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Posted in: Ministry punishes 11 officials for ethics code violations involving Suga's son See in context

@Aly Rustom

salary cuts- sure. Who wants to bet they'll get a later bonus in the year when its all forgotten.

Came here to comment exactly this.

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Posted in: TV series 'Frasier' latest '90s hit to get a revival See in context

I love Frasier, lately I had to conform with his roles as a voice actor.

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Posted in: Man re-arrested for making death threats against comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto See in context

Some people thing the world is made to please them, its difficult to imagine how he could think he would make it out of this without being arrested.

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Posted in: Preservation of 2011 quake devastation sites faces funding crunch See in context

This is a sad situation, one big part of the current problem with the reconstruction of Fukushima is that people are already forgetting about it. More support have to given or else it will be repeated endlessly.

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Posted in: Births in Japan hit record low in 2020; deaths down for first time in over a decade See in context

The perfect storm of policies directed to make difficult to have family, a pandemic badly controlled and a cultural preference for letting this problem go on. On the other hand Japan is not the only country to struggle with low births last year, maybe expecting the people in charge to actually act to solve it is too naive.

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Posted in: COVID vaccine for elderly to be distributed based on population proportion See in context

@neowave

[edited]: That would be your opinion. From my understanding Robert F. Kennedy Jr. would never have gotten into vaccine research if the mothers of vaccine injured children had not brought vaccines to his attention.

This is no personal opinion, in nursing and medical school is taken as the textbook example for an organization working against science and public health. I have not yet met an American pediatrician that doesn't talk horribly about it.

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Posted in: Takeda starts clinical trial of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in Japan See in context

@robert maes

will not accept vaccination with the AZ vaccine nor the Chinese junk. But i am fine with J&J, Pfizer, Moderna en even Sputnik

Really? I can't find evidence of something specially bad about the AstraZeneca vaccine, on the other hand the Sputnik data is so shady I am surprised is not being openly rejected everywhere.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 340 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,025 See in context

Low for a Thursday, but deaths are still a worry.

The problem with cases going low is that probably someone is already planning how to put half a dozen Go To campaigns so their very important friends can profit again.

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Posted in: 1st death confirmed in Feb 13 northeastern Japan earthquake See in context

Terribly unfortunate, it would have been really nice if there were no lives lost.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay scheduled to begin in one month — without cheering See in context

@shogun36

I say line up cardboard cutouts and sex dolls along the streets.

One can only wish, but the more they do the more it seems the purpose is to waste the efforts in controlling the pandemic.

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Posted in: Helicopters, firefighters battle forest fires in Gunma, Tochigi See in context

The images on TV are terrible, I hope the losses are kept to a minimum

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Posted in: Challenge of dealing with influx of Olympic visitors amid virus seems insurmountable See in context

This whole thing seems more and more desperate every week, bad solutions to even greater problems, complete lack of planning, contradicting measures.

I suspect the whole thing is actually a really big effort to make the whole japanese population hate the olympics as much as possible so the government can use it as an excuse to call it quits.

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Posted in: Japan to keep tax cuts for home, car buyers to help virus-hit economy See in context

@Matej

really pointless "action" for everyday people...sorry..thumbs down in my case

Exactly, out of the many things they could do to help the people that have been affected the most they choose to help people buy houses and cars.

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Posted in: Japanese libraries hope UV machine gives visitors peace of mind See in context

Looks more like a gimmick to interest children than something really useful, but books are not exactly the most risky thing to be touching, probably the coins or card used to ride the train to the library or the handles on the door are much more likely to be contaminated, as long as kids don't use the pandemic as an excuse to stop reading I can live with this.

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Posted in: Popular Japanese actress Erika Toda marries actor Tori Matsuzaka See in context

I really want to wish them the best, but I cannot avoid seeing everything happening this year with some cynicism, maybe its just jealously, maybe just seeing so many bad news is making me expect a bad twist at the end.

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Posted in: 'A new movement': Trump's false claims take hold in states See in context

At this point probably nobody can be disappointed about what Trump does, for good or for bad he made clear all his defects from the beginning of his presidency if not before. But the GOP? this is a really new kind of shocking surprise, the worst part would be if even after being so clearly antidemocratic they did not lose votes, I hope they do, because it would mean the American population is not so easy to fool.

