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Posted in: 10 confirmed dead after tour boat with 26 goes missing off Hokkaido See in context


In Japan only a doctor can classify someone as dead thus media have to report in this way until official reports are released.

I’m well aware of that. But the news was saying that 10 people were found and 8 were unconscious. Logic says that that means 2 people were likely conscious, but then they reported that all 10 were dead. That’s what I thought was weird.

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Posted in: 10 confirmed dead after tour boat with 26 goes missing off Hokkaido See in context

The news just reported that all 10 who have been found so far were just declared dead. Very sad. I find it odd that they were only saying that 8 were unconscious.

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Posted in: New measures helped avoid tragedy with shinkansen derailed by quake See in context


I was surprised that there was a regular service running at 12:30 in the morning.

The quake happened a little after 11:30 pm, not after midnight.

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Posted in: Alert level raised for Mt Aso with high eruption possibility See in context

There were 16 climbers at the time but none was uninjured.

Uh, so they all were injured? I think you mean “none were injured.”

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID border controls, entry quarantine from March See in context

But what about for residents? Japan was so slow to roll out the vaccines that I wasn’t able to get my second shot until mid-October and won’t even be eligible for a booster until spring.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors to Japan in 2021 fell to record low 245,900 See in context

@El Rata

I'm only referring to new entries with no ties to Japan and non-PR residents who leave the country during these times. 

What a disgusting attitude. I’ve lived in Japan for over 12 years and speak the language fluently, but due to switching from a work visa to a spouse visa and getting trapped in a secret loophole, I still can’t apply for PR. Should I have been blocked from visiting my dying father last year??? Shame on you for thinking so.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors to Japan in 2021 fell to record low 245,900 See in context

Are they counting foreign residents as “foreign visitors”? I can’t imagine the number could be so high otherwise.

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Posted in: Japan applies tougher quarantine rules to India, Greece, Romania, 4 U.S. states See in context


What a random list of US States.

To the people calling it a random list of states: Do you not follow the news much??? These 4 states were the first 4 to announce that they found Omicron cases. More states have found it in the past few days, so expect them to be added to Japan’s list in the next week.

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Posted in: Japan applies tougher quarantine rules to India, Greece, Romania, 4 U.S. states See in context

@Kyo wa heiwa da yo ne

The article says U.S. states as in the United States of America and not as you wrote- American !

Open a dictionary and stop being so pedantic. The adjective for people from the US is “American.” Someone from Ecaudor would be “Ecuadorian” or “South American,” not simply “American.”

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Posted in: Japan applies tougher quarantine rules to India, Greece, Romania, 4 U.S. states See in context

@Simian Lane

Greece, Romania , and 4 US States. That’s hilarious. I wonder what criteria they use to choose places. 

I agree that they do a lot of illogical things, but this one isn’t so hard to figure out. Since the US is so large, they treat each state as a country. The 4 added to the list were the first 4 states to report they found Omicron cases. More have since followed, so I expect the list to expand as it did every few days when Delta was the main concern.

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Posted in: Japan applies tougher quarantine rules to India, Greece, Romania, 4 U.S. states See in context


Immigration does not need to know which states people have visited, it is based on the origin of the flight like before.

That’s not true. Immigration literally asks you which states you were in. My flight in August originated in DC, but aside from the airport, I never spent any time there, so I didn’t include it on my list. Immigration didn’t mention it at all. It’s basically an honor system as other commenters have pointed out.

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Posted in: Japan applies tougher quarantine rules to India, Greece, Romania, 4 U.S. states See in context


Did anybody notice that no foreigner can enter Japan anyway?

That’s not true. With the exception of a few counties in Africa, re-entry is still allowed for foreigners. The recent ban was on new entry. I called and confimed with Immigration last week.

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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.

source: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/08/16/national/tokyo-scales-down-contact-tracing/

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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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