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

Too bad then that Tokyo only ever tests about 5,000 people per day.

Perhaps they should do a test to see whether they can actually do all these tests!

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Posted in: Japan to lift entry ban on travelers from 9 countries, regions; exempt returning residents from quarantine See in context


Tourists from China do not have to quarantine if they have a negative Covid test, but foreign residents and Japanese do? WTF?

Ah... No. And ahh... No. You apparently missed this part of the article:

"Japan, however, continues to suspend visa waiver agreements with other countries and limit the issuance of new visas, meaning in most cases tourists will still not be able to visit."

As well as this:

"Suga said Japan will ease its requirement for Japanese nationals and foreign residents returning from overseas to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, also from Nov 1"

Next time, try reading before coming to false conclusions.

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Posted in: Japan to lift entry ban on travelers from 9 countries, regions; exempt returning residents from quarantine See in context


Might find it doesn't change much considering the rate of infection in Japan has a pretty steady daily rate of around 200 per 4-6 thousand people (tested). 

That is the average Tokyo rate of daily infection.

For Japan as a a whole its 3 to 4+ times that. Today its 775 in the country, yesterday 803. And BTW, both days are higher than any single day last spring when the first wave shutdowns began. Japan didn't have more that 800+ cases until the second wave hit in late July)


What's happening with the permanent residents? Are they allowed back in?

Umm, PRs from any country have been allow to re-enter Japan since August. Same with just about any resident visa holder.

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Posted in: JAL offers discounted coronavirus tests to travelers See in context

"Tour packages" to where?

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Posted in: Gov't calls for longer New Year holiday to curb virus spread See in context

The government should lead by example and first give the millions of civil workers such an extended break.

But they won't.

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

Yeah, 40,000 is pricy, but its pretty convenient and certainly good for those who are desperate to travel.

i'm desperate for an international getaway, but that seriously puts a crimp on my travel plans. i'll wait until the price goes down.


Guess you aren't that "desperate" then.

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Posted in: Hunting for unicorns: Japanese start-ups see hope on horizon See in context

And of course the real estate owners with ridiculous one month fees for doing absolutely nothing. KEN asked me for a 173 month deposit once and had no problem telling me that was for foreigners only. This is not a typo. 173 months

@robert maes

Who/what is KEN? And why would you consider doing business with this entity if what you say is true? (they obviously don't want your business and used this ridiculous 14 year deposit as a way to tell you this)

There are plenty of real estate firms in Japan that will work with foreign companies in the same way as Japanese ones.

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Posted in: Hunting for unicorns: Japanese start-ups see hope on horizon See in context

It takes "a lot of guts" to break the mould in a society famous for conformity, Isayama said.

Aida chuckled when he recalled his student days: "I was very strange compared to other people. I talked too much, I spoke my mind."

Promoting creativity and teaching with critical thinking shoiuld be a focus, with general support to try something different and new also encouraged.

But then again, teaching those things would itself be different, making Japan trapped in its box of conformity while still using fax machines.

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Posted in: Asia-Pacific countries begin to ease travel bans, but hurdles remain See in context

Japan allows citizens, residents, and visa holders to reenter the country after testing negative for COVID-19 at the airport, with a capacity of about 10,000 per day.

10,000 per day? Yeah, right. More like 10,000 per week.

It was hoped to allow up to 3000/day total entrants by the end of September with the opening of the new airport testing centers, but for the past week, there has only been between 1300 to 2100 tests done per day done on arrivals at all airports in Japan, and supposedly all entrants (both Japanese and non-Japanese) are tested.

Also, for non-Japanese entrants, its been stated that its currently being capped at aroud 1000 non-Japanese per day allowed in.

And its also worth mentioning that also in the past week, between 5 and 13 of those entrants are tested positive for the virus per day at the airports, and that well over 1000 people are currently in airport quarentine with the virus. And lets not forget that all those positive case entrants all rode on airplanes together with other passengers and crew who tested negative on arrival, yet it takes about 4 or days after exposure to actually test positive.

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Posted in: Japan health workers snub COVID-19 database as Suga seeks to digitize gov't See in context

HER-SYS has a "notorious reputation"

Yeah, but I heard HIS-BRO was even worse.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics Q&A: Should athletes be priority for vaccine? See in context

Q: There are 3 main parts of all Olympics: atheletes and events, the host country, and the audiance. Two are being discussed. But what are the plans for the Olympic audiance, for whom tickets have already been sold and would be comprised of hundreds of thousands of people who are currently banned from entry in Japan?

Next question, please.

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Posted in: Gov't sued over disclosure of Abenomask unit price, order numbers See in context

Is this guy an idiot, or just annoying, or is there more to this story?

This man is "demanding" the governement:

"reveal the unit price of washable cloth masks".

OK. But as stated here:

The project cost the government 26 billion yen, with 18.4 billion yen spent on procurement and 7.6 billion yen on delivery.

Yep, 26 billion is also what they announced in June regarding the cost.

But he wants the "unit price". OK, then 18+ billion yen divided 120+ million masks equals roughly 150 yen per mask. Oh, he wants the gov to flat out say this in unredacted form. Wait a minute....

the plaintiff said some parts of the documents that were not blacked out showed the unit price of the cloth masks at 143 yen including tax.

Case closed. Or again, is there more to this story?

Kamiwaki is also seeking 600,000 yen in damages from the government

There it is.

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

Can we keep this thread’s theme to Japan’s policy on international travel?

Sure. Yet I wonder why the article had a couple paragraphs about:

"The government decided Friday that domestic trips to and from Tokyo will be included in its Go To Travel subsidy program from Oct 1."

