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Besides ......

 14-day quarantine on a voluntary basis

Can they volunteer? What if they refuse to volunteer?

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maybe abe should have properly quarantined the princess cruise ship too in hindsight ....instead of letting people off the ship who were still positive for corona....

weak leadership from the go...

can't expect much more from the useless sack of rubbish that is abe sori dai jin.

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Sure, I will quarantine. Then straight to Shibuya!

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Proof that the Japanese government has not given any thoughts about the logistics and feasibility of such requirements, I invite people to check the geography of the Kansai airport, and tell me how are tourists supposed to reach a hotel they have booked without using public transports or taxis? What are they supposed to do? Swim?

Of course, residents who have their own car, or whom's families will come pick them up do not have these problems, so maybe the Japanese government only thought about how Japanese people coming back home would be OK, but did not really care about tourists?

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I am sorry but did I miss something when I read the original article about this? Voluntarily? I thought it was required for people entering Japan from China and Korea.

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What a joke. There are no checks. No tags. No government accomodation.

be asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine on a voluntary basis.

Its voluntary. 'Sure. I'll go home and promise to stay indoors for 14 days..' What a joke.

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Oh, how times can change in just an instant. To think that until just a few days ago, everybody was saying go carry on as usual, and not to panic.

I'm still carrying on as usual. Aren't you?

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Why can't the 3 nations coordinate efforts like civilized people do so there is little or no tension and suffering for the general public.

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We are living in very worrying times. Worst is to come.

No guarantee of that.

By the way, who was telling people to carry on as normal? You told us the other day that everything is closing down and everyone is generally shutting up shop. I don’t see that around me.

I think there is a rational medium between dismissing this as nothing and the apocalypse.

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Its too late.. had they acted swiftly Japan would have only lost the tourism $$$. Now they will lose both the money and security

Abe/LDP will pay for their incompetence in the next election

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Good.

It's just a cold, and all will be OK. Well, that is not how these things work.

More people have recovered from it than have had complications and died (largely due to pre existing medical conditions, age etc) if those people got the flu the same would happen.

Its exactly how these things work. Show me evidence of an otherwise healthy person dying from the Coronavirus.

didn’t think so.

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"Japan begins coronavirus travel restrictions for China, S Korea"

Meanwhile daily new infections are down in both China and South Korea yet continue to increase in Italy, Iran, Germany and the US.

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A voluntary quarantine. What’s that supposed to mean?

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What is wrong with China and Korea? Acting like trying to contain the spread of a virus is some sort of political insult. How stupid can these countries be? Especially the country the damn virus originated in...

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Japans best friend Korea is not too happy

Oh no. It is not. It just always stands in the way of dealing with emergency just like ridiculous opposition parties questions at the diet

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This virus is less deadly than the common flu.

Epidemiologists seem to think it's something to worry about. Guy on the internet says its nothing to worry about. Hmm... which one to give more credibility to...

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I suppose their families would need to be quarantined as well, right? "Voluntarily." Two weeks of Uber eats and home grocery delivery. Hopefully they have a private car at the airport already. That would be a 7 hour walk home with luggage for me from Haneda if I were in that situation. A 12 hour walk from Narita. Egads.

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be asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine on a voluntary basis

Yes, they're just asking people to do it on their own without checking if they actually are....

I suspect this is for domestic news rather than any kind of practical evidence as even the WHO said they don't recommend it

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Should Japan have declared this measure with, let's say, 1 month advance notice? It must be surprisingly and unreasonably quick no matter how surprising and chaotic it would become under emergency, not to mention, there's hardly time to consult/discuss and gain understandings from always-whining counterparts.

Let it deal with all those criticism later on.

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VInce, I would agree with you that "Show me evidence of an otherwise healthy person dying from the Coronavirus?" except that the Wuhan doctor in his 30s who first noticed this in his patients and tried to get the word out to colleagues caught the virus then DIED in the hospital. Did the Chinese government decide to kill the messenger? It's hard to say, but this young man is no longer with us. Still, your broader point is correct as far as I can tell.

