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Posted in: Japan spends billions on technology for absent Olympic fans See in context

Come on people, everybody knows it has nothing to do with a stupid app.

NTT is losing profitability but the executives need their bónuses. It's just a means of sustaining a poor, poor company with taxpayer money.

In Japan everybody works for everybody.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 303 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,457 See in context

Here's a little story from the real world. Two employees at my company tested positive this week. However the public health center determined that there were no close contacts, so no one else were allowed to be tested in this instance. Even though the two had been in the office among other people.

All contact tracing and disinfection procedures now being done without support or guidance from the health authorities.

Take care, everyone.

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

Surely someone must have whispered into Kono's ear that using insulin syringes for vaccines is impractical, improper, and potentially dangerous medical practice.

The "we don't want to steal syringes from diabetes patients" is a poor argument given the magnitude of novel treatment options within diabetes therapy other than the old fashioned syringe and vial option.

But it's Japan, and Kono would never admit that at a press conference.

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Posted in: Japan to allow use of insulin syringes for COVID-19 vaccines See in context

It is easy to tell that real medical experts are not invited to the discussions.

Insulin syringes means subcutaneous injection.

Insulin syringes nowadays are very short.

All vaccines (not just covid) should be administered intramuscularly.

Really terrible idea destined to fail. Try again, Kono

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Posted in: Fukushima fish, rice sellers still struggling to overcome consumer concerns See in context

Fukushima is one of the largest prefectures in Japan. The distance east to west is similar to the distance from the plant to southern Iwate or to northern Saitama. Radiation does not stop at the border.

The people need to be supported.

And yes the government is corrupt and awful.

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Posted in: Japanese media urged to address male dominance following Mori uproar See in context

"Obviously you are not reading the Asahi or Mainichi, which are extremely critical of the government. "

I wouldn't say "extremely", but Asahi definitely more critical than the nation's LDP propaganda mouth piece also known as NHK. Perhaps that is why Suga routinely refuses to answer questions from Asahi during press conferences

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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

Once again confirmation that Japan is an Oligarchy.

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

Arubaito PM

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

I expect to see a massive uprising against this clown by Japanese women... or maybe not... there's always next time I guess.

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Posted in: Cartoon dog pitches COVID vaccines to skeptical Japanese public See in context

Doge protecc, doge attacc

So skill, much amazing

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Posted in: Kit to detect coronavirus on doorknobs, laptops goes on sale in Japan See in context

You test people, not surfaces.

You clean / disinfect surfaces.

Typical Japanese indirectness

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Posted in: Super Bowl No. 7 for Tom Brady as Buccaneers beat Chiefs 31-9 See in context


Definitely the GOAT.

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Posted in: Global vaccine trust rising, but France, Japan, others skeptical See in context

Michael MachidaToday  02:35 pm JST

I am not taking the vaccine. Its not your choice if I take the vaccine. I do not trust the vaccine. Easy.

Sure it's your choice!

Just be informed, that like it or not, due to Covid most countries are already in the planning of "vaccine" or immunization passports:

Without it, you will be barred from travel, tourism, access to events and entertainment in the future. Have fun!

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Posted in: Mori scolded by wife, daughter after saying women talk too much at meetings See in context

Someone get this old sack of skin and bones resembling a human something to stuff his mouth with. Nothing but gibberish seems to be leaking out.

Japanese women should speak out more.

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Posted in: WHO team visits Wuhan research lab at center of speculation See in context

Any investigation by WHO has zero credibility when it comes to Covid19. They have worked against the interests of most of their members by refusing to declare a pandemic until it was far too late (mid March). On the other hand, they have done a very good and proactive job of praising China since day 1.

Also, China would not allow such an investigation if the outcome wasn't already known in advance.

That is 100 % sure.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 393 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,792 See in context

I'd like to see some actual experts on infectious diseases or epidemics interviewed and ascertain the reason for such a massive drop. They should be able to answer if this is even realistic? But I guess nobody, experts and media alike, wants to get in bad standing for suggesting the "wrong" thing. "Wrong" meaning anything that is not the LDP narrative.

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Posted in: Suga tells Davos forum Olympics will be symbol of human victory over virus See in context

The world's biggest super spreader event on home soil is nothing to be proud of. Cut the losses now.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

Does this mean the SoE is off? ?!

If not, I'd like to see this awful, useless government replaced asap.

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Posted in: Kono says gov't will shoulder all costs associated with coronavirus vaccinations See in context

Don't care what it costs, I'm getting this damn vaccine. If it ever becomes available in Japan that is. Time to get back to normalcy.

