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China's 'zero corona' policy frustrates Japanese in Beijing

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By Tomoyuki Tachikawa

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With this some Japanese get to experience some of what the foreigners in Japan had been feeling over the last year. Welcome to the club.

39 ( +39 / -0 )

Oh boohoo! So Japanese are complaining they have to actually quarantine themselves in a foreign country and not "word of mouth" quarantine like in Japan. Have they been blocked from entering the country?

33 ( +36 / -3 )

These Japanese workers live in China, and are therefore under the jurisdiction of China's rules. If they don't like it, they can always return to Japan permanently.

33 ( +35 / -2 )

crashtestdummy:

And hence why China has managed to get this pandemic under control. There is no way in hell a pandemic can ravage the country without anyone outside the country knowing about it. Only a country like North Korea can keep that sort of news from spreading. With freedom and liberty comes responsibility - something we haven't seen in many western countries.

marcelito:

Exactly. My exact sentiments. For the most part of last year, foreigners with Japanese visas were kept apart from their families and had to miss funerals and couldn't spend time with sick relatives because of the threat of being locked out of Japan. So, cry me a river.

26 ( +28 / -2 )

"While I am in Japan, the goalpost has been moved,"

Yep, that's exactly what happened to us.

21 ( +21 / -0 )

I have not met my baby who was born last year in Japan. I hope that the situation will get better as soon as possible,

Priorities, priorities.

I am wondering if I will stay in Japan with my family for a longer period than I originally planned,

Perish the thought.

I have no sympathy for these Japanese guys on secondment in China; they are either spineless corporate drones or they have been lured there at the prospect of megabucks. Even if requested by your company, you still chose either to go abroad leaving your family or start a family while working abroad. Quit whining, man up, and take some responsibility for your decisions.

17 ( +18 / -1 )

My friends husband is working there. She seems OK here. She misses him but told me it is difficult to be a wife to a Japanese salaryman. Cooking, cleaning, serving sake.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Although I agree with some of the irnoy of Japanese people complaining that they actually having to follow anti covid-19 measures, I do feel sorry for them.

Not because of the strictness of China but the lack of flexibility the Japanese companies show. The companies still can't function in a remote capacity; In sales none the less. If you can't figure out remote sales you've got no hope for anything else. One of these lads has just had a kid whom he hasn't met. Pennies on the pound if that guy asked to be transferred home it would be rejected. If he took the paternity leave he's entitled to by law we'll have another Glen Wood case.

I feel China has made a tough call which has made living there a little inconvenient. The Japanese companies have made it unworkable.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

No sympathy either for people who put work before family.

World is not limited to China with its beautiful democracy and universally known level of freedom of speech.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Poor guy...he has to play golf every day in Beijing. If I find a minute I will shed a little tear for him....lol

4 ( +4 / -0 )

go back to Japan and be...happy otherwise follow the rules or shut up!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I hope that the situation will get better as soon as possible," he said ahead of the seven-day holidays that kicked off Thursday.

Yeah......you don't want anything less than a 10 day holiday. The nerve of some countries allowing their people to rest. Blasphemy!!!!!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

It's just an excuse for the CCP to ramp up control

I dont think the CCP needs any excuses to ramp up control so the measures must be for controlling spread of infection.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Everyone is same, not just the Japanese! For the Chinese, such measure is very inconvenient but think about safety first!

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Pukey2

Have you been to China? I am Chinese/Japanese and have spent plenty of time in China. CCP absolutely has the ability to hide the what is going on in China from the outside world. CCP uses aggressive tactics to silence dissent, criticism, or whistleblowers. Take for instance, Li Wenliang: the Wuhan coronavirus whistleblower. He was arrested and was forced to say his comments about the coronavirus were false. That has happened countless times.

On top of that, CCP is able to block everything from the outside world to Chinese citizens via the Great Firewall and use only state controlled news to Chinese citizens. On top of that, You should try researching and reading articles other than extremely liberal media sources like CNN, Huffpost, and NY Times.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Zero covid is impossible too: https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/09/14/zero-covid-makes-zero-sense/

It's just an excuse for the CCP to ramp up control

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Pukey2

And hence why China has managed to get this pandemic under control. There is no way in hell a pandemic can ravage the country without anyone outside the country knowing about it. Only a country like North Korea can keep that sort of news from spreading. With freedom and liberty comes responsibility - something we haven't seen in many western countries.

Wow, you really think China did a great job handling the pandemic and actually believe their numbers?? You are really misinformed to say the least.

FYI: According to the data, China has only 89K cases for 1.4 billion people and been in the 80 thousands cases for about a year since Feb 2020. That is only 62 cases per million people. Deaths have been the same at 4600 since April 2020, which is 3 deaths per million people. That would mean they are outperforming countries like S. Korea, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia by several thousand percent.

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

You should watch NTD News (New Tang Dynasty News) owned by Chinese. You will see a glimpse of what is really going on in China. They have the most insider information on China and have facts/documents/video/whistleblowers to prove their articles not hearsay. Communist China has very little in freedom and liberty.

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I have no sympathy for these Japanese guys on secondment in China; they are either spineless corporate drones or they have been lured there at the prospect of megabucks. Even if requested by your company, you still chose either to go abroad leaving your family or start a family while working abroad. Quit whining, man up, and take some responsibility for your decisions.

True. We don't know the details though. Maybe they planned to move to China after the wife got back on her feet. She could be staying at her parents' like many Japanese do after giving birth.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

They probably won't last a day in China 

So according to you there are no foreigners in China? I thought the article was about foreigners in China.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

crashtestdummy:

You should watch NTD News (New Tang Dynasty News) owned by Chinese

No thanks, I'd rather steer clear of anything associated with The Epoch Times, a pro-Trump media organization that spreads propaganda and conspiracy theories related to covid-19.

Wow, you really think China did a great job handling the pandemic and actually believe their numbers??

Yeah, I do, compared to the absolute chaos in US and UK. As I said, you can't hide a pandemic on that scale. And I NEVER said I believed their numbers. Stop putting words in other people's mouths. That's a common tactic used the loony tunes.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Frustration vs captivity are two separate issues. The rug was pulled out from this group for non-covid reasons. These unfortunates are now subject to the CCP microscope. Lab rats in the game of future trespasses, conquests and land grabs...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The foreigners in Japan should count themselves lucky with the light touch but sensible approach of the Japanese government.

They probably won't last a day in China with her draconian tactics and hence they are still here and not there despite their incessant whining.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

If they don't like it, they can always return to Japan permanently.

They can for sure, if they are ready to loose their jobs. These expats depend on the good will of their companies, and considering they have a management position, knowing the flexibility of most companies here, they should mentally be ready for drastic changes.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

That's frustrated?

Even the guy who hasnt met his baby seemed to be just like reciting what he had for breakfast.

Anyway i guess its good that everyone will be treated the same as regards vaccination passport if this rumor is true:

There is a rumor that all the people living in China, including foreigners, could be ordered to inoculate with the country's vaccines in the near future when they travel to other nations suffering the outbreak of the virus.

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

China is the last place you want to be during the pandemic. The authoritarian tactics used are inhumane. All for a similar survival rate as the flu about 99.98% according to CDC.

-12 ( +8 / -20 )

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