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Toshio Uemura

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  1. This is an article from 2017. So it is not conspiracy theory, just some info, that I found rather interesting:
  2. I build a simple device like this myself for the same purpose, masks and smart phones.
  3. I hope so too. But I am afraid we won’t. It just progresses slower. I did the calculations below on March 24th. And they predict 2300 official cases by April 4th if no countermeasures like social distancing would be enforced And it looks like we are getting there, So let’s hope you are right. Hope dies last. I hope this hope will drive our actions.
  4. Interesting but obviously not fact based: we love sweets and we eat a lot of white rice 🍚 Just look at the data. https://www.indexmundi.com/facts/indicators/SH.STA.DIAB.ZS/rankings
  5. One reason that Italy has been hit so badly, according to the WHO, is the age of its population: The country has the oldest average age in Europe, the second oldest in the world, and coronavirus disproportionately affects the elderly, whose immune systems may not be strong enough to stave off the pneumonia the virus causes. Here, Japan one-ups Italy, our population is the world’s oldest and is just as vulnerable. A common factor behind the deaths recorded in China was smoking — those with already damaged lungs are more likely to succumb to pneumonia. Here again, Japan triumphs in its vulnerability — the government still owns 33 percent of Japan Tobacco and legislation toward smoking here is extremely lax. In 2017, Japan had the highest rate of male smoking among the G7 nations. And it’s not like Japan has placed strict measures on its citizens to keep the disease under control. It has neither imposed the level of quarantine we saw in China to curb the outbreak, nor has it been strict with its travel restrictions. Most travelers can still visit Japan, and those from restricted countries aren’t banned entirely, they are just asked to voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days. But this may change in the next few days. So again you have to ask why the difference? How is Japan reporting such low numbers? The cynical answer points to the country’s low testing rates, that Japan has recorded such a low number of cases precisely because it isn’t testing. Of course, a question mark hangs over the Olympics and whether the government is attempting to keep confirmed cases low so that the games proceed as planned. Unlike South Korea, where we are seeing rigorous testing and despite WHOs advice to “test, test, test,” Japan has stuck to a policy of testing only those with extended visible symptoms or a history of direct contact with those who have tested positive, attempting to isolate small clusters before they grow. New tests that produce results in 10-15 minutes are becoming available, but even with the improved tech, under the current policy a test will only be administered in the most extreme circumstances, when people have had a fever for four days or more. But if the government’s testing regime is a failure, surely we’d see evidence of the disease’s spread in other ways. Its presence would appear not as positive test results but in the guise of an overwhelmed health care system and overcrowded mortuaries. We have seen no such evidence. Three trains of thought lead from here: conspiracy, good fortune and efficacy. Conspiracy would suggest that there is a widespread cover up, that people are dying in their homes, untested and untreated, or being given false death records in hospital. It is, however, hard to believe that a nation’s worth of doctors would be, or could be, silent if the number of deaths we are seeing in Italy were occurring here. While an authoritarian government might dream of being able to control its population to that extent, the reality is unattainable; doctors would speak out to prevent deaths - we saw them speaking out in China, we’d see it here. It is equally hard to get onboard the second train of thought: that Japan is simply fortunate. That the disease here just hasn’t spread in the way it has elsewhere due to a number of pre-existing conditions: relatively less social intimacy (bowing vs. shaking hands), an inclination to wear masks when sick that has existed since long before this coronavirus, already high rates of isolation amongst the elderly, and what little voluntary self-isolation and social distancing there is has meant that Japan is flattening its curve without a truly active attempt to. Then there is the third option, that Japan’s “just enough” efforts, built upon those pre-existing conditions have simply worked. That targeted testing where needed has contained the disease where it has emerged; that early closure of mass events did do enough to prevent widespread contact of the infected with the healthy; and that decentralized efforts stemming from individuals and corporations have halted its spread without heavy-handed government directive. But “just enough” feels like an awfully precarious position to be in and without the coordinated efforts that have forced other populations to limit the spread of the virus, you have to ask: How long will the situation last? The “critical” two-to-three week containment period proclaimed by PM Shinzo Abe at the end of February has now come to an end and some schools are set to reopen. If you head out to places like Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station or Shibuya Crossing, you’ll see them packed. We’re now enjoying a three-day weekend, and it is the start of hanami (cherry blossoms viewing) season, which is typically marked by large picnics and parties beneath the trees. Already Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the capital’s largest parks, is busy with people taking pictures and swarming close between the nascent blossoms. While official hanami events have been cancelled, the practice is so ingrained in the culture that it is hard to imagine people showing such restraint as to cancel picnics in their entirety. If Japan’s not yet seen the worst of the disease, and studies suggest that it is yet to, will this be the catalyst?
