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It won't happen within a month,that's a guarantee.

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Only until Feb. 7. Vaccine roll out starts 2 weeks after that. Why does it take long to approve the vaccine?

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I like a laugh as much as the next person, but this joke of a PM is not funny!

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Some (wise) parents have started to pull their kids from schools, and enter them to foreign schools offering tuition online. I hope this spreads and sends a message to the J-gov.

10 ( +17 / -7 )

Why so long vaccine? Come on does anything move quickly in Japan. And when asked about payments for individuals there was a tumbleweed floating across the podium. Absolutely clueless about people, but a slave to Buisness that have been hording money refusing to let it "trickle" down. I say an extra 100 sit-ups just to try to get some blood into his brain.

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Suga's strategy:Take advantage of the coronavirus' aversion to business hours. This is the very special, unique Japanese way to control a pandemic.

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He also said the government will provide up to 1.8 million yen per month to each eatery that complies with a request to shorten operating hours.

Quick! Open an "eatery" in your home to get the government funds. ; )

9 ( +13 / -4 )

Thankfully hoikuens look like they will remain open so people can at least continue teleworking who have kids unlike last time.

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This is pathetic. Schools are hotbeds for viruses, always have been, and the virus doesn’t care whether it’s 3pm, 8pm or 9am. This is a cynical attempt by the government to blame transmission on night time activities,

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The state of emergency will be lifted on Feb7 in time for the Chinese lunar new year that starts in February 11, during which crowds of Chinese tourists (some possibly carrying the virus) will visit Japan.

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"I am determined to hold a safe and secure games," he said, adding he is optimistic that enthusiasm among the Japanese public will grow once vaccinations begin.

The ‘treat the mean to keep them keen’ approach to governance isn’t something I’d thought about before.

Fascinating.

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@Meiyouwenti is correct.

Chinese outbound tourists in Beijing are getting vaccinations for covid now in preparation for tours abroad already permitted by the J govt. I think this was reported in Japan on one of the news sites in late December. The groups are limited in number with strict conditions regarding their movements but they are coming.

Pretty sure there are some Taiwanese groups too going to Okinawa and Kyushu.

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Overpromise. Underdeliver. Claim you were misunderstood. Walk it back. Move the goalposts. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

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LOL!!!!

What will he do lower the number of people being tested? Find new ways to remove infected people from the official tally?

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The state of emergency will be lifted on Feb7 in time for the Chinese lunar new year that starts in February 11, during which crowds of Chinese tourists (some possibly carrying the virus) will visit Japan.

Yep!

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With larger, monetary incentives, this plan has a slightly better ability to convince businesses. Of course, that money ultimately isn't free and tax payers will end up with the burden of increased debt.

As for schools not closing, it's nice to have a logical reaction here. Kids, and younger children especially, have been shown to seldom contract the virus and also rarely transmit either. No reason to pull kids from school.

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“ The state of emergency will:

ask residents to refrain from nonessential outings after 8 p.m.

call for restaurants and bars to stop serving alcohol by 7 p.m. and close by 8 p.m.

encourage companies to have employees work from home or stagger shifts to reduce people in office by 70 percent.

not ask schools to close, unlike previous state of emergency last spring. “

...

A “ state of emergency “ but apparently not really an emergency.

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Hmm, record numbers of cases, but no real measures being introduced. Pretty much all shopping and leisure facilities still fully open. No-one from Tokyo etc. being told to refrain from visiting other prefectures. It is cross your fingers and pray it goes away.

By the way, the first team to openly declare they wouldn't attend the Olympics last year was the Canadians on March 22nd. Given what we now know about Covid-19, I'd expect similar announcements to come at least a month earlier this time. I believe it was multiple countries saying they would not attend that forced the postponement, not anything from the Japan or IOC side. Given where we are and the clock ticking, it increasingly seems like fantasy to think the Games can go ahead.

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mister bs....

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The man is clearly outside his comfort zone giving it 100% like his 100 sit-ups every morning, so give him a chance!

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"in 1 month" has no scientific basis.

