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Posted in: SoftBank's Son asks people on Twitter whether state of emergency should be declared See in context

Most businesses are already treating it as state of emergency. Most have already closed or changed their business hours, the businesses here are more humane than I would have thought.

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Posted in: Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears See in context

Only in USA

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

To be honest if Japan does aggressive testing and contact tracing with really strict measures of gatherings and F&B controls they still have a very high chance of containing.

I think they are lucky that many companies and taking actions on their own despite expecting profit loss.

Despite most measures being only "recommended" I see many business owners are already taking some measures early even thou they aren't being forced to.

Whereas in some countries businesses would operate without measures unless a legal actions is implemented.

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Posted in: Line survey finds 7% of users in Tokyo have at least one coronavirus symptom See in context

The survey can be improved, symptoms like loss of smell/taste, diarrhea, shortness of breath should have been included.

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Posted in: 3 Hanshin Tigers players test positive for coronavirus See in context

Not sure if it made any difference but loss of smell is now considered a symptom to warrant a test. A group of asymptomatic patients reported loss of smell before having any coughs or fevers.

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Posted in: What’s behind Japan’s surprisingly low coronavirus numbers? See in context

I hope that culture was really the difference.

Lots of people smoke here and so I don't think the general population risk is low.

The lack of any fear in Japan baffles me.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context

In terms of economy, given that visitors will be an all time low, pushing it another year will be better to boost the economy.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context

No wonder Olympics take 4 years to plan per cycle, it is filled with people without foresight.

Glad that the country leaders are finally able to make the call to protect their people.

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Posted in: No need to rush Games decision, say U.S. Olympic chiefs as splits emerge See in context

Hope athletes around the world start a viral #boycottOlympics2020

The competition would be ideal if atheletes can't train due to lockdowns.

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Posted in: Cherry blossom viewing parties wither away due to coronavirus outbreak See in context

It is good that businesses and relevant authorities are taking actions accordingly despite the government just urging and asking people to do so.

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Posted in: IOC official Coates, who will be in self-isolation, says no deadline for decision on Olympics See in context

I think countries should start declaring their non attendance to this Olympics otherwise IOC won't care.

The Olympics is nothing without athletes and they need to be reminded of that.

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Posted in: UK ramps up virus fight: no pubs, 12-week isolation for some See in context

UK needs to be proactive on tests, getting people to self report is a really poor way of keeping track of the spread.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 torch handover to take place in empty Athens stadium See in context

It is probably better for the economy to postpone it. Continuing it without spectators benefits no economy.

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Posted in: Domino’s, Pizza Hut introduce 'Zero Contact' delivery service amid virus fears See in context

@lesenfant In China they thought of that

https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-changing-food-consumption-in-china-2020-2?op=1

With each Meituan contactless delivery order, customers receive physical cards stating the temperatures of all people involved in the cooking and delivery process, as well as whether the couriers have disinfected their equipment that day.

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Posted in: Kurabo to sell kits to detect new coronavirus in 15 minutes See in context

Err, i thought the virus won't be present in blood?

Did they manage to make an antibody test and selling it without the whole world knowing?

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son criticized for offering free coronavirus tests See in context

If the test is managed well and handled by health professionals then why not.

He just needs to make sure that there's still a proper diagnosis done and not just some test and go kind of situation.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head shoots down comments about delaying Games See in context

I think lots of people don't get is that announcing it will greatly affect the Japan's stock exchange.

People in the back of their minds know that cancellation or postponement will be inevitable but any delays to the announcement will even the shock to the market.

However i don't know their reason to keep appearing on press to say the same things, just post a press statement if there's nothing to update.

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Posted in: Kobe woman, Nagoya Sagawa delivery man, JAL cabin attendant test positive for virus See in context

Maybe the strain they have here is the weaker one, hopefully that's the case.

Given that Japan isn't taking a proactive measure I would assume this is just going to get worse.

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Posted in: Aso warns against yen spike as investors seek safety on virus spread See in context

Japanese Yen is technically more stable as the ecosystem is still fairly domestic, most US sectors still have a huge reliance on China for supply and manufacturing.

However it is not always a good thing as Japanese exports are a lot more expensive due to this and if inflation occurs due to this then domestic consumption and exports will suffer badly.

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Posted in: Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe See in context

It isn't just toilet paper running out, i think media partially has to be blamed as toilet paper running out makes a good clickbait news headlines.

I'm going to guess that part of the reason is also because toilet paper takes up so much shelf space such that just a few being gone makes it seem like it is running out very fast.

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Posted in: Angry confrontation breaks out after man coughs on Yamanote Line train in Tokyo See in context

The best response would be to provide him a mask rather than shouting at his face, if you get uncomfortable just move seats.

However i would advise someone whose coughing without masks to probably avoid seating during this extreme periods as it inconveniences others since they need to change seats because of you.

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Posted in: Store shelves stripped of toilet paper amid coronavirus fears See in context

I thought Japan being a high bidet use country would use less toilet paper.

Guess I was wrong.

I'm just going to use water and soap if mine runs out, not going to die from it.

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Posted in: Line admits over 4,200 accounts were hacked in February See in context

At least LINE itself wasn't hacked. Phishing occurs at a regular basis across all platforms.

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Posted in: Do you think the Japanese government's call to cancel or curtail big events is an overreaction to the coronavirus outbreak? See in context

Definitely necessary, events are difficult to contact trace as shown in the singapore Hyatt cluster.

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Posted in: Japanese get creative in face of coronavirus crisis mask shortages See in context

@kohakuebisu there's something called air mask in the market if you believe that it works.

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Posted in: Gov't says 2 elderly people from cruise ship have died; another 2 officials infected with coronavirus See in context

Everyone living in Japan, good luck.

It is an outbreak waiting to happen, i doubt any of the Japanese on board will self quarantine.

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Posted in: Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends See in context

Somehow only Japan thinks that ship quarantine is successful.

Good luck everyone, be prepared for widespread COVID in Japan.

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Posted in: U.S. tells remaining cruise passengers in Japan: Stay out for 2 weeks See in context

Good luck people.

Basically Japan is letting a ship load of failed cruise quarantine out on the streets.

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Posted in: Abe urges people with cold-like symptoms to avoid work, school See in context

Not going to advise people to see the doctor?

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Posted in: Rakuten to go ahead with free shipping despite ongoing investigation See in context

Retailers will just leave eventually due to this.

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