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: Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus See in context

Facebook friends have been joking about a potential baby boom in 9 months, but what came to my mind was also the number of likely divorces because of this. Sadly, I forgot about domestic violence as well. Let's hope this virus passes quickly.

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Posted in: 92 from Chicago let in at Narita airport without being asked to self-isolate See in context

@Reckless

I agree with you but this was the only option we had. We wiped down the handles and steering wheel after with alcohol and I inquired and the cars are always cleaned after each use on the interior.

Thanks Reckless. And again, I hope your son will be OK. He is lucky to be home. BTW, I got a notification from the Tokyo US Embassy for folks to expect, at any time, for returnees to not be able to quarantine at home, but instead a facility of the Japanese Government's choosing.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context

I just got back from an Itoyokado on the corner of Yon-go-sen and and Kannana and they had plenty of stuff. I was able to just go right up to the register. We have more food in our refrigerator than normal but not upon seeing the situation in-person, I am more relieved.

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Posted in: 92 from Chicago let in at Narita airport without being asked to self-isolate See in context

@Reckless

Uh...I hope your son isn't infected(sincerely and worriedly). The first question that pops up is what about the next person who rents the car? To me, in this situation, rental cars are 'public transportation' (technically not).

I don't know what folks like you are supposed to do, so I don't blame you for doing this.

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Posted in: Apple brings PC-like trackpad to iPad tablets See in context

I use a 2018 iPad Pro daily and have a love hate relationship with iOS. It has minimal features compared to the Mac. While I love the Apple Pencil, printing from an iPad is a joke. Hardly any controls, even with Epson’s iPrint app installed. I miss the precise controls a Mac has. In apps, settings are gesture controlled as opposed to precise numbers. Apps like Procreate allow a bit of both however. I believe Apple is releasing the track pad because Photoshop has released a fuller featured app for the iPad(still skimpy IMO). If anyone from Apple or EPSON is listening PLEASE work on your printer driver UI. Oh and apple, the angle of the screen on the iPAD is too steep and not flexible, especially if you like typing on your lap.

Despite all that, I love my iPad PRO. FYI, I use the 12.9inch for drawing. The smaller size iPad Pro is better for sketching and portability, but the larger size is good for detailed drawings.

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Posted in: Expert panel discourages large gatherings, recommends reopening some schools See in context

Tokyo seems as bustling as ever, at least in the suburbs where I live. Construction, warehouses, stores, restaurants, cars, trucks, people walking and riding their bikes. I saw a big group of people arrive at a Yakiniku restaurant nearby. 90% of the pedestrians I see have masks on at least. I have heard the tourist areas are mainly inhabited by high school kids.

Not sure why it isn't as rampant as it is overseas.

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Posted in: Rattled world 'at war' with coronavirus as deaths surge in Italy, France See in context

@Burning Bush This article helped convince a Trump supporting friend of mine who was calling it a hoax and the Dem's fault, etc.

https://www.nancymd.com/blog/covid19?fbclid=IwAR2PAtFFaI3xMIOCLRFzQPAzcAsfQ661QCjpp9cNHnKvz8mrkATqW7ePR4c#.Xm4zysYBTwY.facebook

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Posted in: Confirmed new coronavirus infections in Japan now 1,528, including cruise ship cases See in context

@Kobe White Bar Owner

Slap one or two zeros on that and your closer to reality.

While I am a bit skeptical myself, supposition is not evidence, so just a rumor at this point. Not sure it is helpful and just scares people.

Anyway, these sites might be helpful but relies on the same info you and I are given.

https://jagjapan.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/55c22ee976bc42338cb454765a6edf6b

and

https://www.coromap.info which is in Japanese and tracks the connections between cases.

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Posted in: Osaka man arrested after reserving and canceling 1,873 seats at 2 baseball games to get more space See in context

That's a $100,000 USD blunder on this guy's part. Dumb.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being hit by truck in restaurant parking lot See in context

@Tora, I would say that if you are doing something you are not supposed to be doing, then yes it will be your fault. I am from originally from Oregon in the US and cutting through a parking lot as a short cut is illegal there as well. Each state in the US has different driving laws, so I can't speak for all the US. Anyway, I am glad it is not allowed here. Parking lots are not thoroughfares.

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Posted in: Japan virus infections, including cruise ship cases, rise to 1,496 See in context

I think the number that should be reported, if possible, is the number of those actually sick with corona. As soon as they are well, drop them from the count. BTW, is anyone still on that ship?

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Posted in: Weinstein gets 23 years in prison; expresses sympathy for men in #MeToo era See in context

I wonder if 45 will pardon him after the election?

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Posted in: Japan begins coronavirus travel restrictions for China, S Korea See in context

I suppose their families would need to be quarantined as well, right? "Voluntarily." Two weeks of Uber eats and home grocery delivery. Hopefully they have a private car at the airport already. That would be a 7 hour walk home with luggage for me from Haneda if I were in that situation. A 12 hour walk from Narita. Egads.

