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Posted in: Economic fallout mounts as coronavirus cases top 1 million worldwide See in context

Is it the end of a worldwide economic boom and man's ceaseless exploitation of mother nature and domination of it? Is it retaliation by nature? Is it the beginning of an end, the apocalypse? I hope not

Hang on, people! Go for it! Cheer up!

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Posted in: New Haneda airport flight paths open above central Tokyo See in context

Myopic, nit-picking and unphilosophical inspite of his namesake.

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Posted in: New Haneda airport flight paths open above central Tokyo See in context

In order to understand how U.S. Air Base Yokota's RAPCON constrains air traffic for inbound and outbound commercial aircraft at Haneda, click open "Yokota Airspace" (http://dmcr.web.fc2.com/).

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Posted in: New Haneda airport flight paths open above central Tokyo See in context

But until now flight paths passed only over Tokyo Bay, partly because a large portion of airspace over Tokyo and surrounding areas is controlled by the U.S. military.

It always makes me feel strange that people don't think there's something wrong with Japan-U.S. security relations, taking it for granted that the U.S. Forces Japan can make free use of much of Japan's airspace, not only over Tokyo but in many parts of Japan.

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Posted in: Pompeo says G7 agrees China spreading virus disinformation See in context

Akie-san,

I refer you to:

"Chinese diplomat promotes conspiracy theory that US military brought coronavirus to Wuhan"

By Ben Westcott and Steven Jiang, CNN

CNN March 13, 2020

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Posted in: Pompeo says G7 agrees China spreading virus disinformation See in context

It is not the time to engage in spatting and brawling over where the new-coronavirus pandemic originated.

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo said the G-7 foreign ministers he had held a telephone conference with agreed with him that China was waging a "disinformation" campaign about the coronavirus pandemic. A Chinese Foreign Ministry official, on the other hand, had tweeted earlier that the U.S. military had brought the novel coronavirus to China. 

Can you believe either of these claims?

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Posted in: Finance Ministry will not probe Moritomo Gakuen scandal again: Aso See in context

Despite the fact that P.M. Shinzo Abe rejected outright the re-opening of the investigation into the Moritomo Gakuen land sale case, saying it's unnecessary because the case had been cleared thoroughly by now, I strongly endorse the reinvestigation of it. 

Why could Moritomo Gakuen buy state-owned land for Y130 million or 14% of its estimated value of Y956 million?

The newest issue of Weekly Bungei Shunju magazine is reported to carry an article answering that question, confirming the decision was made by some higher-ups.

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Posted in: Finance Ministry will not probe Moritomo Gakuen scandal again: Aso See in context

expat,

Nothing to see here? It's nothing to make a fuss about? Really? 

If similar problems occurred in the United States, can you tell people, "Disregard it, folks, Just move along, Make America great again"?

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Posted in: Finance Ministry will not probe Moritomo Gakuen scandal again: Aso See in context

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga always boasts Japan is a constitutional country based on law. Everything is done according to law: unjustified sale of state-owned land,  reclamation of land to construct a new base for U.S. forces Japan, et cetera and et cetera.

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Posted in: Finance Ministry will not probe Moritomo Gakuen scandal again: Aso See in context

In case anyone is unfamiliar with the Moritomo Gakuen land sale scandal, I refer him/her to the entry of "Moritomo Gakuen” on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moritomo_Gakuen

In order to purchase the state-owned prime land in Osaka advantageously (for ¥134 million or 14% of its estimated market value), the Kagoikes seem to have cozied up to the Abes, installing Mrs. Akie Abe as honorary principal of the school, which was originally to be called Abe Shinzo Memorial Elementary School.

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Posted in: Finance Ministry will not probe Moritomo Gakuen scandal again: Aso See in context

A typical case of chicanery manipulated by career bureaucrats to camouflage facts. I see more chicanery the more they say they won't reopen investigations into the Moritomo Gakuen scandal.

