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33 prefectures now under state of emergency as virus surges

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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State of emergency...hmmm. Yup, I can see my local station from my window and it's crowded as normal. Corona taikai!

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The world needs to admit that it is too late for these extreme measures. The virus is beyond control at this point and any measures taken to try and contain it only creates more problems.

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obstruction to freedom is illegal. Suga is responsible of this mess to allow useless and unwanted Olympic games

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the government will set up temporary hospitals where patients can receive supplementary oxygen or other treatments.

This should be the priority right now. Close monitoring and early treatment can do a lot to preventing people from becoming severe. The number of people left to fend for themselves at home is unacceptable.

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Omi is a fool if he wants to give the Japanese government more power. Of course, I think this might have been power. Of course, maybe this was the plan from the start.

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Correction

Rising cases and companies not doing Tele-work and lowering rush hour commutes…no this is not “due to complacency” (blaming citizens).

It is due to that the government has not been able to adapt and come up with a strategy. They prioritized other things.

There has never been any working from home except during the lockdown in Spring. Besides that, I have simply gone into work 30 min later to avoid packed Osaka trains.

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"State of emergency" in my prefecture means : go to work as normal, use public transport as normal, go shopping as normal....I don't understand why the word "emergency" is used in this context.

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There is no state of emergency in Japan.

For state of emergency look at NZ and Australia

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Last year this time, goto travel campaign, no jab.

Now, SOE in most prefectures, half the population jabbed.

Works great!

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Watched that press conference live last night.

Suga's cold fish delivery, effectively repeating what already has been said, was mind-numbing.

Reading everything - including prepared answers to most questions - really had one thinking is this the leader of one of the most advanced nations on earth?

Waffling on about the reason we are behind in vaccinations because we had to trial the new vaccines to ensure they were safe for Japanese people was script for the course.

Someone in the press should have challenged him on that in question time - but then that wouldn't have been allowed.

Whole thing is a shambles and symptomatic of the ldp's ailments affecting all of society.

Sadly come voting time in 2 months a majority of citizens won't recognize this.

I hope I'm wrong.

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33 prefectures where all relaxation and fun is cancelled, just commuting and misery is allowed.

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Not much time until September. By September 2021, politicians, and especially the propaganda mouthpiece, promised that "(by September 2021) we will have won against the virus".

And still the spread of the virus is blamed on restaurants, bars, karaoke, etc. While I don't personally dispute this (anywhere there is a higher concentration of people this is bound to happen), our dinosaur politicians still don't understand that the main problem is public transport and shortening the closing times of popular venues. Rush hour traffic is even worse now in Tokyo, for example, than it was a year ago.

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"In order to overcome this crisis led by the delta strain, I seek further cooperation from everyone."

No bro! I will not cooperate, the same way the government did not cooperate in canceling the Olympics.

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I am still confused what I am not meant to do. It is all a farce.

The reality is they hoped masks would somehow work and they did not. If you look at the masks people are wearing especially those 10 to 20 year olds. Its just a bit of cloth that has not seen a washing machine for a long time. The fact that people constantly touch them and then rub their eyes or remove them at every opportunity has meant that without the other measures of social disatancing, washing hands, not standing close to each other and talking. Not sitting in a room with bad circulation all day. This virus goes along happy in the knowledge that the gov nudges failed dismally.

It is however interesting that Tokyo numbers are going down and I hope that is a trend rather than a manipulation. If it is a trend then I hope some clever people are trying to work out why that is. I do not think that the vaccine roll out will be very successful compared to other countries and although the vaccine reduces the spread and prevents people getting seriously ill it does not stop the virus. I think the numbers for the new variant make it 60% effective.

So 40% of vaccinated are just as bad off as those unvacinated but might feel that they are immune just like the masks. That is a bad message to put out.

