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Posted in: Go To Travel push linked to surge in COVID-19 infections: study See in context

Both the UK variant and Brazilian variant came in with foreign travelers.

Or it could just be how the virus naturally mutates.

The ‘UK variant’ is only named that way because that’s where it was discovered, not because its specific to the UK.

It could’ve been discovered in Japan if they were testing enough people and analysing the findings in order to work out how prevalent different strains are around the country. Instead, the government was more focused on the Olympics and GoTo Travel.

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Posted in: Go To Travel push linked to surge in COVID-19 infections: study See in context

If people want to take a risk and enjoy life, let them. If people want to stay home a be afraid of the world, let them.

Stop shaming people who want to live a normal life.

If we all understand the threat this virus poses and act responsibly, we can all get back to living a normal life sooner.

If however, people keep denying the truth of the situation and insisting they needn’t change their habits because life is some sort of utopian TV drama, then this is just going to drag on longer.

So, yes those who want to live a normal life deserve shaming because it’s genuinely not helping the situation.

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Posted in: Go To Travel push linked to surge in COVID-19 infections: study See in context

Of course the GoTo Travel nonsense spread the virus. Only a fool would think otherwise.

Look around the world and show me one other example of a mass domestic travel campaign being held - and actively promoted by the government - during this pandemic.

Look at the ways in which international travel was being affected. I wonder why that was happening? Possibly because everyone understood that travel was spreading the virus.

It beggars belief the absolute numskulls running this country.

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Posted in: Don't shout, don't cheer: Olympic fans face coronavirus curbs See in context

Don't cheer, talk loudly, eat, drink, or wave flags.

Dont Olympics

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Posted in: High court denies gov't responsibility for Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

Not a surprise at all.

Government mismanagement, underfunding, and under regulating the industry as well as TEPCO absolutely bares some responsibility for what happened.

I hope all those personally affected by this disaster remember this decision and it brings about some kind of political awakening.

Yeah, right.

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Posted in: Japan says no truth to Times report on canceling Tokyo Olympics See in context

The IOC statement yesterday now makes perfect sense.

It seems Japan is going to blink first and be left to foot most of the bill. Maybe negotiating for 2032 is their way out?

So much money has been wasted on this 'game'.

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Posted in: Former justice minister's wife gets suspended sentence for vote-buying See in context

I wonder what would happen to me if I committed fraud to this extent...

I'm certain it wouldn't include a suspended sentence.

I can't see how they could justify giving the husband a suspended sentence. His fraud is many multiple times bigger. I guess we'll find out soon how much those special connections will benefit him.

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Posted in: Clinical study begins in Japan for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine See in context

Is there anything stopping Embassies from distributing the vaccine to their nationals from within the Embassy grounds?

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Posted in: Clinical study begins in Japan for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine See in context

The justification for this must be that Japan wants to test the vaccines on it's own people before granting approval. There is no other logical explanation for why they need to do this. If that is the case, and they simply don't trust the approvals granted from other countries because Japanese are somehow 'different', fair enough.

It's their country, their government, their bureaucracy.

This delay does nothing for Europeans living in Japan, or Americans, or Australians, or any other nationalities whose governments have already deemed the vaccine safe for them. Therefore Japan should be able to administer the vaccine to any national of a country who has already approved the vaccine for its own people.

Living in Japan for 1 year, or 5 years, or 20 years doesn't suddenly make my body Japanese, no matter how much miso soup I consume. This is a global pandemic, therefore a global approach should be taken to how vaccines are distributed to residents.

I know this will never happen, but let's just remember that it's only politics that is preventing it.

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court upholds ban on dual citizenship See in context

It’s simply the fear of losing its culture.

That’s why kids still have to learn to propel themselves over a bar at kindergarten, and learn to ride a unicycle at Elementary school. It’s meaningless and there are much better things they could be spending their time doing, but it’s part of the culture here and getting rid of it for something more ‘modern’ just can’t be done.

When you think how much nonsense exists here just because of tradition, it’s easy to see why dual nationality would never be allowed.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,471 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,652 See in context

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 159, down one from Wednesday, health officials said."

A small but welcome bit of good news.

That would depend on whether that 1 person died or recovered. Unfortunately that isn’t stated.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

it's also possible that the government doesn't want to waste free tests on asymptomatic people and only test those with symptoms.

Yeah because we want all those asymptomatic people to continue walking around spreading the virus.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

Nation wide testing was over 55,000. Does that make you happy?

Not really. The capacity in Tokyo alone is 65,000 / day.

Why are they stockpiling tests? What are they waiting for?

They've got them (according to Koike), so use them.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

2,670 tests is laughable.

This has been going on almost a year, and the total number of positive cases has doubled in the last 6 weeks.

If that doesn't spell it out to people that things are getting worse then I don't know what will.

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Posted in: Last trains in Tokyo area to leave earlier from Wed night to help stem virus surge See in context

Oh and to prove the logic is bonkers, look at the picture.

The train company has made a sign communicating this information to people and then has made a worker stand there and hold it in the middle of hundreds if not thousands of people walking past him.

This puts him at immense personal risk.

It's a sign. Just make a stand for it and surround it with cones.

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Posted in: Last trains in Tokyo area to leave earlier from Wed night to help stem virus surge See in context

Pure stupidity. The logic behind this is absolutely bonkers.

