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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

It doesn't take 7.3 billion yen to develop an app. Most of the money is going to be kick-backs to the politicians, standard Japanese corruption scheme.

Moreover, Japan lacks the IT and programming talent to make such a complex app, it will undoubtedly be full of bugs and may not even work at all, since the winning bidder (if there's any bidding at all) is just some politically connected company rather than one with any actual competency. Outsourcing it to some 3rd world country will probably lead to a significantly higher quality product, and of course 99% cheaper.

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Posted in: Another LDP lawmaker quits over nightlife visit See in context

They should check the age of that girl.

Some membership-only kousai clubs in Roppongi/Nishi-Azabu area is known for tricking girls as young as 13 to serve to their members. Nothing good happens in those clubs, which depending on the club, are also major centers for drug trade, and cocaine use in some of those clubs are common as well. Those clubs have no websites or any advertisement, and you can only get in via an invitation from an existing member. Many shady things happen there, and many girls and woman are exploited there.

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Posted in: Japan begins vaccination drive, but why so late? See in context

"Experts say vaccine development in Japan has become an unpopular research area because of risks, the time-consuming process and a lack of government funding"

No, because Japanese vaccines industry is run by a few protected politically-connected companies, which even Japanese pharmaceutical companies MUST sign co-marketing or co-development agreements if they even hope that their vaccine can have a fair approval and distribution chance.

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Posted in: 1st batch of 400,000 doses of Pfizer COVID vaccine arrive in Japan See in context

Doesnt really matter to general population. The general population would be lucky to get the chance receive a dose of any type of vaccine sometimes in 2022 if not later.

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Posted in: As pandemic worsens, more medical workers bail out See in context

Well, this is expected.

Not only do these medical workers face severe discriminations in their every day lives, but the MAJORITY of them saw their salaries reduced this year despite more workload. Not only that, many doctors and nurses received no bonus payments this year either.

The government choose to give massive amount of money for the Go To Travel programs, but until this day, still REFUSES to provide financial support to the health care workers.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 868 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,534 See in context

So when a patient presents with symptoms at a clinic they must get approval from the government before getting a free test?

No only hospitals specified by the government can administer those tests. If you do not go through the government health office you cannot get the free test. There’s nothing the doctor can do to help you without the government assigning you an appointment slot at a specified hospital for the test.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 868 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,534 See in context

Does government have control over the number of daily tests issued?

For free tests, everything must get approval from government health office. Otherwise you pay 30,000-40,000 yen.

https://www.city.gotemba.lg.jp/kenkou/kanri/assets/uploads/2020/02/kensa_nagare.pdf

You cannot get a free test unless approved by government. So government have 100% control over the reported cases and number of tests they conduct

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Posted in: Japan enacts ¥19 tril extra budget to fight virus amid criticism See in context

The corruption in the Go To Campaign is crazy even in third world country standards. 1.1 Trillion Yen must be spent by end of March, and the campaign isn't even restarted. You all know that most of those money will be ending up in the bank accounts of politicians, their families, and their friends.

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

This is just a way to suppress testing so that Tokyo can get to its 500/day "reported" cases by Feb 7th, such that Go To Travel and Go To Eats can restart.

People need to understand that in order to qualify for a free test without being in the ICU, you MUST be identified as a "close contact" by these government officials, otherwise you have to pay 30,000-40,000 for a test. "Close contact" is already very strictly defined, such that as long as you are wearing a mask and cannot definitively prove that you have spent 15+ mins without masks within 2m of a confirmed case, you are not qualified as a "close contact".

Would not surprise me that Tokyo test numbers would crash by 50% in the next week due to this new rule.

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Posted in: Suga faces mounting pressure over pandemic response See in context

What pressure? National opinion polls do not matter.

The LDP maintains a strong favorable rating among the young, and the support rate is more than 6x the closest opposition. Japanese voters never betray their local political families, so LDP will be winning a landslide no matter what happens. Suga may lose his PM, but LDP is 100% winning this year's election in another landslide.

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Posted in: Japan likely to hit COVID-19 herd immunity in Oct: researcher See in context

Almost certainly will not happen. Japan government doesnt seem to be too keen on giving vaccines to the general population.

At the earliest I'd say would be late 2022. By October of this year, I'd be surprised if Japan even got 20% of the population immunized.

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Posted in: Dentsu to resume bidding for trade ministry projects See in context

I mean, majority of taxes will eventually find a way to Dentsu regardless. The Japanese government is just another business division of Dentsu, with its primary objective being to maximize profits for Dentsu.

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

Japanese government just suppressing testing to reduce those "reported" numbers while pretending that there's no covid in Japan. Hospitals beds are already pretty much full, but government have no plans to increase beds, or to provide additional resources to increase supply. In their mind, they have already "beaten" the virus. Testing will be gradually reduced up to the Olympics, you are completely on your own if you catch it in Japan. Next to 0 chance that you can get treatment if you need it.

The way Japan does contract tracing is foolish as well. Instead of trying to find contacts, they actively try to eliminate as many contacts from being defined as "close contact" as possible. You have to prove that you have been within 2 meters for 15 or more minutes without a mask to qualify for a free test. Otherwise, even if you spent days with the person, as long as you cannot prove that you were with the infected without masks for 15+ mins, you cannot qualify as a "close contact" and given the opportunity to test.

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

Majority of general population won't see the vaccine until after 2022, when the Japanese vaccines became available and all the political families can be sure that they will get sufficient tax payer money from this whole operation. As an added bonus, the Japanese vaccines will have only been tested in a few hundred people for their "phase 3", so will have no idea on its efficacy, but will nevertheless be approved.

