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'Escape from Tokyo' hot topic ahead of state of emergency

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Selfish idiots.

22 ( +27 / -5 )

‘Escape from Tokyo’

starring Kurt Russell as Snake san

20 ( +24 / -4 )

Better to isolate in isolation than in a giant Petri dish. Family first.

-14 ( +13 / -27 )

Better to isolate in isolation than in a giant Petri dish. Family first.

until somebody family member is infected and then spreads it to the rural areas they escape to, as far as I know rural people still have to shop for food. panic and exodus is what makes pandemics.....pandemics.

24 ( +27 / -3 )

Watch the number of infections shoot up elsewhere now

24 ( +26 / -2 )

@Goodlucktoyou

Better to isolate in isolation than in a giant Petri dish. Family first.

The incubation period for this virus is around 7-14 days. You have no way of knowing, if you already have it, or not. So what happens, when you're in the middle of nowhere, in isolation, and then you or your family member becomes sick?

You don't seem to care so much, that you may spread the virus in to the rural area you're going to (remember, you can spread it even if you're asymptomatic) , but how about the scenario, that this rural area may not have enough medical equipment, beds, ICU's, doctors and nurses to care for you or your family either?

25 ( +28 / -3 )

This is precisely why the entire country needs to be under an emergency order. Asymptomatic transmission is a real danger. People fleeing Tokyo will potentially contaminate public transportation and spread infection wherever they eventually go. Go home. Stay home. Be smart. Be safe.

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Not 24 hours ago a story on this news site was informing us that the Japanese have a tradition for respecting authority and obey peer group pressure.

And I know there are many wealthy Kansai identities with real estate in Karuizawa too.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

Its not only selfish, but also self defeating. If the outbreak reaches the rural area they flee to, the lack of medical infrastructure will screw them over worse than Tokyo's overburdened one will.

19 ( +20 / -1 )

Doesn't this sound like what happened in Italy?

Once the Italian government announced the lockdown of Northern Italy, they flocked to south and the rest is history.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

'Escape From Tokyo' has been going on for a few weeks. The Local 'besso mura' (Holiday home village) has been really busy recently. Lots of flash Tokyo cars around. They are hopeless drivers, but the locals are happy for any visitors these days.

Selfish idiots.

Surely if people have more than one home, they have the right where to self-isolate? Wouldn't you?

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

But seriously, our fearless leader just wanted to wear that Mario Suit one more time.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

as i said in an earlier article, those who are capable of leaving tokyo should leave while they still can. this is assuming that you're not a carrier of the virus to which you'd better bug in instead in order to keep others safe. maybe this is just the crazy prepper in me saying this but when the masses and the government say something, that situation is already dire and you're already late. pardon me for being an "i told you so" guy but i told you so and i will i tell you things might not look well for tokyo unless the j-gov't do its job properly.

-11 ( +6 / -17 )

You would be mad saying in Tokyo area unless you have family or other commitments there.

I got out a week ago.

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

Of course that was going to happen when you implement a half-behinded (if you will) plan.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

The self centred and morally myopic are as big a menace as the disease it’s self. Scuttle off to their holiday homes (nice for the wealthy elite who can afford it) spreading the disease to under resourced areas so as to overburden the healthcare system and sacrificing the lives of others to their over inflated egos.

7 ( +13 / -6 )

And THAT is the reason why you should't make pre-announcements of "possible" lockdowns, especially when your supposed goal is to prevent spread.

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go figure the thinking of these people. Close the roads heading out of Tokyo and limit them only to emergency vehicles and supply distribution vehicles. No trains heading outside the prefectures to any other part of Japan unless 14 day quarantine is met and can provide proof of not being a carrier of CCPCOVID19

7 ( +14 / -7 )

You selfish urban idiots. You will make it worse for everyone. Stay home and quarantine in the city. You’re not welcome here.

15 ( +22 / -7 )

Humans are fundamentally predisposed to oversimplistic thinking and selfish tendencies; what good will come from leaving Tokyo?

12 ( +15 / -3 )

Once the Italian government announced the lockdown of Northern Italy, they flocked to south and the rest is history.

This happened in Wuhan, too. 5 million people left the city before the full lockdown.

15 ( +16 / -1 )

I really don't understand the nerve of some people....no common sense at all

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Leave Tokyo and spread the virus. Utterly stupid.

15 ( +18 / -3 )

Same thing happened with NYC. Now the virus is everywhere it didn’t use to be.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

I don't understand what they are running from. If you or a household member have a high risk of dying from the virus, ok. But anybody else, why? Even with the state of emergency on Tokyo, you can still go out and buy anything you need for your life. Or buy it online. You can still go for a walk, jogging, cycling, as long as you keep your distance. You don't need to sit on your couch 24/7. The rules are far more strict in my home country and still my family and friends are allowed to do all of the things mentioned above, alone or with members of the same household only, of course. I am not afraid of staying in Tokyo.

13 ( +15 / -2 )

We should not make the assumption that there is only one virus, covid19.

