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Posted in: Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases See in context

Political games behind the scene.

Opposition and Koike are putting pressure on Abe for declaring an Emergency State. It is also a political game as they know they do not have the responsibility to declare it. It it does not get worse, they won’t loose anything and if it get worse, they will tackle Abe strongly for not having any responsibility, not being able to take decision or whatever, and they will end as winners. Especially Koike. The number of cases is still nothing compare to the population here, no explosion , and the results of 3 days off is still on, Let’s wait a few more days to see if it keeps increasing. I forecast it might stop increasing from Wednesday.

Important to remember that tests results are in a minimum of 4-5 days after showing first symptoms. So I will add these days to the incubation period.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

@Hunter JamesToday  01:05 pm JST

Foreign nationals being too optimistic about receiving this like a Japanese national I’d say good luck to you all! We shall see the reality when this financial assistance starts! 

By the way, you can’t compare the past handouts with this one because there are many contributing factors!

Do you really live in Japan , and also speak Japanese ? How long have you been here ?

If you live here, you should know you are entitled the same rights in term of support as the Japanese if you are a fiscal resident.

Explain concretely why foreigners won’t be entitled to get it if they fill all the criteria ?

I have been here for 20 years and can tell you that many times I received subsidies for different issues.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

Hunter JamesToday  11:38 am JST

@Garthgoyle...are you a Japanese? This assistance will only be given to Japanese nationals ( foreign passport holders are not eligible )!

Meaningless comment . Do you know this country?

All fiscal resident families in Japan will have the right for it, if their revenues have decreased as a result of Coronavirus.

Whatever they are Japanese, foreign or mixed families.

Learn how it works before making any comment.

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Posted in: Japan Post to temporarily stop accepting international mail due to coronavirus See in context

More a problem of logistics than anything

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Posted in: Japan Post to temporarily stop accepting international mail due to coronavirus See in context

For me, it is more a problem of logistthan anything. That’s why some countries though affected are not on the list. There are still some flights, at list cargo flights that do not stop

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Posted in: Osaka governor asks residents to refrain from making non-essential outings See in context

Tokyo actually only tests about 100 people a day.

A lockdown is good to enjoy quiet time at home, but it is not a solution. It creates a lot of additional privy. In my country, domestic violence has surged, alcoholism certainly too, then I am pretty sure the number of elderlies dying alone in their place will increase. And some people can be subject to depression . The J government knows that

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context

Everything was fine last week,

Then decision for the Olympics, suddenly cases a day for a city like Tokyo going from 15 a day to 45. for a city of 12 000 000, it is SUCH a high number , and people have to stay at home. What is that ?

Why don’t you listen anymore to the panel of experts. It is just politics. And all prefectures are doing the same.

So, I have to take risks and go to work but cannot enjoy my days off.

Sorry, I do not buy the story and will do my things as usual.

Just enjoy your weekend !

If nobody goes out, it will be enjoyable

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

I myself go out like them because I am not in a parano or psychotic mental state regarding the covid

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

Haaa NemuiToday 08:40 am JST

@didou - I was talking to somebody in the industry that supplies pcr equipment, not a doctor but a supplier/service person, and he told me that is definitely not lacking. It is not expensive, and certain places have a lot of it but can’t use it for testing for Covid-19... I can’t remember why he said it can’t be used... but even with that he said he doesn’t understand why tests aren’t being performed.

Thanks for the update. I was just guessing.

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Posted in: IOC to start 4 weeks of discussions on Tokyo Olympics See in context


The virus might be over before the vaccine, which will become useless

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


Yes, agree.

But some doctors in other countries do say it is an easy and routine test in hospitals. Japan can dit it easily, I am sure, and doctors and medical staff are not stupid and will master it quickly. There is maybe a need for medical equipment to perform the test which is lacking here

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Posted in: Cluster suspected at Oita medical center after 2 more virus cases confirmed See in context

All is emotional about Corona.

Over 1000 cases in Japan,

which translates by 128 000 000 people are fine.

No panic, just be on your guard.

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Posted in: IOC chief rebuts growing calls for Olympic postponement See in context

As I always said, an official decision should be taken in May, and the IOC should claim that.

The virus might come down by that time, but moreover, postponing 1 years means a lot of behind the scene decisions with organizers, national Olympics committees , sport federations. All this behind the scene talks are going on right now for sure but can not be said. This needs a few weeks to make sure that, in my opinion, a 1 year postponement can be done and is the best for everyone .

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

ozellisMar. 21  06:24 pm JST

What is conspicuous is that countries like Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong have largely avoided mass infections and deaths.

My guess is that social distancing, the use of masks and a general awareness within the community negates some of the power of this thing.

Agree with you.

Asian countries closer from China were more on their guard and though they were first hit by cases, did not look down at the virus like many, including some governments did in Europe. Masks are said to be useless if we are not sick, the French government claimed that too but now is struggling because there is a high demand of masks from doctors, and from the population too. A big lack of preparation happening in many countries.

Wait and see but here in Japan, people are not talking to each other if the do not know each other. It is part of the social distancing.

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Posted in: Panel may advise easing virus controls in some areas; Hokkaido to end state of emergency See in context

Pneumonia facts

2.56 million people died from pneumonia in 2017. Almost a third of all victims were children younger than 5 years, it is the leading cause of death for children under 5

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Posted in: IOC says no ideal solution for Tokyo Olympics as athletes' dissent grows See in context

IOC is right.

Why all this fuss now. No need to take an early decision. In one month, everything might be over or settle down. And the excessive parano down.

