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: Abe's two-mask pledge met online with derision and humor See in context

No thank you, masked man?

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

The temper of our elected officials has changed drastically from this morning to this evening. Finally they are scared. Good deal.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Meanwhile Abe fiddles as Japan sickens.

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Posted in: Japan's Feb jobless rate flat at 2.4%; virus impact yet to appear in data See in context

These unemployment figures, whether fudged or not, will soon be practically meaningless thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Two things are bound to happen. Either the pandemic will explode, killing thousands of people, or before that happens Abe will have the belated good sense to call for a national emergency.

This from today's Mainichi:

Calls grew Monday for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus before it is too late.

"I personally feel it's time (Japan) makes the declaration, and devises measures based on that," Satoshi Kamayachi, an executive board member of the Japan Medical Association also serving on a government expert panel on COVID-19, said at a press conference.

We will be entering a brave new world either way, but a nation-wide emergency will offer hope of survival or better if newly unemployed people are given emergency aid.

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

About South Korea. The country seems to have put the coronavirus in check. Their tests kits for the pandemic are in demand and South Korea is considering which countries to help first. It may well be Japan will be asking South Korea for help. This is from today's "Korean Herald":

" But lately, as Korea has seemingly managed to flatten the COVID-19 curve in a manner that many countries now hope to duplicate, diplomatic dialogue is mainly about how to get hold of the tools that South Korea is using in its fight against the novel pathogen. "

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

Tom: It is probably a toss up. Anyway, until summer expect the windows to be closed.

At this writing the bodies are piling up in Europe and now the U.S. Like it or not, Japan is heading that way. Japan will have to go on lockdown.

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Posted in: Pompeo says G7 agrees China spreading virus disinformation See in context

Trump as economic links to China. Wonder how long it will be before Pompeo is fired.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will be beacon of hope, says IOC See in context

Quite right: "With the virus still lurking around, the financial cost would have hurt Japan if they tried to continue with the games this year." I must add the human cost would have been greater if the 2020 Olympics were held. Putting off the Olympics was the right thing to do. Hoping we will all be around to see the virus-free Olympics in 2021.

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Posted in: Businesses in Japan hit by lack of Chinese trainees amid virus outbreak See in context

"Trainees" are grossly underpaid laborers or the closest thing to slaves. Trainees are supposed to be students learning a trade. But that is not what really happens in Japan. Now they are gone and if their exploiters go broke justice will be served.

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Posted in: Beware of false groping charges, rip-off clubs, shakedowns over sex See in context

I have to repeat myself. There ought to be "Men Only" train cars where guys can feel safe from female con artists. When a woman accuses a man of groping it is up to him to clear himself rather than the woman to prove her accusation. This is the unfortunate blowback from years of neglect of ignoring men's physical abuse on trains. But the sort of fraud describes in this article must be dealt with.

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

From today's Telegraph (UK): "The way in which we {Italian hospitals} code deaths in our country is very generous in the sense that all the people who die in hospitals with the coronavirus are deemed to be dying of the coronavirus," according to Prof. Ricciardi. 'On re-evaluation by the National Institute of Health, only 12 per cent of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus, while 88 per cent of patients who have died have at least one pre-morbidity - many had two or three,' he says."

Take it for what it is worth. Seems the simplest explanation.

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Posted in: Japan Times changes reference to 'comfort women' after backlash See in context

Quote from above:

Meanwhile, the newspaper said it will continue to describe those mobilized from the Korean Peninsula to work in Japanese factories during the 1910-1945 period of colonial rule as "wartime laborers." It had previously referred to them as "forced laborers."

Too bad. So only half a cheer for The Japan Times.

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Posted in: Father gets 16 years in prison for fatal abuse of 10-year-old daughter See in context

Sixteen years for killing his lovely daughter. Justice has not been served.

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Posted in: Local gov't ordinance in Kagawa aims to limit kids' time on internet, video games See in context

Restricting information strikes me as being unconstitutional.

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Posted in: Aso calls Tokyo 2020 the 'cursed Olympics' See in context

From above:  "The LDP and IOC pretty much made sure the Olympics were 'cursed' from the beginning when it started with a BRIBE!"

It is tempting to go Old Testament and blame the Heavens for this Olympic mega-disaster. But, no, it was bad luck, only bad luck, and not the worst luck that has befallen thousands of innocent people. This is not the time to gloat. This Is a time of great sorrow. But not for the Olympics. To hell with saving the Olympics. Save the people.

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Posted in: Man arrested for lying about coronavirus infection, causing train delay in Gunma See in context

"Police said Kiyoshi Kogure, a construction worker from Tochigi Prefecture, was drunk at the time of the incident. They said he told a nearby female passenger that he was infected with the coronavirus."

I hope this isn't going to be the latest pickup line.

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Posted in: Japan to ask travelers from Europe to self-quarantine for 14 days See in context

Can you see this? Hello European travelers. Won't you please quarantine yourselves for 2 weeks? You can still have a few hours to see Japan. If you survive.

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Posted in: Japan Olympic Committee deputy head has coronavirus See in context

The article above this one states: "IOC says no need for any drastic decisions on Tokyo Olympics." This article is headlined: "Japan Olympic Committee deputy head has coronavirus." This is more than a hint that the summer Olympics should either be cancelled or at least postponed.

Thousands of people coming from all over the world jammed together as they not only watch the Olympics but also eat, revel and travel about is a sure formula for disaster.

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 19 disabled people at care facility See in context

Satoshi Uematsu stood on the shoulders of monsters. The Holocaust got started with the Nazi state murdering so-called "useless eaters:" namely the physically and mentally handicapped. The Nazis were influenced by the eugenics movement and by the works of Thomas Malthus. Malthus who hated helping poor people because they would only increase the "surplus population." This idea is directly responsible for Ireland's so-called potato famine (1848-50). The only difference between Hitler and Uematsu is that the latter did it on his own initiative.

