This story is going to be buried. We are ruled by a soulless government.
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State of emergency is a nonsense scam. It’s just words and the Jgov are using it to make the IOC and international media look like they are taking thing serious.
they are not and they don’t care.
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The elderly are responsible for reserving their shots by using a call centre or the internet. That won't take time at all... ugh. Why does Japan love to make things more difficult than it needs to be? Oh wait, they're always right.
I don't think the general public will see vaccinations until the end of the year at this rate. Stay safe out there everybody.
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This is all too sad. I feel bad for the whole country. We will get their propaganda games.
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Polite support is meaningless.
said it best - delay the games until everyone has been vaccinated or let’s just pull the bandaid off in one swoop and cancel this nonsense.
I do believe they want to keep
pushing ahead with this until it is logistical too late to cancel it. Very well said!
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This cockroach has survived many gaffes, even as PM. He will survive this. No one sponsor has said they want him gone. That is all that matters - the money. All many have said is that his remarks are "not appropriate". He, like many of the old boys in government (both gov and opp) are outdated dinosaurs. This is a fact, but they will bow, say sorry, and carry on.
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As many of you have said, "Why is there no vaccine development in Japan?" There are licensing agreements to manufacture, but it is a shame that from the outset (a year ago) that Japan was relying on outside R&D to quash this pesky pandemic. In the meantime, the LDP has confused and mishandled the message(s) about COVID-19. Nationalism is another panic-induced expression that is being used to show the citizens that "it's not our fault". (Says the LDP official in not so many words)
Japan has once again brought disappointment to many of us, but I'm not sure it's the majority of us. I think people will just tough it out "ga-man" style and will bicker until the glorious Olympics arrive to warm our hearts ... Optimism fading fast, but I really hope the government proves us wrong.
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End of May to innoculate the whole population? - never going to happen.
Olympics still seems to be the selfish goal of a few old boy politicians, and they really don't care about regular civilians. They've even said they were preparing for an Olympics without vaccinations. The nerves of these selfish representatives holding the country hostage and having NHK run pro-athlete propaganda. Now the IOC says there is an Olympics without fans possibility ...
The people here will never stand up and voice their anger. I'm not sure the Japanese get angry or want to(?) Ga-man it on everyone! Ugh
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This nonsense is holding back the effort to vaccinate the people. I don't care about any of these athletes. I do care about getting through this pandemic and getting our lives back. As it stands, the government vaccination strategy is very vague, with a proposed timeline from next month to the end of May for the entire population to "cured". That seems far-fetched and more a blanket statement to give the athletes it before the rest of us, while some of us wonder why there is no supply for regular people.
Ga-man ... ugh. Cancel this joke already and let's save the country.
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I’m not sure if people are being selfish or are just lemmings...?
Trying to be positive, but the lack of common sense really dampens that. I feel really bad for the health care workers in the next month.
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This is sad. It is not a drop in the bucket ... it is an infestation that is now being spread around the country at alarming rates. It's not funny, and it is not a joke. I do believe most of the urban-centred people are following the protocols and being responsible, but the yesterday there were hoards of cars with numerous out of province plates up here in the mountains.
We all know, that is where the virus is coming from and I'm sure we will see ridiculous numbers in the next 14 days. Thanks selfish city people! You shine in times like these!
Stay home and stay away... please.
2 ( +11 / -9 )
This happens every huge snowfall - negligent truckers racing against time don't have chains or the proper tires and they jackknife blocking the highway. People, watch the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
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The reason they push for this, and for all the cryptic non-committals is really about how fragile the economy is in Japan. They cannot sustain a shutdown for a month. This society will collapse.
I’m also convinced they don’t mind elderly dying, knowing they follow like lemmings and cannot refuse a deal. These people are the drain in society and I do feel the government really looks at them as exceptional losses. This is a cold, efficient country that cares nothing for humanity unless there is some reward for that well-doing.
This country has a serial killer mentality compared to the wacko asylum in the US.
stay strong out there
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No concern for human life, only money. A very sad reality. People here cannot think for themselves and only see "deals" over common sense (which is an oxymoron in this case).
This is all ridiculous. The big shutdown is coming and It's the hospitals that are most at risk.sugaleadership?
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The number will go back up soon. All the city people came to the countryside and spread their germs here. So the numbers will be balanced throughout Japan for the next week. We in the countryside respect ourselves and others so we choose not to travel for there is a pandemic!
All of the infections in our area are a result of a Kanto or Kansai idiot coming here. Please stay away!
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Nonsense. All of this. The elderly can wait. It those of us who go out in Society that need it. Make us immune then the workers and their kids can be safe to move about. If we are safe then society can function.
medical workers, teachers, construction workers, service industry people, etc. Need it first
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It’s going to be very bad in about 7-10 days. I’m quite sure not all the families stayed home during the break.
Especially with all this heat, why not stay home a little longer. 1-2 weeks of school is not a big deal.
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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.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
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.
5 ( +9 / -4 )
Vietnam and Thailand travel restrictions eased ... not a coincidence.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
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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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