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Japan widens virus restrictions but some people becoming less cooperative

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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People are becoming less cooperative?

Thats a rude thing to say!

Its also inaccurate. Some people have lost everything. Others have no choice but to make money as this government will also not help you when you are homeless or hungry.

52 ( +65 / -13 )

Count me in as the non-cooperatives.

The deal was get the vaccine and live your life.

48 ( +66 / -18 )

"A VITAL protection against moronic" looooool

I'm sure it was sooooooo necessary to be vaccinated so that they didn't suffer the dreaded "runny nose", the horrendous "sore throat" or the horrifically dangerous "headache"

-3 ( +29 / -32 )

The government policy should be based on medical science taking into account balancing the economy etc., and not just xenophobic political posturing.

29 ( +36 / -7 )

Nice from the folks, just like people from USA , Europe and UK

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

 few have gotten a booster shot, which has been a vital protection

That is misinformation, I remember the same was said at the beginning of the pandemic that double-vaccination STOP the spread of the virus.

Which is untrue, and people are waking up.

24 ( +42 / -18 )

People are back to commuting on packed trains 

This has nothing to do with less coorperation of the japanese people, this is because the companies with all these dinosaur managers, refuse to let people, for whom it is possible, to work from home.

And this alcohol Nonsense is anyway the biggest BS ever!

30 ( +39 / -9 )

Full capactiy events can take place with anti virus measures but a bar/restaurant needs to close early.

I would be livid if my livelihood depended on owning such am establishment.

34 ( +36 / -2 )

No ZeroCovid strategy for two years and in future, no booster shots in times when Omicron peaks… Who isn’t cooperative here? Exactly, those morons on the top of it all!

23 ( +25 / -2 )

Get your BOOSTERs lads, we are in this together.

Also, take a PCR test regularly (one every few days) to see if you are infected so you can self-isolate in case you are.

-28 ( +10 / -38 )

Omicron has well and truly arrived in Japan, and is now widely circulating amongst Japanese people.

Continuing to ban foreigners entry to the country (who must test negative both before and after arrival, mind you) is no longer based on health advice but pure xenophobia and fearmongering.

18 ( +27 / -9 )

Japan widens virus restrictions but some people becoming less cooperative

And with good reason.

The excuse of constitutional restrictions does not prevent restrictions on movement in the case of special events like the Olympics, VIP movement and disasters. Avoiding lockdowns was just avoiding responsibility and actual policy work and also compensation to the populace. The quasi-mambo dance around is just more of the same. The politicians even get incensed when people use the abbreviation and do not treat the name for the measures with the gravitas they think it deserves.

19 ( +19 / -0 )

Not much is effective for the current one. Should have stricter rules not only at eateries but also at companies, motivating them to work from home. Since some conservative bosses want all of their employees to be at the company can increase the risk of being infected if either one gets infected.

Govt. thinks the virus is not as worse as Influenza domestically while treating the case more disastrous than delta strain internationally (Border restriction).

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

@larr flint you still don’t understand the point of the vaccine so I’m assuming you never will.

-16 ( +6 / -22 )

The politicians even get incensed when people use the abbreviation and do not treat the name for the measures with the gravitas they think it deserves.

You mean the Mambo? Sounds like a type of snake. Yep, can't remember the full multi-character name ..... Lol

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

The deal is… I can still live my life w/o the COVID vaccine am not yet comfortable to take.

3 ( +12 / -9 )

Well, people now are just going in with their life.

few have gotten a booster shot, which has been a vital protection from the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

AP deceives when writing that.

one month after his booster, my father got Omicron

14 ( +17 / -3 )

Restaurants that close at 9 p.m. and don't serve alcohol receive 30,000 yen per day in government compensation, while those that close at 8 p.m. get 25,000 yen per day.

This Funny!! you open one hour extra and receive more?

11 ( +13 / -2 )

Omicron has been a well known threat for some time now, so it's absolutely criminal that the ministry of health has dragged its feet on boosters for the old and vulnerable, which is their best protection from getting severely ill.

-5 ( +11 / -16 )

When you have a "quasi" emergency, you get "quasi" cooperation. Why is this so suprising?

16 ( +22 / -6 )

Once again the government's reaction is far worse than corona symptoms.