Furthermore, that was Friday Sept 11th. Two weeks ago.

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Posted in: Nara deer lose weight with no tourists to feed them rice crackers See in context

Too bad this "report" didn't mention how a local group developed edible shopping bags for the Nara deer that local shops will be soon using, which will not only help feed them, but also reduce instances of deer eating plastic bags.

A win for the environment and a double win for the deer.

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

The government is considering limiting the number of entries to about 1,000 each day. At the same time, it will increase virus testing capacity at airports, government sources said earlier.

A thousand a day? Thats 4 medium sized airplanes... for the entire country.

A month or so ago it was announced that they were building new testing and quarentine centers at the 3 main airports, with testing capacity of 5,000 expected.

These were suppose to open in September, but word on their status is unknown........

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers unveil scaled-back Games plan See in context

How about the audiance?

The question of hundreds of thousands of foreign spectators coming into the country appears to be unmentioned in their new "plan", but its the 30 ton elephant in the room.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 195 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 567 See in context

My guess is that extremely large percentage of tests are given a) baseball players b) tarento c) politicians

d) companies looking to get all or a sizeable part of their staff tested and are will to pay for it (lots of businesses do this)...

e) any "business travelers" who want to go abroad and need a test for their visa...

f) people who already tested positive a few weeks ago to confirm that they have officially recovered (may even be re-tested 3 or 4 times total)...

...or in other words, certainly not just people with any sort of symptom.

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Posted in: Consortium to develop simultaneous interpretation software See in context

Would be curious how these (apparently not polyglot) consortium developers they get around the fact that some languages have verbs mid-sentence, some have it at the end, while others attach tenses to the end of verbs in order to denote an unspoken subject, and lots of languages have no verb tenses at all and instead use time words/phrases which can come at any point in the sentence.

Perhaps this is why "Sequential interpretation technology only translates what the speaker says when he or she stops speaking."

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Posted in: Suga wants basic policy on new digital agency by year-end See in context

While the government has made "digital transformation" its main policy plank this year, the switch has proved difficult due partly to a vertically structured bureaucracy that hampers efforts to use common platforms for administrative work.

We can't do something new because the system to do so does not allow for new things.

Yeah, sound about right for Japan.

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Posted in: Suga holds talks with IOC chief, Koike about Olympics See in context

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed Wednesday to work together to make next year's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics a success

Certainly a difficult concept to agree on. There must have been tense negotiations and stern bi-lateral consolations in order to reach such a polarizing agreement.

During the roughly 15-minute call, 

Funny. Just last week it was announced that Bach was coming to Japan for this meeting. Must have been denied entry since he's a non-resident.

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Posted in: Japan to ease entry ban to allow long-term stays from Oct 1, but not tourists See in context

I think this is also to allow in people with newly issued visas.

From what I understand, the JET teachers' contract expires this year on Sept 30 (it was pushed back 2 months to not coincide with the Olympics). Therefore, any new teachers wouldn't be able to enter and begin teaching from October, which would leave many schools without their ALTs (the school in our town being one of them).

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Posted in: Is home life in Japan that different from your home country? See in context

For me, I was shocked by how similar major shopping depots are to those back home.

Shocked? Its 2020. What was this guy expecting, the floating market of Bangkok? (and even Bangers, for the past couple decades, has an array of "modern" shopping malls).

there is hardly any counter space. An overly large sink does not help the situation.

Get a large cutting board (as Japanses do) that purposely fits over part of the sink. Makes clean up much easier too.

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Posted in: U.S. Open success points way for Tokyo Games, says wheelchair tennis champ See in context

Umm, there was no audiance at the US Open.

So is that the plan for the Olympics?

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Posted in: Complaints overwhelm red-tape hotline hours after launch See in context

Surprised they didn't allow people to fax in their complaints.

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Posted in: Suga aims to get new digital agency running by autumn 2021 See in context

Good to see the Japanese government finally trying to enter the 21st century.

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Posted in: 'Suganomics' will target quick wins, not grand visions See in context

"He hates people with vested interests."

One of the biggest problems in Japan is that too many industries have heavy government involvement (tourism, agriculture, construction, even tobacco).

And the people working in city and prefectural offices who are assigned to manage these tasks (and rotated out to other positions every couple years), who have little or no skills in these massive industries, and who have control over huge budgets, and who get paid their salary no matter what their performance.... these people specifically do not have vested interests. And due to this lack of vested interest in seeing what they manage actually perform well, it makes them the main problem that should be dealt with.

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Posted in: Japan receives 8,700 visitors in Aug, down 99.7% from year ago See in context

If only "residents" are allowd to enter, then who are these "visitors" and how have they been allowed to enter?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic athletes to be exempted from virus entry bans See in context

Note that this wouldn't be an issue if the gov had any intention to lift the travel ban for visitors by next summer.

So indirectly, they are saying they have no plan to openly let in foreign tourists before then and be in the audiance.

Curious if they also plan to give entry exemptions to foreign coaches, trainers, atheletes' family, foreign media, IOC staff from every country, and all the sponsors.

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Posted in: Japan's tallest skyscraper, 'Torch Tower,' to be built in Tokyo See in context

The name Torch Tower comes from...

...a demand for more office space that is steadily burning away.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach hopes to visit Japan in October to meet Suga See in context

Immigration Officer at Narita: "Sorry Mr. Bach, you're not a resident with a pre-existing visa and you are coming from Switzerland, which is still on our blacklist. Entry denied."

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