Hubert will you stop this misinformation, Any country with that many deaths can’t hide the disaster, check the countries around the world with that many deaths, how many of them could have gone along without a shut down? Balancing the economic impact of dealing with this virus is equally important, the politicians here aren’t that bright but the system seem to make things work without these politicians, it takes the populace to make things work, and that you and me
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Trains have been packed since the birth of this virus, so long as people are not talking on these trains and have their mask properly worn, the risks aren’t so high I’ve been commuting with these crowded trains for the past year but here I am , not dead yet, better do what you can do to help prevent the spread and get on with life, I still feel safe in Japan than I will be in Europe or the Americas, have a good weekend
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@Bass4funk, there is no way you can defend him on this one, he screwed up big time, just admit it!
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@rcch, what do you mean by best continent in the world? Your statement is equivalent to saying my child is the most beautiful in the world, every child is beautiful to his or her parents, it may be the best continent in the world to you but not to me, “one man’s meat is another man’s poison “
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@the resident, well said! We cannot stop living, we’ve done well to bring the situation under control and must get back to our lives, though with caution. If a second wave comes, we can do what we did a few weeks ago and still get it under control again, we are on the pandemic ”sea” now, we must ride the waves and steer to safety, no need to be afraid of another wave, we will navigate through it
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Ashley, I understand your concern but comparing Japan to most European countries and US, I think, they’ve done a good job, Tokyo is a densely populated city and with most people using public transport, they can’t hide anything for 3 months, I think Japan has already proven that just testing and not contact tracing is useless, because it does less to stop the virus from spreading, rather focus on measures that prevent the virus from spreading rapidly and then you can get it under control, selective testing can be good if you are doing enough contact tracing, it will take all of us to defeat this pandemic, and we can do it whiles living our lives too, let’s all do our part, that’s what has kept Japan going
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I support reopening, but with caution! Some establishments must still wait it out, so we can figure in the next few weeks if the downward trend in new cases can be sustained. The end is on sight so shouldn’t blow it! Good luck and good health to all on here, let’s continue to be vigilant whiles we get most of our lives back.
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this Might not be the first time he’s been preying on his patient, police must find out from the other patients who have visited there in the past, so many women may not report such a case and walk away in pain, time to get justice for them if they are out there!
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I will find it difficult to go eat or drink in a windowless pub or restaurant for now, but that’s just me, may be I’ll have a change of mind after one month
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Monty, Kanagawa still has some cases they are worried about and considering people from those 4 prefectures mingle all the time, it’s on the safer side to wait it out for them to see fewer or zero cases from Kanagawa and Tokyo, Japanese before lifting it for all four prefectures, even with the emergency in place a lot of people have returned to work, I’m in Shinjuku station now and it’s busy as compared to last week
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“I think I’m gonna vomit if I read about the diaomando princess again”
Kobe, you made me laugh this morning, that was funny!
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The best they can do is add more trains and flexible working hrs plus opening the windows on all the trains which they are doing
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Burning bush, private transportation to and from work for Tokyo is out of the question, it cannot be achieved in anyway, considering the no. Of people who commute to Tokyo to work and those who live in Tokyo
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They may not be extradited Japan but they will surely lose whatever they earned and may be more, unless they hid their booty under someone’s bed, so why do it? When u know you will be caught in the long run, I wouldn’t do something like that with my son though, Putting all your eggs in one basket, they are lucky they were not caught in Japan.
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BlackLabel , I think night clubs may be asked to close until there are no reported cases in the country for a while, I know of a friend who got infected in a club in Shibuya, they actually got to him through contact tracing 4 of the six guys he went with ended up testing positive, but they are all well and free from the virus now, the ventilations system in clubs makes it high risk
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These so called experts who predicted dooms day, have all been proven wrong, why will I want to here from them again?, I will rather listen to the experts who are on the job and steering us out of this pandemic because they’ve done a good job so far without blowing their horns, a lot of work are going on behind the scenes but we hardly appreciate it because they don’t boast about them in the open like we find in other countries
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Smith in Japan, bars and restaurants in Tokyo were never asked to close, they were asked to close early, @8pm and stop selling alcohol @7pm but most of them closed down due to lack of customers and support for the emergency declaration, clubs were asked to close and non has opened yet same goes to cinemas,
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Tokyo-Engr, you are spot on there, the situation here does not warrant an economic shutdown, though on the safer side some establishments may take longer to reopen, those that don’t pose a risk should be allowed to function
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Well done Japan! Having this pandemic under control without having to go through these draconian measures is a positive sign your approach was best for Japan, it’s not over yet but at least it is under control here, and that’s what matters, trains we’re getting packed again from yesterday in Tokyo meaning most people are already getting back to work in person, I hope we all adhere to our mask wearing, washing hands often and social distancing where you can, and refrain from non essential outing, we may be able to get rid of this virus soon, good luck Japan!
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Blozen, with such a contagious virus and the percentage that will require ICU, there are other indicators that can show if infections are on the rise, it is up to every country knowing its own health system and how it’s populations behaviour and life style will or will not contribute to its rapid spread to take the required measures that will allow it to get a control over this pandemic, Japan chose its own path and has made it through, they deserve to be congratulated even if the end isn’t there yet, Preventing tens of thousands of lives from being lost is not a bad thing.” Test test test don’t wear mask cos they are useless”. Seems to have resulted in more deaths
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Those who still think unnecessary testing is the solution to this problem seem unhappy Japan has proven the world wrong and seem to have its approach working, it’s been 4 months since some on here predicted doomsday due to japans testing approach but we are yet to see that, I for one have been in favour of Japan’s approach since it delivers good results for Japan, no nation with a population of 10million + can test all its citizens even once a week, so definitely, a sensible testing criteria and approach that leads to good results is the most important here.
Japan is a winner here if it has to be compared to some developed countries that seem to have no control over the pandemic, good job to New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan and all those countries that have been able to get things under control, I pray other countries will learn from them and get their house in order, life must get back!
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@ peter ! You made my day! Your comment is
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We must learn to live with this virus until a vaccine is found to help immune ourselves from it, until then, a balanced approach is needed to protect the economy too, I’m glad Japan hasn’t seen it’s cases growing, and hopefully life would get back to the new normal for all
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Waddo, so what do you want the population to do after getting the virus under control?
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After reading through all the comments above, I find it very sad that so many on here seem to want to see Japan battered in this pandemic like we see else where, those who still doubt the no.s should take the trouble to find out the total deaths in Tokyo alone from January to date as compared to the previous 4 yrs, that should give u a better picture of deaths as a result of this pandemic so far, and let’s not forget that covid corpse are marked hazardous and treated differently, who will you be fooling when you treat a covid corpse like a normal corpse?
this article made mention of the underlining factors that has kept the virus at bay in Japan, whether you believe it or not, the results are there for you to compare, some countries have focused so much on testing and testing without paying attention to how to prevent the virus from spreading rapidly, What most countries got wrong was not encouraging all to put on face masks whiles out there, it would have saved a lot of lives by now, Hopefully by end of the year we will have a clear picture of why some countries couldn’t get the virus under control and allowed it to cause such deaths
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