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

Funny how just a week or so ago, when the Olympics were still full on, Abe was happily skipping around this issue.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Anyone would think that there will be cordons on the roads manned by machine gun toting cops...fcol!

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as i said in an earlier article, those who are capable of leaving tokyo should leave while they still can. this is assuming that you're not a carrier of the virus 

Except a two-week incubation period means you could be infected and not know it yet.

Stay at home.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

Surely if people have more than one home, they have the right where to self-isolate? Wouldn't you?

No! That’s the whole point! The virus is spreading because people who don’t know they have it are spreading it.

It’s a crap situation, but for this to work everyone has to STAY PUT!

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I never lived in Kanto or have I every wanted to go east of Nagano and times like these very happy that I dont.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

So glad I moved my April plans of leaving Japan forward to December last year. I couldn’t bear being locked down in Tokyo. Good luck to all my mates. I hope the frustration doesn’t get too much.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

It's not like other prefectures don't have it already.

I just hope those leaving Tokyo will try to self-quarantine for a week.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Advice from the great Soviet World War II sniper "Strelnikoff" : When you are being shot at stay where you are.

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Crossing scramble was as easy as surfing a 3 meter tube during a typhoon at Shonan. Excellent day for really seeing Shibuya.

Restaurants were begging for you to enter.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

I'm not a fool, Plissken-san

Call me Snake-san

invalid CSRF

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

FFS this isn’t a fun time to go sight seeing or find cute new restaurants.

Stay. At. Home.

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Escape from Tokyo and bring your infected body to the rest of your family and your home town, what a selfish thought.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

This is exactly why a hard lockdown is necessary. With restrictions on travelling.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Well, one reason to leave would be to lesson your chances of getting it, no? There are like 37,000,000 in the megatropolis.

You could choose to stay there with the hordes if you like, but just catching the train is terrifying in itself. Then there is living in a tiny, tiny, room on the 15th floor of a tower block, and the impossibility of properly practicing any meaningful social distancing. And then you have the coming social isolation for many who are originally not even from Tokyo, and you can see why many want to go back to their home towns.

Now they are begging people not to leave because they will "take " Corona with them? Well, I think I would rather leave than stay there as the situation is expected to deteriorate. And it seems many agree.

If you can, get out.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Those fleeing will contain infectious individuals. They will spread it in trains and expressway service centres and gas stations. People who don't have it when they flee may themselves become infected during the journey.

People fleeing pandemics has historically been an important part of how the diseases have spread.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

The rich can always escape but working people are tried down to their work and debt responsibilities. Many people still have former family homes but usually only visit for Golden Week or Obon.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

To be fair, the US Embassy was telling Americans to hurry up and get out of Dodge. So leave Tokyo and go back to the US, or leave Tokyo and go back to your hometown is not really any different.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

The incubation period is from 1-14 days.

If you look at the case map you can clearly see public transportation (shinkansen?) has been the virus' preferred mode of travel.

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That's insane. They do understand that if they leave Tokyo for a month, they'll still have to pay for rent in Tokyo AND wherever they end up, right? If they're not working, from where is the additional income supposed to come?

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The rich can't always escape as they have businesses to run to keep their employees happy and with incomes. Capitalism is good.

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Tom

The rich can't always escape as they have businesses to run to keep their employees happy and with incomes. Capitalism is good.

They are not the real rich.

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You can still go for a walk, jogging, cycling, as long as you keep your distance. You don't need to sit on your couch 24/7. The rules are far more strict in my home country and still my family and friends are allowed to do all of the things mentioned above, alone or with members of the same household only, of course. I am not afraid of staying in Tokyo.

That's all true. I hope others respect your right and freedom to do these things. There'll be some wannabe police out there, like that guy who pulled the emergency brake on the train because someone else coughed.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

There may be an increase in license plates in places like Karuizawa but it isn’t like there is a mass panic of people jamming train stations and highways out of the metropolis. The reaction to the news of a small number of escapes is overwrought.

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zichi: They are not the real rich.

What qualifies for ‘rich’? It’s a moving target for the comrades.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Wolfpack

zichi: They are not the real rich.

What qualifies for ‘rich’? It’s a moving target for the comrades.

These days there is a long list of Japanese billionaires who can easily escape Tokyo.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This is probably all moot - those that are going to go have already left.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Jobs and schools are a main reason for many people to be in Tokyo. With businesses and schools closed, how many will escape to be with rural grandparents?

One wonders if there won’t be similar xenophobia to Tokyo license plates in Japan as there has been to New York plates in the U.S.

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@Tom The rich can't always escape as they have businesses to run to keep their employees happy and with incomes. Capitalism is good.

Ah no this is not true. Capitalism regards employees as liabilities on the books not assets. Yesterday my friend told me they company president announced the company of over 100+ employees will close from today until May 6. No teleworking for them.

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Out of interest if I could bug out from Kobe to a safer location a few hours drive away and self isolate would you guys also consider that wrong? Thumbs up it’s the right thing to do thumbs down if it’s the wrong thing to do.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Capitalism is good.

Capitalism is very bad, actually.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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