I would much rather just have to take a PCR test, than 3 vaccines, to save a tiny bit of money.
-4 ( +4 / -8 )
Striking that they would only think of this just as borders are opening and foreign people will he bringing 'gaikoku viruses' into 'pure Japan'. I would have thought (if masks were at all effective - cough, cough). that this would of been done before the go to travel domestic campaigns. Maybe science again? Lol
-4 ( +10 / -14 )
When the Emperor's no mask wearing at the late Queen's funeral was shown and discussed and received a lot of coverage on the Japanese news, the Gov. had the Health Minister come out saying that, they only went maskless at the funeral because they didn't want to look strange as the only masked ones there, and that the situation of Covid was different in the UK vs Japan, OK.
What will they now have to say about this photo which is in NY?
The Japanese media can't really agree (or state publically anyway) with Biden - that the pandemic is over and PM Kishida doesn't need to wear in the US. Maybe NY BA5 is different than the Japan centric BA5?
Hence the need for continued mask reccomedations here?
Looking forwrd to how they try to spin this alongside other 'global get together thoughts' on solving various 'issues'.
-4 ( +2 / -6 )
@Stragerland. I think that's totally fine and your choice.
Just as long as were not peer pressured or bullied into it.
I take issue with that.
2 ( +9 / -7 )
Thank you Ian. His knowledge was sound back then and equally sound now.
6 ( +11 / -5 )
My late father gave me very sage advice regarding just doing whatever everyone else is doing to fit in or of being peer pressured by bullies into taking drugs.
Just walk away anf just say NO.
5 ( +16 / -11 )
Many people in other countries had a harrowing expetience with lockdowns, mandatory vaccines for wotk and fines or public screaming and aggression for not wearing asks.
Many of these places have already seen the error of their ways and have abandoned these failed policies, especially due to Omicron.
Many people will be reluctant to travel to a country where Covid restrictions such as PCR tests before arrival even for 2 dosed people, or go to a country where masks are seen all over the place. Masks and the hiding of smiles or faces is off putting to many other cultures.
People want to go somewhere peaceful and fun and forget their past 2 years trauma.
Not relive aspects of it in Japan.
Until Japan can grow up in these matters and fear driven policies, I fear the tourists won't come in droves.
5 ( +9 / -4 )
I loved being able to see everyones unveiled faces. Makes for a much nicer celebration of life.
10 ( +14 / -4 )
I loved to see so many faces. Literally.
4 ( +6 / -2 )
If you are young and healthy according to these experts from Oxford and Toronto et al, it maybe actually more prudent to wait until older or have some outlying issues to get any of these due to the risk / benefit analysis.
Remember, not every benefit, is greater than the risk.
2 ( +13 / -11 )
Rules are rules and breaking the law has consequences.
It's common courtesy to leave people alone and don't harass them, which is an offense and offensive.
There is no mask mandate in Japan so have to let people decide what they want.
If anyone feels inclined to wear one, they can and if they don't want to, then don't have to - rules are rules.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
Someone needs to make this guy a tinfoil hat. If he is paranoid enough to wear a useledd mask probably thinks she was emitting 5G. Delusional people on the trains due to media hysteria unfortunately.
4 ( +13 / -9 )
12 ( +13 / -1 )
Stunning stupidity here. Saying want to boost rates of vaccination on the 5-11 year olds while at the same time saying symptoms are mild. So what's the point.?
Remember you can't say it's to save their elderly grandparents, anymore too, as the anti-bodity autonomy group have never said they were ever meant to stop transmission. Right?
And why would kids want to damage th eir future environment by wearing masks? It's their fufure world being destroyed and how many 'How dare you' comments do we need to be hear?
10 ( +27 / -17 )
I wonder what 100 million odd daily masks (a bit less than 125 million accounting for children and ecologically responsible people) times about 200 days (from April 2020 to December) of dumping disposable masks into the environment comes too? Seems around 20,000,000,000. Yikes.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
To be brutally honest. It's the US Open and scientific credibility of the USA border policies that loses here.
Discrimination on medial choices is never an answer.
At first people screamed at him for not being vaccinated and therefore being a treat to other around him. (remember when breakthrough infections were touted as 'rare)
Now the same proponents are screaming that vaccinations were never mean't to stop transmission and were never said to have been meant to.
Then why the mandates I ask?
-2 ( +6 / -8 )
Likely Djikovic will be playing the Australian Open as don't need any vaccination for international entry any more. Not even a pre-departure test.
He technically has a 3 year ban to enter Australia (as was deported on the Minister's discretion who clamined he would fuel anti vax sentiment).
Will depend on the money, new Minister and public sentiment if his ban is waived. My guess is, it will be.
Most Australians want to put this ridiculous, sordid mess behind them.
1 ( +2 / -1 )
So the highly masked population isn't affecting the spread?
