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There is no choice but extend.

5 ( +27 / -22 )

Oh well, looks like a lot of gyms and travel and service related companies are going to go bankrupt. Is she going to reimburse them?

-20 ( +24 / -44 )

See all the people following along with the "group" mentality! Far too many people believe the myth that Japanese "follow" the rules of the group, here is more evidence to the contrary!

It's only the "group" when it's something positive and everyone jumps on the bandwagon.

These are the people who think bad things only happen to everyone else!

19 ( +28 / -9 )

If they keep dragging it on then they shouldn't be giving interest free loans...they should be giving the coin for lost revenue.

-11 ( +10 / -21 )

Handouts that it. Government decided to destroy jobs and businesses.

-15 ( +11 / -26 )

There is no choice but extend.

Oh well, there goes the economy. Never seen the economy ruined for one virus before.

Actually there is another choice. Go back to work following safety guidelines.

-17 ( +23 / -40 )

She’s just virtue signaling. Remember a month or two ago she complained about how cherry blossom parties being cancelled was akin to Italians not being able to hug each other. She’s a fraud

22 ( +35 / -13 )

At least 80 per cent of the population must stay home for the infection to be brought under control.

Stay home if possible please.

10 ( +27 / -17 )

Oh well, looks like a lot of gyms and travel and service related companies are going to go bankrupt. Is she going to reimburse them?

These businesses have NOT been ordered to close. Citizens have NOT been locked down. It is voluntary. If these "gyms and travel and service companies" are living month to month, their business model is heading for bankruptcy anyway.

Stay home, save lives.

7 ( +30 / -23 )

The photo sums up the attitude of many Japanese! It’s better to reopen the businesses and make these people return to their work places because they seem to be wasting their time outdoors anyway by endangering others life as well. Most people can’t glue their bum indoors ( pardon me ) so might as well end the shut down! The problem was the half hearted lockdown in Japan which was only requests rather than a rule! I haven’t left my apartment in the last 60+ days and did online grocery shopping, training indoors, catching up on movies, of course tele working during office hours and so on. It’s not that difficult. But many people still go outside unnecessarily so might as well return everyone to work and reopen the country.

14 ( +24 / -10 )

If people can't get themselves under control and cooperate, then this will keep going on. All we need to do is exercise self control and stay home for 2 to 3 weeks and the numbers will most likely go down enough for a throttled opening of businesses. NZ did a good job of this.

9 ( +25 / -16 )

Actually there is another choice. Go back to work following safety guidelines.

Pray tell, in a metropolitan area as congested as Tokyo, how in the world can anyone "follow" safety guidelines? Oh how about all the schools too, 40 kids or more in one classroom, the trains, and just about everything?

9 ( +17 / -8 )

Maybe the situation on the photo is a signal from the public to the government that they are absolutely NOT satisfied with the government's decision about "lock down" their lives and incomes!

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

Good luck controlling the spread of the virus with crowds of fools like the photo. In Australia, every one of those clowns would be hit with a $1000 fine. There are so many elderly in that photo. All are high-risk and could easily die from catching this virus. People have to be made to follow the self-distancing regulations. Asking them is doing nothing!

11 ( +20 / -9 )

Koike has nothing to do with anywhere outside Tokyo. Why should Shimane or Aomori or Kochi listen to her?

The biggest problem in Japan is a lack of testing in Tokyo, the prefecture Koike is responsible for. Keeping in other prefectures into lockdown will not remedy that.

3 ( +11 / -8 )

@Do the hustle

The elderly people in Japan went already to many many harder problems in their lives. (War, Nature disasters...)

Do you think they care about a virus?

-14 ( +13 / -27 )

Tokyo is still facing a serious situation and so I would like to have it go on longer,” she told reporters.

@Serrano, unfortunately along with lose of smell, lose of common sense is a symptom of the corona virus

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

Actually there is another choice. Go back to work following safety guidelines.

@Serrano, unfortunately along with lose of smell, lose of common sense is a symptom of the corona virus

-16 ( +4 / -20 )

Govern Tokyo and clean up your own mess. Stay out of Abes and other governers business.

-10 ( +10 / -20 )

No nationwide emergency is necessary. Target some critical areas only if extension is needed.

There are 47 new cases in Tokyo, a downtrend seems to have continued.

