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Posted in: I can understand the feeling of being afraid of becoming infected, but those living outside the prefecture are people just like those in Iwate. I want to call on everyone to cooperate in implementing measures to prevent infections. See in context

I'll be travelling to Iwate on Monday - I have to, for business. The car-rental place was welcoming on the phone. I'll see how it goes.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 131 new coronavirus infections on Saturday See in context


Japan's infection rates remain far below many other countries....

Becausethe number of tests remains far below the rates of testing in all other countries.

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Posted in: Hospital grapples with coronavirus aftermath See in context

Virus clusters in hospitals are the result of Japan's policy of minimal testing. Testing should be comprehensive and should be available everywhere but NOT IN HOSPITALS. The real scandal is that Japan doesn't safe guard its doctors, nurses and staff in hospitals.

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Posted in: Nissan executives face angry shareholders See in context

They slaughtered the cash cow.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 57 new coronavirus infections See in context

Without the number of tested 50 "new" cases has no meaning whatsoever.

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Posted in: Japan to disband panel of coronavirus experts after criticism See in context

The only thing the government has prevent is testing and thus knowing the full scale of infections. The official information and numbers are a scam. And BTW, MRI scanning in hospital is booked for months ahead because of lung scans for COVID-19. A family member who had a stroke got the earliest date for an MRI in mid December.

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Posted in: European business lobby calls on Japan to ease travel restrictions See in context

**Permanent Residents and "long-term residents"** who left Japan almost three months ago from ANYWHERE can already return to Japan, and VERY FEW do so every day. **

(fixed it again)

I returned to Japan 2 weeks ago after departing in mid March. I was one of the only ones who got in on this morning. There aren't "many foreigners" at the airport, Haneda is deserted. Divinda makes it sound easy and "without problem" but the reality is far different. It took 3h to get through the whole process including quarantine and it is not clear until the very end if you are allowed in or not. Certainly not for the impatient, faint hearted or mothers with young children (who were screaming). I also had a COVID-19 test before I boarded the plane - on my own cost, of course - all proper and as safe as possible.

The Japanese regulations assume that you have still a residence, home or place to stay in the country of your passport. Well, I don't. After more than 4 decades in Japan this is the only home I got. and I'm sure not the only one.

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Posted in: European business lobby calls on Japan to ease travel restrictions See in context

Instead of asking and doing lectures, the EU should enforce reciprocity and ban Japanese nationals from entry. That would solve the "misunderstanding" immediately.

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Posted in: Ex-justice minister, wife arrested over alleged vote buying See in context

Prosecutors arrest a (former) justice minister. Systemic corruption horizontally and vertically.

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Posted in: Gov't to promote staggered holidays to curb congestion, virus spread See in context

Good look with staggered anything after enforcing conformism for decades if not centuries in every aspect of life.

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Posted in: Virus travel bans separate families even as restrictions ease See in context


And still you came back... interesting, I probably wouldn't, but I don't know the circumstances.

I didn't ask you to trust the immigration. Look, I had faith that I would pass and be back in Japan and it worked. It was not pleasant and I'm not sure I'd risk it again. The problem is that the rule is so diffuse... "in principle".... But I'd still ask and try. Occasionally you'll meet the person who may help.

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Posted in: Virus travel bans separate families even as restrictions ease See in context


While waiting I would call the immigration office if I'd be in your shoes. In my experience, they at least try to be helpful. The officers at immigration do not make those rules, but they bear the consequences, i.e. dealing with desperate foreigners. See also my post above.

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Posted in: Virus travel bans separate families even as restrictions ease See in context

To compare a G7 country with Mongolia is disingenuous. What other countries "elsewhere in Asia" have stricter rules than Japan besides Mongolia? What are the rules - for example - in Taiwan and South Korea? I just got back here and was let in because my departure date from Japan was before April 2. But the process is not for the risk-averse, faint-hearted and impatient. It is case by case which means that there is always the chance that you may be turned away. Waiting there at the airport, for the thumbs to go up or down, joined by mothers with screaming babies certainly clarifies perception.

