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Posted in: Japan's proposed immigration law revisions deal fresh blow to refugees See in context

You have to respect a country that wants to keep it's culture. By flooding your country with low wage earners (as stated above), enriching corporate big wigs, driving out natives looking for good work, you will reap what you sow.

@Jonathan Prin: Agree.

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Posted in: Man arrested in Kobe after stuffing fried chicken into ex-girlfriend’s mailbox See in context

I'm waiting for the police investigation, complete with a plastic sheet laid out with each karrage piece circled, fingerprinted, and catalogued.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

Where I live in the US, this state is starting to vaccinate anyone 16 or older (currently ~20%). So at least ~25% of the country is done..... We're getting there. But for Japan, it has been the increasingly bureaucratic system that has to get permission to have a meeting to plan a seminar to raise awareness then test before having a panel discuss the merits of a vaccine before doing their own trials.... Arrrgggggghhhh. The countries that are the most successful (as pointed out earlier), copy them. Wether it's Korea, UK, US, AUS, NZ. They seemed to have gotten this right.

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Posted in: Japan strengthens anti-virus measures in Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa See in context

DocCarlosApr. 10 12:27 pm JST

Why not follow a real leader like President Joe Biden, VP Kamala Harris, Dr. Fauci. they got the vaccine to almost 200 million in 60 days. The Pfizer, Moderna and J&J have over a 90% efficy rate. Why has not Japan ask for their help to help the Japanese Pharmaceutical industry for a fee of course.

Till 80 -90 % of the populace the virus will not be controlled

Follow the USA and Canada measures as they are winning the war with the virus. over 25% of the USA are fully vaccinated since February and 40% or more have at least 1 dose.

The USA declared war and went into wartime measures to produce needles, vaccines and masks.

Actually, it was the deregulation under Trump that got these vaccines tested and approved, plus he even stated that 100 Million would be vaccinated by April. Currently 179M doses given, 68M fully vaccinated (~15-28% of each states population have been vaccinated). Not bad for being "wrong".

https://khn.org/morning-breakout/enough-vaccine-for-all-americans-by-april-trump-says-yes-experts-say-probably-not/

So if you read the link, all the MSM doubted this but where I live, this state is starting to vaccinate anyone 16 or older (currently ~20%). So at least ~25% of the country is done..... We're getting there. But for Japan, it has been the increasingly bureaucratic system that has to get permission to have a meeting to plan a seminar to raise awareness then test before having a panel discuss the merits of a vaccine before doing their own trials.... Arrrgggggghhhh. The countries that are the most successful (as pointed out earlier), copy them. Wether it's Korea, UK, US, AUS, NZ. They seemed to have gotten this right.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing women’s shoes and replacing them with new ones See in context

Is this really a crime?

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Posted in: Australia halts AstraZeneca shots for under 50s over blood clot concerns See in context

I was of course thinking that, but was curious if there was something that I was missing. Maybe there's an "Australian Dr. Fauci" predicting doom and gllom? Or the government just wants control over the society a lot longer...... A hidden agenda.

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Posted in: U.S. increasingly concerned over Russian troop build up at Ukraine border See in context

Seems like 2014 all over again. Democrat in the White House, and a Russian government willing to take what they want.

https://www.georgetownjournalofinternationalaffairs.org/online-edition/forget-the-troop-buildup-what-the-next-invasion-of-ukraine-might-look-like

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Posted in: Australia halts AstraZeneca shots for under 50s over blood clot concerns See in context

So let me get this straight: The article says they have administered a million doses, and one person had a blood clot issue. So literally, it's a million to one odds of having this happen and they are stopping the usage? And they have had 30000 cases with 1000 deaths.

I'm not real good at math, but if you catch COVID there, you're looking at 30:1 odds of dying from it, but if you get the vaccination, you have a 1:1000000 chance of developing blood clots.

Someone help me see the Australian government viewpoint?

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Posted in: U.S. promises 'much more' vaccine aid; puts envoy in charge See in context

I think the US is doing it the right way: You take care of your population first (as it was it the hardest by death toll, unless you count China and their "hidden" numbers). Now Japan waited way to long to study and approve any vaccine use, so they are to blame for their delays. But this is US leadership, working out with other countries a way ahead.

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Posted in: Putin signs law allowing him 2 more terms as Russia's leader See in context

I love the fact liberals here in JT utopia are trying to take this story and lean it towards things that are not associated with this new law: The US and those that are conservative.

Nice try. This is about a world leader that has his opposition poisoned. Please keep up.

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Posted in: Japan to get first batches of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from U.S. See in context

So digging just a little at the hard data means that adverse effects from vaccines are extremely rare. And with COVID, we just don't know if you catch it if you will fully recover, have a life long issue, or be completely healthy.

