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Doctor Evil Meme: righhhhht

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Fear of loss of face, stupid pride and greed vs Experts,public safety.....who's going to win

my money is on the LDP.

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The four governors also said they would ask residents to not to make nonessential outings after 8 p.m.

Do the people of the country a favor and back this up with facts/statistics that show that there are more cases of the virus occurring BECAUSE of night time activities!

You have zero credibility with the public when you make statements or requests like this, and yet give no information to back it up! Everything is based off of assumptions!

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They have actually backed the LDP into a corner. I agree with Sakamoto-san:

"I would expect the(infection) numbers will get bigger in the coming days, and the emergency declaration should have come earlier, probably during December or November."

The State of Emergency (SOE) worked the last time it was implemented and it should be used again. Make the call on the Olympics and divert money which is being and will be spent to businesses who need to close during the SOE. As was demonstrated during the last SOE a punitive lockdown is not needed.

It is at the point where the economic risk of not halting further spread of the virus exceeds (will exceed) that of not having the Olympics.

The lack of leadership at Nagata cho is mind boggling.

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Back in late summer, down here in Okinawa, there was a relatively large cluster that came about from one of the "main" nightlife areas here in Naha. The authorities set up testing sites, and put out warnings for everyone to stay out of the area, and for the most part people listened.

BUT, that sure as hell didnt stop the daily increases in overall cases being reported, in fact, it's has gotten progressively worse, with on average, double digit numbers of infections for nearly 90 days in a row, and the overwhelming majority NOT coming from nightlife establishments.

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I commute early mornings through a downtown Tokyo bar-entertainment area, and at least half the denizens spilling out onto the streets are maskless, not distancing and usually shouting manzai-style into each other's faces.

If police are not arresting these people under the emergency measures or otherwise forcibly cracking down, then they will be largely futile, since this group is the most infected.

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My export business was destroyed last year when EMS stopped all flights to USA. Now with this if hoikuen close again then my other telework work will have to stop as I will have to take care if my son.

All I can say is it's going to be very costly as the measly 10万円 last time from Abeくん will do nothing. We need a percentage of income paid to every resident for the duration of the lockdown. How about scrapping the sports day and spending our taxes on a furlough scheme.

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On Monday Tokyo will be coming back to life and the buses,trains and walkways will start to fill up again.

Where is the vaccine Mr Suga?

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As an interim measure, restaurants and karaoke parlors in the Tokyo area would be asked to close at 8 p.m., while businesses that serve alcohol should close at 7 p.m., he said.

The four governors also said they would ask residents to not to make nonessential outings after 8 p.m.

Yesterday Koike warned that the coronavirus takes no holiday. Yet according to these rules it seems to keep to business hours and only come out at night.

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No alcohol after 7. Don't go out after 8?!?

Great. This will cause more people to cram into restaurants and shopping areas earlier in the day before abiding by the emergency declarations to return home.

Can't anyone think on their own without being told what to do?

It is just beating a dead horse with this issue.

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They can’t even stay 2m apart in their press conference.

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The Japanese government has not done a great deal to control the infection," Sakamoto said

Makes you think this !

Sakamoto says , they can't do it because at capacity and it is all Suga's fault.

So if admission to hospital isn't possible do we get our medical insurance money back ?

Are these (St. Luke for ex ) private hospitals ? Are there state owned hospitals in Japan ?

I strongly believe the SoE not only won't solve the problem inbJapan it will start a vicious cycle of new problems . We likely have another 6 months to herd immunity and if Sakamoto says they can't, Suga should start looking for people that can.

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I forgot to add. If an emergency declaration is declared and then subsequently lifted sometime in February, we can expect the GO TO campaign to be promoted heavily once again.

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If the government guarantees to pay me the full amount of my lost income, I will support a SoE.

I will also accept money from all the people on here who will continue receiving their full salary in the event of a SoE.

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oh did we "overshoot" our "highest COVID-19 alert level"?

let's move the goalposts just a bit once more

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"The Japanese government has not done a great deal to control the infection."

Now that really is an understatement. GoTo Travel and Eat without a doubt encouraged the spread of the virus.

The government supposedly wants to support the economy, but the best way to support the economy is to discourage, not encourage, the spread of the virus. The countries whose economies recover most quickly are those that eliminate the virus most quickly.

