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Posted in: Rafael Nadal uncertain about playing in Tokyo Olympics See in context

Just say no, Rafa!

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Posted in: Japan prepares to inoculate adolescents aged 12-15 against COVID See in context

So in principle, I think it's good they are planning to vaccinate under 16's. Knowing how difficult it is for Japanese to put plans into practice, the earlier they start the better.

But like others said, they should focus on getting vaccines into arms, starting with health workers. How can ambulance drivers, or doctors and nurses who have to vaccinate others, still be unvaccinated??? Make a damn plan, but then follow it! I'm not sure of the numbers, but if it's something like 6m or 7m health workers, then something like 29m over 65's, they have a LONG way to go before they even move onto the third group, people with pre-existing conditions (under 65). I wonder how many are in this group? Then finally, they can move onto the remaining 16-65 year olds. How many of these, I wonder - 50m or so? It will be many many months if not more before they finish that group, so no way they should even think about starting on the 12-15 year olds this year.

They should in the future also extend vaccination to the under 12's. I believe in some countries, research is already going on about this.

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Posted in: Aichi city gave pharmacy chain chief, wife priority bookings for vaccination See in context

The local govt office could have just said no. Instead they said yes to reservation, then no, then smear campaign against the dude. If they just said no from the get go, it would save everyone from reading this article.

As I read it, the ordinary staff refused to let the Sugiuras jump the queue, so they pulled rank and leaned on (their buddy?) the mayor, who then forced the ordinary staff to put them at the front of the queue. I can only think, props to the staff who had the guts to try and stand up to some local bigwig, and good on Kono for rapping the mayor on the knuckles, which hopefully means these staff who did the right thing are hopefully a bit protected from retaliation by their higher-ups.

It's just a hunch, but I can't help feeling Kono is actually one of the more pragmatic ministers, who probably has minimal control over this whole fiasco of a government (non) response, and he was just set up by the ruling faction who installed Suga, to effectively destroy Kono's chances of becoming PM by being the public face of the vaccine debacle. He seems to be trying to avoid the limelight as much as poss. Maybe I'm wrong though - I'd like to know more.

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Posted in: Publisher slams gov't handling of virus in 3 newspaper ads See in context

Japan still lags most wealthy countries in its vaccination roll-out. 

Come on! Stop churning out this meaningless soundbite week after week, month after month! If Japan lags most wealthy countries, dozens of the 103 countries currently ahead of it are way wealthier can I could have imagined. I looked at the list of countries with less vaccinations and I can't see any I would describe as wealthy. Iran? Brunei? Eswatini? Japan is currently sandwiched between Belarus and Tunisia. Not that vaccination of the global population should be a race, but many who are trailing Japan are either tiny, or else suffering political instability or conflict. The nearest wealthy country, however that is defined, is New Zealand, at nearly double the rate of vaccination, but of course we also know that New Zealand has reported a total 26 deaths,.

Then again, the official Japan death rate has been calculated to be around a tenth of this estimation of total mortality, which puts it over 108,000:

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Posted in: Deaths at home in Osaka Prefecture surge amid COVID wave See in context

...rather than zone in on today’s daily Osaka death rate my gut feeling is I need to think more proactively on how we should interact with all other living things on this planet

Great idea - try starting with amoebae. I think most of us are more focused on trends that directly impact us and those close to us.

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Posted in: Japan speeds up COVID vaccine rollout for elderly See in context

Have more than a quarter of healthcare workers even been vaccinated yet?

(3 week old article)

Dr. Eiji Kusumi, the director of the Navitas Clinic, a private network of medical clinics in Tokyo, said his workers had not been inoculated. “This is the same as World War II,” he said, “when the public was told, without bullets or food, to fight with bamboo spears.”

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Posted in: Japan's seriously ill COVID-19 patients hit new high of 1,144 See in context

And I wonder what the breakdown is by age groups? Why is it that the daily infections ALWAYS include the age groups, but NEVER for the "in serious condition"?

A news segment I saw yesterday where the reporter went inside an Osaka hospital ICU, the doctor reported a clear rise in the number of seriously ill younger patients.

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Posted in: Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout See in context


"Kono works for Suga"

Agreed. Kono was given this job and has failed completely. Suga should fire Kono and replace him with somebody competent.

Kono was set up as the fall guy in this job by Suga because the sleepy combover knew full well the rollout would prove to be a red tape disaster and wanted Kono to take the blame and hence eliminate his potential PM rival. 

