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: Main points of Japan's ¥108 tril emergency package See in context

It also aims to distribute 15 million masks to medical institutions in April and secure up to 50,000 hospital beds to treat severe infection cases in the near future.

Aims should be replaced with pledge.

15.3 billion yen from the supplementary budget was allocated in early February to boost mask production, the shortage only got worse.

50,000 beds In the near future.

Near future, with all the meetings, committees may well mean 5 years from now.

Presently, the number of beds nationwide is 1871, the 50,000beds is just to inflate the package amount. 50,000 ICU is just not realistic.

One should not forget that anticipated tax revenue of 26 trillion yen is also included in the package as tax waver to businesses. It is nothing but anticipated and shouldn't be included in the package.

The 6 trillion yen for households is calculated that 10 million households will qualify which is grossly inflated, the conditions to

qualify greatly refuces the number of households.

The package was drawn with the prime objective of making it look massive rather than for the purpose of relief.

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Posted in: Main points of Japan's ¥108 tril emergency package See in context

Those that qualify to receive the 300,000 yen if lucky will receive it earliest in June.

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Posted in: Japan records 503 coronavirus infections on Wednesday; biggest daily jump since start of pandemic See in context

That person

this is the result of how many tests? Because that might paint a much clearer picture. Are we still at 700 tests in a day? If so, these numbers would be horrifying, but if they running way more tests, then we’re just discovering the reality. This number is meaningless.


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Posted in: Japan records 503 coronavirus infections on Wednesday; biggest daily jump since start of pandemic See in context


Like is said the other day, massive testing started after Olympic was postponed. Those results are now coming in. It will get worse. And I really really hope I am wrong.

The number of pcr test has never reached 4000 a day which is half the 8,000 that Abe said more than a month ago Japan had the potential to carry out.

I won't call three thousand and something test massive, not for a country with a high population and economic might like Japan.

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Posted in: Trains run as usual, some retailers shorten hours during state of emergency See in context

The number of infections in Tokyo is on course to reach 10,000 in two weeks and 80,000 in a month, up from over 1,100 cases confirmed so far. 

Government is good at coming up with numbers that suit its narrative.

PCR testing has been paltry as a result nobody knows the number of infected and the extend of the spread. How did they come up with this projection without comprehensive data. Tokyo is averaging 90 new cases a day and it doesn't seem like the potential Abe says exist will ever be met, how are they ever going to discover the 80,000 infections if it does occur.

If only the media was reporting the number of test alongside the infections it would help to put pressure on the government to test more.

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Posted in: Abe declares state of emergency until May 6 for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context


Japan has a chance to nip this virus in the butt due to having relatively low numbers of cases 'at present'. 

Surprised that you believe Japan has a low number of cases.

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Posted in: Abe declares state of emergency until May 6 for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

Ok, the long awaited emergency has been declared, massive relief package drawn next in the arsenal to fight this virus is massive PCR testing. Ramp up the testing.

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel prepares to accept virus patients with mild symptoms See in context

Room occupancy at an all time low, an opportunity for hotels to get a big bite off Abe's massive relief package, they must be salivating at the cash dangled infront of them by dear leader.

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Posted in: Abe declares state of emergency until May 6 for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

That exceeds the 11% of U.S. output for the stimulus package laid out by President Donald Trump and 5% of output for Germany's package.

The vast majority of the populace won't feel any relief from the package. I don't understand how they can lie with a straight face that it surpasses that of, of my head, the U.S, England, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, France.

Most small and medium sized businesses won't be taking loans even if it is without interest as there is little prospect for business picking up sooner.

The package needs to be put under a microscope and scrutinised.

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Posted in: Abe declares state of emergency until May 6 for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context


Where are all the deaths? There is a lot that is not being explained.

More than One hundred thousand die from pneumonia each year in Japan. Presently, the deaths stated as from covid are those that were tested before they died. The untested are all classified as normal pneumonia. With no data on the present death rate from pneumonia and none to be expected this year it is impossible to tell whether there is a surge in pneumonia deaths.

Funeral homes are not taking chances with infections and cremating all pneumonia death without allowing family pay their last respect.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 83 new coronavirus infections Monday; down 60 from Sunday See in context

Without the number of test done, nothing can be read from the numbers.

Why are the number of test performed not displayed alongside the number of infection ? So that one can get a better picture of the spread. Is it deliberate or is it just that they don't think the number of test matter ? Absense of test numbers give a false sense that numbers are low. The number of test a day has never reached 4,000 half the 8,000 Abe says Japan has the potential to perform.

Today, In his state-of-emergency address, he is going to ramp the number up to 20,000 test per day.

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Posted in: Abe unveils massive coronavirus stimulus worth 20% of GDP See in context

Still, the package turned out far bigger than the amount anticipated by market players, giving a sense of security for people facing income declines and staying indoors, some analysts say.

Rightly put, giving a sense of security because that is what it is and that is the intention.

The bulk of that 6 trillion yen will go to businesses and not household.

It should be questioned why they why they lump households and businesses together.?

The condition that the income of a household should fall below half and not the income of working individuals in a household effectively disqualifies most households.

When collecting taxes, every working member of a household is taxed without any consideration as to the number of children in the household etc but when it comes time to give back every working member of a household is lumped together as a household.

A household with husband and wife both working, if the wife part timer annual income is 1.2million yen and it has not fallen by half whereas the husband with an income of 3million yen drops by half due to the virus won't qualify as the income of the household as a whole hasn't dropped by half.

Does someone living alone qualify as a household?

A family of 5 gets the same 300,000yen as a family 2. Where is the fairness, really boggles the mind.

Other countries are giving money out, we don't want to but lets also do it not to look like we are not doing anything but we have to make it difficult for people to qualify and recieve the cash handout.

