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Posted in: South Korea to reopen WTO complaint over Japan's export controls See in context

@Yumster100

I do live outside of Japan and you should take your own advice. Just look at what's going on in your country regarding the comfort women issue. 

Your own statement contradicts what your government says. Your government says the WTO issue is irrelevant with the comfort women, but you bring up it. Read this article again:

*Japan had cited unspecified security concerns over South Korea's export controls on sensitive materials that could be used for military purposes.*

Self-contradiction is also a feature of Japanese diplomacy.

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Posted in: South Korea to reopen WTO complaint over Japan's export controls See in context

@Yumster100

Puer comedy gold. This is a prime example of what happens when a citizen is brainwashed by their pathetic country's ideology.

Some people in the Galápagos island will hopefully be enlightened regarding the status of their press freedom by just looking over this site: https://rsf.org/en/japan

Compare the rank with China or N. Korea and then with Taiwan and S. Korea. People outside of Japan see and think differently. There are excessive materials outside of the Galápagos island that can give a cue to wake up brainwashed people.

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Posted in: S Korea's actions not helpful in resolving export spat, Japan says See in context

The only measture left for Abe to recover the support from Japanese voters is provoking S. Korea to instigate anti-Korean sentiment, which already became banal, but I would be not surprised he gets it again.

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Posted in: South Korea to reopen WTO complaint over Japan's export controls See in context

@Triring

Both you and I know that there is no ban

It is typical Japanese obfuscation. It has a long history: https://www.nytimes.com/1994/11/21/world/japan-admits-it-bungled-notice-of-war-in-41.html

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Posted in: Zoom booms as pandemic drives millions to its video service See in context

I also purchased a monthly subscription of Zoom, but later it turned out that free version is enough for the meetings whose client number is less than 40. I am going to use it more, as I realized that most of face-to-face meetings can be replaced with online ones, saving money and time. I become adaptated to the new norm defined by the covid-19.

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Posted in: South Korea to reopen WTO complaint over Japan's export controls See in context

Abe san has been excellent at least in controlling the media to brainwash Japanese regarding S. Korean issues. Denial, obfuscation and distortion of facts has been a feature of Japanese diplomacy, but many Japanese are well brainwashed, partly due to the Japanese Galápagos syndrome.

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Posted in: S Korea reports another 39 coronvirus cases linked to warehouse See in context

It is not surprising at all that some people here self declare themselves as experts on infectious disease and control, qualified better than scientists at the Korean CDC, when considering that even some national leaders recommend some specific prescribed drugs, including toxic detergents, to their own people. Disinformation is as widespread (and dangerous) as the pandemic itself.

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Posted in: Frontline health workers in Japan continue to face discrimination over virus See in context

A merit of the COVID-19 is that it reveals the true colors of people around the world, including those who have sometimes self declared as first-class citizens.

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Posted in: S Korean lawmaker-elect denies wrongdoing over 'comfort women' funds See in context

I am rather critical of the support group, but it is very premature to judge the past of the new elected lawmaker. Investigations are ongoing and many S. Koreans are waiting for the results. It is very dangerous to verdict too early based on all allegations provided by the Korean media, which is infamous for propaganda and partisanship, not to mention the government-controlled Japanese press such as “kisha clubs”.

Anyway, Japan needs to stop brainwashing the Japanese people with distortion of history by assuming themselves as a victim rather than an aggressor. In the future, they may teach a truthful history to future generations, and allow more freedom for the Japanese press.

https://www.heritage.org/asia/report/the-pearl-harbor-anniversary-japan-still-says-dont-blame-me

https://rsf.org/en/japan

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Posted in: Rare online outrage in Japan forces Abe to delay controversial bill See in context

Press freedom in Japan is better than N. Korea, Singapore or China, but is at the same level as Mongolia, technically a communist country. https://rsf.org/en/ranking

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Posted in: New virus cases in Tokyo drop to 5; none reported in Osaka See in context

The statistics of COVID-19 in Japan is unreliable, as they have changed the method too many times. https://toyokeizai.net/articles/-/350610

https://www.newsweekjapan.jp/marukawa/2020/05/post-62_6.php

Nevertheless, the ratio of confirmed to tested number of people in Tokyo had decreased during the past weeks approximately from 70% to 10%, but it is puzzling that the both number of tests and confirmed cases has decreased at the same rate:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49907937646_2f487d45e4_b.jpg

The ratio (blue) and the number of tested people (red) in a 7-day moving average compiled from https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/ I took the moving averages because of the delays between test and confirmation.

