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Posted in: Tokyo reports 393 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,634 See in context

I believe that linking the results to tests done 3 days before is not valid anymore.

Tests are lower on Sundays, and positive results lower on Monday. A 1 day gap is a valid assumption for their announcements.

Taking a 3 day time frame led to a 30% positive rate yesterday, which is impossible.

And, not all hospitals or clinics can exactly get the results in the same time frame, and report it adequately within the same period.

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Posted in: Japan sees near-record 1,547 coronavirus cases in possible 3rd wave See in context

It was not a lockdown, it was a “Stay Home”

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Posted in: Japan sees near-record 1,547 coronavirus cases in possible 3rd wave See in context

Third wave, or the second wave rebound ?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 293 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,270 See in context

I was told by a French acquaintance that testing is free in France and available to anyone who wants it.

Right, or reimbursement by insurance. And no need for symptoms. It also causes a Long delay before the results, I have heard 7-10 days in some cases

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 293 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,270 See in context

France is apparently testing a million a day. 

France tests in 3 days more than Japan has during the entire pandemic.

Check your figures. It is 200-250000 a day. Positive rate of 15-18%.

Still much more than Japan

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers call time on lavish hospitality for IOC members See in context

Reducing costs of an already well over budget amount.

Covid will mean less guests than usual and as a result a decrease of the hospitality guests.

Is that really an effort done or just some PR ?

Only insiders do know

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Posted in: Tokyo to boost capacity of COVID-19 testing to over 60,000 per day See in context

Even in the Japanese press, thirst articles can mislead, making a reader thinking that’s the number of daily tests done, when only reading the title and not keeping informed

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Posted in: Takeda to import 50 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine See in context

I am not a candidate, but at least, Japan Inc is moving on that issue

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Posted in: Gymnast Uchimura tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of key meet See in context

When coming back to Japan, a two weeks quarantine is still required even after two consecutives negative tests (only one at arrival for Japanese citizens), but an athlete testing positive now could make the tournament if tested negative in one week.

That's make no sense ?

 

“All the other teams have been isolated in their countries”

How can be you sure ? it is just a requirement made and question of trust.

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Posted in: Man arrested for indecent exposure on train See in context

Honestly, I saw so many flashers during my stay in Japan previously.

Where did you see so many ?

20 years here but never saw one

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Posted in: Japan gov't OKs bill to offer free coronavirus vaccines See in context

No mask.

No vaccine until proved safe and efficient.

Just avoiding bars, izakyas, crowded places where people are talking. That's it.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils action plan to lower mobile phone fees See in context

I do not think prices are expensive. It is up to you to choose your operator, the pricing plan, and all is related to your use.

Have been 20 years in Japan, never paid over 5000-6000 yens a month. I changed twice operators. In one case, I think I did not pay for some reasons I forgot, and the other case, it was just at the end of the 2 years period when the iphone was officially paid, and I was charged a few thousands yens. For the first change from Softbank to Au, when getting the iphone 6, which I still use. it was a special offer. Would have stay longer with au after two years, fees would have been up to 8000-9000 yens. But went to a low cost operator. For the last three years, it has been 3400yens a month for 10GB. Could even be cheaper if I was not using much.I do not think prices are expensive. It is up to you to choose your operator, the pricing plan, and all is related to your use.

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Posted in: Halloween revelry in Japan to take new forms during pandemic See in context

When talking about who wears a mask or not, it seems the same comments are often back. Japanese do, foreigners don’t.

Most of foreigners I see do wear a mask, like most of Japanese.

Some Japanese don’t, some foreigners don’t. I am one of them. Why ? I do wear when talking with people in closed space, shops for exemple. Otherwise, when I do not see any risks like in the train or streets, no need. People do not talk in that environments, and there is enough air circulating.  Wearing it is to be socially accepted.

However, what I see often, is people who wear a mask in the streets with a false sense of security, but will go to crowded izakayas and actually that much more risky, that not wearing a mask in a train or streets like I do. Many restaurants or izakayas in Tokyo are crowded now and I am surprised the number of cases do not increase.

In most of European countries, masks have been mandatory for two months. But eh number of cases kept increasing. Why ? Behavior ? certainly. But I also suspect a poor quality of masks and a false sense of security

 

Even with Shibuya's Mayor advice, people will go. Specially people who are against wearing masks.

This argument makes no sense. Not wearing a mask has nothing to do with partying, being ignorant, taking risks.

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Posted in: 2-hour virus test to be available at Narita airport See in context

This is only for departing travelers who need a pcr test for their country of destination. If I go back to my home country, I won't need any, so this is not a concern. Anyway, many hospitals listed on the Health Ministry site are already providing that service. i.e get a test within 72hrs of departure. Do not know the price but it might be cheaper.

I hope Japan will not make returnees paying such a price.

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Posted in: Japanese researchers show masks do block coronavirus, but not entirely See in context

Thanks to others for wearing mask. My chance of getting infected is reduced.

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Posted in: Japanese researchers show masks do block coronavirus, but not entirely See in context

@Do the hustle

I disagree with most of your comments, but this time I do agree.

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Posted in: Japan to give some travel agencies more subsidies for Go To Travel program See in context

@Yubaru

Just go to Travel.

Use the amazing discounts, enjoy a trip, then in the end your tax money will be used to finance your own trip

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Posted in: Typhoon nears Japan; heavy weekend rain expected in Tokyo See in context

ListenTheTruthToday 11:36 am JST

Predicted tracking of a tropical cyclone is never 100%, it is a predicted track. QED. It could well bring those winds to the Kanto region.

http://www.jma.go.jp/jp/typh/201424.html

 

Yes. I know well as I did weather forecast for seven years.  Those winds are typically the max expected, and the closer from the center we are, the higher the possibility. For this typhoon, models are now convergent and the expected track is too far away from the Kanto area to have such winds.

