The government's panel of experts, the opposition, Tokyo and Osaka's own conservative governors all agree that we should shut down. But Japan's oligarchs are whispering in Abe's ear, so we can't have that.
Abe and Aso should be dragged out of the diet and put on crowded trains at rush hour for a week. Pampered swine.
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Too bad if there are more than 2 people in your house. Also the masks are supposed to start distribution towards the end of the month.( 3 to 4 weeks from now ) By then Japan could have thousands of infections ( hold on , they already do but they are untested= non existant ). As usual J - government, half arsed measures & too late. Protecting J-Inc takes precedence.
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Abe only recently on TV said each household will be provided two free masks. So will families of four cut them in half?
Spot on...can I just add ..those masks are scheduled to be delivered by the end of this month! By end of April! They might have thousands of new infections in a week..Can these impotent LDP tools get anymore pathetic in their " crisis management response?
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@marcelito: I read Japanese opposition parties don't want the declaration of the state of emergency exactly because this would give the current PM full powers for two years at least
Nonsense...Edano and the rest of opposition have stated that the situation warrants some sort of lockdown. I get where you re coming from regarding the big brother taking away civil liberties and all that...I really do...but lets deal with that in a couple of months once the virus hopefully subsides.
What is the government waiting for? - the only logical reason why they would not invoke a lockdown now, is if they think things will not get worse, or only a little worse.
There are people out there saying that Abe / LDP wanted to drag out any lockdown announcement until after March 31, since that is the end of Japanese financial year and they wanted to avoid the inevitable huge sharemarket drop that will accompany the lockdown announcement as it would affect the company balance books , fatcat bonuses and the rest. Seeing how Abe seems way more concerned about damage to J-Inc companies than the average Taro,s health / life , that suggestion sure has merit. TIJ.
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while the country is on the brink of a state of emergency, it was not yet at the stage of officially declaring one - comments reiterated by chief cabinet secretary Suga on Wednesday. "This is an extremely important period," he said
You have been saying that for weeks ffs ...everyone knows some kind of lockdown is inevitable ...stop dragging your feet , every day you are making it worse.
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Bondi Beach, where Australian citizens ignored the call to shelter in place and gathered en masse a weekend ago, observing zero social distancing guidelines.
Sure, that makes sense.
What point are you trying to make? Aussies are doing better job than almost anyone in flattening the curve...went in early, shut things down pretty aggresively whilst infections were still low and are reaping the rewards.
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The rate of growth in new infections across Australia has slowed to just under 10% over the past three days, from 25-30% a week ago, raising hopes that Australia is starting to "flatten the curve".
Well done....pop up & drive in clinics opened up in a number of location within days...yet Japan,s authorities still dither, always late , always impotent.
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The death toll in Japan from corvid-19 is now nearly 2% of last years influenza outbreak.
So calm down, take a deep breath and stop the blind panic.
Wash your hands, avoid close contact and large gatherings ...you’ll probably be OK.
Lots of people like me are worried not about themselves but about relatives / friends in vulnerable categories.
Thats not blind panic.
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$ 8.2 million ....wow!
he gave Diack gifts, including digital cameras and a Seiko watch.
"They're cheap," he said.
Banking records from the Tokyo 2020 bid committee, which were examined by Reuters, show it paid around $46,500 to Seiko Watch. A senior official at the bid told Reuters "good" watches were handed out at parties organized as part of Tokyo's campaign
$46 grand for a watch ...cheap...eyah, what a bargain.
The Tokyo bid committee also paid $1.3 million to a little-known non-profit institute run by former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori,
Not for profit institute....yeah...hmm , wonder which of Mori,s relatives or buddies might be a director or a consultant to this nonprofit institute.
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Dear Media, I would like to kindly ask you to publish scientifically described facts. Yesterday 68 new cases today 78. You say it is an increase.
On Tuesday , over 200 new cases in Japan....is that enough for you or you need more?
I think that a total lock-down of Tokyo for at least a month the least is hardy possible as is in any other large Japanese city.
And yet every other major citiy can do it, from Europe to the US to India....Only Japan can,t...BS...Abe get bloody moving.
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Instead, in this time of crisis, why not take the lead and pioneer ideas that challenge the entire work, work, work paradigm, Japan?
Indeed , but this is TIJ....so lets just go with half arsed measures as always.
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No! Social distancing is for "after hours" and off days! The virus only spreads during those times!
Even government research here has been stating that the "new" cases are coming from people who went out to drink or karaoke, and went to places that were open all night!"
With the exception of the fine Ginza clubs that Abe ,Aso and the rest of J-govt overlords frequent.
The virus is refused entry into such classy establishments and hence they can continue to operate to cater to the "business needs" of our daimyos.
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The government said it would seek data from wireless carriers, such as statistics on crowd traffic, to help gauge the effectiveness of the voluntary request.
Stop f..ing around with bureaucratic stuff like seeking data from mobile carriers....it takes 10 minutes to find & ' study ' plenty of pics on social media that shows you whether or not the voluntary request to stay home by Koike last weekend was effective.
Germany is carrying out 500,000 test a week and soon it will be 200,000 test per day yet their medical system is not overwhelmed and death rate low.
It is just pathetic not trying and only giving excuses.
Ok lets forget about Germany, Why can S.Korea do it and Japan cannot.
Exactly right !
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Slickdrifter....feel for your situation mate, hang in there buddy.
Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said Japan was not yet in a situation that required a state of emergency, triggering a potential lockdown, although the situation was precarious.
"We're just barely holding it together," Nishimura told reporters. "If we loosen our grip even a little, it wouldn't be surprising to see a sudden surge (in cases)."
