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Posted in: Woman dies from brain hemorrhage days after receiving coronavirus vaccine, but link uncertain See in context

Until the link between the vaccine and the brain hemorrhage is proven (and right not it's not), putting this front and center is just spreading FUD and it's totally irresponsible for any Japanese media.

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Posted in: 1,032 shots of COVID-19 vaccine wasted due to freezer malfunction See in context

So, either those freezers are not monitored for sudden changes in temperature and no-one noticed until Monday or they've just let those vaccines go to waste instead quickly giving them to the first 1,032 people who happened to be around.

Either way, Japan can do better than that.

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Posted in: Japan likely to see increased COVID-19 vaccine supply in April: Kono See in context

First they had to order the freezers

Then they had the wrong syringes

Then they cannot make up a schedule

Now they're delivering only 1,170 doses per prefecture

Is somebody gonna get fired for this gross incompetence?

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Posted in: 2 Americans who helped in Ghosn's escape to be turned over to Japan See in context

So let me see if I get this straight:

Ghosn has refused to be the head of GM, get double his Japanese salary and instead he chose to stay with Nissan and allegedly cheated on reporting his Japanese income and was somehow able to fool a small army of Japanese accountants for many years even though he doesn't read or write Japanese without any Japanese accomplices?

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

What's wrong with a Japanese girl with blond hair?

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Posted in: Nissan ex-CEO tells Japanese court Ghosn's pay was too low See in context

I don't think he stayed for the money even though he was the highest paid CEO in Japan.

The Obama administration offered him double his salary to become the CEO of GM but he declined.

It's documented in Steven Rattner's book "Overhaul".

Clearly if he was after fame and money he would have left right away but he didn't and during his press conference in Lebanon he also said "the captain doesn't abandon the ship".

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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

If a foreigners need a covid-negative proof to enter Japan, tracing them implies they could become infected while in Japan.

In that case why not tracking everyone so that we can limit the spread?

Even with the app, if, for example, you know that an infected foreigner took a train to somewhere, you don't know who was in that train and who gave it to him/her.

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Posted in: Japan considers creating waiting lists for COVID-19 vaccine: Kono See in context

I don't think the international community will introduce a system preventing people from doing something unless they get shots

Wrong, Israel already has a national vaccine passport, only those who are vaccinated can go to the gym, movie theaters, etc.

In the U.S. when entering the country you can skip quarantine if you have proof you've been vaccinated.

Frankly Japan would be better off if people would speak up about those who are not wearing a mask.

I see those guys everyday and no-one says anything when they walk around the store like there's no COVID and if I say something all of a sudden I am the one who looks bad.

Go figure.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

Think about all the wasted talent.

Women who would otherwise make a real contribution to Japan and it's economy are forced by the wayside because they're not taken seriously.

How many young women are traumatized by this way of thinking and end up a housewives instead of pursuing a career?

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Posted in: Oita woman loses lawsuit and pays damages without ever knowing she’d been sued See in context

Now imagine if instead of a businesswoman this would have happened to an older person incapable of filing a lawsuit or a foreigner who's not fluent in Japanese.

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Posted in: Hyogo gov't worker leaves water running for a month; forced to pay half ¥6 mil bill See in context

6 million yen?

That doesn't sound right.

Water in Japan is roughly 200 yen per cubic meter, so in the worst case scenario, this employee had apparently wasted 30,000 cubic meters (¥6,000,000 / ¥200) of water or 1,000 cubic meter per day, which is roughly 41,000 liters per hour.

That's way too much water for a 15 tons tank and there's no valve that I know of, capable of draining 41,000 liters per hour, besides, someone would have noticed the river coming out of the building.

Unless the price structure has some overcharges for excessive usage, this doesn't sound right.

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Posted in: Japan to start COVID vaccinations next week despite syringe shortage See in context

The special syringe is called a "low dead-space" syringe and the "special" thing about it is that it retains a low amount if fluid compared to a regular one.


Use a regular syringe, draw the last dose from seven vials and inject then into an empty vial.

Problem solved.

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Posted in: Japan to draw up guidelines on how to transport COVID vaccines See in context

There's gotta be a reason why Japan is dragging it's feet on something so urgent.

This headline should have been written in December, not February 9th.

