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: Japan's state of emergency is no lockdown. What is it? See in context

Missing from the article that prefectural governerns havent or won't for the time being actualy ask businesses to close.

A simple way to explain is Abe officialy gave the 7 prefectures permission to declare an emergency anytime until May 7

but of this evening none have.

Tokyo probably will on Friday

Japan today and the media should explain but largely arent

An example

My busine

My friends bar in hakata was set to close but will stay open

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Posted in: Anxiety prevails over state of emergency declaration See in context

@1981

I put my kids wellbeing above my own.

I am only part of a problem if you think kids going to school is a problem.

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Posted in: Anxiety prevails over state of emergency declaration See in context

Utter madness is keeping kids home when they are at very low risk and there is evidence closing schools doesnt work.

My kids happily went to school this morning. Hopefully schools in my prefecture wont close again.

If they do I ll happily take them to the park everyday, may as well enjoy all this free time.

If you want your kids to stay home good for you, though I would be interested to know if your kids feel the same.

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Posted in: Abe declares state of emergency until May 6 for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

@spinning plates

Thank you.

No need to apologize its a discussion.

Just to clear up any confusion.

I have come to see that this virus is more dangerous than the flu and its best to take sensible precautionary measure.

That said I think people are unrationally fueled by fear as a result of the media and politicians overstating and overreacting.

And the actual downsides lose of freedoms, economic pain and mental stress of these drastic measures are far greater than the virus itself. Personaly I and friends are suffering great financial loss and my children and their friends are showing worrying levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

Finally I believe politicians are only responding to the public not leading them in a rational manner.

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Posted in: Abe declares state of emergency until May 6 for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

If you drive a car, fly, use electricity, buy goods made in 3rd world countries, trade stocks, wear gold or diamonds, smoke, have taken illegal drugs.

All of these actions be it from pollution, rising oceans, poverty, sweatshops etc indirectly endanger people and cost a similar if not larger number of lives.

If you are willing to give up and risk so much just in case you might endanger another than power to you.

When the truth for most is however much people say otherwise they are primarily afraid for themselves even though survival rate is 99%

Thats why they want action like those seen today.

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Posted in: Abe declares state of emergency until May 6 for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

In my opinion we are being asked a simple question and there are three groups

With the mortality rate for know infections around 1% and the actual risk is of course lower as you may never be infected but for simplicity

Group 1: do I agree with staying home, keeping my kids from going to school and damaging the economy on the 1% chance by continuing my daily life I may directly of in directly kill someone.

Group 2: do I agree with staying home,keeping my kids from going to school, damage the economy and my local bar, gym, swimming club etc goes bankrupt or in serious debt on the 1% chance by continuing my daily life I may directly of in directly kill someone.

Group 3: do I agree with staying home,keeping my kids from going to school, damage the economy and my local bar, gym, swimming club etc goes bankrupt or in serious debt and I lose my job/my business goes under on the 1% chance by continuing my daily life I may directly of in directly kill someone

Personally I am in group 3 so maybe I am cold hearted but sorry I would have prefered for this declaration not to have happened.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 83 new coronavirus infections Monday; down 60 from Sunday See in context

Many people having been staying home the past two weeks so numbers should go down.

Then the news will turn to did the government overreact.

If not you have to wonder what the point of staying home was.

Conversly you will have reports of family clusters then the news will be isn't it better to not stay inside all day.

Anyway if you wanted a lockdown style response I guess congratulations. If you didnt, dont worry as last month showed this wont last long.

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Posted in: Can a dictatorship better serve the public than a democracy in a pandemic? See in context

Late feb:The public (or least media and twitter users etc ) along with the medical community shout the loudest so schools close

Mid March: relaxed people now calls for return to daily life along with the business community shouting the largest . Koike tells people cherry blossom is a scared right

Early April: paniced people and medical leaders now loudest voice again. emergency declaration

Late April: focus turns to economy business leaders shout loudest again. emergency declaration resinded.(I guess)

Democracy is always best, although people more and more whoever shouts the loudest wins.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

It took 20 days from schools locking down to everyone getting bored and going out again.

