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Posted in: Russian and Belarusian athletes banned from Paralympics in stunning about-face See in context

News sources are saying that the principle reason was that other teams and athletes had refused to compete if Russia/Belarus took part.

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Posted in: Joni Mitchell says she is boycotting Spotify over COVID 'lies' See in context

Just joined Spotify so I could watch the Dr. Robert Malone podcast episode (#1757) and see what all the fuss was about. It seems his point is that the whole vaccination thing is complex and that the efficacy includes many variables. He says we should be open to discussing and analyzing other threats to virus efficacy, and not be afraid of putting forward other hypothesis. I didn't see anything particularly controversial other than a doctor wanting to look into things more deeply.

As for these musicians wanting silencing Joe Rogan podcast seems a bit of an overreaction. What do they know and why should they be given a voice over a very qualified researcher? Shouldn't we be more open to discussion and debate rather than just silence people whose opinions we don't necessarily agree with. Joe Rogan is doing well in giving voice to a variety of interesting people in long form (this is a 3 hour podcast) that we night otherwise not have access to.

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Posted in: 20,830 suicides reported in Japan in 2021 See in context

It is good that the number has dropped since the 2000s when it was one of the highest rates in the world. I checked the world rates and was surprised to see the US rate higher than Japan, and also South Korea's phenomenally high rate

These are some suicide rates for 2021 from World Population Review

South Korea 28.6

Russia 25.1

US 16.1

Japan 15.3

Australia 12.5

Canada 11.8

NZ 11

China 8.1

UK 7.9

Stopping drinking and taking up hiking made me feel a lot better

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Posted in: Australian and Serbian leaders discuss Djokovic's visa See in context

He should have his visa revoked and be punished for lying on an official government document, as any regular person would be - no exceptions or excuses. He provided the information to whoever filled out the form. There is no way he should be exempt from the conditions that would be applied to anyone else. This another case of different rules for the privileged and it stinks. I imagine the government are desperately trying the choose the course of action in which they look less bad.

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Posted in: Arson suspected after 24 confirmed dead in Osaka clinic fire See in context

Japan really has diabolical fire safety standards when it comes to buildings. Laws are often flouted and they get away with it until something like this happens. Shocking. My heart goes out to the families whose parents or siblings won't be coming home tonight.

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Posted in: Britain savors a new sporting star in tennis champ Raducanu See in context

Raducanu is an absolute breath of fresh air. Her win brought a tear to my eye. Heartfelt and well-deserved congratulations!!

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Posted in: 2 Australian states on COVID-19 alert after infected woman's interstate travel See in context

So it appears that the Australian government is taking this pandemic seriously when there is a single case. However there is no problem sending a softball team two months early to the worlds biggest sporting event in a country with thousands of new daily cases an no vaccines yet. Its confusing. Is this a dangerous disease or not ? Make up your friggin minds!!!

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Posted in: Japan to vaccinate Olympic athletes: reports See in context

I am absolutely disgusted and very angry with this behavior. Utterly reprehensible. It will take a long time for Japan to recover its image after this Olympics debacle

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 510 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,452 See in context

The difference is because Osaka finished their SOE 2 weeks earlier than Tokyo. Tokyo will catch up in 2 weeks.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands rally around Australia to demand justice for sexual assault victims See in context

I hope these protestors are treated better than those in the UK. The images of the police dragging women away from the vigil were truly disturbing. Power to these ladies.

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Posted in: Gov't leaning toward ending Tokyo area state of emergency on March 21: report See in context

Hanami season is fast approaching along with universities going back at the beginning of April. It seems most universities have opted for face-to-face classes this upcoming semester; or at least partial face-to-face. Students will be moving around the country to their university towns. I wonder if we'll see a spike of cases around the end of April or going into Golden Week, and maybe a return to SOE or similar? It must be quite stressful for the first-year university students, or any university students for that matter.

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Posted in: Canada vows to be next country to go after Facebook to pay for news See in context

Or am I missing something?

The Murdoch oligarchy is feeling pressure and looking for ways to make money. These are the death throws of a dying industry.

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Posted in: Johnson under fire as UK again faces onslaught of COVID-19 See in context

Blaming the Prime Minister is very easy to do - as a whinging pom myself it comes as second nature. However, compared to the Japanese government the UK has been positively proactive with the handling of this pandemic. Us Brits need to stop whinging and realize not everything is the government's fault.

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Posted in: Study says Britain must vaccinate 2 million a week to prevent a third COVID-19 wave See in context

Well at least the UK is actually taking action: A tiered lockdown system and the first country to start vaccinating. The bumbling Japanese government is risking people's lives by not testing and delaying the vaccination program until March next year. What's more, it is believed the general public may not have access to the vaccine until 2022.

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Posted in: Niigata Prefecture heightens bear alert after woman dies from attack See in context

Make hard noise preventively. If attacked, just leave your food and pretend to lie dead. Done.

Absolutely do NOT play dead with black bears. Make noise as you walk so the bears know you are there. The bell is so that you don't startle them. But any noise will warn them of your approach. Black bears particularly dislike the sound of metal. So clanging pots and pans works well, or banging your hiking poles on rocks.

If you do meet a bear walk away slowly. If possible try to keep facing them. They are curious and will want to check your bag for food. But they will only attack if you run. Stand tall and make yourself look as big as possible. They are likely to be as frightened as you and will attack when startled. If they start to come at you aggressively raise your arms and shout loudly and aggressively back. Never run or play dead.

