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Still, he stressed the need to keep the economy going while taking precautionary steps against COVID-19 at the same time.

Oh dear…

-3 ( +19 / -22 )

Still, he stressed the need to keep the economy going while taking precautionary steps against COVID-19 at the same time.

Choose one!

-1 ( +24 / -25 )

Wait, what? But, but, everyone is vaccinated.

3 ( +29 / -26 )

"There is no single perfect energy source for resource-scarce Japan," Kishida said, calling for maximum use of nuclear energy to create the "balanced" mix of multiple energy sources

> ….,

Where is Kishida’s plan for the future?

Where is legislation to ensure new homes and apartments are to have a renewable energy mix?

Where are the plans to to cover existing factories, stadiums, schools and office blocks with solar cells?

Where is the investment and the investment breaks to companies able to make lightweight highly efficient solar cells in Japan?

And for companies able to produce solar powered cars?

Still, having more power plants open than not saves on decommissioning fees and the sticky problem of where to put the radioactive fuel which hasn’t been worked out.

Roll on Fukushima #2!

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sakurasukiToday  07:04 am JST

Still, he stressed the need to keep the economy going while taking precautionary steps against COVID-19 at the same time.

Choose one!

EXACTLY.

-4 ( +17 / -21 )

Still, he stressed the need to keep the economy going while taking precautionary steps against COVID-19 at the same time.

That is exactly what the whole world is doing.

Wait, what? But, but, everyone is vaccinated

ね!

The vaccine do not help to bring the cases down. You can give the people 5, 6, 100 booster shots, as long as you do not have a vaccine that really prevent the spread of the virus, which means in reality and not just on data And reports, this vaccine doesn't help anything according the spread of the virus.

Wearing a mask and keeping social distance helps much more to prevent the spread than this vaccine.

The resurgence comes as Japan has been relaxing its border controls

So now we all know who is to blame for the increasing of the virus.

But honestely, just 4 weeks ago we had 3 buisness travelers from Europe here, and one was Corona positiv. Even 4x vaccinated.

He was tested negativ before depature in Europe and got symptoms 1 day after arrival in Japan, took a test and positiv.

He was very surprised because he is 4x vaccinated, but yeah...

1 week quarantine according the rules, no buisness for him with us, left quarantine and went back immediately to the airport to fly back to europe.

His buisness trip was a 1 week quarantine inside a small hotel room with symptoms and 4x vaccinated.

5 ( +28 / -23 )

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that "maximum caution" is warranted as medical experts warn of an "explosive" surge in COVID-19 cases in Japan, but no new restrictions on people's movements are planned for now.

well then, what maximum caution are we talking about if there are no new restrictions?

Just typical words that have no meaning whatsoever.

-13 ( +16 / -29 )

Two more years... meanwhile, the local citizens "Go Out and About " (around the world) as they please.

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The resurgence comes as Japan has been relaxing its border controls that were criticized at home and abroad for being too stringent. Japan still maintains a daily entry cap but has started accepting foreign tourists on package tours.

Love how they don't actually come out and say its the foreigners' fault- which it isn't- but just mention that the surge began when the N Korean style tours began.

Smeh

-5 ( +16 / -21 )

Herd immunity, hand washing and social distancing if possible, healthy lifestyle are the only option.

masks, vaccines and lockdowns have been ineffective, worldwide.

please Kishida, do some research.

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So the government is leaving everything on the population without any support being provided, I guess people should be grateful they are not doing extra damage by promoting travel and crowding like last year.

-9 ( +15 / -24 )

The resurgence comes as Japan has been relaxing its border controls

Absolute garbage. Everyone must be clean before they board a flight paying ¥15000+ for the fun of it. Covid is here already. It's spreading here. Stop writing this trash.

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So the government is leaving everything on the population without any support being provided,

textbook LDP my friend. Textbook LDP

I guess people should be grateful they are not doing extra damage by promoting travel and crowding like last year.

YUP!

-6 ( +11 / -17 )

At this stage who cares anymore ?!!

18 ( +26 / -8 )

Of 10 reactors allowed to operate after meeting the nuclear regulator's safety and anti-terrorism requirements, five are currently in operation, although one of them is due to be halted in September to implement an additional measure against possible terror attacks. The remaining five are offline due to maintenance work or terrorism countermeasures being implemented.

