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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,070 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,717 See in context

Has there been any reduction in people going out? Do these kind of numbers even remotely make sense?

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Posted in: Don't shout, don't cheer: Olympic fans face coronavirus curbs See in context

Also, athletes - do your event and go home. No fun in the Olympic Village.

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Posted in: Beijing launches mass virus tests See in context

Which will arrive first - Hiroshima testing or vaccines?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,175 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,045 See in context

Tests taken Sunday were 50% positive in Tokyo. Tests taken on Tuesday less than 10%. This testing system appears to be broken.

We need the Freakonomics guys on this!

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Posted in: Kono denies reports of mass vaccine roll-out for general public in May See in context

Bloomberg keeps this updated. The US has managed about 500,000 vaccines average/day since Dec 14th. President Biden say he will do 100,000,000 in the first 100days.

if adequate preparations are made starting now, there is no reason Japan can’t do this. After all, Ko o said as fast as humanly possible. I think the above would be satisfactory.

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Posted in: Vaccines not prerequisite for Tokyo Olympics: Kato See in context

I sincerely hope that as fast as possible includes more than 1,000,000/day vaccines. Then, there should be no problem with the Olympics.

Kono’s statement makes no sense. Maybe he is referring to the fact that vaccines won’t be mandatory for the general population nor the athletes.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after not paying taxi fare from Yokohama to Tottori See in context

You can even negotiate flat fare in Tokyo - done it many times.

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Posted in: No. of hospitalized coronavirus patients at record high in Japan See in context

Smaller hospitals may not have the ability to isolate patients. But, it’s an SOE. That should mean something for private hospitals with the capability to handle Covid patients.

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Posted in: Former IOC vice president says U.N. could decide fate of Tokyo Olympics See in context

The Olympics should have a permanent location in Greece.

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Posted in: Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19 See in context

Perhaps, at this point Hiroshima should aim for getting 800,000 vaccinations done ASAP. That would be most cost effective. And, would be real leadership.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

Bloomberg is keeping a running total on vaccine deployment around the world.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

Testing 800,000 people in Hiroshima will settle it. If it is allowed to happen.

Anyway, word from Israel is that the vaccine is effective after about 14 days and infection rates among those vaccinated have dropped by as much as 60%. They have managed to vaccinate about 20% of their population - most Palestinians excluded.

I think it’s becoming clearer. The move for the Japanese government is to get as many vaccines in arms as quick as possible.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to build lunar orbiting outpost See in context

Great news. They should throw in with SpaceX. Best chance for pulling this off is the Starship and that is progressing rapidly.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

“Pay rise for health workers, I say. Free testing, JDF pop up hospitals. What's so difficult?”

I agree with Crickey.

Oh, and small private hospitals are where we got an outbreak of sepsis just a few years ago. Many are not equipped to handle Covid. There are no protocols. But, over a certain number of beds should be possible.

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Posted in: When do you think a decision will be made on whether or not to cancel the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

I heard that the IOC makes their money from the TV broadcasting - so, no fans Olympics is probably okay for the IOC.

Do you think that it will be allowed to test 800,000 people in Hiroshima? I want to see the realists from that!

Encouraging news from Israel. After ¼ of the population vaccinated, two weeks later the new cases are down 50%. If Japan can get enough vaccines in arms quick enough, perhaps it’s possible? If they slow roll the vaccines? Maybe not.

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Posted in: Suga, Bill Gates agree vaccines key for Tokyo Olympics See in context

When will Japan receive the first doses of contracted vaccinations? What’s the Japanese plan to get vaccines in arms? Biden is trying for 1M/day after inauguration. Can Japan do as well?

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

Here is another take on it:

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Posted in: Kirin Brewery head questions restrictions on Tokyo bars, restaurants See in context

I wonder about using QR codes to track customers and Covid? Might be some scheme that works for Japan. Voluntary tracking for entry into participating establishments. The phone companies already have this location data.

Anyway, some bars just lock the doors and everyone inside can just party on.

