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Suga rocked by virus rebound in Osaka, forced to call tougher steps

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Japan's failure to sufficiently stem the spread of the coronavirus under a state of emergency

Hmmm, who would have guessed that the toothless SOE would do nothing.

So in response, they institute the equally toothless "priority measures."

When is the world going to wake up to this nonsense?

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Suga was unhappy with Yoshimura's approach as he had publicly advocated the need for the designation. 

PM Suga cares more about his authority and face.

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Relatively mild, but still costly measures have limited results, so they lift them early just to replace them with even milder measures? This looks like giving up on the fight, only slowly so maybe people won't notice.

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You removed the emergency whatever magically thinking the virus would go away, what did you think would happen?

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"It is necessary for people to think 'This is a serious situation,'"

It's a lot of do what I say, but don't do what I do. A big stinking pile of contradiction. Join GoTo. Let's hold the Olympics. No need for testing. Little rush to approve vaccines. Party in Ginza with other ministry employees. But stay home. Work remote. Don't meet anyone. Keep masking. Be fearful.

We are all tired of the pandemic; no need for the added burden of hypocrisy.

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And once again, Okinawa gets kicked to the curb, even though it's infections "per-100,000" is higher than anywhere in Japan, besides Miyagi!

This is the 3rd time that Suga and his government refuses to acknowledge that we have a serious problem down here, and he isnt doing crap to help. Just like his predecessor!

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Suga is a stupid bureaucrat. Nothing more, nothing less. No leadership command at all. The Governer of Osaka should be PM.

Retire old man, your services are no longer required.

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Suga was initially reluctant to designate the coronavirus semi-emergency status...

Is there anything Suga is not " reluctant" to do?....ever since he became PM he just dithers and sits in the fence about pretty much everything...as mentioned above , no leadership skills whatsoever, why become PM when you can't lead, especially in these times ?

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You removed the emergency whatever magically thinking the virus would go away, what did you think would happen?

Exactly.... remember the umpteenths useless Suga pledge at beginning of January ? " I will bring the virus spread under control in 1 month without fail".

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Suga was initially reluctant to designate the coronavirus semi-emergency status to the prefectures of Osaka, neighboring Hyogo and Miyagi in the northeastern region, according to people familiar with his thinking.

Is there a word or phase called "semi-emergency" in English or Japanese? I can read kanji so to me "半緊急" does not make any sense.

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Maybe people can look at it from another angle. Are we naive enough to think that covid can be supressed in mega cities like Tokyo and Osaka? People should be glad that these infestous virus carriers are found.

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Is there a word or phase called "semi-emergency" in English or Japanese? I can read kanji so to me "半緊急" does not make any sense.

Yeah: 中途半端緊急事態宣言

;)

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People, we all know that Suga is not calling the shots. He is the front man for Nikai, who is the real leader. And he, being Nikai only cares about the economy and not having to have to pay businesses and other places to remain closed. It is "their" money after all!

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Japan's failure to sufficiently stem the spread of the coronavirus under a state of emergency has led to an unexpectedly sharp rise in the number of new cases in Osaka,

Osaka cases rise is not due to the government measures, the virus spread is due to people’s behavior. Measures good or not have been implemented at a certain level, but when people do parties, go to crowded restaurants and izakayas, you can not blame the government for that. People are responsible of their own behavior. Many do not care anymore whatever the government does or not.

the rebound is minimal. Japan plays with low numbers

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Osaka cases rise is not due to the government measures

Sure it is, or lack of it, to be precise.

 you can not blame the government for that.

Sure you can.

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The so called leaders have truly shown their lack of capability during the pandemic. It is really sad that we are paying for these bumbling idiots via our taxes. I really do not think that these “leaders” stop and think about what is truly good for their citizens, and imagine themselves in the shoes of the average citizen on the street. I, for one, am not even looking for a Superman to solve the situation, but a leader to at least use common sense, judgement and wisdom to lead the way....

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I wonder at what point the hoi polloi get outraged enough to start making a stink about the lackadaisical out roll of vaccines? So far, the entire burden is being placed on the population. Granted, vaccination programs have not been carried out effectively even in Europe. But what has been the problem? GOVERNMENT! The citizenry should go to the Diet and fart as loudly as possible to show its discontent.

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Japan's failure to sufficiently stem the spread of the coronavirus under a state of emergency has led to an unexpectedly sharp rise in the number of new cases

Well, who would have thunk that? Oh, dur! There was nothing ‘unexpectedly’ about it! It was an easily predicted inevitability!

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What surprises me the most is that, after more than year of this, those in charge still seem to be 'surprised' about the effects of their action - or lack of it, as the case may be. Apparently nothing has been learnt throughout all this.

So let's continue to impose as few restrictions as we can get away with, so as not to affect the economy too much, infringe on people's freedom of movement or endanger the Olympics, to at least bring the numbers down a bit to show that 'everything is under control'. Then when numbers do come down, let's open up again as quickly as possible. Until numbers spike again - inevitably. It's like a yo-yo that will go up and down forever - or at least until they get their act together and get those vaccines into people's arms, and fast. It's the only way out of this pandemic.

