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: Trains run as usual, some retailers shorten hours during state of emergency See in context

Barbershops, hair dressers, beauty salons and home centers are expected to remain open despite the state of emergency declaration as they are "necessary to maintain a stable life,

An absolute joke. We're declaring a state of emergency, but just about everything will remain open, you can still ride the trains as normal and the bars and restaurants will still be open, but we're asking you nicely not to go out. You can even go out and have close contact with your beautician while getting your eyebrows done.

Oh, and here's 300,000 yen per household, so you can not go out and spend it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 83 new coronavirus infections Monday; down 60 from Sunday See in context

How many tests were done in total?

By the 3rd of April, the number of tests done per million people in the following countries:

Australia 10,917

New Zealand 6,850

United States 4,214

United Kingdom 2,580

Japan 311 Yes, just 311!

More incredibly informative stats are available here:

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

How many were training to be Infectious Diseases Specialists?

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

For some people this will be a help, but traditionally what happens when there is a government handout in Japan is the money goes straight into peoples bank accounts and stays there. We'll see if this is different.

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Posted in: Nissan produces face shields to donate to U.S. medical personnel See in context

Anything is appreciated, but 142 face shields a day from a company as large as NIssan does sound a little on the light side.

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Posted in: Koike pressures Abe to declare state of emergency See in context

The problem is that any/all available laws have no teeth/penalties. The ability of central/regional government to forcibly compel people to comply with laws like the ones they require were removed post WW2 as part of the constitutions for fear that they could be used again for nefarious purposes.

In simple, there are no penalties for businesses or individuals for ignoring any/all requests to stay indoors and self isolate. All they can do is issue 'requests' and hope people comply. You won't see the military on the streets nor police enforcing the rules.

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Posted in: Virus infections not rampant nationwide but Japan on brink: Abe See in context

"At this point, we have not seen infections spreading rapidly and widely across the country. We are barely holding the line," Abe said in parliament.

As long as they have extremely strict requirements in place before people are allowed to be tested for Covid-19, the Abe can continue spouting this rubbish. They are playing a simple game of limiting the tests, so they can limit the confirmed numbers.

The crucial number is how many tests are being conducted per day???????

The number that I have found was about 1200 per day for a country of 125million. New Zealand is about to do 5000 per day for a country of 5 million. Look at Sth Korea which has drive through testing for anyone who wants it.

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Posted in: Health ministry taps Tokyo Girls Collection for coronavirus awareness campaign See in context

I want a Corona virus mascot! Or maybe a face mask mascot!

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Posted in: What we don’t yet know about the coronavirus See in context

Does the virus spread more slowly in hot places?

Some experts had hoped that the onset of summer will naturally slow the virus. But the European Centre for Disease Control said on Wednesday that it is unlikely to diminish its spread. The WHO has also said that the virus can be transmitted in all areas, including hot and humid climates.

Yes and no. The virus may be no more virulent in hot vs cold climates, but peoples behaviour changes according to the season, making transmission in cold climates more likely.

Eg, in Winter, people cluster together inside, natural immune responses are mildly suppressed in winter, and common colds etc which normally circulate in winter can give a person battling one of those two things to deal with rather than one.

Furthermore, bacteria and virii tend to survive on exposed surfaces for longer in cold climates.

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Posted in: JAL to let female crew ditch high heels after #KuToo campaign See in context

Good. Most sensible airlines have long since ditched this antiquated dress code requirement for a couple of reasons:

1) Health and safety. Planes are cramped and move, jolt, shudder and ankle injuries must be a significant issue. Lifting heavy cases into overhead lockers in heels would be an issue too.

2) Aircraft evacuations also mandate removing heels to prevent damaging the slides, and/or injuring those below.

3) In an international flight, some staff may walk as far as 6-10 km inside the aircraft alone, down and back aisles and up and down stairs. Why on earth would you force them to wear shoes that inhibit their free movement.

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Posted in: Ferries, airports swamped as Kiwis rush home for 4-week virus lockdown See in context

Good on the government for going hard and early. The figure of 155 now includes probable, and recovered cases. The aim is for the numbers to continue to rise for the next two weeks then fall off. Almost all of the cases have been traced to returning NZ nationals with only 2 cases of probable community transmission.

The panic buying all started with the local population of immigrants from Mainland China stripping the shelves bare of first masks and hand sanitiser (to sell back to China through the online markets at a significant profit), then bottled water (the water is drinkable out of the tap in NZ), followed by mountains of toilet paper (NZ produces and exports more than it uses), flour and rice. Once the the other locals started seeing what was happening, the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) factor kicked in and they joined in as well. Rice is about the only thing on that list not make in NZ. Supermarkets in areas with a high number if Chinese immigrants were hit first and hardest.

