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Gov't leaning toward ending Tokyo area state of emergency on March 21: report

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Have you been out?

Have you noticed the crowds everywhere, from malls, to train stations, to full restaurants/coffee shops - many with never ending queues outside to get in?

Why bother extending an inexistent SOE?

Just someone that never leaves home, or lives abroad and follows the japanese news, actually believes that this State of Emergency ever made any difference in people’s lives.

The SOE in Japan was nothing but a nationwide joke to be able to proceed with the undesired Olympics.

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Sure. Why not? What would be the real difference, anyway? Everything is still open, regardless of SOE or no SOE. So, some businesses close a couple hours early, and the last train is 30 minutes earlier. As if that made an appreciable difference.

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The Japanese government extended the emergency declaration for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures on March 5 by 14 days, saying COVID-19 cases hadn't fallen far enough

Tokyo's seven day average for the week up and including March 5: 273

Tokyo's seven day average for the past week up to and including today: 279

It "hadn't fallen far enough" before so they extended it. Now its even higher than before, so they'll end it.

Yeah, sounds about right.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Why does Tokyo have so few hospital beds for COVID patients? Another article indicates there are 41 beds being used in Tokyo for serious COIVD cases, which apparently is a lot. I would think there should be tens of thousands of beds for a city that big. Plus, they have had a year to add more.

Doesn't make sense to me.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

March 21st, that's just in time for hanami season in Tokyo.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

How do you know that?

Did you also go out?

Why do you complain that people are going out, when you are doing the same thing?

Yes I am out and about, most days of the week.

In restaurants and bars? No.

Take away? Very often.

Unfortunately my company, as most here, did not join the “remote club”, as the mentality is that it is nothing but “lazy work”.

As you probably know, leaving the fax machine unattended would be catastrophic.

For this reason I have been going to the office every day of the week, as always, doing my best personal prevention and hoping not to get the virus.

If I’d prefer remote working? I wouldn’t hesitate to do it if I had the choice, and avoid the ridiculously crowded trains twice a day.

I believe you got the wrong idea, as I was criticising the SOE itself and not the people who are innocently enjoying their lives out there.

An SOE/lockdown is nothing more than an orchestrated effort to reduce unnecessary outings and gatherings.

This one in Japan deserves all the criticism, as unlike its core idea of deterring people from unnecessary outings and gatherings, it was a measureless SOE, with its only aim being to falsely increase other countries’ confidence in sending their athletes to the upcoming Olympic games, which has been LDP’s obsession for a while now.

In the meanwhile innocent people are suffering from this dangerous and complex virus, with many dying.

What this country really needs is a government of young and futuristic minds - there is no lack of these, trust me.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Just end it already and hurry up and declare the next one. All this beating around the bush is stupid. We know when it ends people will just go out and treat life like nothing ever happened, it's spread again, then "scientists" and politicians will act shocked, and it'll take a month to five months to discuss another lip-service lockdown, so just do it already.

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Hanami season is fast approaching along with universities going back at the beginning of April. It seems most universities have opted for face-to-face classes this upcoming semester; or at least partial face-to-face. Students will be moving around the country to their university towns. I wonder if we'll see a spike of cases around the end of April or going into Golden Week, and maybe a return to SOE or similar? It must be quite stressful for the first-year university students, or any university students for that matter.

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Restrictions such as shorter business hours for restaurants and bars have helped reduce new daily cases in Tokyo to roughly a tenth of a peak of 2,520 on Jan 7

Half-arse (and that's generous) measures like this didn't help anywhere else, so no, I don't believe this statement for even a millisecond. The manipulation of numbers, which is the Japanese government is great at, helped reduced the new daily cases in Tokyo to roughly a tenth of the peak.

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This is not an SOE.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Capitalism must prevail, at any and all costs.

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Gov't leaning toward ending Tokyo area state of emergency on March 21: report

Ok, just hurry up so we don't miss hanami season, and opening day ceremony seasons in schools and companies.

But then make sure the SOE starts up again after that.

But remember to stop it before Golden Week starts.

And then then make sure to start it up again,

And don't forget to end it right before the Olympics so people think that everything is peachy keen!

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Burning BushMar. 14  05:24 pm JST

Capitalism must prevail, at any and all costs.

Human freedom must prevail at any and all costs.

That includes the freedom to stay home (or go out), to wear a mask (or not) and to get vaccinated (or not).

You make your choice, I'll make mine, and let's respect each other's choices.

I will 100% respect whatever choice you make.

> I totally understand where you are coming from, but I would just ask you and others sharing your approach to please wear a mask if you are in crowded public areas (transit, shopping centers, etc). You may be very healthy, but remember those that have health issues which places them at high risk for the virus. They too, must shop for daily items and take public transportation. I don't think that it is asking too much to respect others.

