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Posted in: Olympic flame arrives in Tokyo for no-spectator relay See in context

Why the photos all blurry?

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Posted in: COVID means business is far from usual in Olympic athletes village See in context

 am sure the local media is already making plans to run around asking the foreign athletes about

the usual questions. Is it your first time to Japan, what do you think of Japan , do you like Japanese food,

What do you think about Japanese toilet,

And the last question and request from Japanese to foreigners. Please tell us your message to your Japanese friends.

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Posted in: COVID state of emergency likely for Tokyo Olympics See in context

At least the 2020 Olympics gave us that Paparika song.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 920 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,191 See in context

Cases might be up but deaths and hospitalization are not.

Might be due the fact 69% of those over 65 have had their first shot.

Israel data is based on quite small numbers, compared to UK or USA. In addition, Israel contact traces like crazy, so their testing is probably more accurate in real world, but does not necessarily mean you will get more sick or die. It just means you can pass it on, and your PCR test is positive.

Well 1 more year of masks I guess.

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Posted in: Japan eyes keeping COVID-19 quasi-emergency during Tokyo Olympics See in context

You should get property informed. In a test, Covid was found on Kiwi fruit.

But how could they give a PCR test to a Kiwi fruit? Wasn't it asymptomatic? It would not meet the govt threshold to qualify. Therefore, it could not be given a test.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 476 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,381 See in context

A good friends wife got covid. High fever for days. Finally she was given a PCR test (+) and is now hospitalized. Immediate family, husband, and two kids despite living in the same household maskless were not considered high risk because they did not have any symptoms and were not given PCR tests by the govt, and instead told to fork out 9man yen (3people) a the local hospital if they were concerned. That is how hard it is to get PCR tests here in Japan. Little confidence that they will be able to test at the olympics in the capacity they say they will. The past 18 months has shown Japan has very little testing capability or initiative to test. Remember Koike promising 60,000 tests a day? I do, gold chain and all.

the most ever PCR done in Tokyo in one day was 17k.

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Posted in: Japan to halt company applications for workplace vaccinations See in context

Hold on for a second, we've donated vaccines to several countries. So what's the excuse for "it will be unable to distribute doses quickly enough"?

We gave the several countries the 2nd tier vaccines, because in political jargon, it means these are not good enough for us, but if you want them for free, and cover the shipping we will send them to you.

Glad to see my political science minor pays off after all of these years.

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Posted in: 2nd Ugandan Olympic team member in Japan tests positive for COVID See in context


That shows the AstraZeneca does not prevent infection

None of them PREVENT infection with 100% efficacy.

Astrazeneca was around 70% efficacy, so 2~3 out of 11 is probably right. The other passengers on the plane, might wanna follow up with those people as well.


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Posted in: 2nd Ugandan Olympic team member in Japan tests positive for COVID See in context

The whole hype of the "bubble safety" of the olympic village is a joke. Especially when you have all these athletes training all over Japan, sure the local communities feel lots of anxiety, confusion, and anger over all of this. The other 80,000 support staff will be going all over tokyo, eating out, partying.

You have CNN saying the athletes will come 5 days before their event, and leave 2 days after their event. But then you have some teams coming a month or more before, staying in the country side at some 4800 yen a night business hotels, being told to stay in their rooms. The ugandans arrive in Narita and after going through the PCR tests, and one person testing postive are put on a bus for 7.5 hours to Osaka. What einstein came up with that in the plan for omotenashi olympics.

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Posted in: Hashimoto defends decision to allow spectators amid public frustration See in context

If her mask is an "asgard", does that make her a butt head?

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Posted in: Plans to sell alcohol at Olympic venues draw criticism from thirsty Tokyo residents See in context

10,000 Japanese drunk fans= kanpai.

World Class Athletes= No rubbers, Cardboard beds, Omotenashi nashi.

"Unity through Sport."

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic spectator cap set at 10,000 or 50% capacity per venue See in context

Wait, why do they have on their masks? I thought they thought everything was fine...

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Posted in: Japan to begin COVID vaccinations for foreign embassy officials on Monday See in context

10 per embassy. Omotenashi nashi.

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Posted in: Suga calls on public to watch Olympics on TV as Japan eases state of emergency See in context

I don’t own a tv. But this sounds like an attempt to have NHK collect an Olympic viewing tax.

