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The only way to reduce cases is either 1) have everyone remain isolated or 2)vaccinate in larger numbers.

Social distancing is an impossibility in Japan.

However, the humidity levels will help decrease transmission if everyone leaves the air on off where possible.

-14 ( +14 / -28 )

However, the humidity levels will help decrease transmission if everyone leaves the air on off where possible.

It's not helping Brazil and India, so I very seriously doubt your statement.

28 ( +36 / -8 )

Nothing will change until proper measures are put in place to stop people mixing directly and/or indirectly in large groups.

This doesn’t just mean closing restaurants at 19:30. It means for example, stopping the crowds of people going out shopping on a Sunday afternoon like in the picture accompanying the other article posted earlier.

The message needs to be clearer and stronger that more people will die and many more will get sick, some life changing lot so, if behaviour doesn’t change.

7 ( +17 / -10 )

Obviously those "quasi-state of emergency" measures don't work.

Humidity and rising temperatures won't be of any help either.

Cleansers don't work contrary to what some people might think.

Finally get those inoculations going at a higher rate.

And if necessary decide for a "real lock-down",

while at the same time providing those without income with adequate financial aid!

11 ( +20 / -9 )

The problem with exponential growth. You leave this too long it will be hard to slow down. Now all you can do is be reactive, when time to be proactive has passed. Tisk. Tisk.

12 ( +16 / -4 )

The government in Japan appears fixed into wasting the effort the majority of the population is doing. The measures have to have teeth in order to be effective, not being diluted into semi quasi pseudo sort of states of emergency. The situation can become extremely serious very quickly so sacrifices must be done, it is time for the government to be the one leading with them and not just expect those that are acting responsibly to shoulder the weight while people that can only think about themselves keep the cases climbing.

6 ( +16 / -10 )

Isn’t he keep saying this from weeks?

So much talk but in the end no real decisions rather than urge.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

ok and what did you do to stop this?

personally...let me guess-nothing?

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike said on Sunday she might make the request after the capital's daily coronavirus cases surpassed 500 for the sixth consecutive day, with only three months left before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics.

And now that it hasn't hit 500 for the sixth day, Tokyo doesn't need to request a third SOE.

Nice save of face there for Koike.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Japan ranks 132nd for deaths per million population. All the while keeping the country as open as possible and minimizing economic and mental health damage. It's a tough balancing act, but i think the government is doing as well as they can.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

-6 ( +13 / -19 )

The more testing done, obviously more cases will arise. From what I have read, the reason more cases is because testing has increased more than Tokyo. If you were to test everyone in Japan, most would already test positive, but that does not mean that everyone will die or get sick. How many deaths in relation to any testing ? The vaccinations are not the answer as so many serious side effects and many deaths are now reported around the world with the vaccinations. The so called cure is worse than the virus.

I know of a call centre where there are more than a hundred people gathered each day. Not one person has been sick or died over the last year.

-19 ( +6 / -25 )

The vaccinations are not the answer as so many serious side effects and many deaths are now reported around the world with the vaccinations. The so called cure is worse than the virus.

False.

3,033,343 deaths around the world from the virus.

16 ( +23 / -7 )

talk is cheap.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

This is to be expected. Every comment I have heard from anyone living in Osaka is that people are out and about partying like pre-Covid.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

1.4 years to prepare. My partners hospital is about to go into two week lockdown. Hope I didn’t get it...

4 ( +8 / -4 )

@vic.M

I'm curious, got a source on all those deaths connected to the vaccines?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html

States that as of April 12th, of 189 million people vaccinated in the USA there have been 3,005 reported deaths but Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has not detected patterns in cause of death that would indicate a safety problem with COVID-19 vaccines.

And don't your dare link to articles posted by the Children's Health Defense.

Here's another link debunking a lot of hogwash.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-19/coronacheck-vaccine-misinformation-debunked/13258256

Enjoy.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

I guess when your SOE and quasi measures are more or less half-baked to begin with, this is the end result

11 ( +12 / -1 )

Amazing. People need to be told what to do instead of thinking for themselves and using common sense (if they even possess it).

