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Posted in: Japan eyes lifting COVID quasi-emergency next week as infections fall See in context

When will it be okay not to wear masks in Japan, (aka socially acceptable)?

When you start thinking for yourself and stop worrying about the lunatic consensus.

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Posted in: Even mild cases of COVID-19 can leave a mark on the brain See in context

Taken form the original article but left out of this piece:

So does this study prove all people who have had mild COVID infections will have these same brain changes and long-term brain degeneration? Not necessarily.

There are several important things we still do not know. This includes whether these brain changes will get worse over time, or whether they will go back to normal or previous levels of function. More research over a long time would help us understand the trajectory of brain changes.

This study also only included people aged 51–81, so we do not know whether these findings are relevant for younger people or children.

The brain changes found in this study were more pronounced in the older participants, so it could be that older people are more susceptible. Another study is needed to determine whether the same brain alterations would occur in younger people, or whether these findings are common only to older people.

There were some differences between the groups before COVID, with smaller volumes of areas deep within the brain. However, these were in different brain areas to those affected after COVID.

*The scientists also found slightly reduced scores for brain functions of thinking and remembering in the group that went on to have COVID. This study did not specifically exclude people with degenerative brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases, but the scientists do not think these would explain the changes they found.*

Effects of different variants and vaccination unknown

Because of the nature of the study, information about the strain of COVID people were infected with was not available. So we can’t assume the findings would be the same for people with the now more prevalent Omicron strain.

We also can’t determine the effect vaccination may have in lessening brain changes. Given the timing of the study, it is likely most of the people in the post-COVID group were infected in 2020, so may not have been vaccinated.

This study provides the first important information about brain changes in people with mild COVID infection. Until we have all the information, we should be alert but not alarmed at emerging findings.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson plans to visit Japan in mid-February See in context

They were all wrong about Johnson. He's highly competent. He really can organise a sipp up in a brewery.

Hope the wine and cheese are good quality.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 641 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,475 See in context

This is a common misunderstanding of what vaccines are. They are meant to prevent, or reduce severity, or even treat a disease. And I don't know why people expect these vaccines to do any of these 3 things with 100% effectivness. No vaccines do that, ever. These vaccines do prevent infection to some degree. These vaccines do reduce severity of disease to some degree. So, they do "work". Just not as much as everyone would like.

You have accepted the redefinition of vaccine. Timely done so you can post stuff like this. See CDC then and now.

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths of people aged under 60 soar in Japan due to Delta variant See in context

Still holding out for the free beers as an incentive to get the jab, but it seems extras are now included.

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths of people aged under 60 soar in Japan due to Delta variant See in context

It would be interesting to know how many of them were unvaccinated. Just got my second Pfizer Vaccine yesterday and I FEEL great! Almost feel superhuman! Is that normal?

I'd be worried.

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Posted in: Australian states free of COVID resist opening their borders See in context

pandemic raging in large parts of the rest of Australia.

Raging? Really? Raging hyperbole more like.

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono draws flak for blocking Twitter critics See in context

Sounds like the perfect authoritarian for our times.

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Posted in: Japan business lobby seeks to end quarantine for vaccinated arrivals See in context

"Fully vaccinated" will soon be redefined when the booster is deemed essential, and what is valid now will need to be updated or else become invalid. A never ending round of booster shots until the populace is boosted to oblivion.

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Posted in: WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named 'Mu' See in context

The aggressive Alpha variant, the killer Kent variant, the deadly Delta variant, the lethal Lambda variant, the omnipresent, omniscient Omega variant, the murderous Mu variant.

Yawn!

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Posted in: Kono says local gov'ts need to slow down vaccinations due to supply crunch See in context

I hear ya. 69 here. It's a great position in which to be.

I don't mind the position myself either!

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Posted in: Hokkaido man in his 80s gets four doses of COVID-19 vaccine See in context

The only outcome of all that fearmongering spreading, is that people are over-scared and lost already all rational thinking.

Indeed. Mass psychosis is well on its way to being established. Hope he stays well.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes as gov't extends Tokyo area state of emergency to March 21 See in context

"We'll keep in close contact with each other and beat the virus."

The understanding has come on leaps and bounds.

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Posted in: Businesses in Tokyo area say state of emergency extension was inevitable See in context

As I stated many months ago, Japan’s somewhat relaxed approach to controlling the spread of the virus is going to drag the pandemic out for years and cost individuals their livelihoods and the country billions. There are around 2,000 new cases in Tokyo every week. That is not “under control!”

V.A.C.C.I.N.E.

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Posted in: Tokyo raises healthcare alert to highest level after virus cases soar to 822 See in context

, especially since we have seen very hard lockdowns in societies that place a much stronger emphasis on personal freedom than Japan. We may have "recommending" and "urging", but ultimately it's just do what you want and never mind.

