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

I truely wish this was an April Fools joke:

PM Abe has just announced that to combat the spread of the virus, he's directing that every household in Japan will be sent two cloth masks. Yep, 2 masks/house.

I've never felt so embarassed for a country due to its leadership.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200401/k10012362911000.html

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

"Japanese leaders have repeatedly said that while the country is on the brink of a state of emergency, it was not yet at the stage of officially declaring one"

Meaning: I see the truck speeding down the road towards me, but I'm going to step out of the way only when I have a couple seconds left... and hopefully I don't trip as I try to move.

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

2021 Olympics

starting July 23.

Now confirmed.

Heat wave concerns again, Sapporo marathon.

(if they even happen....)

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

The figures in America are no better.

...

Total tests 831,351.

Which is about 2,500/million.

So then the figures in America are better... much, much, much better.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

@zichi

The figures in America are no better.

Japan 12,919 tests. 102/million people.

USA 19,744 tests. 110/million people.

How are you getting your US data?

The US has well over 100,000 confirmed cases... but with only 19,744 tests???

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Posted in: Japan finds 15 clusters of coronavirus-infected people See in context

Already answered in my previous reply. That is the best answer you are ever gonna get.

In that, you said:

"Uncivil thing to do is to fudge a number in a phrase such as "over 50" rather than reporting the exact number. Based on the Japanese govt response to Coronavirus so far, you will never get a straight answer. But it's not hard to take an educated guess. But if you are the kind of person who thinks cruise ship quarantine was the best approach, be my guest and believe their lies."

So you mean that you have no evidence that there has been a recent spike in pneumonia deaths? That you simply made that up?

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Posted in: Japan finds 15 clusters of coronavirus-infected people See in context

Jeff Ko, if you have info about a spike in pneumonia deaths, please share the source.

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Posted in: Japan finds 15 clusters of coronavirus-infected people See in context

While I agree about the lack of testing availability, what they can't really hide that easily are ICU numbers and deaths.

No reports I heard of hospitals being overwhelmed here as they are in Italy or Korea.

And there have been only 24 reported deaths out of 839 cases (non-cruise ship), which is roughly 3% and on par with WHO estimates.

And the first cases started in Japan 6 weeks ago... way longer than most of Europe, so deaths should be appearing by now (unless they are never tested post-mortum).

Seriously, I scratch my head on this too, and all I can attribute it to is that Japan is generally a clean place to begin with, no kissing and hugging or even many handshakes, lots of automatic doors (so no handles to touch) and people already wear masks this season due to cedar pollen.

Really, whenever I go abroad or back to the US, I'm often disgusted with how people live (guess I've been here too long. I bow on the phone now too...).

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Posted in: Coronavirus throws S Korea's Olympic plans into chaos See in context

One would imagine China has an even worse situation for their atheletes. Italy and Iran too. Strange they weren't even mentioned. I guess Korea deserves all the pity instead.

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Posted in: 21 aboard cruise ship off California test positive for coronavirus See in context

Just announced, at least 21 passengers on the boat are confirmed with the virus... so far.

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Posted in: IOC stands firm on Tokyo Games despite coronavirus concerns See in context

...allow the IOC to withdraw the Games from Tokyo would be if "the Games are not celebrated during the year 2020".

Perhaps focus of the caveat shouldn't be the "during the year 2020" part, but instead the "not celebrated" part...

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Posted in: JAL and ANA offer free tickets and special deals as part of 2020 campaign See in context

2020 is sure to be a year filled with boundless cheer and celebration.

I'm not quite so "sure" about that....

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Posted in: U.S. considering new restrictions on travelers from Japan, S Korea: CNN See in context

Has anybody any data of the number of pcr test carried out a day in hokkaido and tokyo. I find it difficult to believe hokkaido has higher infection than tokyo.

The "official" number is misleading, because its simply a tally of those who are actually tested. Till recently (and even now?) Japan only tested those in very close contacted with another infected person or those with severe symptoms. And those with mild symptoms, not just in Japan but around the world, may just feel its a regular cold and never consider its the coronavirus. So many probably recovered without any problem (or test), but did indeed spread it to others, who may be having a more severe reaction. Many experts say that the virus is probably circulating in Japan uninhibited, as well as elsewhere. Only time will tell.

Oh, and as far as this purported travel ban by the US, go ahead and fully add Korea to the list, as their numbers just spiked... 800+ cases just today. This is what happens when more tests are conducted across a wider part of the population, and it should be expected to be the same in Japan (and elsewhere) once more testing finally starts happening.

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Posted in: Japan to close all schools until early April to control spread of virus See in context

they say peppermint oil, is a natural anti viral remedy

Yeah, sure. I also heard forsythia is good too...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXTfkNFrdUM

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Posted in: Crew starts disembarking from virus-hit cruise ship for new quarantine See in context

Abe is calling for the closure of all schools in Japan starting Monday. Elementary, junuior-high, HS... all schools in the entire country. No BS.

