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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,834 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,396 See in context

Today is 1834, down 1834 from last Wednesday.

what are the chances that the number is not almost but exactly 50% less than the previous week?

basically 0. Again, these numbers are rubbish.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,629 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,6033 See in context

Whatever logic and reasoning about the Japanese numbers is doomed to fail because the published information is pure garbage.

there’s not much to say: we will never know how extended the infection is and at this point one even wonders what is the point of the state of emergency really.

It used to be pretty much the same as normal except for the restaurants not serving alcohol past 8. Now that the alcohol ban has been lifted, it feels like that “state of emergency” is more like a “state of normalcy”.

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Posted in: Suga's one-year term recalls Japan's revolving door era See in context

Only in Japan can people believe to the story that a prime minister resigns because of a bout of diarrhea

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

Honestly, the reason why the Paralympics haven’t been cancelled is that would be political suicide for Suga. Allowing Olympics but not Paralympics would make him lose the vote of many disabled people and their relatives (or at least those who empathize with them).

The only clever act would have been cancelling the Olympics but that’s in the past now. We have to brace for a new wave of infections. Again.

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Posted in: Motegi visits Iraq; 1st by Japanese foreign minister in 15 years See in context

Discussion level:




pretty ridiculous that the foreign minister goes jet setting around the world when he could totally have this kind of chat online, meanwhile we are on the edge of a lockdown.

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Posted in: Mizuho Bank suffers 5th Japan-wide system failure of 2021 See in context

I stopped using MUFJ a couple months ago due to the rising cost of the transactions with them and to the fact that their web banking is pretty bad.

I switched to Rakuten. Setting up the account was a very long process, but their internet banking and apps are 100x better than the traditional banks here. Still miles away from the online banking in the west but decent nonetheless. Not to mention that, unlike most banks, a lot of transactions are free of charge.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,534 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,156 See in context

Another beautiful day with low positivity rate. NOT!

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Posted in: Half of Japan's population has received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine See in context

Basically the age bracket 45+ makes up 55% of the population. In other words, it’s statistically more likely for a 45+ to have received at least one dose of the vaccine. And probably only 65+ are fully vaccinated.

which means we will see a lot of cluster in schools very soon (sadly)

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Posted in: Woman outwits phone scammer pretending to be her son See in context

I’m always amazed by how detached families are in this country.

All it would take my mom to figure out it wasn’t me speaking on the phone is a syllable.

Dementia apart, I don’t see how anybody would fall for this dumb trick.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,962 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,854 See in context

2490 tests yesterday? Haha absolutely ridiculous

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,295 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,832 See in context


sore throat and tiredness are enough to get tested in Gunma and Ibaraki, but not in Tokyo.

Also, what is the point in considering people in ICU not serious in Tokyo but serious in the rest of the country?

there’s a fundamental lack of critical thinking and decision making going on. That’s what the problem is right now.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,295 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,832 See in context


do you think people in other countries get picked off the street and tested?

random testing does not exist in other countries either.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,295 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,832 See in context

Another day with positivity rate 40%.

Normal countries get concerned when it exceeds 5%. But hey, we are all super humans here.

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Posted in: Japanese companies to be banned from locking cell phone SIM cards See in context

Bought an iPhone from Apple store online in Japan and got a sim card from yahoo. Super cheap and easy.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,094 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,151 See in context

Monty, your anecdotal evidence regarding the vaccines reminds me a person living in the upper east side that thinks normal folks eat caviar for breakfast and shop on fifth Avenue as a job.

Besides, the Russians have refused to publish reliable phase 3 results and therefore their vaccine has not been adopted by developed countries. Why is it so hard to understand?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,094 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,151 See in context


I disagree. Unfortunately Tokyo is suffering from shortage of vaccines and many countryside areas are experiencing the same issue.

not to mention the antivaxxers not helping at all.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,094 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,151 See in context

Funny (not!) how the 90 people cluster in Hokkaido includes 78 students who will have likely been in contact with their respective families. Say 2 parents per child (with the strong assumption of them being only children). It means 200 people at least involved in this cluster.

utterly ridiculous that they even call this call to refrain from alcohol state of emergency.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,989 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 18,822 See in context

One dose of vaccine does not make a person vaccinated against delta. It has been shown that two doses are necessary against this variant, so providing the total number of administered doses is not useful at all.

what is needed is the number of people who have received two doses with the last being administered more than 14 days ago.

Other numbers concerning the vaccine are totally irrelevant.

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Posted in: As pandemic Olympics come to a close, Japan asks: What did Games mean? See in context

The truth is one country can’t and shouldn’t focus all their efforts, for 8 years, on holding a sport event, no matter the size.

what is the purpose of an Olympic event? Instantaneous short-term galvanization of the metal-winning countries. Long-term benefits? None.

I hope Japan learnt the lesson and won’t bid for the 2032 winter games.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,166 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,207 See in context

One wonders what’s the point in having these draconian fortnight quarantine when coming back to Japan given that, at this point, there’s a higher chance of getting infected here rather than, say, in Europe.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,709 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,014 See in context

Not really @zichi.

which is specificity and sensitivity are two distinct concept in statistics.

PCRs tend to many more false positives than false negatives. False negatives, with the PCR are VERY rare.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,709 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,014 See in context

@P. Smith

absolutely not true. And if you had traveled overseas during the pandemic (yes, some of us reluctantly have to do it) you’d see how strict Japan’s quarantine is.

At the very least, a person who travels overseas and comes back to japan will have taken 3 PCR tests. I underwent 6 PCRs. How many people in Tokyo has even got one?

and there’s a much higher chance to get infected on the subway in Tokyo than at a random combini where you could possibly meet an overseas traveler (whose number has been limited more than 2 weeks before the explosion in COVID-19 cases).

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Posted in: Japan health panel backs AstraZeneca COVID vaccine for ages 40, over See in context

they approve AZ now that the decrepit government has already been vaccinated with moderna and Pfizer. Very interesting

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Posted in: Suga, wife have dinner with Jill Biden See in context

Nobody is asking for a gala, but that blue dress with the yellow tie Suga uses so often is just awful.

In Suga’s defense, Jill Biden’s dress looks pretty cheap too.

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

did they even get the 100M to be delivered before June? That many doses should be “visible” somehow. But all the people I know of have only received moderna, not pfizer, shots.

How come they are already running out of vaccines with such a huge provision?

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ex-colleague’s underwear after making spare key to enter her residence See in context

Another day, another creepo.

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Posted in: Gov't asks airlines to halt new bookings as Olympic traffic rises See in context

40 passengers per day? Does the government think people from the US and EU arrive in Japan with Embraer airplanes?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 501 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,703 See in context

The first thing they teach at Stats 101 is how the story people want to tell us is what pushes them to publish certain numbers, and not viceversa.

The number of tests has been removed. The net number of new severe cases is not compared against the deaths of the previous day, which makes it look like everything is going rather well.

which obviously isn’t the case. One would expect more intellectual honesty from the publishers. But hey, this is why the New York Times was founded in New York and not in Tokyo. Sad.

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Posted in: Woman cyclist killed in hit-and-run with motorbike See in context

There’s a huge legal problem in Japan.

you have an accident which involves a death, regardless of whether it is your fault or not, you go to prison for a long time.

if calling an ambulance/police, in case of innocence, automatically excluded the prison sentence, I think a lot less hit and run accidents would occur.

it is truly regrettable.

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