Note that JMA tend to overforecast for the safety of everyone. Of course, a prediction is not 100% accurate and for a few meteorological events, the observed data will be worst than the forecast. But for over 95% of meteorological events when we expect bad weather, JMA overforecast for safety reasons, and to avoid taking any responsibilities. It is a fact. If you study carefully the data and compare observation with forecast data in the case of tropical cyclones, you will see an overforecast. Last month typhoon was expected to bring up to 200-300mm of rain in Kanto, but we saw a max of 30-50mm. The official forecast was changed very late, well after the models were consistent and show it won’t be any problem.

Every tropical cyclone has its own characteristics. Last year in Chiba, typhoon 15 brought destructive winds, but it was near the center

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Posted in: Typhoon nears Japan; heavy weekend rain expected in Tokyo See in context

Typhoon is moving further southward than first forecasted, toward Hachijojima.

Expect strong winds only along coastal areas, and rain in lands. Sunday will be a perfect day as the Typhoon will move east.

Events in Sunday should not be cancelled.

From an ex weather forecaster

@ListenTheTruth

50m/s is near the center, 35m/s too

you will not see such strong winds unless you are in Hachijojima or nearby

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Posted in: Japan to exempt business travelers, returnees from 14-day quarantine See in context

Good move by Japan.

2 PCR tests, one before departure and after arrival will still be required. I do not see the reason for a two weeks quarantine being asked after two consecutive negative articles.

The Japanese press this morning was actually mentioning it could me a reduction from 14 to 7 days.

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Posted in: Hiking restrictions result in huge drop in climbing accidents, with zero on Mt Fuji See in context

It was then the perfect timing to go hiking around, with far less people on mountains.

During this fake stay home period in spring, I kept with my cycling rides and it was a pleasure. roads were quiet.

But I can tell you that I see a lot of littering along the roads in southern Chiba

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Posted in: 72% of children in Japan feel stress over coronavirus pandemic: poll See in context

Taking away this plastic sheet would help to reduce the stress, specially as they are useless in front of every desks as kids already wear a mask. Ventilation is more important and the key.

Went to Hachijojima last weekend and a stressed owner restaurant, an obaasan, put plastic sheets in the middle of each table, and wanted my wife and I to be separated by that sheet, that it was the guidelines. I complained and argued, as I do not want eat with my wife like that, and that even in Tokyo, they were not doing that.

We left the restaurant. All other places there were normal

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Posted in: Japan to reopen borders for all foreign visitors with permits to stay in country See in context

PR can come back since September 1st.

But the biggest issue is to get a PCR test result 72 hours before departure. In my country, France, so many people take a test now, which does not need any doctor prescription, and laboratories are overcrowded. It seems the average time to get the result back is over 5 days, sometimes 10 days

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Posted in: Japanese swimmer Seto apologizes for extramarital affair See in context

Frankly speaking this fake puritan society is so outdated,bigot and hypocrite.

A country with a huge sex industry, massage parlors, delivery health, etc, etc

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Posted in: Japanese airline removes passenger refusing to wear face mask See in context

Many people get parano about this virus and mask wearing. Many do not know that the air system in most planes is very good, much better than trains or offices, and that the transmission risk is very low. Just seeing someone with no mask make them scary. As long as the person do not talk or cough, there is absolutely no risk.

I see many people wearing their masks in the street, feeling the do their duty, but take it off once in a crowded izakaya. It makes no sense.

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Posted in: Peach plane diverts to Niigata airport to offload passenger who refused to wear a mask See in context

We can accuse this guy but there is no law regarding wearing a mask. Nothing is mandatory.

The problem is that it caused trouble during the flight and it is a safety issue.  Passengers who complained are the one who did start the trouble. Fear is the problem caused by the coronavirus. A plane is less risky than going to a restaurant.

Personally, I usually do not wear a mask unless I am asked, but I would do it in a plane to avoid any inconvenience.

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Posted in: Q&A: Japan's coronavirus-related travel restrictions See in context

I am being really upset by all this discriminatory entry ban and now hurdles to leave and come back here.

Getting the proof of test in the right format, though it should be easy, might be the hardest part as many laboratories overseas have their own way to do with their own certificates delivered by email, but certainly can adapt and fill the Japanese certificate.

The good point in the story is that some countries / airlines now cooperate with laboratories for delivering tests and results within 72hrs of departure. It is the case in France . That may become a global standard.

Anyway, I do not plan to leave before next winter and by the time, I am quite sure it will be enough stories to share the hurdles and how things do concretely work, with the immigration here and overseas.

Good luck to the ones who will try traveling !

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 182 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 704 See in context

RecklessToday 04:17 pm JST

I am in Tokyo today and it seems everyone is wearing masks which is a good sign.

You haven't met me yet as I do now wear any a mask. Wearing a mask when walking outside makes no sense.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners with resident visas: NHK See in context

Exchange students bring money and allow universities to survive. That is why they are easily allowed. And then they can later change their visas for ”特定技能” ”Specific skilled visa”. Japan needs that workers. The final aim for that is economy...........

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners with resident visas: NHK See in context

"Plan to ease".

Good to say that but nothing implemented yet. It will start with a few countries, and this will be extended step by step. The J-Government will say " you see, we do something" An PCR 72 hours before arriving may also be necessary. Other conditions, such good reason for a trip might be ask. Who knows. Wait and see.

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