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

Expat, “If they have no symptoms, then they haven't been tested unless maybe they're friends of Abe's..So how are these asymptomatic cases able to truthfully state they have been infected?”

Many asymptomatic people or those with mild symptoms have undergone testing and been found positive. For instance, household members, co-workers or others who’ve been in close contact with confirmed positive cases.

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Posted in: What will life in Japan under a state of emergency look like? See in context

vanityofvanitiesToday  07:29 am JST

“I went to a barber shop several days ago to cut my hair. It crossed my mind before going about the danger of infection. But what else can I do to cut my hair short?”

Do what many people around the world are doing. Get some scissors and a mirror and cut it yourself if you live alone. Or if you have a housemate, ask them to do it. Or let your hair grow for a while, it won’t kill you.

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Posted in: 18 trainee doctors who ignored dining ban infected with coronavirus See in context

kurisupisuToday  09:16 am JST

“Reading the article and it states that they were warned not to go by?

It is not stated.”

Keio University released a statement saying they had issued repeated messages advising against participation in such gatherings.

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Posted in: 18 trainee doctors who ignored dining ban infected with coronavirus See in context

Forgot to include that the five others who went on the trip to Spain and France are also newly graduated interns from Hirosaki University. Their PCR test results were all negative.

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Posted in: 18 trainee doctors who ignored dining ban infected with coronavirus See in context

Perhaps it isn’t clear from the wording of the article but the “repeated calls not to join such gatherings” were from the university itself on top of the Tokyo governor’s.

There was a similar case at Hirosaki University in Aomori. A new intern who went on a trip March 9-17 to Barcelona and Paris with five others, returned to Haneda Airport on the 17th, stayed a night at a hotel in Kawasaki, drove in his own car back to Hirosaki, over the next few days took care of errands like applying for his doctor’s license, shopping, stopping by the place he had worked part time to say goodbye, and on the 23rd went dining/drinking at three different establishments in Hirosaki in a group of 30 fellow new interns and other medical school students. On the 25th he moved to Odate, in Akita to take up his position at a hospital there. On the 30th he had a PCR test and the results on April 2 showed he was positive for COVID-19. Another from the drinking group, who had then moved to work at a hospital in Hachinohe has also tested positive. Interns from this university have gone to work at 61 different hospitals in about 20 different prefectures (12 are in Aomori Pre.). Notifying, testing, are being done, with some already confirmed negative. Stay tuned.

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Posted in: Environmentalist C W Nicol dies at 79 See in context

I had nearly forgotten that I did have the pleasure of meeting him once when he gave a speech in the town I lived in at the time. It was so long ago I can’t exactly place it, probably late 80s, or early 90s. It was a good speech and a group of us had a lovely meal with him after. I too often wished I could visit his place in Nagano but never had the chance.

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Posted in: Darvish speaks of anti-Asian discrimination in U.S. amid outbreak See in context

techallToday  08:06 am JST

“Naming these pandemics after locations is not new.”

We know that

“The Spanish flu of 1918 killed about 40 million (although it did not really start in Spain)”

There’s a clue to the problem right there

“Now calling this bug after it's point of origin is racist.”

It’s not exactly “now”. You might read and learn something from the following. Notice the date.

World Health Organization Best Practices for the Naming of New Human Infectious Diseases May 2015

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Posted in: Environmentalist C W Nicol dies at 79 See in context

Oops, sorry Laguna, didn’t mean to parrot your final sentence (am a bit sleepy). But I will miss reading his columns. I trust his foundation will carry on his work.

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Posted in: Environmentalist C W Nicol dies at 79 See in context

I’ve also greatly enjoyed and been informed by his writing over many, many years. Last night on the Mainichi English online site I read his Country Gentleman column about omnivores. It touches on the current corona virus crises so it seems he was writing up to very close to the end. He will be missed.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

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“..why cash? Can't the people in need receive it directly in their bank account?”

I believe the term cash is being used to refer to “money” as opposed to shopping coupons or vouchers that have been used in some previous programs. 

In previous “cash” handout programs we received In the mail forms To fill out. There was an option to fill out our account details to have the money deposited, or to go to city hall to revive cash in person. 

Fxgai, “give the money to anyone who finds it worth their while to go to the municipal office and suffer through the paper work to get it.“

See above. I expect no visits to city hall will be necessary if you have a bank account. Especially as we are supposed to be cutting down on goi g out of our homes, having unnecessary contact with people etc.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

Before taking Hunter Jsmes’ word about this proposed program not applying to foreign residents, I would want to know exactly how the conversation transpired at the ward office. Was it possibly something like this:

James: do you have a program to assist foreigners?

