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Tokyo reports 2,362 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 16,012

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 2,362 new coronavirus cases, down 177 from Friday and 1,219 down from last Saturday. It is the 13th straight day that the daily figure has been lower than the same day of the previous week.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 2,724.7.

People in their 20s (639 cases), their 30s (472) and their 40s (351) accounted for the highest numbers, while 429 cases were aged under 20.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 267, down 11 from Friday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 2,223, up two from Friday.

Nationwide, the number of cases reported as of 6:30 p.m. was 16,012. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (2,353), Aichi (1,776), Kanagawa (1,633), Chiba (1,204), Saitama (1,075), Hyogo (755), Fukuoka (732), Okinawa (558), Kyoto (406), Shizuoka (301), Ibaraki (263), Hiroshima (245), Hokkaido (244), Gifu (188), Mie (161), Nara (142), Okayama (141), Shiga (138), Kumamoto (129), Tochigi (117), Gunma (105) and Miyagi (104).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 57.

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Suga is gone but thank the stalwart LDP cabinet for this steady downward trend Using a State of Emergency with Japanese characteristics that did not damage the livelihoods of our great businesses.

It is the 13th straight day that the daily figure has been lower than the same day of the previous week.

The Japanese 民度 can also be pointed out for this amazing result vs. the coronavirus pandemic.

Such as not opening the mouth and expelling so much air and droplets when talking

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Great to see the numbers falling across the country. Active cases have been falling for the last few days with more people recovering than there are new cases.

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Suga gone do not mean Japan will prevail… the next failure will be in line for to do a job they are not interested in. Sad jland

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Sure it's great to see the numbers falling, so to speak, but it seems of the 2,362 people tested with the virus today, 1,068 or 49.45% of those were under 30. And whilst for this month the number for Tokyo Prefecture is now at 11,168, the percentage of all cases since the beginning is slowly rising to 3.18% from the 354,742 cases.

And is the PM resigning for what reason? I feel it might have a lot to do with the mismanagement during COVID-19.

Again, do your thing and get vaccinated people!

I've had my 2 shots and had no problems at all.

An old family friend of mine wrote an article in Adelaide's Advertiser paper yesterday, and I was thinking of copying and pasting here, but I guess it would be too long for you to read, so I posted it yesterday on my social media page.

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45 million work or commute daily to Tokyo, over 14 million living in Tokyo and under 10 thousand being tested a day in Tokyo and anyone who is excited by these numbers should not be.

How many are being tested at private companies and how many if any are reporting and at least 2 that I went to this year for a PCR test due to travel stated they do not release their numbers due to privacy laws. The latter one in July told me to get in and out as fast as I could as they had a number of positive cases and they had lines of men waiting to be tested.

I will repeat the other areas of Japan and around Kanto are going up and Tokyo is going down, ICU wards are maxed out with 20 and 30 year old individuals something just doesn't add up.

It is my hope the next PM has more testing sites made free and open and let's see what the true numbers really are.

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How can Aichi and Tokyo have nearly the same number of positive cases 1700 plus? Aichi is has far less people and more rural areas.

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I have a genuinely earnest, rhetorical question for all to think about. When all of this is over, or at least the current wave, Japan Inc. will push a narrative that it "handled the pandemic better than any other country" and will likely make constant reference to "cases in Tokyo never reaching 6000 new infections per day" or "national cases never exceeding XXX,000 per day" and remind everyone that "on top of that, we were able to have two Olympics as well".

The outside world, having absolutely no clue about anything related to Japan, save for perhaps otaku-related garbage, will then eat up the narrative and continue the myth of Japan the Great. Thanks in no small part to the simple fact that basically no one but Japanese speak the language, even those who want to learn more can only get so far.

Meanwhile, nothing will be said about the victims: the Japanese population. No one will know how many people's lives and livelihoods were ruined by the endless SOEs, the lack of ability to admit COVID patients to hospitals, the blundering and excuses for vaccine mismanagement, the lack of additional government stimulus, the pointless 8PM "curfews", etc. The world will be none the wiser about all the city environs that are almost unrecognizable now thanks to dozens and dozens of store closures and building demolitions.

But who cares really. The end result is all that matters. So my question is: Was it all worth it?

It makes me sick to my stomach every time I walk down a street and see another closed store, and to look at the people working at independent businesses and restaurants pleading with passersbys to enter their empty shops. No one but the mostly ignorant and selfish genuinely look happy, rather I see a collective sentiment that can only be likened to the period following 3/11.

But bravo Japan. Bravo LDP. Bravo Abe and Suga. Bravo Koike. You've achieved your goal so you all deserve a big, global round of applause.

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PCR test numbers for Tokyo vs Osaka?

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Personally I am happy. Everyone else should be too!

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Just to put all of this in rational perspective, as opposed to the doomsday overemotional COVID media-porn:

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 267,

That's out of a population of about 14 million people.

