Virus-prevention measures tested at near-full baseball stadium in Yokohama

By Kazuhiro Nogi

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And for those taking part (in this experiment) and being infected, there’ll be two free tickets to any Olympic event in the 2023 Tokyo Olympics...

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but does Fugaku, the world's fastest supercomputer, think this experiment is a good idea?

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Crazy experiment

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They will try anything to save their precious Olympic games. Even if it means infecting a stadium full of people. What gross incompetence these leaders and politicians are demonstrating!

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Guinea pigs whose ignorance gets abused by a government without morals. How is it possible to come up with an idea like this. And for anyone to participate in it. And by the way the virus will spread more between fans on the way to and back from the stadium than inside the stadium. It is impossible not to have crowds at ticket gates also if you allow a full capacity or even half capacity.

madness this and completely unethical

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This experiment may be flawed and aimed solely at the Olympics, but I like it because it seeks evidence for a common assumption which may be false. Lots of people have assumed packed commuter trains and subways must be spreader sites, but that has not proved to be the case.

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Once again Japan leads the way, so happy to be living here!

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I think it’s the first step for making Olympic successful and and make it something symbol for best the COVID-19.

I wish this experiment go to the good way for next step.

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Guinea pigs!

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This is an unwise and ridiculous idea. The Japanese government seems to be using Japanese citizens as guinae pigs to perform simulations and testing to determine the ability of a deadly virus to spread in a crowded environment.

Japanese citizens seem to be willingly participating in such an experiment which has a known risk of becomeing a super spreader event. If some of the subjects of this experiment become infected this infection can further be spread by the participants using public transportation.

It would seem those who are for this experiment (including Governor Yuriko Koike) should be forced to attend these events and sit among the crowds.

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Who would voluntarily participate in this?

Or are they using prisoners or students?

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I think it’s the first step for making Olympic successful and and make it something symbol for conquer the COVID-19. 

I wish this experiment go to the good way for next step.

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What is a team kit?

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Good scientific experiment.

If people willingly attend, it is totally ethical (not worse than taking any crowded means of transport).

One thing the supercomputer do not need to calculate are droplets, since they are blocked by masks on the contrary to respiratory aerosols. JT, is it a wrong translation ?

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The experiment will see three daily matches played at the 32,000-seat Yokohama Stadium with 80 to 100 percent of seats filled

Not a wise choice if you are trying to experiment with a full stadium. Half of that came yesterday and not much more expected in a series between 2 teams eliminated from contention.

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Reeks of desperation. Very Japan.

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Oh dear. 'leads the way'.

Im scared about living here. Amazing how some people trust so easily.

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i can tell many people are jealous over Japan efficient and high-tech measures in controlling the pandemic..need not crying like a child, last i checked the Europe and American can't even agree on whether to wear a mask or not. What a biggest joke of the century, give me a break please

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Feeding the results to Funakubo is a criminal waste of resources...

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Good experiment sure but no one is coming next year, they'll still be reeling from multiple waves of COVID. Japan would know this as well if it only did the requisite testing. So it can test 32,000 here but not test more than 3000 everywhere else. Fugaku indeed

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With the virus NOT in retreat, Vaccine now a somewhat distant hope, but hospitals NOT overwhelmed. The population totally complying with other measures compare got elsewhere in the world, surely it is time to investigate anyway to get life back to normal. If people chose to go go there today, then surely it is their choice and if it was me I would object to be called a guinea pig. For those that wish to remain home for the next 2-3 years, then I fully respect your choice, but it's time for us to get things going in a country that hasn't thus far had a major problem. @Mark - well said. I truly believe that this a large group of posters on this website who would wish for things to get worse. Odd.

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Keeping cool at times when the rest of the world is going crazy.

@Thomas Goodtime

Im scared about living here. Amazing how some people trust so easily.

You are welcome to search for and find a safer place so you can move there and not be scared any more.

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The headline is totally incorrect. There were 16,594 fans at the stadium, so it was just over half full, not near full as stated. This was clear if you watched on tv.

Saturday they were hoping for 90% capacity but again got much less. The fans aren't stupid.

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