12 ( +14 / -2 )

intends to ask...

is considering....

May be these should be the phrases/words to best represent 2021

11 ( +13 / -2 )

@demazin

Let's not get too worked up about it. If you really beleive in its benefits, take the "vaccine" as you see fit. And have a nice day! :)

-8 ( +6 / -14 )

@klausdorth

"Cleansers don't work contrary to what some people might think."

You head it from klausdorth!

"providing those without income with adequate financial aid"

And where's that money going to come from?

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

Japan would never do the "actual" lock down, right?

Sometimes feels like it would be better to have a government with actual "power", rather than the one that asks nicely.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Why a country like Japan, with enormous resources, are not inoculating at a faster rate?

9 ( +12 / -3 )

This paper says that humidity does play a role in transmission of covid:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/op-ed-humidity-can-aid-in-the-fight-against-covid-19/

So the talking heads once again have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Smgdfh...at least try to back up what you are rejecting.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

"Sometimes feels like it would be better to have a government with actual "power", rather than the one that asks nicely." Be careful what you wish for - there is only a very thin 70-year-old veneer of democracy over the authoritariansism that has long characterized the government here.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Would the government please buy Sputnik V ASAP!

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

Chief Cabinet Sec’y Kato said "The increasing trend of cases continues and we are deeply concerned,"

So,...

the central govt will swiftly ‘consider imposing’ the measure ‘once it is requested.

In other words, “It has to get ‘worse First’, and then, the ‘ball’s in your court’.

This central government is ‘absolutely refusing’ to take responsibility!

(reposted from Today 4:41pm within parameters prescribed. Thx)

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I thought the Japanese Officials indicated that Japanese people rid the virus due to their extreme cleanliness about six months ago. What happen? Special country that does everything the Japanese way, right?

"Osaka governor says 'we are in a critical situation' as virus cases surge"

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura indicated Monday he intends to ask the central government to declare a fresh state of emergency 

This is extremely regrettable. This troublemaker needs to be talked to so we can stand in attention and salute a decrease in cases.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

And Osaka city is planning to introduce remote lessons for elementary and junior high students if the Sof E goes through!!

7 ( +7 / -0 )

This is extremely regrettable. This troublemaker needs to be talked to so we can stand in attention and salute a decrease in cases.

Correct.

Will someone please talk to the trouble maker claiming cases have decreased?

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Oh, wait, you're being sarcastic. Apologies, tis hard to tell on occasion!

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Total shut down now.

You've been annoyingly bleating for one for ever.I'm sure you don't live in a potential area of a lockdown either,hence the ease of suggesting one.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

What exactly is the point of locking down ?

People are tired of this petty politics , tell us clearly what is this lockdown going to achieve and also tell us what if it doesn't .

People pay medical insurance and get rejected from hospitals, there are no beds no ICU's and nurses work for peanuts.

There are plenty of vaccines out there but only one is approved of which a million doses in freezers .

The only other way to get immune and stay mentally sane is to roll the dice and catch the virus.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

I don't get it. Why does Yoshimura "intend to ask"? He's been intending to ask for a week now. When's he actually going to get round to it?

6 ( +6 / -0 )

i thInk this virus is nothing but a sham. is it real? yes, but is it the end of the wptld? no.

big pharma and the lot doing exceptionally well, bonuses left right and center. coincidence im sure.

enough of it, stay healthy, eat healthy, exercise and you can beat the vast majority of illnessess out there.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Wow. Did anybody just see today's NHK evening broadcast?

Somebody in the LDP needs to order Yoshimura to wear a mask when making such grim announcements. At only 45, maybe it's because he is still a little green in the game, but he could barely contain the mirth in his eyes and corners of his lips while asking the national government to take charge in upgrading this critical crisis from a 'quasi-emergency' to a 'full-emergency'.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Both Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura, and Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike failure to implement a coherent vaccination strategy indicates clearly the fall back position is political posturing and points scoring

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I find it very interesting that liberals claim they're pro-women, pro equality and yada, yada, yada. When actually, the opposite is true.