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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles See in context

Missile-launching exercises when the rest of the world is fussing about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus? The picture shows a masked subordinate behind Kim Jung Un. What does it mean?

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Posted in: Trump dubs COVID-19 'Chinese virus' or 'kung flu' despite hate crime risks See in context

Folks, it's not time to spat over where the novel coronavirus originated and how you call it. We must know first and for all the nature of the virus in order to contain it effectively before it spreads like wild fire all across the world.

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Posted in: U.S. summons Chinese ambassador over COVID-19 conspiracy theory See in context

Groundless fake news irresponsibly tweeted and propagated by a Chinese Foreign Ministry official. Or does he have hard evidence?

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Posted in: Trump first foreign leader to call for postponing Tokyo Olympics See in context

That's a 180-degree turnaround from his previous stance toward the novel coronavirus. Until at least March 8, he kept saying he seemed not concerned about the spread of the pandemic, even in the D.C area (See "Trump 'not concerned' as coronavirus cases rise in DC area", JT: March 8) 

I commented on the thread of the article that "President Trump shouldn't give it short shrift.. That's not a macho way to deal with it."

Now, Trump is calling for postponing the Tokyo Olympics for fear of the pandemic.

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Posted in: Crew on virus-hit ship had close contact with infected passengers See in context

Exactly as I suspected and feared. I pointed out on another thread ("Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed to prevent spread of virus", Japan Today: Feb. 19) that :

Even an innocent amateur could surmise that a cruise ship could be an incubator for the novel coronavirus. If the ship was docked in a harbor with all passengers in it, it's almost certain that the ship could become an incubator itself.

The MS Princess Diamond is not a hospital ship equipped with adequate medical facilities for infection like this. The crew members might have intermingled with passengers quite casually, obviously wearing no hazmat suits as health officials do.

All in all, the international community should make strong and effective countermeasures against a conundrum like this and start negotiating measures of how to deal with a similar problem in the future.

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Posted in: Trump 'not concerned' as coronavirus cases rise in DC area; says rallies will continue See in context

President Trump shouldn't give it short shrift. That’s not a macho. way to deal with  it despite of himself.

In Italy, the head of the country's Democratic Party is reported to have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to March 7 CNN.  Thus, nobody seems ever immune to the viral contamination.

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Posted in: Coronavirus leaves passenger-filled ships without ports See in context

Exactly as I suspected and feared. I pointed out on another thread ("Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed to prevent spread of virus", Japan Today: Feb. 19):

Even an innocent amateur could surmise that a cruise ship could be an incubator for the novel coronavirus. If the ship was docked in a harbor with all passengers in it, it's almost certain that the ship could become an incubator itself.

The MS Princess Diamond is not a hospital ship equipped with medical facilities adequate for infections like this. The crew members might have intermingled with passengers quite casually, obviously wearing no hazmat suits.

Is the U.S. government repeating the same mistake here too?

All in all, nations should make effective countermeasures against situations like this, including international negotiations and agreements.

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Posted in: BOJ Gov Kuroda offers bleak view on economy See in context

Haruhiko Kuroda was all smiles and smiles when he was appointed Bank of Japan Governor by P.M. Shinzo Abe in 2013 and again in 2018. He must have been a strong instigator and driving force for Abe's so-called Abenomics. 

Presumably, Abe's agenda for a constitutional revision was to revitalize Japan's economy for starters and then work with the revision of the constitution. But this scheme seems to have hit a rock, not once but many times. The most recent one is the novel coronavirus. 

Kuroda's wry expression tells how things have gone awry. His bleak outlook on the economy is Abe’s also.  Abe must have a pessimistic view on the constitutional revision, in addition.

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Posted in: Scientists rush to analyze existing drugs for coronavirus treatment See in context

Scientists must look for every nook and cranny to find the cause of the disease and develop a new drug to contain it.

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Posted in: Scientists rush to analyze existing drugs for coronavirus treatment See in context

Every cloud has a silver lining. Gor for it, scientists.

