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Japan to expand virus state of emergency beyond Tokyo as cases top 300,000


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Restaurants closed by 8pm.

Good luck.

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A puppet or a robot? My alarm clock is also set to declare a state of morning and getting up....lol

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Suga is condemning people to unemployment unnecessarily...

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Nishimura expressed reluctance to expand the declaration nationwide, saying, "We have to carefully think whether we should subject areas to it that have kept the number of infections low."

There doesn’t seem to be much ‘thinking’ going on...

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So the Covid is a sort of witchcraft,according to the government it stays dormant during the day and then magically appears from the evening,if the situation wasn’t so dramatic we could almost laugh at this.

Absolutely not enough to even just contain the pandemic.

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The Legal Grounds to Urge. Sounds like a band name.

It just shows the lengths the Japan Inc./gov combine will go to as to not get entangled in any legal technicalities to provide support while they shovel welfare for the wealthy and squeeze freelance, small business and the mass of precariously employed workers with suffocating socio-cultural pressure to shut down and accept austerity.

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Well 100 sit ups doesn't necessarily pump blood to the brain, think we can all see the result.

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This is something that has to be done, but I really don’t think the J-Gov understands just how badly this will effect their economy or how many people are going to be out of work (and money) because of it. Japan likes to boast it is a rich country, but this could result in 50% of the working population living in poverty. It’s time for them to open their coffers and start spreading this wealth among the people who will desperately need it.

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I'm in one the prefectures covered by the so called "State of Emergency", and I can tell you nobody cares anymore. Everyone keeps going on with their lives, I had lunch at one of the local malls and it was packed with shoppers this arvo.

Most businesses are ignoring the work from home request, including yours truly, what a joke, waste of time and money. Not sure about restaurants closing early, though.

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These morons in government must want people to die off in Japan?

This is the only reason I can think of for extending their misdirected urgings...

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P.Smith, why would you want that? Just wear your own mask and mind your own business. Your fear is not anyone elses' problem. Protect yourself as you see fit and relax. The magic mask YOU wear will keep you safe.

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I think wearing a mask is just plain courteous.

There are no political asides at all.

Just use common sense and do what is is reasonable.

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Im irish and when you see their lockdown when eased at Christmas has now resulted in a massive rise,it does seem the japanese govt are sleepwalking into a major disaster.

Is the restaurant and bar lobby so powerful they are the only ones getting looked after.

There are important school exams coming but nothing is being done about schools,jukus etc.

If you want to stop the spread you need to shut down completely. No more Mickey mouse half attempts.

Do it like Australia or just accept the consequences.

Lok at the mess the UK is in because of their half measures

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So I was walking to home today and you know what restaurants were over crowded at 6pm? what happened I have never seen them this busy so early.... oh I see people gotta eat out early since restaurants are closing early do you think Mr Covid will eat out earlier too?

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8.35pm took the dog for a quick walk around my immediate neighborhood and found all four restaurants near here in East Osaka all open and quite busy. Tables of two to six customers unmasked and probably not going home for another hour or so.

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P. Smith- do you mean to say that wearing a mask doesn't protect the wearer? That's news to me. SO the virus can enter through a mask, but cannot exit through one. Ok.....

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Oh no! More signs suggesting you do and don't do things, but that actually you can if you want!

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No the virus doesn't stay dormant till 20:00. But most places would start getting packed at around that time. So the "earlier" closing time wouldn't allow the nomikais after work to go on...So this move would allow for more restricted gatherings in restaurants/bars while at the same time allowing the merchant to stay in business.

That's a win win... except restaurants and izakayas don't exactly close at 20:00. Someone I know went to drink at an izakaya in Machida on Friday night. At 20:00 the izakaya pulled the shutter down just so they looked like they closed but the party went on till later that night.

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Last year the state of emergency was just a payout to the company I work for who collected money as a hurt business but continued asking us to come to work. I guess I can look forward to that again.

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A mask doesn't cover your eyes so yes a mask doesn't protect you from a airdroplets,

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No option for me now to work at home - Softbank messed up my internet connection. Hope they go bust.

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Wearing a mask, whether it works or not, is a matter of courteousness to those around you. Certainly if you cough, just like putting your hand up in front of your mouth, it helps prevent a sudden burst of germ filled air particles racing towards the person in front of you. Nothing is clearly as effective as a sealed suit with independent oxygen supply... but that would give the wrong impression to those around you.

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how to install a sense of proactiveness rather than reactiveness?

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Does this count as even a half measure?

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Protocols, contrary to some opinions do work and helped stave off spread of the virus. Masks do protect both the wearer and those encountered. There are numerous scientific, peer-reviewed research papers that attest to their effectiveness. Individuals in the effected areas, need to limit their travels to that which is necessary and not travel to other areas.

GoToTravel was directly responsible for an increase in the spread of the virus. As for the numerous anecdotal accounts, they are fairly meaningless. We are not yet close to the middle of Winter which will contribute to the spread due to being confined indoors and the domestic transmission of Covid. A vaccine will hopefully be administered in March, if not earlier.

The USA, with the most ignorant response and a citizenry that is seemingly collectively out-of-their-minds is a perfect example of What Not To Do. Japan has a more measured and successful response. USA: 380,000 deaths. New York state: 40,020. Japan, less than 4,000. Japan has 0.1% the number of deaths compared to New York. And only 0.01% of the number of deaths compared to the USA.

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"I wear a mask to protect you; you wear a mask to protect me"

If you don't protect each other, the virus keeps spreading

If the virus keeps spreading, both of you will never get out of the virus crisis that will restrict both of your lifestyles

Restrictions like:


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