Richard Burgan comments

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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Posted in: Gov't to ask all broadcasters to check foreign ownership compliance See in context

A secondary question is whether the foreign owners have actually voted or even had an opportunity to participate in a vote.

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

If the government is worried about 'mutant' strains of the virus they should be working hard to get the vaccination rate up to millions per day. The newer strains seem to be targeting young people. Citizens should demand that the government get the vaccination rate up to 2 or 3 million per day in the next couple of months. Otherwise, it's going to take years to finish.

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Posted in: Restaurant operator slams 'hypocrisy' of health ministry officials See in context

It's safe to assume that all politicians are corrupt or becoming so. Hypocrisy is just a form of corruption. If we assume politicians are corrupt it helps in understanding them. How can we prevent (or reduce) this problem? Instant feedback. Usually, it's the free press that finds these people and sounds the alarm. Once the alarm has sounded the public needs to deal with the problem swiftly and surely. The heck with formal apologies and resigning to take responsibility that's just hilarious. Either fire them on the spot or force them to stay and fix the problem.

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Posted in: Kono says inoculation pace to accelerate in May See in context

Oh, is the government study of how to best vaccinate the entire population over? Now they can start the planning and purchase everything needed and create the bureaucracy needed to do it. This is going to take a long, long time. Hope it gets completed before the next Olympics.

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Posted in: China could step up armament, provocations near Senkakus, think tank warns See in context

@Kyakusenbi_Arimasu unfortunately, the islands are too inhospitable for a resort. Plus, the islands are currently designated by the Japanese government as a practice bombing range for the US military (and maybe the JSDF). Although I doubt they are actually being used for bombing practice.

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Posted in: China could step up armament, provocations near Senkakus, think tank warns See in context

Japan, needs to get its act together on Senkaku Islands policy before China sends 200 ships to anchor there on a dark night. (China did this in the Philippines a couple of weeks ago.) Once China does that it will be up to Japan to start a war if they want to keep the islands. Do you think Japan will start a war? (I don't think so and China knows that.) So, Japan must do something preemptive that would force China to go to war if they want to claim the Senkaku Islands. If unwilling to act maybe the government should conduct a survey asking people how soon they want to be Chinese.

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Posted in: Japan spends billions on technology for absent Olympic fans See in context

If they had spent that money getting the Japanese public vaccinated the Olympics could have gone on as scheduled. What are we up to now, 100,000 vaccinations per day? Good, we could be done with vaccinations by the next Olympics!

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Posted in: Suga thanks public for coping with virus restrictions; asks for continuing cooperation See in context

Let's get moving on the vaccine. PM Suga bragged that they are doing 90,000 injections per day. At that rate, it will take 9 years to complete! When are they going to reach the needed 2,000,000 per day? I know they are studying it! LOL

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics hit by yet another scandal over demeaning comments See in context

We are watching the process of "The Natural Selection of the Species" (evolution). Soon there will be more women in leadership positions. Maybe each person who resigns under scandalous conditions should be given a "Darwin Award".

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Posted in: Gov't leaning toward ending Tokyo area state of emergency on March 21: report See in context

So, they waited until a Sunday when the number of new cases is always lowest to decide that? The Sunday 3/14 numbers for Tokyo are much higher than the previous Sunday 3/7. So, they have decided that the number of cases is going down. It's not a laughing matter, it's how political minds work. They are trying to manipulate reality.

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Posted in: China says it is exercising self-restraint against Japanese ships near Senkakus See in context

Japan could start 'exercising restraint' by announcing it will not fire on Chinese ships if they stay out of Japanese territorial waters. Fishing vessels that enter territorial waters should be confiscated and sunk and crews should be returned after payment of fines. (This works effectively in Indonesia and Malaysia). Japan is not helping itself by inaction. China will simply keep creeping forward mm by mm until Japan discovers it has lost the Senkakus.

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Posted in: Vaccinations for elderly to begin in populous areas in limited supply See in context

I don't think people should be happy with the slow, poorly planned rollout of COVID vaccinations in Japan. In the US the same thing happened until strong leadership and good management were implemented. Japan needs the same thing. As the article mentioned each prefecture is deciding how to allocate the limited supply of vaccine to best combat the spread of the virus. Okinawa has excluded its capital city initially in favor of outlying islands. The major source of infection in Okinawa prefecture has been mainland tourists. The outlying islands have high tourism and limited medical facilities. Both Miyako-jima and Ishigaki-jima have had overwhelming outbreaks requiring JSDF assistance in the past. It makes sense to do it this way. I'm just hoping that Japan can get the vaccine supply ramped up and get to herd immunity before 2021 ends...

