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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,471 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,652 See in context

Very large number 60 years or older. Where do these people get infected? Especially the 80+ years olds. This is why you need to increase the ridiculously low testing, so that their possibly asymptomatic contacts could be kept away.

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Posted in: Dentsu looking to sell headquarters building for ¥300 bil See in context

God, that building looks mighty thin from this angle!

It's triangular. It looks like this in real life also. It's actually a stunning building.

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Posted in: Dentsu looking to sell headquarters building for ¥300 bil See in context

 I don't think that we'll ever go back to the office model of working.

In Japan, most never left this model.

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Posted in: Opposition raps gov't virus response as Diet debate starts See in context

Suga rebutted, saying his decision was based on expert opinions.

I thought they usually throw the secretaries under the bus. Now the experts?

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Posted in: Japan secures extra Pfizer vaccine doses; Feb 15 approval expected See in context

the only one already under review by the health ministry,

Talking about putting all your eggs in one basket...

Pfizer has a problem delivering. Was just reading a few minutes ago how the Italian government is suing them. So I don't believe this timeline at all.

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

I will continue to support my favorite Mom and Pop Izakaya in my neighborhood.

What does a neighborhood izakaya have in common with a glitzy Ginza boutique? Answer is nothing. The support that fits one, does not fit the other.

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

clearly only caring to take care of the Chinese tourists

Entire Ginza is for the Chinese. Even in old-fashioned department stores, like Mitsukoshi, all announcements are first in Mandarin, then in Japanese.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

That's tragic. They were refused because they were classified as a 'mild' case. It's the unpredictability of this disease that makes it so scary.

They were classified as mild, sent home, but then turned serious and at that point they couldn't find a hospital.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

Another person under 60 died because they could not find a hospital for him/her.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/shutoken-news/20210120/1000059231.html

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

Nation wide testing was over 55,000. Does that make you happy?

No. Does it make you happy that with a population of 126 million, they tested 55,000?

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Posted in: Kono denies reports of mass vaccine roll-out for general public in May See in context

Here's the leaked priority list:

1) LDP politicians and cronies

2) Business leaders

3) Olympic athletes and anything related to the Olympics

3) Tarento, comedians and other useless people on TV

4) Rest of Japanese people, with no particular priority -- who pays most gets it

5) Foreigners

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/01/19/national/japan-coronavirus-hospitals-medical-system/

Thanks for posting this. This is unbelievable, literally at banana-republic levels.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

The testing is steadily going down towards Feb 7 announcement of "beating the virus."

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,240 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,321 See in context

More than 100 dead today, a first.

16 in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Vaccines not prerequisite for Tokyo Olympics: Kato See in context

have secured agreements

We have no idea about the terms of these agreements. I would not hold by breath that anybody is going to deliver 145 million doses of vaccines to Japan any time soon.

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Posted in: Vaccines not prerequisite for Tokyo Olympics: Kato See in context

"I will do everything in my power to ensure safe and effective vaccines can be given to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible," he said at a press conference on Tuesday.

If I over promised and under-delivered as much as these people, I would have been canned a long time ago. But these elderly men just keep getting re-elected time after time.

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Posted in: Aso vows to revive virus-hit economy, promote structural reforms See in context

The world's third-largest economy saw an annualized real 29.2 percent shrinkage in the April to June period from the previous quarter.

But the economy showed a sharp rebound the following quarter, expanding an annualized real 22.9

Just so nobody pulls the wool over the people's eyes, a drop of 29% then an increase of 23% doesn't mean it's only down by 6%. It's more like 10% down overall.

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Posted in: Kono to handle coordination of coronavirus vaccinations See in context

I don't know what to say. We are in this for the long haul.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,204 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,925 See in context

Since the incubation time is unclear

Where do you get this idea from? The incubation period is know to be up to 14 days, hence the 14 day quarantine worldwide.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,204 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,925 See in context

This is why you need to look at the graphs.

Thanks for your advice, but I will stick with the graphs.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,204 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,925 See in context

Tokyo reports 1,204 new coronavirus cases

It's the 2nd highest Monday count.

This week 1204 out of 8,206 tests

Last week 1211 out of 9,628 tests

So I would not proclaim that the cases are decreasing yet.

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Posted in: Student not covering nose with mask disqualified from taking university exams See in context

Given how stupid this person is, it's not like he/she would have passed the exam anyhow.

I hear Yoshinoya is hiring.

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Posted in: As Diet opens, Suga pledges to get pandemic under control, hold Olympics See in context

Suga pledged to achieve the Olympics as “a proof of human victory against the coronavirus."

I don't think anybody really thinks humanity will have won against the coronavirus by the summer.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,204 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,925 See in context

The number of tests are dropping, as expected, towards the Feb 7 lift of the SOE.

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Posted in: Japan scrambles to deny reports that Olympics cancelation possible See in context

Then if Japan cannot vaccine enough, foreign people will for most be already vaccinated.

People, horses, equipment will have to start arriving in March. Do you feel most foreign people will be vaccinated by March?

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Posted in: No. of hospitalized coronavirus patients at record high in Japan See in context

The problem is that many in the medical community feel 

Many people have many different opinions on many topics. It doesn't make them right.

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Posted in: Japan scrambles to deny reports that Olympics cancelation possible See in context

As people are learning with the Australian Open tennis (and that's just a few thousand people traveling to Australia), athletes need to arrive early, acclimatize, train etc. 

Exactly, the Australian Open is 256 athletes + entourage.

The Olympics is at least 2 magnitudes more people, with 2 magnitudes less competent government.

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Posted in: Japan scrambles to deny reports that Olympics cancelation possible See in context

If Japan approves the vaccine quickly and mass vaccination starts by March then definitely the virus can be brought under control.

But not in time for the Olympics. After 1 and 1/2 months, the US vaccinated what, 3% of the population at most. So even with some expected speedup, it will take at least 1 year to get to herd immunity levels.

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Posted in: No. of hospitalized coronavirus patients at record high in Japan See in context

Why haven’t mRNA vaccines been applied to all flus?

a) flu is not serious if you are diligent about getting vaccinated yearly

b) flu mutates yearly -- it's not a coronavirus which mutates slowly

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Posted in: No. of hospitalized coronavirus patients at record high in Japan See in context

Retired military cannot get vaccinated nor US citizens living here in Japan.

That may or may not be so, I don't have the slightest idea. But in any case, it has no implications whether the US could have given vaccines to Japanese "elites." It is extremely plausible, and in my opinion, very likely.

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