The nationwide figure was 2,223, up two from Friday.

That's out of a population of 130 million people.

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@ashley It is my hope the next PM has more testing sites made free and open and let's see what the true numbers really are.

Who would Japanese residents use free testing sites if they don't have symptoms? It isn't how Japanese people roll and you should know that if you live here. That is the failed western model where pointless lockdowns were put into effect causing economic catastrophe, not to mention mental damage. Japan is coming off the latest curve with low casualties despite all the people screaming how bad the Olympics and Obon holiday was going to cause an explosion in cases. It never happened. IT NEVER HAPPENED.

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@Hakman

But have you noticed that the one number that doesn't seem to change much day to day is the hospitalized with severe symptoms? It's always hovering around the 270 mark despite all the other numbers fluctuating up and down over time.... makes you wonder if it's the way this number is calculated. Might be the case that it's the limit of the system.

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‘Different’ numbers than last week. - Worth reposting @ForeignerInTokyo 6p, at least for the ‘short time’ it will be allowed.

- “But who cares really. The end result is all that matters.” …

- “So my question is: Was it all worth it?” -

- “It makes me sick to my stomach every time I walk down a street and see another closed store, and to look at the people working at independent businesses and restaurants pleading with passersbys to enter their empty shops. No one but the mostly ignorant and selfish genuinely look happy, rather I see a collective sentiment that can only be likened to the period following 3/11.:” -

Find ANY related forum and repost it again,… and again, … and AGAIN, … lest “people forget” what was lost in all of this crap the J government has put people through the last year and a half.

*- “No one but the mostly ignorant and selfish genuinely look happy: “Personally I am happy. Everyone else should be too!”*

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45 million work or commute daily to Tokyo, over 14 million living in Tokyo and under 10 thousand being tested a day in Tokyo and anyone who is excited by these numbers should not be.

Well consider that, unless I am mistaken, the government here has never encouraged testing for COVID. The messaging has always been about personally responsibility and using good judgement to not go out in crowded places, to go home at 8PM, to not have alcohol, etc. It's quite similar to the lack of information about HIV in Japan, as well as the promotion of testing for it. I've spoken to people who work in the government that have been privately very concerned with the way in which the country deals with disease, both in terms of education and management, and that was before COVID hit.

Part of the issue is that Tokyo in particular has turned away untold numbers of people who don't "qualify" for the free testing threshold, which itself is far higher than the eligibility in other parts of the country. You get less people being tested when you don't let people get tested. Also, as I mentioned several days ago, the "need" to get tested itself is questionable. Much of the delta wave is being driven by people under 40 and more specifically those under 30. How many of them work at "traditional" companies that might require "evidence" to miss work, i.e. a test result from a doctor? How many might be NEETs or students or part time workers who don't "need' to get tested?

And then there is the issue of what testing itself accomplishes. If you begin to experience flu-like symptoms after direct contact with someone who is COVID-positive, chances are you have COVID as well. Do you need a test to confirm that? Do you need to even go to a doctor when, unless you're in need of a ventilator, you will be sent home anyway?

I will repeat the other areas of Japan and around Kanto are going up and Tokyo is going down, ICU wards are maxed out with 20 and 30 year old individuals something just doesn't add up.

It doesn't need to add up though. As I said in my earlier post, it's all about the image Japan Inc. can project to the world. You just can't run a victory lap the same way if there are 120,000+ new infections in Tokyo per day, because that would suggest things aren't going well. I feel a sense of great sadness for the Japanese population at large, because their leaders failed and forgot them, except for when it was possible for use in Olympic-related PR.

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How can anyone be sure these numbers are real?

8 ( +13 / -5 )

How can anyone be sure these numbers are real?

I don't think anyone thinks these numbers are accurate. The question is, are they actively manipulated, or just under reported based on the testing thresholds (policy) and other nuances. Impossible to know the truth, but I lean towards the later.

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@ashley It is my hope the next PM has more testing sites made free and open and let's see what the true numbers really are.

I would generally expect Japan to pull an after-the-fact "solution" to this. Watch as the government magically has 40% more facilities available or created once they are no longer relevant or needed. Much will be made about how "Japan is committed to fighting the virus" and other PR gusto, conveniently ignoring the thousands upon thousands in Tokyo who were forced to languish at home when the pressure was really on.

Who would Japanese residents use free testing sites if they don't have symptoms?

Many are seeking free testing sites but are being turned away, at least in Tokyo. What's the point of waiting in line when you're going to be denied? Especially when no one is doing contact tracing for follow-up measures? It's not like in Osaka.

It isn't how Japanese people roll and you should know that if you live here. That is the failed western model where pointless lockdowns were put into effect causing economic catastrophe, not to mention mental damage.

