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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,763 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,020 See in context

 We will never fully prevent the spread of coronaviruses. It's literally the same family as the common cold.

Most common cold virus strains are rhinovirus.

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Posted in: Osaka in Olympic spotlight, but biracial Japanese face struggles See in context

In my experience, any time someone uses the phrase ' homogeneous society' they are trying to defend something racist.

> “Japan remains a largely homogeneous society”

True. And there’s basically nothing wrong with that. Racial and cultural homogeneity is the key to stable society and helps keep crime rates low.

Point proven.

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Posted in: Osaka in Olympic spotlight, but biracial Japanese face struggles See in context

In my experience, any time someone uses the phrase ' homogeneous society' they are trying to defend something racist.

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Posted in: Crowds gather outside Tokyo stadium for Olympics opening ceremony See in context

Lots of demonstrators outside the stadium.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be7DkelaUqA

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Posted in: Suga asks Pfizer CEO to bring forward COVID-19 delivery amid shortage See in context

Luckily I got my second shot yesterday, but the two where I live is stopping taking reservations from next week because of a shortage of Pfizer shots.

Madness.

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Posted in: Rare 'breakthrough' COVID cases causing alarm, confusion See in context

FYI The group of 450 'doctors' includes 90 regional politicians, and the leader is an ex-surgeon who now runs a clinic that focuses on 'alternative medicine.'

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Posted in: Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke in 1998 See in context

So who accused him? Any proof? Half of my family is Jewish and they think these kinds of firings and public shaming based on vague, proofless accusations of long-ago events are out of hand.

Well, there are videos of the performance on Youtube...

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Posted in: Sweden stuns U.S. 3-0 in women's soccer; Japan, Canada draw 1-1 See in context

The Swedish players also took a knee as far as I know. I’d happily take a correction here.

Yes. Both teams did.

Some people get their nuts in a tangle about it though. lol

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Posted in: Tokyo's drinkers drown frustrations over virus restrictions, Olympics See in context

Epic cut-and-paste post...

I won't be reading any of the insane gurglings, but top marks for effort.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,832 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,943 See in context

Why? The probability of dying from covid 19 for a young person is very low.

Because they are the ones most likely to spread it now.

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Posted in: France launches vaccine pass for cultural venues See in context

do you consider this as normal?

i dont!

Nobody cares.

Most people actually use their brains, unlike the squealing covidiot herd.

Luckily they are in a minority.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,387 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,758 See in context

We see a high rise in cases but not a high rise in severe cases and deaths which is great news, proving the vaccines are working.The more we vaccinate, the less of a problem Covid becomes.

But you said in a post before that you were not getting the vaccine...

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Posted in: Internet misinformation fans COVID vaccine hesitancy among Japanese young people See in context

Quite a few white feathers to be handed out in this forum today.

Wear them proudly in your tinfoil hats.

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Posted in: Internet misinformation fans COVID vaccine hesitancy among Japanese young people See in context

The the cowardice and lack of mental ability of the anti-vaxxer is astounding.

To be successful, Science has to supply results through testing, data and peer-review.

Efficacy has to be proved through scientific process.

After all that, they still have to convince people again.

All the anti-vaxxer has to do is plant a seed of mistrust using unproved arguments from Facebook groups.

We all know what they are because they repeat them on every forum across the internet. There are already several above.

The worst trick they use is to call people out for fearing the virus. The only fear I see is from the anti-vaxxers.

I understand many people are hesitant about a new medicine. The impact of the virus has reduced people's confidence in many things. To use that fear to push an agenda with more fear is simply abhorrent.

The anti-vaxxers are the true definition of cowards. Afraid of a minor risk to themselves, they endanger the lives of others.

Anti-vaxxers, take the white feather of cowardice. You deserve it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,271 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,432 See in context

The only way out of this is the majority of people getting vaccinated - not just the vulnerable.

We may have to live with Covid from now on. We may not. Whatever happens it is down to individuals taking responsibility for their actions, and up to governments not to act like irresponsible amateurs.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,308 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,418 See in context

The only reason Ivermectin is being pushed so hard is because of the anti-vaxxers.

You hear it over and over - the same broken record of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc and Ivermectin.

So far the biggest study on ivermectin was withdrawn because of false data.

