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Posted in: Abe announces lifting of state of emergency for 39 prefectures See in context

This subject has gotten a lot of replies. Open up? Have you ever closed down? Which direction are you going?

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Posted in: Anxiety prevails over state of emergency declaration See in context

’Gaman’ is so important for everyone in Japan. Also social distancing works and Japan needs to do this so that down the road a pandemic here in Japan does not take place. I worry it might be too late.

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Posted in: Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases See in context

If testing is not being done properly, cases of the infection cannot be found. This seeks to be a main issue. Hopefully we can show every day how many people have been tested and correct numbers after those tests.

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

PM Abe put Japan behind the world by not helping the IOC to postpone the Olympics sooner. Now he must make another big decision that is surely costing lives if that decision to declare a National emergency is made. Trump was late also and look at the numbers in the States. Gosh, this could easily be a major pandemic that needs to be faced!

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

Luckily cold, wet weather will greet us all Sunday morning with possible snow. This should keep some people in. I will be entering my tenth day after taking public transportation to the Kanagawa Cancer Center. Chemotherapy could not be missed.

Wondering and hoping that virus numbers do not explode so that the pandemic that is probably already here does not lift up to its ugly face. Be safe everyone!

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to stay at home at weekend See in context

I need To visit the Kanagawa Cancer center once a month to receive chemotherapy. I had my last treatment a week ago. At the time I had to use public transportation. Only a week ago, but I worried about social contact since I am considered very vulnerable with underlying issues. The Cancer center sees on an average 1,000 patients a day. Most patients are vulnerable. I mentioned to my doctors that I hoped the mysterious virus would not invade the hospital. My doctor showed me a guideline the cancer center will use if patients come down with the flu or virus. I left his office knowing I would not have to visit the hospital for a month. I was content with that but I needed to get home as the trains were crowded.

It has been a week for me as I have stayed clear of all transportation. I have a week to begin to feel better as my immune system builds resistance to the chemo I took.

Personally I hope I am OK but worry that after the Olympics were finally postponed, that Koike’s remarks will not be heeded. My wife mentioned briefly that Japan does not have laws to insist on a mandatory lockdown.

I have a week to be very careful and truly hope Japan realizes the severity of the situation. Many other countries have! Testing is important!!

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Posted in: Why haven't the Tokyo Olympics been postponed already? See in context

Forget the Olympics and start properly testing the population. As I have said many times, human life must be more important than a sports event.

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Posted in: Expert panel discourages large gatherings, recommends reopening some schools See in context

So what this article is saying is the chance for clusters are slim because of low cases. Is this assessment based on testing results?. To this day, I have not heard of any significant testing in Japan. True Japan may not be equipped for testing like many places have not been. I am waiting for the IOC to take Japan off the table for holding the Olympics and that apparently will not happen until May. Will it not be too late declare a national emergency then? Oh, I may be totally wrong and if I am, Japan will be a better place in a few months as athletes decide to not stumble into Japan out of shape or because the effects in their countries are too overwhelming to send them. Maybe postponing once to when the weather is nice in October or a year from now.

Now I will tell you the raw truth why I HOPE the OLYMPICS can be held. I am in my seventh year battling stage four cancer (CUP cancer - please Google it) and one of my goals was to make it still alive until at least this summer. I am an avid basketball fan and since March Madness was wiped out, the OLYMPICS is next.

Although I would love to see an Olympics, human lives are at stake. Is wide area testing not top priority?

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Posted in: Abe says G7 supports 'complete' Games, but polls back postponement See in context

Quit postponing testing for the virus. This should be in the front of the line for things to do. Amazing that Abe has not declared an emergency like other countries around the world.

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Posted in: Will Abe declare emergency over coronavirus after law revision? See in context

jUST MAKES NO SENSE not to begin testing people by declaring a National emergency. I am afraid to get on busses or trains to get to the Cancer center in Futamatgawa. Is any testing going on? it would be nice to have the Olympics, but aren't human lives involved?

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Posted in: WHO pandemic declaration won't change Tokyo Olympics plan: Suga See in context

Until I see some announcement from Prime Minister Abe that testing is taking place, I fully believe what Dark Nuts at the very top of the list says. Certainly numbers are purposely being made to look low so that the OLYMPICS will not be canceled. I can't imagine the Olympics being held unless this mysterious virus doesn't disappear.

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

Why are numbers in Japan so low? Is testing of any kind being done? i cannot see how the Olympics can go on unless the danger of this virus disappears.

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Posted in: 10 detainees go on hunger strike at Japanese immigration center See in context

A high school's friend brother was held there close to two months before he was finally shipped out to Hawaii with literally nothing in his possession. That detention center must deal with a lot I suppose, but they should be getting it right without messing things up enough to be written about.

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Posted in: Defiant Koike confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon See in context

I am sure this has been mentioned in the past but this kind of problem could have been easily solved by hosting the Olympics in October when the temperatures would have been great for the athletes and the massive crowds watching them. Sorry to bring up the obvious failure on the Olympic committee when they chose the dates. I do not remember, but was Koike san upset about the date the Olympics would start?

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Posted in: Make climate fight 'sexy' and 'fun,' says Japan's new environment minister See in context

He failed my English test!