This is scary, after what happened last Friday, security isn't a high priority in Japan obviously, not even for the "law makers".

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Just avoid crowds whenever you can and keep your distance from people as much as you can. Wearing a mask is optional but still a good idea, especially on packed trains. And, wash your hands regularly. The case numbers have soared after Japan lifted all the restrictions and mandatory mask wearing. It is not a coincidence. Covid is here to stay and people have to adjust their lifestyles to avoid catching it. A lot of people still scoff at catching Covid but it is a very serious virus that can have everlasting health effects. The last two years should have taught people how to avoid catching it and the vaccinations should keep most people out of hospital.Stay vigilant people! Complacency is the killer!

3 ( +13 / -10 )

Learn to live with it!

it ain’t never going away.

3 times vaccinated is enough

yada yada yada

shouganai, a common cold at this point! Let’s get the economy fully opened up! And stupid people who don’t wear their masks on the train should at least show respect but really

mo ii! Life begins from today live it up!

3 ( +18 / -15 )

Foreign tourists on package tours

I think they mean to say packaged foreigners on tour

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State of Emergency DLC

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the government will accelerate the vaccination drive, with about 8 million health care and nursing care workers targeted for fourth shots.

Is this planned, rapid inoculations of health workers when need is imminent and not in the lull before?

Probably, considering maximum effectiveness lasts only for a limited time.

Or maybe they just relaxed.

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Hang on, people have been vaccinated 3 and 4 times, yet they still wear masks. Don't tell me the aledged vaccine doesn't prevent infection or transmission.

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Insurance companies around the world are reporting all deaths up by 40 percent since 2020. 

All deaths are up by 40% around the world?

And you believe this? Really? Must have been a massive drop in population 2020. You’d think more than a few kooky websites would have noticed.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

no new restrictions on people's movements are planned for now

There may well be another state of emergency at some point, which will do nothing but appease the hysteric.

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I don't know where I'm going but, I sure know where I've been, Here I Go Again.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

This is like saying "don't get wet because it's raining..."

11 ( +12 / -1 )

Ya don’t say Sherlock!

From my knowledge he only had one body guard and I guess that’s the guy who puts himself and a bulletproof briefcase between Abe and the assassin just as the second and fatal shot rings out. The rest of them just react as a normal person would with their fight or flight reflect but they all choose the latter and hide.

more training, logic and protocol needed. Abe should have been train to drop to the floor but instead he turned around which was a fatal error.

RIP Abe san, you are no Martyr but didn’t deserve to go out like that.

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Alan BogglesworthToday  07:02 am JST

Still, he stressed the need to keep the economy going while taking precautionary steps against COVID-19 at the same time.

Oh dear…

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sakurasukiToday  07:04 am JST

Still, he stressed the need to keep the economy going while taking precautionary steps against COVID-19 at the same time.

Choose one!

He did. He chose one statement.

This is classic, and I mean perfectly classic of the japanese psyche.

State two completely opposing subjects/topics at the same time and expect it to be done.

Classic. Just pure classic japanese thinking.

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No quasi SOE yet but he is softening the stance for when the numbers go through the roof. They will have to be seen to doing something and that is all they know. I hope they forego the increased border restrictions though

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Good I didn't take my first shot yet seems like unnecessary thing.

5 ( +12 / -7 )

Going back to where we started.

seems I haven’t missed a thing by not getting vaccinated.

5 ( +13 / -8 )

This is like saying "don't get wet because it's raining..."

"If you're tired, pull over. If you're hungry, eat something!"

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Good I didn't take my first shot yet seems like unnecessary thing.

Not necessary but to the many who have died maybe it could have helped

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

why doesn't Japan dispel the cold-onsen myth and start harnessing its rich geothermal resource for electricity production......using the technology developed here and sold to Iceland for that very purpose?!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

well this "new" government have no plan whatsoever.

no change at all as expected-this is outcome from last elections.

face masks cant stop covid,vaccines cant stop covid.

take care everyone as gov have no support plans for you at all.

there is proverb in my country applies in Japan too-help yourself and also God will help you right after that.

accept covid as reality of these days without any panic or stress.once infected just go through it.there is nothing else you can do about.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

People still scoff at catching covid but it is a very serious virus that can have everlasting health effects

Yes for some people it has been serious...but however i would like to point out the undeniable fact that covid 19 infections haven't existed long enough to evaluate the everlasting health effects /long term health effects and neither have the vaccines either.

