COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

LandOfTheLost comments

Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

For all of you who said "Yes", do you really think this is meant to help the little guy?

What they are actually asking is, do you mind if we allow big companies to cut your wages?

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Posted in: Sumo stablemaster, 5 wrestlers contract coronavirus See in context

OssanAmerica

The Kyodo article is translated from the Japanese 新型コロナウイルス which translates to Novel Coronavirus. That is Novel as in "New".

A direct translation doesn't really justify an improper translation.

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Posted in: Sumo stablemaster, 5 wrestlers contract coronavirus See in context

A sumo stablemaster and five wrestlers have contracted the new coronavirus

New??? Have you been living on the moon?

It's been around for almost five months now.

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Posted in: Abe defends mask give-out plan; eyes budget submission next week See in context

What really bothers me about this, he pretends to be helping the nation, but he's actually making business for his family in Okayama who are making the masks, and his buddy Aso who has a big pot in the post office.

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Posted in: Japan starts 1st weekend under state of emergency as infection cases soar in Tokyo See in context

Therougou

Well, it doesn't seem much of a conspiracy theory when a good portion of international media outlets are speculating exactly the same thing.

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Posted in: Japan starts 1st weekend under state of emergency as infection cases soar in Tokyo See in context

Miles

If your friend doesn't have a high enough fever it will most likely be the flu.

Miles, you do know that there many reports worldwide of patients not even having any fever at all. My friend had an average of 39°. In cases like this, he should be checked, but it's clear the numbers are being kept low intentionally.

the growth rate in Japan is more linear thanks to far more stringent standards of hygiene and a respect for each other's personal spaces that can't be found anywhere else.

Oh please, stop with the nonsense. You think other countries don't practice safe hygiene. I've traveled all over Japan and not all parts are as cleanly as the rest. Just in my first week of visiting Japan, I was shocked to see how many Japanese men in their late age didn't wash their hands after after using the washroom. That's pretty disgusting.

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Posted in: Japan starts 1st weekend under state of emergency as infection cases soar in Tokyo See in context

Miles

Yeah, calm cool, like nobody gives a ...

Sure, if the symptoms we're mild, I'd consider that, but his condition is pretty bad. Not checking is completely irresponsible.

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Posted in: Japan starts 1st weekend under state of emergency as infection cases soar in Tokyo See in context

Burning Bush

At the current rate of about 500 new infections a day, it will take about 7 years for the virus to infect just 1% of Japan's population.

And of those 1% infected after 7 years, over 99% will recover without incident.

Downvote all you want, the math doesn't change.

You think those are the real numbers? When deaths are reported as pneumonia, and testing is kept limited, sure. Just wait till those numbers come to bite you.

There is so much miss-information being spread around. No wonder everyone is so confused. One week you hear its because Japan is so clean, then you hear the numbers are low because of Japanese diet, and its the BCG vaccination that has prevented Japan from getting sick, and so on...

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Posted in: Japan starts 1st weekend under state of emergency as infection cases soar in Tokyo See in context

I am really upset about the way the government is handling the outbreak. I had my suspicions that the government was still limiting testing, but after hearing from my friend who is struggling in bed, I don't really trust anything this government reports.

After my Japanese friend struggled to go to the doctor, they did a blood test, and then the doctor told him, "It's PROBABLY not COVID-19 because your fever is not that high". "Probably" meaning they didn't even bother to check. My friend has been bedridden for over a week and he's coughing like crazy. It's sad that the government doesn't really seem to care about the well being of their people.

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Posted in: Can a dictatorship better serve the public than a democracy in a pandemic? See in context

Nonsense! The only reason the PM is not calling a "state of emergency" is because it would mean jeopardizing his investments.

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Posted in: Abe, Aso to avoid same meetings as precaution against virus infection See in context

I'm sure nobody would miss those two.

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

secretsquirrel

So if Koike San does not have the authority to do the necessary in Tokyo - who made the decision in Hokkaido ?

The article doesn't talk about anything that's happening behind the politics. First of all, Koike and Abe don't get along well. Koike has been getting a lot criticism from Abe for the spike in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo. Koike is telling the public that she wants to call a 'State of emergency' but she basically doesn't have the authority. If anyone is to blame for this mess it's Abe.

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

Enforcing a lockdown must be really tough when you have the PM's wife out and about having a 'hanami party'.

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

Abe denied allegations that Japan had manipulated the numbers by limiting tests, or combined COVID-19 deaths with other pneumonia fatalities. “I'm aware that some people suspect Japan is hiding the numbers, but I believe that's not true,” he said. “If there is a cover-up, it will show up in the number of deaths.” He said doctors told him that pneumonia patients with COVID-19 can be detected by CAT-scan or X-rays.

Are you kidding me? NHK reported less then three weeks ago that the hospitals were only testing 3 of every 67 patients due to government regulations.