Some people say that the rise in suicides because of the economic downfall is killing more people than covid. What should be done about this rise in suicides, and what is the root cause of it? I suspect poverty, the inability to pay bills is a major cause. How is this being addressed? By a one-time payment of ¥100,000. The government is more worried about the Olympics than the people, and how much does the government endlessly throwing at the Olympics?

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She's just looking for attention and making it look like she's doing.

She's been trying to "decide" to "ask" Suga to declare SOE. As in passing the ball "here, your problem. You decide, you pay the consequences, not my problem."

Now they're still "deciding" if they go into SOE, which on all legalities is nothing as it is not lockdown. It's another made up word for urging people to do stuff.

I thought Koike was the governor Tokyo needed and maybe even the next PM. But turns out she's just another pussycat politician. All words but that's it. Meh. Rant over.

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The government needs to consult with health experts before deciding on a new declaration

A few more meetings and a few more fax to send, to conclude the obvious.

As an interim measure, restaurants and karaoke parlors in the Tokyo area would be asked to close at 8 p.m., while businesses that serve alcohol should close at 7 p.m., he said.

So restaurants/bars would still work at full capacity? What about limiting capacity to 50% for example, to encourage social distancing?

Efforts to keep train windows open as well? Because every time I take one I am the one opening the windows which are closed, or barely open.

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They are going to consider whether or not to have a meeting to perhaps determine if they should decide to consider having another state of emergency or not.

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Evidence from other countries suggests there is a direct correlation between lockdowns and the people advocating lockdowns not abiding by them.

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Just look at the U.K and how well lockdowns to tier 4 have gone.

Mass unemployment,suicides way up,

businesses gone bust,massive mental health issues.

For all those who say stay home for those who cannot telework and will lose their jobs what about them?

As usual it is those in a good financial position that push for a stricter measures.

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I don't understand why there's such an obsession with 'cases'. Even across the whole country there are only 711 people seriously ill, in a country of 127,000,000! A state of emergency is a massively disproportionate response that will have a greatly net negative effect affecting the whole country & Koike does not care about that

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tooheysnew Today  08:33 am JST

If the government guarantees to pay me the full amount of my lost income, I will support a SoE.

I agree with you in principle mate, but it'd be impossible in practice and bankrupt the nation in no time. But I know you know that ;-)

I will also accept money from all the people on here who will continue receiving their full salary in the event of a SoE.

Lots of the posters here are left of centre and therefore support wealth redistribution...right? So it only stands to reason that they'd be willing to share their safe, regular income with those who their preference for an SoE will economically cripple. That includes lower-paid people in service industries as well as the people who employ them.

And judging from the comments, a sizeable proportion of people on this forum are begging for their own enslavement, as that is what a series of SoEs or lockdowns or whatever they want to call it is, in effect. The lockdowns in Europe, Canada, and some states (unsurprisingly, Democrat states in the main) in the US, are causing horrific human damage and forcing populations to get addicted to government handouts for survival while punishing small businesses for trying to make a living. All the while their leaders act like there's another set of rules for themselves. Why, just the other day in Canada, I think it was the treasurer or finance minister of Ontario jetted off the Caribbean for a trip while his province is under restrictions. And all his colleagues could do is regret his "mistake"! Utter hypocrites and completely undeserving of a scintilla respect or authority. And yet these are the people the lockdowners want in charge?

No thanks.

We're not dealing with a disease like the 1918 flu or bubonic plague here - this is a disease that is asymptomatic in the vast majority of cases, has a rising recovery rate and a falling death rate. Look sat the graphs.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/japan/

https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html

By all means, lockdowners, if you want to stay home for whatever reason, you're free to do so. But stop trying to enforce your will on people who are not sick from this virus and are extremely unlikely to get sick or worse from it, as you'll cause more harm than you're trying to prevent.

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These half measures are aimed solely at appearing to do something while avoiding blame for economic pain. Either shut the place down, or just shut up.

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"Can't anyone think on their own without being told what to do?" No, that's the purpose of having the population trained by the state from age 3-18.

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@Kyronstavic

well said mate

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expat Today  09:25 am JST

These half measures are aimed solely at appearing to do something while avoiding blame for economic pain. Either shut the place down, or just shut up.

I'd prefer they just shut up.

