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These states-of-emergency have become such money grabs. Is the typical drinking establishment really bring in 25,000 to 200,000 yen a day in profit after 9 p.m. these days? In profit after 9 p.m.?

Tokyo establishments that serve alcohol and close by 9 p.m. are paid 25,000 to 200,000 yen a day. Those that close by 8 p.m. without serving alcohol are paid 30,000 to 200,000 yen per a day.

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In Tokyo, the number of people recuperating at home after being infected with the virus rose to 26,556

How many of these 26,000 are asymptomatic meaning they're not actually recuperating from anything, merely locked in the homes until they ping negative on the all important test.

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Recuperate at home?

Just like my friend did a year ago when he had hot sweats,a lung infection and lethargy.

The change is the virus has mutated to a weaker strain but the medical treatments haven’t.

Let the emergencies continue!

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How many of these 26,000 are asymptomatic meaning they're not actually recuperating from anything, merely locked in the homes until they ping negative on the all important test.

The vast majority.

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Is the typical drinking establishment really bring in 25,000 to 200,000 yen a day in profit after 9 p.m. these days? In profit after 9 p.m.?

Definitely, any place that follows the emergency rules is profiting from the government payouts paid by our taxes and devaluation of JPY.

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@ Asiaman7

my local establishment’s pints cost at least ¥1000.

If we use myself as an example (I consume about 4 pints per visit, give it take…), he would only require 7.5 customers like me.

I wouldn’t call that a cash grab for most places. At least not for the couple places I frequent.

but the couple of places I frequent have done the math and will not be closing at all. they simply can’t afford to.

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Tokyo establishments that serve alcohol and close by 9 p.m. are paid 25,000 to 200,000 yen a day. Those that close by 8 p.m. without serving alcohol are paid 30,000 to 200,000 yen per a day.

There are a couple of hole in wall businesses, "snack" like, in my neighborhood where there is a multi-generational living upstairs, they own the building and though there rarely seem to be any customers the building just got a spanking new renovation. Your tax yen at work.

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Interesting that To@yo already in so called emergency and Osaka have applied foremergency but neither have cancelled upcoming large scale Marathons, and the return of Sporting leagues.

Whilst personally happy attendances came come normally to J league games, hard to justify an emergency whilst holding such large gatherings.

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Kenchi 07:13 am JST

@ Asiaman7

If we use myself as an example (I consume about 4 pints per visit, give it take…), he would only require 7.5 customers like me.

You make my point, Kenchi! A small establishment with no employees and no utility expenses would require 7.5 customers downing 4 pints each after 9 p.m. each night to make the profit being handed over by this government giveaway. And that is based on your false assumption that the beer would not cost the establishment anything.

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At this point, I think we know how to take care of ourselves and have a beer outside safely.

No dice.

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I reckon the amount of infections is much higher, the lack of testing facilities (it took me 2 hours of calling to find a clinic which could do a high school approved PCR test, as other tests aren't approved by the board of education) , secondly the prices varied by each clinic in the amount of 5000 yen to 10.000 yen. A family of 5 has to think twice before doing multiple tests.

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Meanwhile nothing is said about getting the boosters out. .Contacted my prefecture to see when my vouchers will arrive. I though they said it had been moved up to 6 months which I am almost at. They said sorry in our prefecture it is 7 months and your voucher will arrive after that. This means I might be able to get my booster latter part of March which will probably coincide with the wave finishing, How ridiculous! Maybe instead of quasi emergencies they could actually do something about giving the boosters rather than empty words - it CAN be 6 months but in my prefecture it seems it can NOT.

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although this might be true for some very small ma and pop businesses which barely (or not even) have seating for that many people, the majority of places have many more potential customers than that.

the smallish Irish pub I go to (owner and wife run it with no additional staff) has counter seating for 12 (which are continuously filled) and well as ample table seating (at least 30 to 40 people). And is isn’t until after 9 when he would see the bulk of his customers.

he would make more than ¥30000 in 30 min.

this isn’t something I’m speculating. This is from the horses mouth and why he’s told me he’s deciding to stay open.

he’s got bills to pay and a child in University he is supporting as well.

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These are less effective and more annoying. I support businesses that ignore these and instead support their employees right to earn a living and for them to support themselves and their families.

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Its better if they can do something for rush hours in the morning. specially crowded trains.

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well to be honest better be safe than sorry.

these who wanted and dine out as usual now will reply on uber eats or simply takeaway service.

just adjust you to recent situation.

data from abroad shows that omicron spreading largely across the world but is not as deadly as original covid or delta.so yes lets wait some month or so when Japan will reach its peak and than we are done.

btw WHO have said in statement from last Friday that Omicron may help to end this pandemic situation as people who will be infected will get own immunity increased and will be less vulnerable.

i see no reason for panic as Japan nationwide deaths stats are low/last week max was some 15 deaths nationwide or so?/ so stay calm be patient when this peak will be over and than we go back to our normal lives.

