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: Big discount See in context

Offering 80% off goods...

It’s not 80% off goods. It’s up to 80% off ( 80% off max )! Many items will be discounted at lower rates!

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Posted in: Only top 30% of foreign students to be eligible for gov't handouts See in context

@klausdorth and Hunter James... both are absolutely correct! Many of these foreign students are abusing the system by getting student visa for work purposes! They don’t deserve any sort of cash handouts!

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Posted in: Only top 30% of foreign students to be eligible for gov't handouts See in context

People haven’t received their 100,000yen yet! Some even haven’t received their application forms. Now the Government announces this for students. I wonder how long it will take for these students to claim this...maybe 6 months! Just read an interesting article on Japan Times whereby Korean citizens received their cash handouts within minutes of applying online directly transferred to their banks! Japan can do much better but as always drags its feet!

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Posted in: Sharp holding lottery for popular masks See in context

2,980 yen... Isn’t this price gouging? These boxes of mask containing 50/100 pieces were sold for less than 500yen before. Sharp had claimed that they were making these mask yo help people but in reality it was all about making money in the times of suffering! When big companies increase their prices due to demand then they are not penalized and don’t face any consequences! But if small mom and pop stores raise their prices a bit then they are prosecuted! This is pathetic!

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Posted in: Seiyu to pay special bonus to store staff working during pandemic See in context

15,000 yen is ok! Something is better than nothing. I hear a lot of complains coming from foreigners ( students and short term residents ) mainly about job security and no money! These are part of life especially when you choose to live aboard! Nobody forced anyone to work in Japan so stop complaining about lack of money and job security now! Everyone including Japanese citizens and long term residence are facing challenges now and the same applies to others globally. If you couldn’t / didn’t save money for rainy days while working in Japan then it was no meaning for you to waste your life in Japan. You’d be better off in your own country! The Japanese Government will be responsible for only its own citizens and long term permanent residence who pay taxes, pension and health insurance properly...not free riders! Countries such as Australia, New Zealand, US, South Korea, UK, Germany and Canada did not provide any financial assistance to people on student visa and some even working visa! Be appreciative that the Japanese Government hasn’t cast foreigners aside with the 100,000 yen program!

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Posted in: #coronadivorce trends online as locked-down couples realize they don’t actually get along See in context

That’s the problem when people get married for the wrong reasons! More than half my Japanese friends don’t even know why they got married. Common responses given by some are:

All my friends were getting married so I also decided to do so.

I was dating him/her for a long time so it was logical to get married as the next step.

Many people around him/her said that he/she is such a wonderful person so I decided to marry him/her. 4. I felt alone and stressed about it so I got married quickly.

I wanted to quit my job and become a housewife.

I wanted to have children soon.

People cannot find happiness if they get married for stupid reason and will end up irritating their partner. Don’t marry someone that you can live with ( honeymoon period is bound to end ), marry someone that you can’t live without!

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Posted in: Bullet trains, expressways, airports deserted ahead of Golden Week See in context

It’s just shocking to read that people are still socializing, going to the beach, parks etc. It just seems that people here can’t keep themselves inside for a few days! Might as well end the state of emergency and return these people to work. After all, seems like they are just having free time away from the office but end up elsewhere! People here just can’t make a few sacrifices!

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Posted in: Experts call for more coronavirus tests as positive rate rises See in context

@wtfjapan... excellent comments!

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Posted in: Sharp holding lottery for popular masks See in context

People "not passing it on" is an important part of the process. Given the asymptomatic aspect of CV-19, if EVERYONE wore a mask, we'd be well down the path of recovery.

Masks are not hazmat suits that make you immune! Yes, wearing a mask can somewhat reduce the chances of getting infected but it depends on the type of mask and proper usage of it. If I have the virus and ride the train or go to crowded places while wearing a mask I will still infect many people. Take a moment and think how medical professionals such as doctors and nurses get infected even though both the patients as well as the medical professionals wear masks. They even wear hand gloves and safety glasses yet they get infected. People should wear masks as a precautionary measure but avoid crowds and non essentials things outdoors! Many people in Japan think that by wearing a mask they are automatically protected and can go everywhere and do usual things! This way the infection rate will never go down! We need to combine many combative measures together with washing hands properly ( not just few seconds under the water ) to have any chance of winning against the outbreak!

