Covid19 did not cause this economic turmoil. It was caused by the political response to Covid19. In the end, those few countries that did little or nothing fared no worse that those who crippled and restricted. The United States dollar is strong because the mentality of Americans allowed a fight against misguided government policies hence less controls and now a stronger faster recovery. If your leaders make decisions anyway the wind blows instead of using vision and common sense, and if the public is too shy or captured, or afraid to walk against the herd and do it for you, then you end up with Japan. 2% inflation is just the start and tourist aren't going to come to a country where everyone is walking around wearing a mask while outside even though they don't know why.
-7 ( +3 / -10 )
Being an American I can't understand how anyone would deny a former president a state funeral. It's as if the Japanese have no respect for the office if not the man. I felt that Abe was the greatest president Japan ever had compared to these snifflers of late. He was/is the only president anyone in the world could name. Disrespecting the office of president is disrespecting your country.
-10 ( +4 / -14 )
Masks are permanent in Japan, literally. It is never going to be possible to get rid of them, even if the govt wanted to.
They allow a depressed and stagnant population without hope for the future to hide from human contact. No smiles, no expression, just impassive dead-eyed resignation. A visit to literally anywhere else in the world is a revelation...life still goes on, vibrant public life exists, people talk and eat and laugh and make friends. Everywhere but Japan.
I think this only applies to the old men in charge. Japan needs some young leadership if it's ever going to recover from Covid and its falling Yen.
3 ( +6 / -3 )
They still assume Covid is coming from foreigners? Japanese can never grasp the concept that doing nothing is often the best policy. Everything is over thought, over controled and ridiculously complicated. Look what they have done at the airport. They have created a 1000 man jobs program. Just leave it alone Japan. If you had done that from the beginning your Covid problems would be finished by now just like everywhere else in the world but for China and you.
2 ( +6 / -4 )
This is going to be very fun to watch over the next few years as their policy drains them of all international business and cripples their economy leading to rebellion.
OR, they know something we don't?? Like after the next 3 mutations the programed virus goes into "life extinction mode"! Now these seemingly senseless efforts make complete sense. NaHahahahha
1 ( +1 / -0 )
They can raise the limit to a million and nothing will change untill they eliminate the visa requirement. Crazy Japanese wearing masks while walking outdoors on the street. Fun vacation...not.
2 ( +5 / -3 )
Great, I won't have to keep changing the date on that test report I got in 2020.
What he needs to do is honor the visa waiver program.
-1 ( +11 / -12 )
"Around 39 percent wanted visa requirements to be rescinded"
I doubt that 39% and the other 61% have any idea what they have to go through to get that stupid visa, otherwise, it would be more like 100%.
Japan is disrespecting the mutuality of the visa waiver program.
0 ( +6 / -6 )
Sticking to bad policy is worse than the disease.
3 ( +3 / -0 )
China hasn't fought a modern war in a hundred years. The US on the other hand goes to war at the drop of a hat. China shuts down their country and locks up entire cities over a few deaths from Covid. The US takes a million deaths like it's nothing and the people still complain about wearing a mask. China talks tough, but they have no stomach for adversity. Not to mention not a single ally who can help them. So good luck with that "to the end" stuff.
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This is a problem that is very easy to fix. It's called "immigration".
The core problem is not an aging population. The core problem is an unwillingness to mix their society with foreign immigrants. To the extent where they would even consider the "Soylent Green" route. It's a mental illness.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
Of course Japan will survive with a population as low as 70-80 mil. The problem comes from the resulting loss of economic and military streangth. Japan will slowly become irrelevant and vulnerable to stronger surrounding countries. And with in an aggressively changing world, yes possibly cease to exist.
1 ( +4 / -3 )
Rising infection rates are a good thing. As we are discovering, this is not going to end until nature runs it's course. Countries like Japan and China, brothers with strict controls are only delaying recovery and spreading out the inevitable misery over a longer period of time. Rip the bandage off and get it over with lest the toll taken in a multitude of other ways becomes far worse than Covid19. Maybe it already is.
3 ( +6 / -3 )
Haven't they heard of DNA testing?
What am I missing?
37 ( +39 / -2 )
My God, look at what we have become. Totalitarianism fueled panic at it's peak or maybe not it's peak yet. Let's see how far they want to take this hysteria. Regarding the Olympics, why bother watching an event on TV with caged athletes and no spectators.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
All these countries with a zero Covid policy will be the last to come out of this thing, Japan included. Just let the disease run it's course and be done with it. Literally, everyone I know has had Covid with little or no symptoms.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
It's good to know that every country has it's morons.
4 ( +5 / -1 )
Far more contagious and far less serious. This is what we need to end this thing. In the USA most people are ignoring the disease and going on like normal. That is why the CDC changed the 10 day quarantine to 5 days. Americans will be the first to get through Covid as the disease will burn out of its hosts. But, those Asian countries who have not come to understand the futility of fighting this disease will suffer a prolonged engagement which will end in a wrenching decision between medical safety and economic decline. No matter how hard a country tries to resist, in the end it's just "live and let die" then life goes on.
1 ( +5 / -4 )
A good example on how Japanese refuse to comply with the rules of thier own country. She should be fined and have her passport taken away. Actually, all Japanese should be banned from any international travel.
-1 ( +7 / -8 )
The best thing that could happen is if Omicron were to purge out the more dangerous Delta variant. Since it spreads faster this is possible. This is the natural process these things take and it's apparently happening. However, if we keep interfering with the spread by vacinating and isolating this thing will go on for years. This may have been the process that the Spanish flu took on it's way to extinction. It evolved into a benign illness and then suddenly disappeared.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
Bureaucracy blunts the impact of this new rule. First, there are weeks of paperwork from the sponsoring company in Japan. Then, that foreign individual needs to apply for a visa in his/her home country. In Los Angeles for example, there is a three week wait for an appointment. After arriving, the traveler must quaranteen for 3 days and then still not use public transportation for 10 days during which time he /she must be tested 2 times. Then, at some time during the visit, the Japanese company has to submit a letter stating that their guest is behaving properly. ALL of this process is done on paper and requires review. Japan has created the ultimate cluster f$#k. Enjoy your 2 day business trip.
3 ( +6 / -3 )
These are good numbers. Forget the number of cases as like so many point out, there is very little testing. Still hospitalizations and deaths can't be denied. The numbers are all way down. I can even get better numbers if we isolate every single individual and close the country down completely but that would be the death of Japan. Covid is something that we have to live with. Let's work at getting the numbers down within the scenario of a fully functioning open society not an artificial one. There is no other practical option lest Japan waits until Covid is eradicated from the earth.
OK....low numbers, now what? Wait until they get lower? How low and for how long? What's next?
-1 ( +1 / -2 )
There are only 385 patients in all of Japan. Most of them over 80. What's the point now? The vaccination effort worked. It's over.
-12 ( +1 / -13 )
Wow..a whole 16 of them! There's a problem. They can't EVER go back! They don't even have Afghan passports. What is Japan to do? They will be forced to make them instant citizens!
1 ( +1 / -0 )
Oh yeah one more thing. Japan probably won't get the Olympics for another 20 years so why even ask??
-2 ( +1 / -3 )
You have to remember that as you age you are less likely to show interest in big events like the Olympics. Certainly not in attending them. Japan has an aging population. Those poll results expose the thinking of old people, "hey you, get off my lawn"! If the same poll were parsed into age groups you would see that most young and middle aged people (who would actually attend the Olympics) would be in favor.
0 ( +1 / -1 )