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Posted in: Awkward moment: Trump and Irish PM skip the handshake See in context

Trump, a self-described germaphobe, acknowledges that he came to accept handshakes as part of the territory that comes with being the world’s most powerful leader.

Oh, so before being president he didn't shake hands! That explains why he never learned how normal humans do it.

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Posted in: ANA’s kabuki-themed in-flight safety video receives Grand Prix from Cool Japan Matching Award See in context

I think it's a load of self important nonsense. 

Are you referring to the award or the safety video.

I quite like this safety video, including the "making of" version they play as passengers are disembarking.

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Posted in: Court scraps acquittal of man; sentences him to 10 years for raping daughter See in context

I want to give you all the likes, Maria.

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Posted in: No giving up See in context

On TV yesterday there was a feature on a couple who finally got back there daughter after 8 years and 7 months. Their joy upon being handed the white cloth wrapped ash urn blew me away.

8 years and 7 months after she was washed away from a driving school, a leg bone washed up.

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Posted in: Live music venues emerge as new coronavirus transmission sites See in context

great source of data for Japan:

https://covid19japan.com/

I see we finally got over 1000 tests in a single day! (thanks again to whoever introduced this site on JT).

for worldwide data:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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Posted in: Live music venues emerge as new coronavirus transmission sites See in context

Where are the mask that should have been produced and distributed as stores throughout the entire country of Japan are out of stock.

Logged in to say what Educator60 just posted. At the request of the government, mask manufacturers are prioritising health care facilities.

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Posted in: Mask resellers could face 1 year in prison, ¥1 mil fine under new ban See in context

WakarimasenToday  04:45 pm JST

So a chemist or conbini or wherever that now sells a mask for more than it paid the wholesaler or manufacturer is guilty of a crime?

No, Selling at normal retail prices is perfectly fine.

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Posted in: Mask resellers could face 1 year in prison, ¥1 mil fine under new ban See in context

I thought it was up to 5 years... Must have missed something. Was that the original proposal and it got limited to 1?

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Posted in: 'Seventh Seal,' 'Exorcist' actor Max von Sydow dies at 90 See in context

RIP Brewmeister Smith.

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Posted in: Politician apologizes for ¥8.9 mil face mask price gouging See in context

There isn't enough information here for me to decide he should be hoisted. Did he flag the gouging? or did someone else?

If he put a bunch of masks he happened to have on hand up for sale on an auction site in early Feb expecting they'd sell for a few thousand and then turned around to see they'd sold for tens of thousands, quickly stopped the auctions after 89 sales had been made, I'd cut him some slack. If he kept on selling after seeing the shortage and thefts from nursing homes and health care centers unfold, he's a dickhead who should not be in public office.

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Posted in: Robot passenger See in context

I wish the media would stop referring to glorified iPad stand that is Pepper as a "robot".

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

Thank you, Flute!

https://covid19japan.com/ is exactly what I've been looking for!

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

Anybody have a good source for number of tests being done daily?

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Posted in: U.S. TV anchor retires on air after harassment claims See in context

The key is that if you don’t know whether or not it’s creepy, you probably should assume it is.

Amen to that.

Also, if you don't understand the difference between socialize and sexualize you should probably not try to socialize at work.

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Posted in: Woman confirmed as coronavirus case for 2nd time, weeks after initial recovery See in context

Yes, thank you VirusRex. It's nice that we have someone knowledgeable about viruses commenting here. I really appreciate your posts.

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Posted in: Hokkaido turns into hotbed of coronavirus cases See in context

Odds are still better to win the loto.

But the problem with the Corona is that if the whole population gets infected, it will be a huge number of deaths like the Spanish flu.

I think you have this exactly backwards.

Odds of winning the lotto are much lower.

The death rates (by best estimates of current data) are lower than the 1918 "spanish" flu.

It is spreading like that flu, but not killing as swiftly and broadly. That one was especially deadly to the young and healthy - again, the exact opposite of Covid-19.

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Posted in: Hokkaido turns into hotbed of coronavirus cases See in context

Here is the  risk of dying if infected with COVID-19.

AGE: DEATH RATE

*80+ years old: 14.8%

70-79 years old: 8.0%

60-69 years old: 3.6%

50-59 years old: 1.3%

40-49 years old: 0.4%

30-39 years old: 0.2%

20-29 years old: 0.2%

10-19 years old: 0.2%

0-9 years old: no fatalities

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-age-sex-demographics/

The woman's whose 16 year-old has a runny nose should chill out and treat it like a normal flu. KEEP THE KID AT HOME. Keep an eye on his temperature. Don't plug up the ER as long as he's doing ok. Even if he tested positive, it would be the same thing. Same as testing positive for the flu. STAY HOME. Sleep. Get fluids. Keep an eye on the the body temp.

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Posted in: Time is everything: World braces for spread of new virus See in context

Belrick:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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Posted in: Japan announces basic policy to fight spread of coronavirus See in context

Jeevanath Velu

Are they going to release the data of people who were cured after the treatment?

You can find "outcomes" (death or recovery) data here, broken down by country.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

It has said on the page *"Coming soon: Country-specific pages (with live statistics and graphs for each country and region). Follow us on twitter to receive a notification as soon as they are published,*" since at least Monday, but I haven't seen anything yet.