If Ivermectin is proven to be useful, which it hasn't been yet, this constant push from the anti-vax brigade does nothing to help its position.

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Posted in: Japan to issue vaccine passports free of charge See in context

Antivaxxers crying about second- class citizens.

Get down off that cross...somebody needs the wood

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Posted in: Japan to issue vaccine passports free of charge See in context

It is quite funny that some are complaining about a vaccine passport when they live in a country where they have to carry a chipped card to go outside.

I think they are more concerned about getting a jab in the arm than actual privacy.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 673 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,751 See in context

I got my first shot yesterday.

It was a very efficient system.

Once the vaccination is in the hands of medical professionals, it speeds along.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 317 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,002 See in context

It's Monday. It isn't a drop - numbers are always low on Monday.

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Posted in: Japan may get herd immunity for COVID-19 by mid-October: study See in context

 The CDC in the U.S. is reporting that a higher percentage of kids are hospitalized from the vaccine than COVID. Heart inflammation is major risk. 

A total lie. Just because you are a coward and afraid to get a little jab in the arm to protect other people, there is no need to endanger others with your stupid fantasies.

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Posted in: Japan may get herd immunity for COVID-19 by mid-October: study See in context

Things seem to be picking up, at least outside of Tokyo.

I got my reservation for a Pfizer jab next week.

The biggest problem is the information.

The reservation systems is convoluted and difficult to understand.

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Posted in: Vaccine protection may diminish need for yearly boosters See in context

All this drama because you fear a little jab in the arm.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open, citing mental health issues See in context

I hope she recovers. Nobody deserves to have mental problems from work.

Saying that, I couldn't give a flying dingus about professional tennis or it's players. There are much more important things going on in the world.

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Posted in: Osaka fined $15,000 for skipping French Open news conference; could face disqualification See in context

The majority of the money for sports comes from media and advertising deals. That is why there is probably a clause in the contracts for interviews. If she moved to amateur sport there would be less pressure, but also less money.

I think it is insulting to use mental health as an excuse to get out of contractual agreements that made you rich in the first place.

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Posted in: Family of dead Sri Lankan woman unconvinced by Nagoya immigration account See in context

As others have said, there is definitely a stench of a visa scam here - paying an agent to get people into the country to find work and they end up being forced into some criminal activity or poor working conditions. There needs to be an investigation into the disgusting treatment she received at the hands of immigration, but also an investigation into the visa system that is most likely being abused to get people into the country.

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Enjoy life especially now it’s GW.

Yup. Especially since Osaka has run out of ICU space and is cancelling all operations.

Great idea.

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Posted in: Contagious and concerning: What we know about COVID-19 variants See in context

From the very doctors you link...

Marik and Kory say they're frustrated that their work is now being championed by the political right, and that it's become politicized at all. The group has had to distinguish itself from America's Frontline Doctors, which gained notoriety for its pro-hydroxychloroquine, anti-lockdown rhetoric last summer.

"This is not a political issue and it should never be," Marik said. "We are driven by the science and the data, not by politics or anything else."

"It angers me, when I hear that it's a conspiracy, that this virus doesn't exist, that there aren't that many deaths," he added. "You have to come to the ICU and see that people are dying to realize this is no hoax, this is real."

Marik finds it particularly disappointing that his work has been misinterpreted as potentially undermining vaccination.

"That's complete nonsense," he said. "I was vaccinated yesterday and I believe this is a bridge to vaccination," noting that slow vaccine roll-outs, vaccine hesitancy, and vaccine quality will likely mean the world will be dealing with COVID-19 for a long time to come.

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Posted in: Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to stay home See in context

Somebody said to me the other day that this virus is very intelligent the way it spreads and mutates.

I said, the virus has no intelligence. It is the stupidity of it's human hosts, either innefective politicians or irresponsible people, that allow it to spread and mutate.

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Posted in: Asthma drug budesonide speeds recovery for at-home COVID-19 patients See in context

@wobot

Ivermectin is one of the set used by the anti-vax brigade.

Ivermectin, vitamin C, Zinc. Self medicate - hooray I'm cured.

India is hardly a good example of Covid control.

Even its maker, a "big pharma" company, says don't use it for Covid.

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