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

Japan's politicians are so focused on getting money from the domestic vaccine makers, that they have no plans to distribute much of the foreign vaccines. To them, only money to their own political families matter. If you are a normal person, don't expect getting the vaccine until 2H 2022, when Japanese domestic vaccines tested on 500 person phase 3 trials gets approved.

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

Holding the Olympics is only for Dentsu to make its money. At this point they can just put Dentsu in the annual budget, won't make a difference, all the money will just end up going there anyways.

And the Japan model is pretty much suppress testing to lower reported numbers. I expect testing to be suppressed further leading up to the Olympics and Suga telling the world that Japan have 0 cases of covid thanks to 0 tests.

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Posted in: Japan's new university entrance exams begin See in context

Going to be multiple clusters arising from this. There's no way they can keep people safe in an enclosed indoor place for several hours straight even with masks, the virus concentration in the air will continue to rise over time and will be infectious enough for the whole room if there's only a single asymptomatic carrier.

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Posted in: Japan may consider further stimulus package for COVID-19-hit economy: Kono See in context

“Stimulus” is just a cover to loot taxpayer money to give to Dentsu, politically connected businesses, and political families. It serves no interest to any common people.

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Posted in: ¥742 bil in reserve funds added to subsidies for restaurants See in context

These money are mostly going to the super rich large business owners, with some crumbs for the small business owners. Workers and common people will never see a single yen of aid.

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Posted in: When do you think a decision will be made on whether or not to cancel the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Japan will negotiate maximum level of allowed daily infections that IOC needs for the games to proceed, and then suppress testing to match that level in terms of reported cases. It see no chance of Olympics being delayed or canceled, because Dentsu have so much to profit, and Japanese government will do everything in its power to ensure Dentsu get their cash.

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Posted in: Though the percentage of individuals who are granted bail has increased, Japan still detains suspects for significantly longer than other countries in white-collar and other crimes. Using GPS as a way to encourage more releases would be a good idea. See in context

My friend (Japanese) have been framed but have been kept detained since early December, the police is shutting off contact with everyone except her parents, and there's no trial date set even though it's been past a month. They are just trying to force a confession and let her be a scapegoat because the actual perpetrators who organized the crimes are richer people. Just standard corruption to force confessions off of poorer individuals to cover for the rich and powerful.

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Posted in: Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference See in context

Of course they would be indifferent. In order to promote Go To Travel and Go To Eat, the central government have for months spread the propaganda that travel is safe, eating in doors with packed crowds is safe, large events is safe, and even subsidizing people to do those. Now they are wondering why people kept doing the very things the government have encouraged for months.

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Posted in: Corporate bankruptcies in 2020 fall to 31-year low with gov't aid See in context

Keeping those zombie companies alive do more harm than good. Funny how the working class is subsidizing the rich companies with their tax money. The whole "stimulus" thing doesn't help anyone but the political ruling class and their friends.

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Posted in: Man served 6th arrest warrant for drugging intoxicated woman, sexually assaulting her See in context

Hope he will get long sentence.

Considering that this is Japan where rapes are rarely if ever prosecuted, it would be a miracle if he even spend a single day in jail. Find me a case where a rapist in Japan had to serve any time in Japan? You'll have to dig really deep because 99% of them either get their cases dropped or only get a suspended sentence. Rape is effectively de-facto legal in Japan because it is never enforced.

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Posted in: Gov't to expand state of emergency to cover Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo See in context

Very few of the small to mid-sized companies are doing any precautions.

Outside of the top tier companies, most employers are just doing everything as normal. Even though restaurants are closed at night, they are completely packed during lunchtime. Coupled with suppressed tested and limited treatment beds (and apparently no plans to build temp beds), Japan is heading to an even worse situation in the next 2-3 months.

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Posted in: Do you think the post-pandemic world will be awash with corporate bankruptcies and prolonged unemployment in most countries? See in context

Nope, government will bail out/throw taxpayer money at all the corporations.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 970 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,535 See in context

When test numbers are low, that means there less people with possible Covid symptons. Easy to understand..Right?

They don't randomly go out on the street and test people for no reason.

Wrong, you do not get testing even if you have symptoms in most cases. You have to have severe symptoms requiring hospitalization to even qualify to be a candidate to be offered a free test. If you are not almost dying, your chances of getting a free test is next to none. Even after paying for a private expensive test (30k-40k yen), positive results are not reported, and to get treatment, you need to then contact the health center to get request their official test. The reported positive cases are only from the tests which are approved by the government. Currently, the health office line is constantly busy, you may need to wait for days to get a test even if you apply with all the criteria satisfied.

The only other way to get tested is to be a "close contact" of someone with a confirmed covid case; however, "close contact" is very strictly defined. You must prove that you are within 2m, without a mask, for at least 15 min to qualify.

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Posted in: Suga, Bill Gates agree vaccines key for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Of course Olympics will definitely go ahead, because it is a very important issue for Dentsu.

And serving Dentsu's profits is Japanese government's most important objective. JP government would not bat an eye if they need to levy 99% tax rate on the population as long as Dentsu can take most of that tax money.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 970 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,535 See in context

All the "Japan model" needs to get better numbers is to reduce testing.

Seems like the plan is working, the much of the posters here seems to be convinced already. I see mass mask-less parties in Tokyo tonight to celebrate.

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Posted in: Johnson under fire as UK again faces onslaught of COVID-19 See in context

Boris should just learn from Japan and put on as much restrictions as possible on covid testing, then go on television and claim the low reported numbers as the success of the UK model.

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