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Posted in: Japan starts vaccinating people aged 18 or older at large-scale centers See in context

Why not small scale centers?

Lots of doctors sitting around in their clinics that could be part of the vaccination effort.

My district in Tokyo has over 170 small clinic locations giving out jabs. Most wards in Tokyo have some number of local clinics giving out jabs. Check your local city homepage, the info will be there, not on Japantoday.

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Posted in: Japan starts vaccinating people aged 18 or older at large-scale centers See in context

How is a 21 year old in Tokyo able to get a shot?

If their university or workplace is giving them out, they do not require a voucher from what I have seen. Or if their local ward has sent the vouchers, they may be able to get a vaccine from a group or individual location. It all depends on the ward. Even yesterday, the govt said, they would reward those municipalities who were efficient at getting the jabs into arms. And those that were slow would not get new vaccine until they are out in an effort to avoid waste.

If you need to get a voucher first, are students getting priority before others under 65?

If they have a voucher, yes they are priority before those without a voucher. However, with a voucher under 65 is basically a free for all.

This roll out is such a mess.

True that.

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Posted in: Warning to athletes: Follow the rules at Tokyo Olympics, or else See in context

Word is that Vegas is taking bets on athletes or teams which will break the protocol.

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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context

So did anyone else notice that it states "The slots from July 28 onward are mostly filled by elderly people for their second-round shots." ?

These large vaccine centers give the Moderna shot, which is a 4 week interval in Japan. This would not make sense, as they have not given the first shot even yet. The July 28th date is most likely a type for June 28th. As the article states the slots are open until June 27th.

I know many in Sumida-ku, most under 65 ( 40~60) none have yet gotten their voucher.

I know three people age over 40 who live in Sumida-ku and two have made reservations, the third will soon.

My voucher should arrive this week, and I will try my luck at the large site. Worst case is I can get it in middle July according to my local ward.

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Posted in: Mass vaccination site to fill vacant slots with police, other officials See in context

Pfizer blue pill. Pfizer covid vaccine.

Me love Pfizer.

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Posted in: Message for Olympic visitors See in context

Why is the message for spectators in English?

For all of the overseas spectators coming.

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Posted in: Minister admits coercing Olympics app developer into cutting costs See in context

I would recommend apples find my function on iphone. Its free. You could sell iphones to those guests that do not have one and gain income from that. Everyone adds the same master friend, and they can follow everyone.

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Posted in: Main Tokyo vaccination center to offer shots to younger people See in context

Japan Today posts a lot of articles from Reuters, Kyodo, and Soranews. Just check the posts credits. Japan today have good SEO, so they show up in search results and get traffic. When pointing out errors, you should not blame Japan Today, but the news services for lack of clarity, and poor writing.

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Posted in: Japan says ties with Taiwan are only unofficial See in context

Next time a significant other asks, "what are we?" You can now official use the term, "we are only unofficial" and not feel bad about it.

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Posted in: Main Tokyo vaccination center to offer shots to younger people See in context

If you want to look into booking, do not take Japantoday for the final word. Please check the govt health agency sites, they are responsible for booking, not Japantoday, not Kyodo, and pretty sure not SORANEWS. as much as Japantoday is a great news source, they are not the health department.

For the large vaccination sites in tokyo, the page is:

as of today, you still need a vaccine ticket to book a reservation.

Your local city, district, ward, mura, homepage has the most recent vaccine info. Check there for the local rules, timelines and rollout.

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Posted in: Heatstroke or COVID-19? Similar symptoms could confuse at Olympics See in context

Showing the world Japan can overcome heatstroke shows our strength in unity.

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Posted in: USATF says vaccines not mandatory for Tokyo-bound athletes See in context

but if they don't have a vaccine, they have to quarantine for 2 weeks right?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Village considering ban on alcohol See in context

The fun police are in action. GPS, no kanpai, no hugs, fist bumps only.

Make it as tough as possible to have a normal games so the IOC will consider to delay it.

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Posted in: Members of media from abroad covering Olympics to be tracked by GPS See in context

Thus Creating an underground black market for burner phones for journalist. Sounds like movie.

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Posted in: Members of media from abroad covering Olympics to be tracked by GPS See in context

They should buy everyone apple airtags.

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