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Posted in: Nightlife cluster gives S Korea largest virus case rise in a month See in context

In retrospect, it was miraculous and lucky that the city of Seoul could keep the official death toll from coronavirus at just 2 so far, compared with 171 of Tokyo or even with 20 of Singapore and 4 of Hong Kong. The mayor of Seoul is always wary of the public opinion, and probably hesitated to shutdown the night clubs which could be easily backfired from business owners. Now nobody can criticize the mayor for the order of shutdown. This event highlights the complexity of interactions between biology and politics.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 23 new coronavirus cases; number below 100 for 5th day in row See in context

@bicultural

average infection rate for first week of May was 7.5% in Tokyo.

Their official site says the rate is more than 40%.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49872820617_9cf166c10f_b.jpg

Source: https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/

What's wrong?

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Posted in: Japan, faced with criticism, scrambles to do more coronavirus testing See in context

Japan can do mass testing at anytime by automatizing the PRC test process. Please enlighten me as to why they did not and do not yet.

change.org/PCR_researcher

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Posted in: Ex-comfort woman in S Korea criticizes protest rallies against Japan See in context

@oldman_13

She isn't saying to forget about what she and other women endured, she's saying this blind hatred preached by anti-Japan Korean fanatics doe nothing towards fostering understanding and forgiveness.

I agree that she isn't saying that. There are a few bad apples in any country and in any group. I also do not like the tactic of the civic group, and some of the group members may be more interested in earning money by marketing the comfort women issue. That civic group in S. Korea is comparable to Japanese various right wing groups. They tend to appeal emotionally to young people who are mostly indifferent to politics and history. Nowadays demagogues are more popular around world together with fans and cult-like zealots. Look at the U.S. You do not need to single out Korea or comfort women issue.

I thought the civic group would eventually disappear by lack of supporting from S. Koreans. But, miraculously, it has survived, and I guess the best supporter of the civic group has been actually Abe san and the Netto-uyoku.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 23 new coronavirus cases; number below 100 for 5th day in row See in context

The number of case seems low because the number of tests was low.

The ratio of confirmed to tested number of people in Tokyo had decreased during the past weeks approximately from 60% to 30%, but during the past few days, it rebounded to more than 40%, according to the chart I made for myself:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49868802847_7d70975a27_b.jpg (by May 7)

The ratio (blue) and the number of tested people (red) in a 7-day moving average compiled from https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/ I took the moving averages because of the delays between test and confirmation.

Above all, the Japanese government has done their best to suppress the official number of deaths by various statistical manipulations, and few people except some Japanese would believe the numbers:

https://www.newsweekjapan.jp/marukawa/2020/05/post-62_6.php (in Japanese)

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Posted in: Japan to revise criteria on symptoms for being tested for virus See in context

@changamangaliay

Don't understand what's the challenge in conducting more test in Japan? Many developing countries have conducted far more tests than Japan.

It also has puzzled me. Japan has enough money, equipment and people to test at least 60,000 people per day by automatizing the PCR test. https://youtu.be/1yyZHfypTIY

They can do it at anytime if the government is willing to do. They just don't do it, making me think the low number of tests is actually intentional.

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Posted in: Japanese computer-savvy teen designs app to fight pandemic See in context

He seems eligible for the PM more than Abe san.

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Posted in: Pompeo blames China for hundreds of thousands of virus deaths See in context

Do not underestimate the 40% of population who believe 'Chinese' people are responsible for all misery caused by the coronavirus. And remember that, to them, 'Chinese' include all East Asians such as Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Singaporean, and etc. Politicians in any country at any time have been excellent in politicizing the pandemic to instigate and manipulate their people to hate each other except themselves.

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay more to businesses that remain closed until May 31 See in context

The ratio of confirmed to tested number of people in Tokyo had decreased during the past weeks approximately from 60% to less than 40%, but during the past few days, it rebounded to more than 40%, according to the chart I made for myself:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49861408611_14522f11f1_b.jpg (by May 3)

The ratio (blue) and the number of tested people (red) in a 7-day moving average compiled from https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/

The ratio of Tokyo (40%) is higher than S. Korea in its peak days (1-6%) by a factor of 10. In S. Korea, it peaked at 6% on Feb 29, but thereafter dropped below 1%. Long way to go to a level less than 1%.