The basic reproduction numbers are below 0 across most prefectures in Japan. Tokyo is at 0.38, the 10th prefecture from the bottom (Note that Tokyo has the largest data samples to ensure accuracy).

https://rt-live-japan.com/

1 ( +13 / -12 )

I don't think it's so black and white. I get the staying home as there is a small percentage of high risk group whome risk severe health complications, or even mortality. Also the strain and indirect consequences on the health sector. At the same time, shutting down the economy for an extended period of time spells certain hardships for millions of people who are living month to month (the ability to feed one self and family in other countries).

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Koike and Abe could have to done something as soon as the diamond princess problem occured you both chose to ignore this situation before delaying the olympics and now your telling the country what to do, lAbe should have declared a state of emergency from the diamond princess disaster. That should have been extend to the entire country from the start.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

How easy it is to fool people. The photo is tele-photo to give the impression of people right next to each other. Being outside, more than 1.5m apart and wearing masks, not in strangers faces. They are doing nothing wrong. But so many have been brainwashed so its sadly a lost cause to point such things out.

5 ( +14 / -9 )

That photo is unbelievable. How can people sit like that this far into the pandemic? I'm surprised the police didn't show up and ask them to disperse.

-7 ( +9 / -16 )

There are 47 new cases in Tokyo, a downtrend seems to have continued.

Really? Then why the jump to on Tuesday? There are less tests on Sunday's and holidays! Every Monday so far over the last month as seen a drop, but Tuesday's a different story.

Pay attention to how things are done here and you might learn something!

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Voluntary stay home really? Not happening I think. I see soo many people walking around in my area and its Golden Week Holiday too!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

The photo is tele-photo to give the impression of people right next to each other. Being outside, more than 1.5m apart and wearing masks, not in strangers faces. They are doing nothing wrong.

Nope. Have you never seen a bench before? Are you unaware what they look like, and how they work? They are sitting next to each other. (Also, the photo is shot from an angle, not directly in line with the people.)

And, a lot of those masks you claim they are all wearing apparently have pictures of faces on them. (IOW, many are not wearing masks, if my sarcasm was too subtle.)

0 ( +5 / -5 )

That photo is from today? WTH is wrong with people?

3 ( +9 / -6 )

That picture would have made my skin shiver even before this coronavirus situation.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

The lockdown will not stop the virus from escaping. First antibody numbers are now in from Boston. 31% infected. Comparable to NYC’s 25% and Miami-Dade’s 16%. Almost everyone will get it and 90% of the people will never know they had it. The lockdown serves no purpose at this stage.

4 ( +12 / -8 )

A couple of things I don't understand about tests and the daily numbers that are reported. It says in the story there were 47 new cases reported today. but are those people who were tested today and the results already came back? Or are they people who were tested a few days ago and the results just came back today?

Another thing I don't understand is what if I get tested and the result is negative. I could still be infected by someone after taking the test, couldn't I?

By the way, shouldn't every person sitting there be tested?

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Biccamera Ikebukuro was busy this afternoon - as were many stores around the station....

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Koike has nothing to do with anywhere outside Tokyo. Why should Shimane or Aomori or Kochi listen to her?

It's called "the path of least resistance". If the other prefectures don't follow suit, then people will just go the the prefectures with lesser restrictions. We've already seen this once, and it will happen again. The whole country needs to comply or it won't work.

Do you think they care about a virus?

It's not that the elderly don't care, some really lack the cognitive ability to understand the serious of the situation.

There are 47 new cases in Tokyo, a downtrend seems to have continued.

Its a holiday, so testing numbers are lower. This trend will probably continue through GW, but mark your calenders and my words, if this lack of compliance continues through GW, the numbers will be VERY high in the coming weeks after GW.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Stay home, save lives.

And buy food with what money?

Pray tell, in a metropolitan area as congested as Tokyo, how in the world can anyone "follow" safety guidelines? 

Wash hands, wear masks, keep distance as much as possible...

Pray tell, without money, how to buy food and necessities?

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

These people appear so much tired of locked in their houses and seeing the same faces of their wives.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

You don't need to glue your butt to your home. Go outside for a walk with the family, keep distance to others, wear masks, get some take out food from your local izakaya and enjoy the nice weather.

15 ( +15 / -0 )

@smartacus

the story there were 47 new cases reported today. but are those people who were tested today and the results already came back?

The daily reporting lags a bit, come later by 1-2 days. As symptoms appear later, say 7-10 days after infections, the case and status are not timely.

Another thing I don't understand is what if I get tested and the result is negative. I could still be infected by someone after taking the test, couldn't I?

