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Posted in: 280 sports doctors apply for 200 spots needed for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Considering vaccine roll out in Japan and the fact that IOC set a deal to vaccinate people involved in the olympics, could it be possible that part of the volunteer thought it would be their only chance to get vaccinated in a reasonable amount time ?

Also considering their specialty can some of them have thought that they will be less needed to deal with the pandemics than doctors which will end up being designated volunteer if nobody applied ?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,121 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally tops 7,000 See in context

What each time hit goal is the fact that since a few days around 50% of national deaths are from Osaka.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,121 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally tops 7,000 See in context

@Pim

Here we can find the death rate in Japan, https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/JPN/japan/death-rate

Does not seem like it is the actual death rate but based on a prospect from 2019.

Obviously we need the data about Japan but the methodology is quite transparent :

Our approach to estimating the total COVID-19 death rate is based on measurement of the excess death rate during the pandemic week by week compared to what would have been expected based on past trends and seasonality. However, the excess death rate does not equal the total COVID-19 death rate. Excess mortality is influenced by six drivers of all-cause mortality that relate to the pandemic and the social distancing mandates that came with the pandemic. These six drivers are: a) the total COVID-19 death rate, that is, all deaths directly related to COVID-19 infection; b) the increase in mortality due to needed health care being delayed or deferred during the pandemic; c) the increase in mortality due to increases in mental health disorders including depression, increased alcohol use, and increased opioid use; d) the reduction in mortality due to decreases in injuries because of general reductions in mobility associated with social distancing mandates; e) the reductions in mortality due to reduced transmission of other viruses, most notably influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, and measles; and f) the reductions in mortality due to some chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease, that occur when frail individuals who would have died from these conditions died earlier from COVID-19 instead.

Another factor to take in account with Japan is the mortality related to climate &co. Anybody know every year we lost bunch of people to natural disasters and weather, including heat waves. As 2020 went, a huge decrease in mortality could have been expected : far less major typhoon, flood, heat wave, ... and everybody being given 100.000 yens around summer thus being able to pay for aircon.

Adding reduced deaths in fields from the quote : one could want to get its hand on the whole data thinking too many people died in Japan in 2020.

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Posted in: Nurses say they are needed elsewhere, not at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Now it is doctors turn :

What pandemic? Doctors asked to volunteer at Tokyo Olympics : The Asahi Shimbun

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14342641

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Posted in: Suga says plenty of nurses available to work Olympics since 'many are taking time off now' See in context

So if I follow correctly, first Muto went around to request nurses through "being flexible with working hours and shifts and so on". And now Suga just implied something could be worked out using the one on leave.

Is it me or they do not even fake considering the nurses have a choice ? Like : we need 500 nurses, so you provide 500 nurses, period.

And not sure but is not that voluntary work thus they will not even be paid ?

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Posted in: Japan rolls out vaccine slowly, despite looming Olympics See in context

@Paul

keep washing your hands 30 times a day

So if I take Sputnik, I will turn into a butaningen with serious handwashing problem. I guess I will go for Pfizzer.

keep working from home

Ok, thank for the advice, I am fully convinced to get Pfizzer.

Sputnik bad. Pfizzer good. You did a really good job in promoting Pfizzer.

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Posted in: Osaka request for emergency will include store closures, online school classes See in context

The available evidence does not point out to higher distribution of cases among young people,

Which I said. I brought out statement from several countries that there was concern about it and more research was needed.

and B.1.1.7 has not been found to have more severe effects or anything of the kind.

Which I said.

Not to mention that you are just speculating,

Yes, I am. I took in account the previous national replies, current situations and international replies. After, if you prefer they are in adequation WHO guidance :

file:///C:/Users/owner/AppData/Local/Temp/WHO-2019-nCoV-Adjusting_PH_measures-Schools-2020.2-eng.pdf

And when I am at it UNICEF :

https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/01/1081912

= booth agree that in extreme situation school closure can be a (last resort) response as long as everything is done to protect their overall well-being, health and safety.

Osaka is a pretty big prefecture

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osaka_Prefecture

1,905.14 km2 (735.58 sq mi)

ranking 46th by size out of 47

there are a LOT of rural areas

like Misaki ? 330 persons per km²

Did not bother cheeking the city, but every other town got at least 500 persons per km².