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Posted in: Abe says no need yet for emergency declaration; Tokyo Olympics still on See in context

Let's begin with the obvious. The people of Japan have been in an emergency mode for some time. Note the masks and empty shelves and that shopping has slumped. The health minister has warn us to avoid crowds and crowded places. Less people are traveling. Coughs on trains have started fights. We do not need Abe to declare a state of emergency. The people already know it.

"Japan 6.4." from above. We cannot altogether trust this figure. Also, we do not know if the virus will increase in strength as the weather becomes warmer. Even if not, the influx of Olympic visitors could swell the number of infected people.

Abe has thrown caution to the wind and the results could be serious.

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Posted in: Scrapping cherry blossom parties like taking hugs away from Italians: Koike See in context

Koike knows nothing about Italy or Italians. When Italy's Prime Minister announced the lockdown he was not concerned with hugs. What you got was stern stoic logic.

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

Always the last line!! "Let the last athlete and last spectator collapse into each other's arms before the whole this called off and the foreigners are blamed". should read: *Let the last athlete and last spectator collapse into each other's arms before the whole thing is called off and the foreigners are blamed.*

My first and last thoughts on the Olympics, except that I'm not going.

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

"Globally, it may be a pandemic. But Japan has been dealing with the outbreak accordingly. The important thing is not to spread worries and confusion," a 46-year-old female worker from Tokyo's Kita Ward said.

I have no idea if this is a real person or a fictional character, but either way the remark is nonsense. Japan is as much in the pandemic as everyone else. (A pandemic is global, which is why it called a pandemic.). There is no way around it. It's here. And it is not going to go conveniently away in July, just in time for the Olympics.

Abe, Koike and the Olympic Committee are in denial.

Denial is not altogether new to Japan. Reading this article and others an analogy sprung to mind: The Japanese in World War II refusing to surrender when they knew all was lost. It took Stalin and two A-bombs to convince Hirohito and a few other rational people to surrender. And even then, a group of fanatic military rebels almost pulled a coup d'etat. This is same mentality I am seeing here. Let the last athlete and last spectator collapse into each other's arms before the whole this called off and the foreigners are blamed.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head shoots down comments about delaying Games See in context

Even if they have the Olympics who is going to come into the middle of an pandemic?

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Posted in: Putin approves changes allowing him to stay in power until 2036 See in context

"Not sure what that means. Politically mature = ready for democracy?"

Russia actually had a democracy for a while until it withered away. Putin is putting the finishing touches on becoming a legal dictator. It's that simple.

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Posted in: Suntory introduces Sui, a new standard in Japanese gin See in context

I've tried Japanese gin similar to this. I recommend drinking it straight from a small sake cup. I would prefer ice to soda. A slice of lemon might work. Absolutely did not add vermouth if attempting to make a martini. In fact, I'd advise against making a martini with Japanese gin.

Japanese gin is its absolute best right out of the bottle into a small stoneware cup and served with traditional Japanese food.

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Posted in: Trump 'not concerned' as coronavirus cases rise in DC area; says rallies will continue See in context

Sometimes you read something once, twice, three times and you still cannot believe it. How can anyone, even Trump, be that stupid? The awful truth is that he can. Pence has a smidgen more sense not enough.

The U.S. healthcare industry's "sense" is only connected to profits. It will cost you to be cured. And if you cannot pay you will very likely die.

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Posted in: Canceling Tokyo Olympics would cut Japan GDP growth by 1.4%: estimate See in context

From above: "Yep! It's all about the money. Don't worry about how many people could be infected and die. That's secondary."

This makes perfect capitalistic sense until people start dying: Old people, little kids, honeymoon couples, athletes (of course) and, maybe a politician or two. Then it is mess. What to do with the dead bodies. With Japanese dead bodies it might be easy enough (Here's your uncle, have a nice funeral) but with foreign dead bodies it is a major problem. What do you do with them? Send them to their own countries? How if there is no one to claim them? Are you beginning to see the problem. There's lot of morbid paperwork to do before the bodies is sent of to Fall River or Timbuktu. And meanwhile they have to be kept on ice. Imagine lot of dead bodies.

Treating sick tourists will not be easy. And expensive as many of those who survive will skip out of Japan without paying.

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Posted in: Diamond Princess passenger dies, bringing ship's death toll to 7 See in context

Quote from the article above: "Japan's handling of the outbreak on the luxury cruise ship, which was quarantined at the port of Yokohama, sparked international criticism and has tarnished what was supposed to be a triumphant Olympic year for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe."

Even if the whole truth about the Diamond Prince does not come out, it is very likely not going to be a "triumphant Olympic year" for Japan--or anybody. The disease has spread along with with great fear, rational and irrational. I do not see this abating in time for the Olympics.

The biggest disaster in waiting is in the U.S. The U.S. does not have universal healthcare, as we do in Japan and all other advanced countries. We do have a President who is in denial and an incompetent Vice President who is in charge of the Coronavirus crisis.

This will be a triumphant year for all of us who survive.

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Posted in: Confirmed coronavirus patient in Aichi told to go home, goes bar hopping instead See in context

This is but one example of how a single thoughtless idiot can cause a panic, besides possibly infecting people. After reading this do you want to go out to a restaurant or a bar? The problem is that there is no way to predict if someone like this bar hopper is going to sit down next to you.

This guy ought to be arrested.

But likely it won't ease people's fears.

I hope my favorite eateries are doing okay without me.

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