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Tougher anti-COVID-19 measures begin in 6 prefectures

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Its almost surrealistic seeing how so many countries have already a sizable portion of their population immunized and are beginning to open up going back to a much more normal life while Japan keeps acting as if this was still 2020.

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Department stores and other major commercial facilities are also being told to temporarily shut or close early

Shutting early is as stupid as shortening trains and cutting back on trains running. Just makes things more crowded. But you can't become even more stupid then one is.

Shameful bureaucrats. Dummies.

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These tougher measures are the same ones as previous SoE ? Tougher as..what ?

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Just call them the "tatemai" SoE - it's basically just for show. None of these measures have been effective as we're seeing a gradual increase in numbers from when the pandemic started.

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Oh look, more of the same old crap? It didn't work before or the first 7 times. But since nothing will change at all, I'm sure it'll work this time!!!

Just get the vax rolling fools...................

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I don't know why the negative comments. Everybody knows the Covid virus is only active at night and is triggered by karaoke. That's why the bars have to shut early.

16 ( +19 / -3 )

Where does Japan rank in terms of the coronavirus success that they seem to be so proud of?

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What we all need to understand is that our sacrifices are necessary for the games. If we all behave and do as we're told, we'll not only get to host a huge cash grab for our finest corporations, but our glorious leaders will get away with the terrible vaccine rollout and stay in power. Win win!

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... “tougher measures...”? nah... nobody,s impressed...

these people don’t know the meaning of the word tough...

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business as usual...

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Those measures are never "tougher" with comparing other countries.

Government of Japan are distracted by economy or Olympics since last year, still disrespect response to Covid-19 despite epidemic of more dangerous variant.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Happy days are here again!

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Zzzzz

Same old

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But Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has denied the need to declare a nationwide state of emergency, as the National Governors' Association has suggested, saying the government will take targeted steps in specific areas.

Suga was like, "No, you can't tell me what to do. I am the PM. I should only tell you what I must do or do nothing. Zero action, that's my sweet spot."

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Who give a flying bleep anymore. Let them have a ball at this and get the darn olympic thing over and done..... and good riddance to the olympics. The worse Olympics i be to be recorded in history.

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They will take ‘targeted steps’ now. And probably a full lockdown from Sept ?

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Japan’s constant half-measures are paying off.

7 ( +15 / -8 )

Japan’s constant half-measures are paying off.

By paying off, are you referring to those brown envelopes under tables some ten years back, that landed us in this pickle we are in today?

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Tougher? ie shops to close one hour earlier?

7 ( +7 / -0 )

tougher measures here means the government will recommend more strongly

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Have to forbid drinking alcohol and singing at public venues in Japan because most Japanese cannot laugh or sing without YELLING. ( O

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Need to just do it nation-wide and get it over with

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Set the rules needed but then please enforce them. Nightly here in Osaka several clubs (the music and dance variety) are open because there is no real penalty if they do so. This causes some clubs to close, and pushes people to pile into the few that stay open.

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Nothing has been tough in terms of the Japan lock down or the State Of Emergency. Nothing so far.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Vote them out!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

These dino gg’s are as much use as a chocolate tea pot!

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What's the big deal? Just close the bars and restaurants earlier. That should take of the problem. It's worked sooooo well in the past.

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State of emergency:

> In areas placed under the state of emergency, restaurants are being told to close by 8 p.m. and refrain from serving alcohol or offering karaoke services.

Department stores and other major commercial facilities are also being told to temporarily shut or close early, and attendance at concerts and sports events has been capped at 5,000 or 50 percent of venue capacity."

Does the Japanese government not realize how ridiculous this sounds to the rest of the World?

How about a proper lockdown. Or would that only be under a 'super state of emergency'. And what on earth is a 'quasi state of emergency'.

The craziness continues. And then there is the Olympics......

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The cases in Japan are still just a tiny fraction of the cases that the US has had. 10% of the US population has tested positive for COVID and only .5% of Japan population has tested positive.

Now let me ask this: What’s the % of the US population that was tested? Japan?

One more question: You honestly believe these numbers for either side are reliable?

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Too tough !

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In areas placed under the state of emergency, restaurants are being told to close by 8 p.m.

Are government officials assuming COVID-19 only comes out at night?

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If you care that much, feel free to move to whichever failed state still 'believes the science' that has been proven wrong over and over again. The rest of the world can appraise the data sensibly.

