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Posted in: No Tokyo Olympics likely means no Beijing Winter Games either, says Pound See in context

If the postponed Tokyo Olympics do not go ahead next year due to COVID-19 then the 2022 Beijing Winter Games will likely also fall victim to the pandemic, said long-time International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound.

Yeah, they see the writing on the wall.

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Posted in: Tokyo enlists nightclub workers for Q&A-style videos to fight coronavirus See in context

Kinda reminds me of the Japan Tobacco (JT) promo scheme of "Are ypu a good smoker?". Instead of advising people to quit a dangerous lifestyle (like every other modern country), they just tell you how to do it "better".

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Posted in: ACCJ urges Japan to end 'double standard' re-entry rules See in context


Thank you ACCJ for the move. My family went to home country before pandemic. They can not return. Its 6 months now. Kids can not come back home, can not go to school. Loosing the trust in government after staying here for 15years.

If they left "before the pandemic" then you mean before April (if indeed 6 months ago), which was when the first restrictions were put in place.

Then they specifically can re-enter RIGHT NOW and could have done so the entire time.

"Foreigners living in Japan on a long-term basis, such as permanent residents and spouses of Japanese nationals, can re-enter the country if they left Japan before their destination was named as one of the 129 countries from which Japan is banning visits."

Foreigners of such a situation currently do this every day right now.

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Posted in: ACCJ urges Japan to end 'double standard' re-entry rules See in context

I just realized, this restriction on resident foreigners is probably due to pathetic levels of testing at airports for anyone arriving from abroad.

Currently the number of tests possible at airports is about 1000, so they ar probably severly restricting resident foreigners from coming in since any influx of them would cripple their current testing capacity.

Another article on here today mentions increasing this testing capacity to 6000 arrivals per day "maybe in September", so until then, Japan probably has no intention of fully allowing in resident foreigners since they can't handle testing them. (and 6000/day would still only allow maybe just 2 dozen airplanes per day).

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Posted in: Virus testing centers may open in Sept at 3 airports See in context

Currently the number of tests possible at airports is about 2000. No wonder they severly restrict resident foreigners from coming in. Any influx of them would cripple their current testing capacity.

The testing centers servicing inbound arrivals will be able to process 6,000 people daily -- 1,800 at Haneda in Tokyo, 2,700 at Narita near Tokyo and 1,500 at Osaka's Kansai. 

Perhaps with this they can finally allow the resident foreigners to come in. But not that many. A medium-sized airplane holds about 250 people.

So 6000 tests per day on arrivals would allow a total of 24 flights to come in per day from anywhere, or with the numbers given, about 11 flights at Narita, 7 flights at Haneda, and 6 flights at Osaka.

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Posted in: Gov't considers asking nightlife businesses to close to stem virus surge See in context

Meanwhile, tourism minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said in a press conference Tuesday the government will only provide subsidies to accommodations and tour packages that take measures to prevent the coronavirus spread in a campaign starting on July 22 to boost domestic tourism.

They have only decided this now??? This idiotic campaign is suppose to start in 9 days and they've been planning it for a couple months. Did they not consider requiring such safety measures before?

 The details will be released on Friday.

Ha! And they are going to give travel locations only 6 days to implement any necessary safety measure for a multi-billion yen scheme?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics could help Sapporo land 2030 Winter Games See in context


With Hokkaido being one of the harder hit areas of the virus...

... that's still in full international pandemic mode and with no solution in sight...

...and with the doomed 2020 Olympics bleeding untold sums of money from a budget that was already way overblown and full of corruption...

...they are actually considering getting themselves involved with this Olympic folly again??!

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Posted in: ACCJ urges Japan to end 'double standard' re-entry rules See in context

Good to see some higher level pressure being put on this.

Hopefully there will be some action done very soon to remedy it.

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Posted in: Big four Japanese brewers post first-half sales drop See in context

Well, I've been doing my best to help them.

Guess this gives a reason to try harder....

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Posted in: Shinkansen tickets on sale for half regular price until spring of next year in east Japan travel push See in context

While they may not represent the same level of potential savings as JR’s multi-day unlimited-use rail passes...