It's possible. Notice that PCR test has around 70% reliability; 3 out 10 results could prove wrong (both negative as well as positive). A problem is that a virus carrier could test (faultily) negative.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I saw it on TV this afternoon,some journalists are just searching for places were people gather, to show how still bad it is, and play in the hands of politicians. Of course, the show the traditional crowded spot like Shibuya, really empty, but in Kanto, just go elsewhere in Kanagawa and Chiba, or in front of open pachinkos. Hey guy, look at they bad guys, they are gathering, and look at this pachinko, still open with a lot customers waiting in line. It is a shame to reach such a level of journalism.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

It's possible. Notice that PCR test has around 70% reliability; 3 out 10 results could prove wrong (both negative as well as positive). A problem is that a virus carrier could test (faultily) negative.

Yes, there are such things as false negatives (results showing negative, when you're really infected). the main cause is not collecting the sample correctly. But another cause is mutations in the virus that the PCR testing is not detecting.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

how much longer would be helpful?

Tokyo is still facing a serious situation and so I would like to have it go on longer,” she told reporters.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

@mirai

if this lack of compliance continues through GW, the numbers will be VERY high in the coming weeks after GW.

There is a chance yes. But,in the end I don't think it will matter. The government cannot pay businesses already and people are fed up of staying home now, forget a month from now.

The end result will either be

shops, restaurants open, the virus stays but is treated like a regular virus thus reducing strain on hospitals, and we all wear masks until herd immunity.

Or the virus burns out in the summer heat.

Japan hasn't turned into ny or europe and clearly lockdowns are ineffective and impossible to maintain.

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

Photo says it all.

They need to stop hiding the numbers, increase testing and get serious or we'll never get back to work.

It's so annoying.

2 ( +9 / -7 )

That picture! I mean go out and get some air and exercise but don't sit like a bunch of baboons shoulder to shoulder. What are these knuckleheads thinking?

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Koike for prime minister!

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

Monty - @Do the hustle - The elderly people in Japan went already to many many harder problems in their lives. (War, Nature disasters...)

Do you think they care about a virus?

Allow me to correct that comment. “They ‘survived’ many harder problems, but the virus will kill them.” Perhaps they should care, right? Not to mention the extra strain they will put on the already stretched to max medical facilities in Japan while they are being treated, right?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

People ignore social distancing as they sit on a bench at a park in Yokohama on Wednesday.

When there are so few benches available in Japan, people crowd onto the few that are around. There is a terrible, almost cruel, lack of public seating in this country, and old folk out for a walk on a spring day get tired and need to sit down.

And yes, they should be out for a walk. Fresh air and exercise is vital for improving your immunity and staying healthy. Forcing old people to stay home all the time is to damage their physical and mental health.

The solution is to provide more benches.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

@Yubaru

Really? Then why the jump to on Tuesday? There are less tests on Sunday's and holidays! Every Monday so far over the last month as seen a drop, but Tuesday's a different story.

Pay attention to how things are done here and you might learn something!

It's not sensible to react like 一喜一憂, or swing between hope and despair on daily reporting. Volatility can happen due to technicality.

Rather I have stressed the significance of death toll and active cases (a change in patients' numbers depending on admission, worsening, recovery and discharge), for they affect local healthcare systems

1 ( +3 / -2 )

As are member of Iwate, no thank you. Just stay away is good enough.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

@RationalReader

First antibody numbers are now in from Boston. 31% infected. Comparable to NYC’s 25% and Miami-Dade’s 16%.

You got a source for those stats? Any antibody data that I've seen suggests only 2-4% of population is infected. Source please.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I'm not a doctor, but I have a good "you-know-what", so I wonder if the extension shouldn't be at least the whole month of May? Without more testing the spread of the virus will likely be hard to get a handle on.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

@Mirai Hayashi " there are such things as false negatives... another cause is mutations." The mutations have t be known and they mutations can be tracjked. So ar in every country that has tried, there is NO evidence from any country that that Cover-19 mutates. False hopes. Japan is not NZ and closing off the country will not help.. Herd Immunity is the best and only choice now.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Koike-San and her lust for control will undermine any chance she has for higher office. Disagree? Go for a walk and see all the people who disagree.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

@u_s__reamer "I'm not a doctor" Not hard to guess....

Unless there is a 100% lockdown of everything, including the Governor's mouth, Herd Immunity is Japan's only choice.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

@Fighto

"These businesses have NOT been ordered to close."