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Posted in: 33 more crew on cruise ship docked in Nagasaki test positive for virus See in context

The ship has been docked since late January so the infection was probably from interacting with some infected person on the mainland in Nagasaki. Could have been the delivery people bringing in food, fuel, repair parts, machinery... could have been the inspectors or officers not living on onboard checking the progress of repairs. Could have been crew members going off board to the local towns recently ( unofficially since they claim nobody left the ship since March 14 ) There is a high likelihood of any of these! Now the best thing to do is test all of the crew immediately and separate them at once before this becomes another “ Corona Ship “ like the one in Yokohama! Questions still remain about how to separate them effectively since test results take time and the negative ones can get infected while waiting for the results onboard ( IMO many such cases definitely arose when dealing with the Yokohama Diamond Cruise ship )!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers, IOC clash over who will pay for delay See in context

IOC must be having a contract which stipulates who will shoulder the costs in case of postponements! It’s probably Japan but they want to hide the fact from the general public.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers, IOC clash over who will pay for delay See in context

I agree 100% all bills should go to China. They created this mess by one of their researchers in 2015 who made the connection and identification of the single bat species who carries the natural strain and the S gnome linking the transfer to human and thus starts human to human transfers against the advice and reprisal of the scientific communities. So send this and all other bills to the UN and Beijing.

If such a virus had started in the US or Japan then people would have been so sympathetic with them! They would have been called the victims. But since it’s China some people are bashing them ( racism at its best ). Yes, the virus originated in China ( whether naturally or man made ) is besides the point because all countries could have closed their borders to China to avoid the spread. But they kept it open to make money from Chinese tourists! Let’s face the facts that nobody can ignore the Chinese and the economies of many countries can’t survive without the Chinese!

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Posted in: Over 210,000 hotel rooms secured to treat coronavirus patients See in context

Sounds awful. I sure am glad I live in a relatively free country like Japan, rather than a police state like NZ.

NZ is the only country in the world that has so far managed to control the spread of the corona virus. This is because of its willingness to have a proper lockdown which is supported by majority of its citizens who value life!

Clearly, you haven’t encountered Japanese cops! Try taking a walk after 8pm around any major stations and the cops will stop you and interrogate you without due cause before demanding you to go back home ( even though there is no law until now stating a curfew ). Is this your definition of Japan being a free country where you don’t break any law yet get into trouble!

During the day, they don’t implement toughness as they want people to go to work but after working hours it’s a whole new ball game in Japan. I guess they want to eat their cake and have it too!

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Posted in: Over 210,000 hotel rooms secured to treat coronavirus patients See in context

The photo sums it up! At times I feel that people in Japan think that a face mask is a hazmat suit and as long as they wear it nothing will happen to them!

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Posted in: China didn't warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days, documents show See in context


Yes, China messes up but they were dealing with something new! Other countries had ample time to prepare for the outbreak by closing borders earlier and having really tight quarantine measures. But this didn’t happen! Other countries put in half measures which were not enough! Then the other sensitive issue of evacuation of its citizens when Wuhan was already in lockdown! That shouldn’t have been done because a lockdown is a lockdown. Take Japan for example whereby the first flight of evacuees were just sent back home without proper quarantine. Then countries were still accepting Chinese tourist for their money to keep the economy going and this also led to the massive spread! Then the worst thing was that some world leaders were the least bit bothered about the outbreak by calling it a hoax, saying it will disappear by April and even praising the Chinese Government for praising them ( China is doing very well and have it under control were the words of President Trump in February ). Mr. Abe was still keeping Japan’s borders open to the Chinese until so late and when America had an infection rate of 145,000 people still Japan didn’t close its border for Americans ( yet, they closed it for South Korea and some EU countries at that stage ). Now these same world leaders are looking for a scrape goat for not devising proper, tighter measures to deal with the outbreak!