Suga, since start of his regime last September, only depends on self-sacrifice of medical services and self-help of citizen, had done nothing against Covid-19 virtually despite rapid raise of infected people or victim.

Now, total cases in Japan is almost three times of China, it is worst in far east Asia.

Prime minister Suga who had continued to enjoy high-class dinner everyday with ignoring medical scene that have faced very difficult situation, he was one of most optimistic Japanese person about Covid-19 re-epidemic.

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PERFECTLY, correct action,

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Will he resign if (when) that doesn’t happen?

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MouwentiToday  07:18 pm JST

The state of emergency will be lifted on Feb7 in time for the Chinese lunar new year that starts in February 11, during which crowds of Chinese tourists (some possibly carrying the virus) will visit Japan.

No need to worry, China is virus free now. The CCP recipe.

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I don’t think Suga can control mother nature.

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After a month, eh? So Suga is going to achieve something no one else has managed merely by closing restaurants at 8pm.

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There will be no punishment for those that fail to comply. Get out jail for free card eh? WHen we know we wont get punished you think people would really comply?? Make no sense of an SOE that has doesnt enforce you to comply.

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Why is all the government support focused on restaurants, bars and the travel industry?

If residents are asked to stay home after 8pm that's going to damage a wide range of businesses, but you only get a million a day if you are a restaurant?!

My income dropped by 35% last year, and the GoTo campaigns made things worse by encouraging potential customers to go out of Tokyo every weekend. Weekends and evenings are peak hours for my business, but sales are already down 30%.

If they shut bars and restaurants and tell everyone to be at home by 8pm that's going to make things even worse.

At least last year there was the 100,000 yen per person and the 1M/2M yen for lost income. But that was targeted at 2020 and there seems no indication that it will be repeated for 2021. (Infact, they are ending the application for the scheme and the rent support scheme next week!)

The entire GoTo thing was completely unfair, and should have been replaced by some more general funding that people could have used to get discounts on a wide range of businesses and services, or by direct support to businesses that were losing money.

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And on this day the young members of the sales team from my wife's company that has been doing telework for months, posted a photo of their group without masks infront of a shrine after having a new year group gathering.

And now they are surprised that the company president is angry and threatening to fire the lot.

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Bunch of dinosaurs running the show. Not a single clever or innovative idea among 'em.

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Why is all the government support focused on restaurants, bars and the travel industry?

Clearly because they are IDIOTS who think the bars and restaurants are the root cause of spreading the virus without evidence to show for. They need to target somebody and they are targeting bars. kyabakura and resturants when they should be targeting everyone. When i say everyone this includes myself, and rest of the poppulation who are roaming the streets of Japan and all students who are attending school. The virus don't selectively target the bars and restaurants..... Idiocy at its best.

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@Oxycodin

They need to target somebody and they are targeting bars. kyabakura and resturants when they should be targeting everyone. When i say everyone this includes myself, and rest of the poppulation who are roaming the streets of Japan and all students who are attending school.

I agree with your first statement in principal (i.e. bars and restaurants when operated responsibly ar enot the root cause of virus spread).

On the other hand you are asking the government of Japan to target you. At what level? (serious question). This can range from actually barracading you in your home to punitive measures for being outdoors or to including you in the request to participate in the State of Emergency.

I also feel the SoE should apply to me and my business to the extent practical (my business is not food and beverage) but I am not for requirements which would require me to be "locked down".

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Well buckle up....Suga can bring this under control in 1 month!

The whole world is going to be extremely interested in that. But if it's possible, why not do it....oh...back in June??

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Don't cripple the economy please

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

All the toilet paper is gone in my neighborhood My Basket again.

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Suga plans and God laughs. This pandemic in Japan is just getting started.

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If they can't control the virus spread soon, they can definitely say goodbye to the Olympics

Maybe that's one good thing

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Too many exceptions and not enough of a lockdown. Money for business but not people. This isn't going to do anything unfortunately.

Where are the tests?

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Who does he think he is "God?" This virus is even beyond the higher universe killing thousands and hundreds of thousands around the world. When Suga set off the travel campaign he ramped up the virus, too. Who in their right mind starts a travel campaign in a pandemic like this one and or anyone for that fact.