So to say covid 19 has everlasting health effects isn't a valid statement.

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Good I didn't take my first shot yet seems like unnecessary thing.

Not if you catch it and get severe symptoms or die. Plenty of those people well documented in the USA pleading for a vaccine in the days/hours before they died. (One was my friend, left 3 teenage boys fatherless)

The vaccines now greatly help reduce the symptoms and more importantly reduces the burden on a heavily strained healthcare system. That is what it is about all along… stopping the collapse of essential workers. Look at what is happening to air travel in the USA and Europe as a huge percentage of pilots and crew are sick and can’t work.

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

Wearing a mask and keeping social distance helps much more to prevent the spread than this vaccine.

Yes...that's why Japan has been covid free for the last 2.5 years...oh wait...

The vaccine IS useful......it was never meant to STOP spread, it was meant to reduce the suffering of the symptoms to cold and flu status for EVEN more people....and it has done that very successfully. If they keep reporting case numbers, which are meaningless, then ridiculous anti-science nonsense will continue to be perpetrated by people like yourself. I don't think science is demanding more booster shots....that sounds like politician's idea, ticky-box politics that Japan is master at. But the vaccines DO HAVE A VERY POSITIVE EFFECT. It keeps illness to to a tolerable inconvenience. Now if Japan could stop hospitalising anyone who is 50 or over who tests positive, whether they require it or not, then that will also help solve the supposed "bed shortage"

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State of emergency

What ? Here in Japan.

State of dithering incompetence of safety measures riddled with double standards

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I'm double-vaxxed and boosted, and I seem to be the only person I know who hasn't caught this yet.

I did have a very strong reaction to my second shot, but since then, nothing. Everyone else in my hose has had it at least once, and I'm struggling to understand why I've got away with it.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

But but they said the vaccines would work!

Clearly the vaccines are useless. But watch the sheep role up their sleeves for a fourth or even fifth round of poison jabs!

No other vaccine in history has been required this much in so little time and been so ineffective.

Go ahead lefties, begin the thumbs down.

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The vast majority of the world aren't against "it" but where is the voice of this majority? They don't feel the need to spill their guts.

so nearly every vaccinated public figure that catches COVID doesnt immediately credit the vaccine and push everyone else to get it? get vaccinated! wear a mask! 

Do what I did! so that you dont get COVID! .....like I did.... makes no sense, wouldnt I want to do something different than they did?

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Concern raise next level. Change keyboard from yellow to red color. Have no smiling face outside, no funny. Double mask sure!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

So to say covid 19 has everlasting health effects isn't a valid statement.

Maybe but that is not what you quoted is saying :

People still scoff at catching covid but it is a very serious virus that can have everlasting health effects

Anyway it does have an everlasting health effect if you consider death a health effect

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

They just can't stop telling people

I think it's not so much to try to convince people than reassuring themselves.

They have a need to continually convince themselves that's is why they continuously waste their time scouring the internet to look for new information to prop up their beliefs.

They already know more than enough no need to look for more unless it's to find out if they are in fact mistaken

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Maximum Caution. That would be a great name if they bring in a Japanese Marvel superhero.

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Maximum Caution. That would be a great name if they bring in a Japanese Marvel superhero.

What came to mind was the total opposite of that. Is strike force morituri marvel?

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Japan should register itself as a developing country for any international relief support against super inflation.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

I had two shots, in the belief that things would get back to normal.......but nope,......now they want me to have a third shot and eventually, no doubt, a 4th..... not going to happen. No way am I going to be taking jabs like that for the rest of my life!

Reality can be a bitch!

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Preventing Covid spread is like herding cats...

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Still everyone stubbornly not willing to see it? Only ZeroCovid is good Covid.