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Posted in: Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe See in context

Stores allowing people to buy 150 rolls of paper in a time of crisis is a good part of the supply problem. Where is the management? Caption says LA, but I can imagine this happened many other places, including Japan. I checked with my local Siems and they said when they get more TP and Tissue, customers will only be allowed to buy one package at a time. That's more like it.

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Posted in: 'Ore-ore' and related scams become increasingly elaborate See in context

Prison isn't even an incentive for these guys. I wonder if losing their manhood would even be, but folks would say that is cruel and unusual punishment. Preying on the elderly is the lowest of the lows. SMH

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Posted in: Man arrested over theft of 5,800 bicycle seats See in context

With all the cameras around, I am surprised he wasn't caught earlier. This jerk needs to take up cycling instead.

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Posted in: Parents, teachers scramble to cope after Abe urges school shutdown See in context

It's hard to make everyone happy with any decision you make as a politician, especially Abe recently. If he were to do nothing folks will say he should have closed the schools. Now he closes the schools and people complain. I have 2 kids affected. Luckily our schedules are flexible. I feel for those affected negatively. Schools are definitely incubators though.

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Posted in: Tokyo residents oppose new flight plans for Haneda See in context

And how many of these residents have complained about having to take the hour plus bus/train rides to Narita? You can't have it both ways, folks.

@Arrrgh-Type I don't like the new flight path, but I preferred going to Narita before the airline I usually take home switched operations to Haneda. I miss taking the smooth Skyliner. It may be further away, but Narita is quicker to get to than Haneda. Now I have to take 3-4 trains including that painfully slow monorail from Hamamatsucho. Ugh.

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Posted in: Tokyo residents oppose new flight plans for Haneda See in context

One of the new flight paths, depending on the winds makes a counter clockwise arc over the northern part of Tokyo right on the border of Tokyo and Saitama. My hope is that they shift this arcing flight path north and south throughout the day, to spread the burden and not just over one particular area. During the testing, planes were flying over every 2 minutes or less which meant about 30-40 seconds with no noise for hours on end.

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Posted in: All 16 of Vietnam's coronavirus sufferers cured See in context

Isn't there a difference between just recovering from a sickness and actually being 'cured' by some form of treatment? Which is it in these cases?

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Posted in: Studio Ghibli suddenly makes 38 albums of anime music available on Spotify, Apple Music, and more See in context

I also notice that his movies are available on Apple TV(old iTunes) now. At least the US store.

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Posted in: Gov't to ask companies to promote telework as virus spreads See in context

@Aly Rustom

That's a very good question

Thank you Aly.

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Posted in: Gov't to ask companies to promote telework as virus spreads See in context

The total number of infections confirmed in Japan topped 730 on Friday...

The total figure includes 634 cases from the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship that was quarantined at Yokohama Port...

Why are you including the cruise ship numbers in the Japan interior numbers when the ship was quarantined which means separated?

This John's Hopkins site has Japan's number at 105: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2_9cT1sV7182D_W-6vutJ1D5OWpFoWhS0OEQI0fnU_T_UtoY5FtMLC2r8#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

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Posted in: Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy See in context

With 620 infections I'm not buying it. I'm not that dumb. The last line of this article says it all.

"I'm not sure if I can say it's a success."

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Posted in: Japanese student creates traditional bicycle, brings new life to centuries-old craft See in context

Maybe he could have put a piece of tatami on the seat.

@Pukey2

Haha. That would have been perfect. In fact he should have made the whole bike out of bamboo. There is already someone who makes bamboo bikes out there, but to make it in a Japanese style would have been a step up, cool wise. I agree with 3RENZSHO about the square tubing, in fact, from the photos on twitter, the tubing hardly has and welding on it all, but I doubt a bike like this will go through the rigors that a racing bike would. Probably OK our light city use or perhaps it is for 'display only'.

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Posted in: Japanese student creates traditional bicycle, brings new life to centuries-old craft See in context

@3RENSHO 60T chainrings must be a small wheel thing. These bikes look like they all have large chainrings.

https://freeel.bike/tienda/

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Posted in: U.S. tells remaining cruise passengers in Japan: Stay out for 2 weeks See in context

Egads, I can't type today. I meant 2 weeks.

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Posted in: U.S. tells remaining cruise passengers in Japan: Stay out for 2 weeks See in context

@Yabaru My original comment :Will they be able to find a hotel that will take them? What a nightmare.

still stands after I reread it a 3rd time.

"...they cannot return home for at least two weeks after they come ashore."

So, do they tell the unsuspecting hotel why they want to stay 3 weeks? Are they allowed to hide the fact that they were on that ship? Will the Japanese government restrict them as well?

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Posted in: U.S. tells remaining cruise passengers in Japan: Stay out for 2 weeks See in context

Some Americans decided to take their chances and stay on the ship. On Tuesday, they were told their names would be put on a travel restriction list.

@Yabaru Ah yes, I am seeing this now. I was thinking they were among those being released for some reason.

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Posted in: U.S. tells remaining cruise passengers in Japan: Stay out for 2 weeks See in context

Will they be able to find a hotel that will take them? What a nightmare.

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