"... which are only available to non-resident foreigners, who are not even allowed into the country right now, so it makes mentioning this statment utterly pointless..."

There, I fixed it.

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Posted in: Gov't urges Tokyo host, hostess clubs to act to stem coronavirus spikes See in context

Just because you and me would not,

Whyt not?

it is not your place to tell them how to live their lives.

Thats what laws do all the time. And its the public who make the laws. If Koike bans the bars, is it "not her place to tell them how to live their lives"?

A lot of assumptions about them, you have.

Their job is literally enticing (scamming) drunken people out of as much money as possible. This is not an assumption, its their job description. You think they would not also attempt to do so with the local government?

And hey, maybe contracting the virus is even some sort of job security. Seriously, as things progress, who would be in a better place to work there (or anywhere), someone who never had the virus who can potentially infect customers, or someone who already had it and is now immune and safe to customers??

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Posted in: Gov't urges Tokyo host, hostess clubs to act to stem coronavirus spikes See in context

Divinda, you really think people will intentionally contract corona for a one time payment of 100,000? 

Yes. People are idiots.

 You must think very lowly of them.

Can I ask, would you work in a sleezy host/hostess bar? These people think this is an acceptable lifestyle.

And while some may not be purely intentional, the money certainly acts as a nice cushion that says its OK to keep on working there, that its OK to not be particularly cautious with customers, and if the bars do start to close, then it'd perhaps be better while out of work to get this virus and the cash.

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Posted in: Gov't urges Tokyo host, hostess clubs to act to stem coronavirus spikes See in context

Shinjuku-ku (home to Kabukicho host/hostess bars) gives 100,000 yen to residents who test positive for coronavirus.

This gives an incentive to actualy catch it, which may sound like a good option if you are a young, foolish night-life worker with dwindling customers and little other financial support who already works in a semi-nefarious trade.

So one must wonder how un-intentional all these cases among bar workers really are.

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Posted in: Tokyo's daily coronavirus infections hit new record of 243 See in context

Shinjuku-ku (home to most host/hostess bars) gives 100,000 yen to those residents who test positive.

So one should wonder, are all these cases among bar workers purely un-intentional ???

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 75 coronavirus infections; drops below 100 for 1st time in 7 days See in context

Sorry, todays 48 in Saitama is actually the highest since April 16th

(and this is the 4th highest one day total for any day ever in Saitama, with the highest being 61 on April 15th).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 75 coronavirus infections; drops below 100 for 1st time in 7 days See in context


Just 1 case in Saitama after 27 the day before.

Actually, its now announced that its 48 today. Highest since May.


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Posted in: Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics See in context

Koike may shoot for premiership after Tokyo Olympics

"After the Olympics"... so therefore never?

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Posted in: Wireless carriers start disaster info service for foreign tourists See in context

The three companies said they began preparations for the multilingual disaster information service after many foreign visitors were unable to receive emergency information when a magnitude 6.7 quake hit Hokkaido in September 2018.

Wow, it hardly took 2 years to create a service which sends a text message that gives a phone number for JNTO and a web address for NHK World! So impressive! These guys surely operate at 5G speeds!

And so useful! I mean, there certainly is no way to ever search the internet to find such info when needed...

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Posted in: Japan to build virus testing centers for int'l travelers near 3 airports See in context

@macv - I beg to differ that quarAntine and detention are even remotely the same. You think its a good idea to put an infected foreign family (which has already happened in the past 2 months even with the strict entry limitations) into an airport holding cell so they can be deported? Just ask the US's ICE how well that went....

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Posted in: As coronavirus cases in Tokyo surge, gov't gives expert advisory panel a makeover See in context

Just announced, 120+ new casese today in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Japan formally asks U.S. to extradite men accused of helping Ghosn flee See in context

Since neither man is a Japanese citizen, nor a PR or family member with special "humanitarian considerations", then they should be denied entry into Japan due to the immigration regulations for the coronavirus.

I'd love to see the article "Extradition Denied by Stickler at Immigration".

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Posted in: Japan to build virus testing centers for int'l travelers near 3 airports See in context

This is not what immigrations informed me yesterday when I attempted to get my stamp.

