COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings See in context

Here is the problem I have. Corona is said to be dangerous to the ones that fall into the vulnerable category. Well what is that exactly? The west says elderly but Japan has the oldest population in the world and all figures (based on total deaths from all cause from January to the end of April) has not changed, spiked from previous years. So then we have those with category 1 heart/coronary problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc... and those with category 2 immuno compromised illnesses. The UK has at least 3 studies showing that 73% of all those seriously ill are obese/overweight that is because they are the ones with the problems of category 1. Only 26% are category 2 and other underlying problems. So in these 3 studies hold true for other developed countries the USA with nearly 40% obese and over 70% seriously overweight that means most of the population is in the high risk category 1. Seeing Japan has less than 5% obesity and heart/coronary disease is low even in the elderly population puts most of the Japanese population in the low risk category. So how is the USA ever going to be able to actually open up again if they are in such a high vulnerable position.

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Posted in: Heavy virus caseload at medical institutions has eased: minister See in context

Goodlucktoyou

Where is this hospital do you work there to know all this? My mother in law works in an elderly care home, they had no trouble acquiring mask throughout this, all medical grade. And if the hospital is not doing temperature checks that is not a very good or safe hospital and I would avoid it. Even during the regular flu season in Japan it had been standard practice in most reputable hospitals to have staff check their temperate before they go to work and any fevers are to stay away from work.

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Posted in: 'Real Lords of the Flies' shipwreck to become Hollywood movie See in context

Commanteer

Perhaps that is the problem today as you put it boring may be just what we need, something positive and not all the conspiracy, action, mass killings all and everything is bad, a conspiracy everyone is out to get everyone. Barely a TV show, movie, etc... now isn't a killing action or conspiracy, no wonder so many people have these ideas that Corona is a conspiracy, vaccines conspiracy, elections conspiracy. How about nice happy movies for a change.

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Posted in: Heavy virus caseload at medical institutions has eased: minister See in context

In the case of Japan I wonder if we had reacted each year to the flu as we have done with Covid 19 what the results would have been. I can remember over the years going to hospitals and upon entering people were being separated if there for possible flu and on several occasions watching (one time myself and my children) being told the hospital was full and could no longer take anyone even suspected of having the flu and being told to try another hospital! And this was a major university hospital near my home.

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Posted in: Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings See in context

After weeks on stay home here in Japan and the size, space available we are finally at the point we need to restock, so Sunday we thought we would go out masks, hand sanitizer very early to Costco before opening and then a few quick stops at other places to do so! Well, despite what was on their website it seemed they were back to regular hours and the number of people was off the charts long line of families kids parents, grandparents lined up to the 2nd floor parking all the way around it fee had masks, none socially distancing, we left didn't even try parking, but found the same thing repeated over and over in nearly every place we tried going. It seems even here people are at the point of they don't care anymore. We stopped at one place with few people got the minimum we can survive with and went home but how much longer can we keep this up, my wife is working from home, my business is shut down so no money, my 2 adult children only one has partial pay from working from home. ¥100,000 each is not going to make much difference.

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Posted in: Delivery of 'Abenomasks' starts in 34 remaining prefectures See in context

We received ours, my wife wears masks regularly due to allergies and has what is often called in Japan a small face (hey I didn't invent the saying) and often buys child size masks. These things don't even fit her even if she could wear them she wouldn't, as for me big gaijin nose I would be lucky if it just covered that!

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Posted in: Hospitals freeing up advanced care resources for virus response See in context

Luddite

Do you really believe taking off your shoes helped to mitigate the spread of the virus? Seriously?

Well yes! It is called logic! You go out walk on dirty streets where dogs have done their business (regardless if their owner have cleaned up the germs are still present) you oh into public toilets, walk through bird droppings, rat droppings all manner of garbage seen or unseen. Then you go home and walk in with those shoes on, great you washed your hands when you got home but walk through the home dragging all that is on your shoes around the place. Which do you think came into contact with more dirt and germs your hand or your shoes?

