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Posted in: Kono says gov't trying to reach young adults to combat vaccine misinformation See in context

My husband and I were guessing that the gov would try to blame the uptick in cases on foreigners, but it seems they’ve decided to scapegoat young people instead. Very interesting.

I hope the young push back. As many have already pointed out, it’s ridiculously difficult for most people to get a vaccine in Japan right now. My voucher finally came on July 15, but my ward also included a note saying that only people 49 and above were eligible. It also said there was no date set for when those of us younger than that could make an appointment.

My husband and I just got the J&J vaccine at a grocery store in the US. No appointment or stupid voucher necessary. For my Japanese husband, no ID was even necessary, and it was totally free for both of us.

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Posted in: Business travel stirs, but many road warriors stay grounded See in context

Cheap international fares? Where? The flight from Tokyo to DC used to be around $1300-1400, but now it’s hard to find a basic economy seat for under $2000.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 2,848 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,629 See in context

My husband and I feel that they won’t try to suppress the testing as much now that the Olympics have started. Instead, they’ll let the numbers creep up and up closer to the real figures and try to blame them on the foreigners who came for the Olympics. Most of the Japanese public will likely fall for that because the media has continuously acted like Covid-19 is something brought in from abroad, not something that’s been going around the country largely unchecked for the past year.

I just hope they don’t try to lock down the border even for foreign residents again like they did last year. Several politicians admitted that was just to make the Japanese public feel safer, and I can see them pulling that shitty move again after the Olympics end. My mom just lost her husband of 45 years, and I don’t want to leave her alone at Christmas. I’m already vaccinated (got it in the US during my trip for my dad’s memorial service) and am happy to comply with quarantines if need be.

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Posted in: Efficiency and satisfaction with remote work has deteriorated, and 'telework fatigue' is emerging. See in context

I love teleworking, but my company has already announced the option for it will completely disappear once the pandemic ends. They only allow it during state of emergencies now anyway. I really wish Japan wouldn’t fight the future so hard.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,429 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,692 See in context

@carpslidy

I’m very sorry to hear about your father. Mine was diagnosed last July, and I was blocked from seeing him until mid-December.

I’m very glad I traveled to see him (enduring quarantines on both ends) because he passed away in January. The doctors had said he had 2-5 years, so his sudden passing was a huge shock to all of us. Covid-19 caused too many delays in his treatment. I strongly believe he would still be with us today had he been diagnosed one year earlier in 2019.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,429 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,692 See in context

@Antiquesaving

I’m very sorry to hear that you lost family as well.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,429 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,692 See in context

@Tokyoite

Today there were 12 deaths.

Today, there were 12 deaths of people who were diagnosed with Covid before they died and whose families allowed them to report it as a Covid death.

Autopsies aren’t routinely done here, and as we know, they’re refusing to test a lot of people while they’re still alive. Also, it came out a few months ago that many areas in Japan are seeking permission from families to count the deaths as being caused by Covid. If the families say no, they aren’t entered in the official stats, which is absolutely crazy.

Do I think we will all die from Covid? Absolutely not. But I do think the posters on here who downplay Covid and say we should all live life totally normally right now are incredibly selfish people who can’t think of anyone other than themselves.

High numbers of Covid cases impact so many people. My dad died from lack of prompt medical treatment last year for a medical condition unrelated to Covid. The hospital system was completely overrun, and he had to wait months between appointments. By the time he finally got his tests for a transplant, it was too late, and he passed away in the hospital without any of us being able to visit him. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone else, so if wearing a mask, getting vaccinated, and staying home for a few more months can help, then that’s what I’ll do.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,429 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,692 See in context

@joffy

I’m not even talking about random testing, though. They’re refusing to test people with Covid symptoms who were in the same office as someone diagnosed with Covid because they weren’t “close contacts.” They apparently defined a “close contact” in this case as being within 1 meter of the infected person without a mask. I don’t know anywhere else in the world that makes it this hard to get a damn Covid test. They’re clearly doing it to keep the numbers down.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony begins See in context

Hard to see so far how this is the most expensive Olympics on record. It looks very cheap.