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at their own expense

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MeiyouwentiToday  07:28 pm JST

“A voluntary quarantine. What’s that supposed to mean?”

I’m assuming it’s about the same as the “self isolating” or “self quarantining” that you hear about in the US and elsewhere.

Invalid CSRF

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Spinningtale, walking is not gonna stop you from getting the virus,only something that can counter the replicatation of the virus inside you

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@Jimizo Good, once again, another voice of reason here in the comments. Yeah, I saw people calling for a balanced medium as well. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and avoid public transportation and gatherings when realistically possible.

Not blanket bans before we have all the information, nor was it just “carry-on and don’t worry about it”. Indeed, a happy medium.

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@Jimzo

Well, more and more businesses contininng to fold, many more freezing new hiring, stocks continue to tank, the whole of Italy now under quarantine, Japan to declare state of emergency, Universities already extending start of the new semester... I could go on and on.

Unfortunately, I'm just a realist. The writing has been on the wall since this began spreading from Wuhan.

You're right though. Things will get better, eventually. They must. I'm just saying that the worst is to come.

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It is possible to get into each of the two countries but there will be such a shortfall in traffic that airlines will cance flights-this happened to my planned flight out in the 14th March.

I would have gone had there been a flight to get on...

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japan must stop thinking that the corona virus was only from china and korea, the first 2 countries was

china and japan, therefore, i think that the japanese first contracted this virus and not koreans. I can say this, korea is more honest in reporting their cases. In the case of japan, japanese that have not travelled out of japan contacted the corona virus , therefore japan can contain the virus if they do a proper job of checking the japanese first. japan have a big problem with telling the truth. japan always tries to hide important issues, this is very very very wrong in priciple and in-human. With 120,000,000 people, so little cases, totally inadiquate !!!!!.

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What do you expect? A mess always come with unreasonableness. This is a state of emergency to be declared shortly. That's why several conditions are just requested.

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Government pays for corona related expenses, right?

Imma quarantine myself at a luxury hotel. I'd do THAT voluntarily!

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I'm still carrying on as usual. Aren't you?

Here in the U.S. nothing has changed. Restaurants are busy, stores are busy and people go about their everyday business. Maybe everyone should just stop social media and stop watching main stream media for awhile. Hysteria has run amuck.

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Dr. Campbell from the UK explains it well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SZBuHFzYlw&t=1s

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Several weeks, months too late

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Well, China and Korea have more to fear from an uncontrolled coronavirus epidemic in Japan flowing into their countries than them passing coronavirus to Japan at this point due to Abe administration's failure to test and quarantine all those carrying the virus, sick or not.

At least China and Korea are aggressively testing anyone showing a sign of symptom; not so in Japan where Japanese authorities have an aversion of testing people due to the fear of revealing the true nature of coronavirus infection in Japan and having the Tokyo Olympics cancelled as the result.

Thanks for explaining absolutely nothing relevant to my comment and the conversation.

China and South Korea are acting like they need to retaliate against a supposed slight against them by Japan banning travel from their countries, something common sense would tell anyone is a sensible move.

Whether or not you agree with Japan's handling of the virus, a travel ban is the right thing to do and both South Korea and China are acting like the children that they are by getting their panties in a bunch over it.

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TARA TAN KITAOKAMar. 10  03:34 pm JST

Japan is not fair to its Asian neighbours. I do not belive that the numbers in Japan are real because abe wants the right to declare a state of emergency, which means that the actions does not match the numbers of real infected cases. It is common sense.

I don't think you are making any sense here.

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Oh, how times can change in just an instant. To think that until just a few days ago, everybody was saying go carry on as usual, and not to panic. It's just a cold, and all will be OK. Well, that is not how these things work.

And don't think that this is just a Korean/Japan spat. Other countries Wil inevitably follow suit. The blame game has just begun.

