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Olympic swimming champ Chalmers admits COVID-hit Tokyo a 'bit scary'


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My biggest fear is getting through the heats

He should be happy he's a swimmer.

For runners and field players in the sweltering Tokyo summer, their biggest fear is getting through the heat.

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I got news for ya Chalmers, its very risky especially for us RESIDENTS of Japan!!

Nice of you to admit that there will no doubt be cases of covid found but how about some concern for the people of the host country huh!!!!

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A bit ?

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Oh please - don’t be drama queens !

I’ve been commuting to Tokyo for work for the past year or more, & haven’t experienced anything to be worried about. Nor has anyone I work with.

It comes down to common sense, which obviously a lot of people don’t have.

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Great post. Most in Japan have got on with their daily lives and not noticed the difference apart from the inconvenience SOE causes.There’s a small amount who think they are living in a war zone and are in constant fear.

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Mr Chalmers should understand that social distancing is not possible in Japan.

He should also understand that for all the SOE rhetoric that people are eating and drinking in restaurants and bars as well going to nightclubs!

As in Australia and the UK there are no penalties for breaking the rules.

Picking up Covid in Japan is more likely than in Oz ...

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kurisupisu says that the swimmer should 'understand that social distancing is not possible in Japan' - maybe if you think it's normal to swamp other people even when there is space.

I've lived in other high density cities in other countries and many people in those cities did their best to avoid pressing up against other people, even in pre-covid 19 times didn't want to cram into elevators unless there was an appointment they were late for, weren't up in each other's faces except in completely rush hour conditions where there was no choice and generally respected the fact that you don't need to always put yourself in others' space when you can move somewhere else.

As for the false statement that 'As in Australia and the UK there are no penalties for breaking the rules', go tell that to the people there who got told by police to disperse and were fined for not doing so, not wearing masks in public when they were made obligatory by emergency rules, etc.

Next you'll be echoing the Japanese iiwake that the 'States of Emergency' where people are free to be in each others' faces, drunk and maskless in bars and restaurants no matter how cramped so long as it's before 8 pm and where countless people who don't have to use transportation for work are constantly riding the trains, are limited due to the Japanese Constitution.

Complete horse manure - many other countries that are developed and have democratic constitutions in some cases guaranteeing more rights than the Japanese one, dealt simply with the pandemic by making laws. Their political parties sat down and passed them to ensure some actions would be guaranteed. So far from the Japanese Fantasyland.

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