I am very glad I had a mis-spent youth and plenty of memories because the future looks very very bleak. However who knows Suga and his whole party might not survive. A whole new bunch of old men can take over and do effectively the same bad job and just maybe the people of Japan will rise up and decide that democracy is a failed system. I can but dream.

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Japan has weathered the pandemic better than many other countries

And here we go again with the propaganda that can be sold only in Japan.

First with such complacent mindset the press is also contributing in keep the mass less responsible and aware of the danger of the virus.

And then this is pure propaganda,for example Germany and Italy that have almost half of the population of Japan did and are doing way more tests and of course it results in more cases.

Sick of this LDP propaganda.

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The reality is they hoped masks would somehow work and they did not. If you look at the masks people are wearing especially those 10 to 20 year olds.

What is it that you people do not get? Masks don't 'prevent' the virus, they *reduce the viral loads**.* You, having a vaccine and wearing a mask, reduces YOUR chances of being hospitalised, and reduces that of other people being hospitalised. It's not 'your right' to not wear a mask and put other people at risk.

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The government need to tell people to keep their noses in their masks too. The amount of guys I see with their shnozes sticking over the top as if the virus doesn’t live their is ridiculous.

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Life goes on and will go on.

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@chotto

Maybe you can provide a link to viral load reduction from a cloth mask.

And another link to viral load reduction from badly fitted masks.

And finally a link to viral load reduction from mis-use (i.e. constant touching) of masks.

I do understand viral load and the harshness of a virus. I was trying to point out that in reality people where a mask and immediately think they are safe and therefore increase the amount of other behaviours which increase viral load. Spending long hours in a badly ventilated room is considerably worse for viral load than spending five minutes in a supermarket without a mask.

As for putting other people in danger I think you should be a tad more careful about accusing people. As to my knowledge I have not put anyone else in danger and I have reduced the bubble of people considerably over the last couple of years and seldom travel on trains of visit crowded places. I wear a mask when it is right to do so but not in situations where a mask is pointless. I also wear a proper mask and dispose of it properly.

Finally I think the IOC are massively to blame for what is happening now in Japan and I even put in a formal complaint about Lord Coe before the Olympics for failing the standards of a Lord. If only others had done the same it might have forced the issue a bit more.

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SOE but the government wants your kids to attend the Olympics to give a good overseas image to the IOC and JOC. Hmmm

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how to say you don't want a national lockdown without saying it

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@Nator

It is however interesting that Tokyo numbers are going down and I hope that is a trend rather than a manipulation. 

I'm surprised there are any numbers coming out of Tokyo.

Last year I had a sore throat and a high temperature, so I went to a doctor and was able to take a test. That endeavor took a whole day and I wasn't allowed to return to work until it came back clean.

Since then I've moved and I have absolutely no idea where to go if I want to take a test. I'm guessing most people can't take a day to convince a doctor to let them take a test and don't want to pay 10000 yen to take a private one, so they just ignore the symptoms and keep spreading. The 5000 positives we are seeing every day must be 5000 people that are experiencing such severe symptoms they can't ignore them.

It's absolutely being manipulated.

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Masks help, vaccines help, not drinking after 8 is still weird.

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Ok, so here’s an idea. Right along lines of how if Japan doesnt want to do something, instead of flat out saying no, they just make it ridiculously difficult.

So you’re saying you can’t stop the trains? But want to reduce foot traffic? Constitution prevents you from enforcing SOE? Hmmm ok, just hike the fares up during the pandemic lol. Let’s say 3-5x hike. You’ll more than likely get the unnecessary traffic off the trains, telework will seem more appealing to companies that fund travel, extra income can go to R&D & supporting the medical system to better deal. I mean, I’m simply thinking out of the box here.

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Japan has weathered the pandemic better than many other countries is absolutely pathetic and ridiculous a superiority complex shadowed by inferiority complex.

State of emergency turned lunacy and the only thing lockedown is the government inability to efficiently deal with the situation.

