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Posted in: Abe, Aso to avoid same meetings as precaution against virus infection See in context

Stop holding meetings in person, meet electronically; better yet stop holding meetings and actually do something! Sorry that’s too radical for any politician.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

smartacus. The most effective regime in dealing with suppressing both the infection rate and death rate is South Korea and a major component of the strategy was mass testing. The second most effective was China where being a dictatorship the were able to impose an early an rigorously enforced lock down.

The hazard of Japanese hospitals being swamped is due to the current law whereby the designation of the virus requires hospitalisation. Change that in line with everywhere else which require isolation at home for mild cases and only hospitalise those suffering life threatening symptoms and a lot of the problem goes away.

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Posted in: Line survey finds 7% of users in Tokyo have at least one coronavirus symptom See in context

Pointless? Perhaps or indicative of an underlying disbelief in the official figures and an effort to try and get something even vaguely closer to reality?

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

The world we have grown to know is shutting down.

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Posted in: Japan said to favor home-grown design for next-generation fighter See in context

The Allies thought the same about the Zero. Russian Migs have their limitations too. Can’t say it looks particularly stealthy but looks can be deceptive. Signing on to the Tempest project would be the best longer term plan for Japan.

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Posted in: World champion boxer Saunders sorry for 'hit women' virus video See in context

The man is an idiot, but who expects intelligence from a boxer?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers eye July 2021 for start of Games: reports See in context

Why make a mistake once when you can make it twice!

Still going to be too hot and humid for the competitors and spectators.

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Posted in: Gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle by 2026 See in context

They seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time on the planning stage given the plans still exist from the last time. A competent fire prevention specialist could have updated and incorporated the necessary changes in probably less than a month, so reconstruction could have starred shortly after site clearance. If they got their act together.

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

Are foreigners through their connection with their country of origin perhaps more aware of how bad this could get and concerned at the lack of official action and information?

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Posted in: Tokyo begins quiet weekend, but some go about as usual See in context

Either ignorant or selfish.

As someone said on the TV yesterday here in the UK about keeping a safe distance “six feet apart or six feet under, your choice”.

Unless the message is pushed hard and regularly by the authorities than as was said above it will take the mortuary’s overflowing to change peoples ideas.

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

So nothing proactive to deal with the underlying cause, disease. Everything entered on the economy. I think he has got his priorities a little mixed. While there is a need in the longer term to support the economy the priority at the moment is to suppress the spread of the virus that is the proximate cause of all the problems. But apparently nothing is to be done .

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Posted in: UK health minister says 560,000 volunteers sign up to help NHS See in context

What Zichi and Pukey2 said. Not operating front line, providing help and support in their communities.

Everyone knew he would get the 250,000 but the response has surprised them, shouldn’t have if you look at the response each year to things like Children in Need and any serious international disaster, for all our cynicism and stiff upper lip and what others mistake for a cold nature, it is just how the ordinary people of this country always react.

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Posted in: Telework, stockpiling spread in Tokyo after Koike's press conference See in context

And so it begins.

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Posted in: Dolphin show See in context

“So long and thanks for all the fish”

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Posted in: Johnson orders Britons to stay at home See in context

Well I suspect the dog will be getting a long walk, luckily we live out in the country so can exercise without much chance of meeting other people. Other than that it’s staying within the house and garden except for food shopping. Can no longer get food delivered as the supermarket chains have withdrawn the service unless you are old or vulnerable. Apparently I am not classed as such..

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Posted in: It is really difficult to identify every case, because so many infections are mild. I would expect a gradual increase in cases in Japan because of silent transmission in the community. See in context

Gradual increase until it sky rockets and the unprepared panic. If you are lucky the government will use the time to prepare for the worst. If not woe betide you.

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Posted in: Echoes of Great Depression as Australian jobless queue for help See in context

Got to say so radical not to say draconian a response to the current level of infection/deaths does smack of a panicked knee-jerk reaction rather than a reasoned, holistic strategy.

