Yiasy comments

Posted in: Tokyo, other areas lift restrictions on eateries amid virus resurgence worries See in context

Firstly Japanese people on the most part are continuing to wear masks even after having the vaccine unlike in other countries which reduces the chance of catching and spreading Covid19

I think it's pretty well-established that masks only help reduce the spread of viruses if 1. you are infected and 2. you actually have symptoms. There's no evidence they work as a preventative measure for infection - at best they may lesson how wide a radius of people droplets reach after an infected individual coughs or sneezes. And provide a psychological security blanket for the fearful

From the Japanese Ministry of Health Covid-19 website...

'Q6: When should I wear a facemask?

If you have symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, wearing a facemask is proved to be highly effective in catching the droplets, and therefore might help prevent the spread of viruses.

The effectiveness of wearing a facemask to protect yourself from contracting viruses is thought to be very limited. If you wear a facemask in confined, badly ventilated spaces, it might help avoid catching droplets emitted from others but if you are in an open-air environment, the use of facemask is not very efficient.'

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Posted in: Tokyo, other areas lift restrictions on eateries amid virus resurgence worries See in context

Unfortunately, there is no herd immunity here. Not so many people got covid. Asymptomatic cases are in fact not so common. It was confirmed by different studies on antibodies among the population.


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Posted in: Efforts grow to stamp out use of parasite drug ivermectin for COVID-19 See in context

There have already been two large scale trials in the US... Ivermecin has ZERO benefit... unless you have worms! But still quite funny to see the anti- vaccine cultists taking this stuff..

From the Japanese Journal of Antibiotics, March 2021

"... Furthermore, by the 27th of February, the results of 42 clinical trials, including approximately 15,000 patients (both registered and unregistered studies) have been subjected to a meta-analysis after exclusion of biasing factors. It was found that 83% showed improvements with early treatment, 51% improved during late-stage treatment, and there was an 89% prevention of onset rate noted. This confirms the usefulness of ivermectin. Since it is a meta-analysis based on 42 test results, it is estimated that the probability of this comprehensive judgment being a mistake is as low as 1 in 4 trillion."

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Posted in: AstraZeneca begins clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine in Japan See in context

Rushed to market without proper trials. Think I’ll pass

Did you bother reading the article? The headline itself says clinical trials are to begin in Japan.

Both phase 1 and 2 have shown promising results which is why the larger scale phase 3 is being conducted in several countries.

Vaccine development takes up to 10 years, because the clinical trials part of the process need to be spread out over many years to prove safety and efficacy. The quickest a safe vaccine has ever been developed was 4 years, and that was a one-off (for ebola). This is not an ebola-type illness - most people have no symptoms or a very mild illness - so there really is no justification for not following the protocol for vaccine development and rushing it through like this. Unsafe vaccines are a major public health risk.

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Posted in: Japanese teacher apologizes for peeing on students’ futon during club retreat See in context

Brian WhewayToday  12:18 am JST

@yiasy, this is not a joke, how would you react if this was your child that had been peed on? I think my answer is a balanced response to the problem, most posters want him sacked. what is your response to this problem? sack him? let him off? do you feel this is acceptable behaviour?

This reads more like a judgey opinion piece from the pages of a student union magazine than a news report. Based on that, I'll reserve my judgement on how the school's handling things.

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Posted in: Japanese teacher apologizes for peeing on students’ futon during club retreat See in context

N. KnightToday  07:21 pm JST

At least he didn't take a massive dump.


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Posted in: Japanese teacher apologizes for peeing on students’ futon during club retreat See in context

Brian WhewayToday  03:57 pm JST

The fact that your supervising, and have children in your care make your responsible! having a drink is ok, but getting totally drunk is not acceptable and is totally irresponsible. As for peeing on a futon, that what happens when you loose control, as for the correct punishment, well he should pay for a new futon full stop, and possibly a tatami mat and any other damage he's caused. then fine him, may be even stand up infront of the whole school and apologise for his mistake, and then go around to the Childs home and yet again apologise to his family, and it should be noted on his school records, IF, this ever happens again he will be instantly fired from his job.

For godsake, lighten up...

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

Well this is good news. Apart from the deportation bit

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Posted in: Abe says decision to resign before accomplishing his goals 'gut-wrenching' See in context

All the best Abe-san. Get well soon.

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Posted in: Japan sees fewer COVID-19 hospital deaths than other nations: study See in context

Is Japan's overall mortality rate still lower than it was at the same time last year? This is more important to know, than who died from what illness. There's been a ridiculous amount of reporting globally on death tolls associated with this one specific virus with very little of the data behind those numbers being shared, like age, pre-existing conditions, whether the deaths occurred in an aged care facility, whether the person who died had had it months ago, recovered then died from another cause, or was already on their deathbed in a hospital when they contracted the virus a week before they died. Numbers by themselves are about as close to useless information as you can get, but people seem morbidly focused on these death tolls as if they tell us all we need to know. The data behind the numbers is the actual relevant information... There's very little to be gained knowledge wise from publishing daily death tolls. I actually think Japan has done well not to fall into that trap.

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Posted in: New Zealand city removes statue of its 'murderous' namesake See in context

Let's call this by its real name shall we - visual censorship. Stalin did much the same thing when he attempted to erase figures from Soviet history, including destroying film and altering images he wanted disappeared. It's even more sinister in a context like this where it's claimed to be done for virtuous reasons (think totalitarian governments who censor their citizens' internet because it "isn't compatible with a harmonious society". How immature and dangerous of these people to demand history be erased because it makes them feel bad. That's exactly why you you DON'T erase it.

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Posted in: JK Rowling responds to critics over her transgender comments See in context

Remember the days when you could discuss material reality without some militant masquerading as an enlightened being policing your speech, and relabelling them as thought crimes? Those were the days, eh?

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Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad? See in context

Colgate toothpaste, good deodorant, aged cheddar cheese, hair dye (limited colour range here, and it fades out way too fast. Delivery costs on Amazon make it too expensive to buy online), leather shoes (cheaper and easier to find what you want), cardigans, t-shirts, and blouses with longer sleeve and body length (I give up on Uniqlo. They don't make ANYTHING long enough). I would bring NZ wine (lots of it) if it weren't such a hassle to transport. I used to bring paracetamol, but I actually like Eve better, so no need. Most other things I want I can get here or buy online. I don't really get people bringing back packaged processed food to be honest.... Why??

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