They think it's fair to allow their citizens to go to other countries without being quarantined but expect that in return? Totally arrogant, I hope other countries deny them unless it's reciprocal.
What they don't seem to understand is that the risk of COVID infection is becoming more dangerous for those coming into Japan than those who are leaving it. This is the dangerous place. Let's see what happens in about 3 weeks when rainy season is over, it gets hot, and everyone is congregating inside air conditioned spaces while less than 12% of the population has been fully vaccinated and delta takes off.
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My guess is the deal was worked out before they ever left the USA. They're being prudent now, showing remorse, letting Japan save face. It will probably work, I think they won't spend much time in jail.
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@Objective, one dose of the vaccines isn't really going to cut it with DELTA:
According to the latest figures from Public Health England (PHE), four weeks after one dose, either vaccine offered almost 50% protection against the Alpha variant. However for the Delta variant this protection was lower, with one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab offering about 36% protection against symptomatic disease. For one dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine this figure was about 30%.
As of June 27th, only a little over 9% of the population has both shots and Japan is near the bottom of the list.
I guess in Japan DELTA isn't the main variant…yet.
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I had COVID here in Japan in early May, I recovered and am now basically immune. I had to get my immunity, "the hard way" due to no vaccine availability here, which still irks me to no end.
As of a few days ago, only a little over 9% of the Japanese population were vaccinated. They're near the very bottom of the list of countries in percentage of population vaccinated. Add delta to the equation, one good hot spell which will drive people indoors, and the continuous conspiracy theories online about how dangerous the vaccine supposedly is, what could go wrong in the next few weeks?
I had one Japanese friend tell me the other day she's waiting for a Japanese made vaccine, she doesn't trust the foreign vaccines. You see what I mean? They're near the bottom of countries that have been vaccinated yet they think they should wait longer. Let's see how it all shakes out...
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If you look at the trends in the USA, spikes of covid infection occurred mostly when it was either very uncomfortably hot or cold, most likely because it drove people indoors and thus into closer contact with each other. That also occurred in Japan. With the percentage of Japan's vaccinated population being ridiculously low still, and this new more easily spread delta mutation floating around, I imagine when it finally gets really hot and humid here we will see another big surge in cases. That's my prediction, time will tell. The vaccine is the only way out of this mess, they had better double their efforts.
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"National Vaccine Preparedness Month"
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Um, could they send some vaccines up here to Fukushima? I really would like to get a shot before 2022...
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Sony has been riding on the popularity of its PlayStation 5 game console
Who writes these articles? Um, try to buy a Sony PS5 in Japan right now. You basically cannot. They're hard to find anywhere, but especially Japan. Probably the worst rollout of a product in their history.
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The USA is talking about a "surge"? Our rates are a tiny fraction of the rates in the USA. They should be learning from us.
Oh you think so? Yesterday there were just 1500 new cases in the entire USA, tiny Japan was triple over that. The USA infection rate is dropping like a rock with nearly 50% of the country having at least one vaccine in them, here in Japan they're struggling to reach 3% vaccination and only about 50% of health care workers here are vaccinated. Wake up, Japan is the dangerous place to be now...
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I'm a foreigner who just got out of a mandatory hospital stay last week after having caught COVID-19 in Japan. Since I haven't met another foreigner in 6 months, that means I got it from a Japanese person. I so wanted a vaccine but unfortunately it wasn't (and still isn't) available in this backward country. So from my point of view, Japan is way more dangerous for foreigners who associate with Japanese than vice versa.
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Just discharged from the mandatory hospital stay after I got COVID-19 in Fukushima. Fortunately I was in good shape and had a mild case but let me tell you, a mild case of this is not a good time, especially around day 4. I had so wanted that vaccine, I had even purchased a ticket to go back to the USA in June because basically most of us here have NO HOPE of getting vaccinated this year. Japan's vaccine response has been PATHETIC! This country will be way behind most of the world in getting any sort of it's economy back in shape.
The only good thing about catching it is that now I'm basically immune.
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Congratulations, I got COVID-19. No vaccines available in this country for the vast majority, I was going to fly to the USA next month for that but now there's no need. Instead, even though my symptoms are not that bad (yet), starting tomorrow I will be forced to be hospitalized for the next 10 days. I wonder how many vaccines a 10 day stay would buy? Probably a lot.
I seriously have no clue how I got it. The longer this goes one and people aren't vaccinated, the more likelihood everyone will eventually get it.
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Yet still over 50000 new cases a day and rising. Are you sure the vaccine works? It's gone from 95% effective to 'about' 90% effective. I think it's on the way down to around 50.
The perfect example of the not often understood phenomenon (which Japan is on the cusp of experiencing firsthand) known as exponential math. You may want to Google that and understand how it works.
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Way to go Japan, but I guess I have to wait until next year before it's my turn!
I’m not waiting for Japan to get off it’s duff, I just bought my ticket for the USA in June and will get first shot the day after I arrive. Yes, I guess I’ll have to do the quarantine when I get back here, whatever...