"Stamp"? As in, a stamp in your passport? As in, you were physically at the airport immigration in Japan but declined entry (but somehow have not taken this trip yet)?

What "stamp" do you mean? PRs don't need any re-entry permit stamp as long as you return within a year (at which point you essentially are no longer a "resident" of Japan since you are not living here. The US is the same way with going abroad for over a year with their "green card").

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Posted in: Japan to build virus testing centers for int'l travelers near 3 airports See in context

So let me get this straight. Me (PR) & my wife can go to lets say USA for family emergency, then when trying to return my wife can enter but I cannot?

No, as a PR. you CAN go to the US right now and return for a "family emergency" such as "if there are special exceptional circumstances, particularly such as when there are circumstances that require humanitarian consideration" (government iussued statement). This has been the case for the past 6 weeks.

Read the MoJ announcement in English here:


Or an Immigration announcement with specific examples in English here :


These examples include:

-I had to depart from Japan in order to visit a relative who was in critical condition abroad or to attend the funeral of a deceased relative.

-I had to depart from Japan for treatment at a foreign medical institution such as surgery (including re-examination) or childbirth.

-I had to depart from Japan after receiving a summons from a foreign court to appear as a witness

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Posted in: Japan to build virus testing centers for int'l travelers near 3 airports See in context

Airport quarantine stations currently conduct about 1,000 daily PCR tests, with results confirmed in around one or two days.

This is the most troubling part, and its happening now.

Since the airports are not quarentine sites that accommodate people overnight, it means people (both Japanese and foreign) currently arrive, go through immigration and get tested, then leave the airport (!!) and go into Japan with perhaps a suggestion to stay isolated, and they are then contacted a day or two later when the results come back.

And do note that nearly EVERYDAY the airports report several positive test results. (a total of 314 people have tested positive at airports on arrival in the past 3 months)

One would only hope that with the new facilities they will be able to get the results back BEFORE arriving travelers are allowed to freely enter into the rest of the country, and then quarentine whoever tests positive on site. (but somehow I doubt it...)

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Posted in: Hospital grapples with coronavirus aftermath See in context

Masui says he felt responsible for the outbreak.

"I pushed the hospital to take in suspected coronavirus patients, knowing other hospitals were turning them away," he said during a rare break between his rounds. "I was the one convincing the head of the hospital to take these patients in."

I had to actually re-read that.

So, the "director of Yokohama City Seibu Hospital's critical care center" who is the "emergency doctor who has been charged with the hospital's coronavirus response" is literally implying that they should have turned away the suspected coronavirus patients instead. And with that, he would not have felt "responsible" for bringing the virus into the hospital.

Perhaps he should take note from the lowly 29 year old ER doctor Sano, who said at the end: "...we have a duty to provide the necessary medical care to our community."

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Posted in: Gov't decision to scrap advisory coronavirus panel draws flak See in context

Government: "Let's get rid of the experts and their advice since we don't like those experts and their advice."

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Posted in: Tokyo moves away from numerical targets to fight coronavirus See in context

Koike: "Let's get rid of the numerical targets since we can not maintain those numerical targets."

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 60 coronavirus cases; highest since state of emergency lifted See in context

Yet... we don't know how many were tested...


Why can't we find out how many were tested?

Japan did 3,533 domestic tests (88 positive) on June 28 (most recent info), as well as 1,650 tests at airports (3 positive) for int'l arrivals, though the positive results may be from tests the day or two before.

This info is published by the governmet daily (for June) here:


There is also a more detailed compilation for all data (in English) here:


Bookmark these and stop complaining.

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Posted in: EU weighs lifting restrictions on travel from over 10 nations, including Japan, from July 1 See in context

...removing the travel ban on nations with infection rates similar to or below that of the European Union

Abe essentialy wants to do the same thing by *removing the travel ban on nations *with infection rates similar to or below Japan, which is why they are calling on NZ, Australia, Thailand and Vietnam.

But why would ANY country want to open reciprocially with a country that has a higher current infection rate??

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Posted in: Japan conveys objection to Trump's plan to add S Korea to G-7 See in context

with the expanded group to be called either the "G-11" or "G-12,"

Hey, might as well go ahead and add a few more countries and call it the "G-20"...

...oh, wait a minute....

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