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I don't understand why there's such an obsession with 'cases'. Even across the whole country there are only 711 people seriously ill, in a country of 127,000,000! A state of emergency is a massively disproportionate response that will have a greatly net negative effect affecting the whole country & Koike does not care about that

Your position is like not understanding why people obsess over a fire alarm, nobody dies over a loud sound, so why would a disproportionate response such as evacuating a whole building must be done?

The cases are followed with such interest because this is not the worst that can happen, widespread infection would lead to an overcoming of the health services and death of a lot of people (even including people that would require hospitalization, even for reasons different from COVID-19). Doing something before this happens is hugely more effective, the same as evacuating a building on fire before people are trapped inside.

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@Virusrex - I do not always agree with you 100% but I do fully agree with the last paragraph of your post above. The unintended consequences of the overloading of the health care system can/will result in non Covid related deaths. It is similar to the unintended consequences of a mandated punitive lockdown (economic fallout). I do agree these are difficult choices and I would not be the one to have to make the final decision on this.

The SoE enacted earlier this year was effective and would decelerate the increasing cases, allow the health care system (hospitals, etc.) to catch a breath, and also move us closer to springtime when the cases will likely taper off again.

The virus is becoming more contagious but the morbidity and mortality rate may be slowing down a bit.

Diverting money from Olympic preparation can help those impacted.

Interestingly enough the U.S. CDC scientists postulated in November the amount of cases may be 100 million or more in the U.S. This comes from scientists at the U.S. CDC.

Government Model Suggests U.S. COVID-19 Cases Could Be Approaching 100 Million : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

If this is the case the actual mortality rates rather than the mortality rates of those receiving a formal diagnosis may be quite a bit lower.

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Lots of the posters here are left of centre and therefore support wealth redistribution...right? So it only stands to reason that they'd be willing to share their safe, regular income with those who their preference for an SoE will economically cripple. That includes lower-paid people in service industries as well as the people who employ them.

How about instead of COVID denialism from the alt-right combined with neoliberal responses such GoTo subsidies and financial bailouts and corporate welfare; companies (like Amazon) pay their fair share of taxes from the gains made during the pandemic to assist those most impacted by the pandemic.

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A simple urge is not what we need. We need two month total police state style lockdown now please. A state of emergency in Japan don’t enforce anything other than a gentle urge..

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@Oxy - The SoE earlier in the year worked very well. Why don't we start there before moving to a "police state".

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State of emergency ? For What ? While thousands of tourists, ops,

"businessmen" are allowed to enter Japan to do "business".

LOL ...

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dagonToday  09:57 am JST

Lots of the posters here are left of centre and therefore support wealth redistribution...right? So it only stands to reason that they'd be willing to share their safe, regular income with those who their preference for an SoE will economically cripple. That includes lower-paid people in service industries as well as the people who employ them.

How about instead of COVID denialism from the alt-right combined with neoliberal responses such GoTo subsidies and financial bailouts and corporate welfare; companies (like Amazon) pay their fair share of taxes from the gains made during the pandemic to assist those most impacted by the pandemic.

Covid denialism? Alt-right? LOL! Where did I deny it? I just don't think it is as dangerous as the fearmongers make it out to be. These bailouts wouldn't even be necessary if governments didn't institute the lockdowns etc anyway And companies like Amazon and the big pharmaceutical companies are loving the pandemic and lockdowns/pleas to stay home - they're making a killing off the fear. You want an example of corporate welfare? Convince governments to get taxpayers to foot the bill for mass vaccination for a virus that affects a tiny percentage of the population. That's corporate welfare for you.

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Convince governments to get taxpayers to foot the bill for mass vaccination for a virus that affects a tiny percentage of the population. That's corporate welfare for you.

I was thinking more GoTo subsidies, bailouts of airlines and Dentsu contracts for the Olympics and pandemic relief programs would better fit the definition of corporate welfare.

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to not make nonessential outings after 8 pm

Just a copy of what has been done in some countries, without being able to enforce it In Japan.

but this has already been asked many times, not going out for non essentials outings. This was actually asked once more for this Oshogatsu

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Would it be cheaper to put everyone who is over 65 and wants in the millions of empty hotels rooms across Japan?

Test them on the way in, once the have a negative result they are free to move around the hotel. Just cant go outside

Regularly test for outbreaks

Breakfast, lunch dinner delivered to the front door of the hotel.

They can stay until they have been vaccinated.

