Sven Asai comments

Posted in: Tokyo court disrupted by hundreds of maskless anti-vaxxers See in context

Finally it’s all only a question of probabilities. Vaccinations are highly probable useful, but a few people die. And wearing masks is highly probable useful, especially in a crowded environment, but you increase in that timespan your own virus load inside your body. So my advice would be, recalculate or estimate the probabilities for the situation you are in or plan to go into. It’s easy, clear and therefore no reason for society conflicts or denying other people’s arguments completely and radically.

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Posted in: Asian shares fall as rising energy costs fan inflation fears See in context

It’s very much improbable that it happens at the same time and in all branches of economy in a capitalism world. If anything is missing, normally after a few days everywhere new production capacities arise like crazy. From not enough toys, energy, kfc potatoes, ships, trucks, transport palettes, up to car IC electronic chips , although those factories know the demand beforehand , those are not sophisticated standard chips, and the companies also are not all destroyed by earthquake, flood or war….lol Come on, are you really trying to kidding us? That is all intentionally set in scene and orchestrated for your new ecology dictatorship agenda, what else.

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Posted in: If these figures are right, we cannot achieve herd immunity unless we have at least 80 to 90% of the population with immunity via vaccinations. The hurdle has been raised considerably compared to conventional strains. See in context

Yes, 80%-90% is alone already quite a hurdle. But in addition we get into those problems because of the time shifted vaccinations. That means we have newly and fully vaccinated people with highest possible immunity, but also down to people with very reduced immunity after six or eight or whatever number of months, for example shortly before a next booster shot. 90% vaccinations isn’t therefore obviously not sufficient as the broad immunity is always much lower on average. In theory we now would need for example 90% willing to be vaccinated or boosted, and that all without a big time shift, means vaccinating everyone within one or two weeks. Logistically in most countries quite unrealistic…

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Posted in: Japan opposition pledges to tax the rich in election platform See in context

Best measure, dropping of the consumption tax? lol If I only have 200yen and something costs 550yen and another one 1100yen including 10% tax, then it’s irrelevant, if the tax is completely dropped or the price halved or even both measures together. It’s simply all still far out of reach.

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Posted in: Some governments are thinking of imposing a carbon tax to curb greenhouse gas emissions. What do you think? See in context

Yes, do that. lol Then even more will oppose your new eco dictatorship. If that is what you want, go ahead.

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Posted in: Can the Taliban suppress the potent IS threat? See in context

@M.M. Exactly, right. Even if there are some local fights about some Afghan areas, their common enemy is the civilized West and any other so-called unbelievers, so finally they are united, and most other people don’t want to see or understand that.

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Posted in: Kishida to seek economic growth before redistributing wealth See in context

Although it surely hurts, also personally, but he is right on this one, it only can something be distributed if there is beforehand more substantial growth, more children, their better education, more research on new products and services and all those sold on the global market.

But now comes the new obvious obstacle, that growth and all those more efforts massively collide with those new environmental, anti global warming, climate change avoidance goals. So we can of course only have one side of that wish coin! Considering that new contradicting goal settings, there surely isn’t such a thing like plenty of delicious manna falling from heaven for everyone with ease to pick up immediately or later. Say good bye to climate improvements or say good bye to economy rebuilding and growth in income. Neither we all nor PM Kishida’s government are magicians who can walk two different paths at the same time.

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Posted in: Japan opposition pledges to tax the rich in election platform See in context

That’s not working, because the rich will decrease jobs and wages or raise prices, invest less in other companies or product research etc., therefore following less global sales and incoming money as well as taxes for the country. And of course, the then even more poorer people will immediately spend those nice handouts, that are of course very attractive at first look only, and again make the rich richer and stay themselves poorer again after all is spent. Taxing and / or spending for all is by far not economically substantial, ecological green or lowering the gaps in wealth, in contrary, that is all very expensive and has to be paid and repaired afterwards again.

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Posted in: Don Quijote asks couples to refrain from breaking up in its Osaka store See in context

Yes, they’re often very cheap on most articles, but not all ones, and many or almost all products have a very low quality, so they’re then not worth even the cheap price. Anyway, it’s fun to stroll around at DQ and consider it more an entertaining theme park, with uncommon things and people to watch, where you -in contrary to real ones- even can buy some of the interiors as a little souvenir. lol

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Posted in: How to stop your umbrella from getting stolen in Japan See in context

During all my years here I’ve never experienced a serious theft of my umbrella, neither expensive nor those cheap ones. Maybe quite some exchange errors happen over time, for example my cheap umbrella away, but another one of the same kind available etc. The same btw happens often with all those shoes for inside use in ryokan, onsen, restaurants and such. You won’t find yours at the same place, but may feel free to take any similar others.

No, in contrary, when suddenly a stronger rainfall had occurred, shop owners or facility staff etc very friendly offered any available umbrella for free in case of the cheap ones or offering to bring it back anytime later in case of a slightly more expensive umbrella.

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Posted in: Trio win Nobel Economics Prize for 'natural experiments' See in context

They have shown that it's indeed possible to answer important questions, even when it's not possible to conduct randomized experiment.

