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Posted in: Tokyo, Osaka to lift nightlife curbs from Monday as virus cases plunge See in context

It is the latest softening of virus restrictions in Japan, where cases have been in freefall for weeks, which experts ascribe to a rapid increase in the vaccination rate.

Which experts? India only vaccinated 10% of their population and their similar 'Delta wave' just disappeared on its own. Maybe it was vaccinations, maybe it was something else, but their needs to be a more detailed inspection of the evidence (and the media should reference their sources too really)

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Posted in: LDP sees separate surnames premature for legislation See in context

This is a minor issue compared to dealing with the economic fallout from the panicdemic...

If you're more concerned over this then you are most likely a member of the laptop class

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 36 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 345 See in context

When zero?

Impossible but might as well be now

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Posted in: LDP, opposition clash over economy, COVID in election campaign See in context

Kishida: Growth and distribution

Edano: Redistribution and growth

Kishida: Same capital gains tax

Edano: Higher capital gains tax

Kishida: COVID “worst case scenario” consideration

Edano: COVID command center

Edano would wreck the country with those ill-thought out ideas, the rich would just find ways around it and lower tax income further. If you have growth, you don't necessarily need redistribution either. The consumption tax should be lowered to 5% too as that would give relief for the public while also encouraging greater consumption.

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Posted in: Tokyo area set to end COVID-19 restrictions on eateries See in context

Back to old normal

Bye bye fake 'new' normal

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Posted in: Hair from culled Hokkaido deer made into jeans See in context

Anyone got a link for where to buy this? I searched online but could only find media promoting it

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Posted in: Chapelle special spurs Netflix walkout; 'Trans lives matter' See in context

Oh look, unwoke comedy is more popular than woke 'comedy'...

This top-down force-feeding of trite endlessly rehashed politically correct nonsense has gotten so boring, just go talk amongst yourselves instead of trying to take over society

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Posted in: Climate: Removing CO2 from the air no longer optional See in context

This is literally what plants do, even NASA says the earth is becoming greener because of it

Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earth

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 41 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 391 See in context

When do you think this will stop being a top headline?

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Posted in: Japan, France to hold 2-plus-2 security talks this year See in context

I wonder if the new US transgender admiral (previously health secretary, not sure how that promotion[?] happened) will be in attendance...

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/rachel-levine-nation-s-highest-ranking-openly-transgender-official-sworn-in-as-four-star-admiral/ar-AAPHXzl

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Posted in: How late will restaurants be allowed to stay open? Everything depends on that - hiring people, ordering supplies. See in context

To all the people saying we don't need to go to restaurants, I'd like to hear a comprehensive plan for how to deal with unemployment that doesn't involve the government borrowing money to shower on the public with no long-term plan to get through this.

Kneejerk reactions in a panic might have been justifiable last year but more sensible approaches are needed now

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Posted in: Free speech or hate speech? Netflix at eye of LGBTQ storm See in context

The rational world agrees with Dave Chappelle

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Posted in: UK gov't under spotlight as COVID cases rise again See in context

Oh look, the vaccines don't work well enough. Remember them being "90% effective"?

The UK does a ludicrous amount of testing though, far higher than other European countries, and never sorts out false positives so I wouldn't take this too seriously

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Posted in: Japan to begin trials of COVID-19 vaccination proof at eateries See in context

This is pointless...

So you can have up to 4 people there eating and drinking alcohol anyway, that coronavirus must have a good watch if it's not allowed in past a certain time!

Also look at Singapore, the Seychelles, Israel, Malta... massive amounts of infections even with high levels of vaccinations. Completely oversold product! I wish they would work perfectly so we could stop talking about it...

This is just to pretend they're doing something to appease the hypochondriacs

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Posted in: Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success See in context

Don't forget the head of the Tokyo medical association recommend using ivermectin too recently https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/choken/kijironko/cknews/20210818-OYT8T50030/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

The same thing happened in India as well, the media talking heads were screaming about it for weeks then even with only 10% vaccinated or something very low like that it just dropped off. But of course that wasn't investigated to the same extent despite it being arguably even more important so we can know how to deal with it.

In fact I think this Japan Today article is one of the very few I've read that have acknowledged a remission without resorting to paranoid delusions so pat on back for them. I understand a concern for an unclear situation but there have never been bodies in the street like those videos from China last year. By and large the coronavirus acts, well, like a coronavirus.