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Posted in: Abe defends mask give-out plan; eyes budget submission next week See in context

Since 1981...I believe they set the bar at 250,000JPY....

There are few other requirements attached to that. It’s only applicable for people who are in the tax exempt category ( not sure what that is, though after checking the Ministry of welfare site it is for an annual income of less than 1,950,000yen ). Anyone earning less than this and has lost their income source by more than 50% in February to April might be eligible. I believe that the requirements are still not clear for this 300,000 yen cash handouts for needy households. It’s not clear cut and probably with many hidden clauses. Very few people will end up getting this assistance. IMO this handout was just announced by the Japanese Government to save face since other countries were giving cash handouts to its residents and many in Japan were getting restless. So they came up with this to just show that there is some kind of cash handout but who will get this is yet to be seen!

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Posted in: Japan, Singapore retain top 2 spots in Henley Passport Index See in context

The ranking of Japanese passport doesn’t matter when dealing with immigration officers especially in Australia, New Zealand and certain US airports! The questions and lack of understanding due to language barrier make the Japanese people confused and they spend a lot of time there. My Japanese friends were regularly held back every time they traveled with me to Aus because of the questioning process and their failure to hear and answer confidently ( despite having 900+ TOEIC scores ). Now as machines take over ( Electronic entry / smart gates ) it’s getting easier for them to pass immigration but they get stuck dealing with customs!

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Posted in: Japanese reality TV show 'Terrace House' halts production over coronavirus See in context

The halt came as a blow to viewers who look to the cast for light relief from the real world

The most bizarre thing that I’ve heard! Escaping from the real world by watching REALITY

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Posted in: Toyobo develops test kit to detect coronavirus within 1 hour See in context

Developing test kits for faster results are always good but I don’t think the hospitals / authorities will invest by purchasing these widely. Most are still using the old 24 - 48 hours testing system even though faster result test kits are already available in Japan.

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Posted in: Many go to work despite Abe's call for telework See in context

The infection will not stop spreading until there is a total lockdown! But a total lockdown will not happen in Japan ( only strong requests will be made with no legal obligations or penalties ). The Japanese authorities will probably return to their old technique of reducing the number of tests ( less test = less number of infected ) in the days ahead just to show normalcy! Every household should be given cash handouts by the Government as some other countries have done ( rather than the 2 pathetic cloth masks ) because everyone has been seriously affected one way or another by this outbreak!

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Posted in: Infected Antarctic cruise passengers return to Australia See in context

@Yubaru...there are some brainless people out there! Until and unless there is total ban of cruises some idiots will keep taking trips!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO hints Games could be in doubt even in 2021 See in context

They should have cut their losses and canceled it already rather than spending another 2-5 billion ( according to the organizing committee ) of taxpayers money to postpone it! What if next year the virus outbreak is still not under control? What if there is another big earthquake in Tokyo? What if Mt. Fuji erupts sending 2 feet of ashes to Tokyo ( according to authorities prediction ) and good as well as water supply is cut off! Too many red lights are seen already! If somehow the Olympics does happen successfully then I guess it will be good for the economy to some extent! A big gamble though but who cares as long as it’s not their own money!

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Posted in: Japan extends calls to avoid nightclubs, bars to all prefectures See in context

@Kurisupisu... it’s a good idea to stay at home and grow fruits and vegetables ( as you are doing ) or simply do other indoor activities rather than going outdoors to crowded places assisting in the spreading of the virus! I’ve been doing my part of staying indoors and sacrificing my night out parties since February! I’ll party out all night long after the virus outbreak is under control thorough some vaccine / cure! A few weeks or even months of sacrificing our social life is not that difficult under these circumstances!