The COVID vaccines have been tested, albeit on a faster timeline, with the Moderna vaccine having a plus 94% efficacy. Which is far better than cathcing the virus and hoping for the best. 30000 people were tested. That is a nice sample size to actually draw conclusions from. And the serious side effect was at about .6%. Nothing fatal.

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa2035389

I think the anti vaxx crowd just needs to listen to the science (sound familiar), and understand that this is saving lives.

My second Moderna shot is next week. I'll let you folks on here know how that goes.

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Posted in: China pushes to expand virus origin search to other countries See in context

Hey China....... Um, no.

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Posted in: Germany to restrict AstraZeneca use in under-60s over blood clots See in context

So the chances of getting this blood clot are around 0.00001148148. Is the math right on this? They are willing to stop vaccinations because of this, however the chances of dying from this virus are about 2.73% in Germany if you catch it (age and race not included in this number).

https://ourworldindata.org/mortality-risk-covid?country=~DEU

Seems like the odds are better to take the vaccine, no?

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Posted in: U.S., allies dissatisfied with WHO-backed COVID origins report See in context

For those that are a bit unaware, Dr. Ghebreyesus has been in the back pocket of the CCP and Xi for a long time. Yo may not trust the sources, but open your eyes a bit and look beyond the MSM rhetoric.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/china-helped-put-man-charge-world-health-organization%E2%80%94-it-paying-136002

The CCP has done a great deal to suppress information concerning the source of this virus. And they have not been forthcoming.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka raises voice against anti-Asian hate crimes See in context

PTownsendToday 07:41 am JST

as it has already been established by the police that it was not a racially motivated crime?

Some in the police offered one perspective.

Yes, the police officer interviewed the perp, and that was the confession of the guy who did it. Also, there was no evidence (friends, social media, etc...) of racial bias.

Now PTownsend wants to keep the narative going then that's on you. The police did a pretty good job of figuring this guy out but your woke take is better than theirs. Got it.

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Posted in: Teacher fired for installing spy camera in junior high school toilet See in context

Do the hustleToday 07:26 am JST

Fired? He should be jailed!

I think it should be worse than that.

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Posted in: For media, Biden's first news conference notable for what's missing See in context

So let me get this straight: This was the President's first news conference. There were only 25 reporters there, 10 questions were allowed total (and they were pre-screened prior to this), and not a single one was about COVID?

https://thefederalist.com/2021/03/25/after-nine-weeks-without-press-conference-biden-relies-on-pre-selected-list-of-reporters-at-first-one/

https://thepalmierireport.com/biden-calls-on-pre-selected-reporters-during-first-press-conference/

https://greatamericanpolitics.com/2021/02/biden-white-house-press-office-caught-pre-screening-press-briefing-questions/

No matter which side you are more in favor of, this is not good. If the US has a free and open press, why were there only pre screened and selected reporters there? This does not bode well for the future.

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Posted in: Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by marriage ruling See in context

StrangerlandToday 05:24 am JST

If they're willing to band their resources together, to move forward as a permanent unit with their interests etc financially intertwined, then why not? Why should 'love' or 'sexual interest' be required for two people to get the rights of partners? Who made up this silly rule? (hint: religion)

This makes sense. I understand the "marriage implication with religion, and the tax incentive to procreate. But in a modern society, if two men or two women want to say they'll spend the rest of their lives with each other, give them the same legal and tax benefits.

They get to experience the ugly of divorce like the rest of us. Not a big deal.

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Posted in: Russia criticizes U.S. refusal to hold quick Putin-Biden call See in context

I love all the Trump talk. He's not the President. Biden is. Biden refused the call. Biden called Putin a killer (true I might add). Let's shift the discussion to how the US can avoid another Cold War with Russia.

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Posted in: 'Everything evaporated' - Olympic overseas spectator ban hits Japan tourism See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday 10:45 am JST

My AirBnB is finished. I was relying on the Olympics as my other business has also finished. But I would rather close my business than have foreigners who may be infected stay here and infect my community.

So Japanese do not contract COVID? And only foreigners are infected? Nice way to reinforce the Japanese stereotype. You invested in one event and lost. As a poster said up top, no back up plan.

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Posted in: Japan expects deterrence to keep China in check over Senkakus See in context

@joey stalin - Incorrect. The US just reiterated they will assist Japan in the defense of the Senkakus:

In 2021, aweek after his inauguration, President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga ina telephone call discussed “the United States’ unwavering commitment to the defense of Japan under Article 5 of our security treaty, which includes the Senkaku Islands.” In his first conversation with his Japanese counterpart as Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin also reaffirmed the application of Article 5 to the Senkakus. Austin added, “[T]he United States opposes unilateral moves to change the status quo.”

Source: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42761.pdf

The above is from the Congressional Research Service. Not the distorted news media.

