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Posted in: M5.9 quake halts trains in Tokyo area; 32 injured See in context


2011/3/11 was another big one for northeastern Japan, but not yet for central Japan and southwestern Japan. 1923 was on central Japan including Tokyo and Kanto area.

Obviously you weren’t in Tokyo on 3/11. It was a huge quake even this far away from the epicenter; I was on the 6th floor of a building in Ota Ward and honestly thought it was going to collapse. When I was finally able to evacuate the building, I saw black smoke in the sky because something in Odaiba was on fire. Aftershocks continued to shake the city for days, making me feel seasick just sitting down.

As someone else wrote above, I used to giggle at earthquakes until 3/11 happened. Now they freak me out because I never know if they’re going to be the next big one or not.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,915 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 13,638 See in context

So when you get tested does it show that you have Covid, Flu type A or Flu type B? Or do they automatically assume that if you test positive, you have Covid?

Is this not an important question?

No. Do you honestly think the test will come back positive if you have just any illness?

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Posted in: 33 prefectures now under state of emergency as virus surges See in context

@Foreigner in Tokyo

the government was giving everyone ¥150,000

Japan only gave out ¥100,000.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,220 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 21,570 See in context

See the numbers are dropping. Oxygen stations seem to be a great idea.

Do you somehow think those two things have any relation???

Tokyo announced just a week or so ago that they’re majorly slowing down contact tracing because they’re too overwhelmed. This is why cases are slightly dropping - overall testing is dropping.


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Posted in: Tokyo opens oxygen station; asks all hospitals to accept more COVID patients See in context

Japan on Monday opened a temporary facility in Tokyo to provide oxygen for up to 130 coronavirus patients with mild symptoms

If you need oxygen, your symptoms are NOT mild. Why can the media not call Japan out on its BS use of “mild,” “moderate,” and “severe “?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,392 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 22,284 See in context

The cases are decreasing, the government measures are working.

Can you read? This is the highest number of cases in Tokyo on a Sunday ever.

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Posted in: Tokyo Paralympic success all depends on COVID control, says IPC head See in context

"They will be the people who will run this country in the future," said Parsons, who supports the idea of allowing the children into Paralympic competition venues.

Yeah, about 50-70 years from now when they become old enough to enter Japanese politics. Hahaha.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,074 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,492 See in context

It seems like Tokyo has reached its max for hospitalized severe cases. All the rest will have to “recover” (aka risk death) at home.

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Posted in: Japan's governors call for COVID lockdown See in context

…such as the lockdowns that have been imposed in some other countries. But Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has expressed doubt over the effectiveness of those steps.

So he’s hesitant to do something that he DOUBTS will work, but he wants to keep doing something that at this point pretty much everyone KNOWS isn’t working? Wtf? J logic at its best.

Regardless of whether you’re pro or anti-lockdown, can we all agree the current measures are illogical and ineffective? What will it take for them to finally try something new?

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Posted in: Olympic staffer invited to visit Jamaica for helping gold medalist See in context


Actually not. Taxis should be individually disinfected after each ride and are usually not shared among thousands of people like trains are. Therefore they're just as safe as the normal Olympics transportation systems. 

If that were the case, why are regular taxis on the no-no list for how to get home from the airport after an international flight? The gov here clearly lumps them in with other public transportation.

Also,v you and the people agreeing to you, learn not to throw dirt on a genuine story of kindness like this one is.

I don’t think asking a simple question is “throwing dirt.” I clearly wrote that the gesture was very nice.

However, details about the taxi are an important point that all articles are totally leaving out for some reason. Maybe they broke the bubble, and maybe they used a special Olympics taxi (if it were for the Olympics, why would they have to pay out of their own pocket?), but either way, shouldn’t the article include that?

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Posted in: Woman with COVID-19 loses baby after being forced to give birth prematurely at home See in context

For all the posters constantly harping on about the “low death rate” of Covid and how it’s absolutely no problem except for old people and the obese: What do you have to say now?

As I’ve written several times before, having an overwhelmed medical system will cause people to die, many of whom don’t even have Covid. My dad passed away in January because he couldn’t get timely medical care for another condition. He had to wait months in between appointments, and his disease progressed too fast for him to get on the waiting list for an organ transplant.

Shame on the hospitals for refusing to treat this woman, and shame on the posters who talk about going out and about as if life were totally normal now. Wear a mask, get vaccinated (when you can), and stay home, for god’s sake. Your actions affect much more than just you.

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Posted in: Olympic staffer invited to visit Jamaica for helping gold medalist See in context

I agree that was a very nice gesture, but, uh… Doesn’t putting him in a regular taxi mean he was on public transportation, therefore breaking the so-called “bubble”? Why are no articles pointing that out?

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Posted in: Vaccination site for younger people to open in Tokyo's Shibuya district See in context

 4 billion yen will be assigned to set up "oxygen stations" for patients with severe symptoms who are recuperating at home.

How about you use that money to set up makeshift hospitals to properly treat them like the US and many other countries did? No patients with severe symptoms should be “recuperating” at home.

What next? Earmarking another 4 billion to train regular people on how to put their neighbors on ventilators or ECMO while they’re “recuperating” (aka dying) at home?

A woman in only her 40s just died at home in Tokyo. She, her husband, and her kid were all “recuperating” at home. Other people in their 30s have also died at home in Tokyo this week. They need to open more hospital beds.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,386 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally hits record 23,917 See in context

How can they STILL be planning for every single thing as if they had no idea it was possible? Does no one at all understand forethought?

