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Posted in: Japan to put 3 more prefectures under state of emergency See in context

The United States is going maskless.

China allows vaccinated people to travel.

Japan is putting 3 more prefectures under state of emergency.

It's time to cut all the red tape and start mass vaccinations for real.

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Posted in: Deaths at home in Osaka Prefecture surge amid COVID wave See in context

The problem is some serious mismanagement and in my opinion some sheer incompetence.

Japan has 14 million doses of COVID vaccine (according to Reuters) but they've only used a little more than 4 millions according to the government vaccine tracker.

Why? we have the vaccine, we have the people willing to get vaccinated, we have the data from hundreds of millions of people already vaccinated to prove it's safe but Japan can't get the two together.

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

Suga held talks with U.S. President Joe Biden in April and stressed Japan was doing everything possible to contain COVID-19 infections and hold a "safe and secure" Olympics.

Doing everything possible except vaccinating it's own people.

Israel is not hosting the Olympics, yet they have a 62% vaccination rate.

Chile is not hosting the Olympics, yet they have a 44% vaccination rate.

Japan IS hosting the Olympics and has a vastly superior economic power than those two combined, and yet, they have a vaccination rate of 2.4%, it kinda makes you wonder why.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

Maybe we should all enroll in the Olympics.

That's the best chance to get vaccinated in Japan right away.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context

That's weird.

If the government wants the Olympics for the advertising revenue, who's gonna buy those products if the majority of the people oppose it?

I don't know which company wants to be associated with such a controversial event, especially in a country like Japan.

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

Here's a wild idea: How about vaccinating everyone and be done with COVID?

Unless Japan have mass vaccinations there will be another state of emergency and another and another while other countries are gearing up to fully reopen their economy and travel.

The way it's going right now, it looks like next year Europe and the United States will be fully reopen while Japan will have another "Gov't to decide on..."

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

A cruise ship in a country with less than 2% vaccinated.

Who could have seen this coming?

Also note, the air conditioning is shared among the cabins, locking everyone in doesn't really help, especially for the rooms close to the guy infected.

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccination for those under 65 may start in July: minister See in context

...may start in July...

...If the government...

Too many forward-looking statements and too little action.

Meanwhile the number of vaccinations in the last three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) has been exactly ZERO.

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

Nope, Japan has 15M vaccines in the storage. No supply shortage here, only incompetence.

The Pfizer vaccine has a shelf (freezer) life of six months.

If nothing changes, in September or October we're gonna hear the news they would be throwing away million of expired doses.

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

So, there's a "state of emergency" but they don't do vaccinations on weekends and holidays because as we all know, COVID likes to take a break on weekends.

Now, what are the odds that there will be a week long pause in vaccinations during Golden Week?

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Posted in: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants in Japan double in a week See in context

Meanwhile the total number of elderly people vaccinated in Osaka prefecture is... (drum roll) 347, and the total number of elderly people vaccinated in Chiba and Hyogo prefecture is... (another drum roll) ZERO.

If that's the progress being made, we're gonna be stuck with COVID long after the rest of the world has moved on.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 667 coronavirus cases; 1,209 in Osaka See in context

If Japan did mass vaccinations like Israel (61% vaccinated) did, it would have reached herd immunity by the start of the Olympics, fully open to tourism and influx of money.

Instead we're stuck at 0.93% vaccination rate with no plan to speed things up.

I wouldn't be surprised if five years from now, the rest of the world has moved on and Japan is still stuck with masking and closing restaurants at 8pm.

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Posted in: China tops agenda as Biden hosts Suga for first White House summit See in context

"Freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law are the universal values that link our alliance," Suga said

Does it mean Japan plans to change it's housing laws?

In Japan, Kamala Harris would have hard time just to rent an apartment.

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Posted in: Japan's neighbors react strongly to Fukushima water release decision See in context

The water is treated at a processing facility on the premises to remove most contaminants but the process cannot remove tritium, a radioactive byproduct of nuclear reactors

I'm not a nuclear experts but a simple google search turned out that in 2018 in Osaka a team of researchers from Kindai University has developed a new filter enabling the removal of water containing radioactive tritium.

Perhaps the government officials involved should give a call to Kindai University?

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Posted in: Japan starts COVID-19 vaccinations for elderly See in context

The vaccination rate in Japan, which depends on imports of coronavirus vaccines, is far behind Britain and the United States, and lower than the global average of 5 percent.

Ok, but what is the vaccination rate in Japan??

It's really slow, only 100,000 people/workday (apparently in Japan COVID takes a break on weekends) and less than 1/2 million have been fully vaccinated.

If you look at the numbers each facility has inoculated an average of 13 people a day.

