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Posted in: Taiwan applies to join Pacific trade deal days after China See in context

Isn't the whole point of that trade agreement to create a counter balance to China?

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Posted in: Most major cities in Japan revise vaccine plans amid supply crunch See in context

Now there are caveats and like Canada only for those having gotten vaccines approved in Canada which means Sputnik, Sinovac, etc... Are a no go.

Given Sputnik was banned in Brazil for being contaminated with active flu virus (poor manufacturing control) and Sinovac appears to have questionable effectiveness. I don't think anyone should be sad about them not being in market.

AZ is not approved in the USA so if a similar rule is implemented those with AZ will not be accepted as vaccinated.

AZ isn't approved in the US because the people they hired to run the study in the USA keep messing it up. It's a lot of self inflicted errors. They likely will get it approved because it helps with sales internationally, but the urgency just isn't there in the US given the levels of vaccine available.

Japan in general is difficult to get approvals in. I know people who travel to Japan and Europe to gain approval from governments and they are not surprised how long it's taking in Japan. There's just so much useless red tape that has nothing to do with patient safety.

Say what you will about Pfizer, but they know how to run drug studies. They have teams all over the world that know local regulations really well. The people I know who are in the industry who listened to their presentations to the approval panels and FDA were extremely impressed with how they packaged the study and how they were able to answer any question that came up with ease.

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Posted in: Fujifilm finds new niches, record profits amid pandemic See in context

Kodak had all sorts of investments and patents in digital photography. There were years ahead of the competition but the executives choose to position their digital photography products in way where it wouldn't create competition for the film products. In the end film died off and by slow playing digital they allowed others to take the lead in digital. There's literally classes taught at business schools about Kodak as a cautionary tale.

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Posted in: Foreign luxury cars see brisk sales in Japan See in context

while you’re at it Suga you can increase cigarette taxes by 30%.

Since the Japanese government is the largest shareholder of Japan Tobacco, it's not in it's interest to have less people smoke. They own the rights to hundreds of cigarette brands including the international rights for Camel, Salem, Winston and Benson & Hedges. They sell them all over the world.

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Posted in: Japan to begin accepting requests for vaccine passports from July 26 See in context

Vaccine passports are already available for 200M people in the US via the Clear app. It takes the records directly from the medical providers and you have an electronically signed chain of trust that can't be forged.

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Posted in: Everything you need to know about quarantining in Japan See in context

Except if you are one of the 100,000 Olympic related people coming into Japan in the coming couple months.

That might actually bring the vaccination rate up at this point.

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Posted in: Fire departments discuss how paramedics can speed up Japan's vaccine drive See in context

These are things they should have figured out 6 months ago.

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Posted in: Elon Musk says Tesla eyeing Russia as a potential production hub See in context

The supply chain will be extremely unreliable. I had clients try to run factories in Russia in the late 90s and 2000s. You'd open crates to find the contents replaced with rocks. Didn't matter if you personally picked them up from customs. It's not like there aren't good engineers and skilled workers. But the crime and theft is just too rampant.

Make the cars in an eastern country and ship them into Russia like everyone else.

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Posted in: Governors refuse to allot hospital beds for COVID-infected Olympians See in context

Most of them will be vaccinated. It's far more likely they'll have a sport injury.

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono blames drug approval system for slow inoculation drive See in context

There's over 70 million doses of European made vaccines just sitting there according to NHK news. This is entirely a self inflicted problem by the government. They should already have laws expanding who can administer the shots. They should have already been training people to administer vaccines. They should have already passed laws to streamline the vaccine approval process.

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Posted in: Pfizer vaccine effective against COVID-19 variants in Japan: study See in context

Looks like Moderna vaccine will be banned in Japan because the Japanese supply will come from Korea.

Accord to NHK 40% of European vaccine exports go to Japan. That's 74 MILLION doses from Europe already. I think they'll be fine.

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Posted in: Aichi city gave pharmacy chain chief, wife priority bookings for vaccination See in context

There's tens of millions of doses of vaccine sitting in a warehouse just sitting unused. 40% of European vaccine imports go to Japan. Almost 74 million doses. That's the real scandal. This is a distraction.

