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Tokyo may extend coronavirus restrictions into Olympics period

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Quasi-emergency for Quasi-Olympics.

20 ( +26 / -6 )

Which restrictions. The quasi emergency tough restrictions ?

No doubt it will continue until the Olympics are over. What about the Paralympics.

22 ( +25 / -3 )

"...... but a recent uptick in coronavirus cases has officials concerned ......."

Oh, really? Just concerned? They should look at the (bi-)weekly increase of infections.

Those numbers wouldn't make me concerned but highly worried.

14 ( +21 / -7 )

Tokyo may extend coronavirus restrictions into Olympics period

well then its crazy to hold them in the first place..

28 ( +35 / -7 )

@Divinda

June 15  07:20 am JST Posted in: Gov't considering quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo during Olympics  See in context

seems apposite, for the Quasi-Olympics

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

“May” means they will

4 ( +12 / -8 )

You could not, as the cliché goes, make it up.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

maaaan, this is getting so dull. This pandemic has been going on for almost 1.5 years and JP government still can't foresee 2 weeks ahead. Of course the numbers will go up. Even a child can tell it now.

32 ( +35 / -3 )

If there is a need for restrictions, it’s a pretty good indication that it isn’t safe to hold the Olympics.

All this time I thought the Muppets was a fictional kids’ show; I never knew it was based on the Japanese government.

26 ( +29 / -3 )

 Olympics organizers have ruled that spectators will be allowed up to 50 percent of the venue capacity or a maximum of 10,000, though foreign spectators have been banned.

The IOC, all officials, sponsors, delegates, friends and families are classified as organisers, and are not included in these 10,000 spectators.

For some of the events, Bottakuri Danshoku and more than 10,000 of the Olympic family might turn up!

12 ( +14 / -2 )

Osaka more than doubled in cases in a single day.

Lest see what today's test results will bring!

Let's not forget that each time the numbers increase in Tokyo the rest of the country follows not long after, faster if there is so holiday and people travel!

As the saying goes, when Tokyo catches a cold the rest of the country sneezes!

9 ( +13 / -4 )

P. SmithToday  04:34 pm JST

All this time I thought the Muppets was a fictional kids’ show; I never knew it was based on the Japanese government.

Many childhood memories will be damaged.

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I don't see any difference in peoples' activities when there is "Quasai emergency". So, what is the governments point? This no drinking after 7 pm is doing nothing to stop the virus. What the government needs to do is have more trains running in the morning, and so, less crowding and less crowding makes less virus transmitted disease.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

Of course they will, they have to

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I don't see any difference in peoples' activities when there is "Quasai emergency". So, what is the governments point? This no drinking after 7 pm is doing nothing to stop the virus. What the government needs to do is have more trains running in the morning, and so, less crowding and less crowding makes less virus transmitted disease.

Has been established that drinking in bars is significantly contributing to spread of infection. Haven't heard of outbreaks of infection on/from trains yet though it's entirely possible I just missed news of it

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

This, according to the financial and economical analysis published last month makes it sure that the games would represent a net loss for the economy. Cancelling the games would have been the winning bet.

On the other side they still represent a huge amount of profit for some very important people, which is the reason they have not been cancelled (yet).

10 ( +18 / -8 )

Hard working taxpayers of Tokyo and their businesses under State of Emergency but Olympics ok.

Suga. Tell us again you care more about the Japanese citizens than the Olympics……no one believes your selfish, greedy BS anymore

24 ( +26 / -2 )

Has been established that drinking in bars is significantly contributing to spread of infection. Haven't heard of outbreaks of infection on/from trains yet though it's entirely possible I just missed news of it

People on trains tend to keep their masks on, few talk and if they do it tends to be close to a whisper (with mask on now), so air droplets are fairly reduced compared to situations where masks are removed, people are eating and drinking and talking loudly especially inebriated spreading large quantities of airborne droplets.

Now that said, I do have to point out that in both Tokyo and Osaka over 60% of daily new cases have untraceable origins, so we have that to wonder about.

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There is restrictions? Could have fooled me!

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Quasi-emergency for Quasi-Olympics.

It'll be the Queasy Olympics

6 ( +8 / -2 )

People on trains tend to keep their masks on, few talk and if they do it tends to be close to a whisper (with mask on now), so air droplets are fairly reduced compared to situations where masks are removed, people are eating and drinking and talking loudly especially inebriated spreading large quantities of airborne droplets.

This is correct. I haven’t been on the subway much recently due to teleworking, but when I do (I mainly use the Yamanote and Marunouchi lines) the adherence to mask protocol is extremely high. And nearly always, when there’s someone without a mask, it is precisely the kind of person you would expect to not wear a mask on a train, i.e. a selfish loser.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Funny how they say: Tokyo or Japan is considering...

Its the Japanese Government and the IOC.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Hard working taxpayers of Tokyo and their businesses under State of Emergency but Olympics ok.

I think some posters/cheerleaders for the games from well outside of Tokyo would do well to consider that point.

These games were a black hole before we’d even heard of Covid.