Ward person: No we don’t (have any programs specifically geared for foreigners).

Like others who posted above I have also had no problem receiving various previous “handouts” for low income people, for general stimulation of the economy etc. I got exactly the same amounts, and through the same processes as Japanese members of the family.

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Posted in: Japan advises against travel to 50 nations including U.S., China See in context

rgcivilian1Today  04:35 pm JST

“The idiot who went to Spain in the heaviest outbreak since the Black Plague to take advantage of cheap rates and now came back in along with his wife and infected others in Aomori Prefecture.”

Please stop repeating this misleading info. As already pointed out to you on other threads, there is no evidence yet that that couple you keep mentioning has infected anyone else in Aomori. Of the first six confirmed cases (in Hachinohe), five (including that couple) went together on the Spain trip (which I agree was stupid). The sixth is the wife of one of the five. Since then, there’s been a seventh, unrelated case, a woman living in Tokyo who had fever and cough before going by train to stay with her mother in Hachinohe. She then tested positive but her mother tested negative. And there’s a new case in Goshogawara of a university student who had been to the US.

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Posted in: Some foreigners in Aichi feeling concern over spread of virus See in context

Vince BlackToday  05:06 pm JST

“So they’re blaming foreigners for not voicing their concerns more to a council that doesn’t have any non Japanese speaking staff and extremely limited resources for helping foreigners. 

How very Japanese”

What council are you referring to? This one?

“The Aichi Multicultural Center in Nagoya, which advises residents in 11 foreign languages”

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Posted in: On Japanese TV debate programs, men discuss difficult subjects while female announcers are on the set like ornaments. On TV dramas, too, you might see men holding a business meeting and women serving them tea. See in context

Smith, “I asked my partner...what would happen if the woman explained about the obvious cold front we're experience and the man stood there and said, "Ah? so desune. Un, hontou desuyone. Souka!" and she got all serious and said it wouldn't be possible.”

Actually that imagined scenario of yours is exactly what I can see every weekday evening on one of the local channels in my podunk Tohoku prefecture. In fact there are two young women who take turns explaining the weather to the clueless male, and doing reports from the field depending on the day. They replaced another very competent female who used to do the weather for a long time until a couple years ago when she moved up the ranks into a more managerial position (she still does other reporting though, just not the weather).

In fact these days I see a fair number of females who are qualified weather forecasters, not just reading a script prepared by someone else. Ms Naraoka who does the weather on Thursdays for the Miyaneya afternoon wide show is one that comes to mind.

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Posted in: On Japanese TV debate programs, men discuss difficult subjects while female announcers are on the set like ornaments. On TV dramas, too, you might see men holding a business meeting and women serving them tea. See in context

“On Japanese TV debate programs, men discuss difficult subjects while female announcers are on the set like ornaments.”

Sometimes true, sometimes not. I watch many programs where the women are equal or more participants. As for news programs, News23, Zero, Houdou Tokushu, and others are anchored by females, etc.

“On TV dramas, too, you might see men holding a business meeting and women serving them tea.”

Again, sometimes true, sometimes not. I’ve seen plenty of dramas where the females are holding business meetings, heading departments, being company presidents, etc And sometimes the men are serving the tea.

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Posted in: Eight West Ham players have virus symptoms See in context

Oops, Shintaro, not Shuntaro.

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Posted in: 58 infected with coronavirus at welfare facility in Chiba See in context

And for a bit of perspective, the Guardian reports that in Britain, MHA, an operator of 200 care homes, has seen deaths in homes where corona virus was suspected. But that they couldn’t confirm the suspected outbreaks because the of the “absence of testing for care home staff.”

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Posted in: Virus cases spike after Australia cruise ship stand-off ends See in context

I can understand the reluctance to allow people from these ships to disembark. Depending on location and timing it could overwhelm a local medical system. But are they then to be doomed to stay on the ocean until all aboard have died or what? This seems to be an issue crying out for international agreements to be made.

And then there’s the Holland America cruise ship carrying four dead bodies and more than 100 sick crew members and passengers arrived in Florida I think. Haven’t read the news if it yet today.

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Posted in: Eight West Ham players have virus symptoms See in context

Even though it’s been several days since it was announced, I don’t think I’ve seen on this site that the first Japanese pro baseball player was found to be positive. Shuntaro Fujinami (Hanshin Tigers) tested positive after having lost his sense of taste and smell. Two fellow players from his team that he had taken a meal with were also later found to be positive. And now two women he ate with have also tested positive.

