Aly Rustom comments

Posted in: Japan to study cases of people infected after coronavirus vaccination See in context

Japan is way behind the rest of the world on studying the virus. 

Japan is way behind the rest of the world on anything and everything to do with the virus.

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Posted in: Japan finds COVID-19 variant in 3 people with no record of travel to UK See in context

there was no proof yet that the variant first detected in Britain was spreading in Shizuoka now

Of course there was no proof. You need to test before you can get proof.

exactly.

Ask that Japanese guy who returned from the UK and ignored quarantine measures to have dinner with friends outside.

Its ok for him to do that. After all, he is Japanese. What are they going to do? Deport him?

This incident only take few people who that supposed to be in quarantine and infected with that strain go out for dining with 10 people, after that it will spread without control.

All of which are Japanese

This variant of COVID clearly doesn’t follow the Japanese government’s thinking that COVID lays dormant until 8:01 p.m.

Or that it is mainly spread by foreigners

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

Yup. There's absolutely no leading by example here, either. Nobody on tv wears a mask or keeps their distance - that's exactly what's happening on the streets now as well.

More and more people are either ditching their masks or wearing it under their nose, and 'social distance' is pretty much a mere memory of the past. Stores are not limiting their customer numbers at all, and only a fraction of people are using the hand disinfectant sprays at the entrances.

agree Vinke.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

But as the article stated:

".... compliance has been high - most of Shimbashi's karaoke bars and izakaya taverns were closed on Friday night"

The vast majority of Japanese are complying with the rules. I wonder why the writer is focusing on a small minority that is not following the rules.

Because all it takes is a few bad apples to ruin the whole batch and spread the disease

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Posted in: The governments of many countries, including Japan, have said they will not make a coronavirus vaccine mandatory, but legal experts believe companies could order staff to get a vaccine, unless they have a health exemption. What's your stance on this? See in context

Aly: There are numerous allergies which could result in severe reactions or possibly death if someone takes the vaccine.

There have been no deaths. There is the rare reaction, true, but few and far in between.

Would you allow those people to recuse themselves?

Of course, if they can prove that they have an allergy. Otherwise I would be criminally responsible.

Also there are other vaccines in the pipeline other than the currently available Pfizer vaccine. Would there be a provision allowed for those who wish to take the more traditional (non mRNA) vaccines?

Yes.

I think this is a bit more complex. I do own a company and I will not be mandating vaccines.

fair enough. to each his own. I'm mostly focusing on the anti vaccine crowd. I won't have them in my company. If someone has a legitimate health reason for not taking it, we can work something out.

It would be the same as companies ordering their staff to wash their hands before preparing food, taking yearly health checks or wearing a seatbelt at all times when seated on the wheel. At this point the evidence is clear and the available vaccines are much safer than the natural infection (yes, even on the long term), so refusing a vaccine without a valid medical exception is not a rational decision. People would still be free to do it of course, but then the company owners would also be allowed to refuse giving employment to those people.

Exactly.

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Posted in: Inauguration Day also is move in/out day at the White House See in context

Inauguration Day also is move in/out day at the White House

Good riddance!

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Posted in: Saturday marked the first anniversary of Japan's first confirmed COVID-19 case, a man who returned after visiting the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus at the time. Can you remember what you thought when you read or heard about that case? See in context

I thought we were screwed. Knowing the lack of decent leadership here, I was expecting us to become like what the US is like now. I'm glad I was wrong

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Posted in: Korea Town See in context

I guess it is Shin Okubo.

Korean BBQ is awesome there!

And...Makgeolli!

Monty, agree with you!

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Posted in: Watch out for terrorists See in context

This is so random...

Japan is so insignificant on the international stage that terrorists don't even bother with this country, except for home-grown terrorists.

exactly.

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Posted in: No. of hospitalized coronavirus patients at record high in Japan See in context

As long as the gov doesn't push harder for more WFH and SFH measures and doesn't close the schools down and more aggressively support hard hit people and businesses with more financial support people are not going to comply with the gov urges and infections will continue to rise.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m.

Well of course. That's what happens when the SOE doesn't really mean anything. The gov just urges- nothing more. The schools and other businesses remain open, so its easy to see why the bars will flout the gov's urge.