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Posted in: The broadcaster should consider seriously what it can do to reduce the financial burden on households amid the COVID-19 pandemic. See in context

The broadcaster should consider seriously what it can do to question government policies and hold the government and all the politicians to account with proper investigative journalism. Then, the fees it burdens people with might actually be worth paying.

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Posted in: Aso vows to revive virus-hit economy, promote structural reforms See in context

The best structural reform Aso could make is to remove himself from the structure.

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Posted in: Japan finds COVID-19 variant in 3 people with no record of travel to UK See in context

Wow, so it’s almost like it’s spreading between people. How could this possibly be?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,204 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,925 See in context

Testing considerably down again.

8,206 tests done despite Koike pledging back in October that the capacity would be 65,000 / day by early December.

Oct 30, 2020 — The **capacity of novel coronavirus testing** in Tokyo will be increased to about 65000 per day by early December, Gov. Yuriko Koike said Friday.

I understand that 'capacity' doesn't mean a guaranteed number of tests, but I don't understand why they've never got anywhere near that number even once. If they tested to near capacity for a few days straight, then I could at least see the reasoning for cutting back to 8,000-10,000 if the positive rate was low.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

Believe it or not, Japan's test positivity rate is not much different than in other countries.

So as so many people have been saying for almost a year now, the more you test, the more positives you’ll find. The current daily number in Tokyo is about 1,500 - but test 60,000 people and the number will be multiples of that. It’s common sense.

Finding the positive cases means you have the best chance of stopping the spread or minimising it to clusters. Not finding positive cases allows it to spread more. It’s common sense.

Japan has been in denial about this for a year. As a result it’s going to be extremely difficult to change attitudes and behaviour patterns that have been allowed to become the norm.

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Posted in: Japan may consider further stimulus package for COVID-19-hit economy: Kono See in context

@nator - Absolutely. Well said.

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Posted in: Japan's suicides jump 16% in COVID-19 2nd wave: study See in context

"People worry about COVID-19. But a lot of people have also committed suicide because they have lost their jobs, they have lost their income and couldn't see the hope," he said.

What is this ‘hope’ you are expecting people to see Taro?

They’ve lost their jobs, their income, there is very little mental health support as it is never mind in the current situation. The government is doing very little to provide a safety net for people losing their jobs.

What hope should people be seeing?

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

The government is an absolute disgrace. The Japanese people need to wake up to the fact that their government is largely a hopeless bunch of out of touch old men who clearly put self interest over the best interests of the people.

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Posted in: No. of virus patients recuperating at home tops 30,000 See in context

...when will people and the government in Japan sit up and realise what happening? and take it seriously.

@Brian - Stay safe in the UK pal.

Everyone in Japan has had almost 12 months of relative calm to look around the world and see how bad things can get if the virus starts to spread. In that time it seems the government and many businesses have failed to learn from the plight of other countries and put meaningful plans in place. Now the government is scrambling to work out what best to do, and businesses such as bars are complaining they have to close a few hours earlier. It's crazy, and the scramble was perfectly avoidable - because it was so predictable.

That's not me trying to be a smart arse, but I looked at my business and made plans for what I would do if X, Y, and Z happened, and I based X, Y, and Z on what was already happening in other countries. This virus is serious, and it has the potential to get a whole lot worse very quickly.

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Posted in: No. of virus patients recuperating at home tops 30,000 See in context

Rather die at home with family

Wouldn't that put the rest of your family at huge risk, you know with this being a highly contagious virus and all that?

Or, do you actually mean die at home with other family members?

I know they are doing this to try and lessen the strain on the hospitals, but unless people live alone then they are putting the health of their loved ones at huge risk.

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Posted in: Japan's new university entrance exams begin See in context

I really feel for these kids. Not just because they have to take these tests, but the last year of school must’ve been difficult.

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Posted in: Popular Japanese pub chain shuts 20% of its locations due to virus See in context

the Chinese authorities covered it up 

Oh, and the Japanese government continuously played down (generous) or attempted to cover up (more realistic) the fact that the power plants had melted down and the extent to which the the local area was in danger.

There’s not a great deal of difference in these 2 situations. In both cases the governments were trying to minimise information in order to save face - operating on the presumption that if things didn’t get worse, they could cover up the extent of the situation. But if things did get worse they could just spin some more BS and claim they didn’t know the whole picture until now.

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Posted in: Popular Japanese pub chain shuts 20% of its locations due to virus See in context

Comparing Fukushima, which resulted from a natural disaster. to corona is ridiculous

The Japanese government and TEPCO are largely to blame for their long term mismanagement of the nuclear facility. Please don’t forget that, or buy into the idea that such an event couldn’t have been predicted or mitigated.

The government still hasn’t ‘cleaned up’ the situation, and many people are still living with the consequences of another government bungling.

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Posted in: Ex-farm minister Yoshikawa indicted without arrest on bribery charge See in context

Not arresting him gives him a window to ‘get his house in order’ and ‘do the honourable thing’ which would mean a lot of shady government dealing not being aired publicly.

Of course he should’ve been arrested just like any normal citizen would have been for even a fraction of what he’s accused of. I’m sure countless people with health issues are arrested everyday.

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