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wait, they didn’t test them before entering? I thought everyone get tested.

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They should expand that request to entertainment districts in big cities.

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Everyone gets tested

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Yarai, I am pretty sure you mean China not US.

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Their coming in through Narita and Haneda So it's Japan doing the testing. Go figure

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The tests are unreliable. Quarantine them unless there is some emergency situation where they can’t be replaced

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> The U.S. forces responded that they are considering carrying out the tests, Kono said. Currently, polymerase chain reaction tests are only being conducted on those who exhibit symptoms.

Japan is not in control of its own borders...

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Japan should shut it down and don't let anyone enter the country. Solved!

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> SPRINGToday  

wait, they didn’t test them before entering? I thought everyone get tested.

> KORE NANI

Their coming in through Narita and Haneda So it's Japan doing the testing. Go figure

This article explains things badly. If they enter via a Japanese airport like Narita, then yes they are all tested.

But any US military personel who enter Japan via a US airbase in Japan (not a standard Japanese airport) or a US sea base (so if coming off a ship) are only subject to testing if the exhibit symptoms. Those ports of entry are under US control, so the US manages the testing guidelines.

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Conduct testing at origin, then conduct mandatory quarantine at destination and testing again before final release from quarantine. Follow up status check 10 days after release. Inbound at HND or NRT go directly to Yokota via military bus for quarantine. Inbound at KIX destined for OKA is housed in isolated quarantine hotel on the airport island.

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The US had 75,000 plus cases a day. Florida alone more than the EU which has 20 times the population. Stop spreading virus!

"With so many asymptomatic people, PCR testing is a must," Kono said in a press conference, adding he had also called for tests to be carried out, without exception, on personnel before they leave the United States for Japan.

And for the rest of Japan

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"With so many asymptomatic people, PCR testing is a must," Kono said in a press conference

Wait a minute, so Kono knew this important fact and has never called for an increase in testing in Jaoan that remains far below some developing countries with lower population.

What a hypocrite, an opportunist.

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"With so many asymptomatic people, PCR testing is a must," Kono said in a press conference..."

The Japanese government's approach seems not to follow this logic...

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No wonder about many US military soldiers are infected in bases. Some soldiers possibly have brought the corona virus in Japan and also in US military bases. The US military seem very selfish and arrogant. It is very understandable the US homeland is super-pandemic country.

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While I agree with Kono that US military people coming into the country should all be tested, it is so hypocritical of him when his own government will not test people who request the test. I was appalled when I heard that Tokyo did a testing blitz one day and tested 5000 people! That is it? 5000 a day. They have had months to get more materials and labs up and running for the testing, but still they say they are struggling to do them. What a joke.

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@MarkX

It seems to me any official guests from terribly infected countries should not bring any potential virus/disease in the first place. They should not enter land of Japan until end of 14 day quarantine and test is negative.

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The problem with Covid-19 is that it isn't serious enough. If the global pandemic were something like ebola, and people were leaking from every orifice, then people would take precautions much more seriously.

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It seems to me this government is 2 faced and is trying to pass the blame for their inadequate response to the issue. Both countries share the blame, hence the Japanese Government more so due to the criteria they follow as far as testing their own populace. They don't even know how many cases they have in amongst their own citizens, Tokyo seems to be a very hot area, what american base is there? There isn't, Hardy Barracks is staffed by almost 95% Japanese as is New Sanno, How do blame americans for the Tokyo outbreak, when american personnel are restricted from Yokohama Tokyo and Kawasaki. The american embassy is staffed by 95% Japanese also, so where is the blame for the Tokyo fiasco, why concentrate on american bases only? The Tokyo outbreak is getting worse everyday. No mention of the fact that it is easier for the virus to infect now that it has mutated and the protein spike which is used to attach itself to the cell doesn't break off as easy anymore. The virus is evolving. Quit crying, and blaming step up and act, lip service doesn't help control or solve the issue. This is a global issue act like your gonna be part of the solution japan instead of crying like a little spoiled kid.

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"Defense Minister Taro Kono said Friday he has requested that the U.S. military conduct coronavirus testing on all personnel coming to Japan, after an outbreak of cases at U.S. bases on Okinawa."

What a discriminatory remark by a Japanese government official. Extremely bias and prejudicial by singling out one specific target vs the originators who introduced this to Japan and the world in the first place. If I was a government official I would make it "everyone" not just one specific class. Didn't Japan pass a non-discrimination law recently? Kono was sure silent and has me wondering how much is he invested in the country that is being very silent regarding Japan?

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How about everyone in Japan including me and lets put this virus in the coffin and go back to a normal life.

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Kono is just trying to shore up support from his herd of nimbys. He's after Abe's job, and sadly with the way Japanese politics work, he might even succeed, I hope Abe sack him before it's too late.

