Travelling around the country is not a good idea. It doesn't matter if the number on a whole population is less than 1%. It's a pandemic and its contagious. This means that it spreads and as we know it also kills. I don't want city people coming back to my area, nor do I want people here travelling to the city. Numbers go up when we let our guard down as we've seen so far. Why increase your chances to be part of the statistics?
We have to exercise restraint and care about this. Yes, washing hands and wearing a mask is great, but I've seen lots of people with out of Ken plates shopping in our stores without masks on not being socially distant.
It only takes a few ill-mannered city people to ruin it for all of us. With that said, people up here in Inaka have been lax on masks, too. They feel we won't get infected - especially high school students! If we travel, then this will be a lose-lose.
Think about your family, and the area they live in. If the neigbours see out of Ken plates there could be a backlash against them. There is a stigma associated with COIVD, so even if you test negative that is something else you should consider.
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Plain and simple racist policy - especially for permanent residents. Yet, we can become Japanese nationals, but none of us do ... I wonder why? Must be the years of listening to ignorant people ask you the same question over and over again. Yet, why stay? Well, there are too many positives that outweigh the ignorance in my opinion.
The permanent residents seem to be At the bottom of the totem pole - below the interns, tourists, and new visa holders - regardless and it’s a sad time all over the world for a lot of mixed families. We are not Japanese and we have to live with our choices. Yet, I agree with a lot of your comments above.
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I’m very glad to see a lot of great comments here. The story itself is a bit of a shocker. It’s time we all realized that this isn’t going to happen and the corrupt IOC knows it. As one of you said above, I wonder what Japan’s insurance is like for that hefty tag.
To be honest, I don’t think anyone will miss them once it’s all said and done. The games need to be rethought to deal with the scandals and cost. Perhaps having only one global spot for the Winter and Summer games would be much more efficient.
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The inept plan doesn’t factor in all the commuters to and from Tokyo.
Cancel it now and save lives. If not, all the big city people will flood the countryside and infect innocents.
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The selfish will travel. And, just because you wear a mask doesn’t mean you can’t spread it. Stay away campaign is a much better solution.
However, I feel people will still head out of the city and destroy everything. It’s in their selfish nature. The ignorance is mind-boggling.
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Can we stop throwing the "foreigner" word around. Many of us have been here for decades, and do not see ourselves as outsiders. I know you come and goers don't care, but maybe "non-Japanese speakers" is best.
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This has to be the first healthcare story I’ve seen anywhere since this began. There has been barely a mention of the workers, their opinions, and duty. The culture of service to your country is really disrespected here - I feel. It’s more “do your job because I’m sick and you help me”.
a commenter above asked, “ does the Hippocratic oath apply here?” Id love to know.
Finally, please stay away from people. It’s not over.
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Not tIg, but if.
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just stay home and watch Disney Plus.
tIg you think 67 cases in Tokyo is a lot, wait for a couple weeks to see numbers soar again
this makes no sense at all
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This is not a flu. People everywhere think going about your day in the ignorance is bliss lifestyle is just the way it is. Well, this lack of caring is going to kill a lot of people. Even when you say only a small percent will die, then you discount that their death was preventable.
I am afraid the data of infections is far too low. It must / has to be worse. The urban centres are germ pools.
Even those who are dying of supposed natural causes should be checked. I hate sounding like a nut, but there has to be a major data cover-up. Then again, with those that aren’t being tested or are afraid of it also factor into the low numbers.
I can empathize with the economical
woes and wanting to go about your day, but please consider who is around you.
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Vietnam and Thailand travel restrictions eased ... not a coincidence.
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Well now that he realized a lot of the workers are commuters from surrounding prefectures. Also, many SMEs didn’t stop business trips to these urban centres.
Not to mention all the rich folks that fled the city for their second homes and the students who all escaped, too.
What a S-storm or cluster f.
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You selfish urban idiots. You will make it worse for everyone. Stay home and quarantine in the city. You’re not welcome here.
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The IOC reps who already got their pay-offs probably feel a lot of guilt to Japan so they’re dragging it out as long as possible.