IOC should say, we’ll take a decision at the beginning of May, then wait and see until then

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Posted in: Japan to ask travelers from Europe to self-quarantine for 14 days See in context

Foreign nationals who have been to any of the places within 14 days of arriving in Japan would be turned away, the sources said.

This is not only for foreign nationals.

All travellers coming back from affected countries in Europe, including Japanese citizens, will be asked to self quarantine.

It was clear in the Japanese press

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Posted in: Doubts growing in Japan over Tokyo Olympics See in context

Some foreign athletes start to call for a delay.

Japan will end by taking that opportunity to delay, against its own will. It will save the face of the country.

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Posted in: Australia to use biosecurity law to restrict movements of coronavirus patients See in context

DisillusionedMar. 3  08:21 pm JST

My Mrs has just gone back to Japan from Australia. She has ten rolls of toilet paper and five boxes of tissues in her suitcase. The toilet rolls are ¥30,000 each and a box of tissues is ¥20,000. Let me know if you want to buy any. :D

@ Disillusioned

Doing business at such a price ? No way man., a very bad mind and spirit indeed. There are enough tree leaves around.

Otherwise, a few infected in a country, and everyone gets freak out. What’s going on in this world. I can not understand humans.

I am overseas now and was asked quest about the school closures in Japan. This has been widely reported and is seen as the situation is bad, people wondering if the situation is safe or not, Japan government sent a bad message with an adverse effect. The ministry of foreign affairs should then not question and wonder why other countries put a travel advice or ban for Japan

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Posted in: Nearly all prefectures shut schools over virus outbreak See in context

All these restrictive measures contribute to maintain fear and make believing the virus can be anywhere at anytime. All countries are in the same trend.

If no clear outbreak like Wuhan, some cities in Iran or Northern Italy, what is the need ? Will it really slow the spread ?

Yea, but will not stop it.

Taking simple hygienic measures that make sense should be enforced, not restricting life movement if no local outbreak.

My coworker will not take the Shinkansen next week, canceling a business trip but will still go for an overseas business trip, with long flying hours. So it makes no sense to me , like all the restrictive measures

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Posted in: Abe says gov't will announce more measures on March 10 to counter virus See in context

Officially, 250 infected, maybe 5 times more in reality.

I keep on my mind , we are still in the phase of overreaction, overreacting measures , irrational.

250 / 128 000 000 = 0.00000195

0.000195% infected

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Posted in: Tokyo Marathon limited to elite runners over virus fears See in context

Tokyo government is part of the marathon organization

They kept the race for I think two reasons

It is a qualifying race for Japanese athletes

it shows events can be organized even if virus fears, that is good for the Olympics to show they can do it

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Posted in: Hokkaido turns into hotbed of coronavirus cases See in context

Odds are still better to win the loto.

But the problem with the Corona is that if the whole population gets infected, it will be a huge number of deaths like the Spanish flu.

Ghat is why governments do take actions, though in my opinion, it is way too much for a few hundred infected

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

Just the tip of the iceberg now. knowing some get tested once they show pneumonia symptoms or at best, when their cold get worse.

No need to test just because of anxiety. it has never happened anyway.

But à need for a test when symptoms get consistent with the Coronavirus even if pneumonia is not yet seen. and not waiting the patient died like in Hakodate yesterday.

Interesting to know that 2.5 million people do die every year from pneumonia, mostly in Africa and Southeast Asia and mostly children under 5. As this does not concern is directly in the said développés countries of the Northern Hemisphere, we do not hear about it

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Posted in: Abe urges 2-week curb on big events to stem coronavirus spread See in context

The building in Marunouchi is

Shin Marunouchi Building

It is on the J-news

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Posted in: Abe urges 2-week curb on big events to stem coronavirus spread See in context

And what will happen after two weeks ?

It is a strategy for only slowing the spread.

The virus will still be around and the risk of infection too. The only way to stop it would be to stop all activities and closing borders for 1 month. Impossible.

I still do not understand why outdoors events are cancelled and all that hysteria. The risk is still very low at that time, much less than catching the flu or winning the loto.

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Posted in: Gov't panel, responding to criticism, says cruise ship not designed to be hospital See in context

Afterall, critics are always very easy.  But what the critics would have done ? A better work ? I do not think.

Many praised Japan at first for checking people, not allowing them to get off the ship and put the ship on quarantine. Everything was certainly far from perfect but it was 3700 people on that ship. It is not a classroom, it is more people than in an hospital. It is a hard task.

Everyone should remember that the ship is not Japanese and could have been refused. Japan did accept it as its last port for this cruise was Yokohama and many Japanese were on board.

What happened to the other ship refused by 5 countries before Cambodia does accept it. All passengers were released as apparently no one had high temperatures or cough. But the following day, an American tourist was positive. What happened to all other passengers and what did Cambodia after that case emerged ???

Nothing was perfect but Japan took its responsibilities.

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Posted in: Many events for long weekend cancelled or postponed amid virus fears See in context


I understand but no spectators means some athletes and delegations will not come and moreover, that there is still a risk of catching the virus which will also refrain athletes from coming.

It is rather you do the games normally or not. No decision will be taken before May or June. Before it is just speculation

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Posted in: Hundreds leave quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama as coronavirus concerns grow See in context

Japanese passengers getting off the ship have been called by the Health Ministry and asked to be careful for 2 weeks, paying attention to their health and checking their temperatures. Not all will do it for sure, but knowing the locals, I am quite sure most will follow. The majority of those of the ship were retired and can easily keep quiet for two weeks

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Posted in: Many events for long weekend cancelled or postponed amid virus fears See in context


Olympics without any spectators?

Impossible, it will rather be cancelled than having no spectators

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