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Posted in: Japan fights coronavirus in luxurious style with million-yen masks See in context

The most ridiculous part of this is that there are people who will buy these things.

Add a Made in France sticker and they’ll pay double the price.

”Furansu made? Sugooooooi”

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Posted in: Koike asks Tokyo restaurants serving alcohol to shorten opening hours for 3 weeks See in context

The best part is that the numbers will magically “stabilise” after a few weeks of these “great measures”

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 401 new coronavirus cases See in context

401 positive cases from the few expected - 1400’s - tests done on a Public Holiday?!

That’s freakin’ huge!

It’s clearly everywhere by now! Out of control as everywhere else in the world.

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Posted in: Australian Open 'most likely' to be delayed See in context

Australian Open should go ahead with very limited audience, or no audience, but should not be postponed.

Regarding Olympics vs Australian Open, I believe most people question the Olympics not for the event itself - as with tight measures in place (quarantines, tests etc etc) it will not bring any risk of infections - but how the government is ignoring what is a global pandemic, limiting testing as much as possible and going ahead with measures that go against everything you should do during a pandemic.

This “obsession” with Olympics at all cost is what frustrates people, as it is very clear that public health is not a priority whatsoever.

Should the Australian Gov do the same in order to go ahead with the Open at all costs, surely the population would question the Gov priorities as well.

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Posted in: Hokkaido woman arrested for poking holes in 13 expensive melons with finger See in context

That was the funniest article I’ve read in a while!!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 186 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,205 See in context

We all know that today's figures are laughable at best. It's at least 5000 a day, maybe close to 10000 with a large slice of asymptomatic infection occurring. 

Considering the lack or measures that is a pretty optimistic number for a metropolitan area of 38 million and the lack of social distancing everywhere @theResident.

Totally agree when you say the Gov made their position very clear.

There is no way around it, and lets be honest: foreign countries will not put any pressure to the 3rd largest economy in the world to be transparent, unfortunately.

Anyone flying to Japan, and specially the largest 2 cities of Tokyo and Osaka, are at great risk of getting it at this stage. Life is normal, nothing ever changed apart from some bars closing earlier than usual.

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Posted in: Superspreader events key driver in COVID-19 pandemic See in context

Wonder if trains will run more often in big cities like Tokyo this winter.

Each train - specially peak hours - has all the characteristics of a super spreading event.

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Posted in: Pandemic inflames violence against women See in context

But that is what I said already from the beginning of the pandemic: These stupid lockdowns causes more problems than the virus itself

While some measures have indeed negative effects e.g. patients with other diseases not being able to have access to medical etc, I have to disagree with you: domestic violence is not one of those.

Someone who’d be capable of hitting a woman during a lockdown, would have eventually done it in other circumstances.

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Posted in: Starbucks' sole sign-language outlet in Japan reaching out to locals See in context

Starbucks, a company with such good reputation, allowing employees to serve coffee with those inefficient plastic mouth cover on?

I won’t get my coffee at a store like that, that’s for sure.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 391 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,165 See in context


there have been quite a few quite heavily upvoted comments on Yahoo JP in recent days saying that the recent surge is due to the government allowing more foreigners in again

It is a good way to shift the attention and not blame the government for taking absolutely no action since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Posted in: Virus surge causing concern for Japan's strained medical system See in context

After 10 months hiding the obvious through ridiculous low testing, promoting traveling, allowing outside business travellers to arrive with no PCR test being done... the most densely populated metropolis in the world, prone to huge natural disasters is already feeling the pressure of the virus?

This is something extremely concerning, and shows how things are SO slow to adapt here in Japan. “Taking action” is not a thing, and the result are the crowds that are right now packing restaurants and all kinds of places around the city, when we are in the peak of the number of cases!

Based on what’s happening the only possible result is an even more significant increase in the number of cases, and if these decrease, it must be a lie. Just look by yourselves when you are in the city, no need to believe my words.

Lastly, let’s hope there is no serious Earthquake anytime soon, the infrastructure is simply not ready to cope!

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Posted in: Burger King releases its first-ever 'buns-free' burger in Japan See in context

Bring that bun back!

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Posted in: Coronavirus pandemic brings some married couples closer: survey See in context

No wonder, its harder to see the mistress these days!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 539 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,560 See in context

Absolutely agree with the comments here regarding the useless plastic mouth covers.

Along with suspending Go To Travel, the Japanese Government should actively discourage the use of those.

If people aren’t smart enough to conclude those are the same as no mask then its time for the Government to step in.

The use of those is increasing at an alarming rate!!

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Posted in: Tokyo best city in the world to live in, study says See in context

Tokyo is indeed an incredible place to live. I absolutely love living in this city.

However, while being on the top of best cities to live, it is probably on the bottom regarding the best places to work.

Should the work conditions, work-life balance, mentality etc etc relax and become more human, and I see no reason why Tokyo wouldn’t be able to attract the best talent for the long term.

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Posted in: Health experts urge pause in Go To Travel campaign as COVID-19 cases surge See in context

Health experts urge pause in Go To Travel campaign as COVID-19 cases surge

Welcome back Common Sense, its been a while.

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Posted in: Suga says Go To Travel will continue despite virus resurgence See in context

Suga said in parliament Japan should be on "maximum alert."

Opinion of an expert:

Toshio Nakagawa, head of the Japan Medical Association (...) "It is no mistake that the scheme acted as a catalyst."


