If what's going on in other countries is an indication of what's to come then abe should be converting hotels near hospitals into overflow treatment and isolation rooms. Lease out the hotel and at least you're helping some of them all the while preparing for the onslaught.
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and how is wagyu going to pay for rent? the bliss of a gourmet meal, in these times? get real.
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None of this is productive and they continue to play their stupid petty games.
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Many of these kids live in households where both parents have to work so they go to an after school day care where they will again be exposed to crowds. Any regulations for these day care facilities? If not day care, then they go home where their grandparents take care them. See the potential for trouble? Don't know why these idiots in government can't.
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The lack of testing and the suppression of numbers by the govt is what's leading this sense of complacency. Japanese feel like they are special and that their approach to this pandemic is better than the other countries. If it is so special then other countries should be modeling the Japanese contingency plan. They are not. There will be hell to pay as this behavior continues.
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The crowd is because Abe and the Japanese all think that they are special and have it under control. The lack of testing and the fudging of numbers like what Yubaru refers to are all data points that Abe and the government can proudly tout as Japan having everything under control.
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@Akie - How did Abe win the battle against the virus when the infection rate is still rising despite the miserably low number of tests? You want to bring all the athletes to Japan and let them train here knowing that it's possible for someone to be an asymptomatic carrier and could also transmit during their stay? Your comparison of this pandemic to the flu and diarrhea to be blunt, is quite asinine since medical experts have already warned us not to compare this with the flu; and I won't even begin to talk about your comparison to the runs.
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No testing, no new infections to report, and no bad news. Bring on the Olympics!
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Non hospitalized solitary confinement for idiots who put others at risk.
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Good. One less idiot that will put everyone else at risk.
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Mary Jane used by the defense as the reason for his mental state. Gimme a break. But back to the topic, good for this guy, the sentences is just, absolutely no remorse on his part.
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And how many tested? Are tests readily available?
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Solitary confinement in a cell, don't take up hospital beds.
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Ok, go ahead and have the hanami. Do it. These are not normal times lady, and you still want your Olympics?
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Agree with borscht. JOC, Mori or anyone else don't have a say, the unilateral decision by the IOC to move the marathon to Sapporo should have made that clear to everyone. Bach will decide, not Mori. And if Bach wants the Olympics to continue even though the WHO has officially declared this a pandemic then so be it. Tokyo Olympics was a mistake from the beginning, 50,000 still displaced from 3/11, and the clean up at Fukushima to take generations.
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MSF had been shouting about the Ebola breakout and WHO Margaret Chan was too slow to act. Now we have the same situation where Ghebreyesus who declared it a pandemic after China's numbers started to stabilize so as not to offend Xi and jeopardize the contributions that Ethiopia enjoys from China. Where was the warning to China to stop the mass vacation exodus during the lunar new year? Was there a condemnation of Dr. Li's repression from the government? Lack of leadership is not only trump's problem but also in the WHO.
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Never should have had the Olympics in the first place. The Tohoku region could have used the money and resources that were diverted to Tokyo. If abe didn't have the Olympics he could have concentrated all of his energy on battling this virus but now he has to consider the Olympics in every decision he makes. abenomics at its best.
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Time for Japan to really think about child care in the workplace. With the aging population Japan can't afford to be losing workers who are in their prime.
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All set for the Olympics! Here we come en masse!
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Trump just needs something for the election. If Abe doesn't kowtow, he should just say a comprehensive agreement will take time and resources and that the virus currently has top priority. Play for time and a better deal than a quick sham that Trump needs. But then again, we're talking about Abe, Trump's Mar a Lago caddie aren't we...
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Et tu Fourice? Yeah, what a great way to end the article, total waste of time reading it with a conclusion like that.
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Okinawa has announced it's first positive infection today. 60 year female taxi driver that probably drove many of the tourists around when this ship called port before Yokohama and during the lunar new year. Incubation period is about to end so just wait and see and hope the medical system doesn't get overwhelmed.
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I would surmise then that there was culpable negligence. If there isn't any conclusive evidence to prove otherwise, then logically speaking, right? Of course, out of politeness, no one in the press or otherwise would say this, but everyone in the mean time is donating money to get this fixed again without knowing what kind of preventive measures will be needed to prevent a recurrence.
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He thought they might be spies? Duh....
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@virusrex. Thanks for the retort. The question. Was it wise to release the patient back to the hotel? Low fatality rate, but how much suffering if you don't die? My son has asthma, I wouldn't want to see him contract this because of flawed public health measures.
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I read in the WSJ that health officials believe that the incubation period is two weeks and that people are most likely not contagious before symptoms develop. Please note the use of words like, "believe" and "most likely." When I read that, it means there still isn't enough definitive information, which then by logical conclusion health official should err on the side of caution no? Releasing a patient back to the hotel only to find out in later research and evidence that it is contagious during the incubation period would just blow up in everyone's face. To get the up to date facts and research evidence the most reliable place to extract the information would be where it originated and where there are the most prevalent cases i.e. China but I'm not so sure the PRC is actually providing all the facts to the WHO. So, it goes back to the same old question. Why are these health officials being so casual in their actions? While I'm on the soapbox, would just like to let readers know the name Carlo Urbani. Please don't forget this doctor.
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Laughable and disgusting but also par for the course. As long as the LDP is in power there will never be any structural changes in government or oversight. All these folks will lay low for several months and will be on the campaign trail again and then sadly, elected again by their constituents. How many times have we seen this Mr. Abe?
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