Waste, farce, and now moving well into the area of insult.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

the adherence to mask protocol is extremely high. And nearly always, when there’s someone without a mask, it is precisely the kind of person you would expect to not wear a mask on a train, i.e. a selfish loser.

Sadly my wife, children and myself have noticed that most of those not wearing masks tend to look far more like me than they look like my wife or children and yes we actually actively look to see how many people going by are wearing masks regardless of what they look like.

Sort of a game like counting blue cars when out. Counting the mask-less.

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If restrictions are extended, it is a good thing. The Japanese government and those running the event says it will be a safe Olympics. That is the first (and only) priority. The Japanese population needs to accept the decisions made by their intellectual superiors on this issue. Bring on the Summer Games!!!

-20 ( +1 / -21 )

If it's safe enough for the Olympics, it's safe enough to open up.

If it’s not safe enough to open up its not safe enough for the Olympics. But in this case both the chicken and the egg are stupid choices.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Sadly my wife, children and myself have noticed that most of those not wearing masks tend to look far more like me than they look like my wife or children

Certainly the percentage of foreigners who don’t mask up is higher than the percentage of locals. But with the locals, it’s mainly jijiis, presumably trying to get back at a country which no longer has any use for them, and younger types trying to be cool and rebellious. I’m not sure which is the more pitiful.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

The Japanese population needs to accept the decisions made by their intellectual superiors on this issue. Bring on the Summer Games!!!

I know you don’t mean that. But you really do need to find a new hobby.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

There is NO POINT in even talking about the Olympics, it's on schedule and it will happen, and may have NOTHING to do with the numbers rising.

The problem is most Japanese are NOT vaccinated, that's all.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Let there be freedom, stop fooling people with this covid thing, we have had enough of this lies

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Most be a real concern now for the media now..-This story, originating at 4:47pm was amended with Today’s ‘numbers’:

- “As Tokyo's infections rose to 714, their highest since May 26, …” -

Also, whoever was raising a flag, claiming some news was “Great!” just 2 days ago, has to now, realistically, be reconsidering that it’s not so positive to continue with ‘Tokyo’s Games’?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

This, according to the financial and economical analysis published last month makes it sure that the games would represent a net loss for the economy. Cancelling the games would have been the winning bet.

On the other side they still represent a huge amount of profit for some very important people, which is the reason they have not been cancelled (yet).

Please clarify the point you’re attempting to make.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Being in Germany now for family visit it's just crazy to see the different approach of both countries: not much masking up here outside, but 100% medical masks inside businesses and transport. And test centers in every corner of the city that only require an online reservation, result comes to your phone in 20 min! Or you buy a self-test in a drug store for about 100 Yen! Plus eating inside, visiting shows, staying in a hotel, all require a test not older than 24 h (twenty-four HOURS!). So you have rather accurate numbers and trends. Whereas in Japan the Gov, after one and half years is still having a "hands-off" approach just for their political agenda. What's worse is, the press and TV are silent as well, protests are spare and fringe in size. Japan is a nice, multi-facetted country but sometimes the sho-ga-nai approach of her citizens can make you sick, literally.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Please clarify the point you’re attempting to make.

If this is not clear enough for you there is nothing else to do. It should not take any effort to get it.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

What restrictions?

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Great. But just saw on the news that the train companies in and around Tokyo are extending timetables during the games so as to make it easier for people to move around and in anticipation of more visitors. So of the last trains will be around 150am, I believe, and some will be starting as early as 4am.

This is getting nonsensical. Introduce more restrictions, yet plan for more people to visit the capital and encourage them to move around. Another of those WT...... moments.

It's gonna be a Covid cesspool for sure.

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Japan's capital and other areas are under a "quasi" state of emergency set to be lifted on July 12

Didn't it end on June 20? Or did it start again? They flip flop so much, it's not even worth keeping track of.

Does it even matter if there's an SOE or not or Olympics or not? No one cares about any of it.

Stop it on July 12 or don't. Or keep it going till July 40th, Decenuary 69 or August part B. What's the difference? Make up a new date if you like. It's all the same thing!

Everyone is only paying attention to when their vaccine shot appointments will be.

Or still wondering when it will happen, depending on who you are or where you are.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Tokyo-EngrToday  05:02 pm JST

Hard working taxpayers of Tokyo and their businesses under State of Emergency but Olympics ok.

Suga. Tell us again you care more about the Japanese citizens than the Olympics……no one believes your selfish, greedy BS anymore

They've reduced the stadium capacity to about 15%.

Not sure how "Olympics ok" fits into that, but I'd say most businesses don't have that level of restriction.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

"Everyone is only paying attention to when their vaccine shot appointments will be."

Anyone with a bit sense would even care.

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> Alicia MyersToday  07:29 pm JST

Let there be freedom, stop fooling people with this covid thing, we have had enough of this lies

One of the few on this forum who gets it. It’s more obvious every day that we’re being gamed.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

QUESTION: Why does the IOC & the JOC want to harm you?

Why will this Government not stand up to IOC?

The brave decision to CANCEL makes the decision-maker, A Life Saver.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

This situation clearly states no Olympics, no problems.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Nobody is listening..

0 ( +1 / -1 )

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