*"We have been reviewing the program by listening to the opinions of experts and businesses involved. We will continue to operate it appropriately."*

What a circus!

Nothing to add.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 522 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,414 See in context

Number of tests increased slightly, number if infections increased.

Wonder if testing capacity will keep being increased - slowly - or capped again at a certain point.

Also, do expect lower numbers during the long weekend due to no staff to check the fax machines, and to test.

Oh, and Go To Travel this long weekend, but please just ensure you don't dine with more than a group of 5! According to the government that’s totally safe.

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to eat and drink in small groups See in context

Koike urges Tokyo residents to eat and drink in small groups

In a couple of weeks the numbers of tests is reduced, and as a consequence the number of daily cases go down too “miraculously”, as happened before.

Then, citizens around here, who blindly believe everything the government says, will believe these ridiculous measures actually brought the numbers down.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases as Japan goes on maximum alert See in context

Suga says Japan on maximum alert after surge in coronavirus cases

Maximum Alert without specifying concrete measures is like making Sushi without rice.

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Posted in: English ad in Japan has some seeing a command to stay infected with coronavirus this Christmas See in context

Nothing wrong with this ad.

People are just too sensitive these days - even before the pandemic lets face it.

People should focus more on their personal prevention than on trying to find something wrong with a very normal Christmas ad.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics: Many rules, no partying, no hanging around See in context

When not even the president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee knows how to wear a mask... we have a problem!

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Posted in: More than 2,000 daily coronavirus cases reported in Japan for 1st time See in context

Wonder it the Go To Campaign will remain active.

If so its like the government is throwing gasoline into the fire instead of stopping it.

Hope the common citizen starts taking this virus seriously, unlike the government is doing.

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Posted in: S Korea sees biggest rise in coronavirus cases since August See in context

Will we go back and start asking for negative PCR for individuals flying from South Korea?

This thing of not requesting PCR anymore to individuals flying from some countries, from the 1st November, is probably too rushed no?

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Posted in: Japan's October exports almost back to pre-pandemic levels See in context

Fantastic news!

The recovery will hopefully be quicker than previously predicted!

Let’s hope this upward trend remains unchanged and that vaccines are available soon in large numbers.

Until then lets keep the social distance and keep masks on, wearing these properly over the nose.

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Posted in: Mayweather to return to ring for Feb 2021 Tokyo bout See in context

Mayweather: Where in the world can we fill a stadium right now and make some serious cash?

Manager: Only Japan. No where else in the world. Apparently they are pretending the virus doesn’t exist around there to keep the economy moving, can you believe it?

Mayweather: Japan it is! Just make sure there is some space between me and the fans.

Only want to bring cash from there, not the virus!

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Posted in: Sapporo residents asked to refrain from non-essential outings See in context

Sapporo residents asked to refrain from non-essential outings

Government should emphasise how important is it to keep (normal) masks on, along with social distance whenever possible, as many people dropped the ball months ago specially regarding social distance.

Additionally, government should encourage companies to implement remote working, as these days most japanese companies have all employees back to their desks, with the inevitable drinks after work at the local jam packed izakaya. Afterwards, the usually packed shoulder-to-shoulder train home with most train windows already closed.

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Posted in: 84% concerned about record coronavirus cases in Japan: poll See in context

84% concerned about record coronavirus cases in Japan: poll

The lack of effort to keep social distance + the increase of those inefficient plastic masks use contradicts this poll.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 255 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,439 See in context

@Larr Flint

Sunday...! Not enough staff to manage the fax machines.

Conclusions only on Wednesdays/Thursdays.

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Posted in: Japan to keep event attendance cap until February See in context

Meanwhile, Nishimura voiced concerns over COVID-19 spreading among foreign residents of Japan, saying they may be less inclined to wear face masks or visit hospitals when feeling ill.

Unbelievable how someone in the government can say something like this without facing consequences.

All the offices I go, the people who wear the mask less, or with the “nose out” are actually locals.

Foreign residents are more than aware the official numbers are far from the truth, continuing most of them to wear mask, and correctly.

Also you don’t see many foreigners inside packed izakayas these days for sure, knowing the real risk they are facing.

The virus knows no borders or nationalities.

It is easier to “shame and blame” than take the responsibility of taking stricter measures instead of, amongst other bizarre actions, relaxing business travellers to fly from risk countries as China, now without PCR before or upon arrival some of them, but keeping quarantine - total non sense, as I mentioned in other post. Please contact Tokyo Immigration Services who will confirm this to you, in case you do not believe.


less inclined to (...) visit hospitals when feeling ill.

Where does this even come from? Try to go to a hospital with a fever these days, being local or not, you’ll be sent home and you will not have access to a PCR test even if you have all symptoms. Should you require one, you must wait 3-4 days suffering with a fever at home, or second option is to pay ¥40,000 in the private sector to get tested.

Instead of blaming other nationalities, creating an “outside enemy” - classic dictatorship-like speech to get the people to blindly trust your irrational actions - assume the extreme incompetence and take responsibility from now to take some control of this spread, because full control... we’re already 10 months late.

Lastly, I hope to see foreign diplomats saying something about this and pushing for this Nishimura to leave his job and let someone younger, and more qualified to take action as, this is pure racism, in a time we need to forget out differences and behave together in the best way to avoid spread of this dangerous virus.

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