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The borders of the world's third largest economy remain shut to almost all foreign nationals, and mask-wearing is not mandatory but ubiquitous in public places.

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I’m waiting for the draconian measures to stop before I get on a plane to Japan..,

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Four maskless people close together talking in an enclosed dining establishment for two hours next to many other groups of four maskless talkers coming and going is somewhat akin to a two-hour somewhat uncrowded Yamanote train ride with maskless people talking — except that the train has a flow of fresh air through the open windows.

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Great news! Now open the borders and get the tourist economy back on track!

Natural immunity in action :)

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This measure comes as a relief but needs to be accompanied by a proof-of-vaccination requirement. "Chuto-hanpa," as the Japanese say.

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Nationwide, new infections have plunged from record highs of over 25,800 in August to under 400 in recent days.

These numbers are incredible. I just don't know what japan is doing right, whatever it is, they should share it

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So now we have to go to nomikais with coworkers again? No way

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@ Jefflee won't happen .

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danToday  07:13 am JST

@ Jefflee won't happen .

I'd like to share your optimism, but we'll have to wait till after the election.

In any case, it's good to see the restrictions ending.

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Do it for the other prefectures as well please

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So now we have to go to nomikais with coworkers again? No way

Exactly what I was thinking. As soon as they let up the emergency my company mandated we all be in the office 4 days a week and the 6am meeting started again. Now this smh....

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It is the latest softening of virus restrictions in Japan, where cases have been in freefall for weeks, which experts ascribe to a rapid increase in the vaccination rate.

Which experts? India only vaccinated 10% of their population and their similar 'Delta wave' just disappeared on its own. Maybe it was vaccinations, maybe it was something else, but their needs to be a more detailed inspection of the evidence (and the media should reference their sources too really)

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Next weekend is going to go off. Everyone that is vaccinated should still take care, I'm gonna continue wearing a mask, but I'm looking forward to seeing some bands and enjoying some nomihoudais. Can't wait for the staff nomikais too, I'm lucky that my coworkers are great people.

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@syzyguy

yesterday was my first time wearing a mask since corona started. the exhaust fan in the bathroom needed to be replaced and i didn't want to be breathing in dust and mold

Weird flex, given that respiratory droplets (you know, those droplets that carry the virus) are pretty much exactly the same size as dust particles and mold spores. So now the masks work?

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We all know that Japanese have added immunity when food, drink or a cigarette is in front of them, so masks are not needed.

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Back to your offices everyone no more telework for thy..but hey at least you can get really plastered after work..

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the BBC have reported on a study in Scotland that has shown the vaccines to be 90% successful at stopping Delta variant deaths......so lets not hear any more fear stories about 26853987345673427th DELTA WAVE!!!!

Bin the stupid masks that did little anyway, open the bars and restaurants and lets get back on the bevvy......

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"......Weird flex, given that respiratory droplets (you know, those droplets that carry the virus) are pretty much exactly the same size as dust particles and mold spores. So **now the masks work?....."**

errm...no they aren't.....fine respiratory droplets are sub-mircon size.....mold spores have a wide range of 3 to 40 microns and dust particles can be anything up to 5 microns.

Masks.....you know the paper ones that you have been wearing....have a protective efficacy ONLY of large droplet particles commonly associated with people coughing and sneezing (spitting too)...you know like those people WITH symptoms....and even then, they only MARGINALLY work. That's why Environmental workers don't just wear paper masks or homemade ones from their old Spongebob underpants. That's why virus researchers do not just wear paper masks. That's also why, DESPITE wearing masks, doctors and nurses still contracted the disease and died.......soooooo

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Which experts? India only vaccinated 10% of their population and their similar 'Delta wave' just disappeared on its own.

If that's true then you're right, experts cannot ascribe the drop in cases in India to vaccinations.

Where'd you get that figure anyway, seems too low

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A mysterious virus that appeared and then disappeared .

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That's also why, DESPITE wearing masks, doctors and nurses still contracted the disease and died.......soooooo

You mean if masks work doctors and nurses shouldn't contract the disease at all?

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I was out last night and it was nice to see things getting back to normal, people enjoying themselves.

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you might want to keep the borders closed

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I've got a feeling that foreign tourists won't be stepping foot on Japanese soil until 2024.

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@Sheikh Yerboaby

fine respiratory droplets are sub-mircon size

The virus is sub-micron size at ~0.1-0.5 µm, but it needs to be suspended in significantly larger droplets to travel. Respiratory droplets responsible for airborne transmission are around 5-10 µm (yes, droplets come smaller, but then they are called "respiratory nuclei" and cannot carry enough viral load).

For comparison: Dust starts around 10 µm, mold spores are around 5-10 µm. So if your mask doesn't help against covid-laden droplets, it sure as heck will also not help against mold spores.

That's why virus researchers do not just wear paper masks.