-16 ( +1 / -17 )

Day in and day out it is all the same story. And people expect different result? It didn’t work for the previous 6 waves so why would it work now? Why are we in a never ending loop of madness.

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We have become so fixated on Covid when it is almost inevitable that it will behave like any other endemic virus (flu?) and mutate and throw up new variants that will make old vaccines and all the other silly "safety measures" essentially redundant. We never used to go crazy like this when we had previous spikes in flu or whatever.

Sure it was an unknown but now we know mortality and how to treat it, surely time to stop this fixation on cases etc.

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Looks like the hysteria will never end, despite the great strides made in treating the Rona.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Wash your dang hands and stop coughing and sneezing without covering your face. It sounds weird but the news here actually had to show and give diagrams on how to cough and sneeze politely to Japanese people earlier in the pandemic since no one (middle age men) do it. Not to mention just splashing some water on their hands after taking a poo

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I think there’s an argument that masks actually make things worse. People constantly touch them, pull them down hundreds of times a day (especially children). Unless their hands are kept constantly clean with soap or alcohol then the virus will inevitably be transferred from hand to mouth, etc. As the virus evolves to be more transmissible then masks (unless professionally used) will be next to useless.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

masks, vaccines and lockdowns have been ineffective, worldwide.

This is laughably provably false. Masks and vaccination have been repeatedly proven to reduce, but not eliminate the risk of transmission as we see here in Japan. Fewer transmissions = less illness = fewer hospitalizations = less death.

There WAS a time when lockdowns were a good idea. Back before we had vaccines or effective therapeutics. But this is now not then and lockdowns are no longer desirable or necessary.

But the idea that because neither masks nor vaccines are 100% effective in preventing transmission means that they are ineffective or unnecessary is the mark of a simpleton.

I mean, grade school kids get this idea. Why can't you?

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@sakurasuki

Choose one!

You have to balance the interests of your country vs the interest of the globalists’ agenda. The globalists’ agenda is to destroy the world’s economy to usher in their Great Reset New World Order one world government agenda. That is why you cannot make an outright choice.

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They need to start writing the international level of danger chart.

They already have a bunch of quasi-actions.

Endless amounts of urging and asking.

I've seen a few possibilities of such and such.

AND

Now we have maximum caution.

I'm not sure which of these rankings is the more stern of the listings and which is the least terrifying.

Maybe they should add some "maybes" and "I'm not sures" into the mix as well. Keep it complicated.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

The corona coaster continues.

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Gillislow Tier

the news here actually had to show and give diagrams on how to cough and sneeze politely to Japanese people earlier in the pandemic since no one (middle age men) do it. Not to mention just splashing some water on their hands after taking a poo

Although it sounds strange, it might be worth revising this kind of PSA. The oyajis in my office, who are dedicated to the mask-beneath-nose protocol, are still firmly in favor of the magic momentary-sprinkle in-cold-water school of virus elimination, with not a glance given to the soap or ethanol dispensers.

It turned out to be more realpolitik to pretend it wasn't happening than to risk their losing face by having to remind them of the basic hygiene I was taught at age 2.

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Meanwhile in the name of maximum caution. although the national Go To Travel campaign has not been implemented, the local prefectures around me have extended their own very generous travel campaigns ( Half price hotels PLUS some real shopping coupons) till the end of August!

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Almost certainly nothing to do with those foreign tourists entering Japan in tiny numbers.

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I am currently at Tokyo dome for the baseball game. There are thousands of people having a party, eating hamburgers, laughing and connecting with others. They are happy and healthy. Please think about the fear the media and Government want you to be placed under. Getting on with your life is the best revenge for beating covid.

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They are happy and healthy

The sick ones are at home.

It would take 3 to 5 days to the virus to show up.

Wait for it, you got manny tickets on that lottery.

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Speaking at a press conference, Kishida said the government will accelerate the vaccination drive, with about 8 million health care and nursing care workers targeted for fourth shots.

Accelerate a vaccination drive for a vaccine that is barely effective against the current variant?

How about develop a vaccine that is designed to provide protection against this variant?