I would be surprised if this warning holds to golden week.

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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

@macv

A extremely small number of kids are getting sick. That's the point.

And with the history Japanese legal systen good luck taking action.

Especially in the coming reason, your money might be better well spent elsewhere.

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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

Children are gems carries

And there was me thinking they were the future.

And as @noriajapan shows

Was School Closure Effective in Mitigating Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Time Series Analysis Using Bayesian Inference

https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202004.0058/v1

Was School Closure Effective in Mitigating Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Time Series Analysis Using Bayesian Inference

https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202004.0058/v1

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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

Reading these comments on prev previous post its no wonder Japan has such a low birthrate.

I feel nothing but sadness at the way people see children as danger best left locked at home.

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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

Yes your kids are fine. But the problem many can't seem to understand is that ther might be a chance they carry and spread it to other children, their parents and grandparents. Those who do not have such selfish thoughts

I am selfish for wanting my kids to have an education and have fun.

While your not selfish for wanting to deny my children an education?

If you want to stay home, stay home.

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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

Kindergartens have been open the whole time. And remain so in Tokyo

and other major cities

After school clubs too

My kids have going to whole time and are FINE, maybe they caught it either way their fine.

Maybe they will eventually pass it me or their grandparents, but thats a risk of being a parent and grandparent.

If we are afraid of children and see them as little germ carrying zombies And aren't willing to scarific a tiny amount for their well being (undisputidly being at school is better than trapped at home) what sort of society have we become.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

@ah so

Agreeed numbers thankfully are falling in Italy and Spain.

My worry is that once a lockdown is eventually lifted you run the risk of having a secondary outbreak in a population that has low levels of immunity and a society less willing to lockdown again.

Particularly in Europe with open borders and a history of illegal migration.

Japan of course could close its borders until a vaccine is ready and with far less unchecked entry would stand a better chance of success.

But with Olympics postponed only a year the government appears unwilling to close the borders for a long time.

All signs point to a policy of controled spread to achieve herd immunity and protect the economy.

Or Abe could declare a state of emergency tomorrow, we are all guessing government policy at the end of the day.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

In my personal opinion I am fine with the government policy.

There are risks yes, but national emergencies have great social risks to.

I hope this is the peak but even if it isnt

To compare Japan to Italy or New York you have to keep in mind

1.The virus has probably been in Japan longer thus more people have already been exposed.

2.Japan has stopped mass gatherings since mid february thus reducing risk of large clusters.

Japanese people have been practicing hand washing and mask wearing since february. This is effective in reducing risk.

4.Japan has a better medical system in terms of bed numbers, ct machines etc. Thus greater leeway.

5.This is unknown but Japan is already experiencing warmer weather. pneumonia is les wide spread in summer clearly this is benifical.

Wheather it is achieveable or not

I am not sure

, that said lockdowns are also unproven outside of one city in China.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

130 probably more by the days end isn't good whatever your opinion of the severity.

The trouble is there is little reporting of the severity of these cases.

The goal is clearly to control the spread and not to overrun hospitals thus an increase of mild symptom patients is less an issue than a smaller spike in serious cases .

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

@open minded

Yes, I agree that is the goal, thus the number of open icu beds would be far better benchmark. Furthermore as that is the stated goal advice in my opinion should be given to different age groups as opposed to blanket lockdowns. Admittedly this runs the risk of infecting the elderly too, but unfortunately this is a balancing act of keeping economics afloat while protecting the most at risk.,

@flute

The highest risk group, are also it appears from posts about full pachinko palours and from my own experiences of seeing gate ball games and hanami parties this weekend the least likely to take precautions. Maybe they would rather take the risk and enjoy whatever time they have left, I don't know.Just how it seems to me.

@strangerland.