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dagonToday  10:14 am JST

Convince governments to get taxpayers to foot the bill for mass vaccination for a virus that affects a tiny percentage of the population. That's corporate welfare for you.

I was thinking more GoTo subsidies, bailouts of airlines and Dentsu contracts for the Olympics and pandemic relief programs would better fit the definition of corporate welfare.

I don't care much for Dentsu, but it was government policies and reactions that were primarily responsible for crippling the economies in the first place, further demonstrating that government interference usually causes more problems than it solves. The same governments comprising people who tell you to do one thing, and do the opposite themselves.

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The four governors also said they would ask residents to not to make nonessential outings after 8 p.m.

FYI, last lockdown I was stopped by a cop on my walk home at 10 pm and encouraged to show my zairyuu card because "there are a lot of foreigners in the area". Sigh,,,

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FYI, last lockdown ...

there hasn’t been a lockdown in Japan.

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there hasn’t been a lockdown in Japan.

A lockdown is an emergency measure or condition in which people are temporarily prevented from entering or leaving a restricted area or building during a threat of danger. Please be aware that for many months foreigners such as me were prevented from entering Japan once we leave.

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And judging from the comments, a sizeable proportion of people on this forum are begging for their own enslavement, as that is what a series of SoEs or lockdowns or whatever they want to call it is, in effect. 

Enslavement? A bit hysterical, isn’t it?

Covid denialism? Alt-right? LOL! Where did I deny it? I just don't think it is as dangerous as the fearmongers make it out to be.

The sensible people here are not fearmongers nor those who think it’s just another flu and we should go about our daily business without masks etc. As for the lunatics spouting ‘scamdemic’ created by big pharma, the least said the better. We don’t have to run to extremes here and talking about ‘enslavement’ is just unhelpful.

You do tend to view everything from a right of centre perspective with a tinge of conspiracy theory. How dangerous do you think it is? It has killed over 70,000 in my home country of the UK, and the new strain ( now detected in Japan ) has seen numbers rise at an alarming rate, leaving the health service stretched to its limits. You do accept these as facts, don’t you? It’s worth remembering that I’m also talking about a country where the vaccine is being administered now. Japan is months behind on this score.

My own take is the hospitals must be protected, particularly in an area like Tokyo which is ill-equipped to take in large influxes of patients and has very low ICU capacity.

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Nice try Jimizo. I’m not denying numbers are rising, but you’re completely ignoring the words and behaviours of the people who are supposed to be governing.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

Anyone else notice Koike is disguised as the joker in that color palette? How fitting!

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I’m not denying numbers are rising

What’s your take on hospitals being stretched to capacity and leaving the critically ill without the care they require?

Have you seen the figures for hospital capacity in Tokyo? I go with a practical horses for courses approach to this, while you seem to be talking in general about enslavement of the masses and Amazon and big pharma making a killing.

Try to be more objective here and take a look at the numbers. Leave the ideology at the door.

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There can be no legal lockdowns.

The country and the people can not afford another national SOE.

The foreign permanent residents suffered disproportionally during 2020 and the government caused unnecessary pain and suffering on them. Leaving many with resentments and doubts about living here.

All foreign permanent residents and citizens should have been treated the same.

Until the end of last month, when the borders were opened, but limited returning foreigners had to have a covid test before departing their country and go into quarantine for 2 weeks.

Government should look that those areas with the greatest numbers of infections.

"Last month, the occupancy rate for hospital beds set aside for COVID-19 patients had exceeded 50% in three of Japan’s 47 prefectures."

"The rate was the highest in Hyogo Prefecture, at 68.9%, up 3.9 percentage points from a week before, followed by Hokkaido, at 55.1%, up 3.5 points. Kochi Prefecture, meanwhile, saw its rate surge 44.5 points to 53.5%."

"A bed occupancy rate of 50% or higher suggests a situation equivalent to Stage 4, the worst level on the four-tier scale for gauging the degree of the spread of the coronavirus. Stage 4 indicates an explosive spread of infections."

Is it possible to build temporary Covid hospitals in those places, like in the UK for instance.

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Just give them a plenty of vaccine ,Mr Suga

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Is it possible to build temporary Covid hospitals in those places, like in the UK for instance.

Yes, it's easy to build a hospital, but are you volunteering to staff them? If not, who should?

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Zoroto

Is it possible to build temporary Covid hospitals in those places, like in the UK for instance.

