I think this will take a long time.
Last week I was walking down a street when three 70 somethings walked past me in the opposite direction. I had my mask down since I was by myself and the street was practically deserted. This street is in a town with no tourist attractions. One of the ladies turned her head away from me while cupping her hand to block her nose and mouth from my direction. Did I mention she had a mask on!!??
unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. In the past year, I’ve been to a few super sentos that have outside baths. No problems there, but once I tried to use an indoor bath. The amount of people arm to arm is surprising. But, you should have seen how fast the bath emptied when I got in.
If you’re not Japanese, you need pretty thick skin when not wearing a mask. Good luck.
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To those who are not going outside:
everything is crowded. Japanese people are eating, drinking, talking, laughing, and shouting in closed spaces without their masks.
the numbers would have grown regardless.
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I just read that there are 80,000 Americans (service members and their families) in Okinawa.
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I’d like to know the frequency of testing for the military right now. Also, are they currently blanket testing every service member?
what if they did that for your workplace? How many positives would there be?
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Legal limit in Japan is 0. So, they had a 0.03?
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Just wait until they turn it into the “catbus” from Ghibli’s Totoro!
Pie in the sky = instabai
0 ( +0 / -0 )
Hello, New York!
I'm so excited for them.
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According to the news, Chiba had one bed for pregnant covid-positive women, but unfortunately, there were two were 2 patients.
don’t worry though, Chiba has allocated ONE more bed, which will be available next week.
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I’m curious. Where else in the world can you be refused to be admitted to the hospital in an emergency even if you have insurance?
2 ( +2 / -0 )
Watch out, it can sneak up on you!
I was out for a bike ride (40 minutes or so) the other day when it was cloudy and only 60% humidity. Bike ride was fine, not even sweating. Parked and went on a 20 minute leisurely walk with an umbrella. Got back to my bike and started to feel nauseous. Thought it was my lunch. Then I started feeling really clammy and fought like hell not to pass out. I was hunched over my parked bike by myself when I remembered I had freezer packs in case I found any food on my travels.
I fumbled through my bike basket like a crazy person to get them and used two on my neck and head.
I crouched down in case I did pass out so I’d be lower to the ground.
It was incredibly scary. I am not elderly and had (what I thought to be) enough water during breakfast and lunch.
According to the internet, I had heat exhaustion, which comes before heatstroke.
I was humbled, for sure. Take care everyone.
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I am often appalled at club activities/gym class taking place in this heat. Hours in the blazing sun and humidity. It’s like torture.
I find it incredibly sad that they just ganbarre through it.
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All of the group photos for school yearbooks have been maskless since the start of this pandemic. I always shake my head. They laugh and talk etc.
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i had the same experience at the mall this weekend. I was grocery shopping in the basement and saw four restaurants full of people with their masks off. I’m talking all ages, from babies to 80+ years old.
my prefecture has a very low number of corona cases right now. How can that possibly continue though when people have just given up.
5 ( +6 / -1 )
Aren’t people attending baseball games right now?
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Can someone tell me what is really happening here?
It has been public knowledge that only a small fraction of the total hospital beds available are being used for coronavirus patients.
That means that if your grandmother falls ill, she may have to wait hours and hours for a hospital, if she gets into one at all.
Japan had time.
They had an entire year+ to prepare, improve, and create systems that provide first-world care to its people.
Why aren’t the people crying foul?
Where is the outrage?
Are we really to believe that it’s all to be blamed on gross government negligence combined with the cliché “it cannot be helped” attitude?
If it’s purely a “cultural” issue (bureaucracy, top-down thinking, etc etc) it’s time to see this for what it really is.
If the sacrifice of your own people is a byproduct of protecting your own culture, it might be time to rethink what is important for Japan to move into the future.
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It’s so cringy to walk past the homerooms when it’s lunchtime. Forty kids packed into a small room eating together.
To be honest though, there have been no (known) outbreaks at my school.
I think making the kids go in for lunch only is insane—but somehow, it makes sense in Japan.
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When the holiday ended, many workplaces defied requests to allow their employees to work from home. It left them no choice but to return to their offices on packed trains.
When the holiday ended, many defied requests for remote work and returned to their offices on packed trains.
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If people were advised not to travel... why are the trains so busy? Why aren't people complying and staying at home?
They are going to/from work, hence the suits.
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Of course we all saw this coming.
I’m guessing the meetings went like this:
One person: Here is an idea! (Bad idea)
Everyone: OK! Yes!
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That Washington Post article is quite a read.
back to JT:
Suga recognized the number of cases is not decreasing as fast as earlier expected, according to Okabe.
As fast as expected?! Everyone is working, shopping etc etc.
It’s going to take a while. It’s not a magic button. smh
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From what I have personally witnessed, there is no “social distancing” happening.
In schools, there are small classrooms with 40 students, teachers sitting almost shoulder to shoulder in rooms with 50-100 people, club activities, sports, etc. etc.
Also, students and teachers eat lunch together on a daily basis in these rooms.
Known clusters are few and far between in schools.
I believe the people in this article were infected some other way.
Actually, I hope they were infected some other way, because if wearing masks and directing traffic outside can give you (possibly) the newer strains, we are all in deep trouble.
5 ( +7 / -2 )
i was speechless last night seeing this story on the news.
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They should have postponed the Games until summer 2022. Then, everyone gets to go, everyone gets the money, the vaccine and everyone is happy.
why they became so stubborn about holding them without spectators I will never understand.
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So restaurants that don’t serve alcohol can close early, but if you are a restaurant that serves you must close!?
Can’t they just not serve alcohol?
10 ( +10 / -0 )
It’s all about Golden Week now. I had plans but my job “threatened” consequences if I cross prefectural borders.
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