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Posted in: China says it is exercising self-restraint against Japanese ships near Senkakus See in context

One thing that is abundantly clear: The US will come to the aid of Japan if the Senkaku's were to be taken by force:

In 2021, aweek after his inauguration, President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga ina telephone call discussed “the United States’ unwavering commitment to the defense of Japan under Article 5 of our security treaty, which includes the Senkaku Islands.” In his first conversation with his Japanese counterpart as Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin also reaffirmed the application of Article 5 to the Senkakus. Austin added, “[T]he United States opposes unilateral moves to change the status quo.”

Source: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42761.pdf

The above is from the Congressional Research Service. Not the distorted news media.

I do applaud the gentleman Makoto Shimizu, for trying to explain that the proper and best way through this is peace. It always will be. But China does not honor agreements nor treaties.

And#VoiceofOkinawa - Please change your user name. You are not the voice for the people, just a foreigner that wishes they were of Ryukyu heritage. Your answers to issues like this are not helpful nor factual. That is why you are downvited. Especially with an agressive foe that has already bullied the Philippines and Vietnam in the Paracels and Spratleys. There will be no sit down and agreements with China. The only thing they understand is brute force. I don't advocate war, but unfortunately that is all they respond to.

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Posted in: These all are proof she was once alive. I want to live such a full life that when I meet my daughter in heaven, I can say to her, ‘I was happy.’ See in context

Truly heartbreaking. Hopefully these messages give this woman solace.

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Posted in: Japan to get 100 million doses of Pfizer vaccine by June See in context

This seems typical of the LDP or whichever oyajis are in charge. More finger poitning, deflection, and not having enough data. Japanese people are just people. People need the vaccine, according to science. Not Japanese science, science. No country has a monopoly on this.

And where are those 2M shots of vaccine at? Japan, get with it. Stop doing things your way and support your people.

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Posted in: Japanese airlines asked to cap arrivals from abroad amid pandemic See in context

So I'll add to what I said. Yes, I'm vaccinated. But of course the assumption on here by the usual suspects, is that I will not wear a mask, etc... Of course I wear a mask, keep my distance, wash my hands, and absolutely get tested before every flight I take. And that's the key: You take the precautions, get vaccinated, and test prior to travel. Now, if all of that is done, you should be allowed to travel. Hell, even throw in a test on arrival.

Seems reasonable to me.

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Posted in: Mississippi becomes first U.S. state to ban transgender athletes from women's sports See in context

Funny that it took past comment 100 for someone to mention Title IX. If there were no differences in boys/girls/men/women, and we're all the same, then why have any separate sports leagues? They exist because there is a physiological difference between the two. This is why they are separate. And if you're born with a boy's plumbing, you, metabolically, are a boy. So your bone density and muscle mass will be that of a boy.

Ok, let me phrase it like this: If your daughter (born, raised, no doubt is a girl) is competing in sports and is really good, would it be fair for her to lose out on college scholarship because she could not beat the transgirl that is in the competition? That is unfair, and this is a slippery slope that will deny biological girls scholarships because they were beaten by a competitor with a large advantage.

https://www.altoonamirror.com/sports/2020/05/transgender-lawsuit-on-track-in-spotlight/

https://www.metroweekly.com/2020/02/three-female-athletes-sue-connecticut-over-policy-allowing-transgender-women-to-compete-in-sports/

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Posted in: Japan decides not to procure insulin syringes for COVID-19 vaccinations See in context

TLDR: Japan will procrastinate until it's too late.

So they to get together a group of experts to discuss this. Then after a month of talking, they could have a panel, then the outcome will be sent to a board, that will convene to determine if there are actually facts associated with this. Once that happens they will put it to a committee, then put it up for vote. That vote will go to the medical experts. They will hold meetings to determine if this needs to be sent to the heath ministry.

So by 2030, a decision will be made.

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Posted in: Japanese airlines asked to cap arrivals from abroad amid pandemic See in context

I have travel to Japan scheduled a bit later this year, and I'm fully vaccinated. When will Japan (and other countries) figure out how to let those of us that got the shots to travel again?

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Posted in: Nearly 400 infected with new coronavirus variant found in Japan See in context

If Japan would stop procrastinating with the vaccine (must test on Japanese only, not enough syringes, meetings for the sake of meetings, no agreement on a vaccination passport), they could get a handle on this before it explodes.

And on this site you have someone somewhat well steeped in epidemiology (virusrex) and people down vote him when he comments. Why is that?

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Posted in: Piers Morgan leaves British breakfast TV show after Meghan comments See in context

Funny: He was taken out behind the woodshed by Ben Shapiro during his CNN days. He put it very bluntly that he was grandstanding. He may be telling the truth in this case. But it's basically career suicide when you point out the race card, as said above.

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