Moderator: https://japantoday.com/category/sports/3-Hanshin-Tigers-players-test-positive-for-coronavirus

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Posted in: 'Corona criminals' prey on virus fears See in context

I was raised to not call people names and I generally try to follow that. But these kind of people make my blood boil and yes, I’m going to go ahead and call them scum.

I won’t be surprised if here in Japan we see people showing up on our doorsteps claiming to be sent by city hall or such to disinfect our homes. And then stealing whatever they can find while inside or trying to charge a “government mandated fee” for their “services.” Watch out for your elderly relatives and neighbors who would be easy prey for this type of scam.

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Posted in: Snow walls in Aomori See in context

That’s just the workers and members of the press in the photo. They cancelled various ceremonies and events usually held in conjunction with this. A walk through the road usually thronged by members of the public, singing a song with arms linked, etc.

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Posted in: Shinjuku Ward official accused of stealing personal items from unclaimed bodies See in context

One would think the credit cards and bank books would possibly lead to identification of the deceased although not necessarily to finding anyone to claim the body....

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Posted in: Tokyo governor says people can enjoy cherry blossoms next year See in context

Any tree of any sort in a public park is going to be controlled nature. If the Japanese enjoy having a drinking party or a stroll when the cherry blossoms are out who’s business is it to declare it a non-tradition? Of course it’s got to be restrained in cases of crisis, like now, but otherwise it’s up to them whether to continue or not.

Those who want to see something other than Somei Yoshino blooms should head somewhere like Hirosaki Park in Aomori Prefecture, which has more than 50 varieties blooming over a long period. Even after the Somei Yoshino are finished there’s plenty of other types to enjoy. I see they’ve cancelled the cherry blossom festival for this year, hopefully next year people can enjoy it as normal.

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Posted in: Man arrested for delaying flight by saying he has coronavirus See in context

Sorry, rg. The rg got cut off and when I typed that in I didn’t notice the auto correct to argh.

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Posted in: Man arrested for delaying flight by saying he has coronavirus See in context

argh civilian1 Mar. 27 06:28 pm JST “Real World just learned from friends in Hachinohe, no thanks to the business owner and his wife who went to Spain and came back with positive Coronavirus when they had 0 cases now have 8.”

Per the official figures released on March 27, Aomori Prefecture has tested 116 people. Six of those were found to be positive. All reside in Hachinohe and five went on the same tour to Spain earlier this month. The sixth is the wife of one of the five.

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Posted in: Virus-striken Diamond Princess leaves Yokohama Port See in context

JayMar. 26  08:16 am JST

“Where to now for this ship?”

The tv news was saying now that it’s disinfected, it’s heading to another location where new mattresses and such will be installed in preparation for its next cruise departing May 20.

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Posted in: Over 400 cruise ship visits cancelled at Japanese ports over coronavirus See in context

The magazine sent by my Japanese credit card company arrived some weeks ago while people were still quarantined on the Diamond Princess. Ironically the featured article was about the wonderful life aboard the Queen Elizabeth with the last page being information for people to book a cruise departing April 20. I showed it to a private lesson group as an example of incredibly unlucky timing. One of them excitedly said her elderly aunt and uncle had already reserved that very trip. Seems the husband loves such travel and they’ve been on many cruises with no problems. I have a feeling this is one trip they won’t be going on after all and they were very lucky they weren’t on a cruise in the midst of the current situation.

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Posted in: Japan to ask travelers from U.S. to self-quarantine for 14 days See in context

Meant to also, even when living in the same town or area. Have you not seen the Italian army convoys hauling bodies off to a different town because the crematoriums are unable to deal with the volume?

Even in ordinary times, living overseas entails a risk of not being able to see loved ones shortly before they die or to attend funerals.

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Posted in: Japan to ask travelers from U.S. to self-quarantine for 14 days See in context

TomToday  01:11 pm JST

“So if a relative of an American residing in Japan dies is the states, the American cannot go to the funeral? Possibly cannot return home to Japan if they can go? Shameful”

Have you not noticed that already many people in various countries have not been able to be with their loved ones as they die, nor hold funerals for them etc. because of this virus?

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'Where should we live?' See in context

Living nearby is one solution that sometimes works. Another is a “nisedai” two-generation house that is like a duplex, completely Or nearly separate living quarters, kitchens, entrances etc but in one building. But those solutions are difficult if money is an issue and may be harder to justify the necessity of if there are no children in the younger household.

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