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Posted in: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has been in office for three months. How would evaluate his job so far, compared to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? See in context

Maybe we will go back to a string of 9 month Prime Ministers...

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Posted in: Tokyo raises healthcare alert to highest level after virus cases soar to 822 See in context

Reduce the number of Covid patients admitted is the only way to go...

I’d laugh, but aren’t they already throttling admissions? Ambulance rides from hell.

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Posted in: Tokyo raises healthcare alert to highest level after virus cases soar to 822 See in context

Are there any plans to add any temporary beds for this emergency? Not hearing anything. How about setting up tents in Tokyo Dome for example?

I expect the numbers will keep rising after New Years.

The government response is unconscionable.

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Posted in: Captain arrested over ship-sinking accident off western Japan See in context

The captain is licensed.

There is zero doubt whom to blame.

There was nothing to admit. It happened.

That seems an awfully small vessel...

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Posted in: Health experts urge pause in Go To Travel campaign as COVID-19 cases surge See in context

As far as logistics for shutting down Go to Travel?

Seems pretty straight forward.

・Honor all deals that are paid for.

・Stop accepting new deals.

I heard that one of the cabinet members owns one of the major travel agencies. But, I can't find that reference. Anyone got better search skills than me?

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Posted in: Japan's top court backs lower pay for nonregular employees See in context

The economy will continue to stagnate. People will live in substandard housing, or with their parents, won’t get married, won’t have children. Suicides up. Yay, Japan!

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Posted in: Backlash as Japanese police tweet warns women to not ride elevators alone with men See in context

seems like common sense to me. It's why they have mirrors in the cars. So, you can see if someone hiding.

Also, not only good advice for women. You could get robbed.

This pretty much standard in NYC when I was there.

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Posted in: Sasago tunnel reopens two months after fatal cave-in See in context

there was a similar problem at the big dig in boston. could this type of failure been reasonably foreseen? Was this an unfortunate accident or negligence? From Wikipedia: Calling the area a crime scene, Attorney General Tom Reilly issued subpoenas to those involved in the construction and testing of the tunnels.

also, as zichi mentions, what is going on with the over 20 tunnels of similar age and design? have the panels been removed and fans installed in all of them as well?

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Posted in: TV drama captures public angst at 'Made in Japan' decline See in context

japan's economic miracle wasn't so miraculous. japan benefited from a long period of extremely low yen rate? ¥360 = $1 the american occupation/forward staging pumped money into japan during the korean & vietnam wars and beyond during the cold war. the u.s. gave preferential treatment to japan for a number of years by allowing japan to dump products strategically? if i remember correctly you could buy a lot of "made in japan" items cheaper in america than japan. unfair subsidies, predatory pricing destroyed several u.s. industries. tvs & computer memory come to mind. balance of trade/current account? - structural barriers/no access to markets? the japanese joined the WTO and yet still to this day argue the position that the agreed rice quotas are unfair to japan and should be reduced!

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Posted in: Two rape suspects in custody linked to more than 30 assaults See in context

Even if you caught them dick in hand, if you tried to detain them, you would probably be subject to incarceration. Stupid gaijin.

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Posted in: 60-year-old woman arrested for threatening to kill all students at Tokyo school See in context

Old people are fragile. They break when they fall down. Broken hips often don't heal properly and can lead to fatal complications. Consider living the rest of your life in pain or some other serious debilitation.

According to a Japan Times story, there have been something like 11,000 bicycle on pedestrian accidents since 2003. Not sure about total fatalities.

Technically it is illegal to ride on the sidewalk unless posted (jitensha oyobi hokosha senyo doro hyoshiki). It's not enforced because the police think riding in the street is even more dangerous.

I am frequently nervous when cyclists zoom by at high rates of speed. Sometimes they even nick my bag or hand. I can well imagine an elderly person being terrified/angry when out and about. That said, she is obviously a bit of a nutter.

The school could have had a safety lecture during the weekly assembly. I would consider it well within their purview.

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