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Posted in: Japan to adopt selective, rather than blanket, approach in coronavirus tests See in context

And by test no evil see no evil they will have the main clusters in hospitals. As has happened all over the country.

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Posted in: Suntory CEO says 20% of restaurants may fail as coronavirus slams Japan's dining scene See in context

No tests, no feeling of safety and comfort... no thanks, will go for take out.

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Posted in: Japanese hanko (seals) are also traditional crafts and are also an important piece of culture. See in context

Japanese hanko (seals) are also traditional crafts and are also an important piece of culture.

True. And therefore do not belong into a modern, 21-century, computerized office environment.

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Posted in: As Japan reopens, coronavirus testing slowed by bureaucracy and staff shortages See in context

...vested interests and bureaucracy inside Japan's health ministry...

They should just call it what it is: systemic corruption in Japan's medical system. Matched with utter incompetence.

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Posted in: 3 dead after trouble at house in Nagano Pref See in context


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Posted in: String of missteps slash Abe's support rates See in context

Missteps?? Or being caught?

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Posted in: Japanese buff men delivery service will send beefcake, and also things to eat, to your door See in context

What's the problem? Creative thinking in somber times.

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Posted in: Japan eyes introduction of quick coronavirus antigen test See in context

Here are some examples of my favorite words I read daily.

You forgot "urging" and more "urging", "seeking to....", "discussing".... and many more.

In short: waffling about anything and everything and "do shiyo" - not knowing what to do..

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Posted in: Tests show 11 people who died last month were infected with coronavirus: media See in context

Anybody who believes Japan's official statistics hasn't been here long and/or is really naive. That goes for all official numbers, not just coronavirus related.

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Posted in: Japan reports 25 new coronavirus deaths; highest for single day See in context

Does that number include indirect causes of death of coronavirus like for example pneumonia or kidney failure? Just asking.

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Posted in: 568 new cases of coronavirus reported in Japan See in context

 But how do you go about that? You don't want people with coughs, runny noses or fever flooding into hospitals or clinics. 

You test outside hospitals anywhere, everywhere, anybody, as exercised in South Korea, Germany and elsewhere. In countries where testing is scarce or done very late you'll have no idea who's infected or not and the potentially infected enter hospitals. Not only will you have extremly high fatalities with doctors, nurses and medical personnel (as in Italy, Spain, Japan and Indonesia) but hospitals will turn into hubs for the virus and bring down the whole medical system. It's not really rocket science, just common sense and a coordinated strategy.

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Posted in: Hospitals turning away sick people as coronavirus cases surge See in context

Don't get seriously sick or injured in Japan during the next few months.

This rule has always been true since ever for weekends or public holidays. The Japanese medical system was never as good as it pretended to be.

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

Abe should continue to play with his dog and let a cabinet of qualified professionals take the lead to manage this crisis.

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Posted in: Koike takes tougher stance than Abe on coronavirus See in context

In the meanwhile, to give us assurance, PM Abe is playing with his dog.

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Posted in: Abe unveils massive coronavirus stimulus worth 20% of GDP See in context

No social distancing in sight.

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Posted in: Tokyo running out of beds and gear, medical staff say See in context

They have to get the testing out of hospitals and on the streets, everywhere in fact, into drive-thru-testing and similar. Nobody should be allowed to enter a gospital untested. Everyone should get tested, it is the only way to keep the healthy uninfected and to protect medical personnel. And that Oshitani guy who "shapes" the government's policy should be fired immediately for criminal negligence and pig-headed stupidity.

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Posted in: Do you have any suggestions for helping people suffering growing stress and depression from the coronavirus outbreak, especially those who have lost their jobs or are in self-isolation? See in context

Structure your day and make a schedule for a variety of activities, exercise, taking walks, reading, cleaning, cooking, etc. And switch off that garbage oozing out of your TV.

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