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Posted in: Man arrested over suspected abuse of girlfriend’s 1-year-old son See in context

I hope this dirtbag gets to spend most of his life in the same room at his local prison. I sincerely hope the child fully recovers.

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Posted in: Japan's vaccine push ahead of Olympics looks to be too late See in context

It takes 35 days to receive two Phizer shots and reach full "immunity" if it's done as fast as possible. Everyone needs to start by the end of June to even be close to reaching "immunity" by the start of the Olympics. Japan has not brought itself to the realization that they don't have to worry about people who are fully vaccinated. An Australian Olympic team (every member fully vaccinated) has arrived in Japan for practice. They are being treated as potentially infected foreigners and isolated, tested daily, and "allowed" to practice out of obligation. Having fully vaccinated people come into your community actually lowers your risk of getting infected. Hey, maybe Japan should vaccinate its own people(?)

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open, citing mental health issues See in context

Good for Naomi. She stands up for herself. With $40 or $50 million dollars income over a couple of years, she can afford to do what she wants. She could start her own tournament and leave the money grabbers in the dust. Or, she could go off and become anything she wants to. I think she will be back when she's ready. Go, Naomi.

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Posted in: Full bloom See in context

Beautiful Photograph!

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Posted in: 3 crew missing after ships collide off Ehime See in context

@Sven Asai There are already regulations that ships over 100 Tons must have active AIS systems at all times. AIS identifies, gives position, speed, direction, calculates the point of closest approach, for every vessel in the vicinity, etc. I have noticed that many ships in Asia don't keep their AIS on.

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Posted in: 3 crew missing after ships collide off Ehime See in context

How is it possible for two ships to collide when they are both running proper watches, radar, and AIS? Oh, they weren't doing those things. I have noticed many Japanese ships that don't run AIS in the area near me. Why doesn't Japan enforce this? I'll bet Korean maritime law is even less strict. Time for an upgrade!

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Posted in: Fast computers, 5G networks and radar that passes through walls bringing 'X-ray vision' closer to reality See in context

This is not new. It has existed for 25 years or more. Chirp radar chips have been available on the market for at least 15 years. Fire departments, police, other agencies, even Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and NIST have been using this for much of the last decade. Someone's got a new product they want to sell and has created some media excitement to market it. Nuff said.

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Posted in: Gov't considers using SDF doctors, nurses at Tokyo Olympics See in context

How many doctors and nurses does a military force of 100,000 people have? Why not ask each country to send doctors with their team? Obviously, not all countries can do that. And, many do already. Some Japanese medical personnel will be needed to. But this could reduce the burden.

Oh, I completely forgot: Foreigners practicing medicine in Japan, that cannot be allowed, even in a state of emergency. Because?

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Posted in: 28 local Japanese governments considering mass vaccination sites See in context

@Elsenach - They should forget the mock/practice vaccinations, ceremonies, and bureaucracy and get on with the vaccinations. Compensate the workers based on how many proper vaccinations they can do per day. And train more people to do the paperwork and injections. It only takes a day to train a person to do injections. You don't need a broad medical education to do it.

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Posted in: 28 local Japanese governments considering mass vaccination sites See in context

I just received my 'invitation' to schedule a COVID vaccination. Registration starts at 9:00 AM on 5/27. I have a choice of making a telephone call to a medical facility I choose from a list or using a QR code to register online. From my experience helping others register in a previous round I expect maximum congestion. One person I helped had to make more than 60 phone calls to get through. I will be using a re-dialer application on my phone to try to maximize my chances of getting through early. In the previous round, people who got through in the first hour got appointments about 21 days in the future.

This process seems highly inefficient and cumbersome. I think a mass vaccination site would be much more efficient. They could easily use the neighborhood community centers (kominkan) as sites and make it convenient for everyone. However, I don't expect this to happen due to the lack of ability to "think out of the box" that is prevalent in the Japanese government.

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Posted in: IOC offers medical help for Tokyo Olympics See in context

It remains to be seen whether Japan will accept foreign doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel. They barely accept foreign vaccines and other medicines. In Okinawa for example, Japanese citizens who work on US military bases were offered COVID vaccinations. These were refused by the Japanese health system over who would be responsible if someone had serious side effects. What's good for people, here. The system seems to be protecting itself instead of the people.

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Posted in: Okinawa asks to be part of state of emergency areas after reporting record 203 virus cases See in context

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has not been able to get the consent of business leaders for its request for the State of Emergency. That's one reason this request is coming so late. As a result, the OPG will not request that restaurants and bars stop selling alcohol. The surge in new cases is obviously a result of the 353% increase in travel to Okinawa over the Golden Week holidays. Those people who do not follow the COVID prevention guidelines are the cause of the outbreak. Now it's time for the vaccine campaign to be shifted into warp speed. (China just vaccinated 100 million people in 9 days. Japan, not so much)

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Posted in: Wealthy nations, once praised for success against virus, lag in vaccinations See in context

Japan made a huge mistake in not vaccinating early. There is no excuse for the third-largest economy in the world to be so far behind in vaccinating its population. Now Japan has a surge in variant virus infections that are running rampant in young people (

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Posted in: Publisher slams gov't handling of virus in 3 newspaper ads See in context

Now it's time for Japan Today to start its daily reporting on the vaccine rollout in Japan. Let's have up-to-date data, graphs, charts, and news of the progress in getting the people of Japan vaccinated and back to normal life.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record 578 in Aichi See in context

Japan Today should have a special section detailing the vaccination progress. It would make a popular story each day. How about charts and graphs showing the progress by age group, prefecture, etc. Your reporting will be a service that will help people.