How could they show that without my answers? lol

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Posted in: Why improvisation is the future in an AI-dominated world See in context

Btw…They’ve even just these days ‘completed’ Beethoven’s 10th symphony, using an AI plus human hybrid approach, giving as input the few original fragments the real Beethoven wrote before death, and in addition his other works and also composing styles of that former time using other pieces from other composers of that time. I couldn’t listen to the performance yet, but I’ve heard from others, the AI composed result is still more average and lacks quite a bit of emotional and musical or symphonic highlights, meaning the result is surely technologically stunning and astonishing, but still not at all a typical ‘Beethoven’s’. Of course, it’s only one and the first version of unlimited possible ones. Other people would feed other input data , samples and bias parameters into the AI, so another attempt for ‘Beethoven’s 10th symphony’ could be completely different or much better or even worse. We don’t know it…

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Posted in: SDF fighter jet loses 90-kg cockpit canopy in mid-flight See in context

No problem, as finally all defense is only taking place on the ground. Some better missile equipment there, heavy machine and automatic turret guns at vulnerable and important places installed , as well every household equipped with range and near defense weapons and everything is fine and much cheaper, instead playing around with such old and repair needing flying coffins.

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Posted in: Most NZ health care workers, teachers to be legally required to get vaccinated See in context

Problems only postponing, or do you think you can stand all future boosting shots every eight months plus that exhausting job? Nothing against vaccinations, but considering longer term effects, one must hate himself or his body to expose it to such extreme and by governments obliged ‘health’ procedures.

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Posted in: Do you think it is a good idea to include patriotism in school curricula? See in context

Of course, with all those pandemic and LongCovid health consequences , climate change , economic downturn developments , low wages and disrupted careers etc, everyone needs at least a little virtual reason to get up every morning at six and have a motivation to do whatever something useful.

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Posted in: Man arrested over theft of 35 kgs of rice from supermarket See in context

Don’t be too harsh, VietNam is still a necessary strategic partner…lol

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Posted in: Japan's 1st typhoon research institute opens in Yokohama See in context

First, close them all in and throw the key away…lol It’s crazy and contradicting, wanting to avoid or weaken typhoon’s force and at the same time stating they could be then a source for renewable energy. ROFL

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Posted in: Gov’t panel recommends GPS devices for suspects out on bail See in context

Maybe that would work with smaller crimes like supermarket thefts or so. But the big fish have plenty of possibilities to deactivate or manipulate the device and data. It’s of no use at higher crime levels.

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Posted in: Kishida instructs cabinet to come up with economic package specifics See in context

Of course, helicopter money is always very nice and we all will actually very welcome and need it, but that’s not how it works or can work. More family support, more children, better education for them, followed by new research, inventions, products and services sold on the global market…Then you have incoming money and taxes, not by showering presents on everyone that have to be paid back afterwards, but by what?

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

You probably mean, in some of your countries only the worst criminals execute death penalty while the state and jurisdiction do not anymore. You just cannot say that there is no death penalty anymore in those countries, of course there is, but completely biased to the crime scene.

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Posted in: Smart robots do all the work at Nissan's 'intelligent' plant See in context

Doesn’t help me to buy one of their cars, so it’s completely irrelevant, if produced by amoebas, humans, robots or aliens. lol

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Posted in: Can I get the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time? See in context

I recommend at least three weeks between the two, but I won’t explain it now and here.

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Posted in: Japan has lowest share of women studying science: OECD report See in context

Many men are also affected and they all even don’t make it into such news and statistics.

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Posted in: Report touts benefits of second jobs for workers, firms See in context

Yes, a splendid future awaits us. A full time job, then another second job and at night refilling the necessary rest online and cashless with welfare amounts, otherwise you won’t have the money for the electric community bus to your full time job next morning. lol

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Posted in: Japan secures 120 mil extra Pfizer vaccine doses for next year See in context

As already said, they bring the truth only in small slices. We were told back to normality when abiding and taking two jabs, now how turns that all out?

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Posted in: Kishida vows to lead with 'trust and empathy' to fix Japan See in context

These lines of lyrics are from a quite old song, but still fitting.

“Prospects better premier says,

Within sight are Golden days”

(Depeche Mode, New dress)

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. business leaders call for diversified supply chains See in context

With a closer look you’ll realize one day that this is only a show, all combined and set into scene only, to reach those phantasy climate goals. In short words, it’s artificial, intentional and will accompany us from now on. And making products quite a bit rare or unavailable, keeps up the high prices and profits, but now under less resource needs and production capacities. Let’s say it’s saving the planet without a real but a virtual growth, because growth of any kind is still necessary for the system. That’s the only something you can’t stop of course in capitalism, growth.

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Posted in: Shift to decarbonized growth needs concerted effort: BOJ chief See in context

Decarbonized growth? That alone is of course a contradiction in itself. lol

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Posted in: Uniqlo outfits might become Saitama high school’s official uniforms See in context

How about at first giving the students a voice? They surely know best what is practical and also a bit fashionable, as they have to wear it then the whole and every day, of course setting some common quality requirements and an upper price limit, not that they come out with a famous French designer’s proposal , made with poly acrylic fibers. lol

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Posted in: Kishida pledges large economic stimulus as by-election campaigns start See in context

I doubt he has a big enough quiver for the necessary number of little arrows.

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