At this rate the elderly are likely to die from old age (or COVID) before they can get vaccinated.

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Posted in: COVID-19 patient in Japan receives world's first lung transplant from living donors See in context

This is good for Japan but it could have been avoided in the first place if there was a real mass vaccination program in the first place, not the 90,000-or-so people vaccinated a day we have right now.

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Posted in: Gov't fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible 4th wave See in context

The time for each country to reach 75% vaccination rate is:

USA: 3 months

Chile: 4 months

UK: 5 months

Canada: 10 months

Brazil: 10 months

EU: 1 yr

China: 1.1 yrs

Russia: 1.9 yrs

South Africa: 10 yrs

Japan: 10 yrs

It's time for Japan to speed things up.

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Posted in: Japan getting more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to immunize elderly faster See in context

Japan getting more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to immunize elderly faster

The problem is not getting the vaccine but injecting the one we have into people's arms.

At the average of 25,000 shots/day it will take seven years to vaccinate just half the population.

How about vaccinating people also on weekends? the virus doesn't take a break so should we.

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Posted in: Osaka governor requests stronger anti-virus steps amid resurgence See in context

Meanwhile, as of today, only 125,580 people are fully vaccinated in Japan.

Not fully vaccinated today, fully vaccinated TOTAL

Nice and slow Japan!

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Posted in: From April, all price tags in Japan must reflect final cost with sales tax included See in context

That's a good sign.

I got "screwed" once at a gas station because their illuminated street sign had a price much lower than anyone else in the area, then I found out they charged tax on top of it.

That was the last time I went there.

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Posted in: 47 anaphylaxis cases reported in Japan after 580,000 Pfizer vaccine shots See in context

According to the official government vaccination tracker, they're not even vaccinating people on Saturdays and Sundays and they're vaccinating an average of 30,000 people a day.

At this rate it'll take 224 days to vaccinate 4.8 million health care workers, so mid-April is out of the question, December maybe.

Good luck getting vaccinated in Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo area extends shorter business hours over virus rebound worries See in context

Why is the vaccination rate going down despite the cases trending upward?

Yesterday they've vaccinated only 42,054 people and that's down from 73,863 people just a couple of days before.

At this rate it will take 14.9 years to vaccinate everyone in Japan.

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Posted in: 'Everything evaporated' - Olympic overseas spectator ban hits Japan tourism See in context

I still would like to know how can a foreign visitor who:

A) Must take the 72 hours preflight COVID test

B) Must take another COVID test at the airport

C) Has to quarantine for two weeks

D) Must install the tracing app

can possibly infect anyone, if nothing else is the other way around.

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Posted in: Japan receives 6th batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine See in context

Why there is no total number of vaccinations available?

There is. See the CNN link I posted above.

I found it, straight from the Ministry, Labour and Welfare website.

As of 2021-03-19, 578,835 people have been inoculated.

553,454 have received their first dose, 25,381 have received their second dose.

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Posted in: Japan receives 6th batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine See in context

Why there is no total number of vaccinations available?

We don't know how many people have been vaccinated so far and what's the daily progress.

It should be published right along with the daily number of infections, deaths and discharged people.

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Posted in: Gov't calls for caution as daytime karaoke sessions spread coronavirus See in context

How about the constantly increasing number of people who just refuse to wear a mask then they go into a convenience store?

Not a single day goes by without seeing at least two or three.

The other day I had two guys coming behind me when I was washing my hands and when I told them to wait outside the little hallway and wear a mask they didn't even bother answering.

That's the kind of thing the police should be focusing on, not people who accidentally use the wrong bathroom.

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Posted in: Japan decides not to procure insulin syringes for COVID-19 vaccinations See in context

Use the insulin syringes for COVID-19 and give the dead-space syringes to the diabetes patients.

Sure there's a little bit of waste, but Japan can easily produce as much insulin as needed, unlike the COVID vaccine which Japan can produce none.

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Posted in: Japan decides not to procure insulin syringes for COVID-19 vaccinations See in context

Japan is not exactly a third world country, it should be a matter of days if not even hours for a Japanese manufacturer to start producing the required syringes.

Why in the world are we still talking about "syringes" when other countries, like the United States are vaccinating more than 2 million people a day and now planning to have vaccination centers also at the dentists and even veterinarians?

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Posted in: Japan to stage Tokyo Olympics without overseas spectators See in context

It would have been better have the Olympics, fully open to everyone, in 2022.

The pent-up economy is coming, the signs are everywhere.

There's a record number of people planning vacations for the after-covid and China is incidentally holding the winter Olympics just at the right time.

Japan could have the 2022 "Summer" Olympics right after China's, without COVID and lots of people wanting to travel and spend money.

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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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