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Posted in: COVID-19 patient in Japan receives world's first lung transplant from living donors See in context

Japan can be the best in some research or medical advances, but as the whole, all policies do depend on the slow process regulated by old fashioned politicians, and the population is the victim of the latest

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Posted in: Rapid coronavirus testing centers to open at Tokyo's Haneda airport See in context

Enjoying a trip overseas to see my family after more than two years, everything planned and booked, already at the airport drinking a cup of coffee.....

Then, the test becomes positive........

Better to have a test 1 or 2 days before to avoid any last minute surprise. This is ok eventually for business people as the company will take the burden but more risky for others

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Posted in: Suga to designate Tokyo for stronger anti-virus steps as infections spike See in context

It’s time to change stickers and posters

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Posted in: Fresh COVID case in New Zealand as it prepares for travel bubble with Australia See in context

Only 1 case for a guy in quarantine. Does it need to make the news after 1 year of covid ?

Hundred of thousands are infected everyday.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 555 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,449 See in context

Last I checked, the train is not an eatery or cafe. People need to cover up on public transport.

People are free to eat Pockys in the train.

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Posted in: Former Tokyo 2020 sports director Murofushi being treated for brain lymphoma See in context

Now, we understand why he left his position.

Defeat the devil !

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Posted in: Japan considers prioritizing Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccination See in context

Suga said he will wait for his turn, but got priority to receive the shot. Olympics athletes were not supposed to be prioritized.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 555 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,449 See in context

ZorotoToday 04:37 pm JST

Would you do the same in a restaurant or coffee shop ?

Where is it against the rules to eat and drink, in the restaurant or on the train?

There is no rule for eating / drinking or not in a train . I see people drinking water or tea everyday in the commuting train.

It is just a manner.

Now, my point is that pointing out people for not wearing a mask in such places makes no sense, as in risky place like restaurants, coffee shops, mask police officers will not intervene and keep quiet.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 555 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,449 See in context

longtimenosee

So I said to him, "Put your mask on in the train and you can eat later." He complied.

Are you a mask police officer ?

Would you do the same in a restaurant or coffee shop ?

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Posted in: Australia blames EU supply issues for slow vaccine rollout See in context

Sinovax or Sputnik is an option too.

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Posted in: Osaka declares COVID medical emergency with 878 new cases See in context

I was thinking the number of tests in Osaka was much higher than in Tokyo..... but no.

https://covid19-osaka.info/en/

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Posted in: Health minister urges Tokyo to remain vigilant as virus cases soar in Osaka See in context

@snowymountainhell

Technically , it is a wave, like the water rising 10cm due to a Tsunami, technically it remains a Tsunami.

But when we look at the graph, the 1st and 2nd wave do look much more like an undulation.

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Posted in: Health minister urges Tokyo to remain vigilant as virus cases soar in Osaka See in context

After two ripples, and a wave(January) , the third ripple is coming.

We remain quasi-vigilant, as we have always been.

Hopes the LDP members will also remain vigilant while dining and enjoying the Ginza bars.

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Posted in: New Zealand-Australia travel bubble to start on April 19 See in context

I was quarantine-free travel before covid and has certainly been the case between countries since covid. It was the case within the European Community until this year.

And quarantine-free travel within Japan too.

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Posted in: Gov't fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible 4th wave See in context

Japan have found more than 1,000 cases that only have E484K.

It seems it is the "Japan variant", but nobody among experts want to call it like that. Waiting to make sure it has not been found overseas and stir a debate about its origin ?

The above debate about who wears a mask or not in the train or the street makes non sense.

I see everyday dozens of people not wearing a mask,......in restaurants and cafes. And over 99% are Japanese. These are the places at risk, not the trains or streets.

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Posted in: Vaccine passports are latest flash point in COVID politics See in context

So in the future, I might not be able to enter a conbini for 30s to buy a beer if I do not have my vaccine passport

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases rising in 42 of Japan's 47 prefectures See in context

If the numbers are increasing then it means paper masks and 8pm curfews don’t work.

Yes because we all know that places where there is a high risk, people do not wear a mask, I.e crowded bars and restaurants.

But where there is a near zero risk like the streets, nearly everyone wears a mask and the fews like me who do not are blamed by the mask police officers.

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases rising in 42 of Japan's 47 prefectures See in context

putting a strain on the country's medical system amid

Don’t tell me the system is already under strain after this slight increase

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Posted in: Suga rocked by virus rebound in Osaka, forced to call tougher steps See in context

@ Zoroto

Osaka cases rise is not due to the government measures

Sure it is, or lack of it, to be precise.

 you can not blame the government for that.

