If someone told you they would give you a million dollars if you could go out and catch coronavirus today, do you think you could catch it, even if you wanted to try?
You couldn’t. Not counting going into Covid hospital wards, do you think frantically running around downtown Tokyo or Osaka, asking people to breathe on you....Do you think you could get it?
You’d come home tired and broke.
That’s called odds. I live by odds.
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Osaka 878 cases.
Is that the Osaka 2.7 million pop. or the Osaka 19 million pop.? Or somewhere in between?
It would be nice to know. Just for mathematical odds calculation.
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Here in Kyoto, I always ask people the question: Do you know anybody? The answer is always no. When you look around in an average winter, you see people sick with colds/flu, so you know there is sickness around. People just do not see sickness around them with this virus. So they just cannot take it seriously after such a long year of warning. Look, 666 is a big number, but out of many millions it is not. The odds - the odds! They KNOW, still very little chance they’ll get it, and if they get it they aren’t going to die. Just separate themselves for a week.
This is the picture young people, and even older people, see. And over the past year, there has been no change in that picture.
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Looking ahead on this, I can only come to one conclusion: Japan - a country known to be too slow-too late whenever disasters are concerned - has got to change that now. Specifically, Japan better get those vaccinations available to the population FAST.
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It’s true there has been snow on the cherry blossoms before. But that’s because warm weather preceded the snow event. I’m saying that kinda proactively, in case someone disconnects blossoms from temperature.
Blossoms react directly to the temperature - if it’s cold they just will not come out, or maybe grudgingly late in the spring. They are smart ! ( Just like viruses)
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It’s a warm spring. I love it. We started 20 degree plus days in February, and there’s been a countless string of them through March. And that’s why the blossoms are really. It’s so simple.
Why don’t you just enjoy the warm days gratefully? Instead of whining about it.
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If it’s a warm spring, they bloom early. If it’s cold spring they bloom late. This year has a very warm spring. So...(not too difficult to understand). And funny temperature data comparison - Kyoto March 2020 with all of Japan 2021. Isn’t it more logical to compare Kyoto 2020 with Kyoto 2021?
Also! They have blossom date records for the years 1612, 1409 and 1236? Really? Forgive me, but that’s kinda hard to believe. Is this a misprint or misunderstanding by an absent-minded, uninterested reporter?
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Re: Making fun of one’s own culture being good (?)
This doesn’t work if you’re a foreigner in Japan and you make fun of your home country culture.
Making fun of ANY culture is an uncomfortable downer for many conversations, especially in a group. Just bad manners. Also, the thinking is If you can’t fit in with your own culture, there’s something wrong with YOU.
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Comments asking why is Japan slow with vaccines.
Slowness in preventing, slowness in reconstructing. This is Japan. Why would it be any different in affairs concerning the pandemic?
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Yes, everybody was worshipping Chaplin. But a guy who went after the very young girls as he did would never survive in today’s Hollywood.
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The tsunami deaths - over 18,000 of them - were overlooked internationally because of the Fukushima nuclear incident which killed - nobody? Maybe, one, two?
18,000 people died in that wave. This is the greatest loss of life in Japan by incident since the Second World War. Never forget it. Never forget those people who died silently and whose deaths were not given nearly enough attention!
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Early spring this year. And cherry blossoms coming along in a couple weeks or so. People missed their Hanami events totally last year. What do you think they’re going to do?
And so, cases are going to start crawling back up. Not to where they were in early January, but back up a little. So, what’s Japan going to do then? They really want to show good numbers for the Olympics. What are they going to do? Introduce even another state of emergency? And every time cases crawl up until the Olympics?
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Gangs of black teenagers attacking Asian business has been going on for years. Elderly Asians being pushed to the ground randomly - not because of corona. This has been going on for years! Recently, 84 year old Asian man slammed into a wall by @ 19-year-old who jumped across a road to attack him. The man died. The 19-year-old’s neighborhood wants him released. Asians are perceived as easy passive targets by African American criminals. And they are hated for the way they have succeeded without welfare or Affirmative action campaigns.
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Scared of ghosts.
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Treatments talk is needed talk. Everything these days is masks, vaccine, masks, vaccine.
Look, if treatments are good then people will be less scared of the disease. And then less panic about mobility.
Uh-oh. Think I just answered my own question, didn’t I? They don’t want us to be mobile!!
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How about silent walking too? Then, they will have completely succeeded in another step towards total control of people by using the virus. After all, robots don’t talk either.
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Would have to see the context of the program. Not sound bytes.
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He didn’t mock .those people. This is taken out of context in his programming. And it was done to defend conservative policy which was attacked under cover of pandering sympathy for certain individuals. He didn’t attack unprovoked.
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In other words, survival rates getting better worldwide. Without Australia’s absurdly draconian lockdowns.
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Always amazed by Japan’s fastidiousness to detail. But syringe capacity doesn’t seem very difficult (6? 5?).
Most Japanese obsession to detail doesn’t involve danger.
This one will cost lives! Who’s accountable?
Do you really expect we’ll ever know?
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Are the numbers played with?
Sure - but to make us feel the situation is worse than it is. I check worldometer every day. It’s really strange.
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My basic conspiracy theory:
Someone (thing) wants to make sure the left and right can never make peace again. In other words, irreparably broken.
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What a joke. You wouldn’t have given Biden the time of day a year ago. Now you have to pretend you like him and celebrate him. Awful.
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An alarm? What do you mean by an “alarm”?
Do you mean like in George Orwell’s “1984”?
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Yeah. They’re the same old guys who get up roofs to adjust tiles in typhoons.
OnTheTrail One of the nicest snow adventures for me used to be taking the Joetsu Line from Tokyo up to Niigata prefecture when a snowy cold wave hits. You go through this long tunnel and suddenly come out at Yuzawa. Everybody on the train goes, “ WHAA..”. It’s great.
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You can get an idea of the mentality of readership on here by the fact that a simple short comment like:
” They should be able to think what they like”
gets a barrage of down votes.
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Lots of comments to read regarding corona virus. But all I have to do is look at which comments gather a -10 rating and which gather a plus 10 rating, and I already know what their sentiments will be.
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