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

The way tests are conducted today for ordinary coronavirus, including influenza, may not be effective for the novel coronavirus. That's why there are so many cases in which persons tested negative initially may become positive in the second test. 

Is infection through the kin, throat or droplets? We want to knowthe the answer as soon as possible.

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

"We asked all of them (who have symptoms) to see a doctor and to take tests."

Of course anyone with early symptoms will see a doctor and take tests. But will they walk to a hospital or use public transportation to avoid contact with other people? Maybe, it'd be better for health officials to visit the residence of a potential infect and administer tests and other necessary measures. But that will be almost impossible financially and practically.

So was it wise of the health authorities to let cruise ship passengers with virus-negative test results to disembark the ship and go home? Other countries, including the U.S. require returnees from the cruise ship to go through 14-day quarantine after they touched down on their homeland.

Seems a 14-day quarantine isn’t long enough, for there’s a report that an Osaka-based tour guide relapsed 23 days after she was released from a hospital recovered

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Posted in: All 16 of Vietnam's coronavirus sufferers cured See in context

What kind of special treatment did they administer to patients?. That's the information we want to know the most  here.

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Posted in: Japan reports 3rd cruise ship passenger death; 57 more infected See in context

On Saturday, a former passenger in her 60s tested positive for the virus after getting off the ship and taking a train home. Her husband, who traveled with her, tested negative again.

The article further says there're cases of infection whose transmission routes are unclear. So let's hope everything about this virus will become crystal-clear as soon as possible.

What we need now is correct information and knowledge about it. Until that is clear, all measures taken by the government should be for the putative worst case scenario.

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Posted in: Quarantine measures questioned as woman tests positive after leaving cruise ship See in context

The incubation period for a person infected by the novel coronavirus is still unknown. This case shows that a person at an incubation stage may test negative but later develop a full-fledged symptom.

Taking into consideration the Chinese authorities' report that even a person with no symptom of the novel coronavirus disease can infect others, how can one interpret the health ministry of Japan's permission for all test-negative Japanese passengers to disembark the ship and go home unguarded?

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Posted in: Japan confirms 14 more virus cases; school to be closed for 2 days See in context

People are getting very nervous and skittish about the novel coronavirus across the world. It's partly because the path of infection by this virus is still unknown. Wish that at least would be clarified as soon as possible. .

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Posted in: California apologizes for Japanese-American internment See in context

An apology for what the U.S. government did over 75 years ago? Great!

Of course, it's better than nothing.

Here in Okinawa, they never admit, let alone apologize for, the fact that the land on which Futenma Air Station sits is the illegally confiscated private land which U.S. occupation forces encroached upon with impunity while area residents were herded in camps, instead demanding that a replacement be built at another site if we wanted it to be returned

No big deal here?

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Posted in: Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed to prevent spread of virus See in context

Even an innocent amateur could surmise that the cruise ship could be an incubator for the novel coronavirus. If the ship was marooned in a harbor with all passengers, of whom some might have been infected with the coronavirus, it's almost likely that the ship could become an incubator itself.

I posted on another thread, saying that:

"Seems infection spreads like wildfire here. Hasn't the cruise ship become an incubator itself of the novel coronavirus ...?"

The MS Princess Diamond is not a hospital ship equipped with medical facilities appropriate for infections like this. The crew members might have mingled with the passengers quite freely and casually, obviously wearing no hazmat suits.

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Posted in: Non-infected Americans from cruise ship in Yokohama to be taken back to U.S. See in context

darknuts,

You miss my point. This medical emergency must be dealt with cooperatively among nations. It's a serious international issue per se. 

Another cruise ship, The Westerdam, that reportedly carried a novel coronavirus disease patient, was refused entry to port by countries such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, etc., except for Indonesia. If all countries refused entry of the vessel into their port, what would become of it?

There must be ssome international agreement to address this grave situation.

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