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Posted in: Seven-Eleven steps up work-life support for foreign workers See in context

I feel like many in the Japanese government have this idea that they want to increase immigration to counteract the ageing population but only want the very "best" immigrants that will magically come to Japan, invest a billion dollars and create 10 Softbanks while speaking fluent Japanese. The reality is Japan won't be able to attract these Silicon Valley types because they'll all be headed to the more traditional routes of well, Silicon Valley and other anglo-countries. The language barrier, wages, and work-life (im)balance are all massive inhibitors. So if Japan really does want to reserve its demographic decline then it'll have to have to make do with allowing lower skilled immigrants to come with their families in the hope that they'll assimilate with subsequent generations. If it means we have to bring in thousands of 7-11 workers every year then so be it - Japanese people aren't having more babies, it's time to move on from natural population growth. Even Son-San is a naturalised Japanese and look what he's achieved. Yanai (although Japanese) was a burakumin. Maybe it's time to create "The Japanese Dream" so we can stop sleepwalking in this economic nightmare?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 502 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,506 See in context

I get that we need to prioritise the elderly for vaccines and rightly so but given these stats it seems to always be the people in their 20s who are the majority of cases - would be controversial but perhaps considering prioritising people in this age group before the middle aged? Vaccines do help reduce transmissibility after all, and this demographic are probably the group that move around and are highest risk of spreading the most.

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Posted in: Sydney coronavirus cases spike as lockdown falters See in context

You’re not suggesting that the traditional Sydney/Melbourne rivalry is rearing its ugly head here? ;)

Haha not at all...But let's just say there's probably a certain premier who's feeling very smug right now in his north face jacket!

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Posted in: Sydney coronavirus cases spike as lockdown falters See in context

Any of all fellas commenting in the Aussie articles fellow Victorians?

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Posted in: Ohtani homers twice, scores winning run, as Angels beat Orioles 8-7 See in context

The way he's going his footprint in the US as a Japanese player is going to be bigger than Ichiro's.

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Posted in: Japan to ask athletes from India, 5 other countries for more COVID-19 tests See in context

Surely Japan could show the ultimate omotenashi by offering the athletes vaccines, perhaps offering the AstraZeneca vaccines since they're not exactly being used by the Japanese population anyway? They could offer them at Japanese embassies/consulates in the athletes' respective countries. Probably far fetched but would work in tandem with their current vaccine diplomacy with Taiwan and ASEAN nations.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 376 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,308 See in context

source: https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations?country=~JPN

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 376 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,308 See in context

@Antiquesaving @marcelito

Agreed, USA and Canada letting pharmacists do the job is pretty enviable. But I don't really see any evidence of private companies vaccinating their employees - in fact a recent McKinsey report has highlighted just that, and queried whether there may be a role for them to do just that. So maybe lay off the fake news a little. Also can't really speak for your wards, but if you're under 65 I suspect it may be something to do with the fact that not all over 65s that want the vaccine are vaccinated just yet - news flash, there are a lot of 65s in Japan if you haven't noticed. That will take time but increasingly less so given the aforementioned daily increase in the rate of inoculations.

@marcelito not really realistic for people to expect everyone to get a vaccine at once now is it? I sympathise with the anecdotes but to attempt to extrapolate it like it somehow implies vaccinations are still happening at the same slow rate back in Feb is a bit much, especially when (like I mentioned before) the rates are now higher than many OECDs and increasing.

@stickman1760 - Total vaccines administered from the first dose administered back in Feb to June 16: 27.66 million. On June 17 (latest data available) it goes up to 28.89 million. Implies that between June 16 and June 17 an additional 1.2million doses were administered.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 376 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,308 See in context

@hatsufred delayed vaccinations are literally secondary to the stringent requirement of having had to conduct domestic trials which was implemented after the MMR conundrum. Had there been no requirement then there wouldn't have been such a delay. If you are seriously choosing to ignore that fact, then I'm afraid it's you with your head in the sand. Hope this helps.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 376 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,308 See in context

Context matters. Really wish the journos who write the same copy-pasted updates about case numbers on this news site would include the daily number of vaccinations as well. It's probably the number we are more interested in since we can't really trust the significance of the reported case numbers anyway. The OurWorldInData site is great but it'd be nice if it was all in one place. Also notice a lot of negativity among the comments on the daily despite vaccination rates ramping up significantly every day. For comparison, the rate of inoculation per 100 people is now higher than the highest ever rate recorded in Singapore. Currently, it's also higher than UK, US, or Israel. Japan has also gone a step further than the aforementioned countries and have also allowed private companies to mobilise their respective contracted health providers to inoculate their employees as well. People forget that the slow start in vaccinations stems from the public's outrage about the dubious adverse effects reported during the MMR vaccination saga two decades ago. They are the whole reason why the government wasted time going through the process of conducting domestic trials. Even in a pandemic you can bet a thousand bucks they'd have complained that the proper trials weren't done had distribution of the vaccines started without testing on the Japanese population first. Can't have it both ways. And as for the naysayers Suga's target of a million shots a day looks all but guaranteed to happen if not already. Anecdotes about yourself or your in laws' sisters grandmother still yet to receive a vaccine don't really matter in the face of raw data and statistics. Things are finally moving in the right direction, and recently pretty quickly too. Ganbare Nippon!

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Posted in: 97% of surveyed major Japanese firms plan workplace COVID vaccinations See in context

Really wish the journos who write the same copy-pasted updates about case numbers on this news site would include the daily number of vaccinations as well. It's probably the number we are more interested in since we can't really trust the significance of the reported case numbers anyway. The OurWorldInData site is great but it'd be nice if it was all in one place. Also notice a lot of negativity among the comments on the daily despite vaccination rates ramping up significantly every day. For comparison, the rate of inoculation per 100 people is now higher than the highest ever rate recorded in Singapore. Currently, it's also higher than UK, US, or Israel. Maybe it's time we start taking a step back and see how things are actually improving a lot. 

Also, where is this frustration about the slow commencement of vaccine roll outs coming from? Do people seriously not know how hamstrung the government is after implementing the need for domestic trials following the MMR saga after public outrage? And now that the government took the approach of doing domestic trials (note the opposition party in the early days also called for caution in rushing to implement "gaikoku-sei wakuchin") before rolling it out, people are angry they didn't dish the vaccines out sooner? You can bet that many Japanese would have pounced on the first reported adverse effect denouncing the recklessness of distribution a vaccine untested on the Yamato. The coupling of vaccine distribution by central governments and regional municipalities and their respective clinics is also a pretty standard approach by other countries like Australia. What's unique though is the initiative of allowing private companies to utilise their own health professionals to vaccinate their employees. This creates another pathway to getting vaccinated which to my knowledge isn't reciprocated in other countries. Of course things won't go smoothly but clearly things are all moving in the right direction. Isn't this a good thing? Shouldn't we be cheering our country on? Or have we all metamorphosed into the pessimistic oyajis of the post-bubble era?

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