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Posted in: Filipino in Japan forms labor union for overseas workers See in context

For me, if I did not like being here, I would go back to the UK - but I really enjoy my life here. There are problems in life wherever you are. If I have a problem, I solve it and get on with things - not blame other people, Covid or whatever.

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Posted in: It's official: Spectators from abroad will not be allowed at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Excellent news.

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

@robert maes: Should i cry or laugh ?

I know I probably shouldn't but I can't help but laugh at "Japan has secured rights to at least 564 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines" but then forgot to order enough syringes and at "At the current rate, it would take 126 years to vaccinate Japan's population of 126 million" even ignoring any boosters that may be required.

Then again, I am still laughing at Mori's comments about women talking too much in meetings and in his apology saying he doesn't listen to women.

I know it is not PC, but I still find myself laughing at such incompetence.

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Posted in: Japan pledges safe Olympics; medical experts aren't so sure See in context

The quote,

"If you have your public health lens on, this is doing everything that we don't want to be doing right now."

from Vally in the text pretty well sums it up for me - the Olympics are too big a risk this year.

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Posted in: More than 110,000 sign petition against Mori after sexist comments See in context

Too many people have lost their sense of humour and end up getting easily offended instead.

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Posted in: Would you support airlines refusing to admit passengers unless they have proof of COVID-19 vaccination or immunity, as a condition for international travel? See in context

I don't think it is down to the airlines to do this. It should be governments that decide on their immigration restrictions. Perhaps travel insurance companies may also decide not to cover any Covid-19 treatment for non-vaccinated travellers.

At present, it is the governments deciding if travellers must have a negative Covid-19 test result 72 hours before travel (or whatever time limit they set), quarantine requirements, visas, etc.. The airlines simply check the requirements they can check are being met when checking-in. I do not see a reason for this to change.

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Posted in: Man arrested after wearing wig to enter women’s bathing facility See in context

"a woman bather thought there was something strange about him and summoned an employee"

I suspect that if a 36 year old woman went into the men's area, nobody would have "summoned an employee" - even if she took off her towel...

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Posted in: At least 15,000 virus patients waiting for hospitals, accommodations See in context

The situation:

"At least 15,058 people were on the waiting list for a hospital or a designated accommodation after testing positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this month in the 11 prefectures covered by a state of emergency, a Kyodo News survey found Sunday, as public health centers have been swamped with surging numbers of new cases."

LDP's Response:

"The government is now planning to make a legal revision to penalize those who reject hospitalization with imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of 1 million yen."

How is fining or imprisoning people going to help?

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Posted in: Opposition raps gov't virus response as Diet debate starts See in context

The government is now planning to make a legal revision to penalize those who reject hospitalization with imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of 1 million yen.

I was under the impression that there is a shortage of hospital beds and facilities??

Generally, I agree with all of points Edano has raised in this article

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Posted in: Japan now has talking 'Evangelion' ATMs See in context

Currently, your transactions will be guided by the voice of Misato (portrayed by voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi). On Jan 25, Misato hands off ATM duties to "Evangelion Unit-02" pilot Asuka (Yuko Miyamura)

Thanks, but I have enough women telling me what to do already.

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Posted in: It's extremely embarrassing that the NPA was successfully attacked when it should have a computer security system that is unbreachable. See in context

If a computer is connected to the Internet, it is not "unbreachable", assuming "unbreachable" means it cannot be hacked.

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Posted in: As state of emergency looms over virus, some experts say one month won't be long enough See in context

From what I have read and heard on the news so far, these planned state of emergency restrictions are going to mean absolutely no change to my current daily life. I guess the experts feel that all the people getting Covid 19 have a much more exciting nightlife than me.

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Posted in: When you first heard about the coronavirus, did you think it would escalate into a global crisis that would still be with us as the new year begins? See in context

At first, I did not think it would develop into a global pandemic that was going to have such a direct affect on my lifestyle. I thought it would be similar to the recent SARS, MERS, H5N1, Ebola and Zika outbreaks, none of which really changed my lifestyle in any noticeable way.

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Posted in: AstraZeneca: Shot will be effective against COVID-19 variant See in context

@Haaa Nemui.

LOL. Nice one

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Posted in: AstraZeneca: Shot will be effective against COVID-19 variant See in context

“We think we have figured out the winning formula and how to get efficacy that, after two doses, is up there with everybody else,” Soriot said.

I would certainly hope you could get the efficacy up. I expect that it is unlikely I will be able to choose which vaccine I get but 70% does not sound like particularly good odds to me. 70% instead of 95% means nearly a third of people having this vaccine could still get sick from Covid-19 - If you cannot get it up, I want the Pfizer vaccine.

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Posted in: Japan developing tracking system for travelers from overseas as anti-virus measure See in context

Having a negative test result from within 72 hours before departure, another negative test result upon arrival in Japan and 14 days quarantine starting the day after arrival in Japan have been the requirements for some time now. The numbers continue increasing and so these requirements are not helping. Start vaccinating people now - today, not wait until February.

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Posted in: Whether a country or region is doing enough testing for the coronavirus should be assessed based on the positivity rate and not on the number of tests. The positivity rate for Tokyo is now over 6%, so we should be doing a bit more testing to bring the number down. See in context

Here's me thinking that vaccinations may get us out of this mess when the real answer is to test more healthy people to bring the percentage of positive results down.

Truly ridiculous.

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Posted in: As COVID-19 vaccines launch, digital certificates seen deepening inequalities See in context

Vaccinations are already a requirement for travelling to some countries - the obvious one being Yellow Fever. Having to have a Covid-19 vaccination to travel internationally is, in my opinion, a good idea.

However, I am not so sure about the "Meanwhile, more technology firms are rolling out digital certificates that can be accessed on smartphones by employers, airlines and others, as proof of vaccination is sought not just to travel, but also to work or take part in other activities.", as the other activities requires clarification.

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Posted in: Santa Claus bikers ride in annual Tokyo parade against child abuse See in context

Well done everyone who took part and helped

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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context

If you don't like following the rules, go back to where you came from.

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Posted in: Japan's space agency finds ample dust, gas from asteroid See in context

Excellent news - very well done.

I look forward to reading your findings.

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Posted in: 14-year-old girl from Nara City missing since Dec 1 See in context

I don't understand why there are some many negatives for shogun36's post, "One can only hope she is found unharmed."

Is it that you hope that she is not found or is that you hope she is found having been harmed?

I hope that her loved ones do not see your negatives.

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Posted in: Have you or anybody you know been tested for the coronavirus? If yes, what was the result? See in context

Been tested twice. Once by a throat and nose swab and another by saliva. As expected, both were negative.

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Posted in: Gov’t to arrange shuttle buses from airports to hotels for travelers arriving from overseas See in context

This story really is not making a lot of sense to me. I returned here on Saturday (5th) and the free bus was available then. How can it be starting on the 16th when it is already available? In any case, I am bit confused behind the logic of not allowing returning people to use public transport when they must have received negative test results from up to 72 hours before their departure and then another negative result immediately after arriving. They won't get on the plane without a negative test result from up to 72 hours before the flight and then won't even get as far as immigration when they arrive here if they don't test negative when being tested immediately after getting off the plane. It strikes me that the very people we are sure do not have Covid-19 are not being allowed to travel on public transport whereas anyone who has not been tested can. If I were a bus driver, I would certainly want to be driving that free bus to the hotels, where I know for sure everybody on it has just tested negative for Covid-19 rather than another bus.

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