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Japan eyes lifting state of emergency, but will keep some restrictions

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Restrictions mean nothing anyway...they do nothing but enlist the fear mongers. Time to move forward with the Olympics, and lift the SOE to never be re-instated.

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Soon, there will be more need to “consider in advance, announce in the press, etc” these ‘planned’ SOE’s, etc as headlined above:

“An “emergency clause" gives the cabinet the power to create ‘a secret government’ during ‘an emergency that the cabinet itself would declare,...”

On a whim, the controlling party will decide “what, where & when” constitutes a “emergency”. - Welcome to Japan’s new Constitutional democracy. - A lot more “emergencies” can happen while ‘the people’ go about their daily lives ‘trying to make a living for their families’.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

As always:

"..... Suga will convene a task force meeting ....."

More meetings and considerations to come.

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Bars are already open again in Shinsaibashi in Osaka, this seems like just keeping up the pretence of doing something

22 ( +23 / -1 )

The Government isn't even bothering to hid it's manipulations.

Japan eyes lifting state of emergency, following less than a day when it was reported that:

‘Stage 4’ prefs nearly halved after Japan’s govt changes bed counting method

21 ( +22 / -1 )

Well, just have to wait and see what happens over the course of the next week down here.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

And watch the new case numbers soar again within days.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

Nothing changes same old same old...

11 ( +13 / -2 )

Lift in on June 20. Start it on July 1. End it on July 22. Start it on…….

we got it, we got it…….

19 ( +20 / -1 )

We should have been vaccinated by now. It’s a travesty it has not happened yet.

18 ( +21 / -3 )

Maybe we’ll get a semi-demi-hemi-quasi-state of emergency for a week, followed by a mega-super-ultra-uber-state of emergency for another fortnight. Then the Olympics will happen, during which there will be a teeny-weeny-ickle state of mild consternation. Then, when the IOC have received their bribes and made their billions in broadcasting rights, we can go back to the usual wishy-washy-on-off- state of emergency.

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And still somehow up-scaling the vaccination effort to make the state of emergency measures unnecessary on the first place is not in the discussion.

Allow all the people that provide support to medical services (medical, radiology technicians, therapists, pharmacologists, dental hygienists, etc. etc.) to give the shots in vaccinations sites with one medical team in charge of emergencies. Let them distribute the easy to handle AstraZeneca shot to people that accept the small risk of clots and get anybody that want to get vaccinated a shot. That would be much more effective than economically heavy measures without support nor penalties.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

cant wait for the Olympics to be over so we can stop hearing about this everyday. i wonder what is next after the Olympics what Japan will be so focus on once they are done with Olympics?

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Semi-secret probation?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

"Suga will convene a task force meeting ....."

More meetings and considerations to come."

Well look at the results:

"A total of 1,937 new infections were reported across Japan on Friday, down from 6,000-7,000 daily at the peak of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in early to mid-May,"

It looks the meetings were worth it.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

...but keeping some restrictions in place...

There were barely any restrictions to begin with!

9 ( +11 / -2 )

I hope part of the restrictions is another Billion spent on Abe Baby Masks. That was a great idea.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Life must start to return to normal. I can not wait for these travel restrictions to lift. Just get the the dang shots and use a mask, wash hands and lets move forward.

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After the Olympics I am not following any more protocols. No more masks, no more distancing, I am done. The fact that SOE is being lifted just before the Olympics means that this was never about health. I have lost vast amounts of money, lost a year of life and I have just watch my government squander the sacrifices of the public. I am done. Love

3 ( +8 / -5 )

only idiots can repeat same mistake again and again...

8 ( +9 / -1 )

After the Olympics I am not following any more protocols

Just curious. Why after the Olympics? Why not now?

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Well done Mr. Suga!

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

I'm with Suga on this one.

Being vaccinated myself, I have no restrictions anyway.

-16 ( +1 / -17 )

I am at the point of no longer caring!