Fgs...everyone knows you can,t hold it together anymore... put some pressure on your boss, like Koike is doing and get Abe to bloody stop procrastinating, these are human lives you are playing with you fools.
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From NHK.....Good on Koike for pushing Abe to stop dithering and do something .
Koike urges Abe to decide on emergency declaration
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko has urged Japan's prime minister to decide whether to declare a state of emergency to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
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The people who clamour for an infinite, total lockdown of society are fundamentally asking us to burn down our house because there there is cockroach in there.
So you really believe that pretty much every other country in the world has it wrong with mass testing and movement restrictions and only Abe & co have it right..yeah OK then ,guess in this country LDP hacks are the undisputed experts on everything including a pandemic.
Even their own yes man expert panel is in favor of declaring state of emergency now but guess loyalty to J-Inc business interests takes precedence over the lowly public health. TIJ.
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That picture is like something from the Edo period when daimyo enters the room...quite telling.
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If the chauffeurs went on strike and suddenly all the cabinet members had to use public transportation to get to work, there'd be a lock down so fast it would make your head spin.
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Everyone please remember every country is different.
Newsflash for you....the virus does not discriminate based on national borders.
The government has more information than posters on a news website.
Indeed , and they are hiding, obfuscating and not sharing lot of that info with public...in the true and proven J-govt way.
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"If we wait until an explosive increase in infections before declaring an emergency, it will be too late," Satoshi
The horse has bolted, that would have been evident had Japan been testing properly and not just a few hundred a day over the last month. The yes men panel should have been pressing this a week or two ago. Alas all Abe could see was Olympic ¥.
Yoshihide Suga, the government's top spokesman, told a news conference earlier: "It's not true that the government is planning on declaring a state of emergency from April 1."
Suga lies for a living . He also said Japan is still controlling the outbreak " to an extent " He is like the comical Ali of Baghdad...preaching that all is under control and govt is winning even as things are crumbling down around them.
Japan had raised its defenses against imported cases by banning the entry of foreigners traveling from the United States, China, South Korea and most of Europe,
However, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said the government had not made any decision on bans.
Always late, half arsed, unable to decide without a dozen meetings to dilute responsibility , behind the curve....J- government decision making is beyond pathetic. .
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Another J-Inc wow...worth precisely zero.
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The only good news I heard today was that Tokyo had only 13 reported new infections today, down from 68 yesterday At least, I hope that is good news.'
As another poster suggested yesterday....we would likely get a day or two of lower numbers ( they tend to be lower after the weekend due to delay, wonder if all the testing labs are operating at capacity on a 7 day basis? .wouldnt surprise me a bit if they were half or fully closed on the weekend...TIJ .anyone know? )
Then we,ll have a big spike in a day or two that will be used by Abe,s yes men experts to recommend the state of emergency around mid to late this week.
I,m betting on a numbers surge announcement by late Tuesday / Wednesday followed by Abe,s emergency declaration speech in the evening or a day later. Wish I was wrong, but .....
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Nobody has mentioned, only 13 confirmed cases in Tokyo today."
As another poster suggested yesterday....we would get a day or two of lower numbers ( they tend to be lower after the weekend, wonder if all the testing labs are operating at capacity on a 7 day basis? ..anyone know? ) before a big spike that will be used by Abe,s experts to recommend the state of emergency around mid to late this week.
I tend to agree thats how it will go down....lets see in a few days.
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118 beds for infectious diseases patients in Tokyo with a third of them occupied.....what the heck has Abe, Kato and the rest of the LDP clown been doing for the past 2 months apart from sitting on their ass setting up one expert panel after another and holding meetings...make some decisions and get things happening ffs....useless.
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Typical....they have a perfect opportunity to move the games to say September / October to avoid the biggest problem facing the games....summer heat and humidity...but in a typical hopeless J-oyaji fashion they are unable to enact even the smallest variation on the original schedule. Embarrassing, pathetic, useless , doesnt begin to describe Mori , Muto and the rest.
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Aki-Hiro Sato, a professor of information sciences at Yokohama City University, said in a recent report that Japan is now likely facing a second or third wave of the virus coming from Europe and the United States”
Since when is a guy that teaches IT an expert on infectious diseases?
Oh, I get it....he is a 'yes man expert ' on Abe,s panel out to push government,s narrative.
Meanwhile people like Kentaro Iwata who are experts but dont toe Abe,s line get bullied in the background.
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Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said there is “absolutely no relationship” between the Olympic postponement and the number of confirmed cases."
Another textbook example of an Abe govt minister lying with a straight face despite the evidence overwhelmingly pointing in the opposite direction. LDP at their finest. How much longer will J public tolerate their BS?
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We must support our government who take decisions based on expert advice. I trust that Japan's high hygiene and advanced medical practices will stop the virus. Thank you for publishing my message.
Does that expert advice include telling Abe to hold meeting with dozens of people sitting as close as to almost touch shoulders and virtually no one ( with a handful of exceptions ) wearing a mask? Thats some example of high hygiene and advanced practice to stop the virus spread.
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The Games are meant to be in summer, so we should be thinking of a time between June and September," he said,
and yet the last Tokyo Olympics in 1964 were held in October you dinosaur.
No better example of a senile LDP geezer in charge than Mori...hey we have a perfect chance to solve the biggest problem of the Olympics , the summer heat shall we take this unique opportunity? Nah, lets push for having it on exactly the same dates......someone retire him already.
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Japanese government policy is a joke and makes zero sense. It's inconsistent and hypocritical. The people of Japan deserve better.
Absolutely, yet they keep re electing the same morons over and over.
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