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_Osaka_Prefecture_by_population

I live there, come again.

You understand that it is the prefecture government which is supposed to deal with the issue. If that mean providing computer with Internet to the one needing it, so be it. Same for training teachers to do online class. Same for everything else which was overlooked or not during the previous school closure.

It is more than time to have online option and will be beneficial in the long run. Lot of children every year end up out of school for long period of time, everything they will successfully create can be put in use on the long run and everything they already created for these could be adjusted for the current situation.

And as said before, it is 1 month, including golden week. If you find it is so much of a big deal to get children out of school for 1 month, please go demonstrate in front of government building so that they get rid of the horrendous summer vacation which endanger the career future of 6 to 15 years old.

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Posted in: Do we need masks outdoors? Experts weigh in See in context

What the WHO actually said can be found here (I would recommend reading it in full but if you are lazy some quote to motivate people to go to original source each time someone claim B say that without bothering offering a link) :

file:///C:/Users/owner/AppData/Local/Temp/WHO-2019-nCov-IPC_Masks-2020.5-eng-1.pdf

Regarding outdoor or social distancing :

In areas of known or suspected community or cluster SARS-CoV-2 transmission: ­

WHO advises that the general public should wear a non-medical mask in indoor (e.g. shops, shared workplaces, schools - see Table 2 for details) or outdoor settings where physical distancing of at least 1 metre cannot be maintained.­

If indoors, unless ventilation has been be assessed to be adequate1, WHO advises that the general public should wear a non-medical mask, regardless of whether physical distancing of at least 1 metre can be maintained.

Regarding sport and gym :

WHO advises that people should not wear masks during vigorous intensity physical activity (143) because masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. The most important preventive measure is to maintain physical distancing of at least 1 meter and ensure good ventilation when exercising.

If the activity takes place indoors, adequate ventilation should be ensured at all times through natural ventilation or a properly functioning or maintained ventilation system (144). Particular attention should be paid to cleaning and disinfection of the environment, especially high-touch surfaces. If all the above measures cannot be ensured, consider temporary closure of public indoor exercise facilities (e.g., gyms).

And to match guidance for mask use, putting it on and removing it during each change of setting will prove itself an asle :

•Perform hand hygiene before putting on the mask.

[...]

•Place the mask carefully, ensuring it covers the mouth and nose,adjust to the nose bridgea nd tie it securely to minimize any gaps between the face and the mask. If using ear loops, ensure these do not cross over as this widens the gap between the face and the mask.

•Avoid touching the mask while wearing it. If the mask is accidently touched, perform hand hygiene

.•Remove the mask using the appropriate technique. Do not touch the front of the mask, but rather untie it from behind.

[...]

•Either discard the mask or place it in a clean plastic resealable bag where it is kept until it can be washed and cleaned. Do not store the mask around the arm or wrist or pull it down to rest around the chin or neck.

•Perform hand hygiene immediately afterward discarding a mask. •Do not re-use single-use mask.

•Discard single-use masks after each use and properly dispose of them immediately upon removal

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Posted in: Bodies of 2 adults and 2 children found in parked car in Yokohama See in context

Reading some of comments you wonder if the spouse potential murder was fine, should just have not killed the children which could have been taken in custody. Nothing in the article pinpoint in the direction of double suicide. So the spouse could have taken care of the children as long as none being killed and even better scenario, the suicidal one should have found help so that a long life will come ahead for the 4 of them (together or not).

That is just a tragedy.

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Posted in: 'Nekokan' serves up fish fit for kitties and humans in an effort to battle food waste See in context

However, the fish can also be safely served to cats after removing the salt by soaking it in hot water and draining.

Can not they just directly make it directly without lot of salt so that cat and human can eat it both out of the can. Human can just add salt on their share if they like it. That will make it pretty convenient for disaster.

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Posted in: Osaka request for emergency will include store closures, online school classes See in context

And even if you consider the children are not keen to catch and spread B.1.1.7, who do you expect to provide education if the teachers and staff fall ill of covid-19 ?