So, you are new to Japan, huh? Still unsure of how things work here? I wish I were 18 and half as naiive as you.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

“Tokyo is still facing a serious situation and so I would like to have it go on longer,” she told reporters.

Until WHEN?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

This is NOT the flu but even with a flu vaccine we accept that tens of thousands of people (in each country) will die from it annually. Nobody wants to talk about the risk/acceptance assessment of Covid-19. Doing so will get you attacked for not being compassionate or humane. This is a real conversation that must be made.

Fortunately the Japanese government can't use the virus to wield as much power as governments are overseas. The irreversible hurt being done to a society that is going to claim so much collateral damage.

This virus is bad in cluster situations but in reality we are not seeing the shock and horror people were predicting. Tokyo's week-to-week numbers are going down (3rd consecutive week) with testing levels the same, or more. Other prefectures numbers looking stagnant. This virus has been in Japan since January and the public has not practiced social distancing until this past week. It should have blown up by now based on models people are espousing.

It is OK to be cautiously optimistic about how this will play out in Japan. It doesn't make one callous.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

@Mirai Hayashi

"All we need to do is exercise self control and stay home for 2 to 3 weeks and the numbers will most likely go down enough for a throttled opening of businesses."

Most likely go down? Where is the evidence for this? From where do you derive this analysis? We are not in NZ. And for the next two to three weeks, you will be paying salaries of employees who cannot go to work? Only 24% of workers in Tokyo can telecommute.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

Just looking at this sickening photo tells me so much about how ignorant some people are.

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

Well, considering current situation, of course it is hard to make differentiate in between what is exactly right and what is exactly wrong in respect of state of emergency call off or extent further. However, it would be wise to extend the State of Emergency period considering that ① people are not fully paying attention to Govt. declaration which is not helping actual plan to realize ② the number of infected people are not significantly going down ③ lesson from Hokkaido ( early call off) ④ priority to he lives of all stage of people NOT merely thinking the small and mediumship size business.

Simultaneously, govt. must take imitations to help surviving the small and medium and private business to propel the wheels of economy though that would be a big deal.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

So Sad, when army trucks start lining up in front of hospitals then some IDIOTS may start to follow the request and stay home.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

@mike james

> there is NO evidence from any country that that Cover-19 mutates.

There is evidence and covid19 has mutated...and it has mutated several time.

All you needed to do is google it and you'd find the facts instead of your made up assumptions.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200414/p2a/00m/0na/028000c

https://www.sfchronicle.com/science/article/The-science-of-coronavirus-how-fast-it-15135782.php

https://nypost.com/2020/04/21/coronavirus-has-mutated-into-at-least-30-different-strains-study/

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Soon in a city near you as in Medieval Times, “bring out ye dead.”

3 ( +4 / -1 )

@mike james

Where is the evidence for this? From where do you derive this analysis?

jeez dude...where have you been for the last several weeks? Countries that have locked down have shown faster recovery. Numbers have gone down in NZ, Singapore, and Korea because the started locking down early. If Japan did the same instead of dawdling about the Olympics, we'd be done by now.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Koike is a reactionary conservative, child of wealth and privilege. Governor of a prefecture. What she thinks is relevant to her sphere of influence and nowhere else.

As for all the protocols in terms of masks & social distancing and forgoing large gatherings, etc. All fine and good. Shutting down the economy, schools and such, is an experiment - SARACoV-2 is not the flu, but look at the 1968 Hong Kong flu and the 1958 Asian flu. Both caused at a minimum a million deaths upwards to four million. There was no clampdown, though disinfecting common surfaces, social distancing and such was practiced. The 1968 flu arrived in the early fall, late summer. A vaccine was in place August 1969.

Scientists, at places like Stanford University, who have no political or economic agenda and are examining the array of data and factual science determine that social distancing is fine & helpful, as is washing hands and being careful. The groups at risk are well-defined: suffer from diabetes, hypertension, obesity - typically have comorbidity and if elderly are high risk. 88% on ventilators die, which is in line with patients on ventilators who are not suffering from coronavirus. 80% of those infected will range from no symptoms to mild. The remaining 20% will range from moderate to severe and a small percent will be fatalities. The most prevalent place for acquiring the virus, is a hospital. School children are not as susceptible as adults, in fact their immune systems are capable & designed to fend off viruses.