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Posted in: Two different Olympic scenes: Inside and outside the National Stadium See in context

They should be in front of PDMA's offices protesting the inability to do anything with urgency. There's 70 million doses of vaccine sitting in warehouses waiting for them according to NHK.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

he could of bought the cheapest and most effective Sputnik V vaccine 3 months ago and vaccinated 35% of population by now.

You mean like Brazil? Who just banned Sputnik V because Russia's doesn't know what it's doing and sent them Vaccine contaminated with live Flu virus. No thanks.

why everything has to be American in this country?

It's a German vaccine. BioNTech licensed it to Pfizer and China. Feel free to get the Chinese made vaccine. It's the same thing as the Pfizer made one and very popular in China.

PS, how's the weather in Russia today?

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

According to NHK News Europe Vaccine export reports show 40% of vaccine exports go to Japan. Quoting NHK:

The Commission said Japan has accounted for around 72 million shots, or about 40 percent of the total, followed by the UK at about 18.5 million and Canada at around 18.4 million.

I would guess most of it is Moderna and AstraZeneca (not yet approved in Japan). So in theory they could do 1m/day once approved. BUT Japan is a bit more restrictive on who can administer Vaccines and hasn't moved to allow more people to administer them in an emergency. So we'll see what they hit.

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Posted in: Bill and Melinda Gates file for divorce after 27 years of marriage See in context

News is coming in that there was no "pre-nup". What a rookie mistake by Gates. Should have gone to a lawyer when married. He will lose half his empire.

His empire is the foundation. Her empire is the foundation as well. They have already have said the kids get an education and some starter money and that's it. Everything else goes to the foundation. Most likely all the money is in trust anyway so we'll never know for sure what happens. The divorce likely means she'll have a lot more autonomy on how the foundation spends half the funds.

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Posted in: Man shot by police officer dies in Nagoya hospital See in context

 I dont know if the J police have pepper spray or tasers to immobilise people, if they do this might have been a better option.

I'm not sure i would recommend it. The more of that crap you give cops the more they look for reasons to use it. It goes from using them for defense. To using them for compliance. To using them for contempt.

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Posted in: Noguchi, 3 other astronauts return to Earth from space station See in context

I don't think people understand the reason SpaceX does well is because of SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell. Musk is the idea guy. He's all about his Mars spaceship down in Texas. The reason they get NASA contracts is because Shotwell is an excellent engineer and executive.

I'm suprised no one has mentioned Akihiko Hoshide is not the commander of the ISS. Only the second time JAXA has had a commander of ISS.

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Posted in: Japan's business leaders suggest ways for gov't to speed up vaccination rate See in context

Sputnik V is by far the most effective and causes the most mild side-effects if any at all but Russia and Japan don't have much of a trading relationship.

@Paul Why do you keep pushing this poor quality Russian vaccine? Brazil tested it and found it was contaminated with live cold virus. It could kill someone. Russia refused to allow Brazilian officials to inspect their factory.

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Posted in: Japan's unused 14 mil doses of COVID-19 vaccines point to logistical hurdles See in context


You're so-called "#1 Sputnik V" just got rejected in Brazil because it was contaminated with cold virus. You think you could take a moment to stop spamming the comments about your inferior vaccine?

Health regulators in Brazil say that doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine contain a cold-causing virus capable of replicating in human cells.

The unintended presence of the virus in the vaccine can “lead to infections in humans and can cause damage and death, especially in people with low immunity and respiratory problems, among other health problems,” Brazil’s Health Regulatory Agency, Anvisa, said Wednesday in a translated statement.

No wonder Russian citizens don't trust that vaccine.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

Why can't the Japanese government approve the Russian and Chinese vaccines along with Moderna and give us a choice of which to take?

You're free to travel to Russia and take the Sputnik V. Lord knows they can't get people in Russian to take it. Plenty of supply. Why aren't you going?