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Posted in: Japan extends calls to avoid nightclubs, bars to all prefectures See in context

@kurisupisu.... you forgot to mention the Japanese evacuees who arrived from Wuhan and were sent home using public transportation! A few from the first flight refused testing and went home instead of the quarantine area. Then two of them later tested positive! Also the Japanese national onboard the Diamond princess who were sent home using public transportation without being tested ( 40 of them ) and they later tested positive for it! The virus originated from Wuhan but it’s not only the Chinese that infected Japanese people in Japan. Japanese people also played a fair share in spreading the virus in Japan during the early stages when less than 10 infections were recorded! The US is another issue because they had so much time to prepare for the virus outbreak but the authorities there were the least bit bothered ( some were even saying corona virus is a hoax, The President seemed too relaxed saying it will disappear by April )! They only started acting when it stated to spread at a massive rate! How stupid are the authorities everywhere that they don’t seem to prepare with proper dedication for this and when things are beyond recovery then they start to take action! This virus could have been dealt with more effectively if borders across the globe were closed much earlier and stronger quarantine rules implemented!

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Posted in: Japan extends calls to avoid nightclubs, bars to all prefectures See in context

The photo says it all about Japan police! They targeted these two salary man because they seem non aggressive rather than targeting some drunk and aggressive looking men out there! This is a common sight that I see around Tokyo streets when I’m out whereby innocent looking people are stopped and questioned by police but drunk, loud and aggressive looking men are barely given a second look by them.

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Posted in: Barbers, 'izakaya,' dept stores, DIY shops to be off Tokyo's closure request list See in context

@James Perry... spot on! You’ve simplified it perfectly. Some people still think they would get this 300,000yen easily but they won’t! As you mentioned the two important criteria’s of tax exempt status ( which basically means having a households salary below 2.1 million yen per year ) and a significant decrease in monthly salary when compared to January. So in reality maybe less than 1% of the population will become eligible by filling in all the requirements. This is just for show because the Japanese Government wanted to save face after the 2 mask per household farce. Japanese people had started to talk about the cash handouts given by other countries! So the Japanese Government announced about their cash handouts but made the criteria so high that majority of people who need it won’t be eligible for it!

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Posted in: Main points of Japan's ¥108 tril emergency package See in context

This emergency package is more or less a farce! Seems like the business sector and the rich will get the most benefits and the common man doesn’t get anything! The 300,000yen receivers will be less than 1% if the population as it’s just for showing that the Japanese Government is giving cash handouts like other countries!

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Posted in: Japanese KitKats roll out limited, premium Blindfold Chocolatory line See in context

KitKat in Japan comes in so many flavors. Also so many types from singles to fancy boxes. But none of those are as good as the original ones wrapped in foil which was sold back in the days! Sometimes I feel that KitKat Japan is a rip-off but I guess some people are into it.

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Posted in: Anxiety prevails over state of emergency declaration See in context

Japan is fighting a losing battle against the outbreak because people are just too arrogant to make sacrifices and some can’t change their relaxed attitude. Despite the increase in the number of infected, most people are the least bit bothered! There will be sudden surge in the deaths in the days ahead and watch this infection get out of hand! This state of emergency declaration is more or less a failure because not much changes will be seen!

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

On the face of it 300,000 yen assistance seems good and helpful but in reality it might not be so!

Firstly, how many people would actually qualify for this and receive this is yet to be seen. We don’t even know the real criteria for this as it’s too vague now. Seems like the Government is just saving face rather than actually helping the people.

Secondly, if a person was earning 5-10 million yen a year ( for example working in the tourism sector or airline ) and is currently laid off or in a furlough then they will qualify for this assistance. Surely, they must have enough savings for rainy days!

Thirdly, some hardworking people who are keeping the economy going by reporting to work daily and risking the likelihood of getting infected will not get anything because they still have a job and salary flow. Doesn’t seem fair because these are the people who are actually keeping Japan afloat economy and health wise.

Fourthly, the number of people forming lines at the city offices to apply for this assistance will be massive and this defeats the purpose of fighting the virus itself ( mass gathering = more infections ).

The Japanese Government should have just given everyone some financial assistance even if the amount was lower. Everyone without filling up pages of documents and forming lines at the city offices ( maybe registration online and direct bank deposits ). They already have mynumber information for almost all residents for verification purposes.

All in all, its always challenging to desire who gets what and how to give out these sort of assistance but the bottom line is that this scenario is related to a virus outbreak so people shouldn’t be asked to form lines at the city offices with relevant documents!

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