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Posted in: Japan studies giving 3rd coronavirus vaccine shots next year See in context

Classic case of deflective the poor roll out of first/second vaccine shots - to show the population how great and proactive the govt is that we are already planning for third shot and securing the supply...

Good PR stunt but in reality complete BS - first get your shxx together to finish the two initial doses for residents please??

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,566 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 15,753 See in context

Today number at 4566 - this number is 508 more than last week (last week number was 4058).

For the whole week the number is at 27,251 versus last week number of 20,440 - weekly increase of over 6,811 approx 33% increase on weekly basis.

On another related news between Jan 2020 to Jun 2021 there were 536 people confirmed deaths who died outside of medical facilities and were confirmed positive for corona virus - not much coverage on this news (link below) -

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210806/p2a/00m/0na/017000c

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Posted in: Japan's cumulative coronavirus cases top 1 million See in context

On another related news between Jan 2020 to Jun 2021 there were 536 people confirmed deaths who died outside of medical facilities and were confirmed positive for corona virus - not much coverage on this news (link below) -

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210806/p2a/00m/0na/017000c

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Posted in: Bach says Tokyo Olympics have 'far exceeded' his expectations See in context

Like others I just hope this gets over by tomorrow and finally the govt can start focusing all thier time, energy, efforts & money on speeding up the vaccination

Lastly for people claiming it went smoothly & no escalation in cases, I sincerely hope that does turns out to be true - we will know in coming weeks when these people go back to thier respective countries not carrying the virus.

does anyone know what happens to 43,000 media personnel between the period of 9 Aug and 24 Aug (start of para olympucs)? Do they go back & return to Japan or they continue to be here? If they remain in Japan I worry it will be a big party time for all as they are free to roam around all over Japan without any restrictions?

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Posted in: Number of Games-related COVID infections rises to 387 See in context

Guess this is the govt definition of "Safe & Secure" Olympics?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 5,042 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 15,263 See in context

@tottenhaminremnants

In what way is 5000 (or any number) a "physiological" number, maybe it is a different word you are thinking of...

Thanks for pointing it out

My bad - auto correction issue - should read as "Psychological" number/milestone

People were projecting this 5,000 number to be breached this week and it did ...

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Posted in: Gov't expands COVID quasi-state of emergency to 8 more prefectures See in context

Japan on Thursday decided to expand its COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency to eight more prefectures, with a ban on alcohol service in principle, 

Why do they even do this - just to show the population that they are doing something?

What does focusing and punishing the alcohol serving establishments - that too "In Principle" going to do different???

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 5,042 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 15,263 See in context

Today number at 5042 - this number is 1,177 more than last week (last week number was 3865) - they must have stopped the count as soon as the number crossed 5000…

By far the highest number for Tokyo and breaching the physiological number of 5000 today - more to come for sure!!!

Okinawa again at record high today at 648….

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,709 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,014 See in context

Today number at 3709 - this number is 861 more than last week (last week number was 2848) - the growth in numbers is slowing down perhaps?

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Posted in: Powerless and angry: Japan's anti-Olympic activists fight on See in context

@ joffy

fair point

I dont have that data but had posted another news yesterday where a man in his 50’s was give a run around for 8 hours in ambulance, 100 hospitals declined to have him and ultimately they found a hospital which was 50kms away from his residence…

I am sure even if a tiny fraction of these 30,000 recovering at home need hospitalization thats one too many I would guess

Also dont forget the risk this has on other non covid patients whose care is put on lower priority now….

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Posted in: Powerless and angry: Japan's anti-Olympic activists fight on See in context

As per related news on yahoo japan (link below)

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/4e2f2e4de171dde47a1e9540203a954f6cb94da2

While govt focuses on olympics the number of people recovering at home from covid increases from about 9000 on 21 Jul three times to 30,000 by 31 Jul - within 10 days…

Is this the third largest economy in the world where 30,000 people across the nation cannot find hospital bed??

Is this the medical system collapse that experts have been warning all along & also these protesters wanting govt to focus more on corona front than these games?????

