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Posted in: Wealthy nations, once praised for success against virus, lag in vaccinations See in context

Let's face it. USA and UK were doing so bad they had to force-feed the vaccinations.

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Posted in: Pfizer vaccine effective against COVID-19 variants in Japan: study See in context

while 97 percent had antibodies against the variant detected in India, the study showed.

Wait, isn't that the variant the media was telling us would be the end of Japan?

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

“No Olympics anywhere, No Olympics anywhere,” he said, before using a profanity and adding “No Olympics in LA, No Olympics in Tokyo,” before the line was cut. The 2028 Olympics will be held in Los Angeles.

Nutter. No wonder IOC is ignoring them.

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors claim Ghosn said Nissan pay plan was not set See in context

Why is it that every pic they have of Ghosn, they have him looking like an evil/bad person?

That's just the way he looks.

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

salesforce was down for a short bit in the morning. no big deal. move on.

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Posted in: Opposition leader Edano says Olympics cannot be held safely See in context

Risk analysis do not require predictions, do the games liberate more resources? then it could be possible that the number of deaths would be reduced thanks to it, but the reality is the opposite, so any death that could be prevented with more resources can be validly said to be originated by the use of those resources for other purposes, like the games.

That is assuming there will be more deaths, which is not a given since Tokyo is seeing deaths only in the single digits per day. If Tokyo was seeing hundreds or thousands of deaths, then I would be inclined to agree with you, but based on the stats up until now, the more likely outcome is that there will be no impact at all.

That other places are worse than Tokyo do not automatically means there is plenty to spare in the city, what have the experts said about the health services in Tokyo? In January over 80% of the hospital occupancy was filled in Tokyo, and this time is not looking better.

January, yes, but as of now it is only 39% in Tokyo. So either the situation is not as bad as January, or they have freed up more hospital beds.

https://www.stopcovid19.jp/mhlw-beds.html

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/special/coronavirus/hospital/

The state of emergency declarations specifically call for people to refrain from visiting the city and to congregate in large numbers because experts correlate this movement (and big events) to a higher spreading of the disease.

That is assuming there will be a state of emergency in Tokyo during the games, which again is just a guess. If they hold the current SOE long enough it will not likely be necessary.

Testing is only half of the necessary measures that have proved to be effective, the other part is complete isolation. Volunteers are precisely what makes the environment in the games NOT a controlled environment, people are not going to interact with tested/quarantined people only, but with thousands volunteers that can be infected or become infected at any point, specially in a city with a large number of positive cases every day.

It is controlled in the sense that they will have protocols to follow, unlike the average visitor on a normal day. They will only make up a small portion of the visitors to Tokyo, as well. Not to mention, Tokyo doesn't have a large number of cases when you consider the massive size of the city.

You are betting lives that this will happen, even when there are plenty of examples in other countries where a growing number of cases is not reduced by summer. See the numbers of Brazil for example, did the summer interrupted the spreading? of course not.

As mentioned Tokyo only has a few deaths to begin with, so yes I would take that bet any day. And comparing with other countries isn't helpful when we know full well that in Japan the summer did interrupt the spreading.

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Posted in: Opposition leader Edano says Olympics cannot be held safely See in context

Because resources that are extremely necessary for the control of the pandemic and the treatment of the affected individuals are being diverted for the games, if people are dying now when those resources are supposedly available, what would you think will happen when they become scarcer thanks to the huge event?

So how many resources does Tokyo have and how many will they need? If you have no clue, you can't predict what would happen. Hospital wise, they are in a much better situation than say, Osaka.

For example if Tokyo cannot even manage to test a fraction of what is necessary to follow properly the pandemic what will happen with thousands more of daily tests become necessary?

Who says they can't manage it? Again, it is just your guess.

how about the beds that have to be reserved for the participants according to the contract? Why would you compare the games with "the norm" when this is obviously completely outside of what is even recommended.

I was comparing the number of visitors to the norm, since that's all that Edano based his complaint on. He doesn't provide anything on what is recommended, or how athletes/coaches in a controlled environment will pose a great risk.

More people will enter Tokyo than what is actually recommended for a city where the disease is going into widespread dissemination.

Again, where does this recommendation come from?

It is still an event that puts thousands of people in close contact of each other, including thousands of volunteers that will commute to their houses every day. Are they also going to be tested daily? are the dozens of people that were in contact with any positive in the few days before the test held in isolation?

It was already announced in April the athletes will be tested daily. Volunteers won't be a huge number compared to average daily commuters in Japan.

You are also not taking into account that the situation will most likely improve in the hot summer, as history has shown. Not that I would expect you to, though. Although your posts can be informative, you do have a tendency to take the worst case scenario and pass it off as a fact.

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Posted in: Opposition leader Edano says Olympics cannot be held safely See in context

Edano got it right and I hope that many Japanese voters will remember his remarks during the next election!

The opposition spends all their time whining and making deconstructive comments, so not any real basis for election there.

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Posted in: Opposition leader Edano says Olympics cannot be held safely See in context

If the purpose is to stop variants from entering the country there would be many other measures that should be put in order first, so that is not actually so important.

But the huge amount of resources that need to be used for the games is an extra weight that holds over the city at a time where the health of the population is at risk. It has become clear that holding the games will cost lives.

How exactly is it "clear the games will cost lives"? The number of people coming in will be less than the norm, even not counting returning Japanese. And they will be tested more often than the average Joe.

