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Well, they're in a conundrum now aren't they? Ban Korean Cities and it will be become reciprocal!

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Hmm I would say ban the entry for all foreigners how we can distinguish if one had been to this place or not.

In your passport it's only indicated you entered the country not which places you went to.

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Fair enough...but then stop asking countries who banned Japanese tourists to " reconsider".....pretty hypocritical since the number of infected here is definitely more than the govt figures , due to minimal testing.

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Marcelito I think that numbers are lowered in Europe where refugees can walk freely wherever they want.

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It is understandable Japan bans entry of such visitors. Japan already has many cases, no more!

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Wise move. People from Northern Italy (Lombardy) should also be turned back. And the same for Iranians, where the infected population is no doubt huge, judging from 16 deaths already.

It is regrettable to turn back tourists who have dreamed of visiting Japan for probably many years, but if it prevents spread of this horrible virus, its the right move.

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But Japan is still allowing those from mainland China? Or I missed that news?

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Is understandable they ban any entry. South Korea infection rate rose from less than a hundred to a thousand in less than a week. Even korea raise the emergency level to red. Is already getting out of control there. Is just the ban came too slow. Should have done it days ago. Practically every city in korea has reported cases now.

I read in “korea times” that they are now considering buying the Avigan drug from us to try it as treatment. Apparently it has some effect with curbing the virus and Japan planning to use it now these days to treat more patient with it

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Ok what about local nationals coming from there. However the passport does not state what province or city was visited in SK or anywhere of any country. Some will lie to avoid banned. How does once stop that?

Just ban all travel for now to see what happens and see if the number drop or rise?

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How will they check if someone visited Daegu? Another fool-proof questionnaire to be filled in at the airport? Sounds legit.

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most of the time, you have to fill out an entry and exit card detailing where you will be visiting. There is also the practice of simple questioning. I don't know if the idea of banning all foreigners is best as a Japanese national who visited the Korean areas would be allowed in but not the foreigner. Doesn't seem too logical.

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Oh great move Japan while you hide the real numbers of infections to save your Olympics....

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Sounds tome as if the Japanese Government was in "panic mode" now.

They should have thought about (all) this way earlier!

8 ( +12 / -4 )

Klaus, they should of never kept healthy people to get infected on this ship

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there is no way to know if the visitor has been in City of Daegu or any other cities in South Korea , unless that person is willing to tell it voluntary. Unless they are going to ban any or all visitor from South Korea, this article does not make sense.

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pretty hypocritical since the number of infected here is definitely more than the govt figures , due to minimal testing.

LOL. NO country is doing widespread testing. From the CDC website:

A: At this time, diagnostic testing for COVID-19 can be conducted only at CDC.

State and local health departments who have identified a person under investigation (PUI) should immediately notify CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to report the PUI and determine whether testing for COVID-19 at CDC is indicated. The EOC will assist local/state health departments to collect, store, and ship specimens appropriately to CDC, including during afterhours or on weekends/holidays.

in other words the CDC and America is only tested when needed.

Back to you.

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But Japan is still allowing those from mainland China?

Only those from Hubei and two other areas

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President Trump seems to have wished a vaccine for the new coronavirus into existence. “I think that whole situation will start working out,” he told reporters at a press conference in India. “We’re very close to a vaccine.”

The CDC estimates that a vaccine for the new coronavirus is unlikely to be available in the next 12-18 months, far too late to be useful in preventing an outbreak in the US.

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If people have been to Korea and been to Daegu but don't inform Japanese immigration, they'll be let in.

They're going to have to ban entry to anyone who has been to Korea if it gets much worse there.

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But just asked Australia not to ban people from Japan? Is 1,000 the magic ban number?

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Wow, so the virus spreads yet again.

And yeah, this really is a shame. I’m actually in agreement with some people on here who say that all South Koreans (basically) should be banned from entering the country. And as far as the Japanese nationals question, in order to avoid hypocrisy, have all of them quarantined, since there’s now probable cause.

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The ‘official’ Japanese numbers are wishful thinking at its finest and the real number of affected is probably closer to ten times what we are being told. When it comes to effective quarantine measures, Abe has gone totally AWOL. Every day there are tens of thousands of asymptomatic foreigners being freely allowed into the country to spread their viral loads.

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I meant to say potentially thousands of asymptomatic foreigners.

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Korea (53 million) with half the population of Japan (127 million) has carried out 43,000 tests. Japan only 1500 (千数白検査数)as reported in the Japanese newspapers.

LOL. NO country is doing widespread testing

Nonsense....compare the above number of tests in SK and Japan.... Pathetic response by J govt concerned about saving face and keeping numbers low....you know its true, admitting it hurts huh?

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Question. Suppose you are a resident alien who lives, works, pays taxes and has a family in Japan but have been to the suddenly forbidden places in China. What does Immigration do with you when you return? Send you to your home country? Send you back to China? Or merely puts under quarantine?

