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Japan's economy reopening cautiously, balancing health risks

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Still have ZERO plans to send my son back to school in Tokyo! While I get that the economy needs to reopen, I dont see how amusement parks are a "necessity"

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Like the choice of the coronavirusy picture.

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Cautiously? Didn't Koike lift all virus restrictions in Tokyo yesterday? That doesn't seem very cautious to me.

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The world got 6 month to mitigate, this virus, by Christmas, the virus will spread easily in the cold, when the virus will spread easily, because the air will be thin making the virus, spread easily from the lung

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Speed, you beat me to it! There’s no way that was a coincidence!

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“Americans may feel happy and go splurging after the lockdown is lifted. But the Japanese mind set tends to become even more cautious about spending because of uncertainties about the future,” Maruyama said.

Which is all the more reason why I’m going to be moving to Japan in the next few years. The job that I have currently doesn’t pay enough for me to afford the move, but once I get that squared away, it’ll be full speed ahead for me to save the money that I need to make the move. Because with statements like these government officials, especially compared to here in the US led by you know who, I can’t wait to make this move!

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YubaruToday  07:04 am JST

Still have ZERO plans to send my son back to school in Tokyo

Yubarujune14  07:04 am JST

For us down here, we havent had any new cases for well over a month! Do us a favor and keep everyone from Tokyo from coming down here to Okinawa!

Yubaru.????

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@JCosplay

If you have never kept into the fire from the frying pan then here is your big chance...

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Not all restrictions have been lifted. Small print at the end of the memo!

However, indoor venues are allowed to fill only half their capacity, while those outdoors have been asked to ensure sufficient distancing.

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I prefer the winter, yes, the cold might spread the virus, however, on the flipside it keeps people at home more due to the weather.

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The health risks are minimal, reopen the economy and get things going again.

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Yeah whatever, economy doesn't exist anymore, we need to think more seriously about it , as it will become huge problem soon.

Take for example hotels or restaurants. If you dont have customers or have a few, then all you need is 1-2 staff instead of 10 which means 8 people will lose their jobs. Same with amusements park etc. We are now holding up but how long BoJ will keep printing? and even if how much of that printed money will end up in regular Joe's pocket?? Secondly everything can't be subsidized by the country, it's called communism and we all know how it ended up. Unfortunately Japan seems to be heading more and more into that direction if not already there. It might come to the point where everyone is a public servant or work for the government.

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kurisupisuToday  09:37 am JST

@JCosplay

If you have never kept into the fire from the frying pan then here is your big chance...

Everyone I know back in the US says they wish they were in Japan. Every American I know in Japan says they're glad they are in Japan right now.....So....what exactly are you talking about?

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The world got 6 month to mitigate, this virus, by Christmas, the virus will spread easily in the cold, when the virus will spread easily, because the air will be thin making the virus, spread easily from the lung

wrong again, Brazil is seeing one of the highest infection rates in the world, guess what it really hot there,

so please stop using this summer is going to save us BS

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Larry Flint you are the man. Communism is evil. Communists are here and hiding among us and that's why we must open the economy as soon as possible and get capitalism going. The government cant pay for everything , companies must make money and build the economy which is how capitalism works. Open the economy and no more subsidies.

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The health risks are minimal, reopen the economy and get things going again.

and those states that opened early in the US Florida Texas are seeing a rapid spike in infections, and Trump hasnt even started his rallies yet, better buckle your seatbelts covid19 isnt done yet

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Everyone I know back in the US says they wish they were in Japan

Really? Off the top of my head, I’d rather be in NZ or South Korea than Japan. More testing and fewer deaths.

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 Communism is evil. Communists are here and hiding among us and that's why we must open the economy as soon as possible and get capitalism going.

oh dear covid19 doesn't care what political affiliation you have, communist, capitalist democratic, itll infect you and kill you all the same. One this the virus loves is stupidity. Last I checked China did far better than most democratic countries during this pandemic

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wtfjapan communism doesn't work. It failed in all areas and by keeping everything closed and run by socialists is a recipe for disaster.

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wtfjapan communism doesn't work. It failed in all areas and by keeping everything closed and run by socialists is a recipe for disaster.

Ganbare oldman. Keep fighting!

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The government cant pay for everything , companies must make money and build the economy which is how capitalism works. Open the economy and no more subsidies.

Oldman-13 don't get me wrong, I'm not supporting the opening of the economy what I'm saying we should do something with that people that are staying at home and are without work as it will become huge problem.

Let's even say we fully reopen but we both know the consumption levels won't get back to pre-corona stage. So you still end up with many people losing their income, of course some of them will go to work at konbini or elsewhere but it will be a tiny drop in the sea.

The government should start thinking abut long perspective. What if it will last for longer? What with unemployment?

Because it won't be "hurray we are open everything is back how it was". Hopeless and angry people are unpredictable and might do a lot of harm.

Unless you are supporting communism and want Japan to become place like that.

