Spectators fill the stands at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating NHK Trophy competition in Tokyo on Friday. Photo: AP/Shuji Kajiyama
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Japan to remove spectator limit for large-scale events even in virus state of emergency

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Good I guess

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Can’t recall seeing many observing such restrictions during some of the summertime events shown in photos here. Oh well, it's in all in the past now and there didn’t appear to have been such a great, major surge as feared.

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Good

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Getting on the crowded subway this evening?

When was that no allowed?

The virus obviously was (until now) more dangerous in an open air stadium…obviously!

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Did everyone catch the key word hidden in the article?

It was.......Vaccinated.

You are welcome.

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Logically:

if a proof of vaccination or a negative test are enough to allow 50,000 people to gather together even during a state of emergency (meaning the virus is anyway in the country and spreading)

then a proof of vaccination and two negative tests should be enough to allow returning travelers to skip quarantine.

Logically…

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Can't they wait a little longer to make sure this won't end up in another increase?

Stupid idea. People need to accept that there will inevitably be cases/deaths and move on, otherwise you will be waiting forever.

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Travelers holding proof of vaccination or a negative virus test result will be able to cross prefectural borders freely even under a state of emergency, the sources said

LOL It's only a request that will be duly ignored, I traveled a lot during the 'state of nothing'.

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Well I’m happy for the baseball fans, but as the spouse of a Japanese national can we have some more priority to letting families of overseas residents come and see their grand children?

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Here it is again anti-vaxxers, you are being segregated...

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They do realize that just because someone's been vaccinated, they can still get and spread the virus? This is going to invite trouble but eh, it's Japan. They never do anything sensible. Let them enjoy their baseball games and whatnot and whinge and whine about the increase of Covid cases after they've had their fun.

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Good news Japanese has finally awoken to propaganda covid is gone like the wind and was fiction

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GOOD, then if things gets worse change the rules again, no problem , beat COVID in his own game.

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While those who refuse to get vaccinated continue to be at risk, those of us who are vaccinated seem to be immune from serious illness. The downside to large crowds will be that a small percentage of our population will unknowingly subject themselves to the principles of Darwin's survival of the fittest.

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Ok, so then how about removing quarantine requirements for returning residents?

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klausdorthNov. 12  05:13 pm JST

Agree with Thomas Goodtime!

I'll second that.

Logically:

if a proof of vaccination or a negative test are enough to allow 50,000 people to gather together even during a state of emergency (meaning the virus is anyway in the country and spreading)

then a proof of vaccination and two negative tests should be enough to allow returning travelers to skip quarantine.

Logically…

This is Japan. They don't do logic here..

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Once again, Japan making rules that makes little sense. Needing proof of vaccination for 'the request for limiting group sizes to four people per table will be removed.'? Events with 10K capacity with no proof of vaccination?

Japan - learn from the rest of the world and make vaccine passports mandatory for any entry to restaurants, bars, indoor events... PERIOD!

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