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Suggesting optimism?

Lifting the so-called state of emergency?

Just in time for those elections to make him and his party look oh so great!

They should've had better plans to fight the infection from the beginning.

Everything was too little, too late ..... but who am I to judge.

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But Tamura said the restrictions on people's lives will not be lifted in one go.

What the hell does that mean?

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Restrictions will not be lifted in one go

its pretty simple. It means we’re going back to “man-en boshi” for a while first. Quasi measures. Bars and restaurants will be able to serve alcohol, stay open a bit later than 8pm (I know, I know, a lot have not adhered to this but to get govt assistance you had to follow the govt guidelines). Limits on capacity at stadiums, theaters will be eased. In other words they won’t just toss out all the countermeasures at once like they do in the US then see a terrible rebound. Despite what many here think the Japanese for the most part are taking a sensible and cautious approach. Keep those masks on!

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Worst collection of governments the world has ever seen. All orchestrated moves to come out of this nightmare , and exit over the top restrictions the world now realizes were completely unnecessary. They disgust me with their cowardice. Every small business in the world, as well as all protectors, admirers of freedom, should send this lot to something equivalent to The Hague

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Yeah Suga what ever just hurry up and leave..

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Suga suggests optimism for lifting state of emergency

The magic eightball says: All signs point to yes! And just in time for the elections!

There is a great comic, absurdist novel yet to be written about Japanese postwar politics and the LDP.

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Well covid case numbers are well down and vaccine numbers well up, so the plan is working. The more people are vaccinated the better society will be, so yes lift those curbs and let's live

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So we've had "considering" then "leaning towards" and now optimism....

I think we can count on the SOE being lifted!

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Can someone explain why the Japanese people are subject to "state of emergency" as well as travel bans from other countries?

Japan has reported about 3,000 new cases per day, in a population of about 125 million. By contrast the USA, population 330 million reports over 300,000 new cases per day, with few, if any, restrictions on foreign travel and no states of emergency.

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It's been widely reported that Tokyo's number are falling because the non-vaccinated have finally got the message and stayed at home during the recent public holidays.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/09/26/national/tokyo-unvaccinated-covid-wave/

As soon as the SOE is lifted the numbers will increase again.

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Daniel san look at deaths in US vs deaths in Japan. Answer may be there

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Just open the bloomin pubs already

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Just looking at Suga has drained all the optimism he was trying to convey.

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".....As the fifth wave of infections this summer strained the country's medical system and forced many people to recuperate at home...."

It didn't FORCE people to recuperate at home, that's what most people SHOULD be doing!! There's no need for most people to go to the hospital and be kept in. Recovering at home is the NORMAL way.....what a load of old guff.

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I was up in Ueno Amyoko yesterday and the street bars were doing a roaring trade....brilliant to enjoy a beer with my lunch.

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Open up and move on!

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i thought the he left already?

hmmmm

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Phony SOE. Phony response from a phony leader for a phony problem.

-8 ( +6 / -14 )

I trust Suga was immediately taken away to commence his two week quarantine, like his government are ordering everyone else to do.

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Olympics are gone now, they can say whatever they want now. No one left to impress

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t's been widely reported that Tokyo's number are falling because the non-vaccinated have finally got the message and stayed at home during the recent public holidays.

Well, I don’t think so. Why should they stay home ?

The one who rushed for a vaccine were the most scared and were the one who for one and an half year stayed mostly home. And suddenly come out.

I am not vaccinated yet and never stayed home

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Both politics and science says lift the SOE. Multiple tools exist to effectively deal with COVID.

But the allure of mandates and restrictions is not something leaders easily relinquish. Just look at how Australia is abusing its citizens, though that is an extreme example.

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Majority of bars are restaurants were not obeying the curbing request. The covid numbers have been falling drastically though human mobility rate has remained high during the SOE. The SOE efficacy is now questioned. Experts/SOE proponents must review and account for the phenomenon. We shouldn't repeat it for the next wave(s).

Japan has reported about 3,000 new cases per day, in a population of about 125 million. By contrast the USA, population 330 million reports over 300,000 new cases per day, with few, if any, restrictions on foreign travel and no states of emergency.

Following up, more than 2,000 new daily deaths for US in comparison to 21 for Japan yesterday. As for vaccination rates, Japan has already outpaced the US. I prefer cautious reopening on the borders, though.

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State of Emergency?? What State of Emergency?

Nobody has been paying attention to this since the second one.

They tell everybody to stay home and only go out for essentials however Suga still travels the world.

His Cabinet still goes out and Wine & Dine with other companies into the late hours.

They allow their friends to come and go to Japan with no quarantine and they even party with them.

The only reason for the uptick in viruses was the Olympics. Over 850 from the Olympics brought it here and were allowed to roam Japan as they pleased.