Yes your right. Apologies

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

The choice is

Everyone stays in a bubble for the next year until we have a vaccine and world economy collapses causing an unknown number of deaths

Or we continue living our normal lifes and and an also unknown number dies.(remember all estimates are only estimates)

That is the crux of the matter

Personally, I believe a melt down of society is far more dangerous and I continue to live my life while taking precautions (wash hands,wear a mask, stay home if sick) but if you believe living in a bubble is worth it then fair to you.

This is a democracy so I have no right to tell you to leave your house at the same time you have no right to tell me to stay home.

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

@clippertyclop

Numbers wise yes, percentage wise not even close.

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

@yoshisan

440 deaths per day in australia(all causes

30 corona deaths to date( you lockdown )

800 bushfire deaths (you continue to expand cities further into the bush)

What I am saying is live involves risk and unfortunately people die.

yet why do 30 deaths cause you to lockdown, yet 800 don't cause you to ban living in the bush?

The response does match the risk in regards to coronavirus

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

@ yoshisan88

. Australia is in lockdown but people can still go out and buy essential items 

Well that sounds like a great time.

Carvid-19 kills heathy young adults and kids, too! A 13 year old in UK died alone in the hospital. Not all death are elderlies. Your comment is just pathetic.

Yes, but so do a whole variety of other conditions. Cars kill more children , yet me haven't outlawed cars. We accept the risk as society a trade off for convenience I say this as a parent.

What about new york or Italy you say, well unfortunately a lack of funding (nurses wearing bin bags as protection etc) is the biggest cause of death there.

That is not the reason those infected people died.

Please ompare italian and us death rates to germany, a country with excellent healthcare.

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

@spinningplates

I care about people losing their jobs, people being locked in their homes around the world

I am not particularly concerned about a virus that people over 100 years old can recover from.

What about new york or Italy you say, well unfortunately a lack of funding (nurses wearing bin bags as protection etc) is the biggest cause of death there.

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context

If a 104 year old American can recover from the virus, I think Ill "risk " going out tomorrow too.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/globalnews.ca/news/6768961/man-turns-104-recovers-coronavirus/amp/

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Posted in: Koike pressures Abe to declare state of emergency See in context

As soon as we are spared daily press conferences from local mayors and doctors and daily updates on the number of cases, the virus will mysteriously disappear and we can all go back to a normal life.

If flu data was reported in the same way, we would have the same panic every year.

Wash your hands, wear a mask if you need and stay home if your sick, same as every flu season.

Anyway, it’s a beautiful day, I am going to for a picnic.

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Posted in: Koike pressures Abe to declare state of emergency See in context

4/4 62 patients in icu across the whole country

I hope they recover soon.

Hardly a medical system at breaking point,though.

5,10,30 days ago we were told Japanese hospitals were going to be overrun in a matter of days.

They weren't

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Posted in: Virus infections not rampant nationwide but Japan on brink: Abe See in context

6million unemployed Americans,

Ill say that again

6 million unemployed Americans

And people want Japan to copy this(?_?)

Tounge in cheek

Maybe China saw the opportunity to lockdown a city over a fairly mild new virus(compared to sars, ebola etc) take a short term economic hit .And then thus through self generated media and governmental hysteria get the world to copy their strategy. End result self conbobulation of economies and social freedoms around the world.

Again tounge in cheek

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

Yesterday 266 new cases

42 recovered

0 died

Japan seems to be doing a good job

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

@1glenn

May I ask roughly how old you are

If your mother can remember 1918 you must be at least 80.

Hope your keeping well

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Japan can not have a mandatory lockdown.

The government can ask people to stay home, similar to the situation now, nothing more.

It can not tell business to close, limit movement or put police on the streets to enforce a lockdown.

Abe said this today

It is impossible!

I am thankfully we dont live in a police state.

Wash your hands stay home, if sick stay home.

And if your one of those people demanding a lockdown dont go to work.No one is forcing you.

Your will probably lose your job but as many of you like to say safety is more important than money.

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