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Tokyo to pay more to businesses that remain closed until May 31

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Before the Olympics was postponed she did not care

23 ( +29 / -6 )

Let Koike become the next prime minister of Japan. Abe is tired and he was slow in taking actions against the outbreak of coronavirus.

-16 ( +7 / -23 )

Let Koike become the next prime minister of Japan.

How? Really folks need to be realistic here. Also, be careful for what you wish for, Koike is not all that different than Abe, outside of her being a woman. Politically she is cut from the EXACT same cloth!

22 ( +25 / -3 )

Why not(like many other countries have done) extend unemployment compensation to gig, contract and PT workers ? This seems the largest cohort that is falling through the gaps and endangers any plan for an effective response going forward.

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So, will any of this money be forwarded to the workers? Or, is it just a cash handout to be pocketed by the owners?

it seems quite typical of Japan that the companies get financial support and the workers get nothing.

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Let Koike become the next prime minister of Japan. Abe is tired and he was slow in taking actions against the outbreak of coronavirus."

Indeed, Abe will follow what Koike is doing but first he needs to dither and procrastinate for about a week or two before being pushed into offering some more financial assistance. The central govt lack of leadership through this whole thing is beyond ridiculous.

The Tokyo government confirmed 58 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, coming below 100 for the third straight day, showing a sign of declining trend"

Yeah...sure , the low numbers this week have absolutely nothing at all to do with reduced testing / sample analysis over the Golden week.

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It seems Abe is very incapable to corona crisis and can't do anything better so governors stand up and can't stop supporting their citizens as much as they can.

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Note the language: Tokyo will pay. When? I dare say never. No one I know has received any of the "Abe-masks" and apparently that program has been canceled. I heard that the ¥100,000 promised to the all people is caught in a Catch-22: sure the national government will reimburse local governments for distributing the money but local governments simply do not have that kind of money. Case-in-point: Tomakomai has approximately 120,000 people who qualify for this program. That means the city would have to pay US$120 million. No chance of that. Meanwhile people who will never lose a dime of salary are telling those to "cooperate and be patient." The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (formerly known as the Democratic Party of Japan) was given the boot after the Tohoku disaster even though the policies that contributed to the nuclear meltdown were put in place by the LDP. Perhaps after this Corona virus subsides it's time to get rid of the LDP for while...

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The company's will get the money and the workers no pay and asked to stay on so that the company can show the government that they have employees....They employee gets screwed.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

How about you stop talking about what you're THINKING of paying, and start paying. The promise was to have aid out quickly in May.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

500,000 JPY is not enough for a single business owner, but it is a help greatly appreciated.

Many with their staff are scrapping by and following the government request and I underline request, but the financial damages and sacrifices must be better rewarded, like tax cuts, and aid when the day after arrives.

Support Your Local Businesses People.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Yuriko for PM.

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Christopher Glen: "Before the Olympics was postponed she did not care"

Bingo! She still doesn't care now. It's just a show for the cameras and a butt-saving process for later. Once the Olympics are either finished or cancelled completely she'll run for PM, proclaiming that she did all she could (deflecting questions about the Olympics) during the pandemic.

Anyway, where is the tea-cozy she usually wears on her face for photo ops?

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Why is it that the media continues to make a fool out of us by not mentioning the number of test subjects when updating daily new cases? Our view would be totally different if 58 people took the test and 58 people came out infected.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Got no 2 dirty masks, no ¥100000, my rent for my closed business increased by 20%, and my tax money goes to Tokyo businesses. Sounds terrible.

but on the plus side, I’m not imprisoned in my house, I can drive or take a train anywhere, all local restaurants are open.

i guess it is swings and roundabouts. I shouldn’t complain. BBQ with friends last night. Lunch cafe and beach today.

problem is...no job, no money. I think Tokyo businesses won’t get money. Here in Kansai it is nothing but minus money everyday. I support local businesses but I can only spend 20% as before.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

I quite like her tea cosies, resmembled being cut from an upmarket brassiere two days ago. Style!

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500,000 wouldn't cover rent for some business for a month before wages and other outgoings, then where does the living costs come from? Has anyone managed to get their 100,000yen yet? Or their masks yet?

These talking heads have no idea about the reality of the real world they are so detached living in their crystal bubbles their wages and lifestyle has not been touched nor have they been affected by any of this !

Pathetic, weak, immoral, dirty, corrupt and disgusting politicians completely detached from the real world.

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Let Koike become the next prime minister of Japan. Abe is tired and he was slow in taking actions against the outbreak of coronavirus.

She is a fully fledged member of Nippon Kaigi

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Best of a bad bunch springs to mind. Being the Tokyo Governor is nothing compared to the PM. Abe is getting ready to jump ship. Governor of Osaka, Yoshimura is better IMO.

