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Tokyo reports 36 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 345

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 36 new coronavirus cases, down five from Wednesday and 26 down from last Thursday.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 24, down three from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 260, down 16 from Wednesday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 345. Osaka Prefecture had the most cases with 42, followed by Kanagawa (39), Tokyo, Hyogo (29), Aichi (29), Chiba (21) and Okinawa (18).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 16.

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Why? In terms of COVID-19 fatalities, Japan has a total of 144 deaths per million (14.38 per hundred). Compare that to the USA's 2,254 deaths per million (221.85 per hundred) or the UK's 2,034 deaths per million (208.37 per hundred), I would say that Japan has largely been successful.

It might be more useful to compare countries more similar in location and culture.

One of the notable traits of those trumpeting the Sweden model was how they avoided comparisons with their Nordic neighbours which didn’t flatter Sweden in the slightest. This was egregiously insincere.

Let’s take Japan’s closest neighbour.

Unlike Japan, South Korea adopted mass testing, drive through screening and strict social distancing.

South Korea outperformed Japan in terms of cases per million and deaths per million by some distance.

Is there something in particular about Japan's response that would like to call out or change?

They did okay but they could have done it better?

To be honest, It’s difficult to compare any countries in this as there are so many variables, but I think sincere people would avoid the kind of comparisons you made.

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In other countries, the lockdowns forced the conversations for more jobs with remote work, better work/life balance, more benefits and higher pay for "essential workers". Thanks to Japan's "business as usual" attitude during the pandemic, the gap between Japan's obsessive work culture, and the rest of the world will only grow wider. Condolences if you work in Japan.

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 Japan has needed calling out during this last few years. 

Why? In terms of COVID-19 fatalities, Japan has a total of 144 deaths per million (14.38 per hundred). Compare that to the USA's 2,254 deaths per million (221.85 per hundred) or the UK's 2,034 deaths per million (208.37 per hundred), I would say that Japan has largely been successful.

And this without lockdowns.

Is there something in particular about Japan's response that would like to call out or change?

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

**https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality

0 ( +7 / -7 )

Mask ,mouth wash, stand and walk and drive left, wait in the line, try not bother others..... much more to come

If you still doubt the figure and keep stamping on this small community, it is time for you to think moving

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Japan has really led the way with overcoming the virus. Lockdowns were not necessary. It has been life and work as normal. Well done.

Agree. The full amount of unnecessary suffering that lockdowns have caused in other countries will not be known for many more years.

It's an indictment of the international media that they have largely ignored Japan's response to the pandemic. One would think that a strategy that did not include lockdowns would be of interest to countries that had to resort to such draconian measures.

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

That's because inactive PCR tests and general election right? All those idiots who have been stumping on Japan, should make sincere apology here in this thread. XCowards

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Japan has really led the way with overcoming the virus. Lockdowns were not necessary. It has been life and work as normal. Well done.

Anti-lockdown strategies didn't work in Netherlands or Sweden, countries which aimed for herd immunity at first. Japan would have done lockdowns if the constitution allowed it.

Many data scientists believed Japan numbers were and are ten times underestimated.

Nothing to praise here.

1 ( +12 / -11 )

I don't think we'll get to 0 cases, at least not recorded ones. There be a few lingering on in the background but there's enough immunity for us to get back to the old normal, sans masks.

Until the next scare campaign rolls around.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

When zero?

Impossible but might as well be now

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Japan has really led the way with overcoming the virus. Lockdowns were not necessary. It has been life and work as normal. Well done.

0 ( +15 / -15 )

When zero?

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

I think I'm not the only one who is waiting for borders reopen.

4 ( +14 / -10 )

Roll on the good times !

8 ( +14 / -6 )

It's over. Go out and have fun.

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