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It's very tough to battle the epidemic while we have few weapons and the only thing we can do is make requests for restraints on activities.

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike, stressing the need for the Japanese government to amend the special measures law on the fight against the coronavirus to help local leaders better respond to the resurging health crisis. She said fundamental discussions are necessary on what activities should be restricted and how strictly they should be regulated.

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the only thing we can do is make requests 

That certainly wasn't the case when all the residents near the Fukushima nuclear plant were ORDERED to evacuate from their homes indefinitely. Anyway, the constitution's Article 13 indicates that certain freedoms can be suspended if public welfare is threatened.  So do it.

the problem is that these policymakers dont want to incur the political risk of taking a bold decisive move. Meanwhile, people die.

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the only thing we can do is make requests for restraints on activities

It’s not like they’ve had almost a year to change laws, or introduce new laws to give them more power to act during a pandemic.

The lack of action means they are all apparently more than happy to stick with ‘urging’ and ‘making requests’ rather than being able to do what is best for the health of the people.

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It is even worse when the government promotes crowding and travel or make the Olympic games a bigger priority than the health and economic recovery of the population. Having few tools is no excuse to do things that make the situation worse.

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If anyone really insisted I could show all weapons and implement a complete shutdown within a maximum of 30 minutes....rofl

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I really like that Japan doesn’t order people what to do. I’m grateful I’m here during this pandemic. It is essentially up to each one of us how we choose to behave, and that seems just.

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What where you doing in summer.you have warnings beforehand that winter will be tough.i see no work or preparations done for that so REQUESTS.

PATHETIC

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@Simian Lane

It is essentially up to each one of us how we choose to behave,

I 100% agree!

So many people here are always whining about the government.

How do these people manage their lives? Always waiting for someone to tell them what to do?

I guess those people always need someone to tell them how to behave and what to do. If nobody do that, they are completely lost in their lives.

And I dont get it why people dont understand that the japanese government dont have the right to force something.

The government can only request.

But the people here are nonstop complaining! That is very strange!

Are they not able to understand that, or do they not want to understand that.

It makes zero sense to complain nonstop about the government.

Everything is up to OUR personal behaviour.

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If you don’t have a solution, you’re part of the problem. Pointing fingers at “the government” is the equivalent of shrugging your shoulders and saying “shoganai “.

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And one more thing...

For a country, that can only make requests, the corona situation is NOT bad.

If my home country only requests and do not force preventions, it would be the biggest Chaos ever.

But not in Japan!

Because most of the japanese People follow the requests. They dont need to be forced.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

And I dont get it why people dont understand that the japanese government dont have the right to force something.

If a restaurant was the source of a salmonella out break, the government health department would shut it down immediately, order disinfection, possibly fine the owner, and probably rule in favor of any victem suing them.

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@Monty

The government can only request.

Nope. They don't "request" during earthquakes, volcanos eruptions, tsunami and Fukushima. Numerous times, they have issued evacuation ORDERS and then enforced them very strictly, barring people from their own homes for long periods of time, sometimes forever.

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If my home country only requests and do not force preventions, it would be the biggest Chaos ever.

That wasn’t my vision of Fantasy Island.

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