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Posted in: Osaka request for emergency will include store closures, online school classes See in context

I think you should reread my post.

Everyone is aware that SARS-CoV-2 original was in fact not so easily spreadable by children thus closing of school was in fact not a necessity.

Now, we are talking about B.1.1.7. There are several countries which are concerned that it seems to be spread more easily by children and that further studies are needed. Do you really believe they took in account only the number of cases ?

I do not get your part about the Lancet (where did I make description of the links I gave as scientific paper, letter from my daddy or whatever?) : so I link when saying B1.1.7 does not seems to generate more severe cases and you go out of your way to explain that B.1.1.7 does not seems to generate more severe cases and that I should not skimming. Since I ended up with the same result as you ...

the distribution of cases is still lower than for most groups, with the 10-19 and 20-29 having the biggest share of distribution of cases, with about 40% of all cases

for college infections it has been identified that most of the transmission that occur in within the staff, and not with students

I get that one is about worldwide and another about Israel. But still, moreover since lot of students ended up having online class.

Closing school does mean for a lot of people depriving children of an education, or at list, making it more difficult for them to get a proper education.

That is not closing school which create that but not putting in place tool to get education. And as said before, what is around education should not be overlooked either. And we are talking about children most likely being out of school for most likely 1 month in Osaka prefecture, so it is not like it is some kind of over-difficult issue to deal with.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 711 coronavirus cases; Osaka records 1,153 See in context

But where did you find it - what’s the source/link?

Good question. The only thing I found was that : https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/hodo/saishin/corona1950.html

So 6054 tests for the 17th. But now seems they acknowledge that the 3 days delay was not so accurate.

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Posted in: Osaka request for emergency will include store closures, online school classes See in context

The most egregious one is the school measure. All evidence have shown time and time again that children are not a main focus for contagion or spread, children are not vulnerable, but on the other hand, education is CRUCIAL for proper development and career future.

We are talking about B.1.1.7 in Osaka. The data about traditional SARS-CoV-2 are kind of outdated as children seems to have become more keen to spread the virus :

https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n383

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/b-117-kids-covid-185755408.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw&tsrc=twtr

So even if they seem to not be more affected by it :

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642%2821%2900030-4/fulltext

By becoming an active vector they increase the risk of the virus reaching more susceptible to complications people even among children.

And closing school doesn't mean depriving children of education. Education do not need to cram bunch of children together in one place. The problem with closing school is more related to what is around the education part and was overlooked.

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Posted in: Japan to procure enough COVID vaccines for all eligible by end of September See in context

allowing the country to procure enough doses by the end of September to inoculate all eligible residents

They already bought enough doses of several vaccines to inoculate everybody. What happen to the others vaccines ? Like Astra and Moderna which are waiting for approval ? If they are not going to approve Astra since they are already producing it, I hope they will at least continue to produce it for countries which want it moreover since now India is in a difficult situation and will have trouble producing for itself and other.

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Posted in: Aso repeats claim that treated Fukushima water is good to drink See in context

@noriahojanen

Still going on about South Korea and China ? You understand that Japanese normally operating nuclear plant also do the same and they are not targeted. Just the Fukushima water is talked about. Perhaps time to think about why.

After I am perfectly fine with discharge being stopped worldwide. Since people claim the water is safe for consumption, they should be happy to drink it. If they prefer use time fine also with me. And again why are you going for South Korea and China. They are not the only one against this discharge neither are they the only one having nuclear plant in that part of the world. For example, lot of complain about the discharge is coming from Japan and the country also got nuclear power plant.

The issue is Aso claiming the water can be drunk. If you believe so, you should agree that the most obvious way to please everyone is to make it drinking water. So what is the point of boohooing about South Korea and China round and round. Should be proud, Aso just got a good idea.

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Posted in: Aso repeats claim that treated Fukushima water is good to drink See in context

@kennyG

Agreed for them to proceed the water to be bottled bottle and sell it.

If people think the water is safe for consumption just do it. If not, do not throw it, you clean it enough to agree to drink it as a normal basis.

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Posted in: Aso repeats claim that treated Fukushima water is good to drink See in context

@noriahojanen

"Water talks" started from the China side

No it did not. It is Japan who decided to dump the water in the sea. Then Aso which claimed it was safe to drink. Chinese just asked him to do so.

