David Van Cleef comments

Posted in: Tokyo reports 149 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 507 See in context

My bad, it is even stated that it is down by 21 but what is not stated is that the test is unproportionally

down by 2185. So can we say with confidence that it is on a downward trend ? the choice is yours.

These figures are for Saturday and Sunday testing, which would generally represent only the most serious cases.

To look at trends, running 7-day averages give a more informative picture.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 141 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 583 See in context

We'll really start to see what the impact of obon was next week most likely. I'm expecting a pretty big jump.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 258 new cases of coronavirus; nationwide total 1,014 See in context

Reports on other news sources say that the peak has been reached and infections are trending down. Because people are taking precautionary measures.

You are currently seeing the effects of things that are happening two weeks ago. I wouldn't say things are trending down until 2-3 weeks after the end of obon, and all the risky behavior that occurred then.

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Posted in: Microsoft nears big bet on TikTok after risky LinkedIn deal shows promise See in context

Not relevant to Japan, this is only for the NA/Oceania business.

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Posted in: Trump floats idea of election delay See in context

The end run is probably no victor by Jan 20, at which point the House of Representatives will elect a president.

While the Dems control the majority of seats in the House, the procedure for this is one vote per state delegation, and the GOP currently holds a slight edge in that despite being in the minority on overall seats.

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Posted in: Go To fiasco may see gov't paying Tokyoites' cancellation fees See in context

Government waste at its finest.

Look at it from the viewpoint of someone from Tokyo who prebooked a trip based on the promise of the subsidies and suddenly had the rug pulled out from under them. Should they really be on the hook for cancel fees?

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Posted in: Abe faces backlash after Tokyo residents excluded from Go To travel campaign See in context

One very big "screw you": Tokyo residents who had already booked trips planning to take advantage of this program and now cannot afford it are on the hook for cancellation fees.

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Posted in: Organizers to issue ticket refunds for delayed Tokyo Olympics See in context

It was already stated that refunds would be available in the email that went out to all purchasers on March 31. How is any of this new?

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Posted in: 308 Japanese companies affected by U.S. work visa halt: survey See in context

And how about the number of Americans who have a family and business in Japan are not allowed back in Japan because they hold a US Passport?

They're not being refused because of their passport, they're being refused based on where they've been recently. It is possible (but expensive and time-consuming) to reenter Japan via a third country and intermediate quarantines. A few of the routes were effectively closed with the last round of entry bans, but at least one does still exist (with 2 intermediate quarantines so it will take a minimum of 6 weeks to effectively clear all procedures).

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Posted in: Huawei controversy opens field for 5G challengers See in context

5G has still not been proven to be safe.

Repeat after me: mm waves are not microwaves

To say nothing of the fact that most 5G to date has been sub-6GHz, not mm wave in the first place.

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Posted in: Yamato becomes Japan's 1st city to 'ban' use of phones while walking See in context

Pokézombies are going to continue doing what they've been doing.

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Posted in: Photo finish: End of an era as Olympus sells camera division See in context

Olympus has been all about the endoscopes for a very long time now. Camera business was just kept around for tradition.

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Posted in: Tokyo to ask nightlife workers to take coronavirus tests See in context

Let me get this straight early on the govt WONT test people, & now they want to freely test workers in bars etc

Where on earth did the sudden capacity for testing come from...…...

There's been excess capacity all along, but for various reasons the government chose not to use 100% of the limit of testing.

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Posted in: Tokyo to ask nightlife workers to take coronavirus tests See in context

Also in yesterday's confirmed cases were 6 people who flew into Tokyo from Brazil and Peru, 5 of whom were NOT Japanses citizens.

I thought foreigners were banned....

Most likely nikkeijin, which are exempted in some cases.

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Posted in: Man detained in first arrest for illegal reselling of face masks in Japan See in context

We went to a drug store this evening and saw them selling a box of 50 mask for 3200 Yen. A back before the pandemic those same boxes were selling for 500 Yen. How is that not price gouging?

The cost of materials (melt blown polypropylene fabric) has gone up by a factor of 10-20x since before the pandemic.

