It is not that black and white. Firstly, not all medical people agree on the policy measures like lockdowns, and secondly, this is a question of risk management. You can not simply ignore all factors and just make it a single issue.
Actually it is that black and white.
Don't try confusing lockdown with holding a major international event.
As simple as this, no medical association is in favour of the Olympics being held.
Not Japan not Canada not France, the UK etc... All the major medical associations have come out saying the games should be cancelled.
Non have said the games should be held.
Japan's own medical association has said the games should be cancelled and the Joc and IOC ignored them.
So who is better qualified to make what is essentially a medical decisions the doctors or business people?
I vote doctors and they say cancel the games.
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Please do not post information from places like CTIAP it may be a nice fancy sounding group looks or sounds all professionals but in reality it is basically on non doctor calling themselves doctor because they have a doctorate in pharmaceuticals.
There was no research, no True data, false data selectively cherry picked.
This place is known for its anti establishment views, anti vaxxer views and is well known for making false claims on a variety of things.
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Nobody even stops to think about how much NBC pay for the rights to televise the Games and sell them on to every other broadcaster.
Yes I have and pointed out why the IOC even if asked by Tokyo will refuse to cancel.
Under the contract if the IOC cancels no compensation is paid to anyone not even the broadcasting companies.
So the broadcasters will be have lost everything they paid.
For the IOC this would be bad as after that no broadcasting company will ever again take the risk on the Olympics.
But if Tokyo unilaterally cancels then Tokyo will be responsible to compensate the broadcasting companies and sponsors.
This is now the game of chicken the IOC and JOC are playing.
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Do you get your medical advice from your financial advisor or your doctor?
I am not being mean, I am seriously asking.
Because not a single medical association is backing the Olympics at this time and most have come out clearly in opposition to holding them.
So business people with a vested interest in the games claim they will be safe, medical professionals say no it is a highly risky things to have.
It is simple medical advice from a doctor or from a stockbroker.
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My daughter had a fairly serious leg injury a few years back.
She still sees a doctor for it.
He is one of the doctors that takes care of players from several of Japan's pro Soccer team and was one of the doctors for Japan's National soccer team.
He is now semi retired.
He was recently approach to help with the Olympics.
He refused calling it a totally unnecessary health risk during a pandemic.
When my daughter has to go to his clinic for treatment, she and the rest must wait outside the building until they are called, this is an orthopedic clinic, so if they are not taking any risks why is the IOC?
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Well then we both can't imagine the other's thinking.
Because I cannot imagine taking medical advice for non medical persons with a financial interest in something over the overwhelming medical advice from nearly ever corner of the world!
And basically that is what people taking the IOC's word are doing, I hope next time people that believe the IOC over doctors get sick, that they go to their financial advisor to get medical treatment, and see how well bthat goes.
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Did he explain that risk? I do not see it. The athletes are young and healthy, and there will be practically no visitors. Most of the show this time will be on TV only. So what risk?
How about the 10,000 local workers, the others that will have to deal with those staying here gathering in large numbers.
Now unless those 10,000 live alone in isolation they will be in contact with at least 3 other not working the games, who will be out in public for at least the minimum shopping,etc.. for the essentials of daily life.
Now start doing the math of how many unprotected contacts that will end up.
Remember being vaccinated protects the person vaccinated from getting seriously ill but does not mean they cannot catch covid or spread it and as we clearly know very few Japanese will be vaccinated other than the lucky elite athletes.
So now you know the risks.
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Wow, totally in shock at all these selfish comments here. These athletes wearing for years, decades even for this opportunity and you wish to deny them this?
Wow tha Kisatens near my place worked for decades, so did the Izakaya, every mom and pop store that are now closed, bankrupt , lost everything due to this mess.
My aunt's worked their whole lives to afford a comfortable retirement but what they got was covid and death as have millions and we should care about a small bunch of mostly privileged youth that will be vaccinated before everyone.
Not me I don't have any sympathy unless they and the IOC, governments want to pay all my bills and that of the rest of us who's business are not able to survive much longer or pay for our families.
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Great try doing on CBC and CTV sites but be ready for CBC to remove as they hold the broadcasting rights.
I do and people are genuinely surprised at the information and what is going on CBC is virtually silent on what the situation is in Japan.
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Why not also contact your family in Canada and politicians there to pressure Canada to not send it Olympic team. ( I have/am).
How is it Canada is under lockdown and restrictions but the government is still planning on sending it Olympic team.
I am not just singling out Canada, all here that agree the Olympics should be cancelled need to get their respective governments, media, family friends to point out what is the situation and get their countries to pull out of the games.
If enough pull out the IOC will have no choice but to cancel.
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Incorrect. Under the contract, if the Olympics is postponed twice, or cancelled on the second time, the host country must pay (using our tax money) full compensation to the IOC, etc...