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Posted in: Businesses in Japan hit by lack of Chinese trainees amid virus outbreak See in context

Serves them right for relying on the next best thing to slave labour. Importing cheap labour discourages investment, depresses productivity and artificially suppresses wages to yield detriment of all workers.

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Posted in: As governments around the world apply strict measures to contain the coronavirus, millions of people are losing their jobs and companies are facing bankruptcy. Do you think the economic fallout is worse than the health impact? See in context

Not only now but as this virus is not going away and the societal impact is going to be long term if not permanent, we will all have to change the way we live.

And the next pandemic could be a lot worse.

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Posted in: Out and about See in context

Wilful ignorance and ignoring the facts won’t protect you. Even in countries which have a far more rigorous testing regime than Japan, the actual number of infections is recognised as being far greater than the identified cases, so there is no doubt but that there are many infected people circulating in the Japanese population and as there is no effort to encourage social distancing or self isolation as in other countries, this will cause a rapid spread of the disease leading to swamping the healthcare system. Just look at what happened to Italy.

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Posted in: Sydney's Bondi beach closed after crowds defy social distancing orders See in context

Sadly presto345 is right and we are all well advised to remember it.

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Posted in: Japan deploys new Aegis destroyer See in context

Yes but the point is she is not equipped with land attack missiles.

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Posted in: Japan deploys new Aegis destroyer See in context

Certainly seems a capable vessel; the missile system mentioned is primarily defensive in nature. It isn’t useable unless someone shoots a missile at you first.

Not sure if she is equipped with sea to surface missiles so probably would have a difficult time “putting the hammer down” on the DPRK or anyone.

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Posted in: Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative See in context

The disease started in Wuhan, China.

It started in the disgusting live meat markets.

The markets exist because”ordinary Chinese people” buy and consume animals not fit or bred for human consumption (and often endangered).

The CCP knew the danger they represented.

The CCP did nothing to stop these markets.

The CCP suppressed and vilified the Doctor who warned them of the outbreak.

The CCP suppressed and downplayed the outbreak once forced to admit it.

The CCP local officials allowed 5million people to spread out from Wuhan before stopping them, spreading the virus across China and the world.

No, no, the Chinese government and people are not responsible for this outbreak!

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Posted in: Japanese firms see economy contracting if Olympics were to be cancelled See in context

And of course their profits are more important than peoples lives!

Postpone the Olympics to October 2021.

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Posted in: American attitudes make virus response a hard sell See in context

And the movie will be crap!

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Either postpone or Japan will be for ever be associated with the worst and most disastrous Olympics since their inception two and a half millennia ago!

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Posted in: How has the coronavirus affected your travel plans so far and in the near future? See in context

Cancelled annual lads weekend away should have started tomorrow, the Booking was cancelled earlier this week. Our French twinning visit had to be cancelled. Probably won’t be able/advisable to travel down to Cornwall early next month. The play I was supposed to be in next month got cancelled last weekend, so no Wuhan virus hasn’t had any impact on me whatsoever!

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Posted in: Nikkei falls to lowest level in 3 years amid virus fears See in context

What goes up must come down. The market has been in Bull territory for a very long time, especially the US market, it was over due another recession. If you are a day trader and haven’t sold then you are in a lot of pain, but for long term investors if the reasons for holding the stocks were valid in the first case it will eventually become a buying opportunity as the markets start to recover. Just not yet.

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Posted in: Abe tells Trump Japan preparing for Tokyo Olympics as planned See in context

There is no question the disease will still be around in April, and I doubt if it will have disappeared by August, this beast will become endemic and possibly seasonal like the flu. Immunity and hopefully a vaccine will moderate its impact until it mutates, but that can make it more or less infectious so we will just have to wait and see.

Prepare for the Olympics, but also prepare to delay them is the only sensible option.

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