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Posted in: Hotels, university offer free stays for foreigners stranded in Japan See in context

some borders are in fact closed. An example to reference is the Philippines as well as Turkey. There are no flights between Japan and those countries. I know a few people that tried to get on the last plane out and are now stranded.

There are certainly flights between Japan and Philippines. E.g. NH869/870.

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Posted in: 2 love hotels reprimanded for denying room to gay couple See in context

Yes they are. They are registered has a hotel business and issued with a hotel license usually displayed at the reception desk.

Some functionally love hotels may register as legitimate hotels, but love hotels proper are governed by the Entertainment Law not the hotel law.

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Posted in: 2 love hotels reprimanded for denying room to gay couple See in context

Setting aside any issues about morality or political correctness, as odd as it sounds, love hotels are legally not hotels, and not governed by the Hotel Business Act.

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Posted in: Has Japan dodged the coronavirus bullet? See in context

Actual infection numbers are likely hundreds times higher. In addition, they are switching from PCR tests to antibody tests now for diagnosis, but it takes the body weeks to create antibodies to show up on tests, so they will report even less positive cases from now on.

You're confused.

The new tests that will be supplementing PCR are antigen tests, not antibody. They may sound vaguely similar but they're entirely different things.

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Posted in: Foreigners with stays until July again given extra 3 months to renew visas See in context

I did an extension at Shinagawa recently. Didn't really have to (not expiring until May) but wanted to change phone contract.

Unless you get there at 6-7am to queue up the lines get quite ridiculous. As in 3 rows of queue barriers leading up to the doors, along the sidewalk to the corner, across the street and halfway down the next block.

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Posted in: Sharp holding lottery for popular masks See in context

And of course, now that the day has come, the website has crashed - 502 error on trying to submit the form.

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Posted in: Sharp holding lottery for popular masks See in context

The people complaining about the increased pricing of the masks may not be aware that the open-market cost of the polypropylene fabric used in manufacturing them has gone up by a factor of 10 times (from about 6000 yen a roll to over 60,000) since the start of the year.

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Posted in: Hotline service to begin for foreigners in Japan for virus inquiries See in context

Content-free article...

Notice what's actually missing? The actual phone number.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan may not have enough new virus test kits See in context

Yep, the equipment is there. A lot more testing should be done.

Probably have to balance the availability of tests vs the ability to allocate PPE to testing. Every test requires a full gown/mask/glove change for the person taking the samples. Some of that might be better allocated towards people actually treating patients.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan may not have enough new virus test kits See in context

I was on the Chiyoda line and Odakyu line this morning and hardly nobody was wearing a mask. Is the Japanese media telling them the threat is gone or something?

I was noticing the same on the trains today. Maybe 30% non-mask wearers around 5:45am on the Hanzomon-sen, and a lot of them were older.

Glad I'm only in the office one day a week, and an early commute at that.

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Posted in: Influenza wave significantly wanes in Japan See in context

Wearing masks has surely had an impact then?

Wearing a mask does actually help you, not from filtering the virus, but by preventing your from casually touching your face with your hands.

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Posted in: Japan issues coronavirus medical guidance as infections rise See in context

Please provide links to those 'nationwide health-care centers in charge of responding to the outbreak'.

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/kenkou/hokenjo/

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/covid19-kikokusyasessyokusya.html

Did you even try looking yourself?

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Posted in: Americans from virus-hit cruise ship head home by chartered plane See in context

just hope good Uncle Sam (U.S.) is going to pick up the tab.

Most likely not, the repatriation flights from Wuhan to the US were done on a reimbursement required later (or you never get a new passport) basis.

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Posted in: Americans from virus-hit cruise ship head home by chartered plane See in context

Should have moved the ship to Yokosuka, disembarked them there and sent them out via Atsugi rather than risk using Haneda.

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Posted in: 6 more coronavirus infections on ship in Yokohama bring total to 70 See in context

Since they take the sick off the ship that have the virus for hospital stays quarantined (Where?),

They are spread over hospitals in 5 prefectures.

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