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

Its already too late. They should have closed the borders right when they knew this virus was deadly. All the attention was focused on one messily boat, when many people were coming into the country through other avenues. Especially when testing wasn't accurate, they should have realized the danger.

Closing the borders to specific countries is only creating tentions between nations. If Japan had just closed the borders to everyone there would be no misunderstanding.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

RIP! He will be greatly missed.

One of the reasons I started learning Japanese was because of watching his show back in the day. I am heartbroken.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 1-month-old daughter See in context

How does anyone do that to their own child?

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

I don't understand why everyone is so adamant about postponing the Olympics.

On one side you have the government unwaivering on a schedule change, and on the other side people want to drastically cancel or postpone the Olympics.

Just looking at history, viruses rarely pass Spring. Look at the plague (black death). It wiped out a huge portion of the world but it did not survive past Spring. Considering that COVID-19 is a fairly new virus, wouldn't it be a little more wise to wait and see, instead of jumping ship. There is still a good couple of months to assess the situation.

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Posted in: Ignore the coronavirus hysteria – now's the perfect time to visit Japan because airfares are cheap, there are less crowds and the chance of being infected with the virus is low. Do you agree? See in context

Hate to burst anyone's bubble who is optimistic about coming to Japan right now. If you've been following the news carefully, you probably know that the hospitals aren't checking people thuroughly.

NHK reported that of every 69 people only 3 were being tested for coronavirus based on government guidelines. What does that tell you? That means that a lot of people are infected and the hospitals aren't checking because the government has told them to minimize checks.

I'm guessing, these numbers are being kept low in fear of losing the Olympics.

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Posted in: Store shelves stripped of toilet paper amid coronavirus fears See in context

Considering that this happens every so often in Japan, businesses would be a little better prepared. Nope, they just blame the people for worrying about what actually came to happen.

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Posted in: Japan plans HIV drug trials for coronavirus; cruise ship evacuations continue See in context

HIV drugs were already tested in the United States and has had positive results. Unfortunately, HIV medication does not cure the coronavirus, it only reduces the amount of Invaders.

The problem with the coronavirus is that it ultimately causes your organs to shut down. First, blocking the lungs with mucous (therefore, the problems with respiratory). Then it can destroy your liver and kidneys and even healthy blood cells.

The HIV medication can drastically help reduce the impact of virus, saving many lives. The only problem is, if this virus spreads out of control, will the supply be able to meet the demand.

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Posted in: What's your idea of Japanese comfort food? See in context

For me, it's 'murasaki imo taiyaki'.

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Posted in: Coronavirus infection cases spread further in Japan See in context

The mortality rate is 1% (mostly elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. Seems to spread like any other flu. What's the big deal with this coronavirus?

First of all, it has a 2% fatality rate, and this virus spreads faster than most common viruses. Yes, the virus mostly takes elder people, but there have a been a lot of people in their 40s and 50s who didn't have existing conditions and passes away, so yeah it's pretty scary if you ask me.

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Posted in: In an increasingly partisan media environment, do you believe journalists have lower ethical standards than in the days before social media? See in context

People are fooling themselves if they think things have really changed.

Journalism has never been perfect in any era. Just looking at newspaper articles (both in Japan and Canada) from early 1900s and onwards, some journalists were just as vile as they are today. Ethics really depends upon the management and the individual making the report.

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Posted in: Man accused of killing 19 disabled people disrupts trial See in context

one of his lawyers said his abuse of marijuana led to mental illness, adding: "This has turned him into a different person. As a result, this incident took place."

After Canada legalized marijuana, you sure can see a lot of crazy people running around the streets killing each other. Jeez, that's as dumb as saying that alcohol made him kill all those people.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer says he is stunned his client left country See in context

Seems a little strange that he made his escape just before the new year.

The media has been watching Ghosn like a hawk. He just magically vanished under everyone's radar? Seems a little far-fetched.

This has been a thorny issue, and has damaged Japan's reputation internationally. The only way this could happen in Japan is if he was assisted by someone higher up. This was probably a way for Japan to save face.

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Posted in: Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy See in context

The government said, "We have to increase taxes because the national debt is too high." Now look at them blowing a tone of money without any care for the national debt. Brilliant!

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales post sharpest fall since 2015 as tax hike hits demand See in context

"Regardless of today's outcome, consumption has been of a weak tone, and consumer sentiment is getting worse," said Taro Saito, executive research fellow at NLI Research Institute.

And, the government decided to throw fire on the flame. Genius!

People have really cut spending everywhere. They are going to keep pinching their money, because nobody has extra money. Not only have taxes gone up but consumer products have also increased prices together. Worst of all, wages have remained the same, so don't cry when the economy tanks.

Japan isn't doing well, and everyone knows it. Domestic spending is declining, international investments are drying up. How are you supposed to recoup from that.

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Posted in: Japan tells embassies risk of contaminated Fukushima water 'small' See in context

It's a bad idea. Just wait till those disgruntled American's start finding high levels of radiation on their coast and food. Watch out for those lawsuits.

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