I was born and raised in communist country where everyone had a job from the state and no one cared if they were on time and did the job properly because at the end of the month you got your salary so why should they even try? Sorry, I don't want to go back to this...

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JimizoToday  12:42 pm JST

Everyone I know back in the US says they wish they were in Japan

Really? Off the top of my head, I’d rather be in NZ or South Korea than Japan. More testing and fewer deaths.

Neither New Zealand nor South Korea are part of the United States.

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Everyone I know back in the US says they wish they were in Japan

Really? Off the top of my head, I’d rather be in NZ or South Korea than Japan. More testing and fewer deaths.

Neither New Zealand nor South Korea are part of the United States.

Eh? You said people in the US wish they were in Japan. I said I’d rather be in NZ or South Korea. You then answered neither New Zealand nor South Korea are part of the US.

Have I missed something here?

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Which is all the more reason why I’m going to be moving to Japan in the next few years. The job that I have currently doesn’t pay enough for me to afford the move, but once I get that squared away, it’ll be full speed ahead for me to save the money that I need to make the move. Because with statements like these government officials, especially compared to here in the US led by you know who, I can’t wait to make this move!

Don't be fooled into thinking Japan is easy. It's not. But I am comparing life in New Zealand. I have to work more to survive here. It's not ideal. We will be moving back to NZ eventually.

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rather be here than jobless in the U.K.

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Actually the Japanese economy wasn't great even before covid19. Japan is manufacturing economy and heavily depends on exports. The worst is yet to come.

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Yeah, that picture sure does resemble the coronavirus.

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The government has announced 230 trillion yen ($2 trillion) in stimulus, including help for local businesses and cash handouts of 100,000 yen ($930) per adult to coax consumers into spending

How do you spend when you haven't, we the average taro and hanako a printing press like boj nor are we dentsu or receive favors from the Ldo. Still waiting for the 100K almost 2 months after applying. Looks like with things returning to normal there is no rush to disburse the money to people.

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Jcosplay

Which is all the more reason why I’m going to be moving to Japan in the next few years. The job that I have currently doesn’t pay enough for me to afford the move, but once I get that squared away, it’ll be full speed ahead for me to save the money that I need to make the move. 

When you are ready to make the move let me know so that I can get your "Shin gaikokujin tag ready" and after you have outlived your welcome prepare you to questions like "Where are you from and when are you going back to your country?".

Remember, It is always greener on the other side.

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 communism doesn't work. 

It's capitalism that isn't working. Indeed, without the government handouts, capitalism would now be in a state of free-fall headed for collapse in Japan, the US, the UK, Canada, etc.

Communist dictatorships, by contrast, are going gangbusters. China and Vietnam are among the world's fastest growing economies with rapidly expanding middle classes and rising living standards. The major capitalist societies are struggling to stagnate.

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Ossan

Everyone I know back in the US says they wish they were in Japan. Every American I know in Japan says they're glad they are in Japan right now.

What are the reasons they are giving?. It might help those thinking of leaving rethink.

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Our Supplementary Benefit was banked this week, about 10 days after filling out the form. The Abe masks were a waste.

The annual budget is around ¥100 trillion so an additional ¥250 trillion is a massive amount of money. Would like to at least see some accountability where's is really going.

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drluciferToday  06:20 pm JST

Ossan

Everyone I know back in the US says they wish they were in Japan. Every American I know in Japan says they're glad they are in Japan right now.

What are the reasons they are giving?. It might help those thinking of leaving rethink.

Rightly or wrongly, they nearly unanimously feel that it is safer to be in Japan right now, due to the continuing COVID19 case increases and demonstrations back home.

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Everyone I know back in the US says they wish they were in Japan. Every American I know in Japan says they're glad they are in Japan right now.

No one I talked to has said that.

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No one I talked to has said that.

I’m still trying to work out what NZ and South Korea not being part of the US has to do with anything.

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It's capitalism that isn't working. 

The current state is the world proves that they both result in the exact same situation: a small number of people at the top who have the majority of the resources and are above the law, while the peons fight over table scraps and face abuses of the law.

It’s clear that extremist ideologies - whether they be extreme capitalism or extreme communism, are only beneficial to the elite. More balanced ideologies, such as social democracy, result in happier more economically stable people, with less corrupt legal systems. None of the best places to live in the world have extremist ideologies.

People who criticize communism out of one side of their mouth while praising capitalism out the other, don’t realize that they’re just pushing an equally tyrannical system.

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The Japanese Government may be thinking they are opening with caution, however, the people are acting like there is no virus out there from what I am viewing on tv no social distancing at beaches, in parks and out on the streets. With the lack of testing (and when they do test) the numbers spike up and because the government does not want to go into another lock down they go back to the non-existent lock down.

Now if Japan goes to opening up to places like Thailand and Vietnam where I can guarantee the numbers are higher because of poverty and also lack of testing we are in further deep doo doo.

Japan needs to really ramp up testing on a very serious scale, get this virus under control here and let us be able to return normal lives without fear.

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