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Posted in: Kono denies reports of mass vaccine roll-out for general public in May See in context

The vaccine rollout program...

This is Japan's chance to demonstrate to the rest of the world how Japan has mastered the art of unnecessarily overcomplicating and delaying everything.

Chances are, if we're optimistic, most people will not get the vaccine until at least Q4 2021 or Q1 2022. You just watch.

I agree with your prediction. Q4 2021 for foreigners would have me positively surprised lol

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Posted in: Kono denies reports of mass vaccine roll-out for general public in May See in context

Who was in charge of vaccinations before Kono? Nobody you say? Did they just start "considering" it? Someone enlighten me.

The comment from Kato that they will decide the vaccination schedule after approval is a stone-age approach to project management. A garbage statement from the former Health minister!

The appointment of Kono for this task is Suga's attempt at eliminating his biggest rival for the next election given his ultra poor ratings. They are already behind every other country with the roll out and in Japan it is an incredibly difficult task to coordinate between the ministries, prefectural and local governments and Suga knows it. Just look at the 100k yen failure. If Kono somehow manages to exceed expectations, Suga will take credit. In any case, Suga is using Kono for his own advancement. Well played, Suga...

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Posted in: Japan eyes use of robots to boost COVID-19 testing See in context

It's a fallacy. Efficiency is not going to increase since the robot must be operated by staff anyway.

It will have the opposite effect and become a process bottleneck, but it's okay because taxpayers love it when their hard earned money is wasted on pointless initiatives...

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Posted in: Japan finds COVID-19 variant in 3 people with no record of travel to UK See in context

Japan has so far detected 45 cases of new variants of the virus that were first spotted in Britain, South Africa and Brazil, he said.

I remember reading an article recently where experts in my home country estimated that the new strain from Britain will be "outconquering" the original strain there almost completely by mid February. There is almost no information about how it is spreading here in Japan though...

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Posted in: Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19 See in context

Fantastic! Time to see some real data! We are going to be a lot wiser from this.

I hope JT will follow up on this story. I'm guessing NHK will probably not cover it ...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,433 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,871 See in context

HBJToday  05:35 pm JST

If we are in a SoE then how on earth can they justify only testing 2,684?

I know it was a Sunday, but emergencies don't operate by the calendar.

I see some people trying to pass off the high positive rate by saying 'it's because they only test people showing symptoms'. Well, how many people with symptoms didn't go to a hospital on Sunday BECAUSE they thought they won't get tested on a Sunday? How many people with symptoms couldn't get tested because their symptoms weren't enough to qualify for a test?

I'll say this until I'm blue in the face - the only way to truly know the extent of the virus and how it is spreading is to test shed loads of people. Not just people whose symptoms meet a strict threshold decided arbitrarily.

If you have absolutely no idea how many people are infected, then you can't make effective plans to stop it spreading, and it'll just spread more and more.

That's not to say that huge numbers will die. But some will. And because it was allowed to spread, some people will die who should never have caught it.

I agree. But another very compelling reason to test a large amount of people is to know whether any measures designed to reduce or limit the spread is actually working... Nobody wants the SoE to go on for longer than it has to, but without proof in data, the leaders can do whatever the want without being held responsible. Their dreams of Olympic gold are still alive and well it seems....

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Posted in: 2,796 new cases of coronavirus reported in Japan; 572 in Tokyo See in context

ZorotoToday  06:14 pm JST

You are right at some level, though what's important is how many people are dying and whether the healthcare system can cope with the cases.

As far as deaths: In the top of the 1st wave, the highest 7-day daily average was 23 on May 4th. Right now, we are at 32 and climbing.

As far as the healthcare system: In many places, as you surely have heard, it is crumbling due to lack of doctors and nurses.

Hmm I don't really agree with this view, Zoroto.

The hospitals don't have to treat anyone who has not tested positive. So the burden can be controlled easily by limiting the access to testing, which is exactly what's happening in Japan.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 59, one down from Tuesday, health officials said.

This number is so ridiculous that I almost cannot believe it. It's just so unlikely low.

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Posted in: Japan to lift re-entry restrictions on foreign residents from Sept 1 See in context

The Japanese government said Friday it will lift coronavirus-related re-entry restrictions on foreign residents from Sept 1, citing increased testing capacity at airports

Does this mean that arriving passengers will be tested regardless of whether they have a negative test result with them?

If so, and if they positive in the airport, they're deported?? That's insane. This has only become more uncertain than it was before...

Also... getting tested with 72 hours of departure, obtaining the result, then having the test result verified by a Japanese embassy or consulate is improbable.

Not worth the risk or stress at all I'd say.

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