If they’re anything like the Japanese company I work for, they get upset at the one person pointing out all the problems with their plan and brand them as a “troublemaker” who needs to “communicate better.” Only yesmen get promoted while those who actually care about the outcome are considered black sheep. And then they wonder why so many things go wrong and the same problems occur over and over...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,386 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally hits record 23,917 See in context

Everybody's wearing masks. So, few if any people should be getting the COVID.

Masks don't work.

Yes, because people have their masks glued to their faces 24/7. They never take them off at restaurants or to eat/drink at the office, so clearly masks don’t work. /s

Come on now, people. Life is not black and white. Use your brain.

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Posted in: Rain continues to lash parts of Japan; 2 people missing See in context

I feel bad for the people who have been negatively affected and hope they find the missing alive, but I’m personally enjoying this rain. It’s been so nice being able to keep the AC off and the windows open! In my 12+ years in Tokyo, I can’t remember it ever being this cool in August.

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Posted in: Japan extends, expands state of emergency as cases surge See in context

Wow, it seems the government has unified everyone behind hating them. Whether you feel the SOEs are a total joke because they lack logic and teeth or because they infringe upon your freedom, everyone seems to agree that the “let’s just keep doing the thing that’s clearly not working” strategy is dumb as hell.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,295 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,832 See in context


Good to see things under control in Kanto. Little sense of emergency. Some family members visited Tokyo Disneyland and the Skytree amongst other attractions this weekend. They reported that it was not too crowded, social distancing optional, plenty of masks worn as chinstraps. Lucky buggers are off to Okinawa tomorrow!

”Lucky” is not the adjective I’d use to describe them.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,295 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,832 See in context

Wow - down 800 today.

After almost a year and a half, you still don’t understand the pattern of Japan’s testing??? It always goes down on Sunday and even further down on Monday because the number of tests drop drastically for the weekend. Also, this is Obon.

Week on week the number of new cases increased over 200, which is bad. Also, the number of severe cases (something the “this is fine” crowd kept harping on about earlier this month as if they didn’t understand the increase in severe cases generally follows 2 weeks after an increase in overall cases) also continues to jump every single day. For those who are confused: This is also very bad.

I really question some people’s basic logic skills.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,295 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,832 See in context

Keep in mind that this is Obon. 229 more than the previous Sunday despite being a holiday weekend is bad. Watch the numbers jump even more next week once Obon ends.

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Posted in: We aim to promote vaccinations by giving incentives. See in context

How about you aim to promote vaccines by giving vaccines? Stop making it so hard to get one here.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,094 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,151 See in context

I take back what I wrote above. My ward FINALLY started to accept reservations from people under 49 only two days ago, it seems. I just got a reservation for the end of September. That’s half a year after all my family in the US got their first dose, but I’ll take it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,094 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,151 See in context

Literally everybody I know has had at least one shot. Yes, you do have to have to move quick and monitor the websites for slots but it's not impossible or as difficult as some are making out especially on this website.

I strongly disagree. My ward is still not vaccinating anyone under 49.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,989 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 18,822 See in context

I’m finding it hard to believe so many people unable to get vaccinated. My vouchers were sent from Hyogo prefecture and I could have had first jab by now, I am not elderly, sick or obese. 

How many people live in Hyogo? How many people live in Tokyo? Try to think beyond yourself for once.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan's coronavirus fight in critical phase See in context

The situation now is clearly much worse than when they decided no spectators for the Olympics. Why haven’t they already announced no spectators for the Paralympics? Things aren’t going to magically clear up in the next two weeks.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,612 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,574 See in context

@Liam Roberts

Some posters on here left this country to get the vaccine in an other country then comes back to still complain about Japan’s testing and vaccination program

What’s your point? I got my vaccine in the US when I traveled home for my father’s memorial service last month. My husband and I literally walked into a grocery store with no appointment (and no ID in my Japanese husband’s case) and got it for free. My family couldn’t believe that we still hadn’t gotten it because they were all vaccinated in March and April.

In Japan, we finally got our stupid vouchers in the middle of July, but they came with a note saying our ward was not vaccinating anyone under 49 and had no date set for when those of us in our 30s could even try to book an appointment. I’m very glad we got vaccinated in the US because it’s looking like we won’t be able to get an appointment until November or December in Japan, which will be one full year after the vaccines starting rolling out in the UK and other countries.

It’s absolutely ridiculous how much Japan is bungling the vaccine rollout and limiting tests, and we have every right to complain about it. Especially after seeing firsthand how much better it could be!

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Posted in: Fuji Rock Festival to send free COVID-19 test kits to all ticket holders See in context


I guess I am very confused what sending an antigen kit will accomplish? Show that the attendee had a past COVID infection?

Antigen tests are used for diagnosing current infections. That’s what a lot of the clinics here use.

According to the CDC website: Antigen tests are immunoassays that detect the presence of a specific viral antigen, which implies current viral infection. 


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Posted in: Fuji Rock Festival to send free COVID-19 test kits to all ticket holders See in context


Why not insist on vaccination?

Do you live in Japan??? Very few young people have been able to get a vaccine yet here.

Also, as others have pointed out, vaccinated people can still carry and give Covid to others. I got vaccinated during my trip to the US, but I’m still taking all precautions for my own sake and the sake of others.

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Posted in: 84 COVID-19 patients died at home in Japan over 6 months: gov't See in context

So much info missing even about these 84 poor souls. Why do they not know the age or date of death of some??? Do they not care to even try to find out?

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Posted in: Nintendo sees dwindling impact from pandemic megahit game See in context

The total radio silence on the next Animal Crossing update certainly isn’t helping. They promised 2 years of updates but haven’t announced even a hint of a real update for months. The crappy communication is leaving a bad taste in many people’s mouths.

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