Ashley Shiba comments

Posted in: Japan job availability up, unemployment down in January See in context

Can the government explain why the suicide rate has jumped so high in these past months if the job situation is so great??????

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 232 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 888. See in context

My American friend in her 60's here is unwell, her and her husband's income is low and wishes to get the test but is sure the only way is by paying 20000 yen and she cannot afford that. How many people are like her in Japan sick but cannot afford the test.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 178 coronavirus cases; below 200 for 1st time since Nov 24 See in context

Okay, for those doubters, Guam has vaccinated 75 percent or more of their population and still there are cases popping up. Yes, only a few a day, however, they do not have the population we have and Guam like Hawaii is very balmy, and so, with still heavy testing their they are getting cases even with the vaccinations.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 178 coronavirus cases; below 200 for 1st time since Nov 24 See in context

What they are not reporting is the private clinics that are doing testing which cost about 20 thousand yen because it is so difficult to get the public ones and people cannot go to work or school until there is all clear one way or the other. Yes, many come back positive, however, these clinics are not permitting their data to be published and sometimes they are not even sharing due to the privacy laws in this country. How do I know this? Through my friend who works in the local government office, and who has gone to say the numbers are so much higher but due to the Olympics and lock downs they are doing whatever they can to keep the count down. All I can say take care this virus is real and rampant here.

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Posted in: Oita woman loses lawsuit and pays damages without ever knowing she’d been sued See in context

For single moms' trying to collect back child support in this country is a friggin nightmare and the Courts really protect the fathers' more than the children and struggling mothers. Yet, this man can go and sue and collect money that easily how is that?

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Posted in: Saitama begins plans to regulate how to use escalators; prohibit walking up and down See in context

For the really disabled they should and or taking the elevators. I walk up the escalator to get exercise and to speed up where I am going, with that said, I am always cautious of those who are standing to one side especially if I see a cane and if I cannot get by I will just stop and wait until the escalator reaches the bottom or top. I see people in Tokyo very respectful of others on the escalator, however, go to Osaka well that is a whole other story, crazy and rude.

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Posted in: Airlines, buses increase services after railway artery severed by quake See in context

I live on the 11th floor and my blding shook like a tsunami and my son slept through the whole thing....all the while I was holding up the cabinets in my kitchen.

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Posted in: Some remain skeptical as Japan set to roll out vaccines on Wednesday See in context

I don't think the Japanese general public has to worry for a while about choosing to get the vaccine or not due to the fact there are very few doses in Japan at the moment and they do not have enough syringes even if they did have plenty of vaccine. Japan is way behind the eighth ball on this. With that said, after the health care community is vaccinated it appears people with heart conditions mine being hereditary will be one of the next ones in line it appears.

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Posted in: Japan approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine See in context

I guess I will be one of the first after healthcare workers to get the vaccine due to a heart issue and a stint I received 4 years ago.

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Posted in: Gov't to review next week early lifting of state of emergency See in context

I have a friend who works in a kuakusho and has stated there is a wait list for COVID patients who are seriously ill but there are no beds available. There are about 2 to 3 thousand cases they figure a day, however, the testing is being done by private companies who are not publishing their details along with the government run testing. Follow Dr. Fauci's advice and double mask on the crowded trains, have your kids when sitting in the classroom put on 2 masks and so on this is suppose to reduce your risks by about 95 percent. Keep safe, everyone.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 412 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,570 See in context

A friend who works in a kuakusho in Tokyo has stated there are about roughly 3 thousand cases a day. What is not included is all the private clinics that are testing and that their numbers are not being included in this so-called official account. Everyone take care.

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Posted in: Japan ramps up ultra-cold freezer production ahead of vaccine roll-out See in context

These machines will not be in need for a while as Japan is behind the 8th ball when it came to the vaccine it will be a while before they are going to get their order. Why? Because the 2 leading manufacturers of these vaccines are behind in production and the US, Canada and England are all waiting for more batches that they ordered long before Japan and they will receive theirs' first before Japan will which if lucky late summer at best.

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Posted in: Bullet train office car See in context

I agree with many comments with the what's the point, however, we all have to think outside the box and if they find a demand for it and it helps their ridership all the more power to them in these very trying times both personally and financially.

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Posted in: Japan expected to announce state of emergency extension on Tuesday See in context

There are 15,000 people waiting for a hospital bed. The number of testing and or people waiting to get tested is really long.

This is a fact, my American friend who lives out in Chiba her student's mother told her that her husband was told at work someone tested for the virus that he should return home (by train) and get tested. The husband walked straight into the house to his bedroom on the 8th of January and never left for except the toilet use and waited to the 18th before he got a call to come for the test. Yes, he tested positive for the virus and on the 23rd the rest of the family in the home got tested and so it took over 10 days for this family to find out if they were positive and where they stayed in isolation until the results came back.

Another friend who works in the local government office told me the numbers were like 3 thousand a day including the private testing sites that are not officially reporting to the government. I would be very careful everyone and do not take this virus and or these low stats as GOD.

