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Posted in: Yasukuni Shrine a symbol of haunting wartime legacy See in context

It's a nice photo, ruined by the one priest who was too undisciplined to just focus on his worship.

It's one thing to have your eye caught, but quite another to cock your head to one side and glare at a camera.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 309 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally tops 1,000 See in context

Over 1,200 provisional confirmed cases today. I would expect that number to climb to around 2,500 by Thursday looking at the trends of past weeks.

The official trend is quite linear.

Abe on TV flapping his mouth off with a mask in his hand, Put it your face!

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Posted in: Gov't will not ask people to forgo summer travel due to virus, Suga says See in context

'who's job is it to minimize that risk???'

The Governments. But they blew it.

They had the funds, and the window of opportunity back in March/April. But instead of holding the course they wasted all the public funds on the Abenomask campaign, Dentsu, and 'Go to...' They caved in too early; just when the national 'soft lockdown' was taking effect. Now they've squandered everything.

So...whose job is it to minimize risk? I'm afraid that now falls to individuals...with no financial support., and the biggest problem worldwide is...'People 'aint no good'.

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Posted in: I advised the government to put off its decision as I saw a need to prepare a convincing explanation backed by evidence by analyzing the results of epidemiological research into Japan's coronavirus infection situation. But my advice was not accepted. See in context

''Self serving idiot politicians that have got away with color coded slogans and thin air until now should kindly step aside.''

I would have said....should kindly be prosecuted.

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Posted in: Gov't persists with 'Abenomask' giveaway, reigniting social media outcry See in context

Worth repeating...

'zichiToday 06:06 pm JST

¥46.6 billion.'

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 260 new coronavirus cases See in context

n1k1Today 08:26 pm JST

How many dead? 177,100 .Unacceptable.

I wonder what would be an acceptable death/number ?

Well that's easy.

Go ahead n1k1Today, tell us how many of your family and friends you would consider 'acceptable' to lose due to Government inaction and general disbelief.

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Posted in: Go To fiasco may see gov't paying Tokyoites' cancellation fees See in context

LOL...so it's basically a cash stimulus provided by the people, for the people.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 168 new coronavirus cases Monday See in context

“Young people account for most of new infections but, if you look at the age distribution, it’s becoming clear that the virus isn’t just spreading in the city’s nightlife destinations but in homes and among people sharing meals as well.” -Koike.

I love how she says this in a concerned/surprised tone. As if it wasn't obvious people dining in restaraunts chatting and drinking wasn't going to be a problem.

My opinion:

The all too short voluntary lock down and school closures had a positive effect. But we bailed out of that course of action way too early due to pressure from....?

It is good news to see the death toll is not rising (but I don't have a reliable source for that, just taking the Covid tracking site at its word.). But it is extremely frustrating that the Government continues to take such a tepid response which is only going to prolong the economic and psychological pain.

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Posted in: Kanye West holds chaotic opening of 2020 presidential bid See in context

If Americans are foolish enough to waste potential votes for Biden on the Kanye campaign, or even worse(?) vote Trump in; they will get what they **** deserve.

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Posted in: Japan reports over 600 cases on Thursday; 286 in Tokyo See in context

Hi carpslidy.

There does exist a fine line line between 'nanny state' and 'responsible leadership'.

Japan has chosen some weird middle ground.

This is what I would prefer:

''B) Or we need to fix this once and for all so lets test hundreds of thousands a day starting in tokyo and all get a hold on it.

It cant continue to be, go spend money but its on you if you get sick.''

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Posted in: Japan reports over 600 cases on Thursday; 286 in Tokyo See in context

''I am beggining to feel the government is and has been practicing herd immunity''

This is just my opinion, but I'll say it anyway.

I agree completely, The Governments 'fired' panel of experts even alluded to this. Studies are revealing this is a failed strategy as immunity of those infected has shown to only be effective for a few months (studies in Italy).

This virus is complex and the effects are random. Protect yourself and those around you by following best practice. The Government is NOT going to help you or provide relief. They have chosen the long road of financial pain and social difficulty,

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Posted in: Tokyo lifts coronavirus alert to highest level; 165 new cases reported Wednesday See in context

"The experts just told us that the situation of infections is at the fourth level of the four-level system, which means 'the infections seem to be spreading,'"

THAT is the level 4...the Top level. No wonder they've been doing nothing, taking half measures and sending mixed messages if this is the best their experts can provide.

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Posted in: Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says See in context

At least Koike is honest.

The only priority is to scrape some Yen back from the investment and construction.

Public health? Nah...

When the IOC pulls the plug, they’ll just hold the All Japan Sports Festival and allow audiences of 5000 daily.

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Posted in: Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic See in context

The best part of this news is now the Trump Lemmings around here have been cleared (by another Trump flip flop) to follow common etiquette and start wearing masks!