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The ratio of confirmed to tested number of people in Tokyo had decreased during the past weeks approximately from 60% to less than 40%, but during the past few days, it rebounded to more than 40%, according to the chart I made for myself:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49861408611_14522f11f1_b.jpg (by May 3)

The ratio (blue) and the number of tested people (red) in a 7-day moving average compiled from https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/

The ratio of Tokyo (40%) is higher than S. Korea in its peak days (1-6%) by a factor of 10. In S. Korea, it peaked at 6% on Feb 29, but thereafter dropped below 1%. Long way to go to a level less than 1%.

Some Japanese media claims that the ratio greater 40% is a fake news, but my figure shows that it is not. Disinformation and censorship is widespread in Japanese media. For example:

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/article?a=20200506-00060411-jbpressz-soci

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The cure is far worse than the disease. More people will die as a consequence of the depression than from the virus.

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@SJ

Thank you for the information/confirmation.

Ratio of positives to number of tests here in Japan should be expected to be a lot higher than in many countries.

Here in Japan the guidelines for testing is very stringent so only the most likely cases are tested.

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@ vanityofvanitiesToday  07:06 am JST

Let Koike become the next prime minister of Japan. Abe is tired and he was slow in taking actions against the outbreak of coronavirus.

if she did become pm Japan would not change one bit as they are of the same ilk. Also both members of the old Japanese conference group!

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I can't believe she's not wearing a mask at this press conference.

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Let Koike become the next prime minister of Japan. Abe is tired and he was slow in taking actions against the outbreak of coronavirus.

Makes no sense, as she is the female face of Abe. Same concept, same direction.

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Before the Olympics was postponed she did not care

This right here should be emblazoned on all the TV chirons.

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Here in Japan the guidelines for testing is very stringent so only the most likely cases are tested.

Very stringent? No, it's called pathetic. When tests ignore 80% of people who are asymptomatic PLUS those who are mildly symptomatic, that's not stringent. Every other country is stringent except Japan.

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Check out this YouTube video, Amazing Grace, Music by Andrea Bocelli music for hope. in memory of the pandemic victims.

Hope you like it.

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The Tokyo government confirmed 58 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, coming below 100 for the third straight day, showing a sign of declining trend.

I feel good.

Heaft comforting result.

What a joke. Tokyo has nevet done up to 500 test a day and until it is doing 5000-10000 test a day the results cannot be taken seriously.

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And the money just pops out thin air. Leaps towards neo-feudalism!

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500,000 JPY is not enough for a single business owner, but it is a help greatly appreciated.

That will depend on the business. My mother in law runs a neighbourhood coffee shop and 500,000 yen is way more than her monthly takings, never mind her monthly profit. I don't think she even makes a profit. I wonder what the rules for receiving the money will be. For anyone employing numerous staff, a 500,000 cap is very low.

The biggest problems with a lack of testing and the most flagrant ignoring of social distancing, the hanami at Ueno Park and the K-1, happened in Tokyo, so I can't see how Koike comes out of this with any credit. She called for the national emergency to be extended the other day, which I think was an attempt to deflect attention away from Tokyo. She has no jurisdiction and no knowledge of other parts of the country.

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I went to the Shiyakusho/City Office today and yesterday to check up on when they will start giving the ¥100,000 on behalf of family members and friends that own restaurants for the ¥500,000.

They were closed.

Needless to say, I was shocked.

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 went to the Shiyakusho/City Office today and yesterday to check up on when they will start giving the ¥100,000 on behalf of family members and friends that own restaurants for the ¥500,000. 

They were closed.

Needless to say, I was shocked.

Why? Today and yesterday are national holidays.

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And what about all those freelancers that have lost the contracts and jobs so far? Why their job is valued just like anybody staying home?

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@Roger Jolly

Freelancers can apply for up to one million yen from the central government.

The calculation is april this year-50%earning month this year ×12

I have lost 700,000 march/april/may but get a million yen.

Doesnt make sense but its money to help friends in need

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Freelancers can apply for up to one million yen from the central government.

Sorry if I didn't follow everything but, where exactly? Do you have a link with that info perhaps?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

https://www.jizokuka-kyufu.jp

As long as you paid tax last year and submited your tax documents this year for 2019 you are eligible.

It takes two weeks to get the money

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https://www.jizokuka-kyufu.jp

Thanks for this link. It sounds too good to be true, but if you're incorporated, it's two million yen, all based on a drop in a corresponding month's income by 50%. Many freelancers' work comes in waves, so it won't be difficult for many to find a single calendar month where there was a 50% fall, because that can easily happen in ordinary times. My month billings are all over the place. If this scheme is running for all of 2020, it's an open invitation to rearrange by-month billing and filing to make it happen.

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@kohakuebisu

I was surprised too, its great for mid range freelancers and very small companies like myself.

Also local allocations like the tokyo reliefs are separate, so I believe you can get both if you want. I have to research this more though.

There are people who need it more than me for example my niece who has lost her pt job so this means I can help her out too and also reclaim my loses for this season.

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kohakuebisuMay 6 09:38 pm JST

https://www.jizokuka-kyufu.jp

Mrs. Noakes and I are preparing our papers for this at the moment. There's also a video explaining more about it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdbqzYb4r

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Learn to save folks...learn to save.

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