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Posted in: Abe asks citizens to be more diligent on social distancing See in context

Here in Iwaki City, Fukushima many bars, restaurants, movie theaters closed. However, what's not closed and in full operation? Pachinko parlors. I have been hearing that when they close these down in one area, the addicts drive to other towns to get their pachinko fix.

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Posted in: Abe again urges people to stay home to stop virus spreading See in context

South Korea did it right, they got aggressive early on, to the point they even have drive through testing. You practically have to be half dead to get a test here in Japan, they want to do it the Japanese way. I saw young people in my town partying it up on Instagram live last night, I guess this will never hit home until someone they personally know dies of it, which is right around the corner and will be too late. That's how exponential numbers work - by the it explodes, it's too late to do much about it.

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Posted in: Japanese health care facilities stretched thin, doctors say See in context

Japan has been completely aced by Korea, which went all out, tested way more people at a way earlier date, did what they had to do and got a grip on it, meanwhile Japan snoozed. You practically have to be half dead and have already spread COVID-19 to a dozen people before they'll give you a test here. This government had months to prepare, didn't anyone watch the news and see what was going on in Italy, Spain, and the USA? Oh, be sure to close the restaurants by 8 pm and start school back up. It's going to hit the fan here shortly.

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Posted in: Mainland China reports 46 new coronavirus cases See in context

Let's see, no vaccine, check. No effective, available treatment yet, check. No herd immunity (approx 65% of the population), check. So what's to stop a second wave from occurring as what occurred in the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic? Nothing that I see except continued lockdowns.

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Posted in: Koike asks Tokyo restaurants, pubs to shut by 8 p.m. See in context

Hello? McFly, anybody home? Just when I thought they couldn't come up with anything more ridiculous, they do! Only would a Japanese politician come up with such a stupid, stubborn idea. Close down the izakaya, pachinko parlors, etc, etc, completely. This isn't rocket science, they've had 2 months of watching what's going on in Italy, Spain, New York, etc to prepare and despite having the world's oldest population this is what they reluctantly came up with.

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Posted in: Japan coronavirus cases pass 5,000 as state of emergency fails to keep people home See in context

South Korea had only 27 cases reported yesterday, has drive through testing, they are clearly the leader of Asia now, not Japan. My how Japan has fallen, you practically have to be halfway dead to get a COVID-19 test here. Stubborn! Let's go back to school! This in the country with the world's oldest population, you would think after seeing what's going on in Italy, Spain, New York, and even the death of Ken Shimura this would wake them up but apparently it's going to take massive death tolls to finally do that.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

New York, check. Italy, check. Spain, check. 118 new cases on Saturday and 134 new cases in Tokyo on Sunday, check. Let the kids go back to school today….check.

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Posted in: Comiket cancelled as coronavirus knocks off Tokyo’s biggest otaku celebration See in context

Meanwhile at the packed, smoke filled pachinko parlors, life goes on...

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

Japan and Italy, the two countries with the oldest populations, duh. It's a no brainer what's going to occur soon and this government has been really inept from the start in handling this soon to be major catastrophe. Remember when just about everyone else stopped all flights from China but Japan only stopped the flights from Wuhan? Instead of getting an early grip on it which is vital, they've done practically nothing. "Don't go out on the weekend"?! That's not going to do jack squat! They've had a month of seeing what's going on in Italy and Spain where 900+ people die in a single day. I will feel no sympathy for Abe and this government when the fallout occurs.

Meanwhile the packed out pachinko parlors are full, ho hum, "it won't happen to us"...

New rice cooker, check. Two months of food, water, and supplies ready for extended lockdown, check...

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

How about starting at home? I don't see any pachinko parlors being closed down, even Abe's wife was out this weekend. As we speak there are probably loads of asymptomatic people walking around unknowingly spreading COVID-19 and staying home for the "weekend" won't do jack squat to stop it. Typically it's one week of asymptomatic spread, one week sick at home, if it gets worse one week later in the hospital, and if it gets worse one week later you are dead. See that lag time? Right now when things should really be locked down its business as usual in Japan. Hopefully Ken Shimura's death will wake a few people up but I doubt it will hit home until the funerals start hitting closer to home.

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

Meanwhile the pachinko parlors are FULL and Abe's wife is out shopping and cherry blossom viewing:

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Posted in: Experts warn Japanese growing complacent of coronavirus risk See in context

Let's see, 5 new cases in travelers coming from the Philippines yesterday, which has only a fraction of reported cases that Japan has. Why are they letting people into Japan still, don't they get it? This isn't rocket science. Why has Japan practically been the last country to suppress inbound travelers from just about every infected country? It's so irresponsible. Just my own observations over the last 35 years, but quick adaptation to a fast changing environment has never been a particularly strong Japanese trait.

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

According to WHO yesterday, the mortality rate is 3.4%. Often overlooked is the high rate of hospitalization for those who don't die, it's about 15%. Now do the math and let's see how many beds will be available if even a small fraction of the population gets this. It seems like we're only at the tip of the iceberg here. Yesterday we had our first case in Iwaki, Fukushima - a 70 year old guy who was released from the Disaster Princess and showed no symptoms for over 2 weeks. Meanwhile he took a highway bus from Tokyo to Fukushima, has been out and about shopping in town. The Japanese government is doing a dismal job!

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Posted in: Ghosn used company money for private events: Nissan report See in context

Ghosn used company money for private events: Nissan report

You mean kind of like how salarymen and shacho's spend company money on hostesses at the bars five nights a week?

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors, Nissan call Ghosn's accusations baseless See in context

Dear Justice Minister Masako Mori, forget about Gosn for a second and answer these questions to the world. Where is it that the police can hold you for 23 days without even charging you (and further extend it again)? Japan. Where is it that the police can question you from morning until night without video surveillance during those 23 days of incarceration? Japan. Which country are you not allowed to have an attorney present while being questioned? Japan. Which country has a 99% conviction rate because eventually everyone gives in, guilty or not - Only in Japan. The world now gets to see the unfair sham that is the Japanese justice system, so whether Gosn is guilty of anything or not, he's done us all a huge favor.

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Posted in: Man fined ¥300,000 for online hate speech See in context

Who gets to decide what is and isn't hate speech, you? I don't think so. What if I dictate that what you are saying is "hate speech", can we shut you down? What's hateful to one person isn't to another, it's subjective. Which is why freedom of speech, even speech that doesn't please you, is paramount. This guy is entitled to his opinions even if you, myself, or others find them foul.

As the old saying goes, The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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Posted in: Fewer than 900,000 new Japanese babies this year for first time on record See in context

Let's see, they keep raising the consumption tax and just about every other tax even though the place is already one of the most expensive places in the world to live. Then they wonder why people don't want to make babies and raise kids here. This place is so expensive, a lot of Japanese people are actually poor and barely make ends meet. They need to address the root of the problem - population decline, and do everything in their power to give incentive to people towards that. It's either that, or bring in more Gaijin from Asia, which is inevitably what will really happen.

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Posted in: U.S. House condemns Trump over 'racist comments' tweeted at congresswomen See in context

What did Trump say, specifically, that was racist? Oh that’s right, no one can seem to point it out, but nevertheless orange man bad! Racist!

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