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Posted in: Opposition leader Edano says Olympics cannot be held safely See in context

The opposition opposes something. Wow that is news!

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Posted in: Government advisor sparks anger with tweet laughing off calls for Olympic cancelation See in context

Simple Google Search of a few selected Thirds world countries Corona Deaths as of May 10th

Ghana- 783

Namibia- 691

Ivory coast- 291

Burundi- 6

Western Sahara- 1

Mauritius - 17

The problem with your simple search is you don't take into account the population and other factors.

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Posted in: 'No doubt' U.S. has undercounted COVID deaths: Fauci See in context

When the hospitals make extra bucks for treating covid patients, there is no way they are undercounting.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

Would Japanese government humbly accept vaccines from China? Due to the lack of vaccines over 10,000 people have died so far, millions got infected, lack of vaccines is strongly affecting the revenues of businesses and mental health of everybody. Prejudice against China should be put aside and consider their vaccines.

Obviously you missed the other article saying Japan has a stockpile of unused vaccinations.

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Posted in: Osaka man finds stranger eating in his kitchen at night; intruder dies shortly after See in context

btw they have locks on doors for a reason.

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Posted in: Osaka man finds stranger eating in his kitchen at night; intruder dies shortly after See in context

“Sounds like the victims might have choked him to death, but it was self-defense.”

Not if he was just trying to flee

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Posted in: Japan's seriously ill COVID-19 patients hit new high of 1,144 See in context

Considering it's out of a population 126 million, not enough to get hysterical.

Shouldn't be a big deal, but I don't think the hospital workers are lying. Seems we still have a situation where some hospitals have all the burden.

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Posted in: Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout See in context

As long as Kono is the one calling the shots, we won't be getting them any time soon.

You can't pin everything on one person. Kono obviously delivered the vaccines as promised. It's up to each local government to administer them. I would say he should have given a greater share to the large cities though. I do believe they are getting more but obviously not enough. The inaka prefectures with 0 or 1 infections can wait...

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Posted in: Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout See in context

"Local government employees are really working hard, as are the call center staff so I ask that people refrain from issuing complaints as much as possible," Kono told reporters on Friday.

Old people calling by phone and asking questions. What could go wrong? My mother in law couldn't even get through.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

Action mean everything. Speak after 10万人a day regularly.

They already are. Just check yahoo Japan as I mentioned.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

OK, Mr Suga - show your working. Exactly when did we achieve 333,000 shots per day?

Yahoo Japan shows the total and daily increase on its top page. The rate of increase has been steadily going up but It stalled throughout the entire Golden week, which would explain why the total is still low. They need to vaccinate on weekends and holidays..

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Posted in: Tokyo’s anti-crowding coronavirus countermeasures backfire on trains See in context

This is why, folks, the are no conspiracies. They just aren't very smart.

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Posted in: Japanese NBA player Hachimura, brother targeted with racial slurs See in context

Osaka Naomi and Hachimura are World Class athletes, but still second class citizens in the eyes of some.

With Osaka it is somewhat understandable since she doesn't speak a lick of Japanese and would have chosen USA if they sponsored her.

The Hachimuras are as Japanese as they come, though.

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

Someone (some people?) actually thought this was a good idea!

Squid is a local delicacy in Noto

Yeah, and in a thousand other places. Let me guess - it tastes better there, right? Give back the rest of the relief money. Now!

The fact that is a delicacy in other places is precisely why they need this statue to stand out. Good forward thinking instead of blowing the money on temporary measures.

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Posted in: 19-year-old drunk driver arrested after passenger dies in crash See in context

This is why I don't own a car in Japan. Too dangerous. Its easy to have a chu high then jump in your car to pick up the girlfriend for a night of fine dining and dancing. Instead, I stay home, drink, and watch a movie. Boring yes. Safe, indeed.

Trains run late enough you can have fun without a car.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for dumping boiling water on 1-year-old daughter See in context

It mentions nowhere that she is a single mother, why so many posters assuming that?

Almost every time the posters will try to find a way to bash Japan, even if it means inventing things.

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Posted in: Japan's child population hits record low after 40 years of decline See in context

And health insurance rate went up again as usual. Mostly used to support the growing elderly population despite their huge bubble-era retirement packages. This will only get worse and worse.

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching passerby who asked him to wear mask See in context

There is a need to wear masks outside until the majority of the people are vaccinated. Very few people in our location don't wear a mask.

I see many Japanese wearing a mask even when driving alone in their car with the windows up. So just because other people are doing it doesn't make it necessary. I prefer to keep my mask off when walking or riding my bike, until I get close to a station or somewhere crowded.

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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.

They don't do them all at one site though. Don't compare one vaccination site to an entire country.

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Posted in: As U.S. vaccine demand falls, states look to new solutions See in context

No problem. I mentioned CA as I was checking out if it's worth flying back for a vaccine. Seems yes.

If you are careful I guess. I'm from USA too and some of my friends and relatives there started getting infected just recently. False sense of security, I guess. Anyway pointless for me to go back until my kids can get vaccinated.

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Posted in: As U.S. vaccine demand falls, states look to new solutions See in context

No. I had the choice between Australia and Japan for my job. I made the wrong choice, very clearly.

OK, my bad. You mentioned California so I jumped to a conclusion.

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