RobRoy comments

Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

How about waiting until there's zero new infections? Continue vaccinations, airport restrictions, etc and WAIT.

Covid will eventually recede...

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

Closing all the loopholes on tax avoidance by the upper 1% would generate enough revenue to pay for healthcare, infrastructure, UBI and more. The wealthy aren't being "smart and savvy" by not paying taxes. They are breaking the law.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,581 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 22,750 See in context

Generally, I have been critical of the governments handling of the pandemic BUT the fact that Tokyo, with 14 million people, has had approx. 2,400 deaths and NYC, with 8 million people, has had 34,000 deaths is remarkable.

I hope more people are able to get vaccinated and we can minimize the impact of Delta variant (and other possible variants to come).

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

Too bad the people making these decisions can't be held criminally liable when people become sick or die as a result. This goes beyond stupidity, ignorance and incompetence.

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Posted in: Hackers steal $97 mil from Japanese crypto exchange See in context

Because of this, the Japanese government will be requesting a meeting with financial experts to determine whether a meeting to decide on how to decide what to do about crypto-hacking is feasible.

Or not.

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Posted in: Concerns mount over possible collapse of Japan's medical system See in context

The two reasons for the current Delta spike here in Tokyo: the slow rollout of vaccinations and premature relaxation of restrictions.

NYC, with a population of 8 million has over 1600 ICU beds. Tokyo prefecture, with almost twice the population at 14 million people, has only 800 ICU hospital beds. That is insane.

On all three counts, the Japanese government has failed.

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Posted in: Fighting rages in center of major Afghan city Kunduz See in context

The Russians failed in their "war" in Afghanistan. The Bush administration failed in its "war" in Afghanistan. But the real losers are Afghanis who just want to live their lives in peace and quiet but will now be subjected once again to the deathly insanity of the Taliban madmen who insist on living in the 10th century.

It's horrific.

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Posted in: Counting the coronavirus cost at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Medical experts in Tokyo predicted the spike that is now occurring a month before the Olympics, although they underestimated the levels of infection. It was based on the low vaccination rate combined with the Delta variant and lax social distancing. It had nothing to do with the Olympics. There's no link there and never has been.

That said, it's still premature to claim no effects from the Olympics. That, if anything, will become apparent over the next two weeks and as the athletes and staff return home.

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Posted in: Suga says no link between Olympics and virus surge See in context

Suga is correct. This current surge was predicted more than a month ago by Japanese medical experts. They said it would occur just before the Olympics.

This makes his decision to allow the games to go forward even worse.

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Posted in: More than 18 months into the coronavirus pandemic, whether or not to wear a face mask is still a highly charged source of debate, confusion and anger around the world. Why do you think this is? See in context

Medical masks suppress the transmission of some droplet-borne diseases, like Covid. There has been plenty of research showing this. It may not be 100% effective but nothing in life is. It also makes common sense that any barrier is better than no barrier. Double masks are even more effective.

Anyone saying masks do nothing or are ineffective are simply lying or ignorant. Or both.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,387 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,758 See in context

A Tokyo epidemiologist predicted last month that, because of the lax state of emergency, D variant and slow vaccine rate, infections would spike to the 1500-2000/day range before the start of the Olympics.

His prediction is on track.

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

Epidemiologists predicted a month ago that even before the Olympics started there would be a Covid spike mainly because of the slow vaccination rate and more young people going out with the lifting of the last "state of emergency". That spike has begun and the last four days have seen over 1,000 new infections per day in Tokyo alone.

An Olympic spike will happen here a few weeks after the games conclude. Of course, all the athletes and staff will return to their countries and more spikes will occur in their home countries.

Allowing this to happen is absolutely criminal. No sport is worth a life.

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Posted in: ONLY in JAPAN series moves to new YouTube channel See in context

John is a wonderful (if sometimes overly enthusiastic) "ambassador" for Japan. His videos are entertaining, informative and FUN! Considering the state of tourism right now, he's just what's needed for Japan and the Japanese people. Ignore the complainers.

Continued success to him for many years ahead!

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