It's just my hunch, but I agree. I think Kono was set up to fail because the ruling faction want him eliminated from the next leadership contest. I think his near silence has been because he knew from the start that he would not have any real powers to turn this disaster around.

None of which helps us, as we are stuck in this recurring nightmare.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

Oh I get it now, all the doctors and dentists and nurses will suddenly STOP taking care of their own patients and run to answer Suga's call to inoculate everyone! Just like he expects 500 nurses to suddenly "volunteer" to assist with the Olympics!

... And they start vaccinating the next group, without mentioning that the vast majority of the previous group are still unprotected. Some essential health workers, like ambulance drivers, have not yet even been told when they can expect to get vaccinated, yet are expected to transport patients with Covid.

And though they talk about a million shots a day, I hope they have remembered to count out the 10,700 doctors and nurses they said they needed to stop caring for Japan residents to look after athletes/ staff at the Olympics.

And of course, another elephant in the room, while some countries are starting to roll out vaccination plans for the under 16's, particularly the 12-16 group, Japan has no plans for this, meaning the pandemic will swirl round and flare up again because there is a sizeable unvaccinated group. Never mind it leaves a lot of children at risk of permanent damage from a serious dose of Covid.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

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Took screenprint of error message to city office.

Told that I got the error message because the website is not ready yet. Try again after 13th

@gaijintraveller, maybe they forgot to tell you, first you need to install Windows 95 on your computer. Also, note that the webpage is only open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and you need to hold an annual member's card.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 591 new coronavirus cases; 747 in Osaka See in context

It would be good if they started logging some more useful stats, like numbers of : requests for a test refused, confirmed cases deemed mild too mild to qualify to isolate in hotels, serious cases refused hospitalisation and directed to hotels, deaths attributed to pneumonia, heart failure or stroke. Then people who are better at number crunching than I am could map trends and compare with previous years, and we could maybe get a more accurate picture of the progression of this pandemic in Japan.

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Posted in: G7 foreign ministers meet face-to-face after pandemic pause See in context

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the meeting “demonstrates diplomacy is back.”

What kind of diplomacy would that be then, Dom? Spout empty drivel diplomacy? Do as I say, not as I do diplomacy? Make a treaty and then break the terms six months later? Rattle the bars of your cot and threaten diplomacy? Please, pretty please, let me sit at the grown ups' table and 'punch above my weight' diplomacy? Let's not talk about any Russia connection diplomacy? Pathetic posturing.

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Posted in: Vice defense chief visits sites for Osaka vaccination center See in context

Army (sorry, defense force) official visits vaccination centre... seriously, this is news? Just hurry up and start doing it, Japan govt!

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Posted in: WHO pleads with G7 to step up and combat COVID See in context

There are some bizarre posting above, going off on all sorts of bizarre rants. Some can't see the wood for the trees. The idea is of working together and and sharing protection and treatment more equitably, so protection and treatment is not only for a wealthy minority. Brown simply tried to sugar the pill for those without humanitarian feelings by appealing to their self-interest, saying if you don't help poorer populations, in your own country or globally, it will come back to haunt you.

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Posted in: Britain, Japan agree to strengthen trade and security partnership See in context

Riiight, so a trade agreement with a continent two hours away door to door by rail, and 2 hours more by sea is binned, and now the UK gov is trumpeting the prospect a 'replacement' with a continent 5 to 7 weeks away by sea. Makes perfect sense.

And the UK is now small fry sitting at the negotiating table, so gets the deals that go with its ranking. Japan has already got one over on the UK with its bilateral trade agreement which is a copy and paste of the existing EU agreement that used to cover the UK, just with better terms for Japan on the things it wants.

And yes, how many in the entourage jumped the vaccine queue for this little junket?

As other posters have said, 3 months is a long time in a pandemic, and the contagion risk is pretty much 50-50. Not good news for either side, as the vaccinated can still take bring variants with them (we still don't know how much). Haven't they heard of Zoom?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 879 new coronavirus cases; 1,057 in Osaka See in context

The hospital numbers would be much, much higher, however, many are being turned away and sent home.

> How can you know that?

@zichi, @ Ashley Shiba, @Skipp - here are a few:

An example of a reported case:

A journalist's own experience of Covid:

There have also been articles on JT about people dying while "recovering at home" ie refused admission to hospital and denied treatment.

These mirror what @Ashley Shiba and @Skipp have stated. Seems like there's a definite pattern.

