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Will Abe declare emergency over coronavirus after law revision?

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If Abe wants to declare emergency, he doesn't need the law revision at all.

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Japan’s government and prefectures are well enabled to squeeze money from the population but not so good at returning it in times of crisis.

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IMO, yes and within a week.

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I thought it was enacted as the law passed the diet. Opposed are Japan Communist Party and Social Democratic Party as always. If it takes the declaration of the prime minister. Do it quick. The law is applicable only to the situation of this time - the coronavirus crisis.

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If he does he threatens to have other countries place Japan on a "no fly/no entry" list of nations, which now include, Germany, Italy, Iran, China, and South Korea.

His government has been pressuring other nations to keep Japan OFF these lists, and it would not look good for Japan to suddenly declare a national emergency, even when one may be needed!

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Infections have been confirmed in 35 out of Japan's 47 prefectures as of Friday. Of the 35, Hokkaido and Aichi are the only two with over 100 cases and the bulk have reported single-digit numbers.

Sorry, but I for one have a REAL hard time believing this! Just consider for a moment the manner in which Japanese in the major metropolitan areas commute, the poor hygiene by many, etc etc.

The ONLY reason this number is so low in comparison is because they are not testing as much as they should be OR they are not reporting those who are asymptomatic!

When the "new" testing comes online, watch out for a sudden jump in the numbers!

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Do not wait for the emergency declaration... Prevention is better than cure.. Need to take strong action. This is not a joke. By the way WHERE IS THE MASK???? We need masks and hand sanitizes ... It should be delivered to each family free...

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Now that Shinzo,s master declared a national emergency in the US lets see how long before the dutiful servant follows suit....before the week is out Jpublic will be seeing another example of Abe,s " strong leadership "...... ever the follower.

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Are they giving away 100k to each one of us? My wife heard that.

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Kind of a silly headline?

Abe will declare a state of emergency if Japan experiences a huge amount of illnesses and overloads the public system.

Besides that, why would any government want to do that?

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@Mark

I give Mr Abe and his cabinet an ( A+ ) for what they have done so far, unlike what I see in other nations were they can't even comprehend the severity of the situation. So far So Good Japan. Well done.

So not testing seems to be the solution...ok I get it...just cant lose those Olympics at whatever cost...

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While I agree with the concept of this law.

I have NO repeat NO confidence the J-govt would do a good job, in fact the opposite is more likely. And you can bet there is no plan in sight should he decide to ""go" for it.

And finally if he does go for it the Olympics are GONE!! Never to return in 2021 or 2022!

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The thing worries me a lot is that the number never come down. How long does it take to peak ? I hope Abe know a little bit about science. This thing has a peak, that is what we are looking for.

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Covid 19 cases by country as March 14th

China 80,945

Italy 17,660 

Iran 11,364

South Korea 7,979 

Spain 5,232

Germany 3,675

France 3,667 

US 1,783 

Denmark 1,573 

Switzerland 1,139 

Norway 996 

Sweden 814 

Netherlands 804 

Japan 701 

Japan has fallen out of the top 10. Well done, Based on the above numbers, Japan's is doing a great job.

Source:https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

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Sorry, but I for one have a REAL hard time believing this! Just consider for a moment the manner in which Japanese in the major metropolitan areas commute, the poor hygiene by many, etc etc.

> The ONLY reason this number is so low in comparison is because they are not testing as much as they should be OR they are not reporting those who are asymptomatic!

> When the "new" testing comes online, watch out for a sudden jump in the numbers!

Exactly! Yubaru hit it on the head. Anyone who believes these numbers is insane. All my coworkers are Japanese, and NONE of them believe these numbers. NONE of them.

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Aly Rustom if your exactly is true, then Abe is wasting time.

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Welll...the govt mouthpiece Suga promised 600 million masks per month available by March..... due to J-govt speed that probably means March 2021 though.....gaman is such a virtue .

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Abe must realize that canceling the Olympics is not an option. It will double the cost, and it will not be fair to the athletes who are trained to peak at the right moment. Use your power to do everything and anything to make sure that Japan is immune to the virus.

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Japan has fallen out of the top 10. Well done, Based on the above numbers, Japan's is doing a great job.

Lol..thats pretty funny..as you know very well Japan is testing only a fraction of people other countries test ( refusing to test even those who fulfill its own over stringent criteria - scandalous)

Where other countries test 10 000 plus per day, Japan tests a few hundred....on March 11 for example the prefectures reported total of 424 tests ( thats after the tests became covered by national health insurance , that was supposed to lift test numbers ) , ........so yeah Japan is doing a great job in surpressing the real numbers - look everyone Japan is out of the top 10 , Olympics are safe !

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marcelito, masks and test kits are no longer problem for Japan, because China has almost unlimited capacity for support. The problem is money, it has to be free so that people will get tested, and protected.

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I am not much bothered that Japanese government does not test everyone. I do not want to be found positive and treated like a criminal. It is like a witch hunt.

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So very typical of the Japanese government to have to change the law or ask permission to declare a state of emergency.