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The witless fools who contest protocols and inoculation act as a disease vector. The need to assert one's individual 'rights' above the common good is a very 'western' phenomena and reflects gross ignorance of the existent culture. It causes obvious concerns with the lifting of fairly liberal mandates aka the state of emergency. Which, in spite of anecdotal accounts is followed by a majority who tend towards norms of social responsibility.

As for Suga, his Mary Poppins act has worn thin - he fails to hew to science and is no more than a political weathervane - any way the political wind blows, so he goes or whatever is advantageous.

The next six months are crucial to tamping down and reducing the spread of SARSCoV-2. The possibility of a springtime devoid of the virus depends on booster shots and keeping a modicum of protocols in place over the winter. his rests on active government agency.

Another factor will be the policies toward foreign tourists, primarily Chinese and Americans. Suga, Abe and their cronies created an infrastructure based on industrial tourism from abroad. Which neglects local economies and does little for so-called regional economies. Domestic tourism is key to the recovery for independent business and local economies. Suga represents the opposite.

A return to an influx of Chinese, headed to drugstores to load-up and over-taxing public space is not a 'vision' for any means of success. The impingement of foreign tourism, Chinese-style, on local and regional cultures generates myriad adverse impacts and a shift towards accommodating a model of behavior and economic interaction that is anti-democratic and undermines what is of value in Japanese culture. One of the primary candidates for prime minister, following Suga advocates such a model.

The contagion, one may recall, arrived from China, on a boat, an airline and a bus via tourists. Winter of 2020, January on a shuttle bus between Tokyo and Osaka, with a side rip to Nara, loaded with tourists from Wuhan, China, spread the virus to the driver and tour guide. Another was a tourist returning from Wuhan. Add to that the Diamond Princess.

Beyond the reduction in tourists from mainland Asia - the cancellation of festivals, concerts and holidays, which are not dependent on foreign tourists, grossly impacted a large sector of the economy. This completely ignored by Suga and the wizards in his cabinet and the current legislature.

Japan, however oddly, without any genuine leadership from Suga or the central government, with a mere pittance of direct aid, in spite of cockamamie events like GoToTravel & the Olympics, has dealt with the virus adequately, which is testament to certain elements of culture. Japan has been ranked 25th in terms of adverse impacts due to SARSCoV-2. Though hospitals were strained, they were never overwhelmed. Failures were at the top, Suga, his cabinet and the ruling party - the inability to purchase and distribute vaccines was an abject failure of the Suga government.

Why would anyone listen to Suga. He is just whistling in the wind.

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Not very nice photo. How often these guys iron their suits?

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Funny how the numbers were in the thousands while the sports carnivals were on but in the hundreds either side of it. Japanese passive aggression at it's finest.

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Why are official decisions here based on optimism or pessimism and not on the real situation, the voice of experts, calculations, statistics? Or, what about just being realistic or, even being completely stupid, looking at previous developments abroad?

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Why are official decisions here based on optimism or pessimism and not on the real situation, the voice of experts, calculations, statistics?

From the article: "the number of new cases in Japan has dropped to about 3,000 a day from about 25,000 at one point". Real situation, statistics enough?

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@Richard Gallagher

Excellent summary!

I remember watching Aso and Abe smirking in the Diet when being quizzed by the opposition on the out of control mass Chinese tourism-people couldn’t hire buses due to mass bookings by overseas groups-they had no answer to the congestion in cities like Kyoto where public transport was impossible to board.

They also had no idea whatsoever to halt the spread of the virus.

It is down to some other fact than ‘governance’ that Japan did not and has not suffered mass fatalities.

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After just over a year on the job did Suga already achieve to join ranks with the worst PMs in History. No, really, this is an achievement in itself.

By this week Wednesday he'll be an ex-party leader and ex-PM. Good riddance.

Now, why would anybody, here in Japan or abroad (AUKUS, anyone) want to listen or even have a chitchat with a PM over his expiration-date? Until the end Suga managed to be a complete waste of air to everybody.

Not that anybody is looking forward to the next joker, but no, frankly, good riddance Suga. Don't even bother to participate in the upcoming GE. We saw enough of you.

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Just finishing the latest and highest peak of new cases, and it remains to be seen if there will be another wave of cases. The states of emergency, being rather loose conglomerations of odd restrictions, may or may not have been of use. We’ll see, but if one supports them, then waiting for a period of few cases for a bit would make more sense.

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Until the end Suga managed to be a complete waste of air to everybody.

Well, not exactly blue. He did exactly what he was supposed to do. Preside over the Olympics and take the flak for it while protecting the political blue bloods. He'll be given a VERY nice pension and retire in a lap of luxury from our taxes.

Not bad for a strawberry farmer from Tochigi.

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