Yes, it's easy to build a hospital, but are you volunteering to staff them? If not, who should?

The Self Defense Forces

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There is no such thing as a legal lock down so do you really think people in Japan are going to comply to those soft worded urges such as please stay home and don’t leave house unless it’s essential..... While the LDP goes out for steaks. Lol

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Are there state owned hospitals in Japan 

Yes.

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Just as happened with the earthquake and typhoon intensity scales, the Covid one is badly in need of an overhaul. It’s supposed to be already at or close to 4 (the highest level), with nary any of the draconian measures employed elsewhere. Raising it from 4 to 6 will not only give politicians a handy excuse for more meetings, but will add to the perception that things are being done with each new fax delivered ukase cutting izakaya operating hours.

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There can be no legal lockdowns.

Yes, there very well CAN, it's just a matter of the government choosing to not go that route!

For the most part Japan IS in a lockdown internationally, leastwise it was totally in a lockdown, until September or so, when it instituted reciprocal agreements with roughly 10 SE Asian countries.

That is a "legal" lockdown, and the same could be done domestically.

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Your position is like not understanding why people obsess over a fire alarm, nobody dies over a loud sound, so why would a disproportionate response such as evacuating a whole building must be done?

There shouldn't be a reason to evacuate the whole building. The building design is the problem.

Lots if fake doctors ! Brainless people with fake degrees . Talk a lot do little.

PFFfff.. f... Embarrassing

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Obviously things have gone tits up and i urge the government to please contact Astra Zeneca and Pfizer and offer more money for the first 5 million doses.

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Obviously things have gone tits up and i urge the government to please contact Astra Zeneca and Pfizer and offer more money for the first 5 million doses.

And how are you going to distribute these doses? The US Military offered to vaccinate Japanese workers on one of the bases here in Okinawa, as reported by the local newspaper, and the Japanese government refused to allow these workers to get the vaccine, because it has not been authorized for use here in Japan.

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Can't shut everything down and expect people to survive on no income.

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Japanese health experts have obviously concluded that the virus only comes out at night.

Which means that aging government officials would have go home early after work.

The economic devastation to hostess bars, pachinko halls, and strip clubs will be devastating. Which is the only business sector that Japanese government truly assisted (in absence of failed policies).

Another master stroke.

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And how are you going to distribute these doses

It is depressing. The collapse of the medical system and the need to even discuss lockdown makes you question every single detail. I don't blame you.

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@oxycodin

There is no such thing as a legal lock down so do you really think people in Japan are going to comply to those soft worded urges such as please stay home and don’t leave house unless it’s essential.

Were you here during the last State of Emergency? It worked very well and also had a significant impact on the numbers.

I would like to try the SoE again prior to moving to some of the measures which are really happening now.

One possible solution is similar to the State of New York in the U.S., where on January 6 they will vote on NY State Assembily Bill A416 to allow the government to detain those with Covid (or any other communicible disease) that the NY state government deems a risk to public safety to be removed and detained. The wording of the legislation is interesting.

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/a416

Or we can use a system such as they are using in Canada where in Gatinaeu, Ottawa Canada where they are encouraged to call the police on people breaking the rules a neighbor called the police on another neighbor for having 6 people (all family members) in their home for Christmas. The police came and forcibly removed one of the people (I guess he was resisting).

It is the reason I would rather try the SOE first which actually demonstrated with tangible and measurable impact that it worked here.

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Stay the course, Japan. Ignore the science-deniers who have long since given in to panic-porn.

Lockdown measures and other mandates have failed miserably everywhere they've been tried. (Don't even bother mentioning that tiny little isle in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with more sheep than humans)

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2020.604339/full

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@bob

Little out of date don't you think.

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@Starbucks

Hows that?

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Put Fumie Sakamoto in charge, now. And for god's sake, vaccinate medical staff at the very least ASAP!

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In related news, Japanese scientists have just discovered a COVID mutation that occurs only in Japan. The spiky parts of the virus are 2 nanometers shorter, making it safe to Japanese people before 8 p.m.

Alcohol seems to affect the virus mutation, shifting the time an hour earlier if anyone in the room happens to be drinking.

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Don't have any solid ideas but something needs to be done. I say ask the CCP for advice. They are the only country that has been flat-lined since February 2020 according to the data on https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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The study was up to date in August and I see nothing that supports your sheep and people comment.

