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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,149 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,194 See in context

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 54, down four from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 412, down 12 from Tuesday.

What exactly does this mean? Is this the number of ICU patients? The number of patients on ventilators or oxygen? When the number goes down - is it because the patients died? How many ICU beds are there in Tokyo? How many total beds are there for Covid patients? What is the daily utilization rate for each type of bed? What is the admission rate for Covid patients in Tokyo? What is the admission criteria? How many patients are turned away each day?

54 serious patients in all of Tokyo? That seems awful low. Are “they” limiting admissions to maintain the agreed upon utilization percentage? It’s possible. Where are the new ICU beds? Could have easily set them up in tents.

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Posted in: EU prepares to send petrol cars to the scrap heap See in context

all ICE engines should be banned from city centers.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 920 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,191 See in context

Aren’t the number of beds for the seriously ill limited, and the number of patients admitted regulated? My understanding is people are told to go home and wait it out if they are not deathly ill, and hope they don’t become a statistic.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,632 See in context

Confirmation that the number of cases are being grossly undercounted in Japan will be the rapid increase of Delta and. Delta + variants. How will these variants spread without a large reservoir of virus in the population? Since there is no contact tracing and testing is cursory, we won’t really know, but we can extrapolate by connecting the dots.

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Posted in: Europe powers up electric car battery drive See in context

How can you write an article about electric cars and batteries without mentioning Tesla? It boggles my mind.

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Posted in: Spielberg's Amblin to make several films a year for Netflix See in context

Nothing wrong with this. Amblin is a production company. I’m sure they have the bandwidth. We probably won’t see Spielberg directing much.

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Posted in: Communications ministry punishes 32 officials for wining and dining See in context

Just the tip of the iceberg. Can anybody believe that this is not just business as usual - an you off the books perk, otherwise known as corruption. These people should be fired and prosecuted. And, a full investigation should be held top to bottom of all ministries for sImilar misconduct.

Cover up.

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Posted in: Competitor fears Musk's SpaceX could 'monopolize' space See in context

Reusable rockets are key to keeping the launch costs down. SpaceX has gone through the backlog of launches and are now using excess capacity for internal Starlink launches. I believe they have a cadence of every 9 days at the moment.

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Posted in: Japan extends state of emergency for Tokyo, 8 other areas to June 20 See in context

why Is there a continuous narrative that there aren’t enough doctors and nurses to administer the vaccine? seems to me, that there are no logistics in place to deliver the vaccine to clinics. or anywhere.

as has been pointed out, doctors, nurses, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists, lab technicians, paramedics, medical students, and perhaps any retired people from the correct professions. and, if there was a real shortage, training and qualification could be done rather quickly as in other countries.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi UFJ pledges net zero emissions in finance portfolio by 2050 See in context

Not good enough

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 419 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,677 See in context

The rate of positive tests can easily be manipulated by gating the symptomatic and adding the correct number of non-symptomatic. With the level of testing being conducted, this would be trivial to manage.

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Posted in: Suga says he has never put Olympics first and that IOC has final say See in context

Whether or not Japan has to pay contractually mandated cancellation penalties, Japan is a sovereign nation and can do whatever is necessary. For Suga to state otherwise is unbelievable. Where are the calls for Suga’s immediate resignation?

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Posted in: Gov't to decide on extension of state of emergency on Friday See in context

I’m wondering what the payoff for the LDP is for holding up the vaccines? There must be something going on...

Vaccinating as rapidly as possible is a no brainer.

The Japanese people have a lot of patience.

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Posted in: Egos clash in Bezos-Musk space race See in context

I saw a lecture by Gerard K. O’Neill in 1978. His ideas seemed well thought out and doable. I’ve been a fan ever since.

Bezos should focus on that instead of trying to compete head to head with SpaceX in LEO satellite internet.

I’m waiting for Bigelow inflatable modules to start being deployed in a serious way. Perhaps waiting for bigger rockets for larger structures.

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Posted in: Some Olympic officials to be tested for virus on daily basis See in context

So, they will be doing more daily testing than Tokyo?