Where are these societies? You mean the UK? It's virtually a police state with a spineless buffoon at the helm. Apparently they are telling their citizens when they can go out and who they can meet, while millions can't get the preventive treatment for serious illnesses, or are going out of business.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 602 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,969 See in context

Tokyo is reducing the tests daily. Now tested ONLY 9,613 people for a metro population of about 40 million.

And your suggestion is?

Test 40 million a day every day?

Please explain how this would stop the virus spreading.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 602 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,969 See in context

The economy depends on people if people are dying then who will consume the product pay taxes. Kindly go towards smart lockdown to limit the moments of people and strict contact tracing.

I would imagine the the working population and others from the 99.9% of the population NOT dying will consume the products and pay taxes. However if they are locked down this will be curtailed somewhat and lead to many more deaths and misery as a result.

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Posted in: Osaka raises coronavirus alert level to red See in context

The virus must be terrified of that red light.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 533 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,518 See in context

Thumbs down?!!! Some people want more hospitalized people with severe symptoms?

It makes the irrational, fear loving safetyists feel better about themselves.

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

Nike - Social Justice Warriors who use slave labour in China, the poster child for oppression and discrimination against ethnic and religious groups.

"Made in China by Uighurs in camps".

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Posted in: Maradona had greatness but no sportsmanship: England's Shilton See in context

It was some payback against the atrocities UK made against Argentinians in the Falklands.

Ridiculous.

Of course more atrocities were committed when Beckham smashed in the penalty in 2002 to defeat Argentina.

Top player, flawed character. RIP.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 481 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,501 See in context

Unless you can prove that you have been in within 6 feet of a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes without a mask, then you will need to have severe symptoms requiring hospitalization to be allowed testing for free, otherwise you need to pay 30,000-40,000 yen. Having mild to moderate flu symptoms will not get you a test. If you go to a clinic with a high fever, they generally just give you antibiotics and don't test for anything.

Not true. I had a fever and made a phone call. Within an hour or so I had been tested for a very small fee.

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Posted in: Koike asks Tokyo restaurants serving alcohol to shorten opening hours for 3 weeks See in context

Bad news. I don't usually show up at the pub until 9pm.

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Posted in: Japan fights coronavirus in luxurious style with million-yen masks See in context

buffoonery of the highest order.

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Posted in: Hokkaido woman arrested for poking holes in 13 expensive melons with finger See in context

Clearly a case of meloncholia.

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Posted in: Change of tune: Japanese music fans moving from CDs to streaming services See in context

CDs are things.

You can hold. You can physically take it out of it's case and put it into a player and push a button(s).

You can look at the cover design.

You can take out the cover leaves and read things like production notes, artists notes, lyrics and other info.

It's much like the experience of reading a "real" book with substance and touch.

You also own that copy of the music on a CD. And when spotify and others have removed that music or have made up new rules or shifted technology for you to be able to listen to it, you will still be able to sit happily, scotch in hand, listening to your CD and reading the notes and lyrics from the sleeve.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 393 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,634 See in context

They test those with symptoms and those who are known to been in contact with those infected. They are not “random’ testing as this is pointless. In the same way random testing isn’t done for other viruses.

They tested more because more people had symptoms therefore more people were in contact.

Again, I ask without expecting an answer from the test test test crowd....

Where are all the serious cases and dead being hidden?

Nail on head. If you have symptoms it's not hard to get a test. I speak from experience and knowledge. They will be testing more and more over the next few months as the symptoms broadly overlap with other seasonal cornavirus', though this one is (or was) more contagious and deadly to the weak and compromised. The vast majority of folks wouldn't know it from ailments lesser than flu.

Policy needs to focus on protecting the physically vulnerable rather than trashing the lives of the economically vulnerable.

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Posted in: Sink your teeth into this pink tiger sandwich and satisfy that growling tummy See in context

It looks like the contents of the sandwich actually stretch as far back as the bread allows, so it must be imported.

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Posted in: We are glad the children and their parents are pleased with the halal lunches, and the school is willing to do everything possible to support them. See in context

I hope they will also pander to other religions in the same way.

No fish on Friday so as not to offend the Catholics.

No beef for the Hindus

No animal products at all for the Jains

No pork for the Jews

I could go on.....

The best thing about Japanese school lunch was that everybody got the same. No fuss

Nope. Won't happen. You have to adapt to them.

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Posted in: These butter, cheese & mayo potato chips are the 'final boss' in junk food indulgence See in context

Do any of the products written about in these articles ever make the shelves? Haven't seen those salt n vinegar crisps yet.

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