@in japan

I nearly posted the same thing, but the 8pm restaurants are the ones that serve alcohol, the 9pm ones "aren't".

9 ( +10 / -1 )

few have gotten a booster shot, which has been a vital protection from the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

BS! Data from Israel shows that this is absolutely not the case. The booster shot is basically useless to prevent transmission. At this point this vaccine religion should really stop and scientific reality should prevail over ideology and belief.

Apart from the vulnerable population, people do not need this booster shot. Healthy people can get infected with this variant (they will be anyway even vaccinated) and will have absolutely no issue with it (which was also the case with previous major strains but anyway....).

12 ( +18 / -6 )

so that they didn't suffer the dreaded "runny nose", the horrendous "sore throat" or the horrifically dangerous "headache"

... unless they are one of the unlucky ones.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

I remember the same was said at the beginning of the pandemic that double-vaccination STOP the spread of the virus.

Which is untrue, and people are waking up.

Because it's not the same virus. It is less dangerous but spreads much more easily.

They should have just called it COVID-21 and say we have no vaccine for it.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Boosters aren’t needed for Omicron. We will see proof of this in a few weeks.

if I was a business owner I would keep my doors open and the drinks flowing.

As a patron I will be on the lookout for these places and will enjoy drinks inside without a mask on.

cheers!

6 ( +14 / -8 )

It's interesting how different sites use different headlines for the same story.

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Japan-widens-virus-restrictions-as-omicron-surges-16792370.php

People are back to commuting on packed trains

Because Japan is a work camp, not through their own choice.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

What about a policy similar to NZ where all businesses can operate normally with limits of 100 people, and for businesses that have staff vaccinated and require customers to have been fully vaccinated, there are no other requirements other than mandatory mask-wearing? (Those not vaccinated can only operate contactlessly)

-14 ( +2 / -16 )

I am with Cappy!

Count me in as the non-cooperatives.

The deal was get the vaccine and live your life.

LIVE YOUR LIFE! HAVE YOUR LONG AWAITED WEDDING!!!!!

I am done. I have had it. I lived in a small and dirty hotel room for two weeks no internet with only Japanese TV. I was more worried getting sick from the mold in my room.

Three changes of cloths that had to be washed in the bathtub. A sandwich and coffee for breakfast in the morning. Then Japanese Bento's for lunch and dinner. The same food over and over and over again.

Then got jab 1 and then 2. No come the Omicron.

So yep......

Yep done. Over it.

11 ( +19 / -8 )

While many Japanese adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, few have gotten a booster shot,

If you are not triple-jabbed, you are not jabbed at all. Which is not a problem though...

which has been a vital protection from the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Statistical data from around the globe says no. Sorry.

Throughout the pandemic, Japan has resisted the use of lockdowns 

It has not resisted, it was just unable to do so. And that will never change. From a (supposedly) Japanese author of this article, I would have expected a bit more knowledge about Japanese law.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

While many Japanese adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, few have gotten a booster shot

And who's fault is that?

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

And here we go again,this sensless restrictions for the eateries and bars because the Covid is hunting only people that drink alcohol and it stays dormant until the evening.

To don’t mention that it’s kind enough to avoid super crowded trains and shoppIng centres.

Sarcasm apart the stubbornness of these LDP oyaji is legendary.

6 ( +13 / -7 )

Then got jab 1 and then 2. No come the Omicron.

So yep......

Yep done. Over it.

And if you travel and had to quarantine for 2 weeks again if you don't have the booster? Let's talk again about how you are done.

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

@daito_hak

BS! Data from Israel shows that this is absolutely not the case. The booster shot is basically useless to prevent transmission. At this point this vaccine religion should really stop and scientific reality should prevail over ideology and belief.

No one is forcing you to get your booster. Why would you force others not to get the booster?

Do anti-vaxxers really believe they are the smart ones?

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

Restaurants that close at 9 p.m. and don't serve alcohol receive 30,000 yen per day in government compensation, while those that close at 8 p.m. get 25,000 yen per day.

