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Posted in: Tokyo's drinkers drown frustrations over virus restrictions, Olympics See in context

I don't see the problem with drinking with your friends outside, as long as you don't share food or drinks and keep a certain distance apart.

This time last year, the media and government tried getting us to believe that nightlife workers were fueling the spread of covid. Now, the scapegoat is drinking. None of it based on science or logic.

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

@Joseph

You do know that access to vaccines and PCR tests in Japan is still very limited, don't you? You sound completely unaware of the reality on the ground here.

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

No, I'm sorry, I cannot.

Elite athletes aren't the only people who have dreams worth realizing. So many peoples' livelihoods and mental health have been shattered by this pandemic, and this event threatens to prolong their suffering.

I have a very modest dream of being able to visit my family, whom I haven't seen in two years.

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Posted in: Yes. Tokyo Olympics are still on, despite opposition, pandemic See in context

Pound disgusts me. The "armageddon" he speaks of will come after the IOC packs up and goes home, leaving Japan to deal with its biggest wave yet and the total collapse of its medical system.

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Posted in: Japan opens mass vaccination centers in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

I'd like the media here to begin reporting on the number of people vaccinated daily nationwide, total percentage of the population that are fully vaccinated, and percentage who have had at least one dose. It would help keep the government accountable.

Better yet, put a graphic with that data next to a countdown showing the number of days, hours, and seconds left until the Olympics begin.

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Posted in: Japan opens mass vaccination centers in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

I want to be cautiously optimistic. This story is a good development. Now, what we need is more of this. At least one mass vaccination site in every ward of every town, and portable sites heading for the more remote areas in the countryside.

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Posted in: 28 local Japanese governments considering mass vaccination sites See in context

Sad to say, but I think the Japanese government honestly believed, and still believes, that the nation was going to overcome the pandemic with superior "mindo" alone. The vaccines are just an afterthought.

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Posted in: IOC offers medical help for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Japan has has attributed more than 11,500 deaths to COVID-19, good by some standards

This comparison with other countries is insulting and needs to stop. 11,500 people asphyxiating to death while completely isolated from their loved ones, or sedated senseless, proned, and hooked up to ventilators, is not "good" by any standards.

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Posted in: Paralympics chief tries to calm 'anger' over Games See in context

Parsons' comments are tone deaf. The Japanese have been betrayed by their government for the sake of big business, and they are angry. After a year of "states of emergency" designed to keep companies afloat as workers and small businesses suffer, the Japanese public now get to watch the rest of the developed world return to normalcy just as Japan enters its darkest hour and our medical system starts to collapse. Yes, of course we are suspicious that the IOC is putting profit above public health. No, we are not in the mood for a celebration here.

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Posted in: Petition to cancel Tokyo Olympics submitted to Koike See in context

I'm proud to have signed it.

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Posted in: GOP purges Cheney for 'unity,' but Trump bent on retribution See in context

“If a thief robs a jewelry store of all of its diamonds (the 2020 Presidential Election), the diamonds must be returned,” he said in a statement this week.

Great analogy, Einstein.

I can't understand why anyone still supports this insufferable half-wit.

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Posted in: Japan to vaccinate Olympic athletes: reports See in context

This may be an unpopular opinion, but at this point I'm just happy to hear that vaccines are going into arms. Any arms.

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

I thought one consequence of Japan rolling out its vaccination program more slowly is that it would have learned from the mistakes other countries made. Apparently not.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka conflicted over holding Tokyo Olympics See in context

Sorry, athletes, but your dreams are not more important than people's lives.

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Posted in: Suga says he has never put Olympics first and that IOC has final say See in context

Unbelievable. Today I learned that, according to Suga, Japan is not a sovereign nation and that an international body gets to decide whether an event takes place here or not.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context

I signed it. Over 195,000 signatures now!

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Posted in: As U.S. vaccine demand falls, states look to new solutions See in context

The 29% of Republicans who are anti-vaccine don't seem to be aware that Trump and his entire family were quietly vaccinated back in January as soon as they had the chance.

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Posted in: Pandemic causing changes in pet dog behavior, survey shows See in context

Strange article that only provokes more questions. Owners are reporting more needy behavior in their pets, but couldn't that be simply because they're home more often to witness the "neediness?"

Let's just be honest, dogs (and also cats to an extent) are social animals and leaving one alone at home all day while you're at work, day after day, isn't fun for them. If they're becoming more interactive now that their humans are around more to spend time with them, I can't understand how that could be a bad thing.

