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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

Last year, the Olympics were postponed because Countries (I believe it was Canada first) withdrew out of concern for their athletes. This year, if the athletes have been vaccinated - and they probably will be - those same concerns aren't there to the same degree. So I don't think we'll see countries pull out, even if the games are held under a state of emergency.

Nevertheless, it's going to shine a big fat light on Japan's inability to manage and coordinate a national vaccination campaign. The biggest losers in all this are the residents of Japan.

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Posted in: Swimming star Ikee answers anti-Olympic messages See in context

"Myself and other athletes will accept what happens, whether the Olympics take place or not. And, of course, I will work my hardest if it goes forward. If it doesn't, I'll do my best for the next one."

That's about as good an attitude as an Olympic athlete can have under the circumstances.

Well said.

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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

The whole country is dotted with monstrous eyesores like this.

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Posted in: Japan faces longer state of emergency, casting doubt on Olympics See in context

a move that could cast doubt on the planned Summer Olympics

Let's hope the doubters become more vocal and start demanding.

No vaccine, no Olympics!

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

So, 180 days to do both shots for 900,000 people. That's 6 months people. Some countries can do that in one day.

This is nothing more than a publicity stunt to make people believe things are getting done. They need at least 10 of these sites to make a difference.

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

Good on the nurses. I support that 100%

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Posted in: Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan See in context

So, in other words, Japanese people get off light; foreign residents have their lives destroyed.

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

And yet, millions of vaccine doses sit unused in a freezer somewhere.

What is it going to take for these boneheads get things moving?

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Posted in: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: A doctor explains why benefits far outweigh risks See in context

Good information, but little use in Japan where the J&J vaccine has not been approved and probably never will be.

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Posted in: Japan's business leaders suggest ways for gov't to speed up vaccination rate See in context

Here's an idea: Don't micromanage it. Let private clinics do the vaccine (there are thousands everywhere), pay the doctors to do it, and make it available to whoever wants one.

Let people motivate themselves to get it. There is huge demand for this. Those who are hesitant can sit at home and wait.

Of course, this will never happen. The bureaucracy is too entrenched, and politicians are only responsive to the needs of people over 65.

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

Looks like all those simulations paid off.

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

Only 14 million doses for a population of 125 mil? We can't use those now. That would be unfair!!

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

So the bottleneck now is notifying elderly residents? This will take years.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,027 new coronavirus cases; Osaka 1,171 See in context

I remember reading a month or so ago a projection that there would be over 1000/day by May.

Almost right on schedule.

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus death toll tops 10,000 See in context

down 210 from Sunday.

No. Up 20 from last Monday.

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

I really hate to use this term, but this is nothing but fake news, intended to make everyone feel that progress is being made to assuage an increasingly angry and impatient public. This Tamura guy should have been fired months ago. It's unbelievable how much ineptitude politicians and bureaucrats can get away with in Japan.

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

Avoid people in their 20s, literally like the plague

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

entrenched bureaucratic hurdles

.. a bloated health ministry, multiple redundant layers of bureaucracy, overly cautious mindset... oh ya, and bureaucrats more interested in holding goodbye parties than getting down to business.

If it's true, I'm glad it's starting to weigh on public opinion. No people deserve to be governed this poorly.

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

For a country that is prone to so many natural disasters, Japan really sucks at moving fast in an emergency.

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Posted in: Fujifilm starts new late-phase trial of Avigan in Japan for COVID patients See in context

You want to force a virus to mutate? Throw anti-viral drugs at it.

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Posted in: Some foreign residents in Japan consider traveling to other countries for vaccines See in context

"If you would like to go back to your home country for inoculation, that's fine," Japan's vaccine chief Taro Kono said last Friday. "Some countries have a higher rate of COVID-19, so you should consider which is safer for your health."

Daily deaths in Japan have surpassed those in the U.K., and are no doubt going to rise as Japan's turn to reckon with the variants is now upon us. I had high hopes Kono would act decisively, but now he just seems like a smug, empty suit, like the rest of the LDP.

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Posted in: Japan expects to receive 50 mil additional doses of Pfizer vaccine See in context

A little over 1.2 million health care workers and around 19,000 people aged 65 or older had received at least one shot of the two required shots as of Monday

Okay, that's after more than 2 months of vaccinations. That truly, and utterly pathetic.

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Posted in: Suga to declare state of emergency in Osaka; no decision on Tokyo See in context

I guess they have to wait until people are sick enough to do the same for Tokyo.

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Posted in: Suga asks Pfizer for additional COVID-19 vaccine supplies See in context

Actually, Japan has already received millions of doses from the EU that are mostly sitting in freezers.

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Posted in: 84% of Americans view Japan positively: U.S. poll See in context

See if that changes if Tokyo 2021 becomes a super-spreader.

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

Ironically, by the time the Olympics start, many countries will be done with covid 19, while Japan will still be struggling.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for animal cruelty kept 58 pets in Tokyo home See in context

I don't see it as being her call to make. She's not an elected official, and not the sharpest tool in the toolshed either.

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Posted in: S Korean consortium to produce 100 mil doses a month of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine See in context

@Michael Machida

I think you are confusing this with the Chinese vaccine. Russian vaccine has been shown highly effective in a peer reviewed independent study.

Personally, I'd take any vaccine whose safety and efficacy has been independently verified. No need to get nationalistic about it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 729 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,208 in Osaka See in context

So the 20s and 30s are getting infected the most. Should we vaccinate our public facing, working people first? I know the virus is harder on the elderly, but they can shelter at home. And a lot of them don't want the vaccine anyway!

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

For once, I agree with China.

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