But there have been pointless lockdowns here that have caused economic catastrophe and mental damage. Walk around Shinjuku, for example, and take a look how many empty stores there now are. Entire streets are near empty in some cases. Look at all the closed old bookstores in Jimbocho. Walk around parts of Nakano. The lockdowns in Japan (or at least Tokyo) have been in some ways worse than those elsewhere, because they have been a constant, unending series of mistakes that have punished those who work after 8PM, who operate restaurants, who run bars.

Japan is coming off the latest curve with low casualties despite all the people screaming how bad the Olympics and Obon holiday was going to cause an explosion in cases. It never happened. IT NEVER HAPPENED.

First off, deaths in all countries have been highest among the elderly, the only real segment of the population Japan had sufficiently vaccinated before August. Beyond that, death is not the only "sign" of chaos. Thousands and thousands of Tokyoites being stranded at home due to hospital shortage is pretty horrible as well. Just because you don't see a finite number to "measure" how bad the situation "is" in no way takes away from the injustice going on every single day that someone who can't even leave their apartment is allowed to be denied hospitalization.

And beyond that, who KNOWS about the death numbers? You have people being factored in months after they died due to all kinds of logistical and legal hoopla. And let's not forget this is the same country that found tons of people who lied about their relatives dying so as to keep collecting pension:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-11299646

And does anyone know how people who die of COVID but had pre-existing conditions are counted? If you have Stage 4 cancer and get COVID, which cause "officially" goes on the death certificate? Cancer sure sounds nicer because it lets Japan conceal the real severity of the outbreak.

How simple things would be if the government had just adopted a policy of "everyone who suspects infection can be tested", had uniform standards throughout the country, and was on the whole more transparent.

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Hoping the Go To campaign resumes so we can take some trips around the country, have a good time and most importantly support the businesses hardest hit.

No one is stopping you now. If you believe this, get out there now and stop waiting for a taxpayer funded government handout to do it.

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Hackman, yes, Japanese would use the free testing sites. There are so many lining up now to pay for these PCR tests, because they don't have the time or there is an urgency to find out if they have the COVID in order not to bring it home to their families.

For the other who commented on the low number of people in the hospital with COVID because that is all the beds they have, others are either in the COVID hotels and or on ventilators at their home and many suffering greatly as was shown on the NHK news.

The many who are suffering in their homes is large and is going unreported. Truly, the situation is dire in this country, just go to any local Kuakusho and you will find people taking hundreds of calls from sick people trying to find hospital beds and or foreigners turning up sick with the COVID. Yes, that is true, a friend of mine who works there has seen this personally and working at the kuakusho for many is greatly distressing.

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Again, do your thing and get vaccinated people!

I've had my 2 shots and had no problems at all.

I agree that everyone needs to get vaccinated. But I would just add that I got my second shot of Moderna yesterday and now I’ve got a fever of 39 and can barely stand up.

This is normal and not serious, but folks should schedule a couple days off to get over the second dose, it can be a doozy!

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You still talk about mass testing but why? , I don’t want to be tested if I do not have any symptoms do you think the majority of others want to be also. Bit quiet from the usual posters tonight getting bored yet

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45 million work or commute daily to Tokyo, over 14 million living in Tokyo...

Say What????

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The government even wants to start Go To again to promote spending, that totally contradicts what you keep posting here.

No. It just shows that the government haven’t learnt a thing and seemingly are not alone.

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jderToday 07:33 pm JST

''As the numbers go down, it seems that a few of our most opinionated friends have left the chat. I wonder why? It feels kind of empty in here, haha.''

With numbers being controlled by the Government (via testing...5000 cases a day in Tokyo was too much for people to bear, but under 3000 seems palatable) to 'avoid panic' (their stated objective early in the year), there is simply no way to make an informed opinion. I'd suggest that is why some regulars on both sides might be absent.

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Manipulated or underreport . . .

It doesn't make such a big difference. The Japanese population will just believe what they are told without asking further questions.

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Kyakusenbi

Great post and totally logical.

‘It’s up to each individual how they handle life. I shall live my life to the full. I take precautions and work hard to support myself my partner and small businesses, mostly local ones who need it so badly now. If people wish to be sad and miserable and think negatively it makes life hard for themselves and those around them.

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How can anyone be sure these numbers are real?

Manipulated !

you guys are only ever satisfied if the numbers are high

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Some gaijin that live here have got a low opinion of what Japanese think and live their life. This is the way the Japanese government are trying to do their best in a bad situation. No other country including your own has handled it any good.

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The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 57.

Hopefully it will now go down from here on

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How can anyone be sure these numbers are real?

Manipulated !

you guys are only ever satisfied if the numbers are high

These are official data.

There should be presumption of regularity unless and until we notice or observe that something is wrong with the data.

For example if the data on the number of deaths do not seem to corroborate the number of positive cases. If the daily death counts are inordinately high compared to the daily cases then that's a reason to suspect not everything is on the up and up.

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