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Posted in: Senior lawmaker to quit Diet post over hostess bar visit during state of emergency See in context

It's a farce. There positions in the government is a lifer just handed down from one generation to another. A great show, anyway.

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Posted in: Why it's hard to make vaccines and boost supplies See in context

Japan may approve this vaccine this month and put their orders in, however, nobody hold your breath this country is behind the 8th ball on this one they are in the back of the line to all the others who have put in their orders and paid and who are still waiting for more but do not have due to the logistics of getting more made.

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Posted in: Japan's probe into alleged Olympic bid bribery flawed: French court See in context

OMG, do you think Japan is the only country that has bribed the IOC??? This is a given time after time, the IOC is such a corrupt organization and with this pandemic it is really bringing to surface of how corrupt this organization is. The only good thing this pandemic has done is cut off the want for future Olympics and the bidding wars, because of the IOC's greediness in the extreme green color and it really will cost them in the long run. The IOC refusal to cancel the Olympics is all about money, if they do so, they will have to return money to Japan a big "NO THANKS" and they will loose all their tv advertising money. Too be honest, I do not see this virus going away in the near future and I am sure that many countries have pulled away for the near future Olympic bids and I see this happening for years to come.

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Posted in: Perth in lockdown, ending Australia's 2-week run without COVID-19 See in context

In the short term rough on the residents, however, in the long term keeps everyone safe and permits everyone to live relatively safely and comfortably.

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic sponsors shelve ads as mood sours over Games See in context

The only upside of this who mess is that there will be no countries lining up for the Olympics in the future due to the IOC'S greediness and unwillingness to cancel the games in the face of death from the virus. The IOC is choosing the lining of their own pockets over that of the lives of the athletes.

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Posted in: Japan secures extra Pfizer vaccine doses; Feb 15 approval expected See in context

Canada has had to stop giving the vaccine due to a shortage, and so, how is this company going to supply Japan if they cannot even supply Canada or the US another country who has run short.

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Posted in: Last trains in Tokyo area to leave earlier from Wed night to help stem virus surge See in context

They should have the last train stop at 10 pm this would give many people time to get home and not rushing home around at the same time.

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Posted in: As Diet opens, Suga pledges to get pandemic under control, hold Olympics See in context

Olympics or peoples' lives? Which Olympic athletes are willing to fly over here to attend the games when there are a thousand cases a day and are expected to reach 3000 a day if people do not heed and stay home? Who will come out on top financially with proceeding forward with no athletes to draw a paying crowd? Is it not better now to cancel the Olympics and save face and ones' political career? Or is Suga wishing to be one of those short term PMS?

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Posted in: Former IOC vice president says U.N. could decide fate of Tokyo Olympics See in context

The winter Olympics will not happen in China as the summer games are not going to take place here due to the virus. What is great about this is the Olympic committee who loves getting their perks and bribes will fine their pockets hit hard by this, and hopefully in the future countries will not be jumping all over themselves to get this overrated and costly event in their backyards at such a huge cost to tax payers.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,809 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,014 See in context

Please do not get comfortable with this number which is incredibly high for a Saturday. A friend who works inside the government has stated that the numbers are expected to rise to the 3000 a day mark and due to the long weekend last week the testing is down.

Everyone who does not need to go out do your best to stay home.

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

A team of scientists (read Daily Yomuiri on-line) have come up with a vaccine for the COVID using the small pox vaccine and advancing it and it will go into 3 trials this spring.

For Hiroshima, for those who are for and or against testing this will put a solid light on what the true situation is and show either a need for more testing and or keep it at the way it is now. Ignorance is not a bliss and never really is especially when this virus is taking peoples' lives and filling up hospitals cutting off people from getting other life saving treatments.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,001 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,133 See in context

This is fair warning from a government friend who has been giving me updates and I have been posting the numbers provided and the latest is 3000. This person stated at the beginning of this week that the national government was preparing for the 3000 mark a day in Tokyo as early as the end of this week and or next week.

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

I teach small private English class either one or 2 students per class and from June all my students were required to wear masks and face shields. In addition, there is a small table outside my door on the 3 days I teach with an alcohol battery operated machine with wipes where the students are required to use to wipe the door handle before entering.

Last night, 2 of my junior high school students first year going to separate schools told me there were COVID cases among the teachers in their school as well as students in second year.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,494 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,081 See in context

I hate to burst anyone's bubble and or be a person of bad news, however, I spoke with my friend who works in a government office and that they predict the numbers to reach 3,000 a day by the end of this week. That there is a hope with this emergency declaration and if people will follow it that these numbers may drop by the end of this month.

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Posted in: All people entering Japan must submit negative results to COVID-19 test See in context

Some friends from Indonesia returned for a winter holiday they had to take a PCR test at the airport 20,000 yen and had to wait for the results. Before returning to Japan the same thing and they must stay in quarantine for a week and before leaving their bubble will have to undergo another PCR test.

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Posted in: New coronavirus cases in Tokyo soar to 2,447; nationwide tally 7,570 See in context

I just read in the Daily Yomuiri news that there are 3,000 people with the virus in Tokyo that are confined to their homes and are unable to get medical treatment as all the hospitals who treat the COVID are full.

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