I can no longer keep going financially as things are.

Yesterday I made the application for the city to inspect my place for the Business Hygiene permit ( basically what is needed to serve coffee, tea or even alcohol.

They said it will be a month or 2 before they can because so many new places are requesting ( mostly because so many didn't survive the SOE etc...

In the mean time I am going to bypass the need for the permit by renting the "space" for small private gatherings that have to bring or order their own food and drink.

My clients are not going to start up again so now it is "survival mode" do whatever is needed.

The SOE is a joke, the testing is a joke, the vaccine roll out is a joke, the aid ( or should I say non aid) for businesses is a joke.

So now it is mask up, keep distance from those renting the space, HEPA filter in place and hope for the best.

The constant indecision my the government has made a total mess of things and it is for a great part because of the stupid Olympics that hangs over all of it.

Good luck to all and stay safe but this guy has bills to pay even if I don't like what I am about to start doing.

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Just curious. Why after the Olympics? Why not now?

Because I want the government to first say how safe the Olympics were and how there were no spikes in cases and how this just justifies having this ridiculous event even though devastated it has devastated the economy. After that, no further shutdowns/restrictions can be justified.

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Life must start to return to normal. I can not wait for these travel restrictions to lift. Just get the the dang shots and use a mask, wash hands and lets move forward.

No need for these dang shots to return to normal...

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

Because I want the government to first say how safe the Olympics were and how there were no spikes in cases and how this just justifies having this ridiculous event even though devastated it has devastated the economy. After that, no further shutdowns/restrictions can be justified.

Thanks. It's clear to me now.

I hope they would be able to make it work. Somehow.

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> I'm with Suga on this one.

Being vaccinated myself, I have no restrictions anyway.

You’re also not in Japan.

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Hokkaido is a huge prefecture geographically ... but the great majority of COVID cases and deaths are in Sapporo.

No need for the entire island to be under a "state of emergency" when large swaths of it have had few -- or even any -- COVID cases recently.

It would be like putting the entire state of California on strict COVID measures when the bulk of the cases are in SoCal cities like Los Angeles. Oh wait, that lame-brained policy was put in place too.

Not to mention, everyone is being treated as being at equal risk of dying from COVID -- when we're clearly not at equal risk. At least 99.5% of people survive it; those who tragically don't are overwhelmingly elderly and/or with at least two or three preexisting comorbidities.

Sweeping one-size-fits-all policies are lazy at best, and an excuse for power grabs at worst.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Let's remember what it took to end Sakoku back in the day. Japan might need another intervention from other nations to lift the bans.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Good luck to all and stay safe but this guy has bills to pay even if I don't like what I am about to start doing.

Hope it works out for you.

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No need for these dang shots to return to normal...

CDC posts 78% of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the US are overweight or obese. 30% obese !

https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/public-health/78-of-covid-19-patients-hospitalized-in-the-us-overweight-or-obese-cdc-finds.html

CDC posts that compared with 5- to 17-year-olds, the rate of death is 45 times higher in 30- to 39-year-olds, and 8,700 times higher in those who are 85-plus. Note: Japan has had zero deaths in the 5 to 17 yr old category.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/investigations-discovery/hospitalization-death-by-age.html

CDC also states that as of March 30, 2020, 89.3%, hospitalized patients had one or more underlying conditions; the most common were hypertension (49.7%), obesity (48.3%), chronic lung disease (34.6%), diabetes mellitus (28.3%), and cardiovascular disease (27.8%). These findings suggest that older adults have elevated rates of COVID-19–associated hospitalization and the majority of persons hospitalized with COVID-19 have underlying medical conditions.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm

Stanford Medicine says COVID-19 hospitalizations among children likely over counted.

https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2021/05/covid-19-hospitalizations-among-kids-likely-overcounted.html

And on and on it goes. Even using their own data, these agencies cannot justify some of the completely misplaced emergency measures to date.