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The study was up to date in August and I see nothing that supports your sheep and people comment.

Oh dear! What incredible developments have their been in science since Sept 1 that invalidates this peer-reviewed study??

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Conclusion: Countries that already experienced a stagnation or regression of life expectancy, with high income and NCD rates, had the highest price to pay. This burden was not alleviated by more stringent public decisions. Inherent factors have predetermined the Covid-19 mortality: understanding them may improve prevention strategies by increasing population resilience through better physical fitness and immunity.

@ Bob

Don't think all the factors in the conclusion can be experienced altogether in any one country.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

The largest numbers of hospitals are owned and run by Medical Corporations.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4807930/

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2020 figures in Japan have been falsified because no test for all and no taken into account of all deaths. Judt look at Worldmeter figures of deaths per million inhabitants.

By now, the figures should get closer for all large population statistically.

Standard of care is very high in Japan but there is no treatment for this covid19 til now, remember.

I believe Government cannot allow high occupancy eate of hospitals because if there was a serious earthquake, it would mean deaths by thousands or an order of scale forgotten.

Best is to make people responsible and implement all possible sensible measures, like accepting telework by companies, providing subsidies for obvious trades which need it (the smaller, the more), asking effective social distanciation,etc.

That is possible but need for a strong leader, i.e strong enforced actions like heavy fines to the offenders.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

The Japanese Government is so frustrating.

Just standing around considering things hoping they can just wish it all away.

They did the same thing with the Nuclear Meltdowns...

'It's not a disaster, we are monitoring the situation, the situation will get better soon, this is Japan therefore the situation is unique so looking outside is not appropriate.'

Rather than taking a stand and making a firm decision that can be planned around they will procrastinate until their hand is forced resulting in snap closures and major disruption.

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Ironically, the only countries recovered and ready for the olympics will be the Americans, the Brits, the Isralies.

Japan can’t fight the corona virus this late in the game, the don’t understand thier enemy, they haven’t chosen their weapons, and they don’t know where the fight needs to take place.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Staying home AND wearing masks have both been proven to be detrimental to our health and whoever made up that 6 foot rule could change it to 15 or 20 feet and it wouldn’t make any difference at all.

They know the lockdowns are unnecessary.

That’s why these officials break their own rules.

Why would they expose themselves to “the virus,” unless they knew they were safe?

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The AvengerToday  04:07 pm JST

Staying home AND wearing masks have both been proven to be detrimental to our health

In the meanwhile, it is being reported that this year there will be a big decrease in Influenza cases because so many people are wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing. Well, if that's the case why are COVID cases skyrocketing worldwide? (except one particular country)

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@ Bob

Don't think all the factors in the conclusion can be experienced altogether in any one country.

@Starbucks - they don't have to be experienced altogether in any one country.

as someone has famously said "Virus gonna virus" no matter what. Hence the pre-determined mortality.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Please consider. Then announce you are thinking about it :)

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It's not about controlling the VIRUS. It's about controlling YOU!

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

The government need to step up and support the businesses and people that can’t work if they want shorter hours or a lockdown . People still need money to pay rent and eat . Seriously do these people actually think ?

6 ( +6 / -0 )

It looks like there is some extra urging coming this week.

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As an interim measure, restaurants and karaoke parlors in the Tokyo area would be asked to close at 8 p.m., while businesses that serve alcohol should close at 7 p.m., he said.

The four governors also said they would ask residents to not make nonessential outings after 8 p.m.

Completely and utterly stupid. If restaurants and karaoke parlors are dangerous, they are not less or more so before or after 8 pm. To the contrary, if you crowd more people into a smaller time slot, of course and infection risk increases.

And what in the world is a "nonessential outing"??

I hope somebody stops these authoritarian morons.

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The Avenger

It's not about controlling the VIRUS. It's about controlling YOU!

That is increasingly what all this looks like. Schwabs great reset?

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This is now a must.

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This is now a must.

I think you said that 6 months ago.

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Lol, I just read in a Japan Times report, today, that Suga is refusing to call emergency declaration as he believes it will bring down his popularity even further as it would be stating he has done a bad job handling this pandemic. Does this elderly politician not get it that by doing nothing is angering people as more and more keep contracting this virus and ending up in the hospital.

Keep on, Mr. Suga, clearly you are not the brightest star in the sky.

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