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Posted in: Japan should have scrapped domestic COVID vaccine trials: Kono See in context


A rough calculation - average 25 per people per day have died in Japan from Covid 19 since the start of 2020. The trials caused a delay of perhaps one month. Assuming ultimately 100% of the population is eventually vaccinated (unrealistic, I know), the delay caused perhaps 700 extra deaths...

Nice try, but you're playing around with statistics just like the Japanese government does.

Up to the end of November 2020, there were 'officially' around 2,000 covid-related deaths. From December 2020 to now, there were, 12,000 deaths (and counting). In other words, most of the damage was done THIS YEAR. If the government has done something last year (what the heck have they been doing since the Olympics were cancelled last year???!!!), we may not have seen so many cases and deaths this year.

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Posted in: Airline industry sees long-term rebound for sector See in context


The movement in Sweden and France is about short haul travel and mostly domestic travel. Nobody is suggesting you swim from Australia to Japan, although you can try.

The four main islands of Japan are connected by trains. The problem is that the Shinkansen costs an arm and a leg, compared to similar, if not better, trains in neighbouring countries. For example, high speed travel in China is much much cheaper and the network is extensive and still increasing.

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Posted in: This Tom and Jerry Cheesecake has jumped straight out from the animation See in context

Mr Kipling:

That does seem to be exceedingly expensive!

Yeah, I'd say. You should stick to cakes.

I have no interest in cheese but used to love watching T&J on TV as a kid.

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Posted in: Osaka must find 'safe space' to overcome issues, says Evert See in context

Forget about Wimbledon for a moment. It's the Olympics I'm thinking of. If she doesn't participate, you just know the Japanese medal counters will be furious with her. I'd say she should skip it if she's not ready.

Her people, she will have a team of assistants and advisors, either advised her badly about the interview issue or she ignored them and handled it badly herself.

They also need to help and advise her on many other things, like how to present herself in public. I don't know whether, as some other poster put it, it's down to lack of formal education and interaction with other kids, but she has to learn to talk properly and open her mouth and not mumble. And she really has to try and improve her Japanese skills. Most players representing non-Anglophone countries are, at the very least, bilingual or can do an interview in a second language. Just saying jiichan is not enough.

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Posted in: You can now rent 'fat people' in Japan See in context

Having photos of obese people stuffing their faces with food and promoting over-eating is not doing anyone any favours.

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Posted in: Paris Jackson says paparazzi caused her long-term trauma See in context

She could choose to live a more private life if she wanted to. Time to do an Osaka?

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Posted in: Japan to ship 1 million COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam See in context

Pure PR, at the expense of their own citizens who have seen far more deaths in their own country.

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Posted in: Japan should have scrapped domestic COVID vaccine trials: Kono See in context

This is probably the only true thing an LDP politician has said since the pandemic started. A whole bloody year wasted, with people twiddling their thumbs and sucking through their teeth as others died. Not to mention the fact that they tried to depend on the emergence of a locally developed vaccine by a local pharmo company - in the end nothing came of it, and so more time and lives wasted. With the Olympics being held here, you'd have thought Japan would be the first country to get vaccinations organized. But no, total logic and common sense flies out the window.

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Posted in: Warning to athletes: Follow the rules at Tokyo Olympics, or else See in context


Remember the buzz word from the 2001 World Cup Soccer? “Hooligans!”

I certainly do, even though it was 2002. The 'hooligans' turned out to be locals!!!!!

I bet whoever wrote this rulebook really enjoyed writing it. I remember the old days when the only rules were not to not blow your nose in public and change slippers when using the toilet.

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Posted in: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck pictured kissing as 'Bennifer' returns See in context

All we need now is Madonna and Sean Penn.

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Posted in: New Zealand's Ardern criticizes mosque attacks film amid backlash See in context

Very tasteless to do a film so soon after. A documentary, I can understand.

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Posted in: IOC Vice President Coates arrives in Tokyo to coordinate Olympic preparations See in context

I guess he gets a quarantine pass. But I can't? Odd.

Because he's entitled.

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Posted in: IOC Vice President Coates arrives in Tokyo to coordinate Olympic preparations See in context

Enjoy your 2 weeks at Toyoko Inn!

At least Toyoko Inn doesn't have ultra rightwing "literature" in its rooms, unlike APA.

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Posted in: Djokovic, Federer, Nadal: Who's the greatest of them all? See in context

I don't find Federer to be the GOAT as of a large chunk of his wins were before the other two matured, and he faced little opposition then.

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Posted in: S Korea holds drills around disputed islets amid row over canceled Japan talks See in context

Gambare Nippon:

Japan will be able to take strong action and stop these drills. Make no mistake.