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Always the last line: Should read: Or merely put you under quarantine?

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In your passport it's only indicated you entered the country not which places you went to.

Exactly. They did the same thing with China. If China weren't stopping people from going out I bet you'd see a much larger number of people infected in Japan.

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@jeancolmar

What does Immigration do with you when you return?

You will be denied an entry into Japan. Only Japanese citizens are allowed to enter Japan from Hubei province in China. You being a resident alien doesn't mean a thing as far as the right of re-entry is concerned.

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Imagine being at the airport about to pass through immigration when this news hit.

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Nonsense....compare the above number of tests in SK and Japan.... Pathetic response by J govt concerned about saving face and keeping numbers low....you know its true, admitting it hurts huh

Korea test that many because it had to test because more people were exposed. That is the truth. Admitting the truth hurt does it not? Korea has more cases and more deaths because more people were exposed

YOU DON GET TESTED UNLESS YOU WERE EXPOSED!!!! GET it?

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What is really interesting is that everyone is saying Japan is hiding the true numbers of cases, but they offer no prove. In fact, the real problem is that people can't believe how well Japan is handling the virus and how low the numbers are compared to other countries. They come up with ideas such as Japan is testing enough totally ignoring the science behind when and if you test. They can only come up with baseless comments back up with neither science or facts.

Sad that their hatred of Japan is so deep to blind them to the facts.

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Too late.

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Mass panic is no good.

Remain calm and do the right stuff to help.

Banning entry makes things worse since one need to understand that if you can quarantine a ship, no one can quarantine a country (effectively speaking).

With wuhan city, many millions local chinese fled and spread then the virus...around world.

Management of risk is a competence that does rely on higly specific, swift and local actions most of the time.

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Even my Japanese wife says that the government are not being straight forward about the numbers and handled the situation poorly...there are some Japanese that haven't been brainwashed into believing everything the media feeds them..

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no one can quarantine a country (effectively speaking).

Never heard of North Korea?

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Korea test that many because it had because more people were exposed. That is the truth. Admitting the truth hurt does it not? Korea has more cases and more deaths because more people were exposed

These are the number of pcr test carried out in Japan the past 6 days excluding cruise ship provided by Mohlw

20 feb: 136

21 feb : 90

22feb:85

23feb:96

24feb:39

25feb:104

As a comparison s.korea is currently carrying 7500 test a day and to increase it to 13000 by the weekend.

Well I know it doesn't still make any sense to you as your head is deeply buried in the sand.

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They can't check, this is just another symbolic act by the J gov...

They need to focus on domestic containment much more or the Olympics are going to be cancelled and nobody will be allowed to leave the country

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Japan is clearly avoiding concrete and drastic remedies in order to don’t lose face among the international community and to to don’t lose the Olympics.

The actual government cares more of these things.

So the real numbers of the infected won’t officially be disclosed to us.

On the other hand I admire how the Italian prime minister Conte,the centre-left government and even the oppositions are taking drastic measures to contain the virus.

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They need to focus on domestic containment much more or the Olympics are going to be cancelled and nobody will be allowed to leave the country..Oh dont worry J Inc and Abe incorporated will make sure there are no sharp increases in cases....so not cats will be let out of the bag...Carry yeah the Olympics are coming btw anyone got tickets they want to sell...

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Some of the japanese victims never travelled out of japan. Stop blaming Wuhan or Daegu, find out the real trigger then find the cure. It is that SIMPLE.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Another unenforceable policy aimed at selling the image that the J-gov is looking after its people.

I’d love to know how they hope to determine if a traveler has been to a city within a country.

Oh thats right, the questionnaire or sign on entry to Japan saying, “Have you been Daegu? If yes please walk to this counter”….

The good old honesty system will keep the people of Japan safe… brilliant plan.

Its too late to restrict visitors from abroad anyway.. this thing is now well and truly in the wild…we were informed today that a visitor to our building last week was confirmed to have the new virus… lets face it this is just the beginning and until a drug or vaccine is made to help deal with it, this virus is going to be as common as the flu.

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Japan is clearly avoiding concrete and drastic remedies in order to don’t lose face among the international community and to to don’t lose the Olympics.

In trying to save the Olympics they’ll lose the event.

In trying to save lives they’ll save the Olympics.

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In fact, the real problem is that people can't believe how well Japan is handling the virus and how low the numbers are compared to other countries.

How well Japan is handling it?...Thats some black comedy gold material....just in today,s news Japan now has 45 passengers released from Diamond Princess that are showing symptoms. Thats 45 people ( it will be more tomorrow ) who were told by the incompetents in J-govt to get on public transport trains and buses to go home ( whilst every other country quarantined their returning DP passengers away from general population for another 2 weeks ). Your declarations about how " well" your LDP bosses are handling it" are laughable and you know it well . Back to you.

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How will they know? It's not like a separate visa to visit Daegoo is required...

