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.
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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.
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Haven't they heard of DNA testing?
What am I missing?
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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.
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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.
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It's good to know that every country has it's morons.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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!
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Oh yeah one more thing. Japan probably won't get the Olympics for another 20 years so why even ask??
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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.
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North Korea's greatest defense asset is that they don't have anything anyone wants.
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"Election" !!! Why bother at this point. Democracy already left the building.
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So who in business is pushing the government to open the country for tourism? Japan has shut out the world for the last 18 months. They seem to think Covid19 is going to end some day rather than living with it.
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As far as I'm concerned, if you start a war, slaughter hundreds of thousands of people and then loose that war, you're lucky to be left with the entirety of your country much less worry about a few uninhabited islands. Count your blessings Japan. Don't need any treaty. Those islands are gone. Be thankful that's all they took.
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In 2003 an 86 year old man drove his car into a farmers market held in Santa Monica California killing 10 people and injuring 70. In his confusion he continued to hit the gas thinking it was a brake. He was eventually found guilty of all counts but sentenced to probation because of his poor health. The state tried to enact new laws that required testing after a certain age but a strong senior lobby group successfully blocked it.
At least these incidents are rare, however with an aging population in Japan I don't think this is the last story we are going to hear.
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Hong Kong is betting on the wrong horse. This Lam Lady needs to go. Winter 2022?
Hong Kong is doomed.
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Maybe this will pave the way for any number of weighted health risks. No reason why a healthy fit person should not get a discounted rate on his insurance the same as driver without tickets gets on his auto insurance. This might also encourage people to get fit.
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Japan needs to open their eyes and get out of this paranoia. It seems that they still don't understand that isolation is not going to solve the problem. One guy, the chief of the Olympic comittee can't come to the Olympics! Is this how Japanese think? My God, Japan will never open it's borders!
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All this and still no word on travel. No word on vaccine passports that will never get off the ground because Japan will not reciprocate. Half measures, no clear goal and no information. Most of the hospitals will not take Covid patients? The last time we saw this show was about Fukushima.
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I don't think these daily positivity numbers mean much without knowing the testing numbers. A better indicator of Covid seriousness would be hospitalization numbers. Hospitalizations tell the true story.
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I look at a face mask as a symbol of oppression. It is the modern day Burka.
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Atheletes train for years to get a chance to participate in the Olympics. They come in and out of peak condition by plan. A plan made years in advance. You can't just postpone till later without changing the competitive color of the Olympics. This is not a car race where you can garage the car until later or release the new movie next Fall.
The Japanese are well known for their xenophobia as every expat knows. The few people who test positive from abroad will garner the wrath of Tokyo. Foreigners continue to play the role of scapegoat for now, but when the games are over and nothing has changed they will have to recon with Covid19 as has everyone. I've used the words "Live an Let Die" to make a point in the past. The only way Japan and the rest of the world can conquer Covid19 is to just get on with life.
btw...Japan my be the size of California but it contains a third the population of the United States.
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By world standards, Japan's infection rate is so low it's a non-issue. So why the big deal about the Olympics? Because government over reaction including everything from travel restrictions to regulations to lockdowns for the last year have placed fear into the Japanese people and now the ramifications of that fear are manifested in response to the Olympics.
As a comparison, per TSA, the United States receives about 200,000 visitors every day and no one cares. Japan is running in irrational fear mode.
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