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Posted in: Suga tells Davos forum Olympics will be symbol of human victory over virus See in context


Vaccination will be symbol of human victory over virus.

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Posted in: Japan taking cautious approach to COVID-19 vaccination rollout See in context

Clearly they're dragging their feet.

Now the questions is, why?

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Posted in: Virus vaccination drill conducted in Kawasaki See in context

Why not use the same facilities, doctors and nurses they use for the yearly health examination?

If they can take blood samples from thousands of people a day they can also administer vaccines to thousands of people a day.

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Posted in: Man arrested for buying cup meant for ¥100 coffee but pouring ¥200 latte into it See in context

Is there a case where the police just gives you a fine for something as small as this or you always get arrested?

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Posted in: Japan says no truth to Times report on canceling Tokyo Olympics See in context

It's a matter of deciding what the government really wants to do.

If they want just the Olympics, they can do it virtually like the Biden inauguration or an Apple event.

If they want the visitors (and the influx of money, etc) it's kinda tough without the mass vaccination well under way.

Which one is gonna be?

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court upholds ban on dual citizenship See in context

The government likely doesn't want to see the influx of foreigners getting Japanese citizenship but on the other hand, because of this restriction, lots of foreign entrepreneurs simply choose other countries for their own company.

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Posted in: Kono to handle coordination of coronavirus vaccinations See in context

The end of February?

Why the delay?

The preparations for distribution and mass vaccinations should have already been completed by now. Everyone knew the vaccine was coming.

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Posted in: Japan to study cases of people infected after coronavirus vaccination See in context

WeiWei 09:20 am JST

It does NOT prevent infection or spreading. The best kind of vaccine for big pharma, need to keep buying forever.

AstraZeneca said it will provide vaccines at cost “in perpetuity” to low- and middle-income countries in the developing world and the other companies are selling at $10 to $50 per dose.

We won't go broke even if we have to take a second vaccine. I spend more on masks last month alone!

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Posted in: Sumo wrestler quits, saying his coronavirus fears were ignored See in context

It's hard to get a coronavirus test out of an abundance of caution.

When I suspected to have been in close contact with people infected with coronavirus who didn't wear a mask properly, I did my civic duty and called my local hospital to make an appointment for a test which then referred me to the national hotline and after a lengthy discussion they told me that if I have no symptoms I simply cannot get tested.

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Posted in: Takeda CEO urges transparency in virus vaccine rollout See in context

Japan should also contribute by doing clinical trials for the vaccine instead of just waiting to see what happen in foreign countries.

At least some people would get the vaccine right away and help remove this virus once and for all.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers show security and COVID-19 countermeasures See in context

What about the 72 hours pre-flight test?

Is it still required?

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Posted in: Subway bad manners See in context

The subtle message is clear; The No. 1 problem is foreigners with bad manners.

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Posted in: Shinkansen to get speed boost along Tohoku route See in context

Same price?

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Posted in: Japan to exempt business travelers, returnees from 14-day quarantine See in context

I'm puzzled.

Is business more important than containing the the virus or the quarantine is really not needed after all?

It can't be both at the same time.

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Posted in: Olympics cancellation likely to sock populace with nasty tax surprise See in context

If they really wanna have the Olympics they better start opening up with no-nonsense rules for foreign visitors to come to Japan.

No-one wants to come and visit if they have to:

Get an authorization letter.

Get a 72 hours pre-flight PCR test.

Get another PCR test when they land.

Do a two weeks quarantine.

Avoid public transport and interaction with the locals (seriously?)

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic athletes to be exempted from virus entry bans See in context

So, the athletes have to be tested twice, undergo a 14 days quarantine and still they're "prohibited from taking public transport" and also they have to "limit contact with the general public".


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Posted in: Suga gets word out: He supports Tokyo Olympics See in context

If every tourist who wants to see the Olympics have to obtain a letter of authorization from the Japanese embassy, a 72-hours pre-flight test and another one at the airport I see very few people coming to Japan, not to mention all the negative press when someone will be invariably sent back for lack of xyz.

Time to streamline the process, one test only, done at the airport and you can get the results in 15 minutes.

I'd say they could even charge for it, so with the whole process they would end up breaking even and show the world a very positive image of Japan.

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