NZ is a huge exporter of meat, dairy, fruit and other foodstuffs and produces far far more than it produces. Food security is not an issue in NZ and there is no reason why this should have happened.

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Posted in: Why Italy? The factors behind a coronavirus disaster See in context

This Time article goes into much more detail.

1) Covid-19 hit Northern Italy at exactly the same time as the normal winter 'flu and cold season. Its arrival was masked by this event, and those infected were not diagnosed as quickly as they should have been. It then had the opportunity to get a good foothold in the hospitals and community before it was noticed.

2) As touched on, Italy has a very elderly population. 99% of the fatalities had at least one or more pre-existing health condition.

3) The healthcare systems is suffering from years of under investment.

4) Respiratory illnesses such as Covid-19, SARS and MERS have *STRONGLY* been linked to poor air quality. Northern Italy has 25 of the 100 most polluted cities in Europe.

5) Close to 24% of Italians smoke. This at the top end of the scale when compared to the averages in other European countries which vary from 8% (Sweden)-27% (Romania and Bulgaria).

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Posted in: IOC says no ideal solution for Tokyo Olympics as athletes' dissent grows See in context

didouToday  08:20 am JST

IOC is right.

Why all this fuss now. No need to take an early decision. In one month, everything might be over or settle down. And the excessive parano down.

IOC should say, we’ll take a decision at the beginning of May, then wait and see until then

A number of reasons. Athletes are finding their lead up to these games are now screwed. Imagine training your heart out for 4 years for this event and then several months out finding you are forbidden from leaving your home. While your direct competitor in the next country over is training as normal. Fair?

Secondly, the vast majority of the qualifying events have now been cancelled. How do the best people at this time earn the right to go.

Thirdly, Athletes at the games always live communally. share rooms, eat, travel and train together in close proximity. A good idea in the middle of a global pandemic?

Lastly, logistics. Try getting teams of 10s, 100s or 1000s including support staff and equipment, to the games while trying to negotiate ever changing travel restrictions, hazards and flight changes.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 torch handover to take place in empty Athens stadium See in context

Get used to it. Even if the Olympics even go ahead on time, this is what it is going to look like.

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

Those numbers don't seem right. With WHO giving a global mortality rate of 3.8%, I struggle to believe that Japan with a massively aging population managed to get away with 2%. Something doesn't smell right.

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Posted in: New Zealand says everyone entering country must self-isolate to contain coronavirus See in context


Good on her but not sure if this will work. How do they enforce it? And what about people like airline staff?

The mere fact that the restrictions have been imposed means that both tourists and business travelers will stop arriving in the country. This by itself will prevent a number of potential cases entering. The only ones coming in will be returning New Zealanders, who are able to self-isolate in their own homes.

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Posted in: Experts foresee Tokyo Games without spectators if virus lingers See in context

It won't happen in empty stadiums, because it will be postponed.

The only way the government has to recoup some of the enormous amount of money they have spent on preparing for the games is to get spectators in the country, spending tourist dollars, and putting bums on seats.

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Posted in: Will Abe declare emergency over coronavirus after law revision? See in context

There are two criteria that need to be met: whether people's lives and health will be severely undermined and whether the rapid and nationwide spread of the virus will have a grave impact on daily life and the economy

Arguably both of those criteria have been, or are nearly met.

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Posted in: New Zealand says everyone entering country must self-isolate to contain coronavirus See in context

People from small South Pacific island countries, which currently have no reported cases, will be exempted, Ardern said in a news conference.

That's a stupid exemption! So many healthcare systems in in islands in the South Pacific are barely functional. They may have it but would never confirm the cases without testing.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic flame lit in Greece amid virus precautions See in context

Are they going to wipe the handle with sanitizer every time they pass it to a new runner?

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Posted in: WHO pandemic declaration won't change Tokyo Olympics plan: Suga See in context

This is typical Japanese disaster decision making. Everyone sits around having discussions while the Titanic steams closer and closer to the iceberg.

I have no doubt that it will eventually be postponed or cancelled at the last minute, primarily because of issues outside of Japan's control. With international travel being curtailed by travel restrictions from governments and airlines, the logistical issues associate with transporting athletes and the supporting entourages to from Japan will be insurmountable.

The biggest issue is this:

Japan is viewing this both as a prestige and a money making exercise. The Olympics are a good reason to spend trillions on new infrastructure in the cities and out of the way places and largely recoup those costs through tourist spend.

