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Posted in: 2nd Ugandan Olympic team member in Japan tests positive for COVID See in context

That’s why we see so many cases and few serious illness these days.

Either that or the vaccines don’t work. Which is it?

I’m so sick of reading misconceptions like that. They never said the vaccines stop you from getting Covid. The vaccines are designed to stop SERIOUS CASES and DEATH from Covid-19. It really shouldn’t be that hard to understand.

“I thought bicycle helmets were supposed to stop accidents! Why are people still crashing their bikes when they wear helmets?” That’s the same straw man argument so many are making.

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Posted in: Plans to sell alcohol at Olympic venues draw criticism from thirsty Tokyo residents See in context

Found a non-LINE link too:

https://www.47news.jp/6429346.html

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Posted in: Plans to sell alcohol at Olympic venues draw criticism from thirsty Tokyo residents See in context

It’s on LINE News, so you may have to access the link from that app.

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Posted in: Plans to sell alcohol at Olympic venues draw criticism from thirsty Tokyo residents See in context

@snowymountainhell

If you can speak Japanese, here you go:

五輪会場、酒類販売を見送りへ 提供検討から一転、コロナ対策で (共同通信)

https://lin.ee/pWre5Ci?mediadetail=1?utm_source=line&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=talk

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Posted in: Plans to sell alcohol at Olympic venues draw criticism from thirsty Tokyo residents See in context

Yes, they just reversed the decision. I think the news is too fresh to be in English right now.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't backs 4-day workweek, but experts split See in context

My understanding of the 4-day work week is that you work 10 hours a day for 4 days (as opposed to 8 hours a day for 5 days) so they have no reason to cut your pay. Is that not the concept they’re thinking of here?

I was confused by all the people on the Japanese news who talked about salaries being cut with a 4-day work week. That would defeat the whole point of it! Many people would likely have to find a second job if their income were cut by 20%.

I know it’s already quite common to do “service overtime” and work 10+ hours a day here, but still… How are they missing such a basic point?

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Posted in: 97% of surveyed major Japanese firms plan workplace COVID vaccinations See in context

The Japanese government is bungling the company vaccination rollout as well.

My company was able to secure vaccination bookings for 50 people, so they held a lottery for all interested employees. The vaccinations were scheduled to start on June 28, but on Friday the clinic told my company’s HR that the Ministry of Health was unable to stick to its schedule, and now it’s unclear when they’ll begin to give us vaccinations. 

As I wrote yesterday, the level of incompetence with the vaccinations in Japan is ridiculous. It honestly feels intentional at this point.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 388 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,520 See in context

My company was able to secure vaccination bookings for 50 people, so they held a lottery for all interested employees. The vaccinations were scheduled to start on June 28, but yesterday the clinic told my company’s HR that the Ministry of Health was unable to stick to its schedule, and now it’s unclear when they’ll begin to give us vaccinations.

The level of incompetence with the vaccinations in Japan is ridiculous. It honestly feels intentional at this point.

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Posted in: Female worker being held hostage at internet cafe in Saitama See in context

The news just announced that they got the guy and the girl is unharmed (無事). I hope she’s mentally okay. What a horrible 24 hours she must’ve had.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 453 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,623 See in context

@falseflagsteve

I don’t think we’re experiencing the same reality…

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Posted in: Japan to secure COVID vaccines for 20,000 more Olympic workers See in context

@Yubaru

Huh? 75% have been vaccinated so far, and in one month, they can only get around 5% more completed?

It’s the sneaky wording: “75% have have either already been vaccinated OR ARE SCHEDULED TO BE VACCINATED.”

Who wants to bet that most of the 75% has been simply scheduled, not vaccinated?

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Posted in: Minister admits coercing Olympics app developer into cutting costs See in context

The app ... will not be equipped with some earlier planned functions such as recognizing visitors' faces and tracing their locations using a global positioning system.

So the app WON’T have GPS location monitoring? Isn’t that the whole point of it???

I thought the plan was for the athletes to have their location monitored by a phone app. That plan has already been criticized because they can just leave their phones in their rooms and go out, but if the GPS function is out, does that mean there will be NO location tracing?

If I’m misunderstanding something, I hope someone can correct me!

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Posted in: Main Tokyo vaccination center to offer shots to younger people See in context

@Ian

Article said from Saturday, is there a chance she was just referring to bookings as of now?

No, I said “from Saturday” to her and she said no, that wasn’t correct. She said that there had been no policy change with regards to age, unfortunately. Another poster further up was told the same thing when they also called the Otemachi center.

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Posted in: Main Tokyo vaccination center to offer shots to younger people See in context

The main coronavirus vaccination center in Tokyo will begin booking shots for people under 65 from Saturday, media reported on Thursday

I literally just called the Tokyo center and was told no, this is not true. The woman told me that they only expanded the areas that older people can come from, and no one under 65 will be eligible yet.