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Posted in: Now that classes will be online, I won’t be able to hang out with the few new friends I’ve made since being able to go to campus in April. It’s tough for me to focus during online lectures. I feel lonely... like I don’t belong anywhere. See in context

Weird how schools and universities haven't been major sources of infections but many are being shut...

Your evidence?

Daily infections show that many reported Covid cases are young: e.g. on JT yesterday May 2 , in Osaka, of 1057 reported cases, 233 were in their 20s and 114 under 20. That's 32% of reported cases. Factor in all the unreported asymptomatic, presymptomatic infections, and all those symptomatic cases who either don't bother trying to get tested, or are refused because they haven't fit the deliberately exclusionary criteria, and you have a lot of transmission going on in this age group.

I know of one national university that was reopened until the actual SoE was declared, so it's not as if they've all been online for the past year.

But I totally agree that those educators who haven't upped their game to learn to teach online if they didn't before last year are now being shown up for as lazy, stubborn or incompetent. Teaching and learning online is not rocket science, and while it's different to f2f learning, there are pros and cons to both.

And on the subject of whining about online learning, the problem in f2f classes is sometimes getting those students to put away their phones, as they live on them socially - you only have to watch young couples out on dates in a restaurant to see (well maybe not right now). They often need to be shown how to use the online world for learning - apps, YouTube, document sharing and co-editing, even things like online dictionaries, never mind using Word to create documents. Many first year undergrads arrive at uni without knowing these things. So educators need to step up and give them the keys to this world.

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Posted in: Myanmar residents urge Japan to recognize anti-junta body as gov't See in context

Who set up this organization that claims to represent the people.

Where does their funding come from?

Who do they answer to?

You are referring to the junta here, aren't you?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,050 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,262 in Osaka See in context

Ashley Shiba- are you saying people are dying from COVID at home because hospitals are refusing to treat them? That would be an utter disgrace. Though I cannot imagine a hospital would do that unless they run out of resources. That does not appear to be the case yet.

An example of a reported case:

A journalist's own experience of Covid:

There have also been articles on JT about people dying while "recovering at home" ie refused admission to hospital and denied treatment.

These mirror what @Ashley Shiba and @Skipp have stated. Seems like there's a definite pattern.

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Posted in: Japan's unused 14 mil doses of COVID-19 vaccines point to logistical hurdles See in context

 The point being that Japan has a long ways to go before it will be safe from undergoing another surge in covid cases.

Another surge? Shucks, give us time to get into the swing of the current one, will you? (see Active cases:)

...But I think we can all agree that Japan has a looong way to go.

But it has inoculated only 1.6% of its population so far, the slowest among wealthy countries.

... and as of today currently also slower than 59 'developing' countries. It has powered past Myanmar, Trinidad and Tobago and Senegal, and is level pegging with Laos, just a whisker behind North Macedonia


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Posted in: Britain to send 'strongest ever' swimming team to Tokyo See in context

... give the performance that country, and the world, deserves after going through so much rubbish with COVID-19.

I think he means right in the middle of, doesn't he ...? I feel for them, with all their training and prep, but for anyone to put their own health, and that of people in Japan, at risk is not what we here in 'that country' deserve.

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Posted in: More tests and still more questions about Tokyo Olympics See in context

I assume the daily testing of “those close to athletes” would include the volunteers.

In a recent article,

A concerned volunteer said that when she asked what protection measures there would be for volunteers, "they'll be given a small bottle of hand sanitizer and two masks each." I think the article said there would be 126,000 volunteers. Oh dear.

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccination for those under 65 may start in July: minister See in context

Over 65's are a bit more than 36 million, and are nearly 29% of the population. If you count out the under - 16's that the government is going to exclude from vaccination (why? - they could always be the last group to vaccinate, as at the lowest risk of serious illness), the over 65's are a very big chunk of the population they plan to vaccinate.

No way they will complete this by July - they've already been doing the health workers for weeks and haven't managed to finish - and that's people many of whom work at places where they can get vaccinated!

One thing this pandemic has done, is given us a unique way to compare countries' response to the same challenge, at the same moment in time. For Japan, we can all confirm what we knew already, and its knickers are showing to the rest of the world. It's really frustrating and disheartening to those of us who have spent many years and made our lives here - it doesn't bring any satisfaction at all, despite what some posters might believe.

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Posted in: Olympic host towns pull out over pandemic See in context

the legacy will remain

What a stupid statement!!!

@Paul, maybe this is the first time we have agreed on something.