@ wobot

What does the above paragraph mean.

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Oldman:

Let the people be free and conduct business as they see fit.

Yeah right, because that policy worked so brilliantly in the US, Brazil, UK...

Sounds like you are simply parroting Trump and Bolsanaro.

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You sound very sensible. Shut down the trains and hospitals as well?

• shut down non essential businesses (with financial support plans from the government)

• shut down schools (with remote learning materials/devices provided to students free of charge)

• shut down office jobs by forcing company owners to make their employees work remotely to reduce work and train exposure; also result in less crowded trains

• shut down dining in restaurants, BUT increase food delivery services so they can still make food and money; takeout is ok too

• keep the trains open, but try to run a few more (if feasible) to reduce the crowds

• keep hospitals open, but dear God send them nurses, retired nurses and doctors (with full wage payment), financial aid, ICU equipment and VACCINES with the authority to give them out to whomever whenever

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Suga needs to grow a pair... People are depending on him to keep them alive... Cancel the Olympics... To hell with what the IOC want it's what the people of Japan want.... Blood on your hands....

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Total shut down immediately. Please be serious and responsible.

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Tougher measures? What, they're gong to ban the serving of oolonghai??

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The move comes as coronavirus cases have been on the rise nationwide in recent weeks, with the daily number of new infections topping 6,000 for the fifth straight day on Saturday. COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms also hit another all-time high of 1,231 the same day.

So let me get this straight, let’s pack more people into the same places in a shorter amount of time (after work but before 8pm) so people can grab a bite on the way home then wonder why cases are going up?

if anything , extend the hours to spread it out and limit the number of patrons an establishment can have at any one time to promote better social distancing? Win for slowing the spread, win for the business, win for the workers, win for the patrons?

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• shut down non essential businesses (with financial support plans from the government)

• shut down schools (with remote learning materials/devices provided to students free of charge)

• shut down office jobs by forcing company owners to make their employees work remotely to reduce work and train exposure; also result in less crowded trains

• shut down dining in restaurants, BUT increase food delivery services so they can still make food and money; takeout is ok too

• keep the trains open, but try to run a few more (if feasible) to reduce the crowds

• keep hospitals open, but dear God send them nurses, retired nurses and doctors (with full wage payment), financial aid, ICU equipment and VACCINES with the authority to give them out to whomever whenever

only issue I see is $$$$ , where’s the government going to get it from?

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How about giving vaccines at the larger restaurants? No shots, no shoes, no service?

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BurakuminDesToday 11:35 pm JST

Oldman:

Let the people be free and conduct business as they see fit.

Yeah right, because that policy worked so brilliantly in the US, Brazil, UK...

Sounds like you are simply parroting Trump and Bolsanaro.

And the US is at a nearly 40% vaccination rate, continuing to trend down in cases and deaths while Japan has their head buried in bureaucracy. And it was the Trump administration that got the vaccines going without the red tape. Japan continues to have artificial road blocks to getting the vaccine out to the public (no syringes, not enough doses, not approved in Japan yet, etc...). It's almost like a tragic comedy show.

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AGAIN: Too Little, Far Too Late!

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Can we still buy Olympic tickets for the events?

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

The cases in Japan are still just a tiny fraction of the cases that the US has had. 10% of the US population has tested positive for COVID and only .5% of Japan population has tested positive.

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TARA TAN KITAOKAToday 12:22 am JST

Total shut down immediately. Please be serious, responsible, and eat lots of doughnuts.

You sound very sensible. Shut down the trains and hospitals as well?

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

They're being relaxed in practice in Osaka and Kobe from what I've seen. Plenty of people were out and about today and I saw at least two bars serving alcohol. Even Tokyo Dome was full of spectators yesterday on at least one side too. In Kobe I was actually surprised by how many people weren't wearing masks and I even saw a police officer not wearing one in Osaka...

If you care that much, feel free to move to whichever failed state still 'believes the science' that has been proven wrong over and over again. The rest of the world can appraise the data sensibly

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

This constant back and forth of toying with people's emotions and hurting businesses has gone on for far too long.

Let the people be free and conduct business as they see fit. The world cannot stay locked down forever, enough damage has been done.

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@newgirl: We are not allowed to be happy. One must get with the propaganda parade in tune to the march.

-12 ( +8 / -20 )

Actually less trains and of course sharply dropping opening hours for all stores would do the trick.

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