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I don't understand the meaning of this state of emergency at all.

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OKAY

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged to improve the coronavirus situation in Japan within one month as he declared a state of emergency on Thursday.

PREVIOUSLY

measures were more relaxed than those under the previous state of emergency last spring, which saw schools and many businesses nationwide temporarily close and events canceled.

CURRENTLY

There's a list of key measures to be taken after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's declaration Thursday of a state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area to tackle surging coronavirus cases.

FINAL PREDICTION when all fails

The NEXT state of emergency will: TOTAL SHUTDOWN

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

The word improve is pretty subjective. Is he going to fall in his sword when (not if) this doesn't happen?

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The state of emergency will be lifted on Feb7 in time for the Chinese lunar new year that starts in February 11, during which crowds of Chinese tourists (some possibly carrying the virus) will visit Japan.'

Even if they are somehow allowed in, the way things are now there is a much higher chance they will get the virus while in Japan and bring it back home then the other way around.

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@kaimycahl: Well, That was a waste of typing. A Total Shutdown , as you so eloquently put it, is in no way legally binding here, as in fact are none of today’s measures.

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So Suga, resembling some sort of haunted, sweating balloon-like apparition, goes on live TV and tells us that asking restaurants to close at 8pm will cut it.

No directions to comprehensively close offices and enforce online work. No directions to close schools. No penalties for non compliance. No compensation for the millions who will lose income or possibly be out of work.

I think he needs to resign and then he can spend the rest of his time doing sit ups.

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what was the offer for companies to have employees work from home or stagger shifts to reduce people in office by 70 percent?

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He also said the government will provide up to 1.8 million yen per month to each eatery that complies with a request to shorten operating hours.

Damit, I didn't see this coming, if I had known I could have rushed and opened a restaurant and cash in on the cool 1.8M

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Money for restaurants doesn't go far enough, what about their suppliers etc?

I own an English school and I know income will drop if this is implemented nationwide.

A million or two for all businesses like last time should be given.

It's the governments fault they haven't organized enough medical resources. Here in Hiroshima we have a grand total of 24 icu beds.

Whatever the media says this isn't the plague. And with mask wearing universal there shouldn't be a need to stay home to golden week.

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My wife and I were talking that our 15 year old son lives in fairy land sometimes and she said a lot of Japanese do so.

I think Suga must be one of those with his hope in reducing it in the next month.

unless a vaccine comes out next week or the stop testing, I can’t see it happening with the lack of restrictions they have in place.

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Okay, now let him say, and swear on the souls in Yasukuni, that if he fails, he will quit and give up his seat. THEN, and only then, will I believe he actually believes what he is saying. Until then, it's the usual BS to try and appease the masses. He's not god, and not even a capable leader of government, so there is no way he's going to stop a virus raging around the world by doing absolutely nothing like he is doing now. The virus does not cooperate, no matter how "regrettable" that may be. So long as Japan refuses to lock down seriously, the issue is not being taken seriously, and in one month it'll be more than 10,000 / day at this rate.

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This is so wishy-washy - so indecisive, that it makes the UK Prime Minister- Boris Johnson appear like the Thinker of the Century....

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Japan must feast on humble pie.

Weren't any different to any other country after all. Not cleaner, not superior, not more hygienic. Just the same.

This must really irk the right wing and nihonjinron brigade.

You are not special, not different.

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Also, naming and shaming.... grow up Japan

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Do not underestimate Japanese conformity. Although it will be tricky I am optimistic we will have reasonable numbers on March 1.

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@Nato

My income dropped by 35% last year, and the GoTo campaigns made things worse by encouraging potential customers to go out of Tokyo every weekend. Weekends and evenings are peak hours for my business, but sales are already down 30%.

If they shut bars and restaurants and tell everyone to be at home by 8pm that's going to make things even worse.

Which is why the right thing to do would be to close the country completely for 2-3 weeks until all people with mild symptom heal themselves naturally. Then the virus would be virtually gone and the economic activity could restart again.