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vanityofvanities said "I do not want to be found positive and treated like a criminal. It is like a witch hunt."

Hahaha, not smart. If you are negative, you are negative, has nothing to do with "to be found".

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Another (second) case in Kobe NOT reported by media from a hospital that I have close links to.

It did not make the news (nor did the previous case) which suggests to me that there is a concerted effort to deceive the population by failing to inform them where cases have been.

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kurisupisu, if your information is true, then you have to be very careful about yourself. No, I don't mean that Abe will arrest you, but your local population has high risk to be infected already.

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marcelitoToday 09:23 am JST

Japan has fallen out of the top 10. Well done, Based on the above numbers, Japan's is doing a great job.

Lol..thats pretty funny..as you know very well Japan is testing only a fraction of people other countries test ( refusing to test even those who fulfill its own over stringent criteria - scandalous)

Where other countries test 10 000 plus per day, Japan tests a few hundred....on March 11 for example the prefectures reported total of 424 tests ( thats after the tests became covered by national health insurance , that was supposed to lift test numbers ) , ........so yeah Japan is doing a great job in surpressing the real numbers - look everyone Japan is out of the top 10 , Olympics are safe !

COVID 19 is now so widespread that testing has actually become pointless. The British Chief Medical Officer now estimates that 80% of people in the Uk will catch the virus while the German government estimates around 70% of their population. It's estimated that around 1% of all people who catch it will die, mostly the old with preexisting problems.

If you're interested you should watch the daily videos put on Youtube by Dr. John Campbell, a British doctor. This is a link to his latest one from Friday March 13th. Try to watch it to the end. He explains simply and clearly what is happening. Compare and contrast the content with what we are being told here in Japan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYTFk34nhoI

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Alfie Noakes, if your information is correct, then they already peaked, which means they had this virus long before China characterized it.

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Did 80% of the Chinese population become infected?

No.

The Chinese have shown that containment has been possible. The Brits don’t have to accept an 80% infection rate!

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Japan has fallen out of the top 10. Well done, Based on the above numbers, Japan's is doing a great job.

That’s such a Japanese mentality. No doubt Japan will continue to fudge numbers to save face. Heck, they even bribed WHO 10 million dollars to classify diamond princess as it’s own ‘nation’.

But this ain’t a competition to be out of the top 10. While the whole world tries to contain the virus through early detection and intervention, Japan goes the opposite. You see, the virus is contagious even before people show any symptoms. You need to detect people as quick as possible, and not let them roam around willy nilly and infect others.

By the way, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines now thank Japan for their incompetence because it was the Japanese who spread it into their countries. Great result for not being in the top 10.

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Nope, he won't for now. The bill is just for show. He and Koike are worried about the Olympics. He doesn't need a bill to call a "State of Emergency",

The Shinzo government refuses to even do mass testing, so people can see that they are not serious!

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Tom Doley, is your information credible ? If yes, then I suspect that Japan has a lot of more cases "to be found", using a quote from vanityofvanities.

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Japan has been desperate to contain the spread

No it hasn't. The government was quite happy to let people walk off without being tested and send them home on public transport. It was incredibly difficult to get tested before as well, maybe still even now. This all prompted rumours that the government was trying to pretend there wasn't actually a problem, then they go and allow Abe to declare an emergency

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It's the same in every country. Measures are eventually taken to control it, but they are always too little, too late. Steps need to be taken at the start, before the exponential growth rate explodes. Estimated growth rate at the moment around 33%. That means doubling basically every few days or so.

Watch this to see the UK handling of this. It is already too late for them. There is no way Japan has it any better.

https://youtu.be/C98FmoZVbjs

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The only reason Japan doesn’t have more cases is because we aren’t testing people. It’s frankly ridiculous. Companies are using the Government’s lackluster approach as a reason to force employees into bad situations (speaking from experience).

If we don’t get a state of emergency declaration, or at least an openness to more testing, this situation is going to get worse fast.

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The whole point of all this is to preserve and maintain the country's capabilities to provide health care. Flu has caused more infections and fatalities yet even it still has not breached the limit required to declare an emergency.

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Watch this to see the UK handling of this. It is already too late for them. There is no way Japan has it any better.

But Japan has it better, look out your window.

Or is my place in Osaka an exception? Is the rest of the country in turmoil like the other countries?

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Yubaru... Germany doesn’t have a no flights / no entry from Japan rule.

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I think this Government has to lock down the top 5 prefectures like How Chinese government locked down Wuhan at least for 2 weeks.They should make sure that every basic supplies needed for the people are available.They have to make sure there are enough medical employees available to treat the sick people.A Chinese researcher told that "If the rest of the world don't treat the virus pandemic as how the Chinese government treat them then it's gonna get multiplied by 10 times as of now."

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So not declaring a national emergency means Japanese can continue to fly to the United States, become infected and then return to Japan and spread this virus.

Ddoes that sound about right?

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Alfie: I appreciate the UK for emphasising the importance of timing; for example, imposing restrictions (e.g. closing schools) would be ineffective at this stage but may be more effective later on, once rates start to peak.

