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Posted in: Tokyo reports 561 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,678 See in context

Far more time is spent indoors with windows closed in winter. Lots more transmission occurs, same as with colds and flu..

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 561 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,678 See in context

Why is the age range important?

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Posted in: Trip.com chairman wants Japan-China tourist travel to resume this year See in context

I'm guessing the government will open up international travel if the epidemiologists think we can keep the death rate from going up too precipitously from where it is now -- about 9 per million. That seems to be the compromise they have been accepting so far -- it went from 7 to 8 to 9 per million in the past three months, so that trajectory is likely to continue.

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Posted in: Trip.com chairman wants Japan-China tourist travel to resume this year See in context

Maybe we should have this conversation after the government tells me I can take a train up to Tokyo without worry, or a plane to Okinawa, or even a one-hour bus trip to a hot spring.

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Posted in: ANA to require all passengers to wear face masks aboard aircraft from June See in context

To cracaphat:

I'm sorry, not looking to make you angry. Just interested in your opinion. You are right, the article I referenced is not new. That's partly the point. Do you think it's wrong or unreasonable? I'd really like to know what your argument opposing it is. And yes, I'm scared of pandemics, but I don't think it's a bad thing. Just thinking that if everyone wore masks, things will improve dramatically. If we don't, millions more will be infected.

We disagree, but all I want is to understand your opinion.

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Posted in: ANA to require all passengers to wear face masks aboard aircraft from June See in context

Below is the text in the link I recommended earlier. I think the argument is correct. Please tell me if you (anyone, especially daito_hak, think this argument is wrong. Seriously, not interested in attacking anyone. I really want to know. Surprised to find so much opposition to masks on airplanes.

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Dr Hugh Montgomery, a professor of intensive care medicine at University College London, explained how the 'very infectious' coronavirus could be passed from one person to thousands.

“Normal flu, if I get that, I'm going to infect on average about 1.3 or 1.4 people. If those 1.3 or 1.4 people gave it to the next lot that's the second time it gets passed on. By the time that's happened 10 times, I've been responsible for about 14 cases of flu [if at 1.3; if at 1.4, it’s nearly 30 people].

This coronavirus is very, very infectious, so every person passes it to three. Now that doesn't sound like much of a difference, but if each of those three passes it to three, and that happens at 10 layers, I have been responsible for infecting 59,000 people. [The math is correct.]

  Please just remember that the best chance we can give for the people who do fall ill is if we have got enough beds and enough staff and enough kit to be able to be there for you. And if you are irresponsible enough to think that you don't mind if you get the flu, remember it's not about you, it's about everybody else.“

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Posted in: ANA to require all passengers to wear face masks aboard aircraft from June See in context

I'm interested in anyone's response to this explanation, especially those who dispute that the reason for wearing masks is simply to protect others and prevent spread:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8149149/Expert-describes-one-coronavirus-patient-infect-59-000-others.html

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Posted in: ANA to require all passengers to wear face masks aboard aircraft from June See in context

People who refuse masks are a danger to others. The mask is not for you -- no one cares if you get sick. It is to protect the health of others.

Stop this silly accusations. People who have health conditions or in an age that make them vulnerable to the COVID-19 have to take their own responsibilities to protect themselves. Either avoid travelling for the time being or use better protective masks. Stop to treat people like little kids, they are adults.

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to accuse anyone of anything. It has been proven that the virus goes away when everyone wears masks. So when masks are required, it has little to do with the mask wearer's health and protection and everything to do with reducing spread. And yes, older people and sick people have to take extra care. But if you get it and don't wear a mask, it will spread.

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Posted in: ANA to require all passengers to wear face masks aboard aircraft from June See in context

People who refuse masks are a danger to others. The mask is not for you -- no one cares if you get sick. It is to protect the health of others.

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Posted in: Some people believe the coronavirus is the result of a bioweapon lab experiment that got out of control? What do you think? See in context

Irresponsible to say in a medical crisis, where people are afraid, that "some people believe" when polling. You should have said "Conspiracy theorists believe," but then you would be guilty of spreading conspiracy theory. Actually, you are guilty of that. Japantoday is being irresponsible, unlike a reputable media outlet. Yes, anything's possible, but that doesn't justify spreading conspiracy theory in a medical crisis.

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Posted in: Japanese jeweler sells 'LGBTQ wedding rings' See in context

I think they're missing the point. What's wrong with just a... wedding ring?

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Posted in: 'Chikan' used in UK government’s official online foreign travel advice for Japan See in context

Might be better to just say "train groper" in English. Using "chikan," could end up making it sound cool. That's what happened with "hentai" and "otaku." "Masher" is the word that preceded "groper," but it never became a thing because the negative connotations were clear to English speakers.

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Posted in: Vietnamese rank top for 1st time in number of crimes committed by expats in Japan See in context

The total number of crimes commited in Japan in 2017 is 915,042 according to this: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-21/crime-hits-postwar-low-in-japan-as-joblessness-declines

17,006 is about 1.8 percent of 915,042.

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Posted in: Vietnamese rank top for 1st time in number of crimes committed by expats in Japan See in context

So 17,006 of the 915,111 crimes logged in Japan in 2017 were perpetrated by foreign nonpermanent residents.

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