Also, what’s with the athletes and other people wearing masks as chin guards or not at all (ex. the whole Turkmenistan team)?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 727 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,329 See in context

@snowymountainhell Thank you. My whole family in the US was vaccinated by the end of April (some as early as Feb). On my husband’s side of the family in Japan, only 1 person has been vaccinated so far. I really hope they can all be vaccinated soon, but it’s not looking hopeful.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 727 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,329 See in context

My husband and I arrived in the US on Saturday. We both got the vaccine at a local grocery store the very next day. No stupid voucher, no appointment. We just walked in, filled out some forms, and got it. My husband as a Japanese national didn’t even have to show ID. We said his passport was at the house (we hadn’t planned on finding the vaccine so fast), and they said it was no problem

The way Japan is dragging its ass on the vaccines goes beyond incompetence and almost feels intentional. Our stupid vouchers finally arrived in the mail last week along with a note saying no one under 49 could be vaccinated in our ward yet and there was no set date for opening it to those of us in our 30s.

We missed our chance to get it at the mass vaccination center in Tokyo because we didn’t have those stupid vouchers in hand when the slots were open, and now they’re going to close it at the end of next month.

My 60-something mother-in-law managed to get a reservation but just had it canceled because the gov is still messing up the logistics. They said she MAY get her first dose in August, but they really have no idea. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

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Posted in: Gov't asks airlines to halt new bookings as Olympic traffic rises See in context

So they’re essentially going to block foreign residents and Japanese people from returning home for the next month and a half unless they’ve already booked their flight in order to prioritize the Olympics??? If so, that’s absolutely ridiculous.

My fear is that they’ll next start canceling existing bookings for non-Olympic people too. Today my husband and I are flying to the US to attend my dad’s memorial service, and we’ll be arriving back in Tokyo in the beginning of August. They’d better not cancel our bookings! We got our tickets months ago.

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Posted in: Japan to ask tax-free stores to report visitors breaking quarantine See in context

Are they hoping to catch people who are here for the Olympics? Otherwise, this makes no sense. Only residents can enter Japan now, and they’re not eligible for duty free shopping.

If this is intended for the Olympics, they need to make that point much clearer to avoid making it seem like all foreign residents are to blame, and they also need to control the “bubble” much better.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 518 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,485 See in context

These numbers don't affect the safety olympic. 

Yes, just like reality doesn’t affect your next statement:

President Bach, Prime Minister Suga and Gov Koike will have the situation under control by July 23rd.

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Posted in: Serbian Olympic athlete tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

@Reckless

So it was neither a he nor a she? Interesting Olympics in many ways.

Surely you’ve heard of using “they” for an unidentified person? It’s been standard thing in English for decades if not hundreds of years now…

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 716 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,881 See in context

@Gorramcowboy

Can anyone tell me if these ppl who get checked are getting vaccinated at the same time?

The answer is no. You must have a voucher to get vaccinated. Many people (including my husband and me) are still waiting for their voucher.

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Posted in: Tokyo falls to world's 4th most expensive city for expats: survey See in context

Anyone who’s preparing to live in Japan should learn katakana and hiragana before they come here. It’s a simple matter of memorization and will make your life in Japan SO much easier.

Anyone living here more than a month should pick up basic phrases.

Anyone living here more than a year should study enough to have a basic conversation. You shouldn’t rely on English translations in Japan - 9 times out of 10 they either are misleading, don’t include important info, or make absolutely no sense. While they can be hilarious to read, it’s very dangerous to rely on the crappy translations here (including the English on ATMs and such).

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Posted in: Hashimoto says Olympic organizers have to tighten anti-virus measures See in context

After arriving in the Osaka city of Izumisano, local health authorities determined that the entire Uganda team, as well as eight people, including city officials and bus drivers, had been in close contact with the two infected individuals.

Wow, they figured that out so fast! /s

Anyone with half a brain would’ve immediately known that the whole team (and anyone else close to them on the plane) were close contacts of the person who first tested positive. It blows my mind that they just sent the rest by bus the whole way to Osaka, allowing them to mix with three Osaka officials and likely others as well.

It’s like Japan never gained the knowledge about how Covid spreads that the rest of the world has found out over the past year. They’re acting ridiculously ignorant.

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Posted in: Ugandan team coach arriving in Tokyo had Delta virus variant See in context

@oyatoi

The unfortunate implication, which cannot easily be discounted, is that the jab itself was the catalyst for both of them developing Covid.

If you had any basic knowledge of vaccines, you’d know that they cannot give you the actual virus. Geez.

