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Posted in: Novavax vaccine 96% effective against original coronavirus, 86% vs British variant in UK trial See in context

Great. I can't wait until it's approved in Japan... several years from now.

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Posted in: COVID-19 numbers in Tokyo area creeping up, health minister says See in context

"Lifting the measures will be based on putting in place a system to ensure there's not a rebound in cases,"

Yeah, and that system is called a state of emergency. I wonder how they feel about their wait and see vaccination approach now?

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Posted in: IOC members worry about banning overseas fans from Olympics See in context

“We will understand any decision you are taking,” she said. “But the consequences of that decision might be extremely difficult for a lot of people in the world. Maybe you can take that decision as late as possible.”

That seems unlikely.

It's not unlike Japan to make decisions without consideration for anyone else on Earth.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 340 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,316 See in context

The slow pace is about to get slower.

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Posted in: Officials dealing with COVID-19 working nearly 400 hours overtime a month See in context

So much work done by so many people, resulting in so very little progress.

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Posted in: Japan to allow use of insulin syringes for COVID-19 vaccines See in context

And they'll start using them as early as next year...

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Posted in: Harvard professor ignites uproar over Korean sex slave claims See in context

I have sympathy for these women. But one thing missing in this whole affair is an honest and open discussion of the role Korean men played as interlocutors (read pimps) in the setting up and running of comfort stations. Perhaps it is with these men the contracts were signed?

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Posted in: COVID-19 inoculations in Japan off to snail pace start due to vaccine, syringe shortages See in context

In 126 years, will Japan have a population?

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Posted in: Japan may approve 2nd COVID-19 vaccine in May: health minister See in context

Okay, I got my rant off my chest.

I suspect things will be sped up. May or June is an unacceptably late timeframe for mere approval, and surely everyone knows it. With the more deadly and contagious variants out there, once the SOE is lifted cases will shoot up quickly. Mask wearing alone will not keep Japan out of the woods anymore.

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Posted in: Japan may approve 2nd COVID-19 vaccine in May: health minister See in context

 the government would be ready to consider an application by Johnson & Johnson for its single-dose vaccine if one is filed. 

Ya, I wonder why J&J haven't done that yet. I wonder why they haven't sacrificed any time and resources for the onerous application process and meaningless additional clinical trials. The Japanese minister of health is waiting and wondering.

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Posted in: Moderna, Takeda to seek vaccine approval in Japan See in context

Good news. Bad news is, ministry of health is gonna take their time approving it.

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Posted in: Tokyo area governors eye extension of state of emergency by 2 weeks See in context

despite novel coronavirus infections trending downward since it was declared in early January.

They may be trending downward, but nobody knows truly by how much. Private tests, which have been increasing, aren't reported, while the number of public tests has been going down. The government's own data is riddled with problems due to bureaucratic mistakes and fax machines. These are facts that have been reported elsewhere in the Japanese media. Add to this, more contagious and deadly variants and an unacceptably low vaccination rate... ya, I'd be "wary" too.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

Obviously, the end game is to get Ghosn back in Japan, so probably they'll hold them until they get some dirt on either Ghosn's son or wife, who both have American citizenship and can be extradited. Ghosn won't give himself up for the Taylors, but he may do for his son or wife if either of them is dragged over to Japan.

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Posted in: Woman dies from brain hemorrhage days after receiving coronavirus vaccine, but link uncertain See in context

I would suspect this is not connected to the vaccine. Japan has vaccinated about 50,000 people by now (which is pathetically low). Worldwide cases of spontaneous intercerebral hemorrhage are 26 per 100,000 people per year. So statistically speaking, out of 50,000 people, 13 are going to die of a brain hemorrhage within the year. Of course, it could have been caused by the vaccine, but it is not unusual for 1 person to die out of 50,000 from a brain hemorrhage within some amount of time after getting the vaccine. Context is important.

Unfortunately, the media here are playing this up big time. With every little single thing that happens to anyone who gets the vaccine being reported, it's only a matter of time before they stop.

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Posted in: 2 American men wanted for aiding Ghosn's escape arrive in Japan See in context

This is going to be a huge diplomatic headache for Japan. The Taylors' lawyers are going to play up every single human right violation their clients will suffer in Japan, as they should, and it's going to be bad publicity for Japan.

In a way, it's a good thing. Keep shining a bright light on Japan's injustice system.

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Posted in: Japan asks China to stop anal COVID-19 tests on Japanese citizens See in context

Does it come with a reach around?

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Posted in: Japan likely to see increased COVID-19 vaccine supply in April: Kono See in context

47 x 1170 = 54990. At least we can count on Kono to deliver 54990 doses to the whole country by the end of April. Smart thinking. None of this 100 million in 100 days stuff. Set your target so low that you won't be blamed for failure.

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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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