  6. Personally, I find the middle age version more fashionable 🤣
  7. Great proactive device. This may safe many people from getting infected and help training the awareness of what your hands subconsciously do. I use a little bamboo hand (see below) to scratch my nose or other parts of the face, when it is itching. I also used old suspenders fixed to my belt and wrists to get to this awareness. Many ladies here in Japan wear sun visors integrated in “fashionable” hats for the same purpose. You can make this easily yourself with a clear folder or clear plastic sheet and a head band. i think a lot depends on awareness and making subconscious behavior conscious.
  8. Yes. And I have heard the German top virologist, director of the Robert Koch Institute, say something similar on national TV. I believe they are afraid if the public buys off too many 😷 masks, their health staff is running out of supplies. While I consider this a legitimate reason, it is still misinformation regarding the public. Kind of sneaky. Here in Japan in previous years, masks were sold for public use and sold to the public in various shapes and fashionable designs, since we have to deal with yellow sand and PM2.5 peaks, Sugi tree 🌲 pollens and of course regular flu prevention. So most Japanese, young and old, have larger stocks at home by default. However few weeks after the outbreak in Wuhan, some people started with hoarding until shelves were empty. But as you can see in the video, most people wear masks, almost by default, and the ones who don’t, they probably do that because they decided not to do so, rather than because of having none available.
  9. I agree. This can not be emphasized enough. It is an important point often overlooked. I recommend the people who hoarded all the toilet paper start wrapping it around their faces.
  10. And here is a quite realistic impression of the awareness in Japan. I can confirm these images. They also reflect the reality here in the countryside and in smaller cities.
  11. Important Here is one of the most profound interviews on this pandemic that I have seen so far on the internet. it is an interview with a leading South Korean doctor and virologist, who is fighting the outbreak. He gives answers to many questions such as the effectiveness of wearing masks 😷 and he gives various scenarios on when and how all this may or may not end. Those of you, who have not seen this, please watch it to the end it contains very compelling and fact based information. Please share this with other people, if you consider it worth sharing. Thank you!
  12. It is interesting to look at live Webcams in major cities around the world. Even Iran has them. Here is Tokyo right now: At least the EUCs folks are staying put. Or is it the rain?
  13. It’s naive (if not insulting!) to believe or state that Chinese are not able to count. They are very able! But people in charge, who know the real numbers, may have chosen or may have been ordered to keep the results of their counts under lock and key. And I am sure there are other nations (or in your vocabulary: other „Chinese“) who also „aren’t able to count!“ Below just two examples:
  14. It’s the Rolls-Royce among the EUCs. Looks really great 👍 what’s that blue stand you are using there? Is that self made too? Or can I buy it somewhere?
  15. If China wanted to hurt Europe or other countries, they wouldn’t need a nuclear bomb or even develop a bio weapon to create an intentional outbreak, they just had to stop supplying the rest of the world with antibiotics and other essential drugs many western countries desperately depend on. This would diminish a large part of the older population in those countries within a few years. And nobody could even blame China. They just had to whisper two magic words: “China first!” So I agree with you. A conspiracy to kill off the old is rather far fetched.
  16. Take your hands after eating ice cream or chocolate. Is there a difference, whether you just wipe them with paper or wash them with water? Here in Japan we believe there is. May be the people who don’t like change can try this little experiment. It’s quite self convincing.
  17. Thank you. And you are right. I am convinced that the filthy toilets that I encountered during my occasional trips to European and many other counties play their part in the spread of this new virus. Washlet toilets are not even expensive (at least in Japan) and it makes all the difference. 😝
  18. Not in Japan. We mainly use TOTO washlet (water jet cleaning with or without air dryer) even in most public toilets. So if there would be no TP, we could well do without it. But now TP is available in any store again and the stupid people have clogged their small rabbit houses with a one year supply so that they have to sleep on it. 🤣
  19. You may well be right. But as I already said: There is a time to gather and there is a time to judge! You are already judging based on the information you gathered and the way of thinking you acquired. And that is fine. However I am still gathering bits and bits of information, valuable or crap. I don’t care at that phase of gathering. And throwing around stereotypes (and for me “Fake news” is an American stereotype that we don’t use in Japan the way many Americans use it!) is counterproductive and thought limiting. So please keep this concept to yourself. There are people here who want to look at information unbiased and are intelligent enough to come to their own conclusions and judgment. Thank you!
  20. Fake news is a stark statement, if used against someone who expresses their opinion. It is often used by people nowadays to suppress opinions, options and free thoughts they either don’t dare or are too lazy to contemplate. It all has to follow one narrative these days, or otherwise it is fake news or conspiracy theory or whatever. We learned at school that in a phase of brain storming, every thought (no matter how crude and ridiculous) is welcome. Making judgements in the early phase of wrapping our mind around all this is counterproductive and deprives people who cherish free and creative thinking 🤔 of options. And I believe we are still all or should be in a phase of brain storming. There is just to little yet to make informed judgments but already enough to push the individual agenda!
  21. Kind of. I specialize in the kind of viruses you see below:
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