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American troops and their families entering the country should be tested and self isolate for two weeks.

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Given that Trump called the pandemic a hoax, Japan needs to do something to protect itself.

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Japan has so many infections everyday so far. Kono doesn't want any more infections from US Military bases, so US soldiers must have PCR test before entering. They infect people outside bases sooner or later. All countries surely don't welcome any people without PCR test to enter the country, even the US.

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zichi

American troops and their families entering the country should be tested and self isolate for two weeks.

They already do this call any American base and ask they will tell as so, Matter of fact when you call ask to speak to a JAPANESE so you don't feel you might be lied to, surly your own country man wouldn't lie to you.

here's a number you can start with 0467-63-1110, ask them to put you through to the Emergency ops center remember talk with Japanese personnel only, neh.

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American troops and their families entering the country should be tested and self isolate for two weeks.

Sounds like a nazi plan to me, save the country by targeting particular groups of people. Sooner or later you just divide the country.

Science, evidence based policies should rule the day. The evidence says currently Japan's testing, quarantine and containment measures is well below the standard applied to US service personnel and their families. Yet they want to point the finger?

Kono is standing by a bunch of deplorable bigots, hoping they'll stand by him at the next election, this is not science, it's deplorable politics.

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Essentially an export of loose mindset and prevention policies under Trump's leadership and influence. Striking difference from the stringent measures implemented at Japan's Self Defense Force with zero infections among the 2700 personnel during the Diamond Princess mission in April.

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Currently, polymerase chain reaction tests are only being conducted on those who exhibit symptoms

Military intelligence. Ever the oxymoron.

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American troops and their families entering the country should be tested and self isolate for two weeks.

....

KORE NANI

They already do this call any American base and ask they will tell as so

Starting when, two days ago?

Earlier this week 3 American military family eneterd via Haneda, were tested at the airport, then spent a night at a hotel, and then they flew to Iwakuni Air Base via commercial flight... all before getting their test results back, which ended up were all positive for coronavirus. The airport even had a hard time tracking them down to inform them that they were infected since they put down contact info for the hotel but they had already left (and they told immigration they would be renting a car to drive to Iwakuni since nobody arriving from abroad is suppose to take public transportation for 2 weeks). They then had to track and trace everyone who they were in contact with, including all who were on that domestic flight.

Read about it here:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13546977

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"Kono asks that U.S. military personnel coming to Japan be tested for virus". Fixed that for you.

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Well stated, Kono. Pass the test or go back home to the States. Stay on base. None of this getting taxis around, partying and mingling with the locals. The US Military personnel are not in Japan to have fun and party, they are in Japan to protect the country. Spreading around a super deadly virus from the US is NOT protecting Japan.

Simple as that.

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When US military personnel arrived in Japan, better put them in special quarantine facility first by watch.

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@Fighto, Mr. Kono should address all his concerns and questions concerning military personnel to the White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany via Japan's reporting representatives. This way it is put to bed once and for all. By the way Fighto interesting comments, the personnel are here in Japan to train yet are held back from training because of the noise too. So what exactly do you expect them to protect Japan with , sticks, stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?

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The U.S. forces responded that they are considering carrying out the tests, Kono said. Currently, polymerase chain reaction tests are only being conducted on those who exhibit symptoms.

> The NBA is more solid on handling the COVID-19 than the US military in the Ryukyus.

Why?

Maybe it’s because they felt they are the King in the Crimea of Asia and can do whatever they want .

Their bases even outnumbers all the Family Marts, Lawsons and 711’s combined so what can poor Kono do?

Da-kine zilch!

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The U.S. forces responded that they are considering carrying out the tests, Kono said. Currently, polymerase chain reaction tests are only being conducted on those who exhibit symptoms.

The NBA is more solid on handling the COVID-19 than the US military in the Ryukyus.

Why?

Maybe it’s because they felt they are the King in the Crimea of Asia and can do whatever they want .

Their bases even outnumbers all the Family Marts, Lawsons and 711’s combined so what can poor Kono do?

Da-kine zilch!

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@rgcivilian1

They are supposedly here to protect Japan. If they have not been trained yet, then we don't need them. Let them train at home before coming here.

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This guy is a nutter! Did he miss the part about the virus being contracted in Japan after a trip to Tokyo?

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KORE NANI

   zichi

   American troops and their families entering the country should be tested and self isolate for two weeks.

They already do this call any American base and ask they will tell as so, Matter of fact when you call ask to speak to a JAPANESE so you don't feel you might be lied to, surly your own country man wouldn't lie to you.

Already proved to be incorrect. But I'm interested to know why you think I'm Japanese when I'm a Brit?