Countries that are now virus-free did exactly that. But to get the Japanese government to do that would require leadership and there has never been any leader in Japan history, sadly.

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Pretty sure that all the naming and shaming does is tell people like @Wobot a list of places they can still go and act ignorant, aka eat, drink and spread the virus.

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged to improve the coronavirus situation in Japan within one month

How much improvement is he promising is he staking his leadership on it? If these lax measurements don't fix the problem he better resign.

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Japan deserves much much better than these “leaders”. Is this what we get in return for the sky high taxes we pay (for them to essentially squander on things like the Olympics), while we have a pandemic on our hands? Vaccine in 1 month?

Leadership is about taking responsibility and showing courage in time of need, not to make weak non-decisions, leaving things up to chance. I’ve seen enough with the “leadership “ shown during the Tohoku earthquake and now this to have absolutely no confidence (and no false hopes), and will pray for the best and keep my family safe despite everything that these tax and confidence scammers claims to do.

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Hard to do that ! Some restaurants will ignor it. Some citizens will ignore it.

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged to improve the coronavirus situation in Japan within one month as he declared a state of emergency on Thursday.

Suga asked younger people to refrain from making unnecessary outings to prevent the further spread of the virus and protect the lives of others.

He also said the government will provide up to 1.8 million yen per month to each eatery that complies with a request to shorten operating hours.

The emergency declaration, which will be effective from Friday to Feb 7, will entail asking residents to stay home and calls for restaurants and bars to stop serving alcohol by 7 p.m. and close by 8 p.m. Gyms, department stores and shopping malls will also be subject to the shorter hours. Entertainment facilities, such as movie theaters and concert halls, will be asked to reduce the numbers in the audience.

So basically he's telling people to stay home and he's throwing money at eatery's that comply - and the compensation is "up to 1.8 million" so you could only get 1 yen.

But this is obviously a stall tactic, to show the public (world) that he's doing something about the pandemic in Japan. And if the numbers don't drop then he can blame the public for not doing what he says. For him it's a safe "win-win" sort of declaration -- which is pretty lame IMHO.

What he probably should have done was to continue to urge the people to please reframe from going out if not needed and for those eatery's that comply with the request of shortening their hours they will be compensated - for those that don't comply could face fines or something along those lines.

But honestly the pledge he made is laughable to me.

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The reality is that there are only two ways out of this mess - massive vaccination, or people catch it. It's not travel campaigns or lockdowns. It's not closing shop by 8 pm. Masks only slow it down slightly. This thing is finding it's way into every corner of the globe and even the places that have locked down hard have it surging again.

If Japan want's it's business back, if it wants the olympics to run, they had better get off their behinds and make vaccination of its citizens priority number one. But no, they won't start until the end of February, and even then it's only going to be a small number of medical people. As usual, Japan is the last to adopt.

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“ The state of emergency will:

ask residents to refrain from nonessential outings after 8 p.m.

call for restaurants and bars to stop serving alcohol by 7 p.m. and close by 8 p.m.

encourage companies to have employees work from home or stagger shifts to reduce people in office by 70 percent.

not ask schools to close, unlike previous state of emergency last spring. “

We'll know they mean business once they start urging ;)

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This government is a joke ...

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I'm sure his soft curfew of 8PM will REALLY make such a HUGE difference. Sure, make it so people don't eat out after 8PM but keep offices and schools open. That should do it!

laughinginsarcasm
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I like a laugh as much as the next person, but this joke of a PM is not funny!

But Trump and Boris Johnson are bigger jokes, But I can't laugh at 350,000 dead in the US and 80,000 dead in the UK

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Suga has dominion over steak restaurants and viral transmissions-an amazing PM!

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Suga is one of the worst leaders in history, resembling a sodden dirty tissue found on the bottom of one's foot. Appalling, and worse than Abe if that's even possible. Smug and clueless

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COVID doesn't discriminate and no time restrictions. Just because shops are closed by 8:00pm doesn't necessarily mean the you won't be infected. Considering that convenience stores are open 24/7!

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