The Osaka governor. He's been at this for what, a year and a half now? He's been in the news a lot for his tough stance on businesses and covid rules. Ooooh yeah! Looked like he was an up-and-coming national politician. I mean he's a young fresh face against most of the "oyaji's" you liberals keep complaining about. Just look at the comments here. Nothing overly insulting toward what the Osaka governor is saying or doing. Keep in mind, he hasn't been terribly succesful, has he?

On the other hand, you have a lady governor, with a much larger city and the weight of the Olympics on her shoulders. With her, your comments are nasty and disrespectful. Furthermore, you claim the numbers of positive covid results are altered, although it seems highly improbable that she wields and power.

I just find in fascinating!

-9 ( +4 / -13 )

Quasi state of emergency equals no state of emergency.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

What a silly man, panicking in this manner. Why doesn’t he extend opening hours so we get places less busy early evening?

it’s simple really

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Stop the Olympics

Start the vaccinations

Why is Suga even still PM?

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Responding to @CoffeeDeluxe 8:01pm - “claim they're pro-women, pro equality and yada, yada, yada...”

Are either of these persons ‘Leaders’? Look at  how BOTH stall and hesitate:

“Tokyo Gov Koike said Sun she might ask the central govt to issue another SOE to deal with a recent spike. “I have instructed Sr. metro govt officials to study countermeasures, while considering (the possible option of) requestingan SOE.” -

and

*- “**Osaka Gov Yoshimura is expected to decide possibly this week whether to ask the central govt for a reissuance of an SOE for the pref.’ -*

As You say: “Might, study, considering, expected to, yada, yada, yada...”

*BOTH of these buffoons need to ‘Stop all the posturing and make some effective decisions!
1 ( +2 / -1 )

S.I.

A sham? Not the end of the world but definitely the end of the world for the 3 million who have died from it in the past year or so.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

The deaths in Japan are really low. In 2020 mortality actually went down - in a pandemic!

For whatever reason, deaths across Asia seem to be low compared to those in the West.

The case numbers for Tokyo and Osaka are also low. Osaka has a population of about 2.7m people. Tokyo has about 9.3m.

More work needs to be done explaining why Covid isn't spreading so fast and killing so many in Asia, despite Japan's relatively short and soft lockdowns. Masks? Behaviour? Genetics?

Limited testing could reduce case counts, but a large pile of dead people cannot be disguised, and it just isn't there.

None of which is an excuse for the slow vaccination programme. This seems to be down to a failure to have an emergency protocol for licencing vaccines.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Not surprising at all. Saw many people out and about two months ago mask less as if not a worry in the world. I guess there is a worry now. Wearing is caring!!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

No? Really ?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

And how everything will be ok in olympics? Whatever government is going to beat the COVID-19 olympics are more important to Japanese government then people of Japan

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Sad to see so many commentators here root for more dictatorship. Do we really want to live in a world like CCP China?

The virus is out there, but there is only a very small part of the population that is in danger from it. How about concentrating on those, instead tyrannizing the whole population?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

You don't say? Has anybody over there in Tokyo considered delaying the Olympic Games for another year and tackling these hurdles first? Listen to what the Osaka governor is saying, folks. Call them off!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Amazing. People need to be told what to do instead of thinking for themselves and using common sense (if they even possess it).

Yeah, but do you really think 'common sense' would take over livelihood and restaurant owners would willingly close their own establishments to help slow down this virus?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Amazing. People need to be told what to do instead of thinking for themselves and using common sense (if they even possess it).

This is a country where the government tells people how to dress and where to set their thermostats twice a year.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The more testing done, obviously more cases will arise. From what I have read, the reason more cases is because testing has increased more than Tokyo. If you were to test everyone in Japan, most would already test positive, but that does not mean that everyone will die or get sick. How many deaths in relation to any testing ? The vaccinations are not the answer as so many serious side effects and many deaths are now reported around the world with the vaccinations. The so called cure is worse than the virus.”

Good point

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

“Listen to what the Osaka governor is saying, folks. Call them off!”

Well in their current scaled back fork they’re going to be rather boring. Agreed

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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