We are no in a competition about who got the more dirty water.

Lot of people from various field are opposed to the release of the water. Aso got a viable option by having it as drinking water. So why not proceed this way and direct treated by alps to a plant to produce bottle water. Do not see any reason why people thinking the water is safe for consumption will have a problem with that.

They can have just projected to built more tank and take advantage of the short half life of tritium.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/japan-plans-release-fukushima-s-contaminated-water-ocean

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay to be taken off main roads of Okinawa See in context

@azayamagori

Thanks, easier to find this way.

@snowymountainhell

Here you go :

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210406/p2a/00m/0na/027000c

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Posted in: Aso repeats claim that treated Fukushima water is good to drink See in context

So we have the perfect solution to deal with this water which will make everyone happy : bottle it and sell it, moreover since now you even have a cute mascot to promote it. People which do not want the water in the sea will be happy.

People which consider the water safe for consumption will happily buy their bottles.

Money will be generated to finance recovery.

Ecosystem will just have to deal with the leaked water and water which could potentially manage to get throught the ice wall.

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Posted in: I don’t need to clean the room and can concentrate on my work. I feel safe here, too, from a security perspective. See in context

There were only two sentences in the ARTICLE...kind of hard to give an opinion.

It is not an article but a quote. The article is here :

https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0007265265

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Posted in: Japan strengthens anti-virus measures in Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa See in context

@LifeOutSideTheBox

どうぞ

https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2021-03-03/covid-19-pfizer-astrazeneca-vaccine-ingredients-components/13137240

https://vaccinesafety.edu/components-COVID-19.htm

Please do not forget to pay the bill before leaving.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay taken off streets of Osaka See in context

hold the Osaka segment of the Olympic torch relay in Expo '70 Commemorative Park

Seems the best choice. Was wondering which place they were thinking of using since closing access to most park will be a hassle. Did not think of this one, but seems obvious, in fact, the park is already enclosed with paying access, so no difficulties totally secluding it and big enough to have torch bearer enjoy a long run.

I guess the organizers refused to let Osaka hop out.

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

@Antiquesaving

Now look at where Turkey,Chile got the rest of their Vaccine, China and Russia.

And ?

Feel free to go demonstrate in front of the Diet to get Japan to sign deal for these.

Taking the pro Pfizer USA news as a source isn't convincing.

So the 8 article coming from 8 different news provider are all pro Pfizer USA, please enjoy another pro Pfizzer USA article :

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/world/europe/eu-exports-covid-vaccine.html

when Pfizer's Vaccine has problems like blood clots

Source please.

I found no reference of it in BBC, just the usual about allergy :

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55056016

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

@Antiquesaving

Still zero sources to back your claim ?

Chile is among the leader in vaccination program :

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/19/world/chile-vaccination-romo-latam-intl/index.html

They get various vaccine, including Pfizzer, thought not sure from UE :

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/south-america/chile-ramps-up-vaccines-with-large-pfizer-shipment.html

Turkey received more than 10% of its Pfizzer vaccine :

https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/world/turkey-complete-covid-vaccine-inoculation-may-june-president-recep-tayyip-erdogan-693843

Mexico was informed of delay by Pfizzer because of the upgrade of the plant,it is not the first time a link was posted about the plant problem :

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/09/965703068/mexicos-ambitious-covid-19-vaccination-strategy-falls-into-disarray

Serbia is among the leader in vaccination, it is even donating doses (including Pfizzer) to neighbor countries or illegally smugling these :

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/serbia-donates-pfizer-covid-19-vaccines-north-macedonia-75888427

https://balkaninsight.com/2020/12/29/serbia-accused-of-playing-politics-by-sending-vaccines-to-kosovo/

There is effectively a problem with the Western Balkans as UE, which is also facing difficulties for their own supply, was late in donating the promised vaccine doses but seems it is now in process :

https://www.easternherald.com/2021/02/21/the-countries-of-the-western-balkans-are-waiting-for-the-first-shipments-of-vaccines-cnn/

https://europeanwesternbalkans.com/2021/03/29/eu-to-deliver-650000-pfizer-vaccines-to-the-western-balkans-in-april/

So to sumit up : there is delay in production plant in European countries, every countries is affected that include Europe and vaccine are still being exported out of UE.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers hit by test event cancelations for some pool sports See in context

@HimariYamada

The EU and America to honor its contract.