Various studies agree that suspending school has numerous adverse impacts. Additionally, criticizes 'online learning' as insufficient, noting: learning and education is a social activity.

The response to the virus is inflamed by mediated reality, political agendas, and lotsa pseudoscience. Speculative musings are often incorrect and ignore basic science and actual data.

Tamping down the curve, may prevent over-extending hospitals and medical care, it slows down the inevitable, but just extends the time-frame for the contagion, its 'natural path' cannot be managed at this point. Destroying the economy and peoples lives thru thoughtless public policy will cause incredible damage with no remedy. At risk populations need to be shielded and protocols such as masks, washing hands disinfecting common areas and being careful and caring in the presence of others remains necessary. Eventually it will flare-up and out.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

@Mirai

Countries that have locked down have shown faster recovery. Numbers have gone down in NZ, Singapore, and Korea because the started locking down early.

Singapore is now suffering spikes, becoming the worst among other Asian neighbors on cases per by population. Russia is seeing a rapid increase about one month after its lockdown measure.

The effect of lockdowns remains elusive and inconclusive, subject to further scrutiny and debate. A critical view here below. Publications are relatively recent with better datasets and reflections.

Lockdowns Don’t Work

https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/04/62572/

Lockdowns Won’t Stop the Spread

https://www.wsj.com/articles/lockdowns-wont-stop-the-spread-11586474560

0 ( +8 / -8 )

These businesses have NOT been ordered to close. Citizens have NOT been locked down. It is voluntary. If these "gyms and travel and service companies" are living month to month, their business model is heading for bankruptcy anyway.

Exactly, nailed it.

Business who haven't been able to secure the funds to wind out a 3 month crisis were meant to be flushed out sooner or later.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Hell no! End this insane lockdown! They are killing the economy for far fewer deaths than the seasonal influenza causes.

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

Why? The infection rate is going down and herd immunity. Let people live their lives already.

-4 ( +8 / -12 )

Richard

Yes, but her 'sphere of influence' includes all people visiting Tokyo from other prefectures. Does her being a 'child of wealth and privilege' have anything to do with her wanting to stop the spread of a virus? Come on.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

GenHXZ said -

How easy it is to fool people. The photo is tele-photo to give the impression of people right next to each other. Being outside, more than 1.5m apart and wearing masks, not in strangers faces. They are doing nothing wrong. But so many have been brainwashed so its sadly a lost cause to point such things out.

This is true. A zoom lens is used to create this effect. People, aside from couples, weren’t sitting shoulder to shoulder as it appears. There is space(not a lot but more than it appears - 1 to 2 meters) between the benches here in Yamashita Park.

This Danish news site reminds people to be skeptical of how news photographers take pictures. On their page they have examples like the one above with one picture taken with a zoom lense, and the other with a wide-angle lens.

https://nyheder.tv2.dk/samfund/2020-04-26-hvor-taet-er-folk-paa-hinanden-disse-billeder-er-taget-samtidig-men-viser-to

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Stupid idea Mr. Abe. Turn off the smartphone and the tracing system is useless. #ABEBAKA

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Yes, lock down till people have time to thoroughly rethink this country’s accommodating stance towards China for an easy way out of its economic stagnancy. That came with a huge cost.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

This Danish news site reminds people to be skeptical of how news photographers take pictures. On their page they have examples like the one above with one picture taken with a zoom lense, and the other with a wide-angle lens.

https://nyheder.tv2.dk/samfund/2020-04-26-hvor-taet-er-folk-paa-hinanden-disse-billeder-er-taget-samtidig-men-viser-to

Excellent link there, thank you so much for that.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

藤原 Today 05:07 pm JST

Abe should have declared a state of emergency from the diamond princess disaster. That should have been extend to the entire country from the start.

When the Diamond Princess arrived in Yokohama it was on February 4th. And at that time Abe couldn't declare a state of emergency. Because there was no state of emergency law yet. It was not until March 10 that the Diet approved the state of emergency law. Which is what Abe used about 20 days later.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I remember reading about the major variations/mutations A B and C a couple of weeks ago.

there is NO evidence from any country that that Cover-19 mutates. (M James)

You can easily find articles showing around 30 mutations, but some might be scaremongering. Here's a link about the the major strains:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200414/p2a/00m/0na/028000c

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Why? The infection rate is going down

So, we got thrown out of the aeroplane and were hurtling towards the ground....then we got the parachute open and now we are gently floating down at a manageable pace.

