This is the typical modern Japanese methodology; Let the rest of the world innovative, forge ahead, and be leaders (while also making some mistakes).
Then and only then adopt implement those innovations, improvements in the most profitable way for Japanese politicians, businesses and economy. It's protectionism 101.
0 ( +6 / -6 )
Finally, finally it's over & done.
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I had no issues w the first two state of emergencies, they were effective and necessary.
When the vaccines were completed they should have been the primary focus from day one but vaccinations weren't a priority until late spring/summer.
The Suga administration wasted valuable time focusing on meaningless measures instead of taking action to get millions of people vaccinated as soon as possible.
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Good job by him, he is 100% correct!
36 ( +42 / -6 )
Reopening schools after summer the summer vacation will prove to be a big mistake. Send your kids to school at your/their own risk.
2 ( +8 / -6 )
The only downside is that the delta variant is affecting younger adults kids much more than previous strains.
The reality is Japan has already used the majority of the vaccines that are safer for young people & kids (Moderna&Phizer) on the elderly and adults over 50.
Now when the younger people and kids need to be vaccinated the gov is rolling out AZ which seems to be somewhat less safe for them.
You cant make this stuff up. ;-(
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This is a mistake.
Young adults and children are the least vaccinated part of the population and the delta variant has been infecting young adults and kids at much higher rates.
Another mistake will be reopening schools from the summer vacation with fall & winter right around the corner.
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As a compromise.... I will be a couple college students 'friend' if their parents agree to pay my back rent for the last SOE/lock downs when I was not allowed to work.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
To bad for them but luckily many, if not most, have parents to pay for their everyday needs so its not a necessity they go out everyday for school or work.
School is not work..... schools should close before before business are closed. I realize its difficult for kids/families/parents and it may have medium/long term effects but its a much more serious matter if the parents arnt allowed to work which immediately affects the entire family.
School teachers & staff would be impacted but again its better than shutting down and entire country/economy by having these ridiculous SOE's or the newly proposed locked down.
Not being able to pay rent, pay electric or gas, insurance, taxes, or not being able to by food.... all are a higher priority than not going to school/college for a year or two.
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Absolutely positively NOT.
First step should be to close all elementary, junior high, and high schools ASAP and stop ALL school activities.
Second step should be to force all larger size companies into mandatory work from home schedules.
Third/final step to pressure all tourist, vacation, and airlines to cancel tourism/vacation type services.
Everyone else needs to work.
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Moral of the story: never ever EVER trust HR!
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An hour!? That doesn't seem very efficient at all.
As Ian stated after the shot I had to wait at the center for 30 min because I have an aspirin allergy. So roughly 30 min start to finish and I had to wait for an interpreter to show up since I dont speak Japanese well enough to answer medical questions.
There bigger point I was making is that it took 2 business days from the time I made the reservation to actually getting the first shot in Tokyo. Most people I know & many comments I have read complain the process takes too long from actually making the reservation to getting the shot.
I recommend anyone waiting on there local gov to make a reservation to try the Tokyo facility instead.
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I made the reservation online on the Thursday the 12th and received the first shot in Tokyo Otemachi center on the Monday the 16th. The center was busy and very efficient as I was there less than an hour. I was impressed although I think the vaccination program as a whole has been somewhat of a slowly moving boondoggle.
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SOE is totally useless at this point, government should be focusing on vaccines and debunking all the misinformation being spread about them.
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Yes because vaccines, and the on going Olympics have made 'State of Emergencies' useless. People are fed up.
Except for their elderly base, the government has been completely incompetent in distributing/administering vaccines in a timely manner.
The rest of us are left to fend for ourselves and being constantly reprimanded; dont drink, dont travel, dont work, dont do anything but wait!
1 ( +1 / -0 )
They have all been vaccinated, good for them. The rest of us are out of luck!
0 ( +6 / -6 )
I can imagine some women and even men may be uncomfortable in the 'mandatory' uniform. Why not give 2 or 3 approved styles and let them choose one of those using their country's color/design scheme.
I absolutely would not be in favor of letting them wear 'whatever they want'.
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Id be in favor of 8-12 (6 summer, 6 winter) regular cities, countries, and rotate them accordingly.
The construction and 'upgrades' that almost every city has to make when selected to host is total and complete excess, waste. In a time when the environment is such a huge issue.... cardboard beds and hydrogen fueled flames simply arnt good enough.
I am not an Olympic hater. I love sports in general tho the Olympics is not a must see event for me, I just think if the IOC & world in general wants to be more climate friendly choosing random cities every two years is a huge waste and does more harm than good.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
3 hour ceremony with only 2 worthwhile moments (drones, Oh & Nagashima) that lasted maybe 8 min. Totally & completely disappointing and BORING opening ceremony.
11 ( +28 / -17 )
Total and complete incompetence.
11 ( +14 / -3 )
This booking/reservation system is sooo slow and stupid.
Just open the centers and vaccinate everyone that comer, make a copy of their ID and/or my number for documentation.
The current process is rediculously pathetic.
2 ( +2 / -0 )
Total and complete incompetence. Anyone in a leadership role that some responsibility in this fiasco needs to be fired... ASAP.
They would rather waste/dispose of vaccine doses rather than give them to citizens off the street.
Total and complete incompetence.
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Not good enough. Too little, too late.
11 ( +31 / -20 )
ZorotoToday 07:34 am JST
I think COVID will officially be declared an endemic situation in the US and Europe by the end of the summer with all restrictions lifted. Japan has no hope for this any time soon.
Yes, the numbers started to drop in Japan again, but this will yo-yo back up once they lift the SOE and urge people to travel again. This will also means that no foreign tourists will be coming back to Japan any time soon.
100% agree which is why vaccination is the only ONLY solution.
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Useless and meaningless a complete waste of time, breath. Everything is open NOW, just no alcohol available. LOL
8 ( +8 / -0 )
Whats the difference between this and any kind of government subsidy, tax or tax credit? Subsidies for electric cars, tax credit/exemption for having kids, or even cigarette/alcohol tax .... all have the same goal to influence a citizens personal choice.
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Japanese Gov and Japanese media need to focus on vaccinations. I'm no longer concerned about 'testing numbers' or 'State of Emergencies' at this point, both are pretty much useless and ineffective/irrelevant. I want to know how many have been vaccinated, how/where/when can we be vaccinated etc. FOCUS on vaccinations.
I for one do not feel stopping international travel is a proclamation "ITS ALL FOREIGNERS FAULT". Doing so is the common sense and most effective way (many other countries have done so) to slow the GLOBAL spread of the variants. Yes, I agree the gov needs to be even more strict on Japanese international travelers. Japanese citizens/nationals are equally/more guilty of bringing variants and strains back home than foreigners!
Everyone knows the risks of traveling, eating/drinking out, going to the gym, going maskless, etc..... no sympathy or empathy for those who happen to get sick at this stage. No sympathy/empathy for any genius who leaves Japan and just happens to not be allowed back into the country without significant delay or inconvenience. NONE.
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