Sort of yes and no.
As far as most can figure out.
If Tokyo requests the IOC to cancel and the IOC agrees, then no compensation is paid out by either side, and Media/sponsors get nothing and has no legal recourse.
But if the IOC accepts cancelling then the cancellation insurance does not pay the IOC or anyone.
If Tokyo requests and the IOC rejects cancellation and Tokyo unilaterally cancels then the IOC gets it's insurance money, the sponsors/media will then have the legal right to demand compensation from Tokyo, no actual obligation to compensate is in the contract but if Tokyo refuses the sponsors, media etc...( Not the IOC) can pursue legal action.
So actually the only way Tokyo doesn't have to pay us if the IOC is the one to formally cancel, no way they will as they will not get the insurance money and the sponsors will not get compensation and that means fewer will be willing to risk sponsoring future games.
It is now a game of chicken will Tokyo give in first and the IOC gets all the money and Tokyo pays the bill or will some form of international pressure force the IOC to give in and no one get paid compensation.
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Kudos to the Japanese for living their lives and not giving into the panic porn and embarrassing behavior by foreigners seen on JT for over a year.
You really think they have a choice?
Most would work from home not go out but the oyajis in charge of their companies refuse to change.
As I pointed out before a good friend working for KDDI call centre still goes every day to the office when it wouldn't take much to have calls transfered to the staffs homes.
None want to go in, none want to get on the crowded trains but barring quitting they have no choice and most people I know are in the same situation and most are living 3 generations in the same house with their children and elderly parents.
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I haven't spoken to a ton of Japanese about the vaccine, but I've yet to meet one who wasn't at least very leery of taking it. That includes healthcare workers.
Strange, every member of my wife's family, my children's family ( wife not their mother), all my clients, all my Japanese friends ( most of whom work for Companies that reject telework), basically everyone I know is waiting and wondering when they can get vaccinated.
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where I work, a bus comes every year to do chest xrays. Do vaccines instead.
These mobile clinics are very common and most major companies have contracts with them they also provide influenza vaccination service health checks, etc...
As I previously wrote some time back several of these mobile clinic Companies offered their services to the government and were told they were note needed.
My mother in law works in a elderly care home, the owners have several large care homes and the mobile clinic company they use offered the government to do the vaccination of all the care homes they service and were rejected.
This has become a clown show.
If this was a three Stooges or Monty Python movie, it would be so unbelievably that people would say it was to crazy.
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She's right, she is not a real stakeholder who can exert influences on the big decision. Her sms response style is also polite, prudent and sincere. Please leave her in peace.
No she is exactly the type of person needed to call out the mess going on.
She has been privileged to have a special bubble around her, now in another special bubble.
All the while I have friends undergoing cancer treatment or recovering from cancer that are confined to home because it is far to dangerous for them to go out.
They do not have any special bubble around them.
The privileged again not seen what others in their same situation are dealing with.
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This has nothing to do with covid.
This is for after covid with students in school.
This is part of a long talked about plan for all schools to eventually go paperless, the plan was supposed to replace printed textbooks with ebooks and tablets. ( But the article doesn't clarify if this is the cases here)
This plan has been proposed for years and was to be primary to senior high.
But because primary and junior high are compulsory most cities have refused to implement this idea because under the system if parents cannot afford it the city would have to supply the devices and none want to pay for it.
Home schooling and even most international schools in Japan are technically not legal for Japanese citizens from primary to junior high.
Senior High school is not compulsory or guaranteed not even a right.
So sure home schooling is an option, even international school.
But no Japanese high school certification is possible and that means no standard University entrance system.
And the children would most likely have to apply to the university as non Japanese students and this will affect tuition fees and limited openings.
Note that there is a high-school equivalency examination system but getting into University with that is not impossible but nearly impossible.
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What did anyone expect!
I mean seriously,my wife's friend works customer call service for KDDI, doesn't meet customers only phone service and here we are over one year into this mess and she still has to go into the call centre every morning with all the other customers service workers.
No telework, train every day office full.
This is one of Japan's big telecom companies and they can't or won't even set up things so the customer call centre people can service people via telework.
If KDDI won't with all its resources available, don't hold your breath expecting other Japanese companies to change.
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The tax payer should pay for the iPads, books, lunch, uniforms, etc..
Perhaps Japan should exit the 19th century and include senior high school in basic free education like every other developed country.
Japan want the rest of the developed world to treat it equally but then acts like a developing country in so many aspects including education.
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My daughter made an interesting observation.
Many elderly are avoiding any unnecessary activities because of covid-19.
If the government can continue to be this incompetent until election day, hopefully the elderly will stay home and without their votes the LDP will loose the biggest voting block they have and we may actually get a new government without LDP involved.