That does not sound right at all? You stay open longer and you get more money than the guy who shuts down at 8pm…did I miss something or is that sentence a mistake by JT?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I don’t think uncooperative is correct. People are becoming complacent and disregarding the severity of this virus and the effect it has society and economics. Too many people are getting fed up with restrictions, but disregarding them is what is keeping this virus alive. Governments should t have to put restrictions on people. They should have learned over the last two years that life has changed and you can’t do whatever you like. It comes down to Darwinism. Those who evolve will survive. Those who don’t will not.

There was an 8 week old baby died from covid in Australia last December. People have to do whatever they can to help prevent the spread of this virus. Governments also have to start giving out more support to people who are being financially disadvantaged by the virus.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

That does not sound right at all? You stay open longer and you get more money than the guy who shuts down at 8pm

That sounds very right to me! People who work hard, deserve to earn more money.

Places who close down early are small establishments with a monthly turnover of less than 1M. Any business that makes more than that will stay open - just like in the times before.

There is no reason to comply with these rules - And I don't feel for any business owner who starts whining in a few months that they'd run out of money. It has always been there own decision.

Many bars actually openly advertise that they don't comply - So for those of you who want to support any of those businesses, have a look around. Those places are not difficult to find.

But if you really want to go to fun places, look for the moonshiners.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

I for one am glad to see people grow a backbone and ignore if not push back against these pathetic measures. Japan has had 2 years to rewrite the constitution to allow for stricter measures to be put in place should something like this reoccur, which we all knew it would. Instead, they kept focusing their attention on eateries and bars under the delusion that the virus somehow comes out after dark and that alcohol causes it to spread. What they should have done was implement regulations that would force companies to let their employees work from home, especially if it's office based work; so that trains are packed past capacity every day. It's honestly just so pathetic at this point how they keep dropping the ball. And what about the booster shots rollout? Slow as usual. They'll pick up the pace once this Omicron wave is well and truly over. Honestly, Japan, get your act together.

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

I for one am glad to see people grow a backbone and ignore if not push back against these pathetic measures. Japan has had 2 years to rewrite the constitution to allow for stricter measures to be put in place should something like this reoccur, which we all knew it would. Instead, they kept focusing their attention on eateries and bars under the delusion that the virus somehow comes out after dark and that alcohol causes it to spread. What they should have done was implement regulations that would force companies to let their employees work from home, especially if it's office based work; so that trains are not packed past capacity every day. It's honestly just so pathetic at this point how they keep dropping the ball. And what about the booster shots rollout? Slow as usual. They'll pick up the pace once this Omicron wave is well and truly over. Honestly, Japan, get your act together.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

Vital protection? Nonsense!

The only thing we need vital protection against is the LDP!!

7 ( +10 / -3 )

You still need to quarantine, including Japan

Your name might end up in the hall of fame. That's it.

Not complying with that quarantine has no other consequences.

And yes, I'd love to see my name up there...

3 ( +3 / -0 )

“The only thing we need vital protection against is the LDP!!”

so then I will give you the equivalent of the CCP or DPJ

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Slow, slow, quick quick, slow ... Japan dithering and well behind the curve, again.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

It's our moral duty to disobey unjust rules. I've never bought into the circus, never will.

2 ( +9 / -7 )

They'll pick up the pace once this Omicron wave is well and truly over. Honestly, Japan, get your act together.

Yep par for course....Omicron will be over by March which is when the booster is " supposed" to be rolling out to the general population. How pathetic is it that after having 2 months head start to prepare seeing what's happening overseas, as of today only 1.3% of population got the booster. Again ! Incompetence is just embedded in LDP DNA ain't it.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Still so much complaining from those who have all the answers. I’m curious what countries people think have performed better than Japan during this pandemic. Considering all factors like lives lost, lockdowns and livelihoods.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

I support measures that prevent crowding together excessively, but that being done, how did does not serving drinks after a certain time prevent Covid?

5 ( +7 / -2 )

""Japanese are increasingly becoming less cooperative to such measures. ""

That applies to all citizens of course including Gajins, but I must admit, Japanese are the most law abiding citizens I have ever encountered, NOT counting the Gaijins.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

few have gotten a booster shot, which has been a vital protection from the highly contagious Omicron variant

False news. This is not true. While Japan has near 80% vaccinated, vaccination started late. So not having a third shot cannot be the cause of the problem.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Enough is enough. Two years passed? What we have learned until now? Keep hiding from the virus? Not anymore. Dont you remember what they said when introducing the vaccine? They said two shots. 80%+ vaccinated people in Japan. Now what? 3rd 4th? Until when? Lets stop this kakurenbo. Will virus target the Izakaya or night club? Will virus identify the nationality? Will virus read the passport? Cmon. Move with the world. Please

5 ( +8 / -3 )

“I support measures that prevent crowding together excessively, but that being done, how did does not serving drinks after a certain time prevent Covid?”

