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Posted in: Mercury climbs to 40.1 C in Japan; national record for June See in context

My take on the weather in Tokyo:

It's either too hot, too cold, rainy or windy about 95% of the time.

When the weather is perfect, the rarity of it makes it even more enjoyable, IMO.

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Posted in: How to preserve a cake? Reverse thinking proves genius lifehack See in context

To be fair, many people are from countries where cakes are significantly larger than 2-3 bites.

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Posted in: MHI Thermal Systems launches new air conditioner ads featuring actress Keiko Kitagawa See in context

How is this in any way newsworthy?

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Posted in: Japanese company offers service that converts your child’s school bag into useful accessories See in context

We did this a few years ago for our son's school bag. It's a cool service, for sure.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy hit and killed by car driven by 80-year-old woman See in context

@StevieJ - your comment about "situational awareness" was spot-on. Whether it's being oblivious about traffic when crossing the street, or failing to notice someone entering a store right on your heels (and just maybe holding the door open a split second longer, for them) or walking down the street or station platform with attention focused entirely on TikTok or Instagram or whatever, there seems to be close to ZERO 'situational awareness' in Japan, at least in my experience.

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Posted in: Man sentenced to life in prison for killing 7-year-old girl has appeal turned down See in context

I don't think anyone would disagree that the world would be a better place without people like Haruka Kobayashi. I don't think it's fair to the rest of us that we have to pay to keep him alive for the next 50-60 years. It's not about emotion or revenge - logic dictates that he should be executed for his crimes. It saddens me that the judge(s?) didn't have the decency or fortitude to sentence him to death.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 3,177 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 9,576 See in context

3,177 positives out of 12,429 tests. So that's a 25.6% positivity rate. 

Obviously, that's a disturbingly high positivity rate. Equally disturbing is the low number of tests in a city the size of Tokyo. According to Wikipedia, Tokyo's population is currently 13.9 million. The closest US match in terms of city population is Los Angeles, with 12.4 million. According to LA county's published information, they reported about 45,000 PCR tests today/yesterday. So, 3.6x as many tests. Tokyo's testing is woefully insufficient, and with the positivity rate as high as it is, the 'actual' number of positives should be closer to 10,000 (if they were testing as much as comparably sized cities in the US are).

Sources:

https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/hodo/saishin/corona2288.files/2288.pdf

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/data/index.htm

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,429 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,692 See in context

@Jim - 1,429 positives out of 3,061 tests. So, 46.6% positivity rate.

Source: https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/hodo/saishin/corona2283.files/2283.pdf

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,128 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,574 See in context

1,128 positives out of 2,740 tests. I'd hardly call a 41% positive rate "low."

source: https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/hodo/saishin/corona2278.files/2278.pdf)

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,359 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,225 See in context

1,359 positives, out of 2,340 tests. Only 55.9% positive. Lol

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