Tourists aren't going to take the risk of traveling to Japan through other countries when Travel Insurance will be non-existent.

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Posted in: Trump officials emphasize coronavirus was 'Made in China' See in context

I am certainly not a Trump follower, but cover-ups and denials in China went on for 6-8 weeks from the beginning of December, to the 5th of Jan when they announced they had a new virus on the loose. This then gave it time to spread just before the the worlds largest mass migration event, spreading it to every corner of China and beyond during the Chinese New Year.

How different would it have been if they had started investigating it, and publicizing to take precautions from the beginning? At least they would have been 6 weeks ahead trying to contain it before CNY.

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Posted in: Sharp files patent infringement lawsuit against U.S. TV brand Vizio See in context

Sharp brought the alleged infringement issue to CHOT in November last year, but the Chinese panel maker failed to stop infringing the patents, it said

In case anyone fails to realize this, Sharp is a subsidiary of Foxconn, which is a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. So this is a squabble between a Taiwanese and Chinese companies.

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Posted in: Air New Zealand tests beds for economy passengers See in context


Anyway, flying is statistically so safe nowadays that such stringent rules - which make life miserable for millions of passengers each year - are obsolete and need to be chucked out.

I have to totally disagree with you on this. These stringent rules are precisely the reason that flying IS so safe. 95% of occupants survive aircraft accidents, with over 55% surviving the most serious ones.

Mass evacuations of aircraft occur near daily somewhere on the globe for many reasons (smoke, hydraulic issues, fire or other concerns with or aboard the aircraft). Without these regulations people wouldn't be able to evacuate to safety in a timely manner, or be trampled in the process.

Safety above all.

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Posted in: Air New Zealand tests beds for economy passengers See in context

OK, here's the limiting factor in installing capsules and bunks in planes and has been for some time. . . . .

FAA and and European Aviation Safety Agency require that all passengers must be able to evacuate an aircraft cabin in under 90 seconds, if the aircraft seats more than 45 people.

At present there are concerns that some aircraft layouts (eg LCC that squeeze the seat sizes) may be close to breaching these rules as they cram more passengers into smaller spaces with less room to move around obstacles. To add to this, the average American passenger weight has increased by 10lb since 1999. ie, people are bigger and the spaces are smaller.

Now add to that, in an emergency situation people trying to get down from bunks, on top of other people trying to get down from bunks, on top of people running past bunks, and you can see what a recipe for disaster (literally) this is.

Air NZ has thought their way around this by making the capsules/bunks available for hire for periods of time while they are in the air, but I can almost guarantee they will not be occupied during take off and landing. Judging by the size of the picture I have seen (triple stacked) they will occupy the space of around 12 standard seats. So if you divide the costs this by the loss of 12 economy passengers by six bunks, add a premium for the ability to lie flat for a few hours, I can't see this being a cheap add on to their long haul tickets.

This looks like it will compete directly with Air NZs own SkyCouch offering , which is available for a USD300-800 premium in Economy. This gets you three Economy seats in a row which can all fold flat into a single large seat.

Pictures available here:

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Posted in: Abe's abrupt call to close schools triggers confusion See in context

The issue is wider than just schools. There has always been a ganbare attitude about illness in Japanese society. Everyone wants to keep battling on even when they are sick and spreading their germs around the office to everyone else.

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Posted in: Dozens allowed off cruise ship have symptoms such as fever: minister See in context

"We asked all of them (who have symptoms) to see a doctor and to take tests."

What? You mean they've asked them to voluntarily walk into a building packed with elderly/sick people when they are feeling unwell and tell them they've just got off the HMS Petri Dish?????

Are these guys insane?

How about "Stay where you are and don't go outside. We'll send a doctor TO you with testing kits to confirm what is going on."

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Posted in: Driver being chased by police car hits and kills moped rider See in context

Throw the book at him. A pat on the back for the parents for making him do the right thing and hand himself over.

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Posted in: 7 countries restrict entry from Japan to thwart new virus spread See in context

KittyGeorgeToday  04:46 am JST

This seems telling Israel has as little medical ability as other small countries.

I don't know about the healthcare system in Israel, but they are still dealing with Coronavirus being spread in the country by South Korean religious pilgrims which has caused a quite a bit of concern there.

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Posted in: 7 countries restrict entry from Japan to thwart new virus spread See in context

Those countries aren't surprising. Most are small island nations, with less than stellar healthcare systems. Samoa in particular has only just got over a huge measles outbreak.

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