Long exposure in a 3C environment, higher risk. That’s the main point. Of course the measure does not entirely prevent COVID but the risk can be lower.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

“How pathetic is it that after having 2 months head start to prepare seeing what's happening overseas, as of today only 1.3% of population got the booster. Again ! Incompetence is just embedded in LDP DNA ain't it.”

Well, competence in this case has a not measured by how high and how fast the vax rate is. I would care more about how many of our compatriots have unfortunately lost their life… and if you insist on comparison, I would look at those metrics against other countries.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Two close contacts, showing symptoms, cannot get tested, how do I co-operate?

2 ( +5 / -3 )

I identify as a "non cooperator".

There were weeks where bars were open past 8pm and alcohol were served where there were almost no cases.

So obviously bars and alcohol and 8pm arent the problem.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

It is an ongoing pandemic. That mandarins in academics determine their 'elite' status provides them with a privilege not afforded commoners - is testament to a high level of arrogance and certainly doesn't reflect scholarly, let alone scientific awareness in regards to SARSCoV-2.

When booster shots have been administered & following established protocols, the virus will subside by late Spring. Those who obviously lack patience and ignore the 5.5 million who have died, the hundred of millions taken seriously ill - the almost collapse of the healthcare system, lack all awareness of what is actually going on and the subsequent toll. Opining from some queer form of selfishness or simple ignorance illustrates a failure to comprehend the obvious- a pandemic. Japan has somehow avoided a collapse of its healthcare system and until recently, SARSCoV-2 was on the wane.

To jog your memory: https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/in-the-same-breath

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

letsberealisticToday  05:52 pm JST

What about a policy similar to NZ where all businesses can operate normally with limits of 100 people, and for businesses that have staff vaccinated and require customers to have been fully vaccinated, there are no other requirements other than mandatory mask-wearing? (Those not vaccinated can only operate contactlessly)

Because the vaccine does absolutely nothing to stop the spread. It only lessons severe symptoms. When will people learn and accept this? Being vaccinated does not mean you are special or rate special privileges when you can spread it the same as an unvaccinated person.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Translation: People are finally realizing that the politicians that they entrusted their safety are a bunch of clueless clowns who are motivated by nothing other than self-preservation and taking matters into their hands. The so-called quasi-emergency will do nothing to prevent the spread of the virus nor a "full" emergency would. Even a full lock-down would only reduce the numbers temporarily but it would start spreading once again when the restrictions are over. Even a first-grader would understand this at this point but here we are.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

obRoyToday  06:24 pm JST

Also - nobody anywhere has ever said the Covid vaccine and booster are 100% effective.

But they HAVE saved many lives and the overwhelming majority of Omicron hospitalizations are unvaccinated.

This is FALSE AND MISINFORMATION!

Although unvaccinated per ratio have more hospitalizations, the fact that an overwhelming majority of the population is vaccinated the number of those hospitalized is actually currently higher for vaccinated than unvaccinated.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

Norio Ohmagari, Director of the Disease Control and Prevention Center of National Center for Global Health and an advisor to the Tokyo metropolitan government panel, said Tokyo's daily new cases may exceed 18,000 within a week if the increase continues at the current pace.

18,000, it is never going to happen with tests strictly capped. Wonder why an adviser to the Tokyo gov't

doesn't know such simple fact.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Restaurants that close at 9 p.m. and don't serve alcohol receive 30,000 yen per day in government compensation, while those that close at 8 p.m. get 25,000 yen per day.

Critics say the measures, which almost exclusively target bars and restaurants, make little sense and are unfair.

I will gladly receive with open open hands even an unfair free 10K for my company from the gov't.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Crazy, Japan is locked down while in the UK so COVID restrictions will be lifted in Thursday. No more masks here.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

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