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,195 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 8,393 See in context

Apart from this scary 78% positivity rate, what is utterly shameful is meager 2811 total number of tests in the largest metropolis in the world with population of 14 Million

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,195 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 8,393 See in context

Is this number for real?

It shows (pdf file) that this positive no of 2195 is from total tests done yesterday of 2811 - this is a whopping positivity rate of 78%

By far the highest rate ever anywhere in the world since the start of pandemic....

Still the focus and priority will remain the Olympics for govt?

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Posted in: Olympic vehicle injures 2 in suspected hit-and-run accident in Tokyo See in context

Hopefully all this will stop in on week time after close of games on 8 Aug and some sanity will prevail

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Posted in: Japan expands COVID state of emergency to 3 areas near Tokyo and Osaka See in context

The news are slowly leaking out about how poor the organization is at ground level

See this news in Asahi about 63,000 drives been moved to Tokyo from all over Japan for use of buses related to Olympics - link below -

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14409081

Their place of living is like a prison (as per one driver)

No PCR test done daily

Share bathroom, no privacy

Meals are not provided and they have to manage at their own costs

Officially supposed to work for 8 hours but end up working 12 hours routinely

This side of Olympics does not get covered much in media and people are not aware of such things

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Posted in: Japan expands COVID state of emergency to 3 areas near Tokyo and Osaka See in context

And we have news on Yahoo Japan (in Japanese - link below) -

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/8f6ee02f5076952f0d7e5551b76d1e7a8e9d96bb

One person in his 50's age was rejected by 100 hospitals in Tokyo area and it took more than 8 hours to to find a hospital for him to be admitted - 50 kms away from his residence

This is the medical strain that Omi and experts have been warning about all along but few media covers such things...

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Posted in: At an extraordinary Olympics, acts of kindness abound See in context

All good and fine but just waiting for the games to finish on 8 Aug and tired of such PR stories to shift public opinion 24 X 7 across all media channels without any focus on Corona explosive growth

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Posted in: Japan starts giving COVID-19 shots to citizens temporarily returning See in context

@Alfie Noakes

So, my Japanese friends who live in Funabashi, Kawasaki and Koto Ward but haven't even received their first shot yet should go to Haneda or Narita and line up with these returnees?

I think this is valid only for Japanese passport holders who do not have a Jyuminhyou (residence) in Japan and working overseas on expat assignments. Govt knows these folks will travel back to Japan for Obon holidays and hence this plan, I guess..

The article states - "The government plans to operate the venues at Haneda and Narita airports through early January next year to administer two doses of Pfizer Inc.'s vaccine to people aged 12 and over who do not have certificates of residence in Japan."

But I agree with other posted above - this is a stunt, will promote more unwanted international travel and is a slap on the face of local residents in Japan who are paying taxes (these people who get priority are not paying local resident tax) and who are not able to get vaccinated - priorities are upside down!!!!

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Posted in: Japan starts giving COVID-19 shots to citizens temporarily returning See in context

Another of haphazard measure which defies logic - but serves as a great PR event for the govt - look how great we are in taking care of our nationals who suffer greatly working in developing countries……

Beyond pathetic

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Posted in: Heatwave hits Hokkaido ahead of Olympic marathon See in context

He said 30 people involved with the Games have so far been treated for "heat illness", which organizers say is milder than heatstroke.

What can go wrong???

Not only competing athletes I worry for the people who I sm sure blinded by thier national pride & constant media coverage to flock to roadsides to watch these events - without any social distancing of course - its not going to end pretty for sure…

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics CEO says COVID cases at Games 'within expectations' See in context

today number 3058 - highest ever for Sunday

Already all the leaders Muto, Koike, Suga, Kono will make a beeline to make statements that Olympics has nothing to do with this explosive rise in numbers

May be difficult to prove direct connection but all the focus on Olympics have definitely dulled the residents about taking precautions on 3 Cs which is undeniable...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,177 See in context

Today number at 3058 - this number is 1295 more than last week (last week number was 1763)

This is highest number for a Sunday by far…

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Posted in: 2 Georgian judoka ejected from Olympics for violating COVID protocols See in context