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didou you are absolutely correct “don’t blame the government - blame the people.” After all it is the people with their voting that allowing this bunch of dinosaurs to stay in power. Please read bearandrodent

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Strong measures - bars and restaurants close 2 hours earlier....hmmmmm.

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Really? I see many comments here that are absolutely unfair to Japan and her people. Europe and United States, the UK,^and Brazil, these countries are faring far worse than Japan , and yet these countries have been vaccinating, and the results aren't glorious. Just read the news, especially see interviews with doctors and other scientifics, to understand that the vaccines are not what the WHO and EMA are saying at all. Japan does well to wait and see how all this vaccination program in the Occident will develop. Read the websites of Moderna and Pfizer, listen to doctors who are warning the population, and even wrote to the WHO about the danger of this vaccination in mass.

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Old people stay home. Young people go to work. Don’t run around the country with a stupid touch encouraging people to gather in crowds. Close international borders, 2 weeks quarantine for all who enter. Test.

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For Suga these are all boring details spoiling his hour as PM. He just wants to go have his picture taken with Biden. Don’t trouble the poor man with the suffering of the small men.

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For Suga these are all boring details spoiling his hour as PM.

His wife is very good at cooking I’ve heard.

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Could it be that the cherry blossoms are bringing people out onto the streets and causing infections to rise?

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“The Governer of Osaka should be PM”.

The last time someone was touting an Osaka Governor as worthy PM material, it was Herr Hashimoto; notable for his can do schtick and throw away, take no prisoners lines. Be careful what you wish for.

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Could it be that the cherry blossoms are bringing people out onto the streets and causing infections to rise?

Possible, your point being? There is always something going on -- viewing cherry blossoms outside doesn't seem particularly dangerous.

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@ Zoroto

Osaka cases rise is not due to the government measures

Sure it is, or lack of it, to be precise.

 you can not blame the government for that.

Sure you can.

Europe had strict lockdowns and now strict restrictions but the virus is still spreading. Why ?

Because in private people do parties and do not respect the measures. That’s true for most countries.

That is why the government can not do everything . For sure, politics are not exempted as they themselves do to diners.....But at a certain level, it is the people responsibilities. A strict lockdown by Japan would also have been criticized. And it becomes a nanny state, also criticized.

I just see that Japanese are humans and after taking on themselves for a while, with the spring coming , a lot do just want to enjoy, and the government can not do anything for that.

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@Zoroto

And what happens when those slightly inebriated individuals decide to go and eat dinner somewhere?

The number of cases move up...

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And what happens when those slightly inebriated individuals decide to go and eat dinner somewhere?

Sure, I get that. But what happens when slightly inebriated individuals go out during Golden Week, or the summer matsuri season? I guess my point being is that hanami, especially with the restrictions in most popular spots, is not worse than many other things throughout the year.

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@Tanja

Europe and United States, the UK,^and Brazil, these countries are faring far worse than Japan , and yet these countries have been vaccinating, and the results aren't glorious.

And yet the UK has gone from 60,000 new cases a day in January to 3,400 new cases yesterday, and the US from 250,000 to 73,000. Meanwhile the other country you mentioned, Brazil, has been struggling badly with its vaccination rollout and cases have not fallen.

Sounds as though the results of vaccination are glorious.

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The vaccines are effective.

The vast number of cases in the UK (previously) is IMHO down to the great number of Brits that don’t bother with masks.

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Suga is too old, new generation and younger people must ne given to handle country.

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Do you want the last PM back? Looks like this one is the best the system can come up with.

Having been rocked only so slightly so far when will it been done with?

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"He apparently feared such a decision would fan criticism that he was too quick to lift the partial state of emergency, which ended finally in the Tokyo region on March 21 after more than two months."

He was afraid he would be criticized for lifting any prevention measures too quickly, so he waited too long to do anything about it. Sounds about right for Suga. When that guy steps in front of the cameras it looks like he's a kid caught stealing cookies... then he acts like one.

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„rocked by virus rebound“ whoever PM would not.

The biggest vaccine exporter worldwide is India. Time to connect from hereabouts.

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I want to know more about these 'cases' in Osaka

There is a testing point in JR Osaka station where you take a kit home and submit the results. This is not a particularly sound method of assessing epidemic spread

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Time for Osaka to invoke the Wuhan China model of dealing with this deadly virus: Those testing positive for COVID-19 and their families be secured for up to three months in their domiciles (after all the food has been removed and the water/electricity turned off). After which, the authorities can then come in do what's necessary to make the dwelling livable once again. It proved very successful in ridding that area of China of the disease.

Difficult times call for difficult measures.

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Suga was unhappy with Yoshimura's approach as he had publicly advocated the need for the designation. 

Yoshimura Suga. Suga is afraid to be eclipsed by a young governor. He wants all the glory to himself, but too late. People can see he’s just a a pushover old boy.

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Europe had strict lockdowns and now strict restrictions but the virus is still spreading. Why ?

Enough with Europe/USA comparisons.

Just check next door : South Korea / Taiwan.

Closer cultural habits, different anti-virus approaches, different results.

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