Some Japanese media claims that the ratio greater 40% is a fake news, but my figure shows that it is not. Disinformation and censorship is widespread in Japanese media. For example:

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/article?a=20200506-00060411-jbpressz-soci

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Posted in: Cases of patients turned away by hospitals up fivefold over virus See in context

The link of nkgendai-life does not work. A working link:

https://www.nikkan-gendai.com/articles/view/life/271310

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Posted in: Cases of patients turned away by hospitals up fivefold over virus See in context

@socrateos

The numbers show a success to a degree.

US, where most aggressive testing are performed, shows the number of corona related deaths as 207 per million. Japan, where testing is limited, shows the number as 4 per million.

That is solace for many Japanese, but the number of deaths is proportional to the number of tests, not the population. Without test, how can people know whether the death was related with COVID-19?

Above all, the Japanese government has done their best to suppress the official number of deaths by various statistical manipulations, and few people except some Japanese would believe the numbers:

https://www.newsweekjapan.jp/marukawa/2020/05/post-62_6.php (in Japanese)

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200403-00000008-nkgendai-life (Japanese)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshuacohen/2020/04/14/underreporting-of-covid-19-deaths-in-the-us-and-europe/#488f16a182d7

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/03/27/those-covid-19-death-toll-figures-are-incomplete/

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Posted in: South Korea construction site fire kills 38 See in context

Several big fires have occurred under the Moon administration, arousing some critics from the opponents. Safety measures in construction sites have improved during the past decades, but still need more efforts in S. Korea. However, the opponents have been quite about the extraordinarily successful subdue of the wildfire on this time last year when people assumed that it is impossible to control it, but the government managed to do it:

https://thediplomat.com/2019/04/responders-quickly-extinguish-one-of-koreas-largest-wildfires/

BTW, the Japanese media has been quite on news from S. Korea during the past 3 months. Even here in JT, the recent news on S. Korea in the World section was dated on April 21, 10 days ago:

https://japantoday.com/category/world/s.koreans-return-to-work-crowd-parks-malls-as-social-distancing-rules-ease

I have no clue on the reason.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 39 new coronavirus cases; lowest in 4 weeks See in context

The ratio of confirmed to tested number of people in Tokyo has decreased during the past week approximately from 60% to less than 40%, according to the chart I made for myself:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49827508838_bce40541b3_b.jpg

The ratio (blue) and the number of tested people (red) in a 7-day moving average compiled from https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/

The ratio of Tokyo (40%) is higher than S. Korea in its peak days (1-6%) by a factor of 10. In S. Korea, it peaked at 6% on Feb 29, but thereafter dropped below 1%. Long way to go to a level less than 1%.

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Posted in: 72 new coronavirus cases in Tokyo on Sunday; lowest daily tally since April 1 See in context

The published COVID-19 data in the web sites of the Japanese government (NIID) and Tokyo are difficult to interpret, as they are not well compiled and summarized.

The ratio of confirmed to tested number of people in Tokyo has decreased during the past week approximately from 60% to 40%, according to the chart I made for myself:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49822192972_97c89ae09d_b.jpg

The ratio (blue) and the number of tested people (red) in a 7-day moving average compiled from https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/

The ratio of Tokyo (40-60%) is higher than S. Korea in its peak days (1-6%) by a factor of 10. In S. Korea, it peaked at 6% on Feb 29, but thereafter dropped below 1%. Yesterday it was 0.32% in S. Korea: https://www.cdc.go.kr/board/board.es?mid=a20501000000&bid=0015

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Posted in: Trump says briefings not worth his time after disinfectant gaffe See in context

Trump should have learned and followed Abe regarding press briefing: reading the script, followed by no question, no answer. And silent media control.

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Posted in: Economy minister cancels appearances after contact with virus-infected staffer See in context

Virus is equal in infecting people, but test is not in its eligibility.

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Posted in: Japan to secure more hotel rooms for mild cases of COVID-19 See in context

At home: R0 is greater than 0, but less than (the number of family) -1

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Posted in: Japan to secure more hotel rooms for mild cases of COVID-19 See in context

The media control and censorship regarding the covid-19 in Japan is outrageous, making most Japanese ill-informed on the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Really? That could not have happened if they were in a hotel? Why?

In a hotel: R0 = 0

At home: 0

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Posted in: Japan to secure more hotel rooms for mild cases of COVID-19 See in context

@drlucifer

wasn't there an article here on JT last week or week before last that the government had secured 200,000 hotel rooms.

At that time, the government was considering securing 200,000 hotel rooms.

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