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Posted in: Birdland See in context

For my wife who has serious phobia of birds, that is what hell looks like.

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Posted in: Tokyo revises contact tracing strategy, narrowing it to higher-risk cases See in context

Since infection cases began to rise in November, public health centre officials have asked to further narrow their contact-tracing efforts due to staffing shortages.

Instead of getting more staff to do contract tracing which is an important part to contain the spread, they decide to do nothing except to narrow their efforts. The current SOE may be a result of such bad decision.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach floats possibility of no fans at Tokyo Games See in context

If the games are held behind closed doors, your don't get the massive cash infection of all of the ticket sales. You also don't get the huge tourism boost.

Financially it would make sense to postpone for another year.

From Google search:

The IOC is the owner of the global broadcast rights for the Olympic Games – including broadcasts on television, radio, mobile and internet platforms – and is responsible for allocating Olympic broadcast rights to media companies throughout the world through the negotiation of rights agreements.

No game means no money from those media company to IOC. IOC does not care if there is no tourist, no spectator or even less countries or top athletes participating. It will push ahead no matter what to have something to get their broadcasting fee.

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Posted in: Thousands of Hong Kongers locked down to contain coronavirus See in context

Authorities said in a statement Saturday that an area comprising 16 buildings in Yau Tsim Mong will be locked down until all residents have undergone tests. Residents will not be allowed to leave their homes until they have received their test results to prevent cross-infection.

News of the area lockdown was leaked at noon yesterday. When authorities were moving in the area last night, residents were seen packing up and moving out. Staff working in shop fled, abandoning shops.

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Posted in: More than a dozen stores close in Tokyo's high-end Ginza Six mall See in context


We two may have very different opinions on how to handle the pandamic but I do agree people should try their best to support local businesses. I hope the Izakaya you are going can pull it through.

Having travel to Japan 7 times in the past 10 years Japan is my most favourite holiday destination. It saddens me to see people working in the tourism sector suffering. I sincerely hope the situation in Japan will get better soon and reopen its borders (at least to Australia). There are many places in Japan I want to visit or re-visit again.

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Posted in: 'No special treatment' - Australia rebuffs tennis stars' quarantine complaints See in context

They knew the rules, and can't complain. Really they get paid an awrsom amount of money to play a game if hitting a ball is.....well. 

According to a TV breakfast host's comment this morning players lose in the first round gets paid $90,000 (did not say whether it is USD or AUD but I think it is AUD). I do not know tennis enough to say if it is a big amount or not.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

Some people just too lazy and selfish to change their behaviors.

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Posted in: Disarray as 47 players affected after positive tests on Australian Open planes See in context

Breaking News:

The Australian Open has announced a fourth case of coronavirus, with the commissioner warning some players and their entourages are attempting “dangerous acts” which are breaching quarantine rules.

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Posted in: Coronavirus third wave puts many Japanese hospitals on overload See in context

Back in April last year Department of Health in Australia announced this:

Australian Government partnership with private health sector secures 30,000 hospital beds and 105,000 nurses and staff, to help fight COVID-19 pandemic

Is the government in Japan too lazy to talk to the private hospitals?

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Posted in: Virus variant triggers 3-day lockdown in Australian city of Brisbane; travelers must show negative test See in context

Brisbane they're only testing those staff members once a week, where it really should be done every day.

News says that they will be tested every shift.

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Posted in: Australia's most populous state urges thousands to get tested for COVID-19 See in context

Is it free to get a test? I heard it's free in places like France.

From Department of Health:

Message from the Australian Government, Canberra.

Did you know the COVID-19 test is available for everyone in Australia, even if you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident?

This includes people without a Medicare card, overseas visitors, international students, migrant workers and asylum seekers.

If you are unwell with cold or flu like symptoms get a COVID-19 test. The test results will not affect your visa status.

To find a free testing clinic near you, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. For translating and interpreting services call 131 450.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 783 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,247 See in context

¥9,800 for a covid-19 test? No wonder test rate is so low in Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,337 daily COVID cases; nationwide tally 4,519 See in context

It comes after several people in Japan were confirmed to have been infected by new variants of the COVID-19 virus, first detected in Britain and South Africa.

Are those carriers return travelers in quarantine or not? If they were not in quarantine then things are a bit worrying.

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese adherents of QAnon contesting Trump's election defeat See in context

They look they were really serious about it. They were willing to spend time making some nice placards with QR code on them. They were even wearing tees and waving a flag. However, "Where we go one we go all" sounds like some funny translation using an online translator.

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese adherents of QAnon contesting Trump's election defeat See in context

QAnon supporters are known to believe that prominent U.S. Democrats are part of a satanic pedophile ring and that Trump is a savior who is fighting evil.

Seriously, mate. I understand political fights can involve people making outlandish claims but this takes it to a whole new level. What is next? All democrats are human eating aliens in disguise planning to take over the world.

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Posted in: Japan developing tracking system for travelers from overseas as anti-virus measure See in context

Japan is developing a system aimed at keeping track of travelers from overseas as part of efforts to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus within its borders, a senior government official said Sunday.

