Everything TokyoJoe said!
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The four day rule and the lack of testing mean that the actual number of cases is without doubt much higher. However, although the cases maybe higher, it still appears that symptoms are not as extreme as places such as Europe, US and now Brazil.
With the death rate its not just Japan that has dodged the bullet, most East Asian and South East Asian countries all show a low number of cases and low percentage of deaths. Including China considering the size of the population. Something is different, but there must be more at play here than just wearing masks, not hugging and taking your shoes off.
It has been said that there may be a natural immunity to corona virus in this part of the world because corona virus usually originate in China. There may be something to this. Whats more, there appears to be a strong correlation with between death rates and obesity.
Japan has been very quick to claim its low rates are the result of its Japanese behavior. This is arrogant and small minded, and implies that ultimately people are responsible for their sickness and death from this virus.
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Trump is a symbol of everything that is wrong with America and everything that is wrong with humanity.
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The Japanese have a very unforgiving nature. Once you do something here you are tarred with that brush for ever. If you come into work late once you become the person who always comes late to work. Bully here seems to be partly based on this strange mindset, and it makes group opinion seem so stifling and unchangeable. Kimura was angry once on a show and the crowd would have never let her forget it. Similar to Becky and Laura you do something once and there is very little change of coming back from it.
Its going to be difficult if not impossible to change the bullying culture in Japan because of the closed minded, unforgiving group mentality.
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South Korea has done a good job of tackling this disease so far. Their response was quicker than many countries and they rank 6th when it comes to testing per head of population. However, I am surprised that nightclubs have been aloud to open so quickly. I know they have been easing restrictions over the last couple of weeks, but nightclubs must be one of the worst places for spreading the virus. Cramped, airless places with people talking loudly to each other in close proximity..haven't we learned anything yet?
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Unfortunately, next year is still likely to be too early for both large scale international travel and large gatherings of people. Either the Olypmics will have to be held in a reduced form, or delayed until 2022. However, the winter Olympics and commonwealth games are also scheduled for that year. Interest in the games is at an all time low. They are not likely to be the greatest ever - far from it.
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Herd immunity can't happen without a vaccine. For Covid 19 it is reported that somewhere around 70% of the population needs to have been infected and recovered from the virus to create herd immunity. In the US at the moment less than 1% have been infected and this has resulted in more than 60,000 deaths. A 70% infection rate would be catastrophic. The only way forward is with a vaccine.
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A recent survey by a university where I work in Japan found that less than 50% of the students had their own PCs. This was across all student years. However, they all had smartphones. Since the cost of PCs is relatively low (from20,000yen) I suspect its probably more about personal choice. Monthly wifi costs are more likely to be problematic for students living away from home.
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Sorry to here about the death of this young lady. The rocks in the bag are quite small. I suspect they were to weigh down the bag only. Perhaps she had gone to the rive to dispose of the money for some reason, but slipped and fallen in herself. The rivers have been swollen durring the last couple of days due to the recent rains. RIP young lady.
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Good on you Kiwis! Show the rest of the world how its done!!
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If there had been more testing you would have a better chance or tracing the untraceable infections. Testing continues to remain far lower than other countries. 800/mil vs 20,000/mil in Germany
You have had 3 months to prepare for this. You own medical advisers were saying we should expect the same trajectory as European countries, but you chose to ignore their advice and prioritize the Olympics.Now you really need to have complete lock-down or the above story will be repeated throughout the country tenfold.
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As other have said I wonder why this insistence with calling them imported cases? I find it very difficult to believe that Shanghai (23million), Beijing (19million) and Tianjin (13million) have no domestic cases..
Perhaps its not wanting this to be referred to as the Chinese Corona Virus in the future?
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To date China has reported around 82,000 cases and a little over 3,000 deaths for a country with a population of almost 1.4 billion. No matter how well they have controlled the spread this still doesn't ring true. I suspect things are a lot worse there than they appear.
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In Kyoto state schools will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and then be closed again from Friday.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
but experts are worried about the rise in the percentage of cases that can't be traced.
Well this is partly what testing is for. It helps you trace the route of infection. I guess testing might be useful after all...
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On NHK last night the medical advisers warned that Japan was on the same trajectory as Europe and the UK. No one seems to have heard them.
You need to
Make sure you have enough ventilators. The UK government predicts they will need 30,000 at the peak. The Japanese population is double the UK. Do you have enough?Make sure you have enough hospital beds for infectious diseases. Field hospitals are being set up in London, Birmingham and Manchester providing 10,000 extra beds. On the TV last night they said Tokyo had only 500 beds for infectious diseases - all of which are now full. What are you doing about it??
Stop sleeping and take action now.
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The medical panel also said Japan was on the same trajectory as Europe and the UK. They said we would experience the same number of deaths. (NHK9:00pm) This comment as been all but ignored. Japan are burying their head in the sand. 500 beds for a city of 13,000,000 is not enough. Get building new hospitals now.
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Japan, please relax your testing requirements and test more people so we can have a clearer idea of how serious the situation is. This reluctance to call a state of emergency partly because you don't have the full picture. Extra testing would result in a more informed public and government, which in turn will lead to everyone making better decisions.
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One of the worries they had about cancelling or postponing the Olympics was concern over exacerbating its dwindling popularity. But this constant harking on about the Olympics whilst thousand around the world are dying is embarrassing and sickening, and will quite possible be the nail in the coffin for these sodding games.
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Does that include those citizens with Japanese work visas and Permanent Residency?
I know two people with work visas who were turned back at Kansai airport. They were teachers returning after a vacation in the UK. They were denied entry to Japan.
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The Olypimcs have been declining in popularity for a while. This was one of the reasons why there was so much pushback against a postponement or cancellation. They are very few countries these days who actually want to hold the Olympics.
Now with a world in the grip of the worst pandemic in decades, with thousands dying everyday, the Olympics seem shallow, insignificant and a preposterous waste of money. No heartbreak here.
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This is not encouraging news. The virus hasn't gone anywhere, we don't have a vaccine and we don't have any treatment. For gods sake just don't open that market again...
4 ( +11 / -7 )
Osaka University is carrying on with classes as usual...
Considering they are expecting 3,300 corona cases in Osaka at the beginning of April that seems rather irresponsible
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That's great. It would also be interesting to know what materials she used and how she made them. This might be a useful solution for people who are unable to buy their own masks.
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People are still taking cruises?? wtf?!!!
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I don't want to be the pessimist here but 2021 is still too early. It is unlikely there will be a vaccine by then, or even if there is vaccinating the entire world populace is someway off. Without a vaccine corona virus is here to stay. The moment air travel or any kind of travel resumes it will spread again. 2022 would be a better choice but there are other world events scheduled. The best solution is compete cancellation.
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Thousand pf people are dying daily, no one cares about your stupid Olympics anymore.
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What about the recent article that predicts 3,000 cases in Kobe/Osaka at the beginning of April....the same time as the kids go back. Surely, surely this is not a good idea.
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There was a recent article stating that cases would hit 3,000 in the Kobe/Osaka area at the beginning of April. If the numbers are true (difficult to tell with the J govt) then surely we should be closing rather than opening these kind of places. The image of a headless chicken comes to mind...
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