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 102 new coronavirus cases See in context

There seems to be a group of really scared people in denial, who don't live in Tokyo, about the possibilities for long term illness demonstrated by Covid 19, and a larger group of people aware of the need for caution.

Unfortunately both teams are flanked by those who 'must' gather socially and drink and eat together, on one side, and those who simply refuse/ignore mask etiquette on the other.

As such by default we have chosen the long road of financial pain, so regardless of your point of view we are stuck now for a long, financially painful ride.

It's like we are living in a Bill Burr joke.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

Face masks critical in preventing spread of COVID-19

Study found that wearing a face mask stopped person-to-person spread of the virus


June 12, 2020


Texas A&M University


A study has found that not wearing a face mask dramatically increases a person's chances of being infected by the COVID-19 virus.


Wear a mask you dummies. It's your human right.

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Posted in: Rapper Kanye West announces 2020 U.S. presidential bid See in context


America can't sink any lower than Trump, so sure, why not?

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Posted in: As coronavirus cases in Tokyo surge, gov't gives expert advisory panel a makeover See in context

@Do the hustle.

“CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions.”

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 67 COVID-19 cases; highest since state of emergency lifted See in context

@N.Knight and others on the topic of testing availability.

My company told us last week you need to 'shop around' for testing. It is available, at your own expense.

But you will be refused testing in some places. It's ridiculous, but if you are concerned, try other locations.

I don't have information about the testing stations...perhaps someone can post it.

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Posted in: Tokyo moves away from numerical targets to fight coronavirus See in context

The previous guidelines were vague, but as soon as they hit the numbers those guidelines targeted...

...would consider reissuing business closure requests if the weekly average of new cases exceeds 50, more than half were untraceable or new cases increased in comparison to the week prior.

On Tuesday, Tokyo reported 54 additional cases of coronavirus infection, with the weekly average of daily new cases at 55.1, half of which were untraceable.

....they have jumped ship and introduced new guidelines.

'..increased testing partly explains the rising infections.'

Which is kind of the point.

I remain highly skeptical of the approach here.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 60 coronavirus cases; highest since state of emergency lifted See in context

Well done, welcome back to March.

Well played everyone. All your efforts have been wasted.

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Posted in: Japan to disband panel of coronavirus experts after criticism See in context

''Media have also reported that the panel refrained from saying in a March statement that the virus could be transmitted from asymptomatic people - those with the virus who do not show symptoms - as the government asked it not to do so to avoid causing panic.''

...the result is some idiots still not following mask etiquette because they still don't understand the importance of it.

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Posted in: Australia posts biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases in two months See in context

''we will be able to go back to ignoring it.''


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Posted in: Global coronavirus cases top 9 million as WHO says pandemic accelerating See in context


’first they say Masks no need, then they say Masks are very necessary...’

just to clarify something:

The WHO initial report on masks, was they should be worn.

the report went on to say cloth masks were to be considered a last resort as they are less effective.

once droplet spread was confirmed any type of mask is now recommended. Not as protection for the wearer, but for protection of those around you from your exhaled droplets. There are many info-graphics that show the rate of spread so I’ll spare repeating the figures here.

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Posted in: Trump campaign seeks to reset after flubbed rally See in context

"The last time I saw a crowd this small was Trump's Inauguration," tweeted Pennsylvania congressman Brendan Boyle.



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Posted in: Campaign speech See in context


Play 'Where's Wally' to find the super spreader. It won't take long.

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Posted in: Balloon-like object in sky sets Twitter afire with talk of UFOs See in context

They'll try and tell you it's just a weather balloon.

But it's obviously swamp gas.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 27 new daily coronavirus infections See in context

Hey Carpslidy. as reported here:

''About 20 of the 48 were confirmed through group testing on people working at nightlife establishments, a new measure introduced in Tokyo, the metropolitan government said.''

...and as stated by Mr. Oshitani:

'Oshitani also dismissed the concept of herd immunity as "nonsense,” said it was "impossible” to completely eliminate the virus.'

This conflicting strategy is why I remain upset, it seems incredibly unfocused. They have re-opened the nightlife, while simultaneously understanding that it will lead to further spread, and also accepting herd immunity is not likely, all the while pursuing the Olympic Games must go on agenda.

It's a nothing strategy.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 27 new daily coronavirus infections See in context

The Government decided to follow the Swedish model, which is proving to be a failed strategy.

Like it or not we are subject to a 'controlled spread',(Mr. Oshitani, an expert advisor to the Govt said so, while also dismissing herd immunity) which personally I think is a terrible non-strategy.

Very limited financial support and no will to take the short term pain of strict lock down when it could have made a difference, so here we are.

A little bit here, a little bit there...it's the new 'trickle down'.

As for the vulnerable; Thanks for all the fish.

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