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If that shocked you, don't look up the cost and definitely don't look up the cost of University tuition.
My nieces in Canada are paying under $3,000 a year for McGill.
A really low ranked University in Japan will be ¥ 800,000.
If lucky and one can get into a National university then it will be ¥500,000 and up.
Welcome to Japan.
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In reference to last year's count same day:
Kanagawa 1.128 but
Kagawa 28 (today 50!)
Yes and again according to the data collected by Tokyo Keizai, at this time last year the total daily testing for the country was between 40,000 and 60,000 today it was under 8,000.
So if we take that into account and multiply the 8,000 by 5 to 40,000 tests we could expect to have the number of positive test in Kanagawa to be at lest 250 and Tokyo to be around 4,500.
Logic is that even the government admits we are now dealing with more contagious and virulent variants but somehow the numbers are a fraction of those last year.
Well yes because the number of people being tested is at least 5 times less than last year.
Don't want high numbers of covid simple solution stop testing and voila low numbers of cases.
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If an iPad is Ok then no reason a cheaper Android isn't, it is that simple.
Now I was wondering what these 2 things were:
installation fees and
Tablet maintenance (1 year):
My daughter explained that when buying iPad in one of the big electronic stores they offer these paid Services which no one under the age of 60 ever buys.
These are up-sells targetting people bthar have zero knowledge of how to use these devices.
This is a waste of money as ever child today know very well how to install apps, uninstall apps, reset tablets/smartphones, clear data, etc... My children knew how to do this stuff in junior high and they are now both adults now.
Children today know this since elementary school.
Pure money grab and some sort of fishy deal going on.
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According to the data collected by Tokyo Keizai on average the government is testing 3,500 a day across the country, plus about 4,500 private individuals are paying their own testing each day.
That average only 8,000 tests a day for all of Japan and on average the number of positive cases is around 3,000 to 4,000.
Now if people can't see something wrong here let me help,
At 40 to 50% positivity rate would make Japan the highest positivity rate in the world.
Come on Jgov stop this playlist around just to hide things before the Olympics.
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Again no mention of the number of tests, and again according to Tokyo Keizai the majority of tests were done by individuals paying out if pocket private labs after the government refused to test them.
The number of reported cases is higher than the number of tests performed by the government.
If people stopped paying for their own tests then the government would only be testing about 3,500 people a day and reporting about 1,500 cases in the country.
This is a joke, the government is trying to test as few as possible to claim low numbers,
Not having autopsies for those over 65 and not testing for the virus is the perfect combination to claim Japan is special and to claim the Olympics will be safe.
And by some of the comments here some have swallowed it all hook line and sinker.
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About as smart as shutting down air dryers in bathrooms to combat the coronavirus...
Every country did that and at least that has actually science behind it.
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The Surface Go is 32 bit only.
Surface go was discontinued in 2019
Surface go 2 is 64 bit.
I know I will get a other but but but.
Why is it Apple users cannot admit facts.
The surface go was a flop just like Windows RT because no one wanted a toy and surface Go was line having an iPad or Android tablet, Windows RT was like having iOS.
Apple is maybe coming out with a few changes but like you said you have an iPad and a Mac desktop,
I have a Surfacebook nothing else needed, tablet full PC with everything.
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Of course, I do and nothing wrong with that. iCloud/ OneDrive/Google/Tonido/Box/. Nothing on any of them to worry about
That until you read their terms of service and realise that the legal terms and language basically means they can if they want use much if what you store in them for their own use.
The only cloud storage that are safe are paid zero knowledge ones where even the company cannot access or view your stuff.
Down side is that they also cannot restore your password, or encryption key, so forget your password, your key and there is nothing anyone can do.
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by the way, while we are on the subject, when I visit family in Vancouver, I have no problem accessing Wi-fi in almost every shop, and even on the street, as most shops' WIFI extend to the general vicinity. I can survive on Wi-fi in Canada. Always do.
Yes one can do the same in most major cities in Canada including Montreal, Toronto but according to Canadian law doing so with actual being a client is theoretically illegal.
Oh but Quebec city has set up a really good free City WiFi through most of the main areas, no crazy hassle of registration, time limits, etc..
That is the problem with most of the free city WiFi in Japan you need to register, give your email, etc...and often limited to 30~60 minutes a day.
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The scary thing is these guys look like my son did when he was seriously ill as a teenager in hospital and underwent multiple surgeries!
Basically 40Kg or less being fed by a feeding tube.
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Thirty teenagers, thousands of hours of training,
They forgot hundreds of hours of cosmetic surgery, including eyes, nose, chin, cheeks, etc..
I know many in the industry around the world have cosmetic surgery but the South Koreans take to another level, they are more plastic than Ken and Barby!
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