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Japan Can’t Handle the Coronavirus. Can It Host the Olympics? The inadequacy of the government’s response was exposed by the unmitigated epidemiological and public relations disaster that was the saga of the Diamond Princess cruise ship:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/opinion/coronavirus-japan-abe.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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Seems like even some people who had contact with others who came back from Wuhan cant get tested unless their contact as " close" and their symptoms are severe " that criteria being left up to the discretion of the receiving physician " by the fuzzy guidelines that the Jgovt came up with ( the politicians trying to pass the responsibility to someone else as usual)

Explaining why so many hospitals are refusing patients, a Tokyo Metropolitan Government official said, “Medical institutions are probably overreacting,” fearing the risks of in-hospital infection.

Masahiro Kami, a physician and head of the nonprofit Medical Governance Research Institute, said that almost every day he sees patients who are suspected of having the coronavirus but cannot be tested because their symptoms are mild.

“The current criterion that only people with severe symptoms can be tested is not appropriate,” Kami said. “The government lacks the perspective of responding to patients’ anxieties.”

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Uhm, by reading some comments K wonder if can we Italians assume that also the rest of Europe is trying to keep their number low? Here in Italy we have already more than 300 cases, but we are testing thousands of people at this point. In comparison, France did only some hundreds of tests. I wonder why aren't all the Countries testing in the same way? Is everyone trying to cover up the actual numbers except for China, Korea, Italy and Iran? The rest of Europe is banning Italian people from Lombardia and Veneto. They are cancelling travels to Italy and stuff. It will be a huge disaster for our economy, but whatever the EU wants. My point is that it's pretty interesting we have some hundreds of infected people while our neighbors like France 12 imported cases only.

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Plus, we are not able to find the "paziente zero" yet. The contamination looks random. The clusters in Veneto and Lombardia aren't related, they are still a mystery. I wonder, how is possible France has only 12 cases? Switzerland only 1 cases? The virus respects political burders or what?

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political borders*

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Daegu is only 2 hrs away from Seoul. How r they gonna know? Ban everyone from Korea!

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I have permanent residency here and no residency in America. What would they do with me?

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Folks. S.K has two major clusters to chase and make intensive tests. They must do it even if it goes beyond daily testing capacity, -5000, trying to enlarge up to 13000/day, which are traceable compared to untraceable infection in Japan. Plus accuracy of the test is not as rewarding as worth competing between two countries.

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Japan Can’t Handle the Coronavirus. 

Which one can and is handing it fitting your standard?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

And, I am really sorry for South Korea, but they made the same mistake. Their controls towards travelers from China were too bland. Anyway, now Chinese are adopting very a harsh approach towards South Korean people, and Korean government is shocked enough. I think we should learn something from this. You can do whatever you want to appeal China, but this doesn't mean China will have mercy for you later. I am saying this despite I admire China, this should be a well known fact here. I admire all the governments that put their own citizens before anything. They are payed by our money to make this.

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"Ok what about local nationals coming from there. However the passport does not state what province or city was visited in SK or anywhere of any country. Some will lie to avoid banned."

Everyone has a RIGHT to enter and reside in his/her own country.

A national cannot be barred from entering his country; no need to "lie to avoid banned".

This is common sense; or it should be.

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How will they check if someone visited Daegu? Another fool-proof questionnaire to be filled in at the airport? Sounds legit.

I went back to the States a few weeks back and the immigration officer asked the passenger in front of me that went to China if he went to Wuhan. He said no and just let him go through.

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it is amazing you have idiots flying over there in asia during all of this. but then again, that is why you have the virus in the first place.

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Stringent health checks should be mandatory for all arrivals, Japanese included. Ideally, everyone who enters the country should be tested for Coronavirus and all but residents and long stayers refused entry. The latter two groups presenting positive should be conducted securely back to where they live and made to self quarantine with stiff penalties for non compliance.

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"nation that is financial well off compared to some carrabean country of people living off fish a coconuts."

Wow; just WOW!

Comparing Japan with "some carrabean country of people living off fish a coconuts"; and I thought I had heard enough over here on JT.

Jeeezus!

And exactly where are you coming from, if you don't mind my asking?

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Here in Italy we are doing great for now, but only because we had literally a mass hysteria of people going to empty stores! People from further north are lockdown in their home.

Hope Japan takes this seriously, we have a lot of problems with tourism now.

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How about being fingerprinted at re-entry ? Will they suspend it due to risk someone in front of me with possibility of virus put his fingers on device ? They never wipe it out with anything. Is just next, next and so on? I guess they don’t care about it. What if someone refuse due to COVID19 concern?

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You will be denied an entry into Japan. Only Japanese citizens are allowed to enter Japan from Hubei province in China. You being a resident alien doesn't mean a thing as far as the right of re-entry is concerned.

References to back up this assertion? No reason to think permanent residents will not be treated like Japanese citizens in this regard.

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