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

It always amazes me that as they walk down the escalator or up the escalator how they can walk and keep their eyes on their cell phone. No one misses a beat when it comes to their cell phones. How easy it would be to stumble it would seem. And how disturbing it is to hear someone with very, very noisy shoes approach along side of me as they clop clop their way down or up the escalator. But they do not hear their own shoe sound as their earplugs muffle the sound of their outside world!

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

I guess if they can add the H to Otani (Ohtani) when we never see Osaka spelled Ohsaka, flipping the first and last name can be done.

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Posted in: Japan in celebratory mood as Reiwa era begins See in context

Congratulations on the new era Reiwa! In order for more young people to raise their heads up, they will surely have to take their eyes off of their phones.

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Posted in: Kono suggests need to end reversal of Japanese names in English See in context

I also have a personal preference based on living here for fifty years. Recently the practice of adding h to names where the h is NOT necessary and serves no purpose. Ohtani is the biggest example as his interpreter said it could be either way .... that is arguable. Osaka is not spelled Ohsaka though it is the same character. My pet peeve is the use of h and u when it comes to Japanese names. Komei Oda is spelled Koumei Oda, but pronounce 'cow'mei by foreign announcers. Watching the spring high school baseball spring tournament at Koshien yesterday, I applauded the Otani high school baseball team for spelling their school name Otani and not Ohtani. I then could not understand the spelling of one of my all time favorite high school baseball teams from Chiba as Narashino High School was spelled Narasino on their uniforms with the cheerleaders' uniforms had the Narashino spelling. The biggest misuse in my eyes of the h is Japanese professional baseball. I wish there was a macron on present keyboards.

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Posted in: S Korean assembly speaker says apology needed from Japanese emperor See in context

Difficult to read about this subject once again. How many apologies are necessary? Next time I will pass on reading anything about this subject.

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Posted in: Coca-Cola to raise prices in Japan for first time in 27 years See in context

I thought that prices for a 1.5 liter Coca Cola bottle and Pepsi Cola had gone down. I recently bought a case at 108 yen a bottle at OK. Vending machines are convenient, but way too expensive.

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Posted in: Scorching heat continues for much of Japan See in context

Ghost like looking girl I get, but she certainly would be motionless as it is a photo. If she suddenly move, we all would be freaked out.

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Posted in: Wife of Japanese journalist held in Syria makes tearful plea for his release See in context

I am not sure if this is new news with him being captive for three years. I have not seen much on Japanese TV about him. In fact, there have not been many captive and shown on video since a couple of years ago. I knew I didn't want those days of yore to come back and then once again this Japanese journalist is shown. Let's hope that no one takes his life on video as many have before him. Although I feel empathy for his family and him, I am not shocked! And in many ways, that is sad!

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Posted in: Officials push parasols for men as heatwave hits See in context

I saw a woman today using an umbrella, with visor like sun glasses, listening to music with earplugs and messaging a friend on her iPhone. She topped off her look with a protective white mask. She never even noticed me when I passed her. Welcome to fashionable Japan!

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Posted in: Hot fuss: 2 years out, fears linger over Tokyo's toasty Olympics See in context

Would someone give me three reasons why the Olympics were not scheduled for October like the 1964 Olympics. Just wonder how many outdoor events there are, but imagine it is quite a few! I want to volunteer

for the Olympics, but could not be working outside as I will be 72 then.

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Posted in: Diet OKs law to allow up to 3 casino resorts See in context

A fee to get in? What is that? I have been to Vegas a million times and did not have to pay a fee to get into any casino there.

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Posted in: Japanese schools introduce LGBT-friendly uniforms See in context

Would such a person wearing the skirt feel pressure to wear the skirt so short when not in school? Some schools make you wear a normal skirt length, but most students quickly fix that when they are on their way to school or on their way home. And a bit off the subject, but I will never understand why in the middle of winter the practice of wearing short skirts never changes. Brrrrrr!

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Posted in: Trump, Kim sign agreement; N Korean leader to get White House invitation See in context

So much negativity. I am just happy that Trump did not walk out of the room and World War III did not begin. Let's see who keeps their promises. CNN is very difficult to watch as they also have a lot of negativity.

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Posted in: Mega earthquake could cause Y1,410 tril damage to Japan: report See in context

I once read that major quakes can happen every 70 years. At or near that time I was living in Japan. The last big Kanto earthquake was in 1922. I guess that means we are overdue. I love the safety of Japan, but the thought of experiencing a major earthquake still creeps into my mind from time to time!

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Posted in: Misdiagnoses cause 2 patients to die of cancer in Chiba hospital See in context

I would expect this is an extremely stressful job. I have been diagnosed with stage 4 'unknown source' cancer - a path that started four years ago. My first tumor was wrongly diagnosed even though it was surgically removed. It came back 10 months later and this time it was malignant. The cancer bounced to my lymph nodes next and later to my right lung. in each case the tumor was surgically removed, analyzed and diagnosis given. I am lucky to still be here. But I often think how doctors look at digital photo images every day and it DOES seem possible that mistakes can be made. Futamatagawa's Cancer Center is one of the best hospitals I have ever been a patient at. This hospital is in Yokohama. For those battling cancer, my heart goes out to you all as it is NOT an easy road to be on.

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