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Virus cases in Japan force cancellation of World Cup ski jumping

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FIS said it is looking for replacement venues.

which will most likely be in places with much higher case numbers than in Japan. The real reason is that Japan doesn't want any foreigners coming here.

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How ridiculous……

Stop admitting Japanese Citizens in every country on Japan’s Travel Ban List.

Isolation is a two way street.

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As the FIS rightly said, this is due to the regulations Japan put in place - not to the number of cases. The title is extremely misleading, nobody is forcing Japan to take xenophobic decisions with no scientific basis.

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the Omicron variant has killed exactly ZERO people, and is reported as being a mild cold.

Everyone waking up yet?

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Japan on Saturday announced it has now found a total of 13omicron cases, including new arrivals from the United States, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has re-imposed a ban on foreign visitors

Once again, Japan, YOUR own people are capable of catching and spreading the virus too. So why not think about banning them from reentering the country if they're flying in from a high-risk place?

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Without monitored isolation at restricted facilities reserved for returnees they are kidding themselves. A Japanese friend I know who returned from oversees not long ago said all he had to do was wait for an AI to call his mobile phone and display his face at home once a day then he was free and this often called before lunch so he was able to just leave his phone at home and pop out to get some groceries in the afternoon or early evening.

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Why worry about the omicron variant if you are fully vaxxed? I thought Pfizer assured us that its vaccine is also effective against the new variant.

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Why worry about the omicron variant if you are fully vaxxed?

because the media says we should worry

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Amid a rising number of cases in Japan of the Omicron variant of coronavirus

Yeah it skyrocketed from 4 cases to 8.

All of them with mild symptoms.

For those who failed math in elementary school, 8 cases out of a 127,000,000 people is less than 1 per 10 million.

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@Meiyouwenti

Why worry about the omicron variant if you are fully vaxxed? I thought Pfizer assured us that its vaccine is also effective against the new variant.

Currently "Fully vaxxed" means 2 shots and a booster shot. That means not many people in Japan are "fully vaxxed" since they are only just starting to administer the booster shot to health care workers. Where the recommended time is/was 6 months (now 3 months) to take the booster shot Japan is waiting 8 months before administering the booster.

The vaccine is apparently effective for up to 6 months without a booster shot.

That is why we should worry.

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Meanwhile how many of the Omicron cases are of JAPANESE coming back from other countries, or that were infected by them (and don't forget the Ministry, in its wisdom, let the Japanese on flights with infected just get off and go home)?

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Misleading title. Only 13 omicron cases detected, all at the airport (except one guy yesterday who apparently was quarantining at home)

Olympics are over and there is no free pass anymore.

Strict regulations is the only reason. Other sports events, like ice skating, have been canceled. I think the new governement does not want to give free pass for the time being for sports

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It’s funny why Japan is looking too hard for Omicron in every visitor, but not the ordinary variant in the general public.

Of course you’ll find Omicron. Just stick to the no-testing-the-not-sick policy we have and everything will be dandy.

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The events are in January, does this mean the current regulations will be extended further?

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“Once again, Japan, YOUR own people are capable of catching and spreading the virus too. So why not think about banning them from reentering the country if they're flying in from a high-risk place?”

Interesting! We as citizens have the right to enter. That’s how a country cares for its citizens.

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“It’s funny why Japan is looking too hard for Omicron in every visitor, but not the ordinary variant in the general public.”

Omicron is relatively new. It’s better to be cautious now than sorry later. Ordinary variant with a out there and we will deal with it as we have the last 2years.

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Hold up, so the ban on all foreign incomers is now back on??

That was sure mentioned quick!

Isn’t it more logical to impose stricter measures from countries where Omicron is widespread and have everyone incoming tested?

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Isn’t it more logical to impose stricter measures from countries where Omicron is widespread and have everyone incoming tested?

They do have everyone tested. But their definition of "widespread" is one or two cases. They are adding countries/states/regions to the Omicron list every day at midnight. Honestly it is getting pretty ridiculous. If you traveled to an area on that list, you have to quarantine for 3 days at a designated hotel. That's all fine and good, but now they are taking places with widespread delta and other variants off the list to free up more hotel rooms. And there is no doubt these places have more Omicron cases as well, they just aren't testing for it.

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And yes Omicron could be widespread already in Japan and we'd never know, because they only test people with serious symptoms or no symptoms (the latter if you need a test certificate for travel, etc.). And since Omicron seems to be weaker compared to the other variants, its unlikely anyone will require testing.

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Japan self isolating from the rest if the world. Sakoku jidai

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wow! the Olympics happened just in time! imagine if there had been 13 'cases' back in the summer......!!!!!!!

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Feel bad for Sara Takanashi. Such an amazing competitor and beautiful to boot!

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Japan expects a PCR test on departure and another on arrival.

Being vaccinated has no worth with regards to entering the country

14 days quarantine, 3 of those at the Japanese taxpayers expense.

I will be flying back

to Nippon on Wednesday

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Many foreigners complain about the testing not only coming into Japan, however, departing Japan. I have no problem with the testing, however, there are so many price gouging and that should be halted. Also, those private companies who are testing and find positive cases should be required by law to report those numbers. The quarantining should be 10 days without having to get an additional testing and or there should be a testing site where you can go for under 5,000 yen.

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