Laurel is 185cm and 130kg. How many women in her division are anywhere near this size?
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waves will be good on Tuesday and Wednesday. As a surfer you should know this.
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We are not out there trying to vandalize or trespass, or the way a lot of people see it. We are just out there doing our jobs, to be honest, and having an awesome time.
this excuse is ridiculous. When skating street it’s almost impossible to avoid damaging things, and saying it’s a job implies that one has no choice in the matter, or it should be fine if one is making money from skating. His attitude shows the perfect irony of skateboarding being an Olympic sport. It always has and always will be annoying to pedestrians and property owners. The Olympics may get more skateparks built but it’ll never be accepted on the streets.
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Much thanks to @virusrex for consistently responding to the never ending misinformation and “experts” with reasonable, logical and factual responses. You are doing wonderful work and deserve respect.
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Why is there so much talk about the Russian and Chinese vaccines here? Are these people actually willing to get vaccinated with those or are they only trying to discredit western vaccines?
Yokohama City Hospital recently released data showing the Pfizer vaccine was 90% effective against against the new variants in Japan (Brazil, UK, SA, India). While the Seychelles is now experiencing an uptick in Covid cases even with those who have been vaccinated, mainly with Sinopharm.
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This reads more like a press release aimed at investors than an actual news story. And why do we care if they import some Moderna vaccines when they’ve yet to produce any of the 250 million Novavax vaccines that were contracted last year? I hate to be so negative but I can’t help it when every story about vaccines illustrates so many failures.
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Skateboarding is experiencing a boom all over the world. The problem in Japan is that there are very few places to do it without upsetting someone. If I remember correctly it was Japan who wanted skateboarding and surfing to be a part of the Olympics, but they’ve failed to provide even a minimal increase in the number of skateparks across the country. As others have commented, Japan has some of the top skaters in the world, especially girl park skaters, and it’s both surprising and embarrassing that the country fails to support them or their sport.
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The reason there is no vaccine rollout in Japan is not because Pfizer didn’t donate vaccines to Japan. Our govt is to blame for that massive failure. Now, if Pfizer didn’t donate the vaccines to Olympic athletes I could understand some outrage. There are many countries around the world, all poorer than Japan, that will happily accept these vaccines for their athletes.
Though in my opinion the Olympics should be canceled.
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Plenty of outsiders down here in Miyazaki. Many surfers drive down from Osaka and Kobe. There was a recent cluster up in Hyuga among surfers after they had dinner with a surfer from Osaka.
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‘fans rush to subscribe’
even without rushing you could search and subscribe in about ten seconds.
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Looking back over the past year it is easy to see when cases were at their highest; about a week after major holidays. Recognizing that people gather together on holidays and may let down their guard a bit, it’s also easy to understand why cases go up. And then after the govt and media sound the alarms and people wise up the cases slowly come down again.
Very few countries have handled COVID perfectly, and there are obviously many experts here commenting that knew all the right steps all along, but I’m just grateful to be living in Japan where life is still relatively normal.
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I’m so glad I’ve avoided these stories and comments here for the past two weeks. Unfortunately I just wasted twenty minutes catching up on the mood here.. It seems even when things are looking much brighter than two weeks ago, there are many who still hold on to excessive fear and conspiracy theories. What will it take for you to accept and appreciate that Japan has fared better than many countries around the world, especially other rich, first world countries? Deny the statistics all you want, as do people in many countries , but ask yourself how many people you actually know suffering from the infection. I’m guessing the answer is zero.
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@yubaru You, for one, are being hysterical. But judging from the comments here, you are clearly not alone. If we look at statistics, and try to be objective, we can see that Japan has, so far, weathered this crisis better than many developed countries. And the more time Japan has before the storm arrives, the better prepared it will be. I have friends in New York and Italy, and I feel extremely grateful I am not in their situation. If you still object to my reasoning, then I suggest you turn off the TV and stop reading the news, or your fears will continue to worsen. All that each of us can do is follow safety precautions. There is nothing else to do but wait til the storm passes.
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Most every country in the world is struggling now. The exponential increase of cases in Japan has been quite slow comparatively. The USA went from 1000 cases to 100000 in 10 days. Europe has the top ten slots for death per capita. Although Japan has definitely made plenty of mistakes they have avoided the chaos and hysteria prevalent in other countries. Things could worsen, but until then we should all feel grateful.
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I’ve been living in Miyazaki for years and we get typhoons all the time. I can’t remember ever seeing a category 5 in Japan. And as a surfer I’m quite tuned into the weather. Steady gusts of 100km/hr is technically just under a category 1 but will still do serious damage. Hopefully everyone up there stays safe.