We are living in very worrying times. Worst is to come.

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Vitamin D is a big help in avoiding respiratory viral and bacterial infections.

Luckily fatty foods, like Tuna, Salmon, cheese all contain vitamin D.

Sunlight is the best source.

Go for your daily walks, or take a break near a window.

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Sorry Korea, this is not time for your usual reflexive and irrational Hwa-byung.

Poor hygiene in South Korea probably contributed towards the rapid spread of this virus -- same as among your Chinese cousins. I dread for what would happen in Africa, my native continent.

Hanguk, please stop your hyper-sensitivity and irrationality and let's all work together towards a common solution.

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This is fear mongering. This virus is less deadly than the common flu. The world has gone nuts.

Tell that to my compromised immune system and the 6 folks that recently died less than an hour away from me.

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China has retaliated by cancelling the visa-free entry for Japanese citizens.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200309_46/

China to require visas for tourists from Japan

The Chinese government is suspending the visa-free privileges of Japanese who visit China for a term of no more than 15 days for sightseeing purposes.

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@Seth M

Abe/LDP will pay for their incompetence in the next election

I do not think so. Contrast to all kinds of incompetence of Abe/LDP, they have been marvelous in manipulating and brainwashing naive Japanese people by controlling the Japanese media, especially by instigating anti-Korean sentiment. For example,

the kisha club create a problem of "watchdogs becoming lapdogs" because "the kisha-club system rewards self-censorship, fosters uniformity and stifles competition."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kisha_club

https://freespeechdebate.com/discuss/an-impregnable-fortress-of-information/

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Japan is not fair to its Asian neighbours. I do not belive that the numbers in Japan are real because abe wants the right to declare a state of emergency, which means that the actions does not match the numbers of real infected cases. It is common sense.

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COVID-19 Olympics in session!!, The more infected, more dead, you are admired !

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Japans best friend Korea is not too happy

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@extanker

What is wrong with China and Korea? Acting like trying to contain the spread of a virus is some sort of political insult.

Well, China and Korea have more to fear from an uncontrolled coronavirus epidemic in Japan flowing into their countries than them passing coronavirus to Japan at this point due to Abe administration's failure to test and quarantine all those carrying the virus, sick or not.

At least China and Korea are aggressively testing anyone showing a sign of symptom; not so in Japan where Japanese authorities have an aversion of testing people due to the fear of revealing the true nature of coronavirus infection in Japan and having the Tokyo Olympics cancelled as the result.

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Patricia,get off these black helicopter conspiracy,this eye doctor got infected from a patient from close contact

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Good news. In S. Korea, the ratio of confirmed to tested number of people for COVID-19 has steadily decreased since Feb. 29, and today it is less than 2%. Hopefully, below 1% tomorrow.

Date   Confirmed Tested  Confirmed(+)  Tested(+)    Rate

2.28  2,022    70,940     427     12,950     3.30%

2.29  2,931     85,693     909     14,753     6.16%

3.1     3,526     96,985     595     11,292     5.27%

3.2    4,212     109,591     686     12,606     5.44%

3.3    4,812     125,851     600     16,260     3.69%

3.4    5,328     136,707     516     10,856     4.75%

3.5    5,766     146,541     438     9,834     4.45%

3.6    6,284     164,740     518     18,199     2.85%

3.7    6,767     178,189     483     13,449     3.59%

3.8    7,134     188,518     367     10,329     3.55%

3.9    7,382     196,618     248     8,100     3.06%

3.10    7,573     210,144     191     13,526     1.41%

On the other hand, the status of coronavirus in Japan is like a black box. Thanks Abe for blocking people in Japan from entering S. Korea.

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Chinese are still coming to America, it do not bother me,i know a Chinese woman, I worried about her getting infected by a fellow Americans

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

This is fear mongering. This virus is less deadly than the common flu. The world has gone nuts.

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