Of course not, virus researchers have other safeguards than masks. Also, you are aware that "better masks" are the same thing as "simple paper masks", only with more layers, right? Noone ever, ever, claimed that paper masks are a full 100% protection. Nothing is. No vaccine is, no mask is, no measure is, no immune system is. The trick lies in the combination of all these measures.

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I was out last night and it was nice to see things getting back to normal, people enjoying themselves.

Of course cases will rebound as a result of relaxation of restrictions but I hope not by much and within manageable levels.

People deserve this, I'm happy to hear people are enjoying themselves.

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Oh, It will be back, just like other countries

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Nationwide, new infections have plunged from record highs of over 25,800 in August to under 400 in recent days.

These numbers are incredible. I just don't know what japan is doing right, whatever it is, they should share it"

Don,t allow PCR tests for anyone without serious symptoms lasting at least 4 days....if other countries with similar vaccination rates implement this policy they will have similar outcome.

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"Over 370,000 foreigners waiting to enter Japan due to COVID curbs"

I am so getting out of here for a few months the day the restrictions are lifted on people coming in.

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Blacklabel

"Over 370,000 foreigners waiting to enter Japan due to COVID curbs"

I am so getting out of here for a few months the day the restrictions are lifted on people coming in.

Don't forget your vaccinations, covid certificate, and covid tests on the way out.

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Almost anywhere you go may be worse than the situation in Japan.

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syzyguy Today 11:01 am JST

regular exposure to pathogens is necessary for a functioning immune system. it's not just one coronavirus that the body deals with over the course of a day, everything adds up to more resilience.

I understand what you are saying, but I cannot in good conscience subscribe to this simplistic approach. It may be somewhat correct with less aggressive pathogens, but with Covid you really have to consider that 1 in 15 infected gets hospitalized, and of those, 1 in 4 leaves a hospital for the very last time, in a distinctly horizontal position. (Not guesstimates, by the way, these are today's accumulated CDC numbers.)

considering breathing is essential for homeostasis

Not trying to be snarky, and I'm sure you heard this before, but I'd rather breathe through a mask than through a tube, and I very much prefer it to not breathing at all. I'm not a fearful person, but I believe I know when to bet and when to walk away from the table.

masks worn for extended amounts of time on a daily basis seems to me an ineffective approach to optimum health, both physiologically

But there has to be a middle ground between "catching stray bacteria" and "deliberately expose myself to everything around me". Covid or not, I'm not sure eating dirt and licking doorknobs is a worthwhile way to strengthen my immune system.

and psychologically,

Hey, wearing a mask for the 15 minutes a day I go shopping didn't cripple my psyche yet. I just took a poll, three out of the four voices in my head agree.

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considering breathing is essential for homeostasis, 

Not to mention living

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masks worn for extended amounts of time on a daily basis seems to me an ineffective approach to optimum health, both physiologically and psychologically,

Not wearing a mask is definitely not an effective approach to optimum health during this pandemic.

If majority of people believe as you do we'll probably haveba lot more cases and deaths

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@Blacklabel

Yep, it's gonna be hell. It's been nice visiting ski fields, temples etc. with no (drunk, loud, rude, in the way) tourists. Of course I can't wait until people, me included, can travel everywhere with minimal hurdles, but it has been a little bit nice.

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Yeah just that initial surge is going to be hellish for Japan residents.

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Oh, It will be back, just like other countries

I’m a betting man. I’d say it’s odds-on.

Thankfully, the useful members of society are vaccinated and have put Japan in stronger position to deal with another wave.

I hope all people, vaccinated and useless, appreciate the people who put Japan in this position.

Respect is due to the majority for giving those worst hit by this pandemic a chance to put their businesses back on track.

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Blacklabel

Yeah just that initial surge is going to be hellish for Japan residents.

Why. Nationals and residents are already travelling in and out?

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Glad to see gradual lightening of restrictions, but I don't think I will risk exposure just yet. I miss going out to eat as much as anyone, it's been years now since the last time, but for me that can wait until the virus seems well and truly defeated here. I'd sooner be patient now than just deal with a constant relapse again and again.

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Masks, worn by medical personnel are typically N-95, along with other precautions.

N-95 masks have an efficiency of 95% in blocking-out the virus.

Those who advocate against wearing masks are ill-informed and cite bogus rationales not based on any element of fact. There are peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals that have determined masks are highly effective.

Wearing an efficient mask prevents the spread of SARSCoV-2 - this is achieved by eliminating the transmission of respiratory drops from the masked individual. Folks who don't wear a mask, if infected, are a disease vector - when they exhale, the virus travels up to at least two meters.

During flu season, masks are worn to prevent the wearer from spreading influenza. Same principle. Examine the statistics on influenza last winter, the numbers are reduced, such is the impact of mask wearing.

Masks do prevent the virus from entering the airways, but are not 100%. However, if all are masked the efficiency is very high.

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Good news, but definitely not letting my guard down.