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Posted in: Tokyo running out of beds and gear, medical staff say See in context

Japan has only a small fraction of the number of cases reported by its neighbors China and South Korea.

Has because it is not testing.

Even an elementary school kid would know that.

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Posted in: Gov't to earmark ¥1 tril for reserve fund to fight coronavirus See in context

As a key pillar of the emergency package, the government will provide 300,000 yen to households whose income has fallen by more than half from the previous year, it says.

Fallen by more than half, not that many and one doesn't have to be an expert to know that. A deliberate ploy not to spend while pretending to be doing something to alleviate the pain of the populace.

The reason they made it household rather than working adults because they know fully well not many will qualify. So a household of 2 gets the same like a household of 5, doesn't make any sense at all. Bereaucrats in this country really think they are smarter and everybody hasn't a brain to reason.

Just like everything pcr testing, imported foreign caregivers, labor etc there are always hurdles put in place.

One would hope the mainstream media, would point that to the government but as usual they have been pathetic as usual and will be parroting how it is great.

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Posted in: Animal ventilator maker looks to boost output for human coronavirus patients See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament that his government had secured over 8,000 ventilators necessary to treat patients in serious condition.

Secured from where ?

8000 ? isn't it the same number that he said Japan had the potential to perform PCR test.

What became of the 15.3 billion yen that was allocated in early February from the supplementary budget to boost mask production and Suga promised by mid february the mask problem will be solved. Well it was just a pledge, waiting for my 2 washable cloth mask.

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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

Confused and irresponsible government. Are they still holding the believe that this virus doesn't infect kids.

Collects from the people but unwilling to give back to the very people it has been receiving from.

Unwilling to close elementary schools because parents will have to absent from work and stay home which will oblige the government to guarantee their salary and the government is unwilling to.

This is what you get with a one party system. You reap what you sow.

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo has secured 1,000 beds for virus patients See in context

Are the 1,000 beds for those with mild symptoms ?. Koike is trying hard to score political points after going MIA before decision on olympic was made.

I would use a very long spoon to eat with.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

 - but I'd like the journalists to ask the difficult questions to all the officials to try and see what nonsense explanation they are forced into giving.

What are you saying?, Journalist cannot ask officials critical questions.

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Posted in: Japan to boost Avigan drug stockpile to fight coronavirus See in context

Avigan is being touted here with sure certainty as effective cure for corona virus when the manufacturer of the drug fujifilm has just begun clinical test, There is no mention at all here of hydroxychloriquine, wish the Abe government was advocating for more pcr testing like it is for Avigan.

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


Japan and Tokyo will see thousands of people infected per day if it follows the same curve as other countries.

Only when they ramp up testing, and I don't see that happening.

The stubbornness and daftness is mind boggling.

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Posted in: Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases top 100 for first time See in context


Everyone more or less knew this was gonna happen, except for the government

The government and experts.

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Posted in: Koike pressures Abe to declare state of emergency See in context

But experts are worried about the rise in the percentage of cases that can't be traced. 

I am not an expert but I am more worried of the number of undetected cases roaming the country and spreading due to the lack of testing.

I have lost faith in these government mouthpiece called experts.

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Posted in: Koike pressures Abe to declare state of emergency See in context

Japan has so far been spared the kind of explosive surge seen in parts of Europe, the United States and elsewhere

Any country will be spared if they don't test and pretend it is not there.

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Posted in: Japan to keep hospital beds for severely ill; use hotels for mild coronavirus cases See in context

What other countries took a few days to decide it has taken Japan 2 months to decide. Japanese Bureaucrats don't like to be told what to do as they think they are smarter than everybody else and will drag their legs when instructed to as they are used to fomulating policy and the ruling party just rubber stamping. Until control is wrested from bureaucrats change will be at snail pace. The democratic party during their short rein tried wresting control from bureaucrats and where sabotaged big time.

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

In a recommendation released after their meeting, the experts said, even though the country has not seen an explosive increase in infections so far

Delusion grandeur.

How are they going to see a spike when they are in complete denial and don't want to see by completely refusing to test.

I guess it is too much expecting even a little honesty from these government mouthpiece called experts.

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


What is the rest of the world ? Japan is the only country among the top three world nations that doesn't have breakout. 

Only a fool will expect a breakout without testing.

If China saved the world two months time, Japan saved herself an additional one month. When the weather becomes warmer, the virus sexuality will be much reduced

China saved the world by eating anything that moves, Cockcroch, spider, scorpion, fowl stool , should I name more?

The virus is raging in Africa and last I checked Africa is hot.

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

"We are barely holding the line and remain at a critical point where virus cases could surge if we let down our guard," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary committee.

What guard is this man talking about when there hasn't been any at all.

Could surge, tell us how you intend to find out whether it has surged or not since we know testing is not one of them.

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

Japan has some 2,200 cases of the coronavirus and 66 deaths, relatively small tallies compared with those of United States, China and some parts of Europe.

Yea, relatively small. Why not compare the number of test as well,

It might pass domestically, but the rest of the world is not stupid.

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

Japan is struggling to hold the line against the coronavirus and is on the brink of crisis with medical experts particularly worried about preparations in Tokyo, officials said on Wednesday,

How can one struggle not doing anything.

Since when did they become worried when they have been telling us how Japan is holding well against the virus,how it has flatten the curve, how Japans medical system is fantastic and cannot be overrun. They have been fanning nationalism and making feel-good statements.

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Posted in: Private-sector advisers to Abe call for massive economic stimulus measures See in context

I have already heard of many losing their jobs recently, and that's just within my circle of friends.

The land of mystery, unemployment will still be very low.

I always thought the ccp was in a class of its own, how mistaken I was.

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