My heart goes out to all those towns who have invested so much money and sweat preparing to host teams, with many residents feeling the true Olympic spirit. Many looking forward to welcome visitors from sister towns and cities and build up links. It's not for me personally, but I do think it is true hospitality, and great for people to experience. But it is also really encouraging to know that official in Kurihara is prepared to state the obvious:

"It's a project that will use our tax resources. If it becomes just athletes holding a training camp without any exchanges with local residents, local citizens won't enjoy the benefits."

We wouldn't be heading up the creek like this if the national government could talk the same way.

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Posted in: U.S. advises citizens to 'reconsider travel' to Japan See in context

'reconsider' is always governmentspeak for 'we really don't advise it, but if you go, you go at your own risk'. So anyone related to the Olympics, do you really want to risk your long term health and athletic power? Is it worth it? And just to let you know, much as many people were originally happy the Olympics were coming here to Japan, right now, people here in Japan overwhelmingly wish you would vote with your feet and stay away. That would do us a huge favour. We really wish you the best of luck in your athletic career.

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccination for those under 65 may start in July: minister See in context

The word salad pronouncements on timetables only sow confusion and doubt because there is never the full picture, so you have to try and match it up to the previous announcements with different and contradictory content. Then work out what information is missing.

For example this time: what about the fact that half the health workers haven't yet been vaccinated yet? Will they finish the over-65's before moving onto the under 65's? Why is there no mention of vulnerable groups ie. people with other health issues? It was meant to be: first, health workers, second, over-65's, third, vulnerable groups, fourth, everyone else over 16. So what happened to the third group - have they been bumped? My husband has a transplant and needs a spinal operation. I know for people who need the vaccine and are waiting, the anxiety of all this contradictory news is unbelievable. They also don't mention that getting on for a third of the population is over 65, and millions of the under-65's are vulnerable. All of this is key data for planning a meaningful schedule.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 635 coronavirus cases; 1,050 in Osaka See in context

Some quotes from another article on this site about India's current outbreak (from 10,000 daily cases to 350,000 and climbing) show how fast the situation can change for the worse:

Caught off-guard by the latest deadly spike, the federal government ...

... health experts say India had an entire year to prepare for the inevitable — and it didn’t.

....the Indian government has been "very reactive to this situation rather than being proactive.”...

... the government should have used the last year, when the virus was more under control, to develop plans to address a surge and “stockpiled medications and developed public-private partnerships" ...

“Most importantly, they should have looked at what was going on in other parts of the world and understood that it was a matter of time before they would be in a similar situation,’’ ...

Does any of this resonate?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 635 coronavirus cases; 1,050 in Osaka See in context

That is why we are not seeing so much serious illness and death here. 

There's none so blind as those who will not see. Like that renowned scientific Donald J. Trump explained to us: "If you don't test, you don't have any cases." This is page one of the Japan Olympic "playbook" . As a result, even though 'we' can't see it, medical experts have been calling for more drastic measures. By the time "we" have seen it, it will be totally out of control.

Countries that have already faced this kind of collapse (Brazil, Philippines, India, among others), have had to deal with rationing care, and seeing people die from lack of oxygen.

A competent government acts to try and avoid it ever getting to this extreme. Apart from anything, a collapsed medical system creates the perfect conditions to incubate new mutant strains.

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Posted in: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean this time? See in context

Experts have warned that a new variant of the virus, detected earlier in Britain, is rapidly spreading among younger people in offices and classrooms, causing more serious cases, overburdening hospitals and disrupting regular medical care. Testing remains insufficient despite calls for increased testing for new variants at elderly homes and for the young.

So, fine companies that can have employees working from home but have so far refused to do it. Do what Osaka is doing and get teaching online. They've had over a year to make this happen. We are talking a country that liked to tell the world it was cutting edge in electronics. Just keep schools open for children of essential workers (has been done in other countries).

And btw, last month there was talk of a homegrown Tokyo variant. Curiously this is no longer mentioned, as it puts the spotlight on the need to take action to slow down community spread, and the risk of further variants springing up within Japan if spread continues to be out of control.

And of course, there is the glaring, massive STUPIDITY of going ahead with a superspreader international event in the middle of this. Of course border control is massively important. Note to Japan: this means no matter your nationality or your reason for coming here. And of course when Bach comes, you'll bang him up at his own expense in quarantine, won't you?

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Posted in: Suga declares state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka region See in context

The patient needs an operation, but let's start with an aspirin.

Or not even that- just give them a haircut, a change of clothes and a foot massage

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