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Why? Because 360,000 foreigners waiting to enter Japan also means waiting to enter almost every single place that you go or think to go. Along with the local population that is already waiting there too.

everything you ride or think to ride. Just waiting for that magical date. Gonna be chaos similar to what the Olympics might have been.

So there is a vaccine mandate for travel now to where i might go?

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Why? Because 360,000 foreigners waiting to enter Japan also means waiting to enter almost every single place that you go or think to go

Most of these are people coming here to work & study...not tourists.

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People can find a nice place to enjoy yakitori . . . .

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Japanese government, please make sure u are accurate, you are dealing with human lives.

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Most of these [360.000 people] are people coming here to work & study...not tourists.

This. Converging "insider information" has it that the J'Gov will, after the elections, start to ease entry restrictions ... in steps. First business travelers (presumably on a business visa) and then students. If true, I find it a bit backwards, those students have already been accepted to their universities, paid tuition and accomodation. But, steps nonetheless. And all those people will have to thoroughly test quarantine.

Tourists will have to wait for a bit longer, although I can't see Japan wanting to miss out on another hanami season. Just yesterday NHK, almost with tears in their eyes, reported a 99.2% reduction in foreign tourism, to the utter surprise of exactly no one on the planet. And Japan will eventually realize that they can't have their cake and eat it too.

But I'm actually very confident that we will just have to make it through one more cold season relatively intact. Despite the widespread skepticism, vaccination rate in Japan is starting to very slightly slowing down but will end up well into the 80-something percentage, and next year will bring better treatment options as well as milder protein-based (i.e., "classic") vaccines that will convince a part of the still-skeptics. So I'm, for the first time in a long time, hopeful that in a few months' time we can finally look back at the whole mess, shake our heads, and kanpai.

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Masks, vaccines, and the countermeasures worked

That's what's supposed to happen

Japan is catching up as one of the most vaccinated nations on Earth

Although Japan's vaccine drive started later than in many other developed economies, around 68 percent of the population are now fully inoculated

68% fully vaccinated - thank goodness for these people

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Does anyone get it? This is right before the elections next week. The ruling class wants to keep their power. They probably also ordered a lowering of the cycles level that the PCR tests are run, so as to produce less false positive readings that propelled the #s. If the cycles are run are 35 or higher, as they were in the USA, then the false positive readings are between 95-97%.

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68% fully vaccinated

As encouraging as this number alone is, the number I'm eyeing is the other one: As of today, 76.6% have at least one shot, and that number is still climbing by 0.2~0.3% per day. It's fair to assume pretty much all of those people are on track to full vaccination, and that's why I feel confident to say that the vaccination percentage will end up in the 80s. And that is a great number, compared to the many other countries that have stalled in the 50s and 60s.

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@FreedomLives! : Well, there may well be a connection to the Election next week - But its reasons like you give that make a lot of us just laugh at you? Its just more OTT conspiracy nonsense. Do you really think that you could get away with 'ordering' the lowering of cycles on PCR tests could actually happen? I'd buy more into a theory that they just weren't doing any tests! Conspiracy theorists like yourself just come up with ridiculous stories on a daily basis. Our bulk of anti-vaxxer posters have gone quiet as they have effectively been proved wrong ( for the moment) - you will now notice a simple response of 'other reasons' for the decline in cases from them.

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Also @FreedomLives!: I should point out that earlier in the year, you were throwing out some wild theory that PCR tests themselves were infecting people with the virus intentionally! I think we can safely disregard any input from you.

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FreedomLives!Today 08:57 pm JST

They probably also ordered a lowering of the cycles level that the PCR tests are run, so as to produce less false positive readings that propelled the #s. If the cycles are run are 35 or higher, as they were in the USA, then the false positive readings are between 95-97%.

There seems to be a prevalent misunderstanding about PCR amplification cycles: The cycle threshold (Ct) is not the process of the PCR test, but the result. A Ct of, for example, 35 distinctly does not mean "we ran 35 cycles and then checked for the virus", rather it means "it took 35 amplification cycles to be able to detect the virus." As such, every PRC test ends up with a different Ct value.

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As such, every PRC test ends up with a different Ct value.

P.S.: Of course I meant "PCR test". A "PRC test" is comparatively simple and only takes a look at the passport.

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Another sign that elections are right around the corner. One is the magical unexplainable infection numbers. Two is it will be illegal to criticize people on the Internet. Three the nightlife rules are being lifted.

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It is still too early to take our guard down.

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Joeintokyo

We all know that Japanese have added immunity when food, drink or a cigarette is in front of them, so masks are not needed.

In our planet, when we drink or eat, we remove masks. Which planet did you come from?

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@Dango bongOct. 22  08:16 am JST

So now we have to go to nomikais with coworkers again? No way

Exactly what I was thinking. As soon as they let up the emergency my company mandated we all be in the office 4 days a week and the 6am meeting started again. Now this smh....

time for a new job mate, can’t take it with ya.

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