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In a perfect world, all civil servants/politicians calling for another round of emergency measures would be forced have their salaries to those businesses being shut down for as long as they are shut down.

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Biggest BS ever, @Sam W. , the enemy surely is the virus not our civil servants or politicians here. In addition, people like you, dividing the society are also a danger, trying to bring fights or social distortion between population groups into an otherwise usually very peaceful and against the viruses altogether abiding and fighting society.

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Remember to keep your distance when visiting Universal Studios in Osaka!

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What utter hogwash. If the government was actually serious about minimizing the spread, they'd force ALL businesses and ALL schools to work and study from home. Zeroing in solely on the F&B industry is doing jack all and people are tired of complying. I still see eateries packed with people late at night and people milling in and out of bars. Quit with the facade and let us go about our lives if you're just going to half-ass these measures.

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From TV news last night:

A 10 year old boy, tests positive, asymptomatic, must stay home from school for 10 days. During which time his family 2 other siblings and parents, are told by the local health center to self-quarantine, because they are close contacts.

Long story short; they follow the quarantine order, and the 9th day, the younger brother tests positive too, and while the 10 year old tests negative, he parents are instructed by the health center to keep him quarantined for another 10 days, even though he tested negative, because he was a "close contact" with his younger brother.

No one in the family has symptoms, and Mom and Dad are going bat guano crazy with having 3 kids, 10, 7, and 5, cooped up together in their house basically 24/7 for 20 days.

Mom admitted to bundling them up at night, taking them for a drive to a somewhat distant park, and letting them run around to burn off energy.

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Because if they ACTUALLY implemented a State of Emergency -- and the situation is more dire than when they have in the past -- they would have to pay money to businesses that close as a result (well, they would have to promise it -- they still haven't paid most for the initial SOE in April 2020), would take heat for closing schools, and more. This way, with a QUASI-state of emergency, the closures are entirely up to the businesses, so they don't qualify for compensation because it was their choice, and school closures up to the local boards, so parents cannot blame the government. Meanwhile, they have failed to secure enough test kits -- despite knowing for TWO YEARS what was going on, and for months that Omicron was spreading like wildfire and would here after Oshougatsu.

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I don’t know how true this is but I’m beginning to hear a buzz about the Japanese government actually downgrading the seriousness of omicron itself to the flu and canceling any existing state of emergency.

i’m not sure how serious to take this buzz or not but it is coming from a Japanese national I know, high up the corporate ladder (third from the top) of a decent sized company.

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@asiaman7

my place only ever gets busy after9/10 cos I’m locally based we get people coming in before arriving home.

I don’t agree with the structure but ain’t complaining.

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This is laughable at this point. Japan is creating its own emergency by "hospitalizing" patients for basically flu-like symptoms. It's high time CODI-19 transitioned from a pandemic to an endemic .

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it would be more accurate to state the number of hospitalizations because how can we can the actual numbers when no one is testing or monitoring the entire population. This is done to continue the narrative in order to usher in the WEF’s Great Reset or New World Order.

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About 2400 hospitalised in Tokyo about 2 days ago. Look for article int the Mainichi if you want to know the actual Tokyo and national figures.

Remember Japan's government has defined difficulty breathing as mild to moderate symptom, so you likely to have to hack that at home, not in hospital.

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well Friday night there were still plenty places open after 9pm so Kishida and his cabinet can take a run and jump. Quasi-emergency measures did nothing before when the virus was more deadly....now they are just political box-ticking for the upcoming election.....Look everyone!! We were doing something!!......gimme a break

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CHRISTINE ANDERSON OF THE EU PARLIAMENT – @KANEKOATHEGREAT. DEC 6, 2021 AT 01:26

"I will do whatever I can to make it known to the world that your once free and liberal democracy has been transformed into a totalitarian regime which tramples on human rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law...I am a German and we once asked our grandparents how they could have just stood by in silence allowing a horrific totalitarian regime to come about. Anyone could have known, all they had to do was open their eyes, and take a look. The vast majority chose not to. So what will you tell your grandchildren? Will you tell them you did not know? Will you tell them you were just following orders? You need to understand it is not about breaking the fourth wave. It is about breaking people...We need to stop our governments from transforming our free and democratic societies into totalitarian regimes."

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The decision, likely to be formalized Tuesday, may see 32 of the nation's 47 prefectures under restrictions, such as shortened hours at restaurants and bars

I am flabbergasted that this kindergarten logic is still around. Squeezing the same number of people into shorter time slots INCREASES the chance of transmission of something, instead of the decreasing it. Do these bureaucrats ever use their brains?

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Yubaru

No one in the family has symptoms, and Mom and Dad are going bat guano crazy with having 3 kids, 10, 7, and 5, cooped up together in their house basically 24/7 for 20 days.

Clownworld. Japanese bureaucrats prove to be as bone-headed as their intl counterparts.

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