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Posted in: Hiking restrictions result in huge drop in climbing accidents, with zero on Mt Fuji See in context

I went on a few hikes this summer and it was very quiet out. Many of the huts were closed due to the virus and shuttle bus services were also suspended. This meant that if you wanted to hike those trails you needed both a car and a tent. However, some areas don't allow access to private cars. There were heavy rains just before the climbing season which washed away a lot of paths. And even some small earthquakes in places which made everything very unstable. Central and minami alps routes were all but closed. I have never seen the place so quiet. However, the few people who were out were friendly and looking out for each other which made for a nice atmosphere.

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Posted in: Haneda Airport, train stations in Tokyo busy as travelers head out for Silver Week See in context

I have just been out near my house in Kyoto and there are a lot of people around this weekend. Much more than there were over Obon. Also there seem to be foreign tourists, or at least people that are looking and behaving very much like foreign tourists. I didn't think any were currently allowed in? I was also subject to a few more snide comments than usual - I detect a little aniti-foreignerism at the moment....

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Posted in: As sports embraces activism, what should Tokyo Olympics permit? See in context

Professional athletes have worked long and hard to get where they are. Like actors and musicians their popularity gives them a certain amount of political clout. It would be nice if we all lived in fair and just societies. However, certain groups continue to suffer due to ignorance. Athletes are individuals with their own views and opinions. Personally I don't see any wrong if they want to use their power to raise awareness of these issues ad do some good in the world.

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Posted in: Japanese women feeling pressured by image of perfect 'mama': study See in context

Everything TokyoJoe said!

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Posted in: Pandemic deaths in Japan low, but future success uncertain See in context

The four day rule and the lack of testing mean that the actual number of cases is without doubt much higher. However, although the cases maybe higher, it still appears that symptoms are not as extreme as places such as Europe, US and now Brazil.

With the death rate its not just Japan that has dodged the bullet, most East Asian and South East Asian countries all show a low number of cases and low percentage of deaths. Including China considering the size of the population. Something is different, but there must be more at play here than just wearing masks, not hugging and taking your shoes off.

It has been said that there may be a natural immunity to corona virus in this part of the world because corona virus usually originate in China. There may be something to this. Whats more, there appears to be a strong correlation with between death rates and obesity.

Japan has been very quick to claim its low rates are the result of its Japanese behavior. This is arrogant and small minded, and implies that ultimately people are responsible for their sickness and death from this virus.

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Posted in: Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged See in context

Trump is a symbol of everything that is wrong with America and everything that is wrong with humanity.

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Posted in: Japan looking at steps against cyber-bullying after death of 'Terrace House' cast member See in context

The Japanese have a very unforgiving nature. Once you do something here you are tarred with that brush for ever. If you come into work late once you become the person who always comes late to work. Bully here seems to be partly based on this strange mindset, and it makes group opinion seem so stifling and unchangeable. Kimura was angry once on a show and the crowd would have never let her forget it. Similar to Becky and Laura you do something once and there is very little change of coming back from it.

Its going to be difficult if not impossible to change the bullying culture in Japan because of the closed minded, unforgiving group mentality.

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Posted in: Moon warns of COVID-19 second wave in S Korea as cases rebound See in context

South Korea has done a good job of tackling this disease so far. Their response was quicker than many countries and they rank 6th when it comes to testing per head of population. However, I am surprised that nightclubs have been aloud to open so quickly. I know they have been easing restrictions over the last couple of weeks, but nightclubs must be one of the worst places for spreading the virus. Cramped, airless places with people talking loudly to each other in close proximity..haven't we learned anything yet?

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Posted in: Tokyo Games could be greatest ever, says Coates See in context

Unfortunately, next year is still likely to be too early for both large scale international travel and large gatherings of people. Either the Olypmics will have to be held in a reduced form, or delayed until 2022. However, the winter Olympics and commonwealth games are also scheduled for that year. Interest in the games is at an all time low. They are not likely to be the greatest ever - far from it.

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Posted in: May brings reopenings around the globe as virus toll climbs See in context

Herd immunity can't happen without a vaccine. For Covid 19 it is reported that somewhere around 70% of the population needs to have been infected and recovered from the virus to create herd immunity. In the US at the moment less than 1% have been infected and this has resulted in more than 60,000 deaths. A 70% infection rate would be catastrophic. The only way forward is with a vaccine.

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Posted in: Universities to help subsidize students' costs for online learning See in context

A recent survey by a university where I work in Japan found that less than 50% of the students had their own PCs. This was across all student years. However, they all had smartphones. Since the cost of PCs is relatively low (from20,000yen) I suspect its probably more about personal choice. Monthly wifi costs are more likely to be problematic for students living away from home.

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Posted in: Woman’s body with backpack containing ¥3.25 mil and rocks found in river See in context

Sorry to here about the death of this young lady. The rocks in the bag are quite small. I suspect they were to weigh down the bag only. Perhaps she had gone to the rive to dispose of the money for some reason, but slipped and fallen in herself. The rivers have been swollen durring the last couple of days due to the recent rains. RIP young lady.

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Posted in: New Zealand could pull off bold goal of eliminating virus See in context

Good on you Kiwis! Show the rest of the world how its done!!

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Posted in: Hospitals turning away sick people as coronavirus cases surge See in context

Some thoughts...

If there had been more testing you would have a better chance or tracing the untraceable infections. Testing continues to remain far lower than other countries. 800/mil vs 20,000/mil in Germany

You have had 3 months to prepare for this. You own medical advisers were saying we should expect the same trajectory as European countries, but you chose to ignore their advice and prioritize the Olympics.

Now you really need to have complete lock-down or the above story will be repeated throughout the country tenfold.

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Posted in: Russian border becomes China's frontline in fight against second virus wave See in context

As other have said I wonder why this insistence with calling them imported cases? I find it very difficult to believe that Shanghai (23million), Beijing (19million) and Tianjin (13million) have no domestic cases..

Perhaps its not wanting this to be referred to as the Chinese Corona Virus in the future?

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