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Many cases of research affirming masks reduce viral loads, hence reducing severity of infections.

https://medium.com/microbial-instincts/why-masks-protect-its-wearer-too-the-viral-load-concept-2fd1ff88ed6a

Of course mask material, fitting & habits greatly influence the efficacy.

From the link below :

"The current research results have shown that COVID‐19 is mainly transmitted via droplets in the air. There is a potential risk of airborne transmission in an indoor environment with poor ventilation. The distance of droplet transmission can extend up to 4 m. Based on this data, the recommended social distancing range of 1–2 m (CDC, 2020; WHO, 2020) may not necessarily guarantee the epidemic prevention. Therefore, wearing mask in public is essential as its effectiveness has already been well established by the current studies....."

How effective is a mask in preventing COVID‐19 infection? (nih.gov)

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What emergency?

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Stay home ! Keep your masks on!

Don't go drinking!

bug we will hold the Olympics and paraolympics !

Double standards Suga Sama!!

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but we that should read

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Since then I've moved and I have absolutely no idea where to go if I want to take a test. I'm guessing most people can't take a day to convince a doctor to let them take a test and don't want to pay 10000 yen to take a private one, so they just ignore the symptoms and keep spreading. The 5000 positives we are seeing every day must be 5000 people that are experiencing such severe symptoms they can't ignore them.

My local drug store in Tokyo sells do it yourself test kits for 1500 yen, result in minutes.

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@Reckless

I've never taken one of those, do you just see the results for yourself on the test? It's better than nothing I suppose, but those numbers aren't being included in the national count right?

Most other countries have set up testing facilities and urged people to get free tests if they need them. Why hasn't Japan done this?

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"In order to protect the people's lives, the priority is to maintain the health care system," Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

Everybody knows how to protect people's lives at this point, Mr. PM. Only you don't.

"Infections in Tokyo are showing no signs of slowing, and severely tight medical systems will continue for a while," he told a parliamentary session Wednesday.

OMG. Can he say something everyone doesn't know already? Like what are his ACTUAL plans???

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More than 35,000 patients in Tokyo are recovering at home, about one-third of them unable to find a hospital or treatment hotel vacancies immediately. Only a small percentage of hospitals are taking virus patients, either for financial reasons or because they lack the capability to treat the infections, experts say.

Is this what we pay for with the skyrocketing health insurance bills this year? Who are the experts? Municipality workers who only care about their paychecks, never about their citizens...

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Here is a link from 14 hours ago on YouTube, its a walk aroun Shibuya https://youtu.be/8-ctzU_wL1E it really looks like the public are really adhering to the state of emergencies ....https://youtu.be/Y4pReWr3sSQ

in both of the vid clips its comes across as very relaxed and lots of people going about there daily lives. it looks like business as normal.

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"Japan has weathered the pandemic better than many other countries, with around 15,600 deaths nationwide since the start"

Phew! That must be a great comfort to the relatives and friends of the deceased.

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I've never taken one of those, do you just see the results for yourself on the test? It's better than nothing I suppose, but those numbers aren't being included in the national count right?

No, I think the result will be indicated on the test apparatus. I suppose it may not be as accurate as a nasopharyngeal swab or other sophisticated testing means; but, if you have symptoms and can't get a free test or one from your doctor, you might order it for peace of mind.

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Suga the slow….

In the UK well over 80% have been double dosed!

Why is Japan so inefficient?

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People have pan-demic fatigue. How about making effective treatments readily available (politically incorrect) instead of resorting to further restrictions?

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@Foreigner in Tokyo

the government was giving everyone ¥150,000

Japan only gave out ¥100,000.

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People also forget that it is possible to catch CORONA through you eyes. That is why face shields and googles are used by medical staff. If one intends to spend a long time in close proximity to others, a mask is not enough!!! Therefore all those commuters in a rush hour trains should also be wearing googles, alas that is not going to happen!

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