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Posted in: U.S. COVID-19 deaths smash daily record, spurring pleas to trim back Christmas See in context

It is unfortunate but the situation has made it clear that everything in excess is bad, including obsessing with personal freedoms. The pandemic can be fought successfully, several places have done it, but this is simply not possible if enough members of the society consider any kind of cooperation as an insult to their personal rights. Giving everybody the right to be a jerk was fine for America, until this meant putting everybody else at risk.

@ Slickdrifter

Blaming government officials for not doing enough in any country. Unless severely negligent and Trump was not. Its just not right. 

It is more than right, it is what the US is apparently about. There are countries where the top of the government cannot really do that much so the whole group shares the responsibility, Trump made it clear from the beginning that was not going to happen to him and grabbed as much power as he could, that also means he can be made responsible for what the government of the country as a whole accomplished or failed to do.

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Posted in: U.S. Olympic officials back athletes' right to protest at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Wonder if a protest in support of the Uihgur would be 'divisive demonstration'?

I can already see every single Chinese athlete "protesting" the foreign interventions on the Chinese internal problems (like the Uihgur, Hong Kong and Taiwan), or half a dozen other countries forcing their athletes to do the same against their national enemies. I cannot see this as a positive development.

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Posted in: Carbon capture a tool in climate fight, but at what cost? See in context

From superficial explanations I have seen this is not an effective tool, counting all the direct and indirect energy costs it ends up producing more CO2 than what it can trap unless it uses very expensive clean energy, but then it would be better to replace the CO2 producing methods with this clean energy on the first place.

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Posted in: Japan to begin COVID-19 vaccinations on reservation basis See in context

It is good news, even if it feels late compared with other countries, the last paragraph is specially important because I have heard it is one of the choke points that could lead to waste and lost time.

@Divinda

That is entirely not true due to something called antibody-dependent enhancement which essentially means that a person increases their chances of getting a virus after getting the antibodies (as with a vaccine).

The ADE theory was already discussed two replies above yours. Nothing you said contradicts why it could not be observed for this coronavirus.

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Posted in: Biogen files for Japan approval for Alzheimer's drug developed with Eisai See in context

Interesting news, I am still not convinced of the drug being effective, but at least the regulatory reviews will end up providing a lot of good information. Maybe this drug is useful, maybe not, but any hint is welcomed in the fight against this tragic disease.

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Posted in: Suga inspects 2011 quake recovery in northeastern Japan See in context

This looks more like a bad publicity stunt, his popularity has been dropping a lot lately and I would be offended If I was part of the people affected and was used like this.

@Derek Grebe

Oh but let's not forget, the Olympic sales pitch was all built around milking support for the recovery of Tohoku.

IT would be much more meaningful just to cancel the whole thing and dedicate the funds to Tohoku, that would have shown a much more honest interest.

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Posted in: Australian scientists develop genome sequencing to trace COVID-19 cases within four hours See in context

Nice development! it will be interesting to see how it is used and if it makes tracing actually easier, my understanding is that RNA viruses are not so easy to sequence and follow between people.

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Posted in: Idol 'otaku' arrested for bomb threat after his idol T-shirt gets burned See in context

Good to see this guy being caught, The KyoAni tragedy was caused by one of these deranged people, any threat should be treated seriously.

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Posted in: Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai charged under security law See in context

The CCP is not even pretending anymore, I am not hopeful but this may mean the gloves will come out on the other side as well.

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Posted in: New 'Star Wars' film 'Rogue Squadron' due in 2023 See in context

It is getting tiring to see how Disney can only thing on milking old things instead of producing something new.

Now, this will be interesting. Maybe Christensen will be given the chance to flex his acting muscles, as he was stifled by Lucas' staid direction in the prequels.

Really? I have never seen him showing special talent for acting.

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Posted in: COVID-19 forces closure of Tokyo neighborhood ramen joint See in context

It is a sad but difficult to avoid consequence of the whole situation, fragile business like this will suffer, with or without lockdowns.

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Posted in: Australian COVID vaccine dropped over false positive HIV result See in context

obviously innocous but you cant have people testing positive all around only to be a false diagnostic.

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Posted in: T-Mobile offers up yet another TV streaming service See in context

Still surprised cable still have costumers with all the much better options streaming has for entertainment, personally I can get all I need with two of the biggest options, I don't see how small companies can offer something worth $10 a month.

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Posted in: Man arrested for indecent exposure on train See in context

5 minutes is quite a long time, I wonder how many other passengers just pretended not to see anything.

I would be not surprising that this was not his first offense, and unfortunately maybe not the last either.

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