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Posted in: 9 Japanese men detained in Manila over phone scam brought to Japan See in context

Yesterday's tv news said they were affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi. (Remember these parasites when you get that occasional poster who waxes lyrical about how the yaks are really the great protectors of the Japanese people).

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Posted in: Time is everything: World braces for spread of new virus See in context

As for the data you posted, are the numbers going up or down?

BB, do you know up from down?

Feb. 24: 229 cases (day still in progress)

Feb. 23: 157 cases

Feb. 22:   79 cases

Feb. 21:   21 cases

Feb. 20:   4 cases

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Posted in: Time is everything: World braces for spread of new virus See in context

The good news is, S. Korea's new cases appear to be leveling off. The government has taken some drastic measures and, as in China, that appears to be working.

Meanwhile the government of Japan is sitting on it's collective hands.

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Posted in: Time is everything: World braces for spread of new virus See in context

*The virus has been "spreading" in many countries for a month now but most countries are reporting *like 10 cases per day.

Here are some facts to go with your fantasy.

Italy:

Feb. 24: 229 cases (day still in progress)

Feb. 23: 157 cases

Feb. 22:   79 cases

Feb. 21:   21 cases

Feb. 20:   4 cases

South Korea

Feb. 23: 602 cases

Feb. 22: 436 cases

Feb. 21: 209 cases

Feb. 20: 111 cases

Feb. 19:  58 cases

Feb. 18:  31 cases

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Posted in: Is teleworking practical for employees at your workplace? See in context

Yes and but only about half the office is taking advantage of the option. Many others are using flexible work hours.

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Posted in: Time is everything: World braces for spread of new virus See in context

BurningBush,

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Why do you think Japan has 50 serious/critical cases out of only 161 confirmed domestic infections, verses every other population (ie 6/977 in Korea; 35/691 from the Diamond Princess.)

Japan is only testing the very ill and their immediate families. The numbers being tested in Japan are miniscule.

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Posted in: Japan announces basic policy to fight spread of coronavirus See in context

Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery, Zichi!

I watched a nice little documentary series on the 1918 flu pandemic last night. Apparently, in Japan it was known as the "sumo flu" since one of the first big transmission events was a sumo basho.

It's easy to look back and see all the mistakes made during that pandemic.

It's sad to see so many of the same decisions being made (or not made) today.

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Posted in: 7 countries restrict entry from Japan to thwart new virus spread See in context

Thunderbird:

Even Ebola didn't have this mad hysteria and more people died from that!

Apples and oranges, my friend. Ebola is actually difficult to catch, if you aren't in direct contact will the bodily fluids of an infected person and it kills quickly, which is why it doesn't spread far.

You'd be better off comparing Covid-19 to SARS, MERS and recent avian and swine flus.

MERS was deadly, but hard to catch. Only people whose immune systems were already compromised caught it, and that's why it didn't spread far.

SARS spread quite easily because some carriers didn't get sick. And it spread within hospitals. (Ebola won't do that, with basic precautions.

This one seems to spread like wildfire. Lots of asymptomatic positives walking around. It doesn't seem particularly deadly for the young and healthy, but with more than half the population being over 60, Japan's hospitals could very easily be overwhelmed. Ditto Italy. Ditto South Korea. (And if it takes out 10-15% of patients in their 70s, that could be a big hit to the LDP members as well as their voting base.)

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Posted in: 7 countries restrict entry from Japan to thwart new virus spread See in context

Not the countries I was expecting, but it makes sense for all those small islands to isolate themselves.

Only 158 confirmed cases in Japan as of yesterday. More today. Not clusters, so it is in the wild, widespread and few people are being tested here. (The government is ramping up testing, but it is still glaciar-paced, compared to S. Korea.)

The cruise cases are not counted as domestic infections, as those cases were infected in isolation. They are included in the Japan numbers when looking at the hospital capacity, as they are being treated in Japan.

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Posted in: China, South Korea report more virus cases See in context

"South Korea reported 60 more cases of the new virus, bringing its total to 893. Cases there now outnumber Japan,"

That should read, "confirmed cases there now outnumber Japan."

I have little doubt that there are more than 893 cases floating around in Hokkaido alone, given how broadly and randomly it's been popping up.

Aly, the cruise ship will usually be counted separately, as all those infections happened in isolation to the rest of the country, especially when people are talking about or looking at the spread of the infection. If you are discussing the healthcare load and capacity of hospitals, it makes sense to lump them together with domestically acquired cases.

For the time that everyone was isolated on the cruise ship, they weren't mixing with the rest of the population and that cluster was not the source of all the other mini clusters popping up everywhere. Of course, now that people were allowed off the ship and into onto trains and buses with the rest of us, they may contribute to additional domestic spread.

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Posted in: Japan to step up checks on those who left ship after testing negative See in context

I saw on the TV news this morning that South Korea has already tested over 20,000 people while Japan has only tested 1500 of the general public (not on the cruise ship). Now I begin to understand how the number of confirmed cases in Japan is so low, despite the clear spread around the country. Why the hell are we not in lock down? Non-essential travel cancelled. Events cancelled.

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