Best wishes,

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And the reason for ending of the SOE is...? It's not like the Covid numbers are going down or anything.

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There is growing consensus among government officials and advisers, though, that even if the state of emergency is kept in place it would not lead to a further improvement in the number of infections

In other words, we give up.

How about stop testing and posting daily numbers completely? It is counterproductive, since it just shows the world that Japan is still not a safe place to travel to.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Japan’s SOE is a farce!

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Let’s end this state of emergency and let the “Games” begin.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Everyone has been vaccinated, right?

No? Well then, what could go wrong?

2 ( +5 / -3 )

They have to lift the SOE, Olympic athletes and officials are due to start arriving this month. Madness.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Wait till after the last sakura blossom drops in Japan.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

It was rammed out here in the hills this weekend with Tokyo folks, 20km of traffic on the Chuo back into Tokyo on Sunday evening. Normal service resumed.

The people of Kanto have already to decided to end the much-urged SoE themselves, so any proclamation won't make much difference. The Morlocks have had enough.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Japan didn't beat anything @Northernlife. But feel free to carry on believing that.

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Ok, just hurry up so we don't miss hanami season, and opening day ceremony seasons in schools and companies.

But then make sure the SOE starts up again after that.

But remember to stop it before Golden Week starts.

And then then make sure to start it up again,

And don't forget to end it right before the Olympics so people think that everything is peachy keen!

It's so lucky this virus is so collaborating and well-behaving.

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So, they waited until a Sunday when the number of new cases is always lowest to decide that? The Sunday 3/14 numbers for Tokyo are much higher than the previous Sunday 3/7. So, they have decided that the number of cases is going down. It's not a laughing matter, it's how political minds work. They are trying to manipulate reality.

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The hospital bed usage percentage is down, not the actual number of patients. They ad more beds so percentages go down.

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"Japan is trying to bring coronavirus cases under control and get vaccinations well under way as it prepares to host the delayed Summer Olympics, now scheduled to start on July 23."

Do you really think the Japanese Government really cares about the citizens or their bank?

And I don't know why some of you criticize the small and useless Abe Baby Masks. The money spent was worth every laugh.

I say, open up Tokyo and vaccinate everyone who wants this ongoing testing of the meds.

The rate of suicides will decrease as well. I hope.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

@HimariYamada

LOL at the above comments. As always you did not read the article:

The number of hospital beds in use to treat COVID-19 patients is falling gradually.

Restrictions such as shorter business hours for restaurants and bars have helped reduce new daily cases in Tokyo to roughly a tenth of a peak of 2,520 on Jan 7 in other words around 250.

Japan beat the covid 19. Get used to it.

Feed the people what they want to hear make the sheep happy kinda stuff methinks...

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Testing please. Same price as Abe’s stupid masks, but more than 60% accurate.

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

How about stop posting daily numbers completely

@zoroto/.fuzzy

I finally agree with your on something

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

SOE to be lifted on the 21st Great...just in time for the 4th wave of COVID.

Who pays these idiots to make such decisions?!

We, the taxpayers do. LOL

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I'm over here still wondering why "infection rate" numbers should influence this (or any other) governments' COVID policies since this disease has an over 90% survival rate?

Why are they drawing a line between xx number of infections = xx number of beds are required...whether or not most people actually ever require treatment?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Too early to say. Please save lives.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

How do you know that?

> Did you also go out?

> Why do you complain that people are going out, when you are doing the same thing?

@Monty-you always say that.

I think the poster you refer to has to go out to do necessary things like going to the supermarket/taking a train to work. But he/she like me, get irritated by the sight of people throwing absolute caution to the wind and doing what they want to do, whenever they want to do it; queuing for a seasonal cake, having a picnic, window shopping, coffee with a sakura petal floating in it...the list goes on.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Capitalism must prevail, at any and all costs.

Human freedom must prevail at any and all costs.

That includes the freedom to stay home (or go out), to wear a mask (or not) and to get vaccinated (or not).

You make your choice, I'll make mine, and let's respect each other's choices.

I will 100% respect whatever choice you make.

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

You make your choice, I'll make mine, and let's respect each other's choices.

I will 100% respect whatever choice you make

I completely agree, live and let live.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

General population here has been so so selfish during Coronavirus year. I expected better behaviour to be honest.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

LOL at the above comments. As always you did not read the article:

The number of hospital beds in use to treat COVID-19 patients is falling gradually.

Restrictions such as shorter business hours for restaurants and bars have helped reduce new daily cases in Tokyo to roughly a tenth of a peak of 2,520 on Jan 7 in other words around 250.

Japan beat the covid 19. Get used to it.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

Have you noticed the crowds everywhere, from malls, to train stations, to full restaurants/coffee shops - many with never ending queues outside to get in?

How do you know that?

Did you also go out?

Why do you complain that people are going out, when you are doing the same thing?

-12 ( +6 / -18 )

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