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  • Never mind. I read the answer on a later thread.

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    • Meanwhile....


      Powerful Quake Hits Japan, Evoking a Worrisome Memory

      The epicenter of the quake was off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, the site of a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that killed thousands and caused meltdowns at a nuclear plant.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/13/w...fukushima.html

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      • TOKYO — A large earthquake shook a broad area across eastern Japan late Saturday night, with its epicenter off the coast of Fukushima, near where three nuclear reactors melted down after a quake and tsunami nearly 10 years ago.

        The earthquake left nearly a million households without power across the Fukushima region and forced the closure of roads and suspension of train services. While rattled residents braced for aftershocks, a landslide cut off a chunk of a main artery through Fukushima Prefecture.

        Japan’s meteorological service reported the quake’s magnitude as 7.3, up from the initial assessment of 7.1, but said there was no danger of a tsunami.


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        • I recall the 1989 World Series not starting when an earthquake hit during live television. I think Al Michaels was the announcer.

          Can you imagine an earthquake during the Olympics? If not this summer, it could in 2028.
          Last edited by Halfmiler2; 02-14-2021, 06:50 PM.

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          • I remember watching it live on tv....rather surreal.

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            • Meanwhile....

              Japan formally approves its first COVID-19 vaccine

              Under the current plan, about 20,000 front-line medical workers at hospitals in Japan will get their first shots beginning around Wednesday. About 3.7 million other medical workers will be next, followed by elderly people, who are expected to get their shots in April. By June, it’s expected that all others will be eligible.

              Still, the rollout in Japan is months behind many other countries because the government had asked for clinical testing at home in addition to the multinational tests Pfizer conducted on more than 40,000 people from July to November. Many countries accepted Pfizer’s results and moved ahead.

              In a country where many people are skeptical about vaccines, Japan sought additional tests to address safety concerns. But the tests were conducted on only 160 people, and some question whether it was worth it to delay the rollout.


              Vaccines being developed by Japan are still in the early stages, so the country must rely on imports. AstraZeneca applied for approval in Japan only recently, while Moderna hasn’t applied yet. Japan’s reliance on the imports, many of them subject to EU export controls, is also causing concerns about supplies.


              https://apnews.com/article/japan-asi...7b0641d4b97901

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              • Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post
                I recall the 1989 World Series not starting when an earthquake hit during live television. I think Al Michaels was the announcer.

                Can you imagine an earthquake during the Olympics? If not this summer, it could in 2028.
                That occurred just prior to game 3 right as the announcers were coming on the air. It was surreal and strange as we didn't get a full grasp of the disaster for a bit of time.

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                • Japanese suspicious of Covid vaccine despite pressing Olympics timeline

                  Japan is expected to launch coronavirus vaccinations as early as Wednesday amid growing concerns that high levels of public mistrust may hamper its rollout.

                  https://www.yahoo.com/news/japanese-...114259215.html

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                  • Japanese seem in no rush at all to get vaccinated.....seems like they would just as much skip it all together...

                    Japan may delay COVID-19 timetable for inoculating elderly

                    KYODO NEWS - 7 hours ago - 23:35 | All, Japan, Coronavirus

                    Japan plans to start inoculating elderly people only after the coronavirus vaccinations for frontline health workers have been administered, possibly delaying the initially anticipated start date for seniors in April, a senior government official said Monday.
                    The move aims to ensure a stable supply of Pfizer Inc.'s vaccine, which was formally approved by the health ministry on Sunday, the official said. Around 3.7 million health workers are to begin receiving the vaccine in March, followed by 36 million people aged 65 and older from April 1 at the earliest.

                    After a total of 3 million doses are administered to the general public, Japan will survey the potential side effects caused by various coronavirus vaccines, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Monday.

                    The ministry will invite participants to respond to its survey after the inoculation for the elderly people and plans to track common side effects.


                    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...9-vaccine.html

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                    • Japan is one of the last major economies to launch its vaccination campaign, with its timeline under the added pressure of the Tokyo Olympics currently scheduled to launch in less than 200 days.

                      A major obstacle facing government officials is the fact that levels of trust in vaccines in Japan are among the lowest in the world. Around 80 per cent of the population must have immunity against the coronavirus in order for the virus to be brought under control.

                      However, new reports reflect Japan’s low levels of trust in vaccines, echoing the findings of a Lancet study published last year which highlighted how the nation had one of the lowest vaccine confidence rates in the world.

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                      • They don't even do MMR....

                        The Japanese government withdrew the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in 1993 over concerns that it could cause aseptic meningitis. Meanwhile, ten years ago, two vaccines for meningitis and pneumonia were suspended following the deaths of four children.

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                        • Meanwhile....Washington Post editorial....


                          Opinion: Can the world’s democracies really take part in the Beijing Olympics — while genocide is taking place?


                          https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...id=hp_opinions

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                          • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                            Meanwhile....Washington Post editorial....


                            Opinion: Can the world’s democracies really take part in the Beijing Olympics — while genocide is taking place?


                            https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...id=hp_opinions
                            When my State Department granddaughter was stationed in Bisket, Kyrgyzstan, her housekeeper was a refugee Muslim Uigher Chinese woman who had horrifying tales about the treatment of Uighers in NW China.

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                            • Meanwhile....

                              Over half of Japan firms want Olympics cancelled or postponed: survey

                              TOKYO (Reuters) - Over half of Japanese firms believe the Tokyo Olympic Games should be cancelled or postponed, a survey by think tank Tokyo Shoko Research showed on Monday, casting further doubt over the fate of the troubled Games.

                              Japan is struggling to contain the coronavirus and lags behind western countries in rolling out vaccines, even as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed to get conditions in place to host the once-postponed Summer Olympics from July 23.

                              The survey, conducted online on Feb. 1-8, showed 56.0% of the companies polled feel Japan should cancel or postpone the Games, up from 53.6% in the previous survey in August.

                              Only 7.7% of the firms surveyed said the Games should proceed in full form as scheduled this year, down from 22.5% in the previous survey.


                              https://www.reuters.com/article/us-o...-idUSKBN2AF0G8

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                              • EXPLAINER: Japan begins vaccination drive, but why so late?

                                WHY IS CONFIDENCE SO LOW IN JAPAN?

                                Japan’s mistrust of vaccines is decades old. Many people have a vague unease about vaccines, partly because their side effects have often been played up.

                                In the 1990s, the government scrapped mandatory vaccinations after a court ruling held it responsible for side effects linked to several of them.

                                A recent Mainichi newspaper survey showed that fewer than 40% of the respondents are eager to get their coronavirus shots right away, while about 60% said they will wait and see.


                                DOES JAPAN HAVE ENOUGH VACCINE?

                                Japan pledged to secure doses for its entire population by June, but the prospects are unsure amid shortages in Europe where much of Pfizer and AstraZeneca supplies are produced.

                                Taro Kono, the minister in charge of vaccinations, on Tuesday described the prospects of getting the vaccines in time as “difficult.” Though he expressed optimism, he said supplies from Europe will determine the progress of the campaign in Japan.

                                https://apnews.com/article/japan-cor...36826c7eb51c04

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