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Posted in: Survey shows many seniors undecided about vaccination See in context

I feel bad that they've been misinformed about the vaccine. But I hope their hesitancy doesn't mean it will take longer for me to get my shot.

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Posted in: Takeda starts clinical trial of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in Japan See in context

Godspeed to those 200 brave souls who are putting their lives on the line for the health and safety of the Japanese people in this redundant waste of time, delaying the deployment of a vaccine that has already been tested on over 30000 people worldwide.

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Posted in: Nissan ex-CEO tells Japanese court Ghosn's pay was too low See in context

retirement pay, consultant fees and a non-compete agreement to prevent him from moving to a competitor.

I don't know, that all sounds pretty legit to me. Did it have to be reported as an expense at the time of agreement? I wouldn't expect that, since he wouldn't be receiving the money until some time in the future. And there is no guarantee that he would get the money. If, for example, Ghosn dies a year after retiring, Nissan would not owe that money to his estate.

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Posted in: Toyota begins building smart city near Mt Fuji See in context

That's exactly what you need in a declining population: another city.

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Posted in: If you die from the COVID-19 vaccine in Japan, the government will give your family over ¥44 mil See in context

Hmm... is there a way to increase the odds of death prior to getting a vaccine? I can imagine many adult children living off their elderly parents' pension wondering about that.

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Posted in: Japan considers creating waiting lists for COVID-19 vaccine: Kono See in context

"We should prioritize not wasting vaccines, rather than sticking to the priority order"

Now that is the most sensible idea to come out of the government this whole pandemic.

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Posted in: Fujifilm to restart clinical trial of Avigan to treat COVID-19: report See in context

Probably just spending money that was earmarked months ago. Once the decision is made, it's made. Money's gotta be spent, even though the drug has been proven already not to work. Worst case scenario, it forces the virus to mutate, making it more virulent. This is something that has been suspected of antiviral medication for a while. Here's my reference:,New%20research%20raises%20concerns%20about%20an%20emerging%20strategy%20for%20stopping,virulent%20than%20before%20drug%20treatment.

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Posted in: Kono warns of slower pace of COVID vaccine shots for elderly after supply delay See in context

We'll, it's a good thing they've approved more than one. Oh, wait...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 327 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,234 See in context

snowymountainhell, it's not so much the number of tests as it is the difficulty of getting one when you should. If only 10,000 or so people wanted to get a test, fine. But on any given day, surely there are more than 10,000 people with covid 19 symptoms that should be getting a test but can't. At this point in the pandemic, that's just stupid. By now, you must at least know someone who knows someone who was sick and couldn't get a test. That's the problem.

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

Doesn't change my mind. Make the vaccine available right now to people who WANT it. Stop wasting time persuading those that don't, or waiting for them to make up their minds.

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Posted in: Kono says supply will determine vaccination progress See in context

Only 2 other companies have bothered to start Japan's onerous application or additional clinical trials process. Me thinks this has more to do with the progress of vaccination in Japan than syringes.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 350 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,305 See in context

Would like to know how prevalent new variants are. I guess they haven't set up the genetic sequencing here yet.

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Posted in: Japan may delay COVID-19 timetable for inoculating elderly See in context

Releasing details about all side effects, regardless of whether the vaccine is the cause, will bring a quick end to the Pfizer vaccine in this country. Or at least, another long delay.

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Posted in: Some remain skeptical as Japan set to roll out vaccines on Wednesday See in context

Every person over 65 who doesn't want a vaccine brings me closer to my turn. I just hope time is not wasted waiting for these people to get off the fence.

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Posted in: Some remain skeptical as Japan set to roll out vaccines on Wednesday See in context

If you are offered a vaccine and don't take it, fine. If you get infected and end up in the hospital, good luck. If you infect someone who wants to be vaccinated but hasn't, either for health reasons, or they just haven't had their turn yet, and that person ends up in an ICU, it's your fault.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court allows extradition to Japan of Ghosn escape aides See in context

They'll be held without bail for a trial that will be intentionally delayed for many years. Unless, of course, they confess and repent.

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Posted in: Gov't to review next week early lifting of state of emergency See in context

The SOE, as moderate as it is, seems to be having some effect. Why lift it now with those more contagious and lethal variants out there? Japan hasn't even begun vaccinating either. Keep the SOE at least until vaccinations are underway in earnest. The virus is still a danger. Just check at the number of deaths reported on Feb 11. Highest ever.

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Posted in: Japan eyes Sunday approval of Pfizer vaccine, accelerating schedule See in context

Don't get too excited folks. The vaccine has to go through yet another study. And if only one person in the 20000 has a negative reaction to the shot, it will be all over the news, and we are back to square one.

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Posted in: Australia urges calm over AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after S Africa suspends use See in context

I would still take it, but it would be good to know if it can protect against long-term covid after effects, which can occur after mild to moderate disease.

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Posted in: COVID-19 infections in Tokyo may have jumped nine-fold, antibody survey shows See in context

If you do the math, 0.19% of Tokyo's population is less than the official case count. Either the study is flawed, or people who had been infected have lost their immunity. Or both.

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Posted in: BioNTech 'confident' it will meet Japan's COVID-19 vaccine demand See in context

How much demand is there in Japan for a Covid-19 vaccine? Given how slowly Japan is moving to approve vaccines, the manufacturers must be thinking they can put Japan at the back of the line. Other countries are practically fighting over it. Japan is more like "hmm, give us more time to think about it, and we'll get back to you." With an attitude like that, don't expect any urgent deliveries.

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Posted in: EU vaccine curbs may delay Japan's inoculation drive See in context

Not very nice on the part of EU.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 393 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,792 See in context

There were also 108 deaths reported on Jan 31st, 2nd highest level ever. While it's good that infections are going down, I hope it doesn't decrease the urgency of starting vaccinations.

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Posted in: Two million Western Australians in lockdown after one coronavirus case found See in context

The vaccination program will cost A$250 per Australian. Nothing against vaccinations, but that sounds like a lot.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 633 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,673 See in context

More important than simply checking the numbers is checking the presence of new variants. I hope this is being done systematically, but I doubt it. Maybe they'll start doing that 'as early as' next year.

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Posted in: Insurers face 'mind-blowingly' large loss if Olympics canceled See in context

No tax payer funded bailouts please

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Posted in: Virus vaccination drill conducted in Kawasaki See in context

open and close depending on vaccine supplies

So, closed until May or June?

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Posted in: Kono says gov't will shoulder all costs associated with coronavirus vaccinations See in context

We'll pay for it one way or another. And we won't be getting it anytime soon. 2 months from now (or maybe less) we'll be reading in the news about delays in shipments to Japan. Pfizer is already behind on its commitments to other countries, and Japan is way behind in the cue. Approval of other vaccines is far away in the pipeline. AstraZeneca has finished their clinical trials, but they have not even applied for approval yet. Moderna won't come online till May at the very earliest. It will be 2022 at least before under 65s get their shot, right about time the tax bill for all of this is due.

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Posted in: Japan to start random PCR testing to ascertain extent of infections See in context

I'm getting really tired of reading about things that Japan should already be doing - things that are not that complicated to set up - with the phrase "as early as" and some ridiculously far off date.

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Posted in: Education adds to Japan's latest exports to developing nations See in context

If they could see what happens to Japanese kids by the time they reach university, I think they'd have second thoughts about Japanese education.

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