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Posted in: Japan speeds up COVID vaccine rollout for elderly See in context

I don't care what the government says about speeding up. How are they going to reach the goal of vaccinating 36,000,000 "elderly" people by the end of July? That's 80 days from today. To fully vaccinate you need to give two shots. You have 59 days to get the first shot in everyone's arm so you'll have time to get the second shots done before August 1st. That's 70,000,000 shots in 80 days. If they work 6 days per week that's 1,000,000 shots per day. In my city, people who have been able to make appointments today are getting dates 21 days in the future. And, they're still working on the 75+ population. This isn't looking good, Mr. Suga. The people of Japan deserve better.

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Posted in: Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan See in context

I guess it's time to turn the "pledge" into a contract. The contract can specify a penalty for breaking it. Say, stay in our jail (at 25,000 JPY per day) for 14 days after which a negative PCR test is required.

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Posted in: Japan to open large vaccination centers in Tokyo, Osaka: report See in context

Japan needs to get up to 3,000,000 vaccinations per day to keep up with the rest of the developed world and finish the job in a year. We should already be there. By the way, Now is the time for the Japanese Government (AKA The Cabinet) to start planning how they will implement the annual vaccine booster shots being developed by the manufacturers. Don't get left behind a second time!

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

Now is the time for the Japanese Government (AKA The Cabinet) to start planning how they will implement the annual vaccine booster shots being developed by the manufacturers. Don't get left behind a second time!

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Posted in: Japan prepares for COVID state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo See in context

There are two ways to fully (nearly) suppress the coronavirus: 1) Achieve near-perfect compliance with social isolation and 3-C measures for about three weeks. 2) Fully vaccinate the population of Japan. By not doing either the door is open to new variants of the virus. In the Tokyo and Osaka regions variants have already become dominant. It is only a matter of time before a variant appears that can defeat the vaccine. Who will win this race?

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Posted in: Tokyo, Osaka consider asking gov't to issue another state of emergency See in context

The time for studying and considering ended last week. You should have made a decision to request an emergency last week. For heaven's sake take a risk and save people's lives.

Are you done studying the vaccine yet? How about what kind of needles you will use?

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Posted in: Tokyo, Osaka consider asking gov't to issue another state of emergency See in context

Studying the problem and DO IT. The problem is getting worse as you study it.

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Posted in: Japan to procure enough COVID vaccines for all eligible by end of September See in context

Just one question, Did they remember to order needles?

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

Anyone who knows the facts about radiation knows it will do not harm to dilute this slightly radioactive water into the ocean. The level of radiation will be 5 times lower than that required for the drinking water in your home. A banana has more radiation than 500 liters of the water they will release. This is an entirely safe plan. But, it is an emotional and therefore irrational issue that adversary countries are seeking to take advantage of. I feel sorry for the fishermen who have to deal with the marketing issues this will cause.

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Posted in: Japanese hospital worker infected with coronavirus after 2 vaccine shots See in context

It was already known that the vaccine was 95% effective. That means 5 in 100 people might get infected after vaccination. It is also known that the vaccine is 100% effective against serious infections leading to death. I think the fact that we have heard of so few post vaccination infections is very good news. Lets report that too.

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Posted in: 300 hotel rooms planned for Olympic athletes with minor or no COVID symptoms See in context

How can you have no symptoms if you have COVID? Isn't a positive test a symptom?

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

Some people are surprised that Okinawa has the second highest infection rate in Japan. (Based on cases per 100k population) It's not so surprising when you consider that the population density in Naha is higher than Tokyo and that tourism is a main economic driver. People are tired of sheltering at home. And, they are starting to ignore warnings not to go out, gather, travel, and live life normally. The only solution is to fully vaccinate the population. When is the government going to begin the vaccination program? The have been getting started for two months now. But, they still haven't vaccinated half of the medical workers. People need to demand that the government ramp up quickly to vaccinating 2 to 3 million people per day. Forget how many infections happen each day, the vaccination campaign should be the main topic in the news!

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Posted in: Restaurant, bar owners worry about tighter COVID-19 steps See in context

The final solution to all these problems is the vaccination program. When will people start insisting that the government get their act together and vaccinate the entire population. They aren't even close to having the medical workers vaccinated yet. They need to ramp it up to 2 to 3 million vaccinations per day. Stop piddling around doing

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Posted in: Tokyo, as you've never seen it before See in context

I'm wondering if this can be used to track he Tokyo Crow population.

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Posted in: Osaka declares COVID medical emergency with 878 new cases See in context

Just one simple thing. The Government needs to take the vaccine seriously. In the next few weeks they need to get the vaccination rate up to at least a million per day. This has not even being taken seriously by the news media. Why are they not talking about the progress (or lack of it) of the vaccination campaign on every newscast and printed page? If the COVID-19 epidemic is allowed to drag on more variant strains will develop and eventually a resistant strain will develop requiring a new vaccine. Come on Japan get with the program.

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