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I'm not a big fan of this sport, but I have to agree about the dance routine before the game. It's all just pageantry and makes me embarrassed for them. Fining England for this is a pretty harsh.
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Sunday should be fine, but if the typhoon hangs around it could mean a ticket to the final 8 for Japan.
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So dual citizens are considered foreign?
A long way to go Japan ... keep doing what you do so you alienate all people who aren’t your precious pure bloods.
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Well are they 17-year-old kids, youths, or adults?
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A lot of good points on the board. I wish the young lady didn't accept the payoff. It would be nice to blow up these "talent" groups and show how a lot of them have gotten away with so much for decades. I'm pretty sure the Japan-Entertainment industry has way more skeletons (pun intended) in their closets than Hollywood.
Naive is no excuse to use people. I really wish that those of you on the "lynch-mob" argument for this would truly think about the abuse of power of a lot of these (as someone wrote above) these "man-children". God only knows how those poor idol groups of young women are treated, and I'm sure they are drawing up all kinds of contracts to silence them (which won't be hard since the problem also lies in the wannabe-stars sign anything).
At the end of the day the real crime is the word "talent" being associated with a lot of these people.
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This is nothing new, and will continue long after the Olympics have come and gone. I'm actually getting the sense that Japanese people can't wait for the Olympics to end already so they can blatantly get back to their discrimination.
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The true change will be when we stop using ALT as a job title. It's insulting since most Japanese use it as a generic label for the foreign worker. Most foreign teacher that are in the public school system are highly educated and come from good institutions in their home countries.
School boards need (more so) to hire teachers directly and actually commit to their investment rather than throwing it away after 5 or 10 year contracts have expired. Institutions like JET and the staffing companies like Interac are a disservice to those of us that have built a career here in education. They keep the foreign worker's image as a transient or temp. As along as the foreign teacher is called an ALT there will be no pay raises, bonuses, respect, or full-committal jobs.
The government probably will never do this on a mass scale, since they are typically opposed to foreign workers having some say in their public institutions. They like to keep us at arms-length and with as many hoops to jump through as possible. I do think there are some really good Japanese English teachers out there, but overall there are far too many just taking up space. The whole English dilemma would be solved if they just opened up the jobs to foreign staff to control English curricula - at least there would be more confident speakers.
Just my two cents...
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Solutions need to come in the form of allowing citizens to have dual-citizenship in other countries, giving permanent residents voting rights, making the public sector jobs more attainable for immigrants (and equal pay for that matter), and incentives (tax) to live in the countryside over the urban centres. Of course these solutions are more about inclusion of the foreign populace and to make living in Japan more attractive. However, inclusion is a two-way street and I'm pretty sure the majority of the population of Japanese nationals wants none of this. Thus, immigration will not save the day.
My advice is to get out while you can and find a nice job back in your home country. The collapse here in imminent and the imbalance will only create higher taxes for those paying (foreign nationals included ... ahem with no voting rights) and a worthless pension system (which we also pay into).
It's quite a sad, but true reality.
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I'm glad I don't have to deal with the big city crowds, but I do enjoy seeing people out having fun in the spring. I just hope the university students take it easy. There always seems to be an alcohol poisoning case or 2 around this time.
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Not only do they need showers before school or work, they need tutorials on body deodorant and what is best for your body. I couldn't agree more with all the other comments about smoke, BO, perfume, and especially the teeth! They stand there with a dry toothbrush scrubbing for at least 20 minutes without a drop of toothpaste or water.
And to add to this, the kids at school smell really bad, too.
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Well spoken man. And you can't get anymore Canadian with a name like "Mackenzie". Otsukaresamadeshita.
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I don't have the same last name as my spouse, but I am on the family register, and I have my own residence so I have my own Juminhyo. The problem is with children: When you don't have the same last name then the name of your kids goes to the Japanese National. But, if you go to court to fight it, it will get changed. Yes, it is very archaic and ridiculous since it totally discounts any equality or rights for the foreign resident. It also discounts the equality of the national since they may not want to change their name.
If it wasn't this confusing then a lot of city/town officials would lose their jobs. Gotta have that bureaucracy more than human rights.
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