People may be getting other respiratory issues and heatstroke which can be worse than C19 for most of us and children.
So please be careful when deciding to wear a mask in heat or for long duration and think twice if it's necessary for your kids:
6 ( +19 / -13 )
The previous CDC Definitions of Vaccine and Vaccination 8/26/21
Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person's immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually administrated through needle injections, but can also be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.
Vaccination: The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.
The CDC Definitions of Vaccine and Vaccination since 9/01/21
Vaccine: A preparation that is used to stimulate the body's immune response against diseases. Vaccines are usually administrated through needle injections, but can also be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.
Vaccination: The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease.
10 ( +13 / -3 )
The definition of the word “vaccine” was changed, to accommodate this drug, to keep lawsuits at bay.
Would be helpful if you post the definitions
5 ( +6 / -1 )
Just before school holidays again. Like the last 4 or five times.
5 ( +8 / -3 )
Mask and vaccines are clearly not lessening transmission rates to any great degree, that warrants their use.
Maybe people nearing the end of their life may benefit from some quick immunity from a vaccine to prolong the inevitable. These are really the only people that may benefit from them. As it has been from the start.
I remember when the so-called vaccines 'breakthrough' cases were extremely rare.
The definitions of 'extremely rare' will have to be changed along with 'safe' and 'effective' and even what a vaccine is (as the meaning was adjusted not so long ago)
Was about the time the 'rare' breakthrough cases were a reason that the 'vaccines' were supposedly 'effective'. - you were considered a loon for suggesting they were going to go for a 3rd Jab, then a 4th, 5th etc.
I remember a term - Fully vaccinated (reclassified to up to date) - funnily also considered a loon if thought this was inevitable.
For the vast majority of people who just get minor cold like symptoms, C19 is not worth bothering about.
To waste so much resources and medical waste damaging the environment to try to pretend to avoid these cold like symptoms is mind-blowing. People used to think plastic bags and straws were bad.
To have to lose work, get tested etc etc over this is stupidity at it's finest.
People need to look around and trust the science, not the well funded scientists.
6 ( +15 / -9 )
Condolences to Abe San's family, the people of Yamaguchi and Japan.
I had the pleasure of working with some Ministers and Senators in Abe's administration and some work with the Embassy and his Government. They always respected him and he was good for Japan on the international stage in my opinion and a conservative who wanted more foreign connections whole maintaining the Japanese spirit.
5 ( +6 / -1 )
Based on the history of limited testing here I am sure we are way beyond that.
However, I certainly won't be getting tested again. Waste of time (& money).
13 ( +17 / -4 )
100,000 cases would still be nothing to worry about.
10 ( +18 / -8 )
Once you feel the need to use widely discredited studies to support what you believe you are already recognizing you have no better evidence to do it.
How do you feel about the enviromental impacts, mosern slave labour or children's development? Crickets. Vax or die is not a strategy.
0 ( +7 / -7 )
Regardless of Japanese culture amd what they want to do, I don't wear masks for the following reasons.
They are virtually ineffective for stopping Omicron up against the cost versus benefits. (Some studies show places that had mask mandates had nore covid deaths than those without, due to increased backflow of excessive viral loads).
They are incredibly bad for the environment, marine life and cause unsightly litter around the streets, dupming billions of tonnes of unnessasary microplastics and waste in the world.
They are bad for children's development. Missing out on vital emotional, language and visual cues from parents, teachers and peers.
They stink and are incredibly dirty.
Many are still made in modern slave labour conditions.The obstruct natural oxygen flow, are hot and cause skin irritations. Can be dangerous in hot weather.
That's why, inside or outside, I refuse to wear them even when asked. I politely smile and say no thank you. There is never any issue.
-1 ( +12 / -13 )
Children can't give informed consent for anything, they are not legally capable of doing it, that is why parents or legal guardians are for. And according to the experts the risks do not outweight the benefits, do you have scientific evidence that disprove them?
Yes as a parent I don't give consent. They will need to do when of age if they choose.
And yes, I have read plenty of scientific papers that show the risk to children outweighs the benefits of this gene therapy (except for pharmaceutical companies of course).
4 ( +9 / -5 )
The days of international travel for low income people or people from the lower middle class all over the world is over.
Carbon usage will be monitored and a carbon tax will be next and there will be a quota on how much carbon you use without paying extra.
Food, travel, heating, cooling etc etc will be included.
For many, this will be a digital 'transaction denied' scenario as they try to buy their flights online and cannot.
Unless you are wealthy, you won't be traveling like you have grown to expect.
And you thought it would go back to normal after the pandemic. Lol. Don't say you weren't warned by many.
1 ( +6 / -5 )
My children won't be having any.
1) They haven't given informed consent
2) Risks outweigh any benefits. - Benefits I am yet to see.
21 ( +28 / -7 )