Time to shuck off the parachute and make our own way down?

Head for a faster landing?

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Look at these clowns on the benches, and people are also playing in parks everywhere, I saw families having picnics like it was hanami, and driving ranges and pachinko parlors are still packed, despite "being asked strongly" to close. So, of COURSE they are going to have to extend the state of emergency, and quite frankly Japan will never escape it -- not at all -- until there is a vaccine. And even then, with no permanent immunity (it seems), it's going to be like the flu. Time to face it, life has got to change. Permanently. Japan is finally starting to talk about moving the start of the school year to September, like most of the world (my guess is, despite having no logical reason to do so, they'll resist it like Daylight Savings Time, simply out of misplaced pride). I guess there's that. Mind you, it's just talk.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

@smithinjapan

As you say

and people are also playing in parks everywhere, I saw families having picnics like it was hanami, and driving ranges and pachinko parlors are still packed, despite "being asked strongly" to close

So then what is the point of extending the state of emergency?

Will people suddenly change?

All that is happening is more people are suffering from both the virus, the panic and economicaly.

If the virus can't be stopped by the state of emergency, we may as well get as much herd immunity in summer when hospitals aren't as busy.

In an ideal world everyone would stay home for a month, the government finds money under the sofa to pay everyone and the virus would dissapear. But that's impossible, look at Germany telling people to stay indoors again and Nz basically becoming a hermit state.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

From the photo, they are not practicing the "Social Distancing" at all. More like a "Social togetherness"! What are they doing being out and hanging out "together" so closely?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

17 people in the photo with no masks and only one empty seat. Great job their kids.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

They had their chance in january but hey blew it and now we all goin to be mocked down intil july atleasty, because Abe san and the other honorable people (pricks ) in charge are righteously screwing the general population mucked it up, So suffer more for the cause , because your leaders are shite.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

I could be wrong, but that photo looks to be a breach of privacy laws in Japan...

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The picture seems to have been taken in Yamashita park :

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.445644,139.6508306,3a,75y,277.94h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s6wKaig2HnNZxHTFf1AD5xQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D6wKaig2HnNZxHTFf1AD5xQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D279.71112%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656

0 ( +0 / -0 )

By sitting together in groups on benches in the open air, as shown in the photograph, you can not control Corona virus , only increasing the pandemic in JAPAN . For your own and safety of others too , stay at home and strictly maintain personal distance of at least 8 feet one and other and from CORONA VIRUS infected persons.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Several doctors and experts are starting to state that the reaction to this 'pandemic' was far overblown and caused more harm than necessary in many aspects of life. Sweden never resorted to extreme shelter in place and social distancing measures and look at how they had no issues like many other countries with coronavirus. Time to open back up the world.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Please lockdown Tokyo Ms Koike but stay away from the rest of Japan-nobody chose you there!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Still the same ‘it won’t effect me’ merchants not wearing masks usually male early 20s or mid 50s to 60. It’s not a seasonal flu, the Chinese virus is real and destroying our way of life. People have to practice social distancing and make sacrifices to get ‘normal life’ back.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

The photo makes me think that maybe a silver lining of the corona virus crisis will be that Japan will be forced to rectify its parsimonious attitude toward seating in public areas.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

spinningplatesApr. 29  06:08 pm JST

Photo says it all.

THE FACT is that those benches are far more spaced apart than they look in this photo. (Google Yamashita Park)

Lol at Associated Press and its photographer.

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She's the Mayor of Tokyo, not the PM. She needs to stay in her lane.

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stay at home and strictly maintain personal distance of at least 8 feet one and other and from CORONA VIRUS infected persons.

Well, I'm out of food, have to go food shopping, there are like 200 people in the store and I have no idea how many of the are infected, so no can do. I wear the mask while I'm inside the store, wipe everything and wash my hands when I get home and hope for the best.

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At least 80 per cent of the population must stay home for the infection to be brought under control.

Stay home if possible please.

Sorry, but that’s not the way it works.

As soon as that 80% is released from captivity they will be exposed to the virus and a certainty number, hopefully a small number, may develop severe cases. Lockdowns are just meant to buy time for hospitals to fear up, palliatives tested and a vaccine developed, if one ever is.

The good news is that the greatest number of relatively healthy people will weather it with hardly a bump.

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Yikes. Auto spell took over.

That’s “... to buy time for hospitals to GEAR up, ...”! Fear is always present.

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