She also told me that even if the rules do change to allow everyone, we cannot make a reservation until we get a ticket from our local ward office. WTF, Japan??? Why are you complicating this so much??? It’s not like people are going to try to get triple vaccinated.

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Posted in: Trying out Japan’s 'godly' French Toast ice cream bars See in context

@Mark

Most of the label is written in katakana. I don’t expect tourists to be able to read it, but if you live here, knowing hiragana and katakana should be the bare minimum of your Japanese language skills. It’s really not hard to learn.

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Posted in: Trying out Japan’s 'godly' French Toast ice cream bars See in context

Honest question: It sounds good, but what kind of French toast uses “pie dough”? I’ve never ever heard of that before.

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Posted in: How travelers evaluate risk and comply with COVID-19 rules See in context

You don’t need English results or a paper certificate if you’re flying to the US. The CDC accepts electronic results and any language as long as the airline check-in person can read it. I called ANA and confirmed that they’re following CDC rules for the US flights. Don’t fall victim to those ridiculously priced tests or “certificates” that are all over Japan!

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Posted in: Tokyo's Yoyogi Park to be used as COVID vaccination site See in context

The tree part really bothers me. It’s not like Yoyogi Park has many trees to begin with.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 471 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,643 See in context

@Commodore Perry

Paid like JPY25,000 to have a swab jammed up my nasal passage in order to get a piece of paper with the type of test, result and so forth, written in English. To fly out of Japan.

Was that to fly to the US (judging by your username)? The CDC says the test results can be electronic and can be in languages other than English as long as the airline can read the language. I plan on using one of those ¥3,000-yen PCR tests like the ones they started in Haneda before I fly home for my dad’s funeral this summer.

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Posted in: 1,649 Tokyo Games attendees have already entered Japan under eased quarantine rules See in context

@therougou

I doubt anyone is doing a 14 day quarantine.

My husband and I did. We both were able to work remotely, so aside from getting groceries delivered promptly (the waitlists were 3+ days), it wasn’t a big problem.

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Posted in: Over 30% in Japan see rise in exposure to secondhand smoke See in context

My husband is a smoker, but he smokes only outside because he’s not an inconsiderate jerk.

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Posted in: Have you thought about going overseas to get vaccinated for the coronavirus and then coming back to Japan? See in context

Yes. My Japanese husband and I will be flying to the US this summer for my dad’s funeral, and we both plan on getting the vaccine while we’re there. Being in our 30s, I doubt Japan will offer it to us before 2022. The 2-week quarantine upon returning to Japan is no problem because we can both work remotely from our apartment.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 684 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,139 See in context

@Oxycodin

It’s been explained to you several times that number cited is the number of people hospitalized WITH SEVERE SYMPTOMS, not the total number of people hospitalized. The article also clearly says so (bolding mine):

*The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 69...*

Severe symptoms means on a ventilator, undergoing ECMO, etc... It’s really not that hard to understand.

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Posted in: U.S. warns its citizens against travel to Japan due to COVID surge See in context

@GdTokyo

Of course first I must apply to the relevant ministry for permission to leave. 

No, you don’t need to apply to leave Japan. That was only for a small period of time last fall.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

@Leo

Its not different from the US. The same thing happened here at the peak. NY and CA had a hospital ship because there was no room at the hospital. Also they set up a tent hospital.

No, it’s totally different. At least the US set up those ship and tent hospitals to keep treating people. Japanese hospitals are outright rejecting patients and sending them home or to hotels to die. There’s clearly no Hippocratic Oath here.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

I’m horrified by the idea of hospitals rejecting patients in desperate need of help.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son raises fresh doubt over Tokyo Olympics See in context

Who and on what authority is it being forced through?

What a horrible translation. Who the heck wrote the English like that? This isn’t criticism of RikiWeb because I saw the same translation on a different news site yesterday.

Son’s Japanese, 誰が何の権利で強行するのだろうか, should be translated more like this: Who is forcing the Olympics to happen and on what authority are they doing so?

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Posted in: 1.7 mil customers' data likely leaked from dating app operator See in context

The customer information also included addresses and dates of birth from identification, including passports, drivers' licenses and health insurance cards, provided to the company.

Why on earth would a dating website need your passport, driver’s license, or health insurance card??? Japanese companies ask for way too much info. I still can’t get over the fact that they wanted info on my job, monthly salary, and PARENTS when I signed up for Gold’s Gym in Tokyo about a decade ago. I was in my 20s,

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 843 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,721 See in context

@ahar Ah, that makes sense! Thank you for the explanation.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 843 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,721 See in context

Yesterday’s article:

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 766 new coronavirus cases, up 34 from Tuesday. The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 728. 

Today’s article:

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 843 new coronavirus cases, up 77 from Wednesday.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 704.

How does the average go DOWN (728 — 704) when the daily count went UP (766 — 843)? How on earth are they calculating it???

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