launch gender-neutral collection See in context

“unisex” revised to “gender neutral”, as “global warming” was revised to “climate change”.

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Posted in: Man stabbed to death after fracas on Kitakyushu street See in context

group of men .... and women.

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Posted in: Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic See in context

Even if Christmas celebration is BS in Japan ( btw, pretty much BS in North America now anyway), still, STILL, it makes winter blues a little more tolerable. I mean check the mood in Japan about January 10. Just awful. Unless you’re in some ski resort. Actually the mood is bad right after Christmas Eve ends, although New Years provides a slight - though sleepy - mood lift.

And, btw, you can’t compare Japan New Years to western Christmas. There isn’t much cheer to it. I mean, you don’t see Japanese going around saying Happy New Year to clerks in shops. It’s an in-family thing only. And a week long break from workaday life. And there’s no music. Really Christmas is unique in the world. It has music - carols and songs by the 100s. No other holiday event is comparable to Christmas anywhere.

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Posted in: Trump accuses Democrats of 'attempted coup' on eve of impeachment vote See in context

People just have to accept the fact that Trump will be re-elected in 2020. Okay, so you have 5 more years to get ready for 2024.

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Posted in: After 25 years, Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' tops U.S. charts See in context

Starbucks reflection again: The distance Christmas songs have gone from being religious is really mind-boggling.

Anyway, the fact they don’t ignore Christmas is still impressive to me. Nobody let’s go of this event which is unrivaled by any other holiday. Just to think: There is MUSIC about Christmas - 1000s of songs, while other holidays have no music at all.

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Posted in: After 25 years, Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' tops U.S. charts See in context

Starbucks in Japan has allowed this song and Last Christmas to dominate their Christmas music. Both by covers of them AND by the originals. Used to be Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin etc.. But they’ve been nixed.

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Posted in: Twitter backs overhaul of social media to stem disinformation See in context

Burning Bush

Yes. They will say a hateful commentator was influenced by so-and-so’s platform, and then use the violent language of the commentator as an excuse to de-platform.

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Posted in: YouTube bans 'implied' threats See in context

Google will always allow anti-Trump hate speech. After all, they have declared, in interviews, that they have an objective of preventing Trump’s re-election.

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