Sure you can.

Europe had strict lockdowns and now strict restrictions but the virus is still spreading. Why ?

Because in private people do parties and do not respect the measures. That’s true for most countries.

That is why the government can not do everything . For sure, politics are not exempted as they themselves do to diners.....But at a certain level, it is the people responsibilities. A strict lockdown by Japan would also have been criticized. And it becomes a nanny state, also criticized.

I just see that Japanese are humans and after taking on themselves for a while, with the spring coming , a lot do just want to enjoy, and the government can not do anything for that.

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Posted in: Suga rocked by virus rebound in Osaka, forced to call tougher steps See in context

Japan's failure to sufficiently stem the spread of the coronavirus under a state of emergency has led to an unexpectedly sharp rise in the number of new cases in Osaka,

Osaka cases rise is not due to the government measures, the virus spread is due to people’s behavior. Measures good or not have been implemented at a certain level, but when people do parties, go to crowded restaurants and izakayas, you can not blame the government for that. People are responsible of their own behavior. Many do not care anymore whatever the government does or not.

the rebound is minimal. Japan plays with low numbers

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Posted in: Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators See in context

It will not work

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 440 coronavirus cases; Osaka 613 See in context

Ricky SanchezToday 06:01 pm JST

Common sense tells us the number of people you test, the number of people that test positive increases. If you keep testing below 10k every day, then the numbers won't change much as we have seen.

You can test 10 times more but you will not get 10 times more positives. More for sure, but not so much. Because you will test people without symptoms and the majority does not have covid

NOMINATIONToday 08:10 pm JST

A couple doctors I know said that they haven't had a single flu patient this year. Either masks are doing the trick or people hesitate to go to the hospital.

Yes, and many did rush to get the flu shot per doctors advice and frenzy media. Glad I did not get the shot as usual. In Japan, the ministry recommend the shot for people over 65, but this has became cultural for the whole population, which is not at risk.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 440 coronavirus cases; Osaka 613 See in context

These numbers are very low considering the size of the Japanese population

Should be read, These numbers are very low considering the size of the Tokyo population.

And this is right. Numbers are low not only because test numbers are low, but because the number of infected people remains low. That’s a fact, otherwise you would see what happened in Wuhan, Italy, New York and a few other places where dead people were packed outside hospitals. This is not happening here

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 475 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,592 See in context

@Zoroto

I believe most numbers for a day are actually based on tests the day before, regardless of what they say

At least someone understands.

I have been saying that since the fall and the 3 days gap is just the way to report. This gap was true at the beginning but not anymore, for the last six months. The way to report has just been kept but most results do come within one day, sometimes two. My thoughts were confirmed on the J tv.

Easy to understand as positive cases are low on Monday, following the weekend. In no way, it can be a sudden positive rate jumping five fold or the opposite.

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Posted in: Osaka leg of Olympic torch relay should be canceled, governor says See in context

He is right but says that once it has started, when it is getting more difficult to cancel it.

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Posted in: ANA provides luxury meal experience on parked airplane in Tokyo See in context

Pricey

And how does this help people during the pandemic?

It helps ANA to try to stay afloat and provides to the people who can afford it a moment of relaxation and pleasure.

Business and first class diners are good, wines too.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 414 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,832 See in context

If you have been fine up to now, you will be fine !

Unless being a bar and Izakaya lover.

A study in December showed that 1.3% of people in Tokyo had covid antibodies. In some other cities , it was less than 1%. That shows that basically over 98% of the population has been covid free in 2020. No need to see the danger everywhere

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Posted in: Cherry blossoms' early bloom due to climate change, say experts See in context

Climate change is a fact.

March 27 in the years 1612, 1409 and 1236

But early blossoms are not something new.

So the trend must be said. What about the 10 year moving average ? It is more relevant

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Posted in: Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Olympics See in context

Major sport events have been held overseas and can be held, but the problem is more about the logistics and how to keep everyone in a bubble. It is at 100% impossible. But all the ones coming here will have PCR tests before and after arrival and are supposed to be negative so the risk is actually low. Of course, some vips will keep off the rules.....

In major sports in Europe, pro athletes have a PCR nearly every week and/or before every races.

All this nightmare makes the Olympics should be postponed and held in better conditions

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Posted in: Health minister apologizes for late-night party by 23 employees See in context

"What on earth are they doing?"

Maybe enjoying the life. Working in the ministry is not easy everyday, certainly boring.

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