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I was at the New Sanno in Tokyo, yesterday, the hotel was totally empty because all the bases in Japan are on lock down because of the military flying in who do not follow quarantine rules that are in place. Now, all the military including military families are being penned in because of the ones who do not want to follow the rules.

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zichi But I'm interested to know why you think I'm Japanese when I'm a Brit?

Well then your a Brit good for you, need a brownie pin for that?

divinda when, two days ago?

Actually starting when the movement began, as with everything in this world all is not perfect.There will be some that slip through and do as they please. However that Family will have consequences to deal with from their command, it will be harsh, Failure to adjust to an overseas environment the whole family minus the service member will be sent back to the states. The Majority follow the rules, I suppose you think everyone is squeaky clean in Japan, and the Japanese follow the rules? That's why Tokyo is having such a big outbreak, people have to go out and drink and party like nothing is gonna happen to them? Please you all are very Naive if you believe such. There is a problem and its not just the Americans, the tone of the story rings as its americans Fault, 200 + new cases on a daily basis out of Tokyo, Where's the coverage and outrage about that? How about that cruise ship fiasco, americans fault no doubt.

You want the Americans out of japan I understand, elect someone that will give your wish! You think americans like being here, discrimination is the norm for Japanese, hasn't its head reared up at the beginning of this, the very people in the medical industry trying to save lives being ostracized and bullied by their own countryman how pathetic is that, and you people here on this page, have an anti american tone well get out and vote change the climate, run for office so you can get the americans off your shore, japanese politics stink as much as American Politics. But at least Americans will make clear what they are trying to say unlike Japanese who talk to pacify but don't act, because they gotta save face.

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“"With so many asymptomatic people, PCR testing is a must," Kono said in a press conference, adding he had also called for tests to be carried out, without exception, on personnel before they leave the United States for Japan.”

Gave everyone in Japan tested then.

But of course, the huge resulting cultural stigma won’t allow it.

The gaijin in Okinawa? Easy scapegoat

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Interesting, do read report by Japan professor Tasuku Honjo on covid 19.

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You can tell the type of relationship Japan has with the U.S.

The expectation is for Japan to keep quiet, don't talk, don't complain, don't say anything to us because we have soldiers in Japan to protect you using your own money.

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Japan have asked the American forces to test all personnel before they leave America and when they land in Tokyo it is stated they were tested before leaving America, why is there so many cases found now. after they have arrived. answer they were not properly tested, the same situation arose in Wuhan in China, American troops were sent to Wuhan on a joint war games program, last September after they left Wuhan was smitten with the virus, as was the American troops in the month of October when they went back home. it was in my opinion the Americans were fighting the virus before they went to Wuhan. the American troops took the virus to China, just as they are taking it to Japan. The problem lies in America.

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Frank Hocking So the 290 new cases in Tokyo on saturday is america's fault? Or the 650 new cases in JAPAN that's America's fault also? The actions of the japanese gov are inadequate, plain and simple. So japanese to deflect the blame! Pathetic absolutely pathetic.

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@Hello Kitty 321Today  01:48 pm JST

@rgcivilian1

They are supposedly here to protect Japan. If they have not been trained yet, then we don't need them. Let them train at home before coming here.

Yes but in order to keep them highly trained and up to date with ever changing techniques, to be the best requires to be highly on top of training, as I said you can't expect them to use sticks and stones anymore.

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They should really do this . Not only will this help the people of Okinawa, and as a result, of Japan, but this will also help the US military personnel who are there as well. A win-win situation if you ask me.

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"They are supposedly here to protect Japan. If they have not been trained yet, then we don't need them. Let them train at home before coming here."

I suspect you have never served in a branch of the military. Training at home bases is not the same as training in theater where you might have to fight. Especially if the troops are expected to defend the Ryukyus they need to know the Ryukyus and the only way to do that is to practice that defense in the Ryukyus. Practicing at Camp Pendleton doesn't prepare you for the conditions in the Ryukyus and South China Sea. Hotter, more humid, rainier and vastly different terrain and vegetation. Different snakes too.

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I speak with military on Okinawa and other areas often it's already being done

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Mr Kono. Please check if testing are being done.

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Definitely, correct.

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They are supposedly here to protect Japan.

They are here to protect U.S. government interests. Full stop.

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Kono asks that U.S. military personnel coming to Japan test for virus

Asks??

Whose country is this?

* **So the 290 new cases in Tokyo on saturday is america's fault? Or the 650 new cases in JAPAN that's America's fault also? *

Despite all the fumbling by the administration Japan is keeping daily cases to well under 1,000. The US, with a little over twice the population, is racking up tens of thousands a day. Even allowing for the indisputably low level of testing in Japan, it would seem to be a case of Physician Heal Thyself.

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