In prefectures placed under the state of emergency, restaurants are being told to refrain from serving alcohol and to close by 8 p.m.
The new puritanism takes hold
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I get the feeling the citizens of Tokyo have decided that this virus has been oversold, folk wear masks to avoid social stigma, but other than that it we get on with our lives. 84 people in hospital is not people dropping dead in the streets.
It's a problem of hospital capacity, made worse by poorly designed ventilation and heating systems in hospitals and other public buildings.
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Basically shut up about corona or cancel the Olympics.
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This demonstrates how little policy makers and their cheerleaders in the media understand the reality of people's lives.
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State of Emergency? They don't seem to be talking about increasing the capacity of the hospitals to deal with this "emergency". Perhaps if they spent a little less time and money on nonsensical posturing and a little more on medical capability the situation would improve.
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"overwhelming hospitals"? With next to no cases of influenza this year it is hard to believe hospitals are overwhelmed. Most likely the issue is hospitals do not wish to accept patients.
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Which tells us the government is completely out of sync with the people. The commuters heading to work demonstrate that the general public have more sense than elected and unelected policy makers who keep repeating the same mistake. Lockdowns do little except damage the economy, and if India is anything to go by, harsh lockdowns make the situation much worse.
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Japan's prefectural governors don't seem to understand how the economy works, businesses do business, generate revenue and pay tax. If you shut down businesses, tax receipts go down. Without adequate tax receipts the BOJ cannot issue money to the government without destroying the credibility of Japanese government bonds. Asking Mr Suga to shake the magic money tree some more makes this situation a whole lot worse.
"highly contagious variants are raging," This is a farcical comment and should be treated as such, it's no surprise the government has embarked on such short sighted policies with such shallow thinking drama queens at the helm. Economic health directly correlates to public health, the damage being done here will last for generations.
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Time to put up or shut up, either cancel the Olympics, or shut up about Covid.
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They imagine it will give them more control, in reality it will create huge amounts of data which costs a fortune to transmit, transact, store, monitor, regulate, and backup. In all that noise there will be no end of opportunity for scams, theft, money laundering, evasion and deception.
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No they won't. I predict that test results will be "lost" for certain athletes.
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to get some perspective, Tokyo has a population of around 13.5 million people
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I used to live near the area of Liverpool where Ringo grew up, it gets all the weather from the Irish Sea.
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Ghosn led Nissan for two decades, salvaging the Japanese automaker from the brink of collapse.
Debatable, I think the thousands of hard working Nissan employees might have had something to do with this.
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The financial insiders circled the wagons pretty quickly, but it appears to have backfired, only drawing attention to how rigged the system is against the retail investor. The financial institutions and regulators now find themselves in an asymmetric confrontation with what may become a new type of activist shareholder.
Never invest more than you can afford to lose. The value of investments can go down as well as up.
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He's right, all restrictions do is confine people to a limited number of venues during a limited time. A virus will permeate its host one way or another, always have done, always will. Lockdowns are ineffective, however the damage to mental and physical health will last for decades, the damage to society will last for generations.
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I'd like to see more emphasis on treatment and care of the sick and less on curtailing the lives of the healthy.
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Evidence from other countries suggests there is a direct correlation between lockdowns and the people advocating lockdowns not abiding by them.
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we are going to see a sharp rise in cases of emphysema
Occupational exposure to fumes or dust. If you breathe fumes from certain chemicals or dust from grain, cotton, wood or mining products, you're more likely to develop emphysema.
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A woman standing two meters from a coughing man without a mask will be exposed to 10,000 times more such droplets than if he were wearing one, even if he is only 50 centimeters away, they reported in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
So people with coughs should wear masks?
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Did they measure the amount of micro fiber inhaled from the mask?
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