How will the system prevent the further spread of the virus? Does it test its user regularly and if the result is positive it immediately notify the authorities? It is just a contact tracing system. It will be very helpful in contact tracing but it cannot prevent the spread.

Or the travellers are only allowed to go to certain places so you need to track them.

Also unless the travelers are from China, Russia or countries which has no regard to privacy, good luck getting them to use it.

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Posted in: After early success, S Korea sleepwalks into virus crisis See in context

Cold winter + complacency = resurgence.

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Posted in: Season's greetings See in context

Merry Christmas to all JT readers and staff. Wish you can still find some joy at this unprecedented time.

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Posted in: Netflix’s newest anime live-action adaptation is 'Yu Yu Hakusho' See in context

has any live action worked out?

Many manga have been adapted into live action japanese movies. I am sure some of them have good reviews.

The two "Rurouni Kenshin" live action movies were well received by audience. I believe the third one is on its way.

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Posted in: Dancing, singing banned in Sydney as virus cluster grows to 68 See in context

All this from 1 escaped overseas arrival.

Actually investigation is still underway to find the exact source of this outbreak. However, testing has determined that it is an oversea strain. Also a while ago some airline crew broke quarantine protocol. The following happens:

From Tuesday, international air crews will have to go into mandatory quarantine in two police-managed hotels near Sydney Airport, in a bid to improve control over infected staff who may not adhere to the current self-imposed quarantine rules.

When the premier of NSW was asked why this was not done earlier. She said because it was difficult to do it.

Therefore if you ask me why Australia has largely escaped the wrath of this virus. I will say there are many factors but the major one is we are just bloody lucky.

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Posted in: Netflix’s newest anime live-action adaptation is 'Yu Yu Hakusho' See in context

I am not an expert in anime but I know many popular anime has live action stage musicals in Japan for a long time. Sailor moon, Saint Seiya, Prince of tennis etc. Interesting enough Yu Yu Hakusho is a recent one among them. Of course a stage musical and a live action movie are very different.

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Posted in: Police officer shoots knife-wielding man dead in Niigata See in context

Especially these days, so many non-lethal way that can be used. For example taser and many other things that available but they just prefer not to use it.

Australian police has taser and pepper spray but they do have problems. Some offenders high on drugs cannot be stopped by them. On the other hand, there are cases which people get tasered and then dies. One rare case I saw on TV a woman was tasered but the police accidentally shot the taser at her eye and she lost an eyeball. There is no follow up on that story but I believe she gets compensation.

By the way I read from some manga (I know it is not a reliable source) that the first shot of a Japanese police pistol is blank. Is this true or just make up stuff?

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Posted in: Japan to develop longer-range anti-ship missiles as China pressure mounts See in context

Is war the only way to save Japan ?

This will not happen If China is not explaning it's navy, like building aircraft carriers. Is war the only way to save China?

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Posted in: Australian states impose border curbs as Sydney COVID-19 cluster grows to 28 See in context

So they broke protocols.

From other news report:

An international airline crew has copped $13,000 in fines after they were caught breaching self-isolation restrictions in Sydney.

NSW Police were informed that a crew member who had arrived in Sydney on a flight from South America on December 5 had left his accommodation at Mascot, breaching COVID-19 public health directions.

Officers attended the hotel at about 9.30pm that day before speaking with the management and other crew members.

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Posted in: Sony pulls 'Cyberpunk 2077' from PlayStation store after bug backlash See in context

The PC version runs much better with less glitches. The console version is just terrible. You wonder how the developer can think they can release a broken game and get away with it.

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Posted in: Australian states impose border curbs as Sydney COVID-19 cluster grows to 28 See in context

According to news report after testing the virus strain is from overseas. There is also reports some air crews left hotel and went to pubs (they are excempt from 14 days quarantine, they just need to self isolate in homes of hotels) Therefore as long as you let people into the country you runs the risk of a resurgence.

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Posted in: Japanese beauty firm under fire over CEO comments on Koreans See in context

The CEO merely pointed out the fact that there are people who use a derogatory term when they refer to Suntory. I’d keep buying their health supplements.

The problem is he went on to write that his company only use "pure Japanese" models. This means he thinks other models are interior to the pure Japanese ones.

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Posted in: Australia says China ban on its coal exports would be clear WTO breach See in context

Well who needs who? China apparently does not need Australia

China needs Australia's iron ore. The price of iron ore has doubled since the start of this year. China needs good quality coal to produce steel from the iron ore and Australian coal is good quality and relatively cheap. So China is paying a high price for the iron ore and high price for coal from other countries.

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Posted in: 密 chosen as kanji character best representing 2020 See in context

The second most popular kanji with 13,655 votes was 禍 (ka), meaning epidemic, followed by 病 (byo), meaning sick

What about 疫 (eki) ? It is a better kanji for meaning epidemic . I am not fluent in Japanese.

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Posted in: "Monster Hunter" movie pulled in China after race row See in context

More about the rhyming:

Though some might view this as camaraderie and banter over a bad pun, Chinese viewers were incensed after the exchange was interpreted as a reference to an old, racist schoolyard rhyme insulting Asians. “Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees, look at these,” it apparently sing-songs, accompanied by knee slaps and s eyes gesture.

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