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Posted in: Hospitals freeing up advanced care resources for virus response See in context

Luddit

Tell Mr one western country that does the same, just one where shoes are taken off toilets are located like Japan, etc...

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Posted in: Nissan aims to cut over 20,000 jobs worldwide as part of restructuring See in context

This has nothing to do with the corona virus, it is clear Nissan's problems started long before the the virus, to be exact they started at around the same time Ghosn was arrested and the old guard Japanese executives took back control. perhaps Ghosn was telling the truth and he was set up by these guys that didn't like the Renault deal and opposed the next step of more international consolidation. With all the vilification of Ghosn in the Japanese media I am guessing at this point Nissan employees wouldn't mind having him back.

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Posted in: Hospitals freeing up advanced care resources for virus response See in context

Luddite

Several factors have made it that the virus did not hit as hard in Japan as other developed countries. For sure cultural practices like not shaking hands, wearing masks, hand washing, no shoes in the houses and toilets located in designated rooms away from sinks, tooth brushes and bath. But most prominent is the low rate of obesity and the complications related like heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, etc... all one has to do is look at the developed countries with the highest deaths and serious cases and look at their obesity rates higher the obesity higher amount of deaths and serious cases of Covid. The UK has now had 3 separate studies all showing that most of the seriously ill are obese/overweight 73% of all seriously ill are obese/overweight. Obesity in Japan is under 5% UK, Canada, USA, Australia, and the list goes on all 30% or more.

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Posted in: Hospitals freeing up advanced care resources for virus response See in context

One would get the impression that there is this enormous amount of Covid 19 patients overwhelming the hospitals and ICUs but if put into perspective, Japan is a country of 126 million people but has far fewer ICU beds than Canada with only a 37 million people! The main reason is that Japan's ICUs are primarily use for post surgery, accidents, etc... as in Canada and the west the vast majority of ICU beds are filled by heart and stroke patients. But then in general Japanese are in far better health than most westerners all one has to do is look at obesity the cause of all those heart and stoke problems Japan has less than 5% as most western countries are above 30%.

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Posted in: Rare online outrage in Japan forces Abe to delay controversial bill See in context

GW

If you read what I wrote you would have seen that there was no spike in deaths from the same period last year and this year. I explained how we know as numbers are released monthly and due to the Japanese family registration system they are publicly available and all Japanese outlets have reported this. No spike in deaths not higher death rate to be exact few died between January 2020 and the end of April 2020 than died in the same period in 2019 and this has been attributed to few people out/traveling and a lower number if deaths due to accidents. Do you know what the numbers (blue & red) posted on every koban are? They are the number of car accidents and injury/deaths collected daily. That is the difference between the west and Japan things like this are part of a centralized system, not haphazard reporting via different systems based on what each state or province feels like doing.

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Posted in: Rare online outrage in Japan forces Abe to delay controversial bill See in context

GW

Because with the Japanese kosekitohon and jyumiho systems the governments know monthly who and how many have died. The numbers were publish as they always are the first week of May. The Japanese government cannot alter the number of dead or the population count. We often complain about koseki system and jyuminho but unlike the USA, Canada and others the central gov doesn't need to rely on slow reporting from local govs regional departments, etc..

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Posted in: Japan to start virus antibody tests on 10,000 people in June See in context

The probability is that mass testing will show that a mage portion of the population was infected but with little affect. Why did Japan not see a spike in deaths? There was no change in the death rate from from all cause from past years (actually a slight decrease). So what did Japan do differently from other developed countries? Well nothing, it is becoming clear the whole western model and WHO model were flawed. The WHO model/predictions were based on everyone/every place being equal (population health, hygiene, etc..) the western predictions are based on a model of the health, hygiene if the west. But as info comes out the risk factors for developed countries are flawed because of political correctness, a single factor is common in over 70% of all serious illnesses this based on 3 UK studies and that is obesity/overweight most of the other medical factors are the result of being obese. 70% of the UK, USA, Canada, etc.. are seriously overweight with over 30% being obese. In Japan that is 5% heart disease is not a major factor in Japan so healthy active elderly and generally highly healthy population. The average North American over 45 in taking 4 to 5 daily prescription meds. Yes the test will show a very large number in Japan had covid and that will maybe make people in the west ask why Japan did not see mass deaths. Note that Japan's ICUs were full that is true but at 126 million Japan had fewer ICU beds than Canada at 37 million because it rarely needed them other than post operation and a few other cases as opposed to western countries where ICUs are filled with coronary disease related sick.

