Jim comments

Posted in: Suga to seek reelection as party leader despite LDP setback in Yokohama See in context

Suga only said, "What's most important is to do my all in preventing the rapid spread of the infections and help restore the normal life we had."

All your actions since becoming the PM are exactly opposite to achieve this goal that you say in this statement - worst PM ever!!!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,447 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 16,841 See in context

This is as result of total tests of 2685 done yesterday to return a positive number of 2447 - a positivity rate of 91.1%

This is crazy high number and no where else in the world would have seen any such high positivity number am sure

Also total tests of 2685 for a metropolis like Tokyo with population of 14 Million is beyond ridiculous...

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

For a change agree with every message so far here - this is beyond ridiculous

Yesterday, even for a sunday there were 769 positive cases aged below 19 yrs old in Tokyo

Am sure out of these children being asked to attend more than 90% would not be vaccinated - wht could go wrong? They will use buses (crowded), likely get the virus, go back home and pass it on to their family members

Talk about creating super spreader events in open public under the guise of doing good for people - I also believe half the fault lies with Japanese people for blindly following what the govt says and not taking a stance or not being active during elections - no wonder 31% population still think Suga is doing a good job - you deserve this present state of affairs and you (Japanese people) are equally to blame in this case

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Posted in: Foot traffic still high despite state of emergency See in context

Fuji rock festival going full steam ahead since Fri 19 Aug till today

See the massive crowds in this yahoo news article at fuji rock

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/pickup/6402330

You also have disney, universal studio etc still open for business - govt is pro business & dont care about public health

Only targeting izakayas is bad - if not full lockdown at a minimum govt can ask such places like universal studios, disney, fuji rock to close - if they are really serious about reducing the foot traffic???

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,074 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,492 See in context

@Zoroto// @Reckless

Please see my above post with two articles from NHK and Asahi - explains the mystery of why Tokyo serious cases are flat or reducing....

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,074 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,492 See in context

Today number at 5074. For whole week last week no was 29,618 versus this week total number is at 33,033   - an increase of 11.5% - this is with the limited testing in Tokyo.

On two related news about how bad the situation is in Tokyo below - 

NHK news about “Over 60% of COVID patients denied hospitalization” - link below

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20210820_14/

Sad state of affairs - sentence from this article - “The sources also say that among 845 cases of hospitalization, it took three to five hours for patients to arrive at hospitals in 159 cases and more than five hours in 121 cases.”

Another news on Asahi - “Less than 10% of Tokyo patients with COVID-19 in hospital” - link below 

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14422750

Key sentence from this article - “Tokyo's medical care structure is so overwhelmed by the novel coronavirus pandemic that less than 10 percent of COVID-19 patients in the capital can be accommodated in hospitals for treatment.”

These two articles show really how bad the situation is in Tokyo. Please be safe and take care everyone!!!

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Posted in: Coronavirus infections in Tokyo outstrip hospital capacity to treat patients See in context

"The status of infections is a lot worse now" compared with when the 17-day Tokyo Olympics were held from July 23, Shigeru Omi, chairman of a government subcommittee on the coronavirus response, told a parliamentary hearing ahead of the start of Paralympics on Tuesday.

He added his panel has not been consulted by the government about the way the Paralympics should be held.

This above is in essence how Japan has responded to the pandemic since last year - dont care, dont want to listen to medical experts advise but will continue to either ignore the writing on the wall or just ram through the olympics games at any costs - to appease IOC and to ensure their corporate cronies pockets are lined up (Dentsu, Pasona....)

I am sure still if any of the LDP elected official gets covid he/she will find absolutely no problem is getting a covid bed immediately at their disposal

The rules for elites were different here all along but this pandemic has shown a whole new light to this basic right of residents such as govt to protect residents lives as foremost priority but alas - they are denied basic hospital care in time of need (other article on JT talking about mother giving birth to baby premature and baby dying)..

Sad state of affairs all along

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Posted in: Woman with COVID-19 loses baby after being forced to give birth prematurely at home See in context

sad on so many levels - RIP for the baby. Hope the mother recovers - both physically and mentally from this trauma.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,534 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,156 See in context

Even with Tokyo reducing testing nationwide number again hits another record high for second consecutive day - today nation wide number is at 24,107 as per yahoo japan news (link below)

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/fb1eb6f7d1cb5c89f83a5acac3ac2e3152b75613

Key concern point is still all medical experts still say that they dont see an end in sight for peak of this wave and cases will continue to rise... stay safe everyone.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,534 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,156 See in context

@Antiquesaving

Where did you get that 50% of Tokyo thing?