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taking precautionary steps against COVID-19

Nope, that's not going to happen. No power on earth will make me wear a mask again.

 health care and nursing care workers targeted for fourth shots

What for? You get the shot but you are still expected to wear a mask, social distance, can get sick and pass the illness, pretty much useless tbh, I'm glad I never fell for it.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

By the way, Greece goes into good direction. They understand that one cannot live the same way as the last 2 and half years

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/greece-announces-new-rules-for-tourists-infected-with-covid/

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No power on earth will make me wear a mask again

You told us you wear one with your customers.

I was in awe at your anti-mask principles.

Do you have otherworldly customers these days?

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

You told us you wear one with your customers.

Perhaps you missed my comment about this in a different article: I no longer visit customers premises I have someone who does that and my business itself has a sign saying masks are optional, surprisingly my business was the first (if someone has a problem with that they can go to the competition Idc) . I wear them only on the Shinkansen as chin guards and on planes until my 'flight-long' coffee is served; I don't wear them on local trains or shops. I don't care about the stares.

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*my business wasn't the first

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Accelerate a vaccination drive for a vaccine that is barely effective against the current variant?

How about develop a vaccine that is designed to provide protection against this variant?

The vaccines are highly effective at protecting people from the worst consequences of the disease, and the best part is that boosting people that are still at risk does nothing to slow down development of other vaccines and it would still protect people in the period where better vaccines are developed.

What for? You get the shot but you are still expected to wear a mask, social distance, can get sick and pass the illness, pretty much useless tbh, I'm glad I never fell for it.

You never fell for the objective and clear information that demonstrate measures are effective reducing transmission? You have the freedom to act irrationally if you want (and accept the consequences, like becoming unable to do certain activities for it) but not to pretend this is a rational decision, the evidence is clear.

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close borders, double masks, stay home!

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

AGREE!,....close borders, double masks, stay home!

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Bob Fosse

Insurance companies around the world are reporting all deaths up by 40 percent since 2020. 

All deaths are up by 40% around the world?

And you believe this? Really? Must have been a massive drop in population 2020. You’d think more than a few kooky websites would have noticed.

The insurance companies reporting deaths up 40% since 2020 is accurate. I have seen several articles on that. WHO even states that there was 14.9 million excess deaths that were directly or indirectly associated with COVID policies. The indirect deaths occurred because of all the shutdowns of hospitals and cutting working staff. People could not get proper medical care for emergencies, comorbidities, and existing conditions they needed.

https://www.who.int/news/item/05-05-2022-14.9-million-excess-deaths-were-associated-with-the-covid-19-pandemic-in-2020-and-2021

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The insurance companies reporting deaths up 40% since 2020 is accurate. I have seen several articles on that.

Yeah, I saw some of those articles too. You should see one of the many articles debunking it as complete nonsense.

WHO even states that there was 14.9 million excess deaths that were directly or indirectly associated with COVID policies.

14.9 million deaths is not a 40% increase in deaths around the world. Obviously.

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Indirect deaths are cause by people refusing a vaccine and mask wearing then load up the hospitals infecting medical staff. The sideline dr googles are all wrong and the medical experts that are employ in the medical industry are right about getting vaccinated and wearing masks.

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@Bob Fosse

14.9 million deaths is not a 40% increase in deaths around the world. Obviously.

The 40% rise in death rates is in the US death rates among working age people – those 18 to 64-years-old – are up 40 percent in the third and fourth quarter of 2021 over pre-pandemic levels. The excess deaths is a factor of deaths labeled with COVID and those who were did not get adequate medical treatment for non-COVID health problems because of the shutdowns. I put the WHO data to show that the shutdowns are not good. The solutions are clearly worse than the problems.

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The 40% rise in death rates is in the US death rates among working age people – those 18 to 64-years-old – are up 40 percent in the third and fourth quarter of 2021 over pre-pandemic levels.

No. No they aren’t.

You are just repeating information from this article which got shared on Facebook and has no data to support it.

https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/insurance-death-rates-working-age-people-up-40-percent

In 2018 very pre- pandemic approx 3.4 million people died in the US.

In 2021 mid-pandemic approx 3.5 million people died in the US.

All the Facebook posts blaming the pandemic on surging suicides, vaccination deaths etc just are not backed up by any reliable data.

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