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Posted in: Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19 See in context

That means that they are ready to announce the cancellation of the Olympics. IF indeed this is what's going to happen..

I don't mean to be a Negative Nancy, BUT..

I mean, I'll believe it when I see it happen. I remember Masayoshi Son last year offering tests that would have cost only a couple of thousand yen and then.. NOTHING. Didn't hear a peep about it afterwards. So if they do it, my hat off to them, but I'm just going to wait and see.

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Posted in: When do you think a decision will be made on whether or not to cancel the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

When the powers that be decide to get their heads out of their butts and face reality

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Posted in: Stylish hakama roomwear returns with a men’s version and new animal prints for women See in context

The patterned hakamas are priced at 10,120 yen, while the plain versions are slightly cheaper at 9,790 yen.

Yeah...I bought my jeans at Shimamura for 2000 yen. I'll stick with my Yofuku. Easier on the wallet

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Posted in: Minister, expert suggest coronavirus emergency extension See in context

Phew...for a second there we thought they might indeed turn pro-active, but ...naaah.

LOL!!!!

We are thinking of various measures by considering the worst-case scenario 

Basically doing a whole lot of NOTHING.

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Posted in: Minister, expert suggest coronavirus emergency extension See in context

Requesting business closures is an option," Omi added during a House of Councillors committee meeting.

That's not going to be enough. We need to close the schools too and get teachers and students doing online classes- same as what they are doing in the developed world.

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Posted in: Republican Party faces rage from both pro- and anti-Trump voters See in context

My prediction is the Trump supporters will join the Tea Party officially and it will effectively become the Trump Party. Even if he is barred from seeking public office again, he will most likely push one of his kids or loyalists to run as Trump 2.0. That's just my prediction

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

Time for us all to shove China back into its hole.

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Posted in: Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference See in context

His answer: We have every day important meetings and we want these meetings face to face.

And...now comes the most strange answer from him...we guess that during home office you will drink and not work.

OMG! IF the disease doesn't kill us, our bosses' stupidity will

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Posted in: Ghosn hid scale of Nissan salary, fearing dismissal from Renault, Tokyo court told See in context

sounds like horse manure to me. the J prosecutors are getting desperate and it shows.

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Posted in: Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference See in context

She said the state of emergency is not just about avoiding eating out at night or for restaurants to close early, but to reduce contacts among people

What should we do?

exactly! where is the gov leadership on this??

People have to go to work every day by using full packed trains and sit in full packed offices.

The problem are not the people, the problem is the japanese management in 90% of the companies in Tokyo and Osaka.

They dont want people to work from home.

Exactly! All around the world, people are working and studying from home. Why can't Japan do the same? And if the companies won't do it, the gov should enact laws forcing them to.

I have to go every day, sometimes incl. Saturday, Sunday to my work place via Shibuya. The most packed place in Tokyo, by using the most packed trains. No choice!

Same! (though I don't have to go to tokyo thank god!) Worked last Saturday and Sunday- only Monday off. Probably could have done most of the work from home but NOOOO... come into the office. sigh.. Looking forward to this weekend though

Anyway, Excellent post Monty!

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Posted in: Suga announces new measures to stem virus surge, including penalties, review of medical system See in context

Time for the Japanese government to start introducing some form of regular support like Canada and most EU countries are doing if not things are going to get much worse.

absolutely !

And good to see you posting again! will message you later!

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

It has been reported elsewhere that this “man who returned from Britain” is a Japanese citizen. Why no mention of that?

because like expat said this is a country with endemic ethnonationalist discrimination, and to bring that fact to light would question their whole racist policy.

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

I wanted to address this part of your post separately..

Aly, it is sad that you think bad about Japan after living here many years, but why dont you think again about it?

Now times are hard because of Corona. But these times will be over soon.

And then the nice times will come back again to Japan, and probably you and your family will be happy again here.

Think about that.

Dont make a short temper decission, just because of the Corona Situation.

In Canada or Malaysia, there is not everything Gold what shines!