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Aly Rustom if your exactly is true, then Abe is wasting time.

whatever.

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@TD

i would second that.

Several Japanese have been tested positive in Singapore

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Number of cases x 10 or 20 = Real infected people, so Japan probably has at least 10,000-15,000 cases by now. There is no point testing it anymore because the virus is already here. The point is how do we delay it?

Please watch the link below for yourself and for others.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYTFk34nhoI&t=3s

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There is no point in asking this question, of course Abe is going to have no choice but to declare a national emergency. Not a question of IF but WHEN. That's how funds get released down the line to deal with crises like this. As for the Olympics, it's not Japan's decion to make, it's the IOC's.

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He didn't just go and bribe the weakest opposition party ever to go along with it and not use it.But with the Olympics being held in the balance,timing is paramount.

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There are two criteria that need to be met: whether people's lives and health will be severely undermined and whether the rapid and nationwide spread of the virus will have a grave impact on daily life and the economy

Arguably both of those criteria have been, or are nearly met.

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caliboy:

Japan has fallen out of the top 10. Well done, Based on the above numbers, Japan's is doing a great job.

Caliboy, dear, this is not some sort of competition. As people have been saying, you can keep the numbers down by not testing, and also by not making widespread testing available, something which even Japanese doctors have been complaining about. And just because country X has more cases, does it somehow help the people living in Japan? If you die, you die. It's got nothing to do with how country X is doing.

Abe can still go ahead with his Olympics, but NOBODY from abroad will want to come.

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typo: ...and also by not allowing people off ships docked off Yokohama.

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What is not being done and what needs to be done sooner rather than later is to help the small business owners from going bankrupt.

A friend of mine approached his landlord for a break in the rent during this time as business has dropped to 30% of what it was pre-COVID-19. How is he to make payroll and rent? Who is protecting the small businesses? Hundreds of thousands of them across the nation. What happens when they all go bust in the aftermath.

The landlord refused. If my friend can't pay he will take it from the guarantor. Landlords should have some responsibility to be helpful under the law.

This isn't even being discussed.

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Yubaru... Germany doesn’t have a no flights / no entry from Japan rule.

Someone gave this a - If you have evidence it isn’t true please post.

As of 16:00 JP time there are no restrictions on flights or passengers from Japan to Germany.

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Misinformation causes panic buying.

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CaliboyToday  09:02 am JST

Covid 19 cases by country as March 14th

you forgot to add the cruise ship that was fully under control of the Japanese government. They call the shots, they take the hit. 700 + 700.

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People, testing does not make you immune to Coronavirus. You can get tested negative today, go out someplace and wind up positive tomorrow. People just need to be careful where they go and wear a mask (to protect others) when you go out in public. If you have symptoms, contact a medical facility and STAY HOME until you are instructed where to go for treatment.

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while the rich 1 % escape to their mansions in the hills....we ippan jin have to suffer...

what a world we live in.

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you forgot to add the cruise ship that was fully under control of the Japanese government. 

Hardly, the ship could have left port all on it's own. The only thing the Japanese government could control is whether or not the people could disembark or not.

Those infected on the ship are in their own category on nearly all the major sites keeping track of infections!

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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jUST MAKES NO SENSE not to begin testing people by declaring a National emergency. I am afraid to get on busses or trains to get to the Cancer center in Futamatgawa. Is any testing going on? it would be nice to have the Olympics, but aren't human lives involved?

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In life-saving viewpoint, critical indicators are death toll and numbers of seriously ill patients. These figures are also crucial to assess services capacity and readiness at local hospitals. Most infected people can recover from non-or mild symptoms, without special treatment.

Japan remains in fairly good shape (21 deaths, 26 serious; as of Mar. 14), has been outnumbered by other major countries, some rising late-comers. Japan's total recovery number is 119, moderately on the rise. It's a positive sign.

Source: www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

A state of emergency is not needed in nationwide Japan at this moment. But emergency should be declared with specific response programmes in the face of a severe economic downturn. Recession is a threat to public health.

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What I do know for a fact is :

1) Toilet paper - which was in scarce supply, is now being managed correctly by larger stores - once shelves are empty they periodically refill afterwards.

2) Face Masks are currently non-existent to purchase in Stores - so any advice upon wearing them from the Government should be thrown back at them with a laugh!

3) Food supplies are okay - shelves aren't bare. Yet... though if the Emergency decree occurs expect a sudden rush.

4) Japanese within Cities (unlike other Nations) generally don't have the free space for another Freezer unit in which to store frozen foods - now there... is an interesting contrast towards other nations - the hero's here are our Farmers and the Supply chain between them and us.

5) That said, should a shutdown occur, then the immediate demand will be for canned goods and non-perishables which will last longer than a month - Rice being the obvious choice along with those mixtures you can add to Rice.

6) For those fortunate enough to be allowed to Work from home ... we may see an increase in the population...

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I believe Japan is not reporting the real number of positive patients.

I know it will cause panic, but the people has the right to know.

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