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Posted in: Commuter rush seen despite 3rd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

I have been avoiding going out as much as I can since the beginning.

Fatigue has definitely set in. But, I would hate to get the Covid now, when vaccines might be available as soon as Obon or September...

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Posted in: British warships, military aircraft to set sail for Asia next month See in context

Sounds like an epic deployment. Fun will be had!

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Posted in: Virus surge, by-election losses put Suga's future in question See in context

Although it is likely that new strains are running rampant, and this seems to be the narrative being put forth, I have heard no solid evidence that this is in fact happening...

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Posted in: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean this time? See in context

Good one about them binning the expired vaccines come September. Anyone got odds on that?

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Posted in: Osaka request for emergency will include store closures, online school classes See in context

The health care system is near collapse. After 15 months, exactly how many beds were added?

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Posted in: Olympic torchbearers run through empty Osaka park as virus surge tops 1,000 See in context

I don’t want to believe that the government can massage the numbers...but, I do!!!

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Posted in: Olympic torchbearers run through empty Osaka park as virus surge tops 1,000 See in context

The cynic in me wants to say that Osaka is showing more cases now because that is the narrative that is being put forth.

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Posted in: Toshiba receives ¥2 tril acquisition offer from global fund See in context

Maybe the NIKKEI is high because Bank of Japan is buying tons due to quantitive easing?

Did Japan throw Toshiba under the bus? The nuclear industry and Westinghouse in particular were not in great shape. Somehow Japan wanted export nuclear reactors. This was always going to be a hard sell - even with the Japanese government behind them. Toshiba grossly overpaid for Westinghouse. The Westinghouse bankruptcy. The 3/11 Earthquake and resulting meltdown in Fukushima. Further improprieties at Toshiba.

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Posted in: Japanese companies offer lowest pay rises in 8 years as pandemic bites See in context

Kuroda’s bazooka. Quantitative easing. Devalued ¥en 78/105 or 74% and stealing from everyone’s savings. Meanwhile purchasing stocks and bonds making BOJ the top holder of stocks and bonds in Japan. Kuroda is blowing a bubble. Stocks are now higher than 1989.

Rich people getting richer. Is this going to go down as one of the biggest wealth transfer to the rich in history?

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Posted in: Outgoing CEO says Panasonic must cut Tesla reliance as battery tie-up evolves See in context

Seems like Tesla solar roof and battery pack business is taking off now.

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Posted in: Ethics scandal involving communications official linked to Suga widens See in context

Suga is toast, and his will all be forgotten.

Change is glacially slow in Japan. Especially with the hereditary ruling class and top 1% liking things just the way they are. It’s just a revolving cast of characters.

Japan has been waging war on workers with a low pay and temporary dispatch workers with over 40% out of permanent employment. Neoliberalism at work.

I agree, that this is orchestrated to take out Suga. The fallout from this scandal will be temporary, manageable, soon forgotten and therefore the question is why is it so important to hasten Suga’s departure? It seemed he was doing a good enough job himself to ensure his own demise. Does anyone expect him to last out the summer?

On another note, what did they have on Koizumi? I always wondered at his abrupt retirement...

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Posted in: Aging low-ranking employees fear they can't survive restructuring See in context

Outlaw dispatch. 44% of workers in Japan are now dispatch. The neoliberal policies of deregulation and low wages have fostered a shift in wealth to the top 1%. Homelessness, welfare. Raise the minimum wage.

These workers interviewed are super well off compared to the dispatch and minimum wage workers.

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Posted in: Ex-justice minister Kawai granted ¥50 mil bail in vote-buying case See in context

Where’s he going to go? Not likely to do a runner.

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Posted in: Nikkei plunges over 1,200 points to below 29,000; biggest drop in 4 years See in context

Kuroda is blowing a huge bubble with stocks. I really don’t understand it. BOJ is now the largest holder of stocks AND bonds in Japan.

Japan has been stuck in low wages and benefits for decades with its neoliberal policies.

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