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The forecast is calling for 100km/hr+ winds in Tokyo. Typhoons of this magnitude rarely hit Japan.
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Amazing how often Kyushu is hit with disasters. I hope more survivors can be found.
On a negative note....the photo above clearly shows the reason for the landslide.....mono-cropping of sugi. Its shallow roots cannot hold on when hit by heavy rains. I see these types of landslides often where I live in Miyazaki. Occasionally the authorities spot the danger early and then throw up a wall of concert on the entire mountain.
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I teach here in the elementary schools and this issue comes up every day. Especially as we're currently studying foreign countries. What I see is that a student's mind is often a mirror of their teacher's mind. In the many classes where the teacher fears traveling to other countries (and says so in my class) the students usually have the same idea. When the adults, teachers, leaders, etc. are scared of our world.....and the children develop these same fears....the future world looks to be a place of even less understanding and more violence.
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I am glad that I am living here in Japan where the level of self-righteousness and vitriol is kept to a minimum. The foundation of health-care, anywhere in the world, is based upon the healthy paying out more than they receive in benefits. I pay a lot of $$ into the health care system in Japan and receive very little in return. I did the same while living in the USA. And I would hope that when I am old and decrepit my premiums will go down with the assistance of the government and the general population. This is how all types of insurance work, not just health insurance. This isn't hard to understand, is it? The 'stupidity of the American voter'.....he's right on point with that.
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Unfortunately the internet speeds in my part of Japan are nowhere near the 1GBps that all the companies advertise. We were regularly receiving speeds of only 20Mbps so we had the NTT folks over to our house for a visit. They looked very nice in their suits but knew almost nothing about computers. They said only in the company office did people receive those 1GBps speeds. We switched backed over to BBIQ hoping for faster speeds and we got the same slow speeds. Just because a company advertises a fast speed doesn't mean that consumers receive it.
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Here's the best forecasting site to see when the pm2.5 is coming. http://sprintars.riam.kyushu-u.ac.jp/forecastj.html
Check this site to see the pm2.5 levels in China and then just follow the jetstream to see where it ends up. http://www.aqicn.info/?map You don't have to be a scientist to figure this stuff out. It is NOT coming from Japan.
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I'm finding it really difficult to believe the gov't is looking out for the public. I've been tracking pm2.5 down here in Kyushu for the past month using various websites. Since last Thursday the data has been mysteriously absent with occasional retroactive updates the following day. Prior to Thursday the data was updated every 2 hours. Yesterday a story was posted saying that the yellow sand would be high this weekend but that pm2.5 would not be a problem. Today they contradict themselves and admit the pm2.5 is high and then blame the data problem on overloaded websites. I've developed asthma and bronchitis since living here and I'm blaming it on the air quality. The public needs to pay attention to this issue and demand that the gov't try to protect its citizens. The air quality is only predicted to get worse over the next 5 years. Kyushu University has a forecast system, Sprintars, that has been accurate and reliable. Last week they predicted that this weekend's pollution would be the highest of the year - and then the gov't shuts off the data.
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It would appear that this person did not even spend the night in the hotel. Cell phone reception and convenience stores are available everywhere and would hardly be a concern for guests. I want to know how much that futon stinks, how thin the walls are, if there's electricity after 9pm, if it's even possible to fall asleep there at night, and if I'm gonna find someone sleeping on the kitchen floor in the morning.
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Star-Viking, Basroil, the issue that was brought up is Japan's food safety. The report I linked contained statistics from Japan's Fisheries Agency not a family physician. "Since a tsunami and earthquake destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant last March, radioactive cesium has consistently been found in 60 to 80 per cent of Japanese fishing catches each month tested by Japan’s Fisheries Agency." Luckily for Japan, Canada's radiation limits are 10x higher and allow most of these fish to enter the country. But after a year of contaminated foods entering the Japanese market it is no longer possible to believe the government when they tell us foods are safe. Although it must be nice to live in a bubble believing such things!!
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Basroil, you seem to be a bit misinformed. Japan does NOT have stringent food inspection. If they did we wouldn't have seen contaminated rice, beef, mushroom, tea, and most varieties of fruits and veggies for sale in the markets. I'd think it would be hard to live in Japan and not know these things.
Also, your comment on the impact of the radiation in the oceans is also way off the mark. If you are willing to change your mind then please read the article below. http://ukiahcommunityblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/fukushima-pacific-ocean-radiation-levels-up-45-million-times/
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If people don't speak up about this and stop it, then Japan will face some serious difficulties in the coming years. Health problems and loss of tourists would severely impact the nation's economy and cities like Tokyo (there will be others burning too) will see its population shrink. Pray for Japan.....to wake up!!!
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