And you'll be on the front line, volunteering, right?

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Posted in: Japan to provide greater COVID vaccine support to foreign residents See in context

If you are a foreigner living in Japan, you should at least be able to speak Japanese at a minimum.

And how about those who have only been in Japan for a year or two? Do you honestly think that everyone can learn that fast? There are many here who have spent six years learning English at school and still can't understand one spoken word.

As for helping foreigners, that's great but we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Whenever that is.

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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context

Instead of boasting about mass centers, they should be setting up much smaller but more numerous centers scattered throughout the country. You want people to travel as little as possible and then you expect everyone to gravitate towards this one spot in Tokyo.

I believe they offer free vaccinations to ANYONE turning up at San Francisco Airport - just an example. I've followed the news in other places, like US, UK, HK, you name it, and they all offer vaccinations and testing everywhere. Japan is in this mess because people are so apathetic.

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Posted in: Message for Olympic visitors See in context

Assuming there will be fans.

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Posted in: Woman cyclist killed in hit-and-run with motorbike See in context

Not specific to this case, but some cyclists are doing themselves no favours by not having front or back lights. Absolutely stupid during night time, considering how dark Japanese roads can get.

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Posted in: Suga not ruling out election if no-confidence vote submitted See in context

That photo symbolizes how the Japanese government has been handling the pandemic. Wake up!

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Posted in: G7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations See in context

It's ironic that the G7 nations, except Canada, all carved up and colonized China in the 19th and 20th centuries. But then again, Canada had their own Chinese exclusion act. EU can now represent the other missing colonizers, Austria, Hungary, Belgium and Portugal! Unfortunately the remaining colonizer, Russia, got booted out of G8.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 304 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,387 See in context

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 32.

I assume all the other deaths occurred either at home or in hospital beds not designated for covid sufferers, and so they're not counted as part of the official stats.

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Posted in: Go green or go bipartisan? Biden's big infrastructure choice See in context

Stuff bipartisan. The past two decades have shown that the Republicans won't work with anyone else except cults and white extremists. Mitch McConnell needs to retire. The Democrats just need to do what they have to. If the shoe were on the other foot, the Republicans would have made USA into an ultra-Christian caliphate straight out of the Handmaid's Tale universe.

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Posted in: Biden urges G7 leaders to call out and compete with China See in context

China is turning Marxist-Leninist socialism as the most powerful force in the 21st century.

Mao Tse-Tung would be rolling in his grave if he could see the amount of materialism and consumerism in modern day China.

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Posted in: A minute with Boy George on turning 60, new music and biopic See in context

There was already a good biopic a few years back, Worried About The Boy, which included his antics with Marilyn. Or is this for the big screen?

I remember when I lived in Hampstead London you would come across him on the heath

That doesn't surprise me one bit.

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Posted in: Israel parliament poised to vote on anti-Netanyahu gov't See in context

Bye Bye Bibi

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Posted in: How virus detectives trace the origins of an outbreak – and why it's so tricky See in context

desert tortoise:

Just me but I am not convinced the pandemic started in Wuhan.

There is evidence that the virus existed in the sewers of Barcelona in early 2019. Of course, that doesn't mean it started there or Wuhan or anywhere else. This just goes to show that finding the origin really isn't as easy as coming up with conspiracy stories. I just want the truth - whether it was from a lab, or a wet market or wherever. But I would never say anything based on gossip or listen to people with ulterior motives or listen to stupid people. I'd like the truth from honest scientists and doctors with credibility, not from people like Ronny 'Good genes - he'll live up to 200 years old' Jackson - an absolute disgrace to his profession.

The other day on the news, we had irate American women telling us they became magnetic after taking the vaccines. A key stuck to a woman's chest but she struggled to stick one to her neck - it kept falling off as she angrily told everyone she's magnetic. As someone unvaccinated, I tried it too, and my key instantly stuck to my neck, vertically. However, I admit, I desperately needed a shower.

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Posted in: Ready to travel abroad again? Watch out for superbugs, study says See in context

Scientists should not push their luck.

And if scientists don't say anything before another pandemic starts, you'll be all over them, berating them for not telling us. Frankly, you'd be dead without scientists, doctors and nurses.

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Posted in: A minute with Boy George on turning 60, new music and biopic See in context

I think some of the posters here are really under-estimating BG's vocals. It was like Lady Gaga, with all those weird costumes. Get her to sit down and only sing (and play the piano), then you realize how accomplished she is. I found BG's vocal to be very soulful and he did well to pair up with Helen Terry. I think Americans were shocked when they first saw who he was.

'Time' is a real classic.

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