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Posted in: Next Meat plant-based beef bowls and yakiniku go on sale in Japan See in context

Is there a reason why Japan seems to be behind in the latest tech in plant based meat alternatives? Impossible brand in North America is legit. The plant based synthetic hemoglobin give it the beef taste that previous meat substitutes missed.

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Posted in: Health ministry panel to make decision on Moderna vaccine on May 20 See in context


You honestly think Sputnik and Sinopharm are being given to third world countries at reduced cost or free without any strings attached? That's not the way the world works. I guarantee each one of those deals extracted a pound of flesh from the third world country. A debt is owned and it will be collected.

I will point out there's no such thing as the Pfizer vaccine. It's the german BioNTech vaccine that US Pfizer and Chinese Fosun have licensed. In China it's sold as Comirnaty and colloquially described called the Fosun-BioNTech vaccine. It's extremely popular in China. So if it's good enough for millions of Chinese people why isn't it good enough for everyone else?

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Posted in: Health ministry panel to make decision on Moderna vaccine on May 20 See in context

My wife's Japanese company CEO has now asked her(his PA) to look into the possibility of employees going overseas to be vaccinated.

A couple weeks ago I'd say go to a rural area. These days you can get appointments in the US very easily. Check out a site like vaccinatethestates or vaccinespotter and book your tickets. Literally vaccines are starting to have to be thrown out in the US in rural areas because there's a limited shelf life once you open the bottle.

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Posted in: Australia security official warns staff of 'drums of war' See in context

How exactly is China going to go to war with Taiwan? The largest private sector employers in China are Taiwanese companies. Each of which has hundreds of thousand of Chinese employees and sub-contracts to thousands of smaller privately held companies. Keeping the status quo is good business.

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Posted in: India's crematoriums overwhelmed as virus tears through country See in context

What is happening India could happen any where if you let your guards down, India leaders ignored the early warning and declared victory over the virus to win the election, they put politics before people lives, I hope they will lose the election and get kicked out office and prosecuted.

I agree. Modi to a page from the Trump playbook in order to appear "strong" and ignore science. Now the results are on display for all to see.

It didn't have to be that way. Serum Institute of India is the world's largest vaccine-producing company in the world's largest vaccine-producing nation. India has more tools and resources to combat covid than most countries. Political Policy matters and can save or cost lives.

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Posted in: High school kendo coach caught forcing students to pay birthday-tribute money See in context

At 61 I would speculate the guy has been doing it for long time. Just in the past the amounts were much smaller.

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Posted in: Pfizer confirms fake vaccine shots on sale in Mexico, Poland See in context

For that money just fly to the US. Go to a Wal-Mart in a rural area. Plenty of appointments open.

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Posted in: Japan to procure enough COVID vaccines for all eligible by end of September See in context

Good question. If it's the same as the Pfizer vaccine, no, I wouldn't take it. Who in their right mind would?

I've already had my second dose. Haven't turned into a Zombie yet. Glad I'm not in Japan right now. Sad I won't be able to return for quite a while. There is not such thing as the Pfizer Vaccine. They licensed a German Vaccine BioNTech. Other companies also licensed the same vaccine including Fosum in China.

They are going to need another shot inside 12 months, according to the company CEO himself.

That's pretty much every vaccine. Because people can't control themselves in terms of social distancing and masking we have all sorts of variants and mutations. Several Vaccine makers have new versions that take into account in human trials. No matter what vaccine you get this year you'll need a booster or some sort within 12 months.

Insofar as Sputnik V, they have released all the data.

That's demonstrably untrue. There's never been a release of the primary data. That being said, I think Sputnik V works, but it's likely similar to J&J in effectiveness. That's good enough. Be that as it may the vast majority of Russians don't trust it. The vaccinations rates in Russia are very concerning. Moscow is doing less than 20K vaccinations a day. They aren't going to hit their July target. Which is likely why Russians are pushing it internationally. No one if Russia cares if they send vaccine overseas.

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Posted in: 3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavern See in context

They also have a lower murder rate than Chicago, Baltimore, and Philly. All 3 are way out of control when it comes to gun violence and overall crime.

Those are real cities. If you're going to compare states you're better off comparing Wisconsin to Iowa.

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