Full disclosure - this is another/different Jim on the message board - light green icon/sign and not this particular Jim (dark green icon/sign) - maybe I need to change my handle name to differentiate myself....

But I agree with what you write above

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Posted in: First coronavirus case reported in Tokyo Paralympic athletes village See in context

If the volunteers are going in and out of the Olympic village daily, catching trains home and then back to the village again daily……..how is it a bubble?

It is a bubble because the govt has said so and promised all of us that the games will be "safe" and "secure" - dont you dare to doubt what is told to you!!!!

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Posted in: First coronavirus case reported in Tokyo Paralympic athletes village See in context

If the volunteers are going in and out of the Olympic village daily, catching trains home and then back to the village again daily……..how is it a bubble?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,534 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,156 See in context

@Reckless

Cannot breach 6,000 until after the Paralympics. Meanwhile thousands in Tokyo are waiting for a hospital bed.

You are right - look at this news recently published (link below) where a ruling LDP lawmaker made round of phone calls to many medical experts before olympics saying "You'd better not have your name on those recommendations," and "It's already been decided that the Olympics will be held. I want you to avoid rocking the boat."

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210819/p2a/00m/0na/005000c

You cannot make it up - irony is even with all this happening 31% people still approve of present govt - another of those Only in Japan things!!!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,534 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,156 See in context

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 274, one down from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 1,765, up 49 from Wednesday.

And in related news to show real numbers on Asahi as of 11 Aug there are 74,135 patients recovering at home - link below

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14420354

For folks who will claim that not everyone need a hospital bed look at news article where people have died at home when their situation went from bad to worse suddenly.. - numerous such reports

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Posted in: Bach to return to Tokyo for Paralympics opening ceremony See in context

So it’s taken a pandemic for you to realise that there’s one rule for the haves, & another rule for the have nots ?

Always knew this but irony is with this mixed messaging and communication the govt folks still wonder why the people are not following their instructions and staying at home...

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Posted in: Bach to return to Tokyo for Paralympics opening ceremony See in context

And the king Bach is back in town on 23 Aug, will join opening ceremony on 24 Aug for paralympics - this fact is missing in above report but was covered in yahoo news yesterday and he will depart Japan on 26 Aug.

Another of classic - Rule for thee but not for me!!!

With just one night stay at his hotel he is allowed to move around and join the opening ceremony the very next day without any quarantine requirements - why?

Even international Japanese nationals are required to do 14 days quarantine - why this exception? Will the media ask this simple question to our competent leaders here?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,386 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally hits record 23,917 See in context

Prefectures reporting record high numbers were Fukuoka (1,253), Aichi (1,227), Hyogo (1,088), Okinawa (761), Shizuoka (590), Gifu (338), Gunma (314), Okayama (307), Hiroshima (302), Mie (276), Oita (162), Nagano (152), Miyazaki (125), Toyama (121), Yamaguchi (105) and Yamanashi (93). 

Elsewhere, Osaka reported 2,296 cases, ....

Notice how the positive spin is created here - one there is no mention of nationwide cases today - which I am sure is another record high but conveniently missing today - usually this is covered here on JT by this time.

Second the above sentence mentions record high numbers for various prefectures but conveniently misses out including Osaka 2296 number in that sentence but as an afterthought in next sentence club Osaka along with other places as if there is nothing here to see??? Osaka today number of 2296 is first time crossing 2000 mark and by far the highest number there since start of pandemic....

Just for ready reference, yahoo Japan reports (link below) today national total will exceed 23,000 number

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/797fb642324b45d428ea76160c382c418b5fc5e5

This total of 23,000 is far higher than last highest in Japan of 20,632 reported on 13 Aug - increase of more than 2500 today....

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,386 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally hits record 23,917 See in context

@Zoroto

Bach scheduled to enter Tokyo on 23 Aug

Where did he go? Did he have to deposit the brown envelopes in his Swiss bank account?

Got deleted again my original post - "not relevant" - anything against Bach is not acceptable??