Waiting for the. 2+2=5 Science Guy to pontificate on a the absolute need to subject everyone to an EUA medicine where emergencies do not exist. All based on sound data that is never produced. The essays are entertaining nevertheless.

Japan by all means needs to refine and define the state of emergency. One reasonable suggestion is to target the elderly, overweight, and community already suffering from one or more high risk disease. And make an attempt to protect them first.

For the healthy majority and the young, there is no emergency. There is only rampant “covidiocy” from our governments as they blow away what’s left of their credibility.

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Waiting for the. 2+2=5 Science Guy to pontificate on a the absolute need to subject everyone to an EUA medicine where emergencies do not exist. All based on sound data that is never produced. The essays are entertaining nevertheless.

Still waiting for you to justify taking out of parents the choice to vaccinate their kids when they have preexisting conditions that can make the infection lethal with high probability. You keep ignoring this very obvious problem as well as the false accusations you make without being able to prove.

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Still waiting for you to justify taking out of parents the choice to vaccinate their kids when they have preexisting conditions that can make the infection lethal with high probability.

And according to the Japan figures: Just how lethal is it to those kids after almost 18 months? Does “zero” sound like high probability or does it sound like actual to you? Real data.

So as a parent, I am blindly expected to subject my kids to an experimental EUA drug that has already caused dangerous and unexpected side effects in some . As you have recently learned, that’s why these drugs are classified Investigational / Experimental.

2+2=5. Right?

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

And according to the Japan figures: Just how lethal is it to those kids after almost 18 months? Does “zero” sound like high probability or does it sound like actual to you? Real data.

Again, you want to take out the option for parents that have taken a lot of measures to keep their children uninfected and that could breath much more easily after a vaccine. How is the data accounting for lethality rates on those children that have definetely not been infected?

So as a parent, I am blindly expected to subject my kids to an experimental EUA drug that has already caused dangerous and unexpected side effects in some .

You seem terribly confused about an EUA, it does absolutely nothing to make you do anything, it lets you do it if you want. And parents with children with preexisting conditions that can make respiratory infections lethal defenetely want to have that option. Even if approved you would be exactly as free as now to not vaccinate at all, but they would get that option to protect their children from very real dangers.

So, once again, how do you justify taking out that option for them? because you don't want to do something you also want them to be unable to do it? even with perfectly valid reasons to do it?

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What if a parent, or anyone else, wants ivermectin or HCQ+azithromycin. Shouldn't they be allowed to get it?

Since HCQ with or without azithromycin has been thoroughly demonstrated as completely useless by science it would not be a valid choice and ethically doctors are required to stop the parents from subjecting the patient to risks from the drug that are not offset with at least some efficacy. Ivermectin would be a more complicated choice because definitive results are not yet reached, so it would be needed to include the child in a clinical trial under the criteria of medical professionals until the science is settled on their use, the experience of its use in Brazil heavily indicates it is not as useful as many want to think.

BTW, when did Doc say anything against giving a child the vaccine if they have one of those preexisting conditions?

By his own words "justify the Emergency for the respective demographic in question - the younger people."

Since younger people can also have preexisting conditions the EUA it is justified to be able to immunize them, if for him this is not a justification and keep insisting on the lack of need for it, it means he is against the children that need the vaccine receiving it because the vaccine would not be approved for their use..

If people were better informed by honest unbiased media, no parent would ever want to subject their healthy child to any of these risky investigational vaccines.

Forget the media, there is absolutely no need to depend on it to make informed decisions, consulting with the experts and professionals that have the responsibility of being informed with actually primary sources (or consult them directly if the person have the capability to do it) is always better, That way the person will be at a much lesser danger of being mislead by people that like to misrepresent the science and lie about it.

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By his own words "justify the Emergency for the respective demographic in question - the younger people."

Please refrain from adding your interpretation to what I have repeatedly made clear. We’ve seen enough of that.