We've got vaccines and treatments now if you want them. Even aspirin does something. This isn't 2020 anymore. Calm down, stop staring at your phone waiting for the latest numbers, go outside, eat well, get some sleep

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Posted in: Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug – but not for COVID-19 See in context

Ozaki said it should be distributed for use immediately

今こそイベルメクチンを使えhttps://www.yomiuri.co.jp/choken/kijironko/cknews/20210818-OYT8T50030/

I don't care for these terrible Western 'experts' who even overlooked aspirin as a useful tool, deadly fools the lot of them

https://m.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/aspirin-lowers-risk-of-covid-new-findings-support-preliminary-israeli-trial-681127

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Posted in: What’s the latest advice on the type of mask I should wear? See in context

Well the UK medical chief says to not wear one so I won't

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-news-face-masks-increase-risk-infection-doctor-jenny-harries-a9396811.html

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Posted in: Fujitsu, Trend Micro collaborate for connected car security See in context

Cars now require antivirus software?

Just give me a combustion engine, please

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Posted in: Sustainable vegan cheese brand introduces ‘faux-mage’ lineup See in context

Why do vegans want fake animal products like this? Can't they stomach reality?

Anyway, tempeh is actually quite pleasant as a potential cheese substitute and it's a bit like a nutty tofu but unfortunately I never see it in Japan. Because it's fermented though, unlike tofu, there are fewer detrimental things like phytic acid in it and the nutrients are more easily digestible. Vegan cuisine would probably actually be reasonably healthy by properly pre-processing the foods used by soaking or fementing them etc rather than just using unfermented soy or 'whole grains' (still full of phytic acid) as a base for everything. I would more open to vegan-ish lifestyle if there were more natural sources of B12 (suggestions welcome)

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Posted in: First and foremost, politicians must abandon the unrealistic and optimistic premise of Abenomics that Japan can cure all ills just by reflating nominal growth. See in context

Tax hikes are the solution, using the extra revenue for enhanced benefits for low-income workers and creating a proper social safety net.

Tax breaks in return for pay rises seems even better - less government bureaucracy and therefore less waste.

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Posted in: If you want to support the health and wellness of kids, stop focusing on their weight See in context

Don't listen to these 'experts', fat kids are unhealthy. They'll end up with type 2 diabetes and all sorts of problems eventually.

Minimise carbohydrates, maximise animal protein and vegetables along with exercise outdoors

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Posted in: Biden says democracy survived Capitol riot because of police See in context

The police let the protesters in and just stood there!

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Posted in: 6 more airlines expand use of IATA Travel Pass See in context

Corporate statism. It won't stop here, they'll let you add your credit card details for 'security' overseas next. They'll add other options until eventually you essentially live in an airport with every area managed by an private body rather than a democratic government

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Posted in: Komeito chief casts doubt on LDP's plan to increase defense spending See in context

"The public will not accept it if only defense spending suddenly doubles."

So they'll just borrow more money and splurge. I predict there will be some BIG budgets being approved (and more borrowing to cover it).

Raising the birth rate should really be the goal long-term

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Posted in: Gov't to boost hospital capacity to treat more COVID patients See in context

Why are they adding even more beds now so many people have been vaccinated?

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Posted in: Authorities call fatal stabbing of UK lawmaker terrorist act See in context

It was in a church as well, a particularly conspicuous choice eh.

This happened in France too

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Posted in: Opposition parties unite in bid to break LDP's grip on power See in context

Maybe Japan should just get rid the of the appearance of democracy and go back to the Meiji era government.

Most people don't seem to care

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Posted in: Peach introduces one-month all-you-can-fly pass for under ¥20,000 See in context

Sounds like a " peach" of a deal until you check flight availability..... Nice free advertising.

I didn't think about that, everyone else will be buying one too

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Posted in: Death threats, lawsuits: COVID experts targeted See in context

*disinformation, not disinfection!

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Posted in: Death threats, lawsuits: COVID experts targeted See in context

It goes both ways, the left-wing fanatics are even worse because they have most of the media on their side but even after the covid hysterics were demonstrably wrong they continued to be put front of centre of everything https://fee.org/articles/modelers-were-astronomically-wrong-in-covid-19-predictions-says-leading-epidemiologist-and-the-world-is-paying-the-price/

There are plenty of scientists that disagree with the poor 'mainstream' position but you'll never hear from them in the media and idiots will start screaming for them to be fired etc or worse because they can't handle having to think. Prime example of media disinfection: https://youtu.be/IuwnQKFtymU

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