Agree with above posters - this is more to show to local residents that they are strictly following the playbook rules by making these two as scapegoats

There are many other examples/sightings but does not get acted upon

Already pointing fingers & shifting blame game has started - see below article where Marukawa is saying dont ask me, ask the organizing committee

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210731/p2a/00m/0na/012000c

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Posted in: Fukushima laments a recovery without Olympic witnesses See in context

And the king Bach returns to media spotline again in an immaculate navy blue suit in scorching heat to score another major PR & photo opportunity which he and IOC will use to continue selling thier vile games for years to come in future..,

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Posted in: Olympic merchandise selling well as Japan's medal haul grows See in context

Oh look how good Olympics are for the economy - NOT

How about businesses of Izakaya, restaurants which are targeted and suffering since the start?

Another PR news to highlight how Japanese people are shifting their views about Olympics once it has started as predicted by our deal leader

And then these jokers wonder why residents are not staying indoors and venturing outdoors - you cannot make this kind mixed messaging even if you tried otherwise...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,341 See in context

@zoroto

Giving the confusing messaging, what is the average person to think and do?

Agree - still most of media coverage is heavily focused on Olympics and shiny medals for Japan - so residents will not take this explosive growth in numbers seriously...

@O'Brien

Wow, the "Japan can do no wrong" crowd are on a thumbing-down blitz right now.

Agree too - my two earlier posts are giving more facts and numbers but was down voted :)

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,341 See in context

As per another news at Asahi (link below) about Tokyo status - as of yesterday 30 Jul the scary data points which should give everyone a pause and take this seriously are -

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14407772

 

Japan has kept its cases and deaths lower than many other countries, but its seven-day rolling average is growing and now stands at 28 per 100,000 people nationwide and 88 per 100,000 in Tokyo, according to the Health Ministry. This compares to 20.2 in the United States, 42.4 in Britain and 2.9 in India, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Officials said 2,995 are hospitalized in Tokyo, about half the current capacity of 6,000 beds, with some hospitals already full. More than 10,000 others are isolating at home or in designated hotels, with nearly 5,600 waiting at home while health centers decide where they will be treated.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,341 See in context

Today number at 4058 - this number is 2930 more than last week (last week number was 1128 and more than three times…) 

Weekly number also s more than double from 9420 to 20440 this week

Osaka number today crosses 1000 again and Okinawa is at record high with 439 positive cases

Tried to capture last six weeks data to see how the numbers have increased - (https://omatomesan.com/tokyo-covid19/)

Week of 20 Jun - 26% increase (3332 Vs 2644)

Week of 27 Jun - 18% increase (3942 Vs 3332)

Week of 4 Jul - 28% increase (5041 Vs 3942)

Week of 11 Jul - 40% increase (7084 Vs 5041)

Week of 18 Jul - 33% increase (9420 Vs 7084)

Week of 25 Jul - 169% increase ( 20440  Vs 9420)

Last one week has seen explosive growth and experts have already given warnings that we can expect next week Tokyo numbers to cross 5000, they do not yet see the peak as yet….

Irrespective of whether this growth is due to Olympics or due to Delta variant or due to local residents not following govt SOE instructions and going out - things are not looking good.

Take care everyone, hunker down and stay home (if you can).

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Posted in: Suga says adequate measures in place to prevent virus cases spreading from Olympic athletes See in context

Suga says adequate measures in place to prevent virus cases spreading from Olympic athletes

I think people worry & care more about what you have done and going to do to address this surge - record breaking numbers in the nation for two consecutive days already with experts warning next week Tokyo numbers likely to hit 5000?

it has been more than 18 months since this started - apart from you manbo, SOE joke of ON/OFF & repeated urges have you done anything? Show your people some concrete plans with timeline and do the right thing for once!!!!

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Posted in: Japan expands virus state of emergency, restrictions to more prefectures See in context

"We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday, without elaborating.

And what were you doing for past 18 months? Twiddling your thumbs, burying your neck in the sand and hoping this is go away?

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