Japan got 0 contract with EU and US for vaccine. It got contract with Pfizzer, Astra and Moderna.

Japan got millions of Pfizzer vaccine throught EU which did not refuse any export for Pfizzer and also invested a lot of money to make it possible to mass produce vaccine for them and other countries depending of their plant and not just the vaccine itself but also all that is around like the vial. Do you have any proof that Japan paid even a single yen to EU to help improve their production capacity ? Most likely not, find none either. So perhaps you should remember that : every single vaccine dose and its vial was partly paid by the foreigner you despise.

Japan got ten of thousand of doses of Astra from the US and is producing their own. Bt guess what : Astra is still waiting for agreement from Japan, so they are just sleeping somewhere. I guess alongside Pfizzer ones.

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Posted in: China aims to vaccinate entire city in 5 days after outbreak See in context

The city has also said it would tighten controls around the porous border to try to stop anyone crossing illegally from Myanmar.

What about not for humanitarian purpose ? Did nobody told them there was quite a problem over there ?

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Posted in: Restaurants, hotels in Osaka, Hyogo and Miyagi prefectures disappointed at stricter COVID-19 steps See in context

@commanteer

How is that obvious ?

Personally, I found it obvious they did it (you know all the experts poping up around government since the start of the pandemic). Why would they not publish it, I do not think it is because they like to kept thing secret, just they did not consider appropriate to publish it as part of the content was susceptible to not be user friendly, like why you can not so easily find information about how much your life is worth for the government even for triage criteria thought we are in the middle of a pandemic, they did not come out.

Lot of government are pretty clear about the benefit of the mass-quarantine &co : protecting medical system.

If you have anything against martial law, feel free to vote for politician wanting to erase it. Have some countries used martial law in order to get their mass-quarantine ?Yes. Do all did ? No.

For human right : do not forget article 29.

Middle class, poor, small business were being crushed long before covid-19. The absence of mass-quarantine &co will not less crushed them. Who has the most to loose with the collapse of the medical system ? The rich which can easily pick up the remaining doctor and nurse to work for them ? The big corporation which will not have to pay it for their worker ?

I did not know government were actively encouraging people to go to Amazon. If Amazon is enriching itself it is because people use it instead of other website, physical store with pick up service, ... and that is not new : how many business already bankrupted thank to online shopping, streaming service, ...

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Posted in: Restaurants, hotels in Osaka, Hyogo and Miyagi prefectures disappointed at stricter COVID-19 steps See in context

@commanteer

They would also need to calculate how many lives will be lost by the lock-down measures, as well as examine the other harmful effects of essentially restricting normal human behavior and the economy. This is more difficult to quantify, but must be done.

Who said they did not ?

You seems to focus your reasoning on the consequence real/potential or supposed of lockdown as opposed to the consequence of the absence of mass quarantine&co which you seems to infer are easier to quantify.

Did you consider the potential consequence of the absence of mass quarantine&co ?

medical system overwhelmed

collapse of the medical system

diminution of available and potential medical workers

people avoiding hospital as felt unsafe

increase of avoidable death occurring due to lack of treatment

people isolating themselves and their family

children taken out of school

bankruptcy of several business depending of customers becoming scarce

increase of number of people unable due to health issue for an amount of time undetermined

increase of the number of people needing long term treatment

survivor syndrome

increase of people in precarious situation due to death/loss of job of parent/partner

building up of distrust in the government and its institution

cut of workers' right / benefit

...

Several of the effects of the mass quarantine&co will have happened no matter what, thought perhaps at the same range or the same path. Mass quarantine&co prevented others. Efficient measures (already in place or created) by some government reduced effects of the pandemic and the mass quarantine&co.

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

@ Gooch

shows that the vast majority of cases have recovered

No it do not.

It only say the number of people which were discharged. Currently, we do not have clear numerical information about people which recovered thus no website will dare to make that claim.

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