It’s quite clear :

There is NO Emergency in the 0 to 20 yr demographic , regardless of preconditions. Covid-19 has not any significant impact on this demographic. Period. That’s what the data clearly states.

For most of the population, the measures that have been taken to date have been unjustified. Because an EUA medicine should not be deployed where there is no emergency.

The small minority at risk from Covid-19 should have theses vaccines made available to them ASAP. And it’s 100% their choice to receive them.

Those are my words. And I prefer not to have another party of limited capacity and understanding to interpret them otherwise.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Please refrain from adding your interpretation to what I have repeatedly made clear. We’ve seen enough of that.

There is no other interpretation. If you are against the EUA then the parents of children that have preexisting conditions and problems that make the COVID infection a real danger for their lives are left without the option of protecting them. There is no other conclusion. You want that to happen and have not justified it any other reason but that you don't want to do it yourself, which of course is not a valid one.

The small minority at risk from Covid-19 should have theses vaccines made available to them ASAP. And it’s 100% their choice to receive them.

That is better, recognizing for the first time your mistake is a great first step, since this is a perfectly valid reason for an EAU for the children that are at risk you yourself have justified that it is done. Still remaining is for you to provide proof I said the mRNA vaccine do not enter the blood stream.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Do Not Panic!!!!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Waiting for the. 2+2=5 Science Guy to pontificate on a the absolute need to subject everyone to an EUA medicine where emergencies do not exist. All based on sound data that is never produced. The essays are entertaining nevertheless.

Still waiting for you to justify taking out of parents the choice to vaccinate their kids when they have preexisting conditions that can make the infection lethal with high probability. You keep ignoring this very obvious problem as well as the false accusations you make without being able to prove.

When did Doc say anything against giving a child the vaccine if they have one of those preexisting conditions?

If people were better informed by honest unbiased media, no parent would ever want to subject their healthy child to any of these risky investigational vaccines.

If the Japanese government really wanted to reduce deaths and permanently get rid of these SOEs, they should not limit themselves to only offer vaccines, but also offer the option of using certain very safe and effective meds.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

When did Doc say anything against giving a child the vaccine if they have one of those preexisting conditions?

Read the previous response, without an EUA for children there is no possibility for any patient with preexisting conditions to be vaccinated if it is younger than 18yo, in his last post he corrected his position and now he is fine with people with preexisting conditions to have the vaccine as soon as possible, which obviously means he is now on the side of having an EUA for chidren (else they would not be able to have it).

If people were better informed by honest unbiased media, no parent would ever want to subject their healthy child to any of these risky investigational vaccines.

You keep giving too much importance to the media, forget about it, people should be getting their information directly from primary sources if they have the capacity to use them or from qualified professionals that understand the consensus of science and act accordingly.

There are no safe and effective drugs for COVID (as confirmed scientifically) that are not available for treatment in Japan, the only ones not available are those that are still in study or those that have been already discarded as useless against COVID like HCQ.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

In areas under the quasi-emergency, the government plans to continue requiring eateries to shorten their opening hours 

That is such a stupid rule. Does none of the bureaucrats realize that by squeezing people into shorter hours, all they is decrease social distancing??

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virusrex

You keep giving too much importance to the media, forget about it, people should be getting their information directly from primary sources if they have the capacity to use them or from qualified professionals that understand the consensus of science and act accordingly.

Science is not government by "consensus". And your "qualified professionals" are just the ones you choose to believe, while ignoring dissidents with equal qualifications.

Science advances by open communication, not by censorship.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Science is not government by "consensus". And your "qualified professionals" are just the ones you choose to believe, while ignoring dissidents with equal qualifications.

Science advances by open communication, not by censorship.

Science is led by consensus. For instant, the overwhelming majority of scientist agree that global warming exists because of the overwhelming evidence. Those that disagree add usually fringe scientists who make unsupported claims.

You don’t have to like facts, but you not liking facts is not going to make them go away.

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