For the ridiculous number of uneducated people posting here:

• The vaccines CANNOT give you Covid.

• Scientists have never claimed that the vaccines can 100% prevent you from catching Covid. If you think they have, post one valid source to prove it.

• The main goal of the vaccines is to drastically lower your chances of SEVERE SYMPTOMS or DEATH, and they do that with a very high efficacy rate. Just like seatbeats help prevent serious injury or death in accidents. No one claims that you’ll never get hurt if you wear a seatbelt!

• The fact that both Ugandan team members had no symptoms shows the vaccine is working. They caught it, but it didn’t cause any severe symptoms.

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Posted in: Ugandan team coach arriving in Tokyo had Delta virus variant See in context

There is a Japan variant, but the Japanese media has been almost totally silent about it. The US had it on a list of variants to watch earlier this year before the Delta variant became the big bad one.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/11/japan-covid-variant-how-it-compares-to-strains-in-uk-south-africa.html

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Posted in: Ugandan team coach arriving in Tokyo had Delta virus variant See in context

Japan TV news is now reporting a total of 5 from the bus infected.

Does anyone have a link to this story in English or Japanese? I did a quick Google search but couldn’t find it in either language

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Posted in: 2nd Ugandan Olympic team member in Japan tests positive for COVID See in context

That’s why we see so many cases and few serious illness these days.

Either that or the vaccines don’t work. Which is it?

I’m so sick of reading misconceptions like that. They never said the vaccines stop you from getting Covid. The vaccines are designed to stop SERIOUS CASES and DEATH from Covid-19. It really shouldn’t be that hard to understand.

“I thought bicycle helmets were supposed to stop accidents! Why are people still crashing their bikes when they wear helmets?” That’s the same straw man argument so many are making.

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Posted in: Plans to sell alcohol at Olympic venues draw criticism from thirsty Tokyo residents See in context

Found a non-LINE link too:

https://www.47news.jp/6429346.html

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Posted in: Plans to sell alcohol at Olympic venues draw criticism from thirsty Tokyo residents See in context

It’s on LINE News, so you may have to access the link from that app.

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Posted in: Plans to sell alcohol at Olympic venues draw criticism from thirsty Tokyo residents See in context

@snowymountainhell

If you can speak Japanese, here you go:

五輪会場、酒類販売を見送りへ 提供検討から一転、コロナ対策で (共同通信)

https://lin.ee/pWre5Ci?mediadetail=1?utm_source=line&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=talk

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Posted in: Plans to sell alcohol at Olympic venues draw criticism from thirsty Tokyo residents See in context

Yes, they just reversed the decision. I think the news is too fresh to be in English right now.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't backs 4-day workweek, but experts split See in context

My understanding of the 4-day work week is that you work 10 hours a day for 4 days (as opposed to 8 hours a day for 5 days) so they have no reason to cut your pay. Is that not the concept they’re thinking of here?

I was confused by all the people on the Japanese news who talked about salaries being cut with a 4-day work week. That would defeat the whole point of it! Many people would likely have to find a second job if their income were cut by 20%.

I know it’s already quite common to do “service overtime” and work 10+ hours a day here, but still… How are they missing such a basic point?

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Posted in: 97% of surveyed major Japanese firms plan workplace COVID vaccinations See in context

The Japanese government is bungling the company vaccination rollout as well.

My company was able to secure vaccination bookings for 50 people, so they held a lottery for all interested employees. The vaccinations were scheduled to start on June 28, but on Friday the clinic told my company’s HR that the Ministry of Health was unable to stick to its schedule, and now it’s unclear when they’ll begin to give us vaccinations. 

As I wrote yesterday, the level of incompetence with the vaccinations in Japan is ridiculous. It honestly feels intentional at this point.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 388 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,520 See in context

My company was able to secure vaccination bookings for 50 people, so they held a lottery for all interested employees. The vaccinations were scheduled to start on June 28, but yesterday the clinic told my company’s HR that the Ministry of Health was unable to stick to its schedule, and now it’s unclear when they’ll begin to give us vaccinations.

The level of incompetence with the vaccinations in Japan is ridiculous. It honestly feels intentional at this point.

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Posted in: Female worker being held hostage at internet cafe in Saitama See in context

The news just announced that they got the guy and the girl is unharmed (無事). I hope she’s mentally okay. What a horrible 24 hours she must’ve had.

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