First of all, Monty, the fact that you are taking time out to convince me to stay really touches my heart. You genuinely want us here and it is so nice and refreshing to hear words of encouragement to stay. So thank you very much for your kind and welcoming and encouraging words. Thank you.

Now times are hard because of Corona. But these times will be over soon.

And then the nice times will come back again to Japan, and probably you and your family will be happy again here.

Think about that.

I do my friend. I also wonder about the next pandemic and how it will affect us too. The fundamental point is being treated like I don't actually belong here.

I know you have said in your previous posts that we are all guests here, but I don't agree with that. I don't see myself as a guest here nor do I see you as a guest. Why? A guest must always leave. If I invite you to my house, you are a guest and I expect you to leave sometime. You and your family may stay the night or the weekend if you like, but I don't expect you to MOVE INTO my home. You are always welcome, but as a guest, you have to leave sometime. That's exactly how the j gov treats us.

This poses a problem when we get married to Japanese people and have children who are Japanese. If we are guests, then we have to leave sometime and then what happens to our families? This is the fundamental problem that the Gov and many posters here can't address. If you are married to a national and have children who are nationals, this is your home. You are no longer a guest. And the gov needs to STOP treating us as guests. YOU too Monty- you must stop referring to yourself as a guest. You are married to a Japanese, you are raising Japanese children who in the future will be tax payers and 真面目 (majime) members of society who will contribute positively to Japan. Your legacy and mine (should we end up staying) will be tied to Japan's future. By choosing to marry and sire Japanese children, we have become a part of Japan's DNA and Japan a part of ours.

This is why it is so infuriating what the J gov is doing. They not only disenfranchise us, they also do so to OUR JAPANESE families. If you or I were to get deported what would happen to them? And I know everyone says follow the rules and blah blah, but that isn't really the point. The point is that the J gov can just simply say "Yeah and whatever, we'll deport you if you don't do so and so" with such little regard to the Japanese families of these foreigners is what is truly disturbing.

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

@Aly, William and all others who supports closing school...

You can imagine the impact to many many households in Japan, right?

In my case, if they close the school, my wife has to quit her job, because she has to stay home to take care of our kid.

That means half of our income will be lost!

And that will happen to millions of other households.

Many are not as lucky as others and can work from home.

Please always consider, that each persons life situation is different.

I understand and appreciate that Monty. Believe me. I'm not so selfish as to think only of myself. BUT that is the job of the government to compensate parents that have to stay home and take care of their children. The gov is not compensating people enough and needs to set up legislation and measures that ensures that the situation above does not occur. The answer is not keeping the schools open where the virus can spread. Rather compensating parents who have to quit their jobs to look after their children. And for JHS and HS students, I don't really think they need as much supervision as the younger ones. Plus the children will not be sitting at home doing nothing. they will be studying online from home.

Plus, its not only the schools. The gyms, theaters and shops are all open while they threaten foreigners with deportation. That's just discrimination, since they are not even taking real measures to close these establishments while at the same time blaming foreigners coming back from overseas while neglecting the fact that spread is mainly domestic.

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

Ali my sympathies goes to you and your family and I hope you guys can achieve your goal,after many years in Japan which is over a decade and a Japanese family we were already planning to move back to my country and then the Covid came,thanks the providence me and my wife are still young enough to rebuild something there,let’s hope this pandemic will be over.

Good idea William! I wish you luck!

What a pity that such a beautiful country like Japan with truly nice and positive things is ruled by such backward narrow minded politicians.

Not a day passes where I don't have the same thoughts.

Doing all of this and they STILL haven't closed the schools...

Sorry I should have added that schools, gyms, theaters and shops will stay open, BUT they will deport those who don't self isolate. GO FIGURE

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Posted in: Head of medical body says nationwide state of emergency an option See in context

The head of an association of Japanese physicians said Wednesday the government should consider a nationwide state of emergency as a future "option" to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus and ease the strain on the medical system, as the country's cumulative confirmed infections topped 300,000 the same day.

What good is a nationwide state of emergency to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus and ease the strain on the medical system when the SOE in Japan in general doesn't mean squat?

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

Doing all of this and they STILL haven't closed the schools... Suga is every bit as incompetent as they come.

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