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Posted in: COVID-19 numbers in Tokyo area creeping up, health minister says See in context

Polititions, please ramp up the vaccination rate. You have had more than enough time to study for this exam. So far you have failed! Maybe it's time to put some younger people in charge, they move faster. This might be an opportunity to ramp up the number of women in leadership positions too. Let's give women a chance, these old men aren't doing so well. (a little reverse discrimination might help get things moving)

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Posted in: COVID-19 inoculations in Japan off to snail pace start due to vaccine, syringe shortages See in context

Half of the vaccinations I see given on TV are done wrong. See a good example, watch US President Biden get his vaccination. When you administer a 'shot' it should be planned ahead, go straight in be injected with the plunger, and pulled straight out in a fluid motion. It should not be wiggled around or bent while changing hands. I see many people in Japan retracting the plunger after the needle is inserted. That's a totally old way to do it and is not necessary. In fact, it damages the tissue (muscle) in this case. Also, many people don't seem to know how to draw from a vial. You don't pull on the plunger so hard that you cause the fluid to boil (which it will do when a vacuum is drawn). A lot of people need a lot of refresher classes and practice. I'd rather they not do it on us!

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Posted in: Tsunami scars linger a decade later in Tohoku region See in context

Even after 10 years of "cleanup" efforts, the Fukushima nuclear reactor is a disaster waiting to happen again. If the same earthquake and tsunami happened today it likely would spread the reactor debris and stored contaminated waste over a wide area and might even make some of the area permanently uninhabitable. The cleanup should be speeded up, including the dilution and dumping of the stored contaminated water. If it is diluted to the level already present in the normal ocean is is safe to dispose of. Please get on with it.

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Posted in: Little-known fees help Japan's trust banks dominate profitable niche market See in context

Almost no one likes his / her cable or Internet provider. The same pretty much goes for banks. Why? High fees and poor service (AKA paying for nothing). For foreigners in Japan banks would rather not deal with you. I can go to my city office and comfortably conduct business in English. But, if I go to the bank branch inside the city office they require that I fill out all documents in Japanese. And, they will not help or make any mark on the forms for me. I can not even make a deposit without being able to write in kanji. For years I have transferred money to and from my Japanese bank account vire wire transfer. They have always been unable to accurately tell me the fees prior to the transaction. Suddenly this year wire transfer fees jumped by 8,000 JPY with no notification. I threatened to close my account and they seemed eager to do it. No wonder Japan is still a mostly cash society.

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Posted in: Mizuho restores ATMs, online services after glitch See in context

It couldn't have happened to a better bank, or could it? It's sad to see the ATMs go down. They are actually friendlier and more helpful than the tellers! For foreigners in Japan, banks are already inconvenient enough, we don't need this too. I can't conclude that Japanese banks actually want my money.

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Posted in: Survey shows many seniors undecided about vaccination See in context

@Luddite is right. The government should be doing a full-on public education campaign to assure people that vaccination is safe. After more than one year of daily news coverage, a large number of people have a low understanding of the pandemic and how it will be overcome.

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Posted in: COVID vaccine for elderly to be distributed based on population proportion See in context

Cities are putting an effort to provide proper language support for foreigners who receive vaccinations. I see duplication of effort here. Why not provide well-written information and consent forms in each language distributed from one national source? Just mail the forms to each foreigner a few days ahead of the scheduled vaccination day and ask that they be filled out ahead of time. Any questions could be handled by a phone call to a central expert. When I get my annual flu vaccination I request the consent forms ahead of time so I can translate and clearly understand and just take them with me on vaccination day. This seems to be a completely nonconformist idea. Some things in the Japanese medical system are archaic. For example, when one Dr writes a letter to another Dr and then asks me to deliver it. Why not just email or post the letter? Or, paying bills each day for procedures that require multiple visits over several days. Or, not being able to prepay?

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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

In many countries, this would be handled by insurance. This was just some water. What about the employee who makes a mistake that does millions in damage, beyond what he could possibly afford?

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Posted in: Over 100 injured, trains halted after M7.3 quake strikes northeastern Japan See in context

Japan has the best earthquake warning system in the world. It worked well this time. Now, why don't grocery and wine stores use shelving that prevents bottles from falling?

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

There is no real excuse for the vaccine campaign in Japan not to go perfectly smooth. They have been studying and planning longer than any other advanced nation. Now we hear they don't have the right syringes, and can only vaccinate 250 medical workers per day, and haven't actually approved the vaccine yet. Japan uses old-style syringes with detachable needles waste 15% of the vaccine with each draw. The same Japanese syringe supplier also makes the no-waste type for sale overseas. Maybe some women should replace the old Japanese guys running this stuff. Come on Japan modernize and improve and get moving! Let's see if you can get the whole population vaccinated by year-end - THIS YEAR!

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

She and He could go on-line and ask for international support including funding, the best human rights lawyers, and publicity for the school administrators. Or, maybe they could accept the situation and move on with their lives just like everyone else. It depends on how much you want to change the world. In the end, you can accomplish anything you want if you are really determined.

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Posted in: Mori apologizes for sexist remarks, but refuses to resign See in context

I can just see Japanese people who have lived overseas palming their foreheads and saying DOH. Even after he was forced to give his apology he still didn't get that he had done anything wrong. A reporter asked him if he still felt that women talk a lot. He said he didn't know since he hadn't talked to any recently. Maybe he has dementia? Anyway, I hope he will do better.

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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency until March 7 See in context

On March 7th, if the Coronavirus isn't gone it will be because some people didn't follow the guidelines.

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