Sounds like some of the survey respondents are projecting their own pandemic stress onto their dogs.

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Posted in: Japan rolls out vaccine slowly, despite looming Olympics See in context

I can't stop thinking about the optics of the Tokyo Olympics, and it has my mind spinning.

The IOC, Koike, and the LDP have repeatedly hyped up this event as a celebration of "triumph" over covid-19. Let's look ahead a few months.

The U.S. is on track to reach herd immunity through vaccination by the middle of summer. Israel is already nearly there. Many European countries will be well on their way by then. Aus and NZ are permitting travel between their countries because they've managed to contain the virus. In Taiwan, life has moved on. Even India is farther along in its vaccination program than Japan is.

When the Olympics begin, the world's eyes will be on Japan. What will the world see?

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Posted in: After bars and restaurants close at 8 p.m. in areas where there is a coronavirus state of emergency, many people are buying alcohol at convenience stores and from vending machines and then hang out in parks or public spaces near train stations to continue drinking, thus leading to more possible virus infections. Do you think the police should disperse such groups? See in context

No, not unless it was part of a real lockdown that had an actual chance of getting the virus under control.

Japan could beat this thing and find itself on equal ground with Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand if the government could just get its act together. Impose a real lockdown and make PCR testing and quarantine requirements the same for everyone who enters or reenters the country, whether Japanese or foreign. Yes, life will suck under lockdown for three weeks. Just like ripping a bandage off, the point is to get it over with quickly. There is no vaccination program to speak of at the moment so this is Japan's only option unless it wants to endure a 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th wave.

Forcing everyone to report for work and pack themselves into crowded trains as usual, but penalizing them for a little low-risk socializing outdoors, when there's no end in sight to the pandemic in this country, is cruel.

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Posted in: Eating out again See in context

Woman walking alone, outside, far away from everyone: wearing mask.

People huddled close together: not wearing masks.

Yeah, makes sense to me.

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Posted in: Go To Travel campaign to remain suspended after March 7 See in context

My salary has plummeted in the past year and I barely make enough to pay my rent and bills. I couldn't afford to travel even with the Go To Travel subsidies. I'm more than a little resentful that the tax on what precious little money I make is going toward helping better-off people pay for vacations they shouldn't be going on anyway.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

In this country there is way too much energy spent and way too much crap given to others over pointless trivialities.

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

This is so ridiculous. No one is more efficient at work and more eager to wrap up meetings quickly than moms of young kids.

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

Mori should shut up and bring me a cup of tea.

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Posted in: Japan not planning to shut schools despite surge in virus cases See in context

Keep schools open, but suspend club activities. Close the bars. Come on J-gov't, bite the bullet and support those business owners and workers for the next few months until we get a vaccine.

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Posted in: Anti-mask group in Tokyo slammed for 'cluster festival' See in context

Pointless message. No one is stopping them from going without masks. No one is stopping them from going to bars or partying.

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Posted in: Japan's daily coronavirus cases top 1,000 for 1st time; Iwate reports first cases See in context

@Objective, it takes 3-4 weeks for people to die of coronavirus. If we've seen a spike in cases in July, don't expect to see a spike in deaths until August.

A German study found that 3/4ths of coronavirus patients (average age 49) had structural damage to their hearts two months after recovery. This disease is serious, so please take it seriously, everyone.

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Posted in: Office cluster pushes Tokyo coronavirus cases to 6-week high of 55 See in context

The virus is not that deadly. There have been many anti-body studies showing the real fatality rate is lower than 0.5%

There are 7.5 billion people in the world. At the beginning of this pandemic, epidemiologists predicted that up to 70% of humanity would eventually catch the virus before a vaccine is developed. Let's say that the actual death rate is on the lower end at 0.02%.

70% of 7,500,000,000 equals 5,250,000,000 people falling ill with the virus.

Out of that number of the infected, a 0.02% death rate means over 100 million people will die. No, it's not the end of the world, but it's nothing to sneeze at, either.

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Posted in: NHK removes video on U.S. protests after online outrage about depiction of African Americans See in context

I'm stunned. Ugly stereotypes aside, this video does the Japanese public a terrible disservice by not stating the real reason for the protests, which is police brutality. Maybe NHK doesn't want its viewers thinking too much about how their own justice system works?

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