Already all of Hokkaido and Osaka independantly announce this today, so Abe is now just covering his buttocks by jumping on the (already departed) bandwagon.

You can probably read all about it tomorrow, but this situation is reapidly detiorating.

The J-gov knows there is now widespread communal spread, but their lack of proper testing only makes people believe that its not so bad.

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Posted in: U.S. raises travel alert to Japan due to 'community spread' of virus See in context

There seems to be a lack of reports in English (such as on JT here) regarding the daily increasing numbers of cases in Japan and how widespread they are becoming. From Hokkaido to Okinawa, schools and hospitals are being closed due to local outbreaks.

Most recently, six toll boths on the Expressway in Nagoya are now closed because one of the toll collectors is confirmed to have the virus, and 50+ other toll workers there are all in quarantine.

No doubt now, its spreading in the community.

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Posted in: Virus cases jump to 346 in S Korea; China daily count drops See in context

Korea is up another 100 or so cases on top of the 100+ reported this morning.

Their total is now 433.

Its growing exponentially there.

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Posted in: Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year See in context

Chinese tourists, the mainstay of regional travel with nearly 10 million visiting Japan in 2019, are staying away now that the virus has spread beyond the cruise ship...

Oh, fear of getting infected in Japan is why there aren't many Chinese tourists recently?

Silly me, I thought they weren't coming due to China's ban on group tours leaving its country and the fact that a dozen Japanese airports now refuse flights from China.

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Posted in: Virus cases jump to 346 in S Korea; China daily count drops See in context

142 new cases today in S Korea, making their total 346.

And you know its now considered serious since Seoul has now even banned mass demonstrations... thats almost like banning kimchi.

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Posted in: Gov't says 2 elderly people from cruise ship have died; another 2 officials infected with coronavirus See in context

Another 13 new cases on the cruise ship today, now 1 day after the end of the quarantine, bringing the boat's total to 634.

And in Japan itself today, 8 more cases today (so far) making the country's total 92.

Oh, and Daegu city in Korea is set to become another Wuhan. Its 2.5 milion residents are now on near lockdown, with 53 new cases there in just 24 hours, effectively doubling the country's total to 104.

(somehow, I don't think this is a statistic that Korea wishes to out-do Japan with)

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Posted in: Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends See in context

Sorry again, its now 10.

(why do they always announce new cases so late in the evening...?)

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Posted in: Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends See in context

Sorry, not 6 new cases in Japan today. Its now 9.

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Posted in: Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends See in context

Today (Wednesday) another 79 passengers tested positive for coronavirus on the cruise ship, bringing the total to 621 infected on the boat, or about 1 in 6 people, or about 17%.

Elsewhere across Japan, another 6 Japanese were confirmed with it as well

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Posted in: Japan plans HIV drug trials for coronavirus; cruise ship evacuations continue See in context

Japan land has 66 cases with a few clusters registering the bulk of them.

There are 7 new cases in Japan today (other than those on the boat), so the total is now 73.

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Posted in: Japan plans HIV drug trials for coronavirus; cruise ship evacuations continue See in context

Another 88 people from that boat were confirmed with coronavirus today (Tuesday), bringing the ship-based total to 542, or 1 in 7, or about 15% of total passengers.

Percentage wise, that boat, by far, is the most infected place on earth for this virus.

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Posted in: Plane with U.S. cruise ship evacuees arrives in Calif; 14 on board infected See in context

The article failed to mention that along with those 14, an additional 85 also tested positive for the virus today (Monday) on that boat.

Thats 454 total, or about 1 in 8 people on the boat.

Oh yeah, another 6 or so also tested positive on land too.

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Posted in: Australia to evacuate more than 200 citizens from cruise ship See in context

Today (Monday) another 99 people tested positive for the virus on that boat, though 14 of those were Americans who flew out this morning.

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Posted in: Japanese economy sinks amid fears about virus impact See in context

Domestic demand fell in the quarter at an annual pace of 8.0%. Hurting people's spending was the rise in the consumption tax from 8% to 10% in October.

More specifically, spending for the quarter was down 2.9% (so if this were annualized it would be more like 11.6%).

So by increasing tax revenue by 2% people spent 2.9% less... so a net loss of nearly 1%, not to mention all the tax revenue that isn't being collected due to the tax-back incentives they've been giving if credit cards are used at many places.

Less is more... 2 + 2 = 5... Abenomics!

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Posted in: Number of infections on virus-hit ship in Yokohama up 70 to 355 See in context

8...

No, it was 8 yesterday (check the date of that article you linked)

Today its only 6 (aside from the 70 on the boat).

https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASN2J6FVGN2JUTIL01C.html

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Posted in: Number of infections on virus-hit ship in Yokohama up 70 to 355 See in context

And in other news, 6 more people tested positive for the virus in Japan today, 5 in the Tokyo area and one more in Aichi.

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