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If you're under age 65, good luck getting a vaccine in Japan in 2021. They're saying "maybe" November to start. Screw that, I'm going to the USA in June to get vaccinated and will spend my 2 weeks in quarantine when I get back, have it your way Japan. The most pathetic response of just about any industrialized country and shameful for the 3rd largest economy.
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I guess this is good information for those of us living in Japan under age 65 who will be lucky to get vaccinated by around October or November...
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and the system was flawless. It shows the hard work is paying off.
It shows they only had 1900 vaccines and ran out after 90 minutes to the lucky few who were able to get through on the phone.
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Japan has handled this pandemic akin to a deer in headlights. Third largest economy, supposedly advanced, should have taken a leadership role in developing their own vaccine but where were they? Now dependent on delayed foreign vaccines. The skeptic in me wonders if they're delaying it on purpose to give their own companies a chance to catch up, or are just in denial still. Regardless, eventually they will finally figure out what most other industrialized countries already have - all the lockdowns in the world will not stop this virus and that a prioritized vaccination campaign to bring herd immunity is the only way out of this mess. Japan will be ages behind the USA and Europe in opening up it's economy again.
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Last I hear from local medical sources, if you're in your 50's you can expect your vaccine in October. That's just pitiful, I guess I'll have to fly abroad to get it even in it means the mandatory 2 week quarantine here.
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The questions that come to my mind are:
1) Why was Japan, a supposed advanced country with the world's 3rd largest economy, not a leader in developing a vaccine in the first place?
2) Why will the age group 16-64 in Japan not even start receiving vaccines for COVID-19 until September? By the time they start that age group, the USA, Europe and most other developed countries will practically be finished with their vaccinations and already moving on with life and their economies.
Japan could have had it's olympics if it had taken decisive action.
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The vaccine is the only way out of this mess, it's not rocket science. If Japan had got with the program, accepting those who were vaccinated, it could have still had it's olympics. But no, no foreign visitors, vaccinated or not, and even you're a permanent resident and you want to go abroad to get the vaccine, you will have to quarantine for 14 days upon return and install location monitoring apps on your phone so they can verify that you're not leaving your quarantine location. According to Japanese government supplied info I read today, those in Japan aged 16-64 are not expected to get the COVID vaccine here until SEPTEMBER!
Everyone I know back in the USA has finished their vaccines already. The vaccine response of this country has been utterly and completely pitiful.
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How brilliant - The father actually was special forces in his past - US Army Green Beret to be exact. Google that.
N. KnightMar. 3 07:13 pm JST
Couple of special forces wannabes. They'll collapse under questioning like a 99 yen umbrella in a typhoon. Definitely special.
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It's almost March and domestic companies are now finally getting around to trials. The cynic in me tells me this is probably the real reason they've been dragging their heels here. Meanwhile my 78 year old mother in the USA has already got her second dose of Pfizer. By the time Takeda gets approval the pandemic will mostly be over back there, and for sure the Olympics will be.
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Because "Go To Travel" was their priority at that time...
Isn't this something that these companies could have anticipated on like in December? Why wait for the government to request and then start taking preparations?
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They're not even going to START vaccinating age 65+ until April? Nope, instead they're going to first inject medical workers in February then wait 45+ days first to see the results Even though millions of people already got this in other countries, it must be tested on Japanese people because I guess they are a unique type of human or something.
What's wrong with Japan? This country is so far behind the curve, tsk.
Maybe I will have to get on an airplane and fly to a more efficient country that has it's act together in order to get this vaccine.
Olympics? I'm sure it's going to happen, lol.
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Japan does not use torture, Mr. Taylor. That sounds more like the official US justice system, for example Guantanamo Bay.
Once upon a time in my youth while serving shore patrol duty in Yokosuka, we would occasionally have to transport US military prisoners who had committed some heinous crime in Japan to and from Kurihama prison to the base so they could get medical work done, along with two Japanese guards. No speaking to other prisoners outside of one 20 minute break per day. Never make eye contact with a guard. Punishments included sitting in a chair facing a wall with your hands on your knees for 12 hours. Let me tell you, being locked up in a Japanese prison is basically mental torture, I would not wish it upon anyone. Ask yourself why there is an episode of "Locked Up Abroad" focused on Japan.
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The pharmaceutical companies will be exempted from damages if you get side effects or even die from taking their vaccines. I’ll wait until half of the population has been inoculated without getting seriously ill.
All of those in denial will eventually either take the vaccine or get sick. COVID is not going away on it's own, it has found it's way into nearly every corner of the globe, it won't simply go away without the vaccine. The reality is that you will take the vaccine sooner or later.
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Would you please cite your sources, or was this just off the top of your head?
The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to cause complications in older people ie death-older people should be wary of this one.
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Suga said the vaccine is the “clincher” of the pandemic
Glad Captain obvious is finally starting to see the light...
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There are powers that be in this country which will never stand for competition such as Uber, AirBnB, etc...
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