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Posted in: Rare online outrage in Japan forces Abe to delay controversial bill See in context

drlucifer

Many experts both in Japan and out have pointed to the low testing rates for the virus here, many articles by multiple Japanese media outlets have also pointed this out.

But despite the low testing and obviously inaccurate numbers of cases one thing stands out that has not been reported as widely as the lack of testing. That is that the number or deaths (from all causes) during the first 4 months of this year have not gone up despite all predictions from all the so-called expert especially those from the west. To be exact they are down slightly. So it is clear the virus has not had the disastrous results as it has had in out developed countries despite Japan's high elderly population. A major difference is the general good health of the population and other cultural habits, but health is the main factor 3 UK studies have shown that 73% of all those that got seriously ill from covid were obese/overweight. The UK like most western countries has over 70% of its population overweight 30% obese and all the problems that go with it the average North American over 45 is on 4 to 5 daily meds, now compare that to less than 5% obesity in Japan and lack of all the associated problems. Testing everyone would have changed little except send the population into the same panic as western countries but for no reason here as the population is not the same overweight unhealthy population as the west.

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Posted in: Only top 30% of foreign students to be eligible for gov't handouts See in context

Lonelygaijin2001

Strange I have been in Japan a very long time and as best as I can remember under the Japanese student visa system full time students have been able to work up to 25 hours a week even as far back as the late 1980s. That is where and how many of the English school got their teachers.

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Posted in: Only top 30% of foreign students to be eligible for gov't handouts See in context

Zichi

the My number card (paper) is not accepted for online application, people need to use that paper card to then be issued a photo IC chip My number.

If you can use the paper one in your town great but that is in violation of the law.

The same applies for online Tax filing only the IC chip photo my number can be used and as has been pointed here in previous articles only 16% of the population has actually applied and received that card.

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Posted in: Only top 30% of foreign students to be eligible for gov't handouts See in context

Zichi

You can apply online, today.

Regarding applying for the ¥100,000.

well no the vast majority in Japan cannot apply online because to do so one needs to have applied and received the photo IC chip card and as of April 1 only 16% of residents have the card.

My ward in Tokyo has a backlog and is taking months to process and hand out the photo ID card.

So basically only a handful of people in Japan will get the money any time soon. Just checked my ward and it will only start sending out applications on May 28 I don't expect to see any money before August at best.

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Posted in: Facebook, YouTube remove 'Plandemic' video with 'unsubstantiated' coronavirus claims See in context

This is indicative of today's society and Hollywood fuels it! Think of all the movies and TV shows that if they don't start out with some deep conspiracy at some point it will be introduced! Take the fun teenage comic book Archie what do we get Riverdale a dark view of life with conspiracy, etc... everything today is a conspiracy if you listen to social media and watch wedge movies or TV. What a sad world we seem to have created! Most of the time if you hear the sound of hooves it is more than likely a horse not a Zebra!

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Posted in: Hello, social distancing. Goodbye, handshakes? See in context

Fine with me! As someone with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) including OCD, Japan has been a far less stressful place! People don't try shaking my had and rarely if ever touch me like pats on the back etc... I much rather bow hello goodbye!

Note to the writer the "Vulcan " greeting is actually a Jewish religious gesture so doubt it would be appropriate for general use.

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Posted in: Groups sow doubt about COVID vaccine before one even exists See in context

@Burning Bush.

That is your right. And society has the right to refuse to permit you, your children and anyone else that choose the same as you to attend school, be hired for work, attend any event in which your possible non vaccination can lead to infecting others especially those that have real medical issues that comprise their immune systems! Perhaps less USA TV and movies that all have some great conspiracy background and more factual education would help!

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