I thought this was very relevant as these actions by govt shows discrimination and why residents dont take SOEs seriously anymore - but thats just me - what do I know...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,386 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally hits record 23,917 See in context

Today number at 5,386 - this number is 1,186 more than last week (last week number was 4200).

All across many places reporting record high numbers since the start of pandemic today - Hyogo reports record high number number of 1088, crossing 1000 for first time, Osaka reports record high number crossing 2000 first time, Aichi reports record high number of 1227 crossing 1000 for first time, Fukuoka reports a record high number at 1253 - national reported number today is going to be very high for sure

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,377 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 19,955 See in context

Good to see JT showing number diff from previous day but also from last week same day - thank you for the same

But today the number of tests data is missing - maybe add later?

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Posted in: Japan extends, expands state of emergency as cases surge See in context

“The surge in infections is reaching alarming record highs,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after meeting with other ministers about the move.

Thanks sherlock holmes for this wise statement - we the residents were not aware that cases are rising alarmingly….

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Posted in: Fans to be barred from Paralympics See in context

And we the sheeple are supposed to be grateful to govt for making this decision and say a big thank you???? (Sarcasm)!!

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Posted in: Suga cabinet's support rate drops to record-low 31.8% See in context

Amazing - with all around pathetic performance still 31% population supporting him - just wow!!!’

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,962 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,854 See in context

As everyone is wondering how can 2490 tests result is 2962 cases - maybe expect an apology that some oyaji double counted the fax reports and reduce the cases to 2490 - either way this shows a positivity rate of more than 100% - a world record which no one can ever break???

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,962 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,854 See in context

Today no of 2962 is by far highest ever for Monday - also it shows yesterday 15 Aug total tests conducted are 2490?? Am I reading it right?

Beyond pathetic if tokyo has tested only 2490 yesterday? Of course the cases number will plunge if you dont test....

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Posted in: Number of severe COVID patients in Japan hits record for 4th day in row See in context

@Thetruthisoutthere

Number of tests between July 1st and August 13th : 500,937 = 11,384 daily, this is so pathetic.

Good data points - just to put the above statement in perspective - during the 6 weeks you mention for whole of Tokyo population of 14 Million total tests done was 500,937

During olympics from 23 Jul to 8 Aug for 75,000 odd foreigners total tests done were more than 600,000

Show where the govt priorities are - irrespective of what Suga says that for him Japanese people lives are more important than holding the olympics????

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Posted in: Japan to evacuate embassy in Kabul See in context

"The situation is developing very quickly," one of the sources said. "We are gathering information in cooperation with the United States and European countries."

Read this to say - “we have basically no insights & intelligence as to what the hell is happening in Kabul right now. We will do our famous giron/discussions by setting up a committee to decide how to evacuate our embassy staff. While we do that we will urge the taliban not to harm our embassy staff as they have already taken control of kabul”

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Posted in: Number of severe COVID patients in Japan hits record for 4th day in row See in context

As a result of this record breaking trend see this latest news on yahoo japan (link below)

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/pickup/6401785

Koike has given instructions to local health centers in Tokyo to stop track & trace activities for all serious patients as the numbers are too high putting a strain on workload to health center staff but to focus only on elderly people in thier track & trace operations.

Two things here -

first when everyone knew delta surge is going to happen for last three months why there was no effort to increase capacity & prepare accordingly the health centers? But everyone was busy focusing on holding thier damn olympics that time.

Second as Suga & everyone keep saying elderly people are taken care of by vaccinations then os this order from koike is directly opposing to this very fact? Should they not instead focus during track & trace folks in thier 40s & 50s who are at greater risk of hospitalization & serious cases due to lack of vaccination?

What this directive from Koike basically says to Tokyo residents is that they are on thier own & not to expect anything from govt? Its a slap on the face of normal taro & kieko here in Tokyo - with already controlled/reduced testing and on top of this new directive to stop track & trace activities to anyone who is not elderly not sure how they plan to control this spread & save people lives…. Guess they dont care anymore now!!!!

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Posted in: 3 cabinet members, Abe visit Yasukuni Shrine; Suga sends offering See in context

